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Old 04-26-2016, 04:20 PM   #1
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Just bought a 26BH - Now what?

Just purchased a 2015 26BH today, don't get to pick it up till next week though.

We have some experience with a small popup, but nothing like this. What are the must know, immediate things to check or deal with before heading out with this unit?

What accessories should I buy right off the bat? I'm thinking a ladder for the top rear bunk as one of my kids will be sleeping there.

Also, has anyone installed a rear view camera on a 26BH?

Part of the deal is a discounted hitch, but I don't know any of the details on that yet. Will tomorrow, any suggestions there? I'm happy to pay extra $$ for something that may provide a real difference.
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Top ten must haves and so much more thread;

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f1...ting-5081.html
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Old 04-26-2016, 05:01 PM   #3
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Do you have a brake controller for your tow vehicle? Gotta have that.
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Do you have a brake controller for your tow vehicle? Gotta have that.
Yep, have a factory brake controller.

2016 Ford F-150, tow package, LT tires.
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Old 04-26-2016, 05:56 PM   #5
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I just got my 26BH a few weeks ago. I used this list and got them all.
I also got a water filter for the fresh water hose, and am ordering X-Chock Wheel stabilizers next week. Bring a portable drill with lug adapter to lower and raise your built in stabilizer jacks.


Sewer hose and fittings
Fresh water hose
Water pressure regulator
Wheel chocks
Weight distributing hitch with sway control
Tow mirrors
A decent brake controller
Wheel leveling blocks
30 amp to 15 amp adapter for home hookup
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Old 04-26-2016, 06:00 PM   #6
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I just got my 26BH a few weeks ago. I used this list and got them all.
I also got a water filter for the fresh water hose, and am ordering X-Chock Wheel stabilizers next week. Bring a portable drill with lug adapter to lower and raise your built in stabilizer jacks.


Sewer hose and fittings
Fresh water hose
Water pressure regulator
Wheel chocks
Weight distributing hitch with sway control
Tow mirrors
A decent brake controller
Wheel leveling blocks
30 amp to 15 amp adapter for home hookup
What are the X-Chock wheel stabilizers for? An alternative to wheel chocks? Or something else.

Thanks.
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Old 04-26-2016, 06:46 PM   #7
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Congrats! The waiting and planning is the hardest part. I used the thread posted above to do my list. YouTube was my friend, lots of videos there with this topic and you can tell what's truly important when multiple people have items on their lists.
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What are the X-Chock wheel stabilizers for? An alternative to wheel chocks? Or something else.

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They go between the two tires to reduce rocking of the trailer.


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Welcome aboard and congrats
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What are the X-Chock wheel stabilizers for? An alternative to wheel chocks? Or something else. Thanks.
As Crabman posted, they help to stabilize the tires from moving when set up.

BUT.... The X-chocks DO NOT take the place of regular wheel chocks. The wheel chocks should be set before unhooking the tv, then once the tt is leveled front to rear, then the X-chocks can be installed. The X-chocks will not secure a tt from possibly rolling away. Installation instructions state they can be damaged if installed while raising or lowering the trailer tongue.

A wdh with integrated sway control is preferred. Definitely worth the upgrade in price. Just make sure the dealer doesn't try to overprice the system. Look online for available prices at places like E-Trailer.com. The Reese Dual Cam, Reese SC, and the Equal-I-Zer 4 way system are very good for the money. Only the Hensley and ProPride are better (and a lot more money!!!). The Blue Ox seems to have a growing following. Just not sure I am "sold" on the idea behind the way the BO controls sway.

Make sure you get the proper rated wd bars for your tt once it is loaded up and ready for a trip. Some dealers will only include bars that are barely rated for more than the "brochure" dry tw (tongue weight). That weight doesn't even include the weight of the propane tanks or a battery on the tongue. That adds ~120lbs for 2-20lb tanks and a battery, or ~160lbs for 2-30lb tanks and a battery.

The list posted is a good start. Just don't go overboard and pack stuff that never gets used. It is suggested to go through the tt once a year and remove anything not used the previous seaon.

Also suggested to have is the proper tools required to change a tire when/if needed. Run your tires at the max sidewall pressure. And remember to check your spare tire before a trip.

Know that there is a draw (propane leak detector, radio, etc) on the battery while in storage, so unless you keep the trailer plugged in, the battery will die within a few days, maybe a week. I actually installed a Blue Sea mini battery switch into a larger battery box to prevent this. Pics are in my mods link.

Have fun!
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