New NYS PUP owner

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  1. jchastain

    jchastain New Member

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    Greetings all - just bought my first camper last night. It's not even in my driveway yet! Left the tow vehicle with it to get a brake unit added to the RAV and will probably bring it all home tonight. Excited!

    It's a few years old (2014) but in reasonable good shape - though a few minor things do need to be done.

    The family and I have camped on the ground for ages - I've been doing it since forever (I remember hand-made sleeping bags and an inexpensive tent somewhere in the dark recesses of time) and have enjoyed it, but kind of need to get off the ground these days. It was time and the price was right.

    I've been reading some of the posts and much like other forums I am on of similar nature, know I will have questions ably answered by those already here.

    Looking forward to it! Now, to see if I set my profile page up correctly!

    Jack
     
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    Hello and welcome from Minnesota! Congrats on your NTU pup!
     
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    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

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    Eschew obfuscation and pompous prolixity. Endeavour, in all things, to be brief, succinct, concise, to-the-point, and economical of word and phrase.

    That's a mouth full!

    Welcome to the show[:D]
     
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    Welcome and greetings from North Carolina to the exciting world of Pop-Up camping!
     
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    tenttrailer Art & Joyce - Columbus, O

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    Welcome to the form and popup camping. No more sleeping on the ground between two roots. Enjoy that camper .
     
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    Hehe - being of course, the point :)

    Thanks!!
     
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    Thanks all. I'm going to be doing a LOT of reading. I am sure there will be a question or two and lots of the replies are in areas we are likely to be visiting near. At least on initial checkout camping trips.

    Learning a lot about working with a camper for sure!

    Jack
     
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    Welcome from NM (from a WNY native).
    Two sections that may be good starting places are "In the Garage" and "At the Campsite".
     
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    jchastain New Member

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    I've spend much of the day so far in the First Time & New Camper Owners area - so much to read! I'll get to these two suggestions next!

    J
     
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    BikeNFish Well-Known Member

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    And in case you haven't read about it yet, Camp Driveway is always recommended for your first night in the pup. You will learn things that you can't read about anywhere and still be just a couple of steps away from home.
     
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    Heh - I have about 5 tabs open right now - one of them is Camp Driveway.

    I've spent some time looking over the lift greasing procedures and misc. other items. Right now, it's all a stab in the dark, since I just called the dealer and both TV and Pup are still there and no one knows if they are ready or not (getting the brake control installed in the RAV) so I won't even be able to crawl under it until tomorrow.

    Looks like it will berth about noon Saturday. I think that's about perfect. Should warm up to a balmy 25F about then. Perfect to test that heater out!

    J
     
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    Greetings from northeast Pennsylvania and same weather conditions lol. The pup will be cold and you will learn quickly tips and tricks.
    What model pup? And RAv?
     
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    I expect cold - just not tent cold! The PUP is a 2014 (I think?) Forest River Viking CWS-8 (I think it is an Epic?) and the RAV4 is a 6-cyl 2008 Limited.

    Just brought the PUP home - pulled well, no issues at speed so now I just wait until I can get it open, do a little TLC and get it all checked out!

    J
     
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    Dave Brick El Cheapo Family Camper

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    Greetings from WNY-Buffalo Area.

    If it was me, I'd leave it buttoned up until it warms up a bit, unless you have a heated garage or barn to open it up. I know it's exciting, and I understand wanting to check everything out, but PUPs are a bit more difficult to pack up in the cold, materials, especially windows, are somewhat stiff in these conditions, and I'd hate for you to damage the new toy in your excitement. Mine stays packed up until the temp is in the 50s.

    Central NY- Finger Lakes, has some nice campgrounds. Adirondack campgrounds are beautiful bet generally do not have power. This is no problem if you are set up for dry camping. Sorry, but I am not familiar with the Catskill CGs, which are closer to you.
     
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    Welcome, from Central Texas! I like your quote too ...
     
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    Welcome to the Portal from the Northen side of the ditch..
     
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    Greetings from another NYer, close to Rochester. We have only used the camper at a couple spots in NY (Fair Haven, Darien Lake AP).

    Cheers!
     

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