New campertrailer

Submitted: Wednesday, May 02, 2012 at 18:02
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Hi everyone we just bought a brand new campertrailer and wish to go away for the weekend. The forecast isnt good haha so we were wondering will we get wet or will it hurt if we dont waterproof it before we go. We havent had time yet but busting to get away for a few days.
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Reply By: Trev&Ness B - Wednesday, May 02, 2012 at 18:06

Wednesday, May 02, 2012 at 18:06
waterproof it first. it doesnt take long to wet all the stitching, better than ruining a new trailer hey.
trev
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Wednesday, May 02, 2012 at 18:21

Wednesday, May 02, 2012 at 18:21
Ann,

The first bit of rain will cause the canvas to swell and seal any seams that are not "tight". Very little water will get in anyway.

It will not hurt if you don't douse it first.
Don't worry, just relax and enjoy the first experience.

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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 07:31

Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 07:31
Camping in pouring rain will be just what the new canvas needs.

After that it will be more watertight.

Alan
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 11:30

Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 11:30
Agreed, they never get properly seasoned till they get rain soaking in but it will leak a bit more at the seams and may not stop till it gets a chance to dry properly.

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Reply By: Ann R - Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 09:15

Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 09:15
Thanks for the advice. After the hassles we have had just registering it we need a weekend away.
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Follow Up By: GT Campers - Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 10:03

Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 10:03
rego should be easy...? Was it a brand new vehicle?
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Follow Up By: Ann R - Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 10:31

Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 10:31
Yes brand new but they wouldnt pass it because it didnt have lights on the guards. The dealer said they werent needed and transport dept said they were so we were stuck in the middle until dealer finally decided he had to do them. Then it was in my name but it didnt appear exactly on my license so had to go get another invoice. Geez we are so over it lol
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Follow Up By: Flighty ( WA ) - Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 11:31

Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 11:31
Ann
Are you in W.A by chance ?
I ask because I had my new unit registered on the 1st of May, and was told from then on all trailers are required to have " clearance lights " fitted.
I also had to have my paperwork changed to my name and not the business name, and also had to supply proof of purchase just to satisfy the bean counters.
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Follow Up By: Ann R - Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 13:32

Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 13:32
Yes we are in perth. My hubby is the most patient man ever but even this tested him lol
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Follow Up By: Ann R - Friday, May 11, 2012 at 12:25

Friday, May 11, 2012 at 12:25
Well it was wet and it didnt leak yayyyy Now time to waterproof and get ready for our big trip to Qld in late july
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Reply By: Member - Min (NSW) - Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 16:55

Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 16:55
Hi Ann,

We set out on a holiday immediately after picking up our new camper. It rained that night and we knew it was likely that rain would come in. It did, very slightly, not a problem, and never a drip since.

Have fun.

Min
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