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Old 07-17-2014, 11:47 AM   #11
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My biggest fear is doing something wrong while using and emptying the black/grey holding tanks. I have watch some YouTube videos for tips, but do you guys have any?
I plan on getting a clear 'elbow' so I can see how clean the black water is during my tank flush. Any other 'tools or accessories' I should get while I pick up my trailer? I see lots of people use hose ramps/carriers to give support and a even decline for the sewer hose, probably a good idea.
The clear elbow is a good purchase....it lets you see how close you are to finishing the dump as the water trickle comes to an end. Also, if you have a tank flusher, use it. Remember to always put in a few gallons (3 toilet bows full the dealer told me) before using the black tank and empty the black and grey when they are no less the 2/3rd full. Dump your black first then the grey to flush out any solids from the hose. You may want to make a mental note or mark which valve is which at some point...after the sun beats down on the TT for several months, the plastic handles will fade and look the same color.

I have never used a gravity ramp for my sewer. I always dump at the dump station or just lift the hose up when I dump at a full hook up site.
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Old 07-18-2014, 10:48 AM   #12
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Our mistake with our new 2014 26BH. Run your furnace during the day with all the windows open to burn off the stink. Don't wait until the first cold night, turn it on at 3am, set off the smoke detector and wake up everyone camping around you. Ooops sorry
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Old 07-18-2014, 01:23 PM   #13
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Hey all,
I am picking up our 2015 26bh on Saturday.. I am completely new to TT.. I have a 4 day trip booked close to home just to try everything out, then I have a 5 day trip booked @ 7 hour drive away from home..hope everything works right

Any tips/ tricks/ advice that I may need to think about..

Thanks.
I think I'd plan my first trip in my driveway overnight and check everything over as I do the first overnight every spring when I dewinterize
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Old 08-01-2014, 12:26 AM   #14
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It seems obvious, but keep your black tank valve closed when camping. I always fill my black tank up before dumping to get the best flush, followed by grey tank, then put some fresh water and sanitizer back in the black and grey to slosh around while driving - not a lot. I have never used those sewer stand things, just run hose in a nice downward line to dump station. Have fun!
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Old 08-01-2014, 12:54 AM   #15
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Welcome, and congrats!! I'm a new guy too and the folks here have been very helpful. Hope you enjoy your new toy!
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Old 08-01-2014, 03:26 PM   #16
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This is some of the best advice. I want to be left alone when hooking up for a trip. I do things in a certain order...always . It never fails when someone else is around and talking into my ear I overlook something. I actually pulled out and drove a few miles before I realized I didnt put the pin in place that holds the hitch head in the reciever. I was just lucky that the trailer created enough downward pressure that it didnt pull out.
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Congrats on your new TT! I learned to create checklists as there are so many necessary tasks in prep for a trip. Consider hooking up your TT at home and test all the components to get an idea how they work prior to your test trip. Also, don't forget to sanitize your fresh water system. Great advice mtkeg15.
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I've got a good one that just happened to me. The night before I was scheduled to leave on a 10 day camping trip I was getting the trailer ready. I had pulled the pin on the breakaway switch and stored it in the compartment so it wouldn't get lost or stolen. I figured I'd just put it back next time I went camping. DON'T DO THIS. The plug totally melted. I thought I had hooked up my batteries wrong or my camper had been hit by lightning or something serious. Figured out the cause after a little online research. Luckily I was able to buy a replacement breakaway switch and install it the next morning without it impacting my trip, but I was freaking out for a while that evening.

I think I'm gonna post this in the bonehead moves thread too. Hopefully my newbie mistake won't need to be repeated by too many others.
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