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Old 05-29-2012, 08:50 PM   #1
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My shakedown camping experience last weekend


Several of you may know that I purchased an '06 25' Safari in Feb. I have been working on it feverishly. Well, finally I got out to camp last weekend. I learned that everything works. I DID NOT try the furnace though. It was nice and toasty in FL. I did realize something about the AC too. My unit is a low profile Dolphin 11,000 BTU. I have a temp/humidity digital unit that I bought. What I found is that the unit was over cooling the interior as the humidity stayed in the sixties and the interior temp was cooled to around 70 degrees. I played with it for a while before realizing that a situation like this usually means that the unit is more powerful than what is needed for the space. The second day was more telling as the sun came out beating on the camper. The humidity decreased to 55% while the temp. stayed a constant 75 degrees. The outdoor temp was 89 degrees and humid.

Everything else was great. I enjoyed the 6 am barking squirrels at my door who got pumpkin seeds for their visit. I still need to learn a better way to flush the black tank other than running water into the toilet and may need a firmer mattress but I think I am going to like this.

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Old 05-30-2012, 05:21 AM   #2
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Sounds like you're having fun. That's what it''s all about.

Carry on.


🏡 🚐 Cherish and appreciate those you love. This moment could be your last.🌹🐚❤️
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Old 05-30-2012, 06:29 AM   #3
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Liking it is good.

Originally Posted by rodsterinfl View Post
Everything else was great ... I think I am going to like this.

That is a good thing. Liking what you're doing is important. And all that shiny aluminum helps to make you smile more. Pretty soon you'll make just a couple of small modifications that make it more "yours" and better for how you live. Then you'll like it even more. This will encourage you to make a couple more mods. Oh, it's a vicious cycle ... but it's a nice affliction to have!
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Old 05-30-2012, 06:40 AM   #4
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I have taken mine out about 6 times from when I bought her the first of the year, including one 1000 mile round trip to the TAC rally at Stone Mountain. I learn something new each trip. So far the lessons have not been too costly or painful. I am even getting better and a little more self confident at backing. About the only thing I really have to keep an eye on is the drain/trip pan for the air conditioner. With the very high humidity we have been having it will fill up and not drain fast enough to keep up. Trick seems to be to let it run for a couple of hours and then turn it off for a while and then the drain can empty.

Do you know what a learning experience is? A learning experience is one of those things that says "You know that thing that you just did? Don't do that."
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Old 05-30-2012, 06:41 AM   #5
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The never ending cycle.

Great that you are enjoying! And all of this put together I call the Never Ending Cycle. Pull it, enjoy it, repair it. I put all three together to call it enjoyment.
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