Originally Posted by Josiegirl13
Sounds like good advice - my first adventure will be within miles from home. Need to get acquainted with the new baby. I'm sure I will have lots of questions before I hit the road.
Thanks for the welcome
Have fun, and I'm sure you got some initial advice and recommendations from your selling dealer, but two that I would like to mention, that are so critically important:
1. To have, and use ALWAYS, a water pressure limit regulator
at the water tap end of your water hose. Most are factor set to not allow any PSI over 45 PSI
past them onto your hose. So very important, to not ever hook up your water lines, WITHOUT it. It is a little brass round body that is about 3-4 inches long. So many camps have really funky water pressure supply PSI pressure to each campsite facet, and you can (if the PSI is over the max limit of your neoprene water lines inside your trailer, you can blow the lines...around where they all pinch onto the fittings at the compressor fitting, and resultant water cabin flow and damage. Always use the water pressure regulator, with City (your home) or Campsite water service
2. To purchase and always use, a Camping R.V. SURGE PROTECTOR
, that also has an automatic-upon-connection circuit testing capability that will SHUT DOWN, and not allow any current from the Hook Up Pedestal, if there is anything wrong with the wiring...(bad polarity, corroded, sparking/surge) for if those physical conditions exist as you hook up...you can IN SECONDS...blow your Inverter Panel, ruin your Start-Up A/C compressor board, blow fuses, blow LED's... the all of it--->in mere seconds
after you hook up, without the use of a Circuit Testing Surge Compressor between the male end of your Winnie OEM 30 amp cord, and the female of the 110 electric service post. The two above will alleviate the "shoulda, coulda, woulda's"...and protect you from a great camping experience, into one of instant woe!
Another suggestion, regarding water...is that you purchase a brass 90 degree water fitting
that will allow your water hose to NOT sit sticking straight out from the screw in female city water connection. It will allow the hose to come up from the ground parallel to the side body of your trailer. That way, there will be no TORQUE and weight effected upon your water connection. Over time, if you do not use this...it will cause fitting stress and resultant leaks and headaches. That simple and cheap 90 degree brass fitting will nip all that, in the bud.
My suggestion, is never 'cheap out' on the feature list and cost of the Surge and Test Protector, for it is in the long run, the best non-damage one time 'insurance' payment and produce ease of mind, that you can buy. At your dealer, also ask about the hard plastic anti-theft locking coupler, that prevents/impedes a criminal from taking your Surge Protector off of the Electric service pedestal, and then disconnecting it from the male end of your O.E.M 30 amp cord.
One more tip, if I might, ---->...buy two plastic over chain,
locking bicycle locks, that you can very tightly WRAP AROUND the Surge Protector 30 amp cord that comes out of the head...and tightly wrap the two bicycle chain locks around the cord and the power post. This will impede a thief from being able to remove your Surge Protector from the power post.
This is a highly sought after grab-and-run item stolen (unfortunately this happens) from your campsite, usually in the dead of night, or while someone observes that nobody is at the campsite.
All of the above suggestions, is intended to have you NOT experience the effects of not taking this to heart.
Cheers, beers/wine, and ample fire-ember poking! Have fun!