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Author Topic: The Maiden Voyage of the Beagle Ark  (Read 597 times)

BeagleDad

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The Maiden Voyage of the Beagle Ark
« on: August 22, 2016, 06:19:31 PM »
My wife and I (and two beagles) debuted our 2017 Passport 2520RL this past weekend.  It was also our first camping adventure ever.  We had a great weekend at Gettysburg Campground.  We were off in a corner near the tent sites.  We had only a few neighbors and nobody in any site bordering ours.  Some veteran camper friends came to visit on Saturday and we got a few pointers from them as well as positive feedback on what we had done thus far and accessories we acquired.  We learned a few valuable lessons...

  - Use a real level in the interior to determine level-ness rather than the little levels the dealer stuck on the corner of the unit.
  - If one expects 30a of power on the inside, one must turn on power at the pole!
  - We need to come up with a better BRS (Beagle Restraint System).  We purchased several sections of an inexpensive garden fence at Lowes(visible in the attached photo) that didn't do the job.
  - Spending $10 on ponchos would have been wise.
  - The number one lesson though, and this is a big one, the absolute most  important lesson we learned was this:  DO NOT assume that the valves are all in a closed position when you remove the dump cap!  Bad things will result!

All in all, a great weekend.  We look forward to Labor Day Weekend at Swallow Falls State Park in western Maryland!
Randy & Brenda Witt
Windsor, PA
2017 Keystone Passport 2520RL
2014 GMC Sierra 1500

SeilerBird

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Re: The Maiden Voyage of the Beagle Ark
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2016, 06:38:25 PM »
The number one lesson though, and this is a big one, the absolute most  important lesson we learned was this:  DO NOT assume that the valves are all in a closed position when you remove the dump cap!  Bad things will result!
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whiteva

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Re: The Maiden Voyage of the Beagle Ark
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2016, 08:28:52 PM »
WOW, that brings back memories we laugh at today... Yea... I cleaned up the dump station after removing the cap.. Did I say oh sh1t?   yep..

Now I instruct all my newbies to check the valves prior to departing home base,  # 1 rule.. #2 rule make sure the dog and cat are on board at departure.. #3 rule Wife is on board.... the other rules are optional.
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