Having a good travel trailer guide helps you use your camper. Reading books, listen to CDs, watching DVDs and finding some great tips from experienced campers.
Just ask anyone about their camper and they will give you lots of guidance on what they have experienced.
You will love your travel trailer even more once you get familiar with it.
Any of these information materials will be worth your time and effort.
Make sure you browse through all the available travel trailer guides to give you an upper edge on camping in your RV camper.
Let's look at your camper on the outside first. You will notice the storage bins that have access panels from the outside. These storage bins hold lots of stuff.
You can store your hitching parts, chairs, toys, tools and camping needs. Your manufacturer's travel trailer guide will show you how to utilize these.
Ronnie uses laundry baskets to store different things. He has his camping needs organized into a basket.
His cooking equipment in another basket.
His RV hook-ups are in a separate basket. These include hoses, various elbows, spigot adapters, pressure regulators and filters for water.
All of these are portable and can be taken out to get to another one, without rummaging through unorganized stuff. He even has a small portable BBQ grill inside the bin for those rainy days when you can't cook over the campfire.
He can still whip up those delicious meals he is so good at cooking over a campfire. He could write his own travel trailer guide!
He also has some electrical adapters for those times you can only plug into a 110V outlet. Some of these 110V outlets are located on the outside wall of your camper.
There are a few bulbs and fuses that are not easily found outside of a camping store. These go along with some basic maintenance tools, such as a hammer, screwdrivers, adjustable wrench, zip ties, nails, lubricants and pliers.
He has some outdoor lights that he hangs from the awning to provide light at night when needed. A couple of extension cords are also in there.
As you come down the side of the camper, you will find a rail. This rail is there to slide your LP stove on. We have never used one, but I'm sure they are used by quite a few people.
It is a great feature to have if you like to use a propane stove. A travel trailer guide will tell you how to use one and how to hook it up.
The awning is rolled up above the door. Some are extended electrically and others you have to manually pull out. Check your manufacturer's travel trailer guide for help if you need it.
You can extend it to provide shade from the sun and protection from the rain. It is useful to keep your chairs and outdoor items under at night to keep the dew off of them.
Sitting under your awning is a comfort when it is hot outside as the shade is refreshing.
Be sure to lower the end toward the back of the awning so when it rains, the water will run off the back end and not on the front. You do not want water to puddle on the top of the awning. It will sag in the middle and if it gets heavy enough, it may tear the seams.
Going on around the camper, at the back, you will find a water hook-up. Your hose hooks from there to the water spigot at your campsite. Make sure your hose is not kinked or tangled. Your water hose needs to be a heavy duty one, as it will be under pressure.
You will need to check your lights at the back of your camper every time you hitch up to travel. Replace any bulbs that do not burn. Tail lights and turn signals are part of camping safety.
Always be cautious of the vehicle behind you. They may not be aware of your turning or stopping, so those lights are their indication as to what you are planning to do. Just as driving a car, you need to keep things in a good working order.
On around to the other side of the camper, you will find your electrical hook-up cord tucked away inside an opening with a cover over it.
Pull the cord out as much as needed and plug it into the electrical box at the campsite. This cord will run everything provided in your camper. Be sure the switch inside the box is on and turn it off when you unplug your cord.
The only thing left on the outside is the roof. It should not need any attention unless you detect a leak inside your camper. It will need to be inspected yearly for problems that may need repairing.
Do the repairs as you find them. Don't wait until later, because you may forget about them and then you will have more problems.
Let's go inside your camper.
WOW! It is filled with so much stuff, kind of like being at home. You will find a bed which lifts up for storage underneath. A sink, shower and toilet are certainly a great need in a camper.
Your couch and maybe a chair or two is nice to see. Some of the couches fold out into a full size bed. As your eyes move along, you will find a dining table which lets down into a bed. The cushions lay flat across for a mattress. How neat is that?
You will see the refrigerator, sink and a stove top and oven unit. Counter space is limited, but there are lots of cabinets everywhere you look. The storage space is massive. You can put stuff just about anywhere you want it.
Some campers are equipped with a television installed on a base for travel. The antennae is mounted on the roof, but the antennae is raised from a rotating knob on the ceiling. Be sure to go in the direction indicated for up and down.
You can pull the attached circular ring down and rotate it to turn your antennae around. Make sure to let your antennae down when you are getting ready to pack up to leave. Check your travel trailer guide if you are not sure about how it works.
You have a lot to learn about your camper trailer and the use of the equipment.
Take the time to read your travel trailer guide, books, watch the videos, ask your travel trailer dealer and talk to other campers.
You can gain a lot of knowledge from these resources.
:) Happy Camping (: