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    Finally! Our maiden voyage

    We went out for a 4 night shakedown, first time out of the driveway other than to go to the dealer. We stopped at the dealer on the way to have the curb side slide adjusted, the dealer found a loose bolt and they tightened it all up and the slide is snug
    as it should be.

    Our 4 nights were great, the only things we did not try yet are the black tank rinse (but will now that we're home) and the AC. Everything else worked as it should. Our laundry list is short and more of a personal preference thing
    than anything "wrong". I can't say enough how much we love our 303, what a great trailer. Comfortable, roomy and feels like home
    Here's what we found


    • The nightlight for the steps is way to bright, something a little dimmer or maybe even red would be easier visually. May find a way to tint the lens red or a red bulb.
    • The bedroom window shade is not a night/day shade and in the right position the sun filters in quite brightly early in the AM. Solving that with a room darkening curtain, cut to fit and split into 2 panels and sewn on to the valance already there. Should look pretty good when it's done.
    • The Smoke alarm works a little to good. It will let you know when you are about to burn your toast, with enough warning that it was not burnt. The dogs just loved it when that started beeping and it startled me pretty good.
    • The water pump is loud, a little louder than expected and the pressure isn't quite as good as our last trailer either. Will have to squirm our way to the pump and see if we can cut the vibration some.
    • And we joined the club of having to replace the 30 amp fuse for the front landing gear. Might be a wise idea to stock up on those fuses lol.


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    Marcy & Gary
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    Glad it went okay and that you have a short list - we got our trailer back from the dealer on Friday - everything is working good now - we had originally planned on shaking it down Friday and Saturday but the weather scared us off. We have gotten a lot of wind and rain here in Central Michigan the last two days. We probably won't be able to go until two weeks - we are anxious.
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    We snuck down into Ohio and camped at Maumee Bay state park. It was windy there too, but great weather otherwise. We tried to find a spot in MI, but they're not all open and the closest open park to us had no paved pads and the last we want is to get stuck in the mud and the weather was just a bit better that little bit south.
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    Marcy, so glad your trip went well and everything is working as it should be. Your list sounds minor and most are easy fixes if you wish to make the changes.
    Hope you continue to have great camping trips!
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    Glad you had a good trip.

    We don't use the step light. The fridge seems to be enough night for us. Chuckled about your toaster, ours is the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2hams View Post
    Glad you had a good trip.

    We don't use the step light. The fridge seems to be enough night for us. Chuckled about your toaster, ours is the same.
    I wouldn't normally use the light either, but we left it on for the dogs to give them a chance to get used to the stairs. The old girl isn't the best on steps. She really shouldn't attempt it alone anyhow
    I don't even think we put it on the last night. My guess is if we have a guest sleeping on the couch those lights would bother them more than us.
    You're right about the fridge light, A nice little sticker can dull that...hmmmm
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    Renee, Already working on the changes. Ran out the first full day and bought the curtain darkening panel to drape over the window. All I need to do now is get out there and measure, bring in the whole valance and get out the sewing machine.
    Marcy & Gary
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