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Old 05-28-2021, 05:18 PM   #21
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Welcome fellow Canadian. Living in Vancouver B.C. I have a 2009 189 FBS. Purchased in late 2018, managed to use it most of 2019 then COVID hit, only one trip 2020, hoping for more this year. Use a 2007 Nissan Frontier as the tow vehicle. Have been up and down the ‘Highway from Hell’, the Coquihalla highway couple times now with no problems. Added a sway bar this winter as at freeway speeds noticed a slight sway, nothing major.
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Make sure to remove water from toilet before hitting the road except for a little to cover rubber o-ring. Our first trip had a river down middle of trailer.
After becoming very sick on a trip in our former Class ‘C’ from drinking park water we now carry bottled water. To reduce tongue weight we place all heavy items, like bottled water over the axles, use an anti-skid mat to prevent shifting, so far its works.
To save storage space and frig space plan your meals. We use a excel spreadsheet with every column a different day. In each column put the dinner planned then only take what is needed to support that meal, i.e., hamburgers- two patties, two buns, onion, etc. Don’t take Costco sized items. For mayo, ketchup, other condiments use plastic squeeze bottles.
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Old 06-01-2021, 03:22 PM   #22
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Always watch the caulking on those older trailers. Any cracks and fix immediately. Pay attention to the marker lights up top and the diamond plate at the front. Well known area of water egress.
Thanks! Looks like it's in good shape now and no sign of past leaks, but we're already looking into how to re-seal the roof (and more) at the end of this season!
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Old 06-01-2021, 03:27 PM   #23
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On the rare occasion that I have someone assist me with backing up I have them call me on their cellphone so I can talk to them through the sync in my truck. Their directions are “drivers side a few inches” “need to go more passenger side” things like that.
Had my shake out weekend last weekend and learned a valuable lesson. I don’t often hook up to water but this time I did. I also turned on my water pump. All that pressure caused my pump to leak and the kitchen faucet to drip. Checking on the pump this afternoon to make sure I didn’t ruin it.
Look up some good hitching, setup and tear down checklists. I updated mine so I’m going out again this weekend.
Have fun, laugh at your mistakes, talk to neighbors about their biggest mistakes and again, have fun!!
Totally makes sense, but I don't think I would have thought of just using the phone! We will grab a water regulator before heading out... still negotiating a bit on whether we need an energy monitoring system or just surge protector, but I'm hoping to install an EMS to keep things safe and simple. And the checklists are in progress, but we're both quite curious about what will surprise us once we're actually out!
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Old 06-01-2021, 03:30 PM   #24
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Welcome fellow Canadian. Living in Vancouver B.C. I have a 2009 189 FBS. Purchased in late 2018, managed to use it most of 2019 then COVID hit, only one trip 2020, hoping for more this year. Use a 2007 Nissan Frontier as the tow vehicle. Have been up and down the ‘Highway from Hell’, the Coquihalla highway couple times now with no problems. Added a sway bar this winter as at freeway speeds noticed a slight sway, nothing major.
Suggestions?
Make sure to remove water from toilet before hitting the road except for a little to cover rubber o-ring. Our first trip had a river down middle of trailer.
After becoming very sick on a trip in our former Class ‘C’ from drinking park water we now carry bottled water. To reduce tongue weight we place all heavy items, like bottled water over the axles, use an anti-skid mat to prevent shifting, so far its works.
To save storage space and frig space plan your meals. We use a excel spreadsheet with every column a different day. In each column put the dinner planned then only take what is needed to support that meal, i.e., hamburgers- two patties, two buns, onion, etc. Don’t take Costco sized items. For mayo, ketchup, other condiments use plastic squeeze bottles.
Got a very gratifying reaction when I told my wife about your "why draining the toilet is important" lesson. We'll do that! I'm not optimistic about our ability to calculate the food requirements... I suspect we may end up being a fridge + cooler family, but it will give me something to work towards!
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Old 06-02-2021, 10:55 AM   #25
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We only put non-perishable items in our little fridge, you just never know when it'll conk out, so only soda and water. Plus we take a lot of food with us, so I have two large ice chests. Food in one, liquids in the other.

As far as tips, I try to keep the trailer only for sleeping and do most everything outside unless it's raining.

I try to have plenty of lighter sticks at hand, they always seemingly vanish when you need it. (or my wife moves them.)

We use a collapsible laundry basket as a trash can, it's large enough for a 33 gallon bag. I put a rock inside the basket to keep the wind from taking it away and binder clips to hold the bag inside. Works like a charm. We keep it outside of the trailer. We also use a basket for our dirty clothes, we put it in the bathroom (as long as the campground has a bathroom.)

