First time pop-up campers


Earning My Ears
Nov 15, 2000
We will be arriving at FW on May 5. It will be our fist time to WDW and our first time pulling a pop-up. We are coming from chicago with our 4 children ages 3,5,7,9. I am looking for any advice on making this journey safe and pleasant. Also...if we were to have some problems setting up the pop up or with the hitch or something like that does FW have people available to help new campers....? <IMG SRC="/infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif" alt="confused">
My experience has been that campers in general are usually a friendly group. More than once at our last stay at FW, we saw someone experienced with towing a trailer help someone new at it back into the site (even to the point of doing it for them one time - mainly because they got the rig so wedged it took someone with some real experience to get it unwedged).
Not to worry.... As mentioned above campers/ rver's are for the most part helpful and will offer assistance, Fort Wilderness cast members will also help you,

We had a tree branch fall through our roof several monthes ago and the cast members were very helpful to us.

Relax and have a great time, try and set aside some time just for the campground, manytimes people visit but spend all their time at the parks, Fort Wilderness has a lot to offer - Enjoy :D :D

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most campers will help others out. I haven't run across a camper that won't help.What i would do is a fwe dry runs on setting up the camper before you and back your camper up in the drive way or a
shoopping mall parking lot. Have a great trip.


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Hey there at the same time (even arriving May 5). We are very experienced with pop-ups--just sold our 2nd pop up to buy a Terry Fifth Wheel. Best thing for you to do is put it up and down a couple times. Because ours is new and we are clueless to everything with sewer, water and the like we are going to make at least one weekend trip before hand so we know whats up. If it's new make sure you have a lug wrench in case you need to change and tire and tighten them periodaclly (sp?) because they sometimes loosen.

As we get closer to our date, e-mail me. My husband has made hitches before and can fix pretty much anything. Another plus, he moves heavy equipment for a living. We were camping one time and this guy had just bought a brand new HUGE (two patio sliders) travel trailer. Where he wanted it he couldn't get it in. After watching him for a while I said, "Are you gonna put that guy out of his misery or what?" My husband jumped in and backed it in THE FIRST TRY 1/4" away from the electrical post. He is good. Ok done bragging about my husband. Good luck.
We did alot of pop up camping at FtW. If you have a problem, just give maintainence a call on the house phone at the comfort station. A tip: 2 adults can usually back up and position a pop up manually, unhitched. We used to do this each time, as the Fort is so heavily wooded. We would often position the pop up door side to the back of the site with the 2 beds jutting out into the trees.



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