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Old 01-07-2019, 04:02 AM   #1
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Aspen Trail maiden voyage!

We just did our maiden voyage this weekend and would like to share and invite others to share to help other newbies get over the hump of anxiety to fun.

We finally got the. wDH dialed in and we’re going to add the anti-sway bar, but didn’t since it needed tools to set up despite the instructions. The tow from storage to camping was local and uneventful (fortunately).

Lots of angst on our maiden voyage despite being a local short drive. Making lists of what to bring, getting “the big unit” out of storage, setting up in camp, testing all the systems and figuring out all the mysteries.

We went to a full hook up campground and got a pull though site. We pulled in to a huge puddle around the electrical pedestal and had to figure out how to hook up underwater. The campground staff were argumentative when we asked for help, and we were talked down to with comments like, “we’ll its CAMPING” and “why don’t you put a pallet over it”. As if we travel with pallets. (We tent camped for a decade without issues like this). Finally, a park employee came by withe a cement block and some sand after UN diplomat level negotiations. We finally got all hooked up and were on our way to using our TT.

We were really happy to see systems working and feeling the comforts of the TT. It was interesting to experience things we did not anticipate. The biggest one for us was that: this TT MOVES while parked and camping. It is like a constant earthquake with 4 people and a dog in a TT. The stabilizer jacks are no match for kids getting in bunk beds or a dog that needs to go out. I am still getting my “sea legs” after this weekend! To be continued (and please post about your maiden voyage if yo can)
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Old 01-07-2019, 05:38 AM   #2
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Glad you were able to get hooked up and settled. Sounds like the campground staff were pretty terrible.

As for the rocking I am curious, do you have two or four stabilizers? With four your should be able to get it locked in pretty good.

Also I am wondering if wet ground caused your stabilizers to sink in a little. I always carry a bunch of those yellow stacking blocks for both under the low side tires to level and also under the stabilizers. I also crank the stabilizers again after several hours to put pressure on them because they can loosen up over time. And did you level the trailer side to side under the wheels, and front to back with the tongue jack before your dropped the stabilizers? That is the best way to do it.
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If you do not have a set of these get some, they help with front to back motion. They are available at amazon and RV parts stores.
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Old 01-07-2019, 05:23 PM   #4
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Just installed Steadyfast Stabilizers

I'm not a fan of a wobbly camper, this will eliminate 95% of all movement, you will never regret it.
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Old 01-09-2019, 03:53 AM   #5
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Thanks for the help

Thank you all for the x chock recommendations, I will definitely try them!
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Glad you were able to get hooked up and settled. Sounds like the campground staff were pretty terrible.

As for the rocking I am curious, do you have two or four stabilizers? With four your should be able to get it locked in pretty good.

Also I am wondering if wet ground caused your stabilizers to sink in a little. I always carry a bunch of those yellow stacking blocks for both under the low side tires to level and also under the stabilizers. I also crank the stabilizers again after several hours to put pressure on them because they can loosen up over time. And did you level the trailer side to side under the wheels, and front to back with the tongue jack before your dropped the stabilizers? That is the best way to do it.
We just have four scissor jacks.
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Old 01-09-2019, 11:27 PM   #7
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Look into the J T Strongarm stabilizers. I added them to my Aspen Trail. The scissor wheel chocks help also as others have pointed out. When I get all set up it is rock solid now.
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It's fun owning an aspin trails trailer .... But

As I do love owning an Aspen trail RV I'm very surprised at how low of quality parts go into this thing I bought a 2017 Aspen trail I have had many parts needed replaced as many years as they built these trailers you would think they'd start to be better at what they do there is supposed to be under heating for the plumbing and black water grey water tank etc I am constantly having Frozen lines Frozen black water tank frozen grey water tank the propane mixing valve is completely substandard constantly leaks yet another thing I'm going to have to replace had to replace my sink how to replace my flush valve for the toilet lights constantly are not working and then decide to work seemingly to their own free will other than that it's been an okay trailer
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If things are freezing, I think you may need to winterize.
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Look into then J T Strongarm stabilizers. I added them to my Aspen Trail. The scissor wheel chocks help also as others have pointed out. When I get all set up it is rock solid now.
Thank you!
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