We are brand new camper owners and our first trip is this weekend, going to Jellystone in TN. I just have a couple of questions that I need help with. First the stabalizing jacks, the instruction manual is about as helpful as a one arm wallpaper hanger. I know that you are not suppose to lift the camper with the jacks, they are only for stabilization, but how do I know when to stop the motor? Do I stop the motor when I see the camper raise up a little bit or when the jacks hit the ground? How much pressure is needed on the jacks? Also both of our slides are on one side would yall recommend raising that side of the camper up a little under the wheels to offset any lean the camper might have with the slides extended? I have it level in my driveway now but when the slides are out it seems like it leans just a hair to that side.
Second, on the black water system, do I need to put a little water in the tank to start or just dump that little bottle of stuff into the tank and let it be? The dealer gave us a start up package with those little bottles of stuff you add for odor control and to help the solids break down. In the crossroads manual it does not say how to do it. I just thought about it and I guess the bottle might tell me but I didn't think about looking at it until just now.
Third, do yall de-winterize your camper at home before you go or at the campground? And how long do yall let fresh water run though your lines to clean them out. I know that the winterization stuff says its not harmfull but that doesn't mean I want my family drinking it. Jellystone of course has full hookups and water so we bought a britta filter thingy so we can drink water from the tap. Oh yeah also, when yall do winterize your campers does anyone use the compressed air method and the antifreeze in the drains?
Thanks in advance for any help.