This will be a page that I can see will be updated frequently as you are never to old to stop learning.
I created this page to document and keep track of all the “ups and downs” in the process of learning.
2019 Upgrades made – New tires on Randi, keyless locks, blank tank tube holder underneath. TPS.
Taking possession of a new 5th wheel (or any camper for that matter) ——
MAKE SURE you not only do the “Dealership” walk through but take the time after you get home to go thru your camper top to bottom checking even the smallest of things, we discovered one of our blinds didn’t work, one of the speakers in the ceiling wasn’t working and we were missing 2 light covers, one of the outside decals was peeling off and there was a big gouge in the frame around the door, these are all things we discovered AFTER we got home. The tiniest oversights are sometimes the most often missed items.
Expect the unexpected ——–
If your going to obsess over things being “perfect” your going to be greatly disappointed, I didn’t have any preconceived ideas heading into our first trip, I decided to take each moment as they came, good or bad and guess what? We had a blast! Yes it was cold weather, we didn’t care, gave us a chance to try out the fireplace and furnace. Take joy in even the unexpected things that arise.
Explore your surroundings—–
Because Bruce drives for a large chain store I always want to check that store out if there is one where we go, however, on our last two trips besides checking those stores out, I wanted to check out the “local” grocery store as well. Sometimes you can find the neatest things in those small town stores. We also try to stay away from chain restaurants when we travel, take a drive around and see where all the locals hang out, chances are if a place has a full parking lot and you have to wait for a seat, is a good indication the food will be fantastic.
Work the problem—–
I couldn’t be more proud of Bruce, prior to taking Randi on her first journey, Bruce investigated what tools we could possibly need if we should have any issues on the road or at camp. He packed a toolbox with the items he might need and let me tell you we have only needed to fix something one time for this to pay off, one of our “X” chalks wasn’t operating and it was fast approaching check out time, Bruce got his toolbox out and took care of the problem. Sure it wasn’t the most pleasant job but imagine the time we would have consumed if we would have had to run to find or buy tools, IF WE COULD HAVE. I am just very grateful that he thought ahead and we had what we needed!!