We also have a bunch of ziploc baggies. You can put anything in there, wet garbage, left-overs, dirty spoons, etc... and it doesn't get all over the place.
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We only put non-perishable items in our little fridge, you just never know when it'll conk out, so only soda and water. Plus we take a lot of food with us, so I have two large ice chests. Food in one, liquids in the other.

As far as tips, I try to keep the trailer only for sleeping and do most everything outside unless it's raining.

I try to have plenty of lighter sticks at hand, they always seemingly vanish when you need it. (or my wife moves them.)

We use a collapsible laundry basket as a trash can, it's large enough for a 33 gallon bag. I put a rock inside the basket to keep the wind from taking it away and binder clips to hold the bag inside. Works like a charm. We keep it outside of the trailer. We also use a basket for our dirty clothes, we put it in the bathroom (as long as the campground has a bathroom.)

We also have a bunch of ziploc baggies. You can put anything in there, wet garbage, left-overs, dirty spoons, etc... and it doesn't get all over the place.
That's a great idea... we've usually used bungees to hold a garbage bag to a tree, but it makes so much sense to use the rock to secure the basket (and will prevent a bit of sap from attacking our bungees)! The multi-purpose baggies will be super useful, too.
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Old 06-02-2021, 12:17 PM   #27
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Well, I don't know about everyone else but we use all the facilities and comfort features that came in our camper which is why got away from the tent program. And therefore, no need or reason to 'build a campfire' either.

The frig is packed with whatever the wife thinks we may eat on the outing, including our individual choices for snacks. If we run short, there are groceries stores in/near every little 'berg' in the USA.

We take an ice chest for water/drinks 'cause opening the frig frequently prevents it from staying nice and cold.

Unless grilling on the small, portable propane grill that came with the camper and mounts on the exterior rail or placed on a picnic table - the cooking is done inside utilizing the propane stove and/or the convection microwave which is why they came with the camper.

We NEVER use a public restroom/showers that are found at campgrounds since we have one built into the camper. When on the road, we stop when nature calls and use the camper bathroom.

All trash is put into a supply of used plastic 'shopping bags' from various stores, tied shut tightly and deposited in the campground dumpsters when required.

The cookware/dishes are washed and put away after a meal so the kitchen area stays neat a tidy. Dirty laundry goes into a plastic garbage bag, closed with a wire tie, so no aroma issues arise.

The air conditioner and heater built into the camper are utilized as needed as we watch the campground cable or satellite TV during inclement weather and/or evenings as we relax in our comfy recliners which are far superior to the removed U dinette benches that came with the camper.

To each their own as they see fit.
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Had a problem on my 189 FBS front left corner, the front cap was pulling away from the side panel, at its largest point about 1/4 inch. Fearing water/dry rot took to local RV repair dealer. He found when they built the unit, 1/2 the screws securing the front cap to the side completely missed their mark and not screwed into the side panel, he joked most of been made on a friday afternoon and just wanted to get out of the factory. There was no rot nor water damage.
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I'm more of an "inside dog", too. I like nature best through a window, but I suspect I'm in the minority, there. It was my wife who really wanted to get into something other than the tent just like @Xerofall described... she wanted dark and quiet to sleep, but didn't care about most anything else ("what do we need seating for? We're just using it to sleep!"). I'm also looking forward to having a place away from the bugs and hea during the day, so I expect I'll take full advantage of as many comforts as I can squeeze out of it!
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Had a problem on my 189 FBS front left corner, the front cap was pulling away from the side panel, at its largest point about 1/4 inch. Fearing water/dry rot took to local RV repair dealer. He found when they built the unit, 1/2 the screws securing the front cap to the side completely missed their mark and not screwed into the side panel, he joked most of been made on a friday afternoon and just wanted to get out of the factory. There was no rot nor water damage.
Yikes! I expect that if ours had issued like that they would have been identified by now, but it makes me think I should give it a careful once-over just in case...
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I'm more of an "inside dog", too. I like nature best through a window, but I suspect I'm in the minority, there. It was my wife who really wanted to get into something other than the tent just like @Xerofall described... she wanted dark and quiet to sleep, but didn't care about most anything else ("what do we need seating for? We're just using it to sleep!"). I'm also looking forward to having a place away from the bugs and hea during the day, so I expect I'll take full advantage of as many comforts as I can squeeze out of it!
Traveled for years via Motorcycle all over the central and western United Stated and tent camped so with limited space, traveled with only the bare necessities - no extras or luxury items.

After a day of riding to see whatever is to be seen, great to come back to the camper, get inside the a temperature controlled enviornment, take a nice hot shower, change clothes and sit in comfy recliner and watch a good movie or a bit of the news and eat a good meal w/o dirt/bugs and mother nature intruding.
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