Well lesson 1 is don't buy a camping trailer from a used car dealer who didn't actually use the camper, and cannot guarantee the condition of anything. (Even though he sells a lot of them!) Once we started going through it, we discovered that almost everything had to be fixed or repaired in some way. The hot water heater had a lot of sediment and did not work at first because it had never been cleaned or maintained There were some leaky pipes and the water pump didn't work. The fridge didn't run on gas because the gas line was clogged. The outdoor shower wouldn't shut off and had to have a valve replaced. The inside sink needed new faucets. All the fuses were blown and on and on. My husband Joe went through everything and most of those things were not expensive to repair, but time consuming to troubleshoot. Thank God for Youtube!
Besides showing how to fix a lot of components, Youtube was a great resource for learning how to drive and handle the trailer. We watched a lot of videos on how to tow and back up the trailer, and how to communicate with each other with one of us spotting from behind. Backing up is the most challenging part and we don't have a huge yard/driveway so we spent a few Sundays practicing that. One of the videos showed a couple using walkie talkies to communicate and that seemed like a good idea so we ordered some online. The walkie talkies are pretty good if you remember to hold the button down far enough before you start talking! Otherwise it just causes more aggravation. Hand signals are good too but you have to learn and use them.
So now we are finally ready to take it out to a couple of festivals... Starting with Green River fest in Greenfield, Ma. where we'll be camping in a nearby campground for 2-3 nights with hookups, then off to Grey Fox bluegrass festival in the Catskills, where we'll be roughing it in a farmer's field for 5 days and nights. For what it's cost so far we could have spent 10 nights in the Ritz Carlton! Or gone on another music cruise...But we hope to get the hang of it and have a few more years of Festive Living in style! We are also planning on Podunk, Rhythm and Roots and Fresh Grass and possibly a few others. Maybe we can get the per night cost more in line with a Holiday Inn.