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  1. Tulsa Cajun on September 24, 2023 at 2:16 pm

    Never dance Woman.

  2. Pat Strawhouse on September 24, 2023 at 2:18 pm

    Firstly, I love your videos and following your family’s adventures.
    I’ve been watching for a few years. I’ve had a popup and an Aliner Ranger 15 Off-road. I camper 104 nights last year, in 22 states and 4 provinces, for a total of 19 000km.
    I just purchased my first—and hopefully forever (I’m 70)—travel trailer: A Rove Lite 16RB—my first trailer with black & grey water tanks—so I’m going back to watch or re-watch some of your past videos. I’ve downloaded both your setup and tear-down checklists and am about to watch your Tear Down video.
    Safe travels, and stay well!❤
    Muskoka ON 🇨🇦

  3. Irma Gutierrez on September 24, 2023 at 2:18 pm

    Not sure where to put my question. Help! So when does the water heater get filled and what about igniting light? Where does this step fall in the setup camp deal?

  4. Herb Hammonds on September 24, 2023 at 2:19 pm

    TRISH!!!…Is it level!?!?!?….LOL!!!

  5. Gary Trippel on September 24, 2023 at 2:19 pm

    I have to make two suggestions. I would first plug in your surge protector to is if power pole is wired correctly. That way if there is a problem you don’t have to tear down to move to a different. Probably will never happen but could. Second before hooking up fresh water hose run some water out of outlet to make sure no bugs or other thinks are in the line.

  6. Kay Morris on September 24, 2023 at 2:21 pm

    Name brand of better chockes.

  7. Sharon LaMarsh-Biggar on September 24, 2023 at 2:22 pm

    Great info for a newbie like me, thanks! Do you have the 1/2" or 5/8" zero-G hose?

  8. Herb Hammonds on September 24, 2023 at 2:24 pm

    Thanks!…We needed that video because we are about to take our first trip!!!

  9. Veronica LaRock on September 24, 2023 at 2:25 pm

    Very good video, 1st timers and this video really helped

  10. Doug Birnbaum on September 24, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Do you have a video or pointers on RV internet usage ie, using internet hotspots? Thank you for all your videos they’re very helpful.

  11. Julia Norris on September 24, 2023 at 2:29 pm

    Thank you. Extremely useful video 👍

  12. Daniel Layman on September 24, 2023 at 2:29 pm

    love it thanks for this

  13. Edmonton Real Estate Listings - MLS on September 24, 2023 at 2:31 pm

    oh man the dude is so hot. I wish he was like my neighbor. SO much knowledge. Best video so far!!

  14. Robert Rice on September 24, 2023 at 2:36 pm

    Nice vidio on setting up. One thing I would change from # 8 step to # 1 is check the power at the post first, hate to get level and everything else than to find out I have no power.

  15. Terry smiles on September 24, 2023 at 2:36 pm

    Use the Grey water handle for the black water sewer! I am missing a handle too…they screw on i always twist the other off and put it on the missing one! Mine is all in one pipe with different handles!

  16. Chris Zwolinski on September 24, 2023 at 2:37 pm

    Going over your videos that I haven’t watched yet because there’s always something to learn even if you’ve done it a bunh of times before. I get gloves from Costco. I use them to clean up the yard from the dog "presents". They hold up really well and it’s easier and cleaner IMHO that the pooper scooper.

  17. SuperTruthSeeker4U on September 24, 2023 at 2:37 pm

    Great info about electrical and water at 12:00

  18. Doug Brown on September 24, 2023 at 2:38 pm

    I noticed the awning was opened just to cover the slide-out. This is a very good idea as it protects the slide-out from rain and it shouldn’t get wrecked from wind because it was out just a bit. I’m thinking that is why you did this. I am a pre new RVer and actually haven’t purchased the trailer – just getting the truck this week. Going to the RV show next week in Toronto and hopefully will purchase a trailer there. Your videos have been very helpful and we’re taking lots of notes. You both are amazing! Keep on doing your presentations – again, very helpful.

  19. nygrlathrt on September 24, 2023 at 2:39 pm

    Harbor freight has those chairs for 30.00 each …aldi has the table for 27.00…newbie here…we have not taken our 33′ trailer camping yet …thanks for all your helpful videos!

  20. nitro burp on September 24, 2023 at 2:40 pm

    OH CRAP was that your level? Mine looks the same and I thought I left it on your hood so I took it

  21. Terry smiles on September 24, 2023 at 2:44 pm

    I was wondering what them black things are on the roof that have one single black cord going to them there are 2 or 3 of them?

  22. Emily Rose on September 24, 2023 at 2:44 pm

    Great video!!!

  23. M G on September 24, 2023 at 2:45 pm

    Great information. Thank you for sharing. I did my first voyage last week. I thought I was prepared. Needless to say, I wasn’t. Here are the things I needed (and perhaps you can incorporate on your list).
    1.1/4- 1" combination wrenches
    2. Channel lock pliers
    3. Standard and Phillips screwdrivers
    4. The all-important vise grips.
    5. Teflon tape
    6. Duct tape
    7. Box of fuses
    Ensure your propane tanks are full.
    Ensure you have ALL of your keys needed to open all doors and locks. (I ended up color coding mine as I have 9 keys) BRING the spare and stow it in the tow vehicle.
    Consider a portable Macerator pump. Amazon has the whole kit. by Kitvance e.g
    Ensure your tires are inflated properly.
    Consider trail cameras and place them around your camper.
    I am rolling in a 2016 Airstream Bambi. Love it.

