PandE
NEW TO US, 2018 177SE WHITE WATER RETRO
ANYTHING WE SHOULD BE AWARE OF WHEN TAKE POSSESSION OF CAMPER?
FOR EXAMPLE WHERE IS THE BLACK WATER STINKY SLINKY KEPT?
IT HAS A SOLAR PANEL INSTALLED ON THE TOP (FACTORY DEALER INSTALL)
LIFT KITS?

ANY IDEAS WOULD BE GREAT

THANK YOU
PandE
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TravelerGuy
Hi PandE,
Congrats on the new to you 177SE!  You'll love it.  The sewer hose is usually stored in the rear bumper.  Remove the black plastic cap on the left side, and hopefully there is a hose in there.  The connectors will also fit in there if you orient them just right.  Some people drill holes and insert pins or clips to secure the caps, as they have come off for some folks.

The solar panel should be a great addition, particularly as most of us believe that the stock converter down below the fridge, doesn't do a good job of fully charging the battery.  There's a lot about that on this forum if you search for "solar".

We have a 2018 177SE with the stock 14" tires, and don't feel we need a lift kit.  But there are plenty of older Retro's with 13" tires and not enough ground clearance who are buying lift kits, though.  Some folks have even put 15" tires on, with lift kits.  Lots of posts about it here, just search for that on this forum.

As for tires, I think that a 2018 model will have good tires, but there were some on earlier years which were not adequate for warm temperatures and high speeds.  You might inspect your tires carefully for tread, cracking, or other problems.  Make sure they are a tire type which is correct for the trailer.

Caution:  NEVER turn on the water heater until you are sure the tank is fillled!  Open the outside access panel, and make sure the anode rod is installed.  Look under the left dinette seat and make sure the valves are set for normal operation, then fill the water heater.

As soon as you can, probably good to pressurise the system with a garden hose and make sure all the plumbing works, and look closely everywhere for leaks.  Remove the hose, put some water in the fresh water tank, turn on the water pump.  Then take the small wood panel off that's below the fridge, and watch carefully for leaks while you run water in the sink and toilet.

Wishing you great travels!
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