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Old 06-11-2015, 06:24 PM   #1
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Hello All:

I just bought my first travel trailer and I take delivery next week. I have been spending some time reading many of your posts (I'm very pleased to see how helpful and resourceful members are), but I must admit, I am now terrified. My only RV experience prior to this is two trips in a class C motor home that my wife, two daughters and I rented. We had a great time, hence the new purchase, but you guys are scaring me. Please tell me it's not as bad as it seems?! Is there anything I NEED to know before we head out for our first time, such as items that aren't just basic common sense, or something we may not have needed for a motor home that we will need for our trailer?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-11-2015, 06:32 PM   #2
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Hi, and welcome. I, like you, was extremely nervous when I took delivery of my TT last year. I can tell you that while it is good to be cautious, you really have nothing to fear. You and your family are in for some really good fun experiences.
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Old 06-11-2015, 06:52 PM   #3
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Congratulations and welcome to the forum.

Were you terrified when you rented the class-C? Those trips must be it turned out well because you bought a trailer!

There are more similarities than differences when camping in a class-C vs a trailer. Is it the camping part that worries you?

Traveling in a class-C is much different than towing a trailer. Is that the part that bothers you?

Lots of friendly, helpful folks on this site. Give us a chance to calm your nerves about your trailer.
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Old 06-11-2015, 06:58 PM   #4
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We bought our first HTT this spring. I spent a lot of time with it in the driveway. This was our first time with plumbing, so I took time to make sure I knew what valves did what, how to drain it properly, what the water heater sounds like when its filling (so I can safely turn on the heating element without burning it up), etc.

We've been on two outings so far. One with electric hookup, and one totally boondocking for Mem Day weekend. Everything went flawless. AND I've already done my first mod by adding an LED light strip to the gutter behind my awning (which, btw, is awesome!)

I spent two months reading this forum while I waited for delivery. I found that it made me less anxious and gave me better troubleshooting skills by learning from the shadows of camping giants.

ENJOY!! Can't wait to read about the success of your maiden voyage!
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Old 06-11-2015, 07:02 PM   #5
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Congratulations are in order, even though you may not feel that way now. Remember your Jayco came with a free year of Coach-Net support. They provide a 24-hour RV tech support line. There should be a sticker with the phone number in your trailer or your dealer packet.

Just reading the forum regularly is very educational. And if you have a smartphone, you can search for tips and help from almost anywhere.

I know I still have a LOT to learn about the workings of our motorhome, but I am having fun doing so.
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Welcome, just enjoy it and take it slow. After a while it becomes 2nd nature. The main tip I can give is to get familiar with how everything works on your rig and how to use it.
Thee are many here who can answer questions if needed.
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Welcome! Don't freak out....the fun is just beginning. If this wasn't one of the most fun things to do...none of us would be doing it. Hang out on forums and absorb all the free advice. You can learn a whole lot that can save you a lot of grief in the long run. Many of us have been doing this for....decades!

Have fun with it...and error on the side of safety.
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First off great choice in purchasing the 28DSBH. We love ours and it works perfectly for our family of 4. This was our first TT and we purchased it last year. Sure I was nervous as our first trip consisted of an 8000 + Km drive to the east coast. After the first 100 km I hardly knew the TT was there. Smooth sailing and lots of fun was had. Best investment we made!
Enjoy, take it slow and I guarantee you will have a blast!
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Old 06-11-2015, 08:11 PM   #9
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You had a good time in the rented C, you'll have a great time in your own.

Make a list of everything you want the dealer to show you how to operate, furnace, stove, AC, water heater, water hookup, electric hookup, sanitary dump. Based on your truck, I bet you know about towing. If the daughters are able to video the stuff the dealer show you, do it.

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Congratulations and welcome to the forum.

Were you terrified when you rented the class-C? Those trips must be it turned out well because you bought a trailer!

There are more similarities than differences when camping in a class-C vs a trailer. Is it the camping part that worries you?

Traveling in a class-C is much different than towing a trailer. Is that the part that bothers you?

Lots of friendly, helpful folks on this site. Give us a chance to calm your nerves about your trailer.
Not nervous with the C. I think it was because I knew if anything went wrong, it wasnt my problem, help was just a phone call away. I guess what I'm most concerned about would be things going wrong while camping that I'm ill equipped to handle. I guess the only way to find out is to get out there and do it. If all else fails, I'll be back on here begging for help. Thanks for all the support!
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