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Old 05-27-2011, 05:42 AM
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My wife and I recently purchased our first RV...a 20' TT. We are avid tent campers and decided to take the next step. Getting a deal on the TT we couldn't refuse helped in making our decision. We love fishing and hiking also so we plan to put this little trailer to good use.
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Old 05-27-2011, 08:10 AM
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Just a thought, you might practice your first time setup at home to familiarise yourselves with the procedure. It beats doing it in a strange place after dark. Good luck and let us know how your first time goes when you go on a trip, Gerry
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Old 05-27-2011, 08:57 AM
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Thanks for the advise Gerry. We're having new tires put on it and having the wheel bearings packed...it sat idle for a few years and the tires have cracks in them. I'm towing it with a 2008 Tundra with the 5.7L engine and will probably take it for a spin Monday to see how evrything goes...gas mileage for one. The trailer weighs about 3800 lbs. so I'm hopping that it won't hurt to much

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Old 05-27-2011, 10:48 AM
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Excellent idea. Many people forget wheel bearings and RV tires are notorious for going bad at the worst times often doing significant underside damage. Most of the old time RVers figure new tires every 3-4 years regardless of wear. As to the wheel bearings what I did was get the numbers off both inner and outer and buy a set as spares packing them with grease and putting them back in their boxes then place them in a sealed freezer bag in your trailer. If you never need them fine but if you have one go bad it sure beats not having them.
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Old 05-27-2011, 01:45 PM
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When going up and down hills, don't be afraid to shift! Your brakes will love you for it. Remember that when you find that you'll be buying more fuel, it will still be cheaper than hotels and restaurants.

Just buy a minimum of food until you get to your destination. No sense in carrying all that extra weight until you get to your destination. This includes filling up the fresh water tank. Enroute you'll want to have some fresh water in the tank to support a bio stop along the way but no need to fill this up when you get close to your location.

It is different than tenting, but with experience and asking lots of questions you'll learn the many tricks us RVers use to take advantage of a trailer's convenience but still make the trip easier.

Welcome to the forum. I hope we can help.
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Old 05-27-2011, 03:07 PM
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Thanks for all the advice...ya'll have already been a lot of help. Something else I was wondering about is when I set up at a campground, should I put a couple gals. of water in the black water tank before it is used the first time or will that get taken care of the first time the toilet is flushed?
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Old 05-27-2011, 04:41 PM
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wouldn't hurt, Gerry
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Old 05-27-2011, 05:29 PM
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3-4 gallons in the black tank (plus the deodorizer) before anything else.

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Old 05-27-2011, 07:44 PM
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My black tank in either of the two trailers I owned have NEVER been completely empty. If there is any chance there is any effluent still left in there and it doesn't sit in water (and I also use deodorizer/treatment), then it will harden and probably never go away forming what is known as bio concrete, forever fastened to the sides or bottom of your tank. The only way to get rid of that is a very expensive cleaning process by some overpriced professional service.

I always keep 2-5 gallons and the deodorizer to keep it not smelling. I hope nothing has formed but I think my procedure is the preventative.

The last thing I do after draining the black tank is close the Black tank valve and run some water in there using the "Tornado" backflusher for a few minutes, then add the proper measurement of liquid deodorizer. On an older rig that did not have the "Tornado", I run flush for a few minutes to get some water in there, and add the deodorizer. In either case, the black tank has liquid and the driving around allows it to keep the tank cleaner.

Sorry I got so wordy, but I wanted to be thorough. The other thing to remember to do is to hold the flusher open for plenty water to enter the black tank after usage. This is a must and will also help keep any odors down!
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Old 05-27-2011, 10:42 PM
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We've been doing this for 2+ years and we're still learning. These forums are great. Thanks for the idea, Gerry
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