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Old 08-29-2011, 09:50 PM   #15
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Regarding the water heater, hook up city water or make sure that your fresh water tank has water and turn on the pump, then open a hot water faucet. If water comes out the water heater is full.

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Bill, now, that makes so much sense, why couldn't I think of it?
Thank-you for answering the question of the day - and night, because I would be up all night worrying about the warning about wrecking the hot-water tank sans water which is in bold letters in the manual.
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Old 08-29-2011, 09:51 PM   #16
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Hey, ya don't have to be a newbie! Last week I was in Holland, MI setting up camp and our fried was chatting my ear off while I was putting up the awning. I carefully counted out the number of holes on the arm so I would have my usual tilt for rain runoff. That night it rained cats and dogs....woke me up...but I thought, "I counted out the holes, we're OK". You guessed it, woke up to blue and white stripes out the bedroom window! Problem was, I counted correctly the same number of holes on both sides!

Got lucky though, only bent one of the lower tubes and tweaked a couple of pieces and the roller tube. With some help from my son and my now "friend????" I reshaped the tube and a couple of pieces. Only had to replace the center section of the lower support. $53 in damages plus expedited shipping, as I was home for one day before the "boys" and I went to the races.

All fixed and all good...still just a slight wobble when rolling and unrolling the awning, but it's better left as is.

I've only been fiddling with awnings for some 35 years...never a problem before!
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Old 08-29-2011, 09:52 PM   #17
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Here's a crazy question: did you read the Manual at all yet...?

ps: there have been many "funny" moments with the DW and I, as we learned about Henri our '74 Sov, but if you REALLY want a laugh, spend an hour or two at a local boat launch.

Trust me, you will spot the newbies a mile away...
Aage, parts of it. I was too caught-up with the fun stuff - picking out the colour co-ordinated dishes and towels and thinking, I've got lots of time to read the manual. Now the holidays are a week away and I'm in a bit of a bind.

I'm sure those newbies are about as a subtle as an avalanche. Look for the shiniest trailer.....
and a totally-dumbfounded person behind the wheel.
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Old 08-29-2011, 09:57 PM   #18
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Yes just run the hot water faucet before lighting water heater. If water runs out of faucet tank is full. One other tip before starting water heater, gas oven, or refrigerator on gas, light a burner on stove for a minute till it burns cleanly.
tpi, I've decided to pack only protein shakes and not take any food on this trip so I don't have to worry about blowing myself up trying to light the oven or range. Not only will it prevent the campground from burning down, but I'll lose weight.

It's a win-win situation.

But thanks for the tip. "Stoves" etc. will be dealt with on trip #2....if I make it to trip #2.
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Hey, ya don't have to be a newbie! Last week I was in Holland, MI setting up camp and our fried was chatting my ear off while I was putting up the awning. I carefully counted out the number of holes on the arm so I would have my usual tilt for rain runoff. That night it rained cats and dogs....woke me up...but I thought, "I counted out the holes, we're OK". You guessed it, woke up to blue and white stripes out the bedroom window! Problem was, I counted correctly the same number of holes on both sides!

Got lucky though, only bent one of the lower tubes and tweaked a couple of pieces and the roller tube. With some help from my son and my now "friend????" I reshaped the tube and a couple of pieces. Only had to replace the center section of the lower support. $53 in damages plus expedited shipping, as I was home for one day before the "boys" and I went to the races.

All fixed and all good...still just a slight wobble when rolling and unrolling the awning, but it's better left as is.

I've only been fiddling with awnings for some 35 years...never a problem before!
dzn, counting the holes in the arm? I had to read that twice because I thought you might have meant holes in the head for getting into this trailering bit.

Oh lordy, the awning. I have decided to not even try to get that down until trip #3. If it's raining and I still want to sit outside, I'll just sit there holding my umbrella over the head. The head with the holes in it, that is.
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:08 PM   #20
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dzn, counting the holes in the arm? I had to read that twice because I thought you might have meant holes in the head for getting into this trailering bit.

Oh lordy, the awning. I have decided to not even try to get that down until trip #3. It it's raining and I still want to sit outside, I'll just sit there holding my umbrella over the head.
Well...if it really is holes in the head, it must be heredity and contagious. My dad bought his first trailer when I was 12 years old, had me towing it when I was 15, and I bought my first one when I was 26.
I love this disease!
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:14 PM   #21
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Well...if it really is holes in the head, it must be heredity and contagious. My dad bought his first trailer when I was 12 years old, had me towing it when I was 15, and I bought my first one when I was 26.
I love this disease!
dzn, hey! That's not fair. You had a privileged background.

I was driving a farm tractor at 15. Unfortunately, John Deere does not make travel trailers.
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dzn, hey! That's not fair. You had a privileged background.

I was driving a farm tractor at 15. Unfortunately, John Deere does not make travel trailers.
I've seen some with "awnings" though!
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But that was before cabs, air conditioned cabs with stereos, TVs, and GPS autopilot!
Those privileged backgrounds again.

The John Deere had a seat, four tires, an engine and PTO. But I thought I was really sumthin'. Queen of the sodbusters!
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tpi, I've decided to pack only protein shakes and not take any food on this trip so I don't have to worry about blowing myself up trying to light the oven or range. Not only will it prevent the campground from burning down, but I'll lose weight.

It's a win-win situation.

But thanks for the tip. "Stoves" etc. will be dealt with on trip #2....if I make it to trip #2.
Yes just the one thing burning the stove for a minute before lighting water heater or gas fridge is it purges air out of the gas line and makes lighting these appliances faster.
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I found a great digital book called "The Newbies Guide To Airstreaming" by Rich Luer. Very entertaining read and a lot of interesting information. I highly recommend downloading a copy or getting a hardcopy from a local bookstore. Just remember it isn't rocket science, relax and have fun.
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tpi, I've decided to pack only protein shakes and not take any food on this trip so I don't have to worry about blowing myself up trying to light the oven or range. Not only will it prevent the campground from burning down, but I'll lose weight.

It's a win-win situation.

But thanks for the tip. "Stoves" etc. will be dealt with on trip #2....if I make it to trip #2.
Unless you've used only electric stoves all your life, the stove is quite convention in its operation. I'm guessing your newfangled model might even have electric ignition, but it'll still light with a match or lighter even so. The first time I lit the gas for the 'fridge was the only time I had to read the directions 2x to be sure what I was about to do, and if I had one as new as yours it would be even easier, though perhaps require a bit more trust in technology.
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