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What to do before picking up your Ezytrail Camper/Caravan?

4/20/2018
What to do before picking up your Ezytrail Camper/Caravan?

Congratulations with ordering your new Ezytrail Camper Trailer! While waiting for that saving phone call, we have a few tips making your camper trailer experience satisfying from the start.

Tow bar:
1) Remove your tow ball leaving just the tongue/hitch insert as shown. The tongue must not have gussets or ball recess, it should be flat and smooth as shown below. All necessary attachments to go on the towbar tongue will be provided with your camper and fitted at time of pick up

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2) The hitch should be clear of Ute trays, rear bar spare wheel carriers and other accessories. If your vehicle has a tray or accessories that protrude they may hit the stone guard of the camper during tight cornering or steep entries to driveways or inclines and erosion mounds on tracks. In these cases an engineered extended hitch may be necessary.

Electrics:
Your vehicle will need to have a plug fitted for lights, these are fitted by an auto electrician and come in varying styles. Make sure you stipulate which plug you have to your dealer.
a) 7 pin flat      b) 7 pin round (small)

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c) 7 pin round (large)       d) 12 pin flat

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Note: 7 pin flat trailer plug is compatible with 12 pin receiver plug on your vehicle.

1) By law every vehicle over 750kg must be electronically break controlled. To comply, your vehicle must be fitted with a 12volt electric brake controller. All Ezytrail campers are fitted with electric brakes and it is mandatory to have one fitted to your vehicle. See your auto electrician if you don’t have one fitted.

2) To charge your camper’s batteries while driving you will need to have a 50 amp Anderson plug and suitable electrics connected to the vehicle electrics. These systems vary from a simple solenoid system to electronic management systems. The type of system you need installed will depend on the vehicle’s charging system. Older vehicles without computer controlled alternators generally work with a solenoid. This protects the starter battery from being depleted by the camper when the engine isn’t running. Some newer vehicles are fitted with ‘Smart Alternators’ which require an electronic system to supply current to additional battery storage such as campers. If you are unsure about your vehicle requirements please contact your car’s manufacturer or your auto electrician.

Soft Floor Campers:
• If your soft floor camper is not being garaged we highly recommend that you use a camper cover or tarpaulin to cover it and protect it from the elements. While PVC travel covers are great for protection and storage of the canvas while travelling, they are susceptible to UV attack. Covering them with a camper cover will help prevent water ingress by capillary action and fading and degradation by UV light.

• Also hard floor campers will benefit from storage covers. Keeping your trailer dust and scratch free will expand its lifecycle and your camping experience.

Things to know:
• Our campers are fitted with drum brakes and when new will take a short time to ‘bed in’ the brake pads. Be aware to adjust your brake controller accordingly as the brakes become more efficient to prevent over braking and heating the system.

Keep a clear distance from vehicles in front of you as you get to know your safe braking distances and allow the brake pads to bed in.

Never manually move your camper with the jockey wheel raised. These are not designed to have lateral loads applied whilst raised, if you are moving your trailer lower the jockey wheel to about an inch (25mm) from the bottom first.

• To increase durability weather proof your canvas up to three times with a complete dry in between each process. Before you hose down canvas and annex, mist spray all panels and doors to check for water leakage. See below.

• While all care is taken to properly adjust locks and latches to ensure your new camper is sealed properly, it is important to check these soon after purchase and ensure the seals are compressed 30-50% when locking doors and latching hard floor lids in place. If you are unsure how to adjust these please contact your dealer. Water that enters your camper through poorly adjusted locks and latches or through damaged seals is not covered under warranty.

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