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Old 08-19-2013, 02:42 PM   #21
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Welcome and congratulations!! Those years and that model are great for families or longer trips.. It is worth doing two versions of the "Checkout" once you get unit safely home and parked where you can work on it, with water and some electricity, and the owner's manual binder...

1. The systems checks are described above and in other similar threads here, and involve inspecting and testing things to make sure water or gas doesn't leak OUT, and rain water doesn't leak IN. Learning how to turn on propane, check/clear leak detector, and then test stove, pilot lights, oven, water heater, furnace, etc. are all way easier at home with tools and known source of RV parts... Even simple things like burned out bulbs or broken cabinet door latches are better fixed at home base...

2. The second check is "Lawn Camping" or "Driveway Camping" which doesn't sound very exotic, but is also way better than some cramped dark wet campsite 200 miles from home... This is where you discover you need a new pillow, or a non-stick pan of a certain size, and that some containers won't fit in refrigerator or freezer as you expected. You might also decide where to put flashlights so you can find them easily, or that certain clothing can remain in the trailer.. Finding the right-size pop-up laundry basket and where to put it is another example of practice before the big adventure trip.. Getting the pre-takeoff or set-up checklist organized (one inside and one outside..) is also beneficial...

After these two checks/tests completed, then you can hit the road and should be good for miles until the first "Ooops, we forgot.." moment.. Hopefully only minor stuff..
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