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Old 01-31-2023, 06:44 PM   #1
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Default First Camper 2008 Fun Finder Xtra 19'

Just bought my first camper after tenting for 10 years. Very excited to try it out this upcoming weekend.

Wondering best material to paint/seal roof (has 2 former leaks when the awning attaches).

Also wondering where to get a generator holder attachment for the rear black swing bar?
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Old 02-01-2023, 11:36 AM   #2
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Woo hoo! Welcome to the club!

You must live in a warm place, if you want to try it out this weekend. Where are you located?

Before you rush off to try it out, let's talk tow vehicle and your towing setup. What do you have? (Safety first, right?)

You will have so many questions -- ask us old timers. We were all newbies, once upon a time.

Don't worry about the generator just yet -- you may not want to mount it on the back. It's a heavy, expensive, and fragile device.

If the roof has a "former" leak, you may not need to do anything yet -- I assume you got the trailer inspected to determine that there is no structural damage due to the leaks??

Be patient with yourself -- trailering has a steep learning curve. But it is more fun than you would think.

By the way, do you know how to back up a trailer? This is an important skill for a newbie. It is not impossible, but it takes some practice.
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Old 02-01-2023, 11:49 AM   #3
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Thank u for the kind message!

I own 2 enclosed trailers for many years and formerly a valet so my backing up skills are pretty good.

I resealed the former leak spots yesterday so hoping that buys me some time.

I live in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida so weather is perfect this weekend. I am performing with my band Lights Out Project at Farm To Grass Music Festival this weekend in Port St Lucie so leaving Friday on her maiden voyage.

My vehicle is a 2002 Lincoln Navigator so hoping it is sufficient for towing.

My buddy is lending me a generator for this weekend and I ordered a bunch of the necessities on Amazon that should be here before I leave. I.E. Black/Grey water hoses, power cables, water filter and pressure gauge, etc.

Wish me luck!
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Good luck! It sounds like you are good to go -- you are not really a newbie at all. Safe travels!

Here is one thought that might be useful -- if this trailer is a 2008, do make sure that the tires are not too old -- five years maximum.

Also, if the batteries have not been well maintained, maybe consider replacing them with new deep cycle batteries. I use group 31 batteries from NAPA Auto. With good batteries and careful use of electricity, you may not have to run the generator too much. Those things are noisy, even the very quiet ones.

Trailering and music -- life does not get much better than that.
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Tires are 2 weeks old and Deep Cycle battery is new ����
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Well done -- rock on!!
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Welcome to the group. Have a great time. Enjoy your camper. Camping and music, great combination.
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Welcome to the Club.
We've always used Duck Coat and Duck patch from Menards. I had a camper with 8 large leaks and this stuff fixed everything. I recoat the roof with the Duck Coat every two years. It works for all of us at the campground.
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Shelley, which Duck Coat product do you use? I had never heard of that brand, and the website lists several products. Thanks in advance for your advice!!
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Thanks! Here is a link to the page for that product:

https://duckcoat.com/duck-coat-roof-coating/
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Yep thatís the stuff.
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