Camper Set-Up

How To Set Up a Flagstaff Camping Trailer

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Hitch - Unhook the camper

  1. Chock both tires to keep the camper in place.
  2. Unlock the hitch coupler (from the ball).
  3. Unhook safety chains and unplug wiring.
  4. Reattach dolly wheel to the dolly jack.
  5. Crank dolly jack down to remove trailer from the ball.
  6. Pull tow vehicle away from the camper so the beds will have room to slide out.

Jacks - Stabilize the camper

  1. Use the dolly jack to level the camper.
  2. Crank-down the corner stabilizing jacks until they hit the ground. Give one extra turn to make the jacks snug against the ground. (Do not lift the tires off the ground with the stabilizing jacks.)

Hook-ups - Hook up power and water

  1. Plug in camper to a 110V outlet, if available.
  2. Hook up water hose to spigot if pressure water is available.
  3. Unplug sink water drain cap.

Roof - Crank up the roof

  1. Unlatch four corner latches.
  2. Insert roof crank into winch and crank clock-wise until height indicator cable (green or red cable in the front corner of the box/attached to roof) becomes taut. (Do not over-crank!) Place the lifter-arm supports in place (if applicable).

Beds & Poles - Pull out the beds

  1. Position bed support poles in their appropriate brackets (on the frame and box rim).
  2. A: Pull bed out from the camper box (the slide hits a stop when the bed is out all the way).
    B: Pull slide-out dinette from the camper box (if applicable).

Canvas - velcro everywhere!

  1. Place side canvas flap around bed corner and attach velcro under the bunk where appropriate. Place second flap of canvas over the first flap to seal corner.
  2. Attach velcro at the corner and up the side (where the lifter-arms are).

Galley - Lift galley into place

  1. Inside the camper, pull galley into upright position.
  2. Locate water pump switch (typically near the power converter) and turn the water pump on (if the campsite does not have pressure water).

Bed Bows - Set up the bunk ends

  1. A. From under the bed, take the rafter pole and place the long end into the bed bow bracket. Push bed bow into place and hook the short end of the rafter pole into the roof hook.
    B. Repeat this process for the slide-out dinette canvas and the bay-window canvas (if applicable).

Dinette - Set up the table

  1. The dinette table can serve as a bunk or a dinette table. On some models the table legs are free-standing; other models use pedestal legs.

Stove - (LTD Series only)

  • On the LTD models, the stove is movable and may be placed inside or out.
    1. Lift stove and pull back away from the rail that holds the stove in place on the floor.
    2. Place stove on the counter-top to use inside or on the rail outside.
    3. Pull quick-connect coupler ring backward to allow the stove-end hose to be inserted.
    4. Slide ring up towards stove-end hose and then turn the safety in line to permit the flow of gas. Stove must be re-lit for each use.

Door - Set the door in place

  1. 2-piece door (LTD series):
    1. Close lower door.
    2. Turn clips holding the upper door to the ceiling 90 degrees and slowly let the upper door swing to its down position.
    3. Place the two black tabs into the rectangular boxes on each side of the lower door frame to complete the frame.
    4. Push the upper door flat against the side of the ceiling and turn those latches 90 degrees to hold the upper door in place.
    5. Turn latch at the mid-point of the upper door to release the door from the door-frame.
    6. Latch upper and lower door together.
  • 1-piece door (MAC, SE, Classic, and HW series):
    1. Remove or use hold-back to retain lower door (travel door).
    2. Turn clip holding bottom of the 1-piece door 90 degrees to release from the ceiling bracket.
    3. Unsnap the two straps holding the door to the ceiling.
    4. Lower door into place and turn 6 latches (2 at the top, 4 below).
    5. velcro the sides to seal.

