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Old 11-25-2016, 08:07 PM   #1
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"The Trailer" is home!

My orientation was at 8 this morning. I did manage to get about 5 hours sleep - yay! Got out of here early and got there an hour early. Parked in the Best Western parking lot, reading the Tundra's instruction manual on towing. Yeah, nothing like some last minute reading.

FYI - if you get a room there, ask for one on the other side of the road, unless they have really thick windows. Dang, it was pretty noisy sitting there for just that hour.

Traffic was a breeze going up there. Less than 5 minutes crossing at Sumas. Took a few minutes longer coming back and once the guard heard I was coming back with a new trailer, she said "congrats", closed my passport and handed it back. Not a single other question. Yay!

Orientation went fine. There wasn't any pressure to get it done in two hours as I was the only one scheduled for today. Yay! But, it didn't really take much longer than usual, if at all. Discovered a few glitches.

Such as the operator error with the remote for the electric awning. it worked just fine for the two guys doing the orientation (Michael gave it and Roger was listening in). But the remote did not like me (which doesn't surprise me, really, as that stuff happens to me frequently). Pointed the thing every which way but upside down. Wouldn't work for me. Michael - yes, me - no. Dennis came along, warmed up my hands or some such (I said it was an excuse for some flirting) and lo and behold, the remote now worked. Heck if I know why. He was saying something about a vein in my hands or whatever. We never did figure it out. Magic is what I think.

I'm sure it'll work just fine for other folks. And I'll get the hang of it. I'll fiddle with it tomorrow.

Discovered that our cushions have the vinyl backing, which is standard. But NOT what we ordered! It was all in an email, but that info never got carried over to the build sheet and it never occurred to me that the build sheet needed to state "fabric on both sides". I brought up twice as much fabric as is normally used, per their email. But, I guess it never dawned on anyone why there was so much, even when I stated there was 21 yards when I handed it over.

I'm not thrilled about it (to say the least) as I detest vinyl. Tammy found the original emails and acknowledged it was their fault for not getting it on the build sheet. It was suggested that I get a seamstress to remake them - well, I already paid to get them done and now I have to pay someone else to get them done the way I wanted? Yeah, not happy at all.

If anyone has any suggestions on how to get the hitch pins out when you don't have much strength in your hands, I would greatly appreciate it. I have a heck of a time with that and didn't even bother unhitching tonight as I didn't feel like messing with it at dusk (which quickly turned to darkness). I'm wondering if using a screwdriver for some extra leverage will help (shove the long, metal end in and pop the pin off - heck if I know as I haven't tried it).

I'm also gonna have a heck of a time remembering how to hitch and unhitch until I do it about a million times. Guess that's a good reason to go out camping, huh? We got the E2 Fastway hitch with integrated sway control and weight distribution hitch. As well as the power jack.

FYI to anyone with this combo and a Tundra (any maybe other trucks) - don't bother spending money on the Jack-E-Up as the tailgate comes down just fine and doesn't hit anything. Guess I have something else (gotta include the faucet they weren't able to use in the bathroom) to list on craigslist at some point.

Yeah, practice time coming up! As well as with backing. Fortunately our parking area is deep enough that I just pulled it forward and it's off the road. I'll deal with it tomorrow. I'm tired.

For those that say they don't even know the trailer is behind them - well, I wonder what you're used to pulling! I could feel that trailer with every bump and sway in the road. I could feel my foot pressing down on the accelerator more than usual. But, I know I'll get used to it over time. Yep, another reason to go out camping soon. And often!

It's really nice that the trailer isn't much wider than the Tundra and it did follow along just fine behind it. I love the back-up camera slash rear view camera. It was nice to know how many cars were backed up behind me on the windy, curvy road from Sumas to I5. (not that I could see with any great detail, but you know what I mean.) I also drove with one hand many times, so I wasn't white knuckling it the entire time. Yay!

Hit the first rest stop along I5 and napped off and on for about an hour, which was really nice. Dirk will love that dinette. He likes a really firm bed (I don't) and that thing was firm! But, I was tired enough so I survived.

