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Old 03-14-2013, 01:15 PM   #1
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26BH Orientation Video?

My TT orientation and pick up for my new 26BH is scheduled for April 3rd!

I remember reading on here that some people record their orientation for future reference.. Would anyone be willing to post a link to their 26BH orientation video (the year doesn't matter)? I figure watching one before I go in will help me come up with more questions to ask during the orientation.

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Old 03-14-2013, 02:27 PM   #2
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Thompson Family RV in Davenport Ia. has a good one on Youtube. They have a walk through and a orientation. Here is a link to the orientaion.

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Old 03-14-2013, 08:24 PM   #3
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Thanks! That video was very helpful.
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:36 PM   #4
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Well here is an OLD video I did of my 26BH...not really a good orientation, but a look around what I have done. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask -- we are all glad to help.

https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...ight=26bh+mods
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:46 PM   #5
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We bought ours this time last year. When we were getting our orientation, I "secretly" filmed it. It's mostly just the audio without the camera really being pointed at anything. I was embarrassed to ask if I could film it. As helpful as it's been, regardless, I really could kick myself for not just speaking up and telling the guy I was going to film it. It's our first TT and we knew nothing! At least we camp with friends who helped us when we needed it, but our maiden voyage was alone. We had no problems. It really was a comprehensive orientation. Congratulations on your new addition! We love ours
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:03 PM   #6
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I didn't film, take notes, ask questions or generally even pay that much attention at the PDI...we were eager to get out of there and go camping. Because of this I missed lots of things. Many I learned by accident while reading here and I am sure there is still more I'll discover that I should have paid attention to. The Dealer did give us some Setup/Takedown/Hitching check lists at the PDI that DW read while we drove out of there that first day. These helped significantly stop the most rookie of mistakes -- and thankfully had several notes about tank maintenance we would have never guessed. However, it was the 5th trip before I learned that you need to open the outside oven exhaust vent -- we always thought the propane smell was strong when using the oven, then a friend pointed out the error and made me fell about 2' tall. :-) Wouldn't you think that the CO alarm would have gone off -- well it never did.
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Old 01-13-2014, 08:20 AM   #7
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Reviving an old post here...

Picked up our (new to us 2013 264BH) this past weekend. Thank heavens I have spent so much time on this forum and youtube watching videos. While overall we were satisfied with the dealer the orientation left a whole lot to be desired. Now... to be honest the dealer that we purchased our TT from only deals in used trailers. (All types). They have a full service department, etc.. and have overall good reviews.

HOWEVER - Had it not been for all of my pre-work on above said videos and forums the DW and I would have been LOST... I ended up teaching him more than he taught me on how to operate the TT. In fairness he did show me where all of the drains, bypass valves, etc were.. But in actual operation, I had to show him how to do a few things.

After setting up the WDH / Anti-sway bar, I had to reposition the chains and brake away cable to operate correctly. He had the chains straight on (not crossed) which here in Texas is illegal.. All towed vehicles must have the chains crossed.. After getting the TT home we backed it up in the driveway, set the chock blocks, removed sway bars, WDH bars, etc... THEN we spend almost an hour in the dark trying to get the TT off of the hitch ball before I finally realized the ball lock lever was a slide style. I have towed boats, flat bed trailers from u-haul, home depot, etc, etc for years. I have never ever seen a hitch that you had to lift then SLIDE the ball lock back. (My ignorance here) so nobodies fault.. But I still feel it was one more failure on the dealers part to show us that..

I guess in closing, I would say to anyone who is getting ready to purchase a new TT for the first time, DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Learn as much as you can about your unit, download the owners manual if you can. (I did). Watch videos, read the forum posts... and ask questions.. I am not so proud to not ask a stupid question...

We will take our new unit out next weekend for our first trial run. State campground only about 30 minutes drive away.. Easy enough to run back home if I forget something, plus it is only about 15 minutes away from Campingworld (scary)...

Thanks to everyone here for your posts, questions, answers, suggestions, stories, experiences.. We haven't even used our trailer and I already feel comfortable with it because of you guys and gals.
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Old 01-13-2014, 12:22 PM   #8
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Great intel
Thanks for sharing
+1 on doing your homework
Received lots of help from this forum and what to ask about if they don't show you (manual slide out operation)

I had to show my "instructor" a few things as well

Plus other thing not covered during my first TT Orientation...Almost appeared to be an after thought.

Have fun next weekend
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Reviving an old post here...

Picked up our (new to us 2013 264BH) this past weekend. Thank heavens I have spent so much time on this forum and youtube watching videos. While overall we were satisfied with the dealer the orientation left a whole lot to be desired. Now... to be honest the dealer that we purchased our TT from only deals in used trailers. (All types). They have a full service department, etc.. and have overall good reviews.

HOWEVER - Had it not been for all of my pre-work on above said videos and forums the DW and I would have been LOST... I ended up teaching him more than he taught me on how to operate the TT. In fairness he did show me where all of the drains, bypass valves, etc were.. But in actual operation, I had to show him how to do a few things.

After setting up the WDH / Anti-sway bar, I had to reposition the chains and brake away cable to operate correctly. He had the chains straight on (not crossed) which here in Texas is illegal.. All towed vehicles must have the chains crossed.. After getting the TT home we backed it up in the driveway, set the chock blocks, removed sway bars, WDH bars, etc... THEN we spend almost an hour in the dark trying to get the TT off of the hitch ball before I finally realized the ball lock lever was a slide style. I have towed boats, flat bed trailers from u-haul, home depot, etc, etc for years. I have never ever seen a hitch that you had to lift then SLIDE the ball lock back. (My ignorance here) so nobodies fault.. But I still feel it was one more failure on the dealers part to show us that..

I guess in closing, I would say to anyone who is getting ready to purchase a new TT for the first time, DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Learn as much as you can about your unit, download the owners manual if you can. (I did). Watch videos, read the forum posts... and ask questions.. I am not so proud to not ask a stupid question...

We will take our new unit out next weekend for our first trial run. State campground only about 30 minutes drive away.. Easy enough to run back home if I forget something, plus it is only about 15 minutes away from Campingworld (scary)...

Thanks to everyone here for your posts, questions, answers, suggestions, stories, experiences.. We haven't even used our trailer and I already feel comfortable with it because of you guys and gals.
I had the same problem getting the TT off the hitch ball when we brought home our new 26BH last year. My previous pop-up had the pull up style and I eventually had to have a tech from the dealership come out to my house.. I had quite the red face when he reached down and slid the lever back. Not one of my proudest moments but at least my wife got a good laugh out of it
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We brought an iphone, and we filmed little sections of the orientation.. like when He was showing us how to lock the slide or open the canopy. that way we didn't have to watch the whole film to find what we needed. The few things I found myself forgetting after the orientation were.. the slide lock, the awning, the furnace/fridge (what to do if the pilot is out), plus the water connection. So it was helpful to be able to go back tot he clips
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