    Happy Camping

  24. Keep Your Daydream on September 24, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    We do these videos to share what we’ve learned the hard way. But just like every video, the comments have great ideas and tips. I’ve updated the blog, "What we’ve learned from the comments" and included a few of the comments below. Check it out. http://www.keepyourdaydream.com/setup/ We’ll update with more comments as we find more gems 👍

  25. Alan Robison on September 24, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    Love your personalities, you guys kill me. Thanks for all the info, regardless of how many years you’ve been camping, reminders always help.

    This is Alan, GREETINGS from Riverside in Southern California.

  26. John Burgamy on September 24, 2023 at 2:47 pm

    Thanks so much for your time and positive energy in your videos. My wife and I are taking our first trip today 7/23/23 to KOA in Gettysburg. We are excited. I bought solid rubber chocks from Harbor Freight on a coupon for 5.99 each. Great tip. Keep the great content coming.

  27. Karis Tchokreff on September 24, 2023 at 2:48 pm

    Just picked out our new RV, picking up in Tuscon. 23LDE Grand Design, you guys are awesome and inspiring! We watch you everyday

  28. joey bagofdoughnuts on September 24, 2023 at 2:49 pm

    great job!
    i learned a lot thank you!

  29. Trina Turk on September 24, 2023 at 2:51 pm

    You guys are great! We are newbies. Thank you so much sharing this simple setup! 😊

  30. Tulsa Cajun on September 24, 2023 at 2:51 pm

    I enjoyed the video, I didn’t need the side -kick

  31. Olivia Wilson on September 24, 2023 at 2:51 pm

    I’m 3 years late, but this has been SO informative for newbies!!! Thank you!

  32. Bruce White on September 24, 2023 at 2:51 pm

    So cool! Great video you guys! Makes me want to RV! 😊

  33. Tulsa Cajun on September 24, 2023 at 2:54 pm

    I am in favor of this video. Higjly done with the name "Trish". I just want her to shut up.

  34. Plan A on September 24, 2023 at 2:55 pm

    LMAO! Newbs going on our first trip. Great vid but you forgot to mention eating your Cheerio’s in the morning – which clearly Mark did. Learned lots from both of you. Thank you.

  35. MulligansBlog on September 24, 2023 at 2:55 pm

    Picking up first RV tomorrow. We really appreciate this video! 👍

  36. Terry smiles on September 24, 2023 at 2:58 pm

    Or instead of hooking to the city water you just fill your tank and avoid all that other stuff….filling the tank does not take much effort! specially when its right there! I stick to having just one slide out and i make sure its greased up well….I also run my generator if i have no power hookup for the 1 slide out!

  37. NJ CardFan on September 24, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    The one piece of advice I can give is have backups/extras. Extra fresh water hose, electric service line, sewer hose. I’ve needed all 3 sometimes more than 1. One trip last year, the electric pedestal and fresh water hookup were at the front of the camper. Only the sewer hose was where it belonged. As we all know most electric service cords are 25′ long so I got an additional 25′ extension. Same with the water. I have a 15′ hose I use regularly so I got a 25′ extension and an extra 10′ sewer line. You don’t want to get caught short and being forced to buy from the park as they charge through the nose.

  38. Mark Phillips on September 24, 2023 at 3:02 pm

    Is there a pdf checklist?

  39. Marcel Balcarek on September 24, 2023 at 3:02 pm

    Sadly the chairs are not on your amazon page anymore, and you never mentioned the brand. I found some “stioc fireside table camping chairs” that look similar and are $36 on sale from $49. Can you provide the brand?

  40. Gary Fairbourn on September 24, 2023 at 3:03 pm

    What is the name of the water hose that you like so much? I was on your Amazon site but you have many hoses there. Please advise.

  41. Ray Lee on September 24, 2023 at 3:04 pm

    I did not see the link for RV Essentials. Could you reply with it please, thanks!

  42. Harvey's Adventures on September 24, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    Hi Marc & Tricia. My wife Jennifer and I have recently purchased our fist RV travel trailer. (Forest River, Alpha Wolf) and our excitement is overflowing. I’m Donald and would like to thank you guys so very much for sharing your videos. I’ve done a considerable amount of research to prepare my family and I for our first camping trip. Your Newbie RV check list certainly put things into perspective and was Newbie friendly… We love the check list, and everyone will have to participate to make our outing successful. Again, thank you guys for blessing us with your experience.

  43. Carolyn Hogan on September 24, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    We are 16 year RV veterans. But I got a little trailer for myself in August. I’ve backed up lots of things successfully. BUT I am backing a 18’ travel trailer with Ford Explorer. Both are short. Still practicing. But while watching your video. 1 word of Caution the spotter should NOT walk backwards! To easy to trip and fall & get ran over and probably killed. Just thought I would pass that on to you.

  44. Rosemary Mann on September 24, 2023 at 3:09 pm

    My girlfriend lives in Carefree Az.! Very beautiful area. Love your videos!🥰

  45. Kimie Contino on September 24, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    I am so jealous of how you backed into this site–perhaps you should do a video on backing up! It has me so nervous!

  46. Eugene Ehlinger on September 24, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    Why don’t you put it before the splitter and then you would only need one.

  47. Bernice Butterly on September 24, 2023 at 3:13 pm

    We enjoy your utube. Thank you for making it easy to learn RV. we just bought a 22 ft .

  48. David Doorley on September 24, 2023 at 3:13 pm

    Thanks guys . Our first voyage is next week so you couldn’t have had better timing!

  49. Brandie Brandie on September 24, 2023 at 3:13 pm

    I’m from Homer Alaska 💕😊

  50. P. U. S. H. on September 24, 2023 at 3:15 pm

    Pro Tip: if you roll that rug up the opposite way it will lay flat better when you roll it out to use it…

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