Note to those ordering "filler boards". The cushions aren't actually attached to the boards. I thought they would be and we didn't know what the heck was going on when the cushions were on their own. Michael thought I'd use the table, but I said no. After much agony (but not defeat!) we discovered two boards in the underbed storage area. Ah ha! Did discover the table legs and such weren't there, so those were brought over later. Whew!

Not much traffic through Seattle - yay! Everyone was still out at the malls, I guess. Wads of 'em at Cabela's and other places I saw along the highway.

The neighbor across the road has already come over and admired the outside of the trailer. He and his wife will get a tour tomorrow when there's more light and I've got more sleep in me. Plus, he'll help me with backing it up, if I need it. Yeah, I just might.

First picture shows the trailer going through the commercial crossing. Second shows it parked at home. YAY!

I'm thrilled to get the trailer after ordering it just under a year ago. (And wanting it for longer, but unable to order for several months.) It's gonna be great fun to get it all set up. Tomorrow's project is to start measuring for the blinds.

And even more fun using it!
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Old 11-25-2016, 08:18 PM   #2
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Wow Laura, you did it!!!
Have fun the coming days!! And wishing you, Dirk, Lucy & Spike many many happy, fun filled, sunny, safe trips!!!
Enjoy!!! Hope we meet one day!
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Old 11-25-2016, 08:56 PM   #3
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Lucky! It looks wonderful.

I felt the 15 behind my friend's Tundra. Not in any difficulty to move it, but it was obviously there. No need for mirrors beyond what the Tundra had, and I didn't need to use the brakes, but since I didn't have them I also felt the trailer when I stopped.

Those darn pins can be hard to use. I find the locking pin is easier than one that works like a safety pin, though. Not sure what comes on your trailer.
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Old 11-25-2016, 09:35 PM   #4
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Discovered that our cushions have the vinyl backing, which is standard. But NOT what we ordered!

I'm not thrilled about it (to say the least) as I detest vinyl.
A nuisance not to get what you ordered but maybe when you see how damp the backs of the cushions can get from condensation you'll think that maybe it's better having vinyl getting damp than fabric.

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Old 11-25-2016, 10:35 PM   #5
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Congrats!
I think we saw your trailer when we were up there on Tuesday, although i did not know its yours at the time.
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Old 11-25-2016, 11:12 PM   #6
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Congratulations, Laura and Dirk!! Whoo-Hoo!!
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Old 11-26-2016, 12:46 AM   #7
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Old 11-26-2016, 03:22 AM   #8
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No need for mirrors beyond what the Tundra had.

Those darn pins can be hard to use. I find the locking pin is easier than one that works like a safety pin, though. Not sure what comes on your trailer.
Yeah, the mirrors the Tundra came with worked just fine. We opted for the heated mirrors over the towing mirrors since it's not a big-ass 5th wheel trailer and all that.

Oh, now that's a thought - put some sort of lock through there instead of the usual squiggly shaped pin. But, ack - a key I have to fiddle with! Google will be my friend for figuring out what a locking pin is (and graphite for the keys) - thanks for this.

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A nuisance not to get what you ordered but maybe when you see how damp the backs of the cushions can get from condensation you'll think that maybe it's better having vinyl getting damp than fabric.
I've got a big roll of that mesh stuff to put all over the place to keep condensation down. But, now I get to deal with hearing the vinyl rub against it. Oh joy. But, yeah, know what you mean.

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Congrats!
I think we saw your trailer when we were up there on Tuesday, although i did not know its yours at the time.
Well, no way of knowing since it didn't have my name on it in big purple letters. Yeah, whenever I was up there I'd wonder whose trailer I was seeing getting worked on or completed.

Thanks to all the others for their congrats.
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Old 11-26-2016, 06:38 AM   #9
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If you ever have grandchildren eating inside, you will appreciate the vinyl backing, or if you have swimsuits on, makes the cushions dual purpose versus living room "do not sit there" cushions.
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If you ever have grandchildren eating inside, you will appreciate the vinyl backing, or if you have swimsuits on, makes the cushions dual purpose versus living room "do not sit there" cushions.
I can't imagine sitting in the trailer with a wet swimsuit on.

Just curious, what would the advantages be either way with a cushion being vinyl backed, or not. I do not foresee an issue with condensation myself, at least it has never been one before.
Reversibility with fabric?
Tougher with vinyl?
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