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Old 02-17-2015, 01:37 PM   #1
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Timing the setup and break down.

Has anyone timed how long it takes them to set up and break down their trailer? From parking to relaxing, how long as a beginner and how long as a more experienced traveler?

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Old 02-17-2015, 02:04 PM   #2
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In fourth year with our AS. Setting up..... from the time the trailer is parked until the lights are on and water running, about 35 to 40 minutes if I go at a leisurely pace. Add 15 minutes for awning to be put up if we are doing that.

Breaking down . . . I shoot for an hour but find that it usually takes 90 minutes from full camp set up with chairs deployed, bicycles out of the pickup, etc etc. Part of the difference in the time is that obviously, who wants to go home lol


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Old 02-17-2015, 02:16 PM   #3
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It depends on what you are doing. 30 mins should be enough if you are just staying a night and you are not going to put all the garden gnomes and pink flamingos out. Some folks must spend hours putting up lights and a pole with their name on it etc.

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Old 02-17-2015, 02:22 PM   #4
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Not really. After 10 years or so I can tell you it really does not make any difference. I am relaxed when I stop the car. How long to get anything done after that matters not.
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Old 02-17-2015, 02:35 PM   #5
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We take our time as full-timers. Mistakes have been made when we rush so we just work at our own pace and check everything 2 or 3 times if necessary. Loving our life on the road.
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Old 02-17-2015, 03:42 PM   #6
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It all depends if we're staying for a couple of days or a week ,if it's a couple of days I don't on hitch from tow vehicle unless it's realy not level and almost never put the stabilizers down, so about 15 -20 minutes and if I put stabilizers down and unhitched from tow vehicle add another 10 minutes.

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Old 02-17-2015, 03:51 PM   #7
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It takes us about 30 to 40 minutes to set up and about the same amount of time to break camp. We do not have a fleet of flamingos or other ornamentation to deal with.
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Old 02-17-2015, 03:52 PM   #8
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I can be set up and relaxing in 20 minutes when no one interrupts me. Breaking down depends on how much I have to put up. I try to take care of the inside the evening before departure. Outside and double walk around can then be completed in about 30 to 45 minutes. Dumping the tanks if necessary is the major time user.

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Old 02-17-2015, 04:01 PM   #9
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Thank you!!
I have been searching for this information on and off for months. Your responses gave me exactly what I wanted to know. The set up time scared my husband a little until I reminded him of the 7 or more hours needed for a 2 hour flight with renting a car.
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Old 02-17-2015, 04:07 PM   #10
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Less time than you'll spend in the airport waiting to get frisked by TSA, that's for sure

I'd guess we probably only spend 20 minutes or so. There's never any rush. It's not a race. We have a checklist, and work our way through it, usually while taking breaks to greet friends.

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Old 02-17-2015, 04:56 PM   #11
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Directly proportional to A: The weather, B: Who is there to greet us, C: If the Grain Belt is COLD. In reality, about 1/2 hour to set up, and about 40 min to take down and double check everything before hitting the road.
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Old 02-17-2015, 05:01 PM   #12
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Really depends on where I am and how long I've been there. For an overnight (on the way to somewhere), I may not unhitch, may not use stabilizers, may not even hook up to anything but electric....then departure is pretty fast. OTOH, if I've been at a rally, or have put down some "roots" takes more time, some time much more time. Like others who've posted, I'll do some pre-departure prep the evening before. I HATE to rush through the departure process, as I like to follow the same process to reduce stress and ensure I'm not forgetting something. With my new trailer, I now have to remember to retract the satellite dish. I think I'll put a note on the instrument panel that says, "satellite dish?"
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Old 02-17-2015, 06:19 PM   #13
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Well, we don't glamp and stay inside, so we take a significant amount of gear that takes time to set-up and take-down. This includes an outdoor kitchen (coffee is often the only thing prepared inside) bikes, vintage awning, carpet, chairs ... Gotta get the dog situated, the gas flowing, the water heater lit, an adult beverage or two mixed ... It takes what it takes. I agree that starting the take-down the night before safes time and stress. It you don't need it for breakfast - pack it up. Sometimes, taking the awning down the night before saves the drying time the next morning. But no matter how we plan it, the outdoor carpet, being the last thing we takk up is the nastiest job there is.
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