Tips for going Dark?

Discussion in 'Going to the DARK SIDE' started by DigitalGuru, Jul 9, 2019.

  1. DigitalGuru

    DigitalGuru Active Member

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    Well the DW and I are buying our first TT, a 1997 Sunnybrook 26FK. It has been well maintained and updated (vinyl flooring and painted the awful wallpaper among other things), and has never spent a winter outdoors. 21' Awning is only a year old, everything (should) work. The Sunnybrooks were made with an aluminum substructure, so the dry weight is only 4100 lbs! The camper will live permanently on our 5 acres of riverfront, hopefully wintering in our polebarn if we can get it in the door! It might be 6-16 inches to tall, so with the dirt floor in the barn we're hoping we can dig down low enough to get it past the door. The ceiling height should be high enough once we get it in there.

    As long time pup owners we have plenty of RV/pup related gear (we are keeping our pup for traveling), just wondering if there were things that still needed to get once you went to the Dark side? The things I've thought of so far are: another tongue lock, more leveling boards or lynx blocks, maybe an add-a-room (no slide-out in TT). Some items could be moved back from the TT to the pup when we travel; dishes, utensils, pots & pans, etc.

    Any tips or advice is always appreciated!
     
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    We went from a pup to a TT this year. I moved about half of the gear from the pup to the TT - pots and pans, tools, cables, hoses, etc. I still use scrap pieces of lumber for leveling. We had to buy a few things, like a sewer hose and new stick-on level bubbles. We chose to buy new bedding, towels and dishes. We also bought new storage containers to maximize the available space in the new unit.
     
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    Thanks! These is our thoughts too, so far. Interesting tidbit, we joined the portal on the same date!
     
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    And both from Michigan! Howdy, neighbor!
     
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    Watch some videos on how to properly dump your Black and Grey tanks. I have also seen some that recommend what type of hoses to get.
     
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    Being that its stored in your river front permanently, i would invest in a rent a porta potty and call it day. If you have no grey water dumping laws then you can release it unless you have sewer/spectic.

    sounds like fun.
     
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    As it's going to be set up permanently, what is your sewer hookup like? Will you have a dump drain right there? Or within a couple hundred feet? Or will you have to go someplace to dump it?

    If the first, then regular stinky slinkies will work well. If the second, then you might want to get a macerator. If the third, then you might want to get a portable black tank so you can empty into it and take it to the dump rather than the entire trailer.

    Will you have power there? Or will you have to run off batteries? If the latter, then you might want to invest in solar - you can keep the battery(s) on a solar trickle charge throughout the camping season so it's charged and ready when you arrive.

    If you are setting up permanently, then I would look at setting up a permanent leveling system. That way you are set to go at the beginning of each season and can leave it over the winter.

    The last major concern would be water. Will you have access to water there or will you have to refill from elsewhere during the season? If the latter, then you might want to get a portable water tank that you can bring out and refill your trailer's tank with.
     
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    A little more information... There was a mobile home on the property before, so we do have electricity and well water setup already. The septic is there as well, but as this property was abandoned for 10+ years the status and location of the septic tank and field are unknown. The drain field is likely packed with roots as it's in the middle of a forest more or less. We've already rented a porta potty, so until we find the septic this will be our solution. Thanks for all the info, keep it coming if you have more :)
     
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    Put out mouse poison bait stations around your campsite and leave a snap trap or two set in the trailer.
     
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    Congrats on finally getting a camper for your land! Glad you are going to keep the pup too. Hope to see you at Holly next year for the rally!
     
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    Thanks Friar. It was tough missing the rally, but it's been a lot of work to get to this point. It's really coming together and this camper will hopefully increase our relaxation, by cutting down on the setup and teardown. Looking forward to getting back together with everyone!
     
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    Dont put poison outside. Mice will eat it but scavengers may eat the dead mice rats rodents and they may die. Snap traps or live traps should only be used. Please never leave poison bait out. Even dogs or cats kids can get into it.
     
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    Poison bait stations are designed to keep pets and small children out.
     
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    but owls and hawks and coyotes eat poisoned rodents. They would rather eat the live ones! Get a nice hungry cat?
     

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