We have the camper, and it is back at the house. At the dealer, we went through the walk through with the dealer and had the new hitch set up. We are using the Reese Dual Cam Weight Distributing and Anti Sway system, which I have used on three campers now.
We also had a new brake controller installed. Based on the dealer’s recommendation, I chose to run the Tekonsha Primus, which uses technology initially used on the Prodigy controller (I use the Prodigy in my truck). During the ride home, I found the Primus to have more power and be more adjustable (I like to feel the trailer grab just before the tow vehicle grabs).
Once home, we began to take all of the stuff out of the living room and garage and put it into the camper. Before putting anything away, we took time to line all the shelves with shelf liner. This serves to cushion things placed on the shelves, and with its anti-skid properties, keeps things in place better.
Before putting away the dishes, we made sure to wash all of them. Cindy had to leave for awhile, and Jessica (our 4 year old) jumped up onto the stools and began to wash things by herself. I never turn down free labor (she works for hot dogs and chicken nuggets), so I dried some and placed things, and she washed all the silverware and pans.
This other picture shows what the brochures SHOULD show, a camper in the midst of packing. It doesn’t take long to bring it all in, and it must look worse before we can make it better. So far, we have put in our leveling boards, dishes, a little food, sleeping bags, as well as various electric cords and hoses. There are also chairs, tables, stoves, being packed. I have also put in my tools, extra pieces (I carry a set of wheel bearings among other things), and attached a flashlight to a cabinet so that we can always find one light.
The plan for packing is to take it slowly and deliberately, so that we get all of our stuff in and placed appropriately. We can’t take too much time though, because we leave for Martinsville in three weeks! This will be the maiden voyage for our camper.