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Old 08-06-2011, 09:24 PM   #1
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Question for the veteran campers...

As the title says, I have a question for the veteran campers out there...

Can anyone give me a good step by step routine for what you do once you get to camp to get set up. Also, what are some items that, from your experience, you found out are a necessity that us rookie campers would not think of that are needed for a long weekend in the TT. As you can probably tell, I am new to the whole TT camping world, but very, VERY eager to get out and enjoy my new Jay Flight 26BH!

Thank you all in advance!
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Old 08-06-2011, 10:20 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. This is what I do, 1} Set trailer where you want it in the campsite. 2} chock both set of wheels on trailer, 3} disconect the trailer from the truck, 4} level trailer front to back. 5} put down the stabilizers and then level side to side, 6}plug in electric cable, [wife will go inside and put out slides and get the inside ready, 7} I will hook up water and sewer, 8}go inside and help the wife finish up. If need be I will go out side and jack the stabilizers down a little more if the trailer needs it. Once you get a system going it will be like you don't even have to think about it you just do it. again congrats Ernie.
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Old 08-06-2011, 10:30 PM   #3
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Aaron67Camaro,

Welcome to the Jayco forums.

Good questions, but may be a little challenging to answer! We all have our little set-up habits, and very with type of trailer. Some things I do without thinking, but here's my CG routine for my Eagle (as I recall):

* Level site preferred, easier to unhitch/hitch, and use less leveling blocks.
* What is large rear living room window facing?
* How close to adjoining sites and their fire rings, any overhead obstructions.
* Location of shore power hookups, and no obstructions for opening awning/slide(s).
* Remove side mounted sway control bar before backing up if you have one, I don't.
* Move TT in location, check side-to-side for levelness, address accordingly.
* Block (or chock) tires. Plug-in shore power. Disconnect safety chains, e-brake cable, & 7-pin connector. Place wood blocks under tongue jack stand.
* Raise TV/TT with tongue jack (power I hope) & remove spring bars. Lower TV/TT, unlock TT coupler, raise TT Tongue coupler from hitch ball, move TV away from TT.
* Level TT front to back, place wood blocks under four stab jacks, lower/snug rears first, than fronts. Check that tire blocks (or chocks) are still snug.
* Open awning, especially if setting up in rain, and place a lounge chair under awning. Go into TT, open frig, pull out a cold one, head out to lounge chair and chill for a few moments ....it was a long drive.
* Double check for obstructions, then open slide(s). Re-check 4-stab jacks for snugness. If your sewer drain hook-up is under the slide, you may want to hook-up before opening the slide.
* Turn on A/C or heat. Hook-up outside water and sewer connections.
* Finish securing awning (hurricane straps, etc.).
* Head back to the frig.

That covers the main elements for me, everything else is all inside/outside comfort things.

Now, what did I forget???

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Old 08-06-2011, 10:42 PM   #4
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Take a pad of paper along with you. Take some notes and start making yourself some checklists. As you go through the weekend, you will find all kinds of ideas and just jot them down. Also - as you do things like put up the TV antenna, make a note of what you need to do when you leave.

You will find what you like to have with you are different than others, so it is a lot of personal preference. Go take walks around the camp sites and take a look at what others have setup - I have gotten a lot of ideas from doing that. If you see something that interest you at a campsite, ask them about it....most folks are more than willing to talk to you. Same goes for help - if you can't figure something else, go get your neighbor...you will rarely find someone that won't help you out.

For your first campout or two, try to go somewhere near a Wal-Mart or similar store. That way you can make a trip or two and grab some things you might have forgotten.



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here's some good reading---> https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthread.php?t=2359
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Welcome to the forum. This is what I do, 1} Set trailer where you want it in the campsite. 2} chock both set of wheels on trailer, 3} disconect the trailer from the truck, 4} level trailer front to back. 5} put down the stabilizers and then level side to side, 6}plug in electric cable, [wife will go inside and put out slides and get the inside ready, 7} I will hook up water and sewer, 8}go inside and help the wife finish up. If need be I will go out side and jack the stabilizers down a little more if the trailer needs it. Once you get a system going it will be like you don't even have to think about it you just do it. again congrats Ernie.
That would work using the stablizers on the front of a fiver, but that still leaves the rear.Jayco cautions against using stablizers or frame jacks on a TT to lift the trailer because of the danger of bending the frame. Most people level side-to-side by driving one side up on some type of pad and then leveling front to back withthe tongue jack.
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snip.......using stablizers or frame jacks on a TT to lift the trailer because of the danger of bending the frame. Most people level side-to-side by driving one side up on some type of pad and then leveling front to back withthe tongue jack.
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That would work using the stablizers on the front of a fiver, but that still leaves the rear.Jayco cautions against using stablizers or frame jacks on a TT to lift the trailer because of the danger of bending the frame. Most people level side-to-side by driving one side up on some type of pad and then leveling front to back withthe tongue jack.
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Must haves:
1. reversible polypropylene patio mat
2. blocks of wood (small square blocks) and a few long pieces; all for leveling
3. an extension cord
4. water hose
5. a level
6. chocks for tires
7. a folding table (for outside)
8. portable fan OR portable space heater w/thermostat (depending on season)
9. broom
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