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Old 04-15-2014, 10:46 AM   #11
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It's always a good idea to spend the first night in the driveway.
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:43 AM   #12
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It's always a good idea to spend the first night in the driveway.
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It stormed like the dickens the night of our "camp driveway". Rain was pouring, wind was howling, the trailer was shaking in the gusting wind, and this was before we added our mattress topper, so needless to say, sleep was not available. I guess it was as good a night as any for a mini-shakedown; we didn't have any leaks!
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Camper Bob, no sleep but you couldn't have asked for a better shakedown!
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Old 04-15-2014, 01:09 PM   #14
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Camper Bob, no sleep but you couldn't have asked for a better shakedown!
YUP!

About 8:00, we finally decided to go inside for breakfast (we didn't really need to test the kitchen/cooking part). After we ate, we climbed into our bed and slept another couple hours. The factory mattress made me sore for days.

It was a good shakedown. It prepared us for the rest of our season; It has rained on 100% of our TT outings since we owned the trailer, and we're in the midst of a historic drought! It's getting better though, our last trip it only drizzled a little.
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Check the tire pressure in the trailer before every trip.

Check the caulking at least 1-2 times a season. Not just the roof but also around the lights, vents, etc. Water leaks are the mortal enemy of RVs!
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If it is still chilly and you think you will use your furnace, then run it at home with all the windows and doors open. There will be oil on the heat exchanger and it will fill your TT with smoke. I found this out on our Driveway campout before our 1st trip. Better to burn off the oil before you need the furnace on a chilly camping morning.
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