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Appliances - for LTD, MAC, SE, & Classic Series

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  • On the furnace thermostat (usually located on the galley cabinet or under a sofa/gaucho (if applicable), set your temperature control to your desired temp with the top slide-control. You must have at least 12V power for the heater to work. The furnace will cycle on and off automatically until you slide the top slide-control all the way to the left to the "Off" position.
  1. Place grill rack on the exterior rail on the side of the trailer.
  2. Place grill on the rack (certain grill models use pins to hold the grill to the rack).
  3. Open hatch and pull grill hose from the side of the camper.
  4. On grill hose, pull quick-connect coupler ring backward to allow the hose to be inserted onto the grill's quick-connect fitting.
  5. Slide ring up towards the grill and then turn the safety in line to permit the flow of gas. Grill must be re-lit for each use.
  1. On the fridge vent (outside of the camper) turn the two black turn-screws 90 degrees to remove the fridge vent(s).
  2. For 110V operation turn the green switch to "On." and set the 110V control knob (1-7, 7 is the most powerful)
  3. For propane operation turn the propane control to "High."
    1. Push and hold the gray propane control while pushing the red igniter button at the same time.
    2. Push the red igniter button in two or three-push bursts for maximum effectiveness (keep holding down the gray propane control knob).
    3. Look for the blue flame at the bottom of the flue (the right-hand side of the fridge vent compartment); moving the metal shroud to get a better look may be necessary.
    4. Once the flame is visible, keep holding down the propane control knob for 10-15 seconds to allow the thermocouple to heat up. After that, if you let go of the knob and the flame stays on, you've lit the fridge properly!
    5. Set the control knob (High, Medium, or Low.)
  • On the 2.5 cu.ft. fridge, the propane controls are separated into two knobs: one to control the flame (1, 2, 3, 4, or 5) and one to turn on/off/start the propane. For this fridge, hold down the on/off/start knob (with the red dot) to light the fridge on propane.
Water Heater
  • Very simple for newer Flagstaff campers: locate the water heater switch inside the camper (on a wall panel near wherever the water heater is installed in the camper) and turn the switch to "on". An orange light will appear that indicated the water heater is attempting to light. When the light goes out the water heater is on.
  • For manual-light water heaters, all instructions are printed on the water heater plate on the exterior of the camper.

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High Wall Series

4.0 Cu. Ft. Fridge
  1. On the inside of the camper, at the top of the fridge, locate the fridge control panel.
  2. Press the "on" button.
  3. If you have 110V power, press the "auto" button and the 110V light will turn on.
  4. If you don't have 110V power, press "auto" again, the fridge will automatically switch to gas (the "gas" light will turn on).
  5. Press the temperature control (1-5).

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Tear-Down Tips

Folding down a camping trailer is relatively straight-forward. Just follow the set-up instructions in reverse. There are a few things that will be different during tear-down, though, so here's some tips:

  • Before tear-down, make sure the water pump switch is turned off and any water pressure that was built up in the water lines is relieved by opening a faucet until all water pressure is gone.
  • Most important tip when folding down a camper: DO NOT push the beds in if the roof is not up all the way (if the roof is down partially the canvas will be slack; the canvas could then get in the way of the bed slides as they are pushed in and the canvas can be torn--make sure the roof is up all the way before pushing in the beds!)
  • Second most important tip: even with the roof up all the way, the canvas on slide-out dinette models will be in the way of the bed slides once the slide-out dinette is pushed in. So:
    1. Push in the slide-out dinette and secure it with the slide-out latches (or knobs on older units).
    2. Pull the slide-out dinette canvas back out of the dinette area and hang it over the side of the camper.
    3. Push the beds in like usual.
    4. Put the slide-out dinette canvas back inside the camper (it will now be on top of the mattresses instead of mangled underneath the bed/bed slides).
  • Crank the roof down until about a foot gap remains. Push in the canvas all around the perimeter of the box. Crank down again until the roof stops falling. There will still be a small gap because the canvas and mattresses are holding up the roof. Use this opportunity to make sure all canvas is tucked into the box and then push down on the roof to latch it down.

Printable reminder sheet (for rentals*):

instruction card

*This is the instruction card we include in our rental campers. It applies to the rental models we use. It does not cover some systems like the hot water package or toilets. Hopefully it will help new camper users with the basics; we are sorry it is not comprehensive for all Flagstaff models.

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