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Old 08-16-2011, 01:27 AM
Camper Type: Travel Trailer
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Illinois
Posts: 6
Default New here, new to campers

I never had much interest in having a camper but my wife does so she bought us a 24ft 1994 Road Ranger. So now I am interested in going camping, got a weight distrubuting hitch and will get the truck (1995 Dodge Ram) wired Thursday. We still have to get plates and Insurance then I can try pulling and backing up with it. The only thing I ever towed is a portable sign so I expect a lot of fun learning. Jim.
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Old 08-16-2011, 08:19 AM
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Camper Type: Toy Hauler
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Oregon
Posts: 162
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Just a few thoughts I hope aren't too negative. First inspect and repack the wheel bearings, check the age of the tires and if more than 4 years old replace then set it up as you would use it and sleep in it a night at home. Check for water leaks when the water is turned on and make sure everything works ie refridgerator, water heater, stove and furnace. If it has smoke and co2 detectors make sure they are functioning if not install them. It's best to find out at home before you use it on a camping trip IMO. Happy camping and let us know how it works out, Gerry
2004.5 Ram diesel 4X4, QCLB, 21 ft K2 by Komfort toy hauler, Polaris RZR to play with
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:52 AM
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Camper Type: 5th Wheel
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Murrieta, CA
Posts: 971

You might also want an anti-sway bar if not already built in to your WDH. With that trailer load way back on your bumper a TT has a tendency to get whipped around by the wind when getting passed by a large vehicle (especially on the opposing lane and the speeds are fast) or if the wind in general is blowing hard.

Funny thing about the bar though, you usually must remember to remove it when backing up. But again, this depends on the sway bar option. Since this is at slow speeds or when backing in to a site, you wouldn't need it anyway. Check the owner's guide to see if it gets removed. When I used mine I would remove it as soon as I got to the campground upon check in and before I backed into a site. Sometimes I'd use a pull through but it was still removed so I wouldn't forget.
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