Slim
Hello Folks, My husband and I are on the brink of buying a Retro 135. We've never had a camper, though I did growing up and we live off-the-grid part of the year. We're gonna hit the road in a week or so from South Carolina to Montana, and I'd love to hear everybody's top tip/piece of advice for our big adventure. Thank you!
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Tom
Change your transmission fluid beforehand, don't go 75 mph, take the back roads, you'll see more.  Enjoy!  🙂
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Slim
Thanks, Tom!
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mkevenson
Make a check list and USE IT! Don't forget the TP.
You will take 2x what you really need but that is a right of passage.
Stay safe, drive cautiously.
ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!
HAPPY TRAILS
Mark
Please buy Made in USA
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hiteck
Jack, jackstand, tire tool, spare tire. A flat on the side of the road is no fun, but even worse without the proper essentials. It might also be worth your time to find a open space to practice backing your new trailer. Hope you enjoy your trailer and the adventures it takes you on.
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fireblot
+1 on all the advice above! My Retro was the first thing I ever towed..... I really needed to practice backing up and maneuvering around gas pumps before getting on the road for our first trip. At first it was a challenge, but after a while it becomes second nature. Get going and have fun!

Peter
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Dukeydrea
Congrates on your new rig. Always have a jacket and change of shoes. Watch or view the weather as often as possible climate can change considerably throughout mountain ranges.
Have fun, safe travels and happy trails.
P.S. take lots of pictures
Andrea
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Slim
Thanks so much for the tips/advice, folks! Keep it coming!
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gelswick
Take a get acquainted close to home trip first, get to know the RV and make sure everything works....
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KLandry
I totally agree with the camp close to home, or even better yet the driveway.  That way if something does not work right the computer is close by for research.  Also, go to Harbor Freight and get a 4pc nylon pry bar set for hub cap removal without scratching the painted wheels when servicing the wheels/bearings.  Happy trails and stay safe.
Keith
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onthewind1
At high altitudes, even in the spring, be aware of black ice on the shadowed side of   mountain pavement. The sun does not shine much or at all on some roads esp on switch backs or hair pin curves. Go slow and better to drive as if. When I lived there. I would often stop car, get out and test the road. It's invisible but deadly. Highly traveled roads are less prone as surface has less time to freeze. Don't mean to scare you. But please keep it in mind. We are headed that way in August and avoiding as much grade as possible.
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2ty
Never drive away with your power, water, or sewer line still connected (no one will admit it, but we all have once).
Never enter a gas station without making sure you can maneuver out again.  When you enter leave enough clearance to the island so your trailer will clear it when you turn out.
Never drive away with your vent covers open.
Never drive away with your stairway deployed.
Don't forget to adjust your brakes after they break in and periodically afterward.
Don't forget to service your wheel bearings periodically.
Don't forget to replace the holding tank cover after you dump.
Be careful not to jackknife the trailer when backing up.
Provide extra clearance to the curb when cornering so that the trailer doesn't hit it.
Remember that you have a trailer connected when passing someone on the road.
Never start down a road without scouting it first if there is a chance that it ends without turnaround.
Last but not least, all the other things I forgot to mention!
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mkevenson
2ty, GREAT list! besides the TP that I already mentioned above, I might add that when driving , especially turning, OVEREGGURATE, every turn as compared to driving when not towing. Kinda goes with your advice about curbs and gas stations.
Mark
Please buy Made in USA
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Slim
2ty, thank you so much for taking the time to write that great list! We really appreciate it!
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gelswick
Learn what the word pyramid means in rv lingo and how to prevent it. Search the fmca and irv2 forums, don't think you will find it on here.
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