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Top Ten Tips For Newbies??
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August 10, 2017
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Hey we are heading out this weekend for our first ‘shake-down’ trip in our Retro 195. We are first time Camper owners so we are looking for any top ten tips for newbies… any and all advice is welcome.

August 10, 2017
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The best tip I can give you is try out every system in your Retro before you leave your driveway. Hook up the water, plug in electric and try everything, make sure your water heater works, try refrigerator on electric and gas, check heater and A/C, ect, ect…. You don’t want to get to your destination and find out something has an issue… Good luck and have fun!!

August 20, 2017
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My best advice is to relax.  Don’t get stressed if it takes you multiple attempts to back into a space.  Don’t worry about getting everything right. All your camping neighbors love to give advice so be friendly and talk with your fellow campers.  I have learned lots from our neighbors in campgrounds.  Remember – we were all newbies once so there is no need to be embarrassed when you make a rookie move.  Most important – have fun and laugh.

August 24, 2017
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I am still a newbie having only had our 181B since early April.  However, I feel like my family and I have gained a lot of experience as we have spent almost 30 nights in the trailer since we got her.  You will gain experience on every trip and learn things whether you realize it or not.  You will learn about battery consumption and ways to conserve (We learned this when our Carbon Monoxide detector was beeping at us at 3:00 am on one of our first trips).  You will eventually find the awning easy, but it can be a challenge if you don’t practice at home.  I practiced at home but still made a mistakes.  Now it is easy and part of our set up routine.  You will probably overpack as well.  We were totally aware that we were overpacking on our first big trip (8 nights in the Adirondacks, VT, and MA).  We were okay with it though.  We realized, with a little planning, we can determine how easy it will be to wash our clothing.

In the end, have fun with it and understand that everyone in a travel trailer is most likely still learning things.  Having had our trailer for about 5 months, I feel much more confident today than I did back in April when I picked her up in Michigan while staring down a 1000 mile trip home to Connecticut.  Take your time and you will be fine.

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