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Old 04-21-2014, 01:09 PM   #1
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Just returned home from our first time out.

I had to leave town last week for work. I got home Friday night so Saturday we loaded up and went to Scott County Park for Easter. It was our first time out in the new camper. I dewinterized on this trip. I am surprised Crossroads does not put the location of the bypass valves in the manual. Or use labels to help you locate them. But removing all the panels aloud me to see where all the mechanicals were and do a little inspection.
I can see this is were some mods are going to start. It would be nice for these to be hinge and use quick release latches. I will have to really look into this. No need to pull out tools to get to an area you need access to on multiple occasions.
It was a fun time. Very little packing required. It's nice having the storage space to leave all the camping stuff in the camper. I could not do that in our previous 8' pop up. Quick to break down and leave the CG too. It towed well. I left the tanks empty during towing. I should have filled the water tank and tried the pump.

Here is a picture with the LED'S lit up.

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Old 04-21-2014, 02:58 PM   #2
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Very nice pic. Crossroads manual are useless. As I stated in another post they need to hire a technical writer.
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Old 04-21-2014, 03:25 PM   #3
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Happy Easter. And great pic.
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looking good, glad you guys had a good first trip
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Looks good. We thought about putting hinges and locks on ours but never did. Probably should have because after a few years the screws are starting to strip out. this is what I thought about using.
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Old 04-21-2014, 07:52 PM   #6
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The lights are great.
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:02 PM   #7
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The LED's in the picture are the RGB strips. So you can select the color and dim them. I was surprised by the amount of light they put off.

Had to empty the gray tank a couple times. So I see why some models have larger or multiple gray tanks. My wife loved having an actual kitchen when camping. Which may account for all the water used. If we do any camping with out sewer hookups we have to be cautious on water.
Plus the refrigerator and freezer was nice. The ice cream was a nice touch to have with our Dutch oven cooked cherry cobbler.

I think next week end we are taking it out again. The following weekend will be towing it about 60 miles. I just hope I don't get called out of town for work the next couple weeks.
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Time to learn how to take navy showers (turn water on, get wet, turn water off, soap up and put shampoo in hair, quick rinse, turn water off, if necessary, condition hair and do another quick rinse). The wife will need to learn how to shave with very little water in tub (I usually collect some with the wet down or rinse off to use). Other option is to use bath house for showers. Cutting down on water with dishwashing has been my nemesis. I have learned to rinse silverware in bulk and use paper plates and plastic cups and utensils when on partial hook ups. Some have been known to use wash basins and empty them into their black tank. One other option is to get a Portable waste tank. We just use full hook ups at every opportunity. That said, I think our next trailer will have a larger grey tank.
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Old 04-21-2014, 09:11 PM   #9
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It's not only CR manuals that are useless. I've owned a Coachmen when they were still Coachmen and two Forest Rivers besides my Cruiser and the owner's manuals have been useless in all four of them.
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Where did you connect the lights. We have a similar strip that I want to install but just haven't decided where and how. On the subject of waste, I was impressed with my family over spring break. My wife, 2 girls and myself for 5 days and we did not fill the tanks. I brought my portable waste tank for nothing. Very few State Parks in Florida have full hook ups.
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