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shaunsmo

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Question for all...
« on: February 05, 2018, 12:39:50 PM »
So I recently upgraded to a 2018 FR Salem 32BHDS and I cannot be more excited for the weather to change so I can de-winterize and take it out.  To take the edge off from waiting I have been researching the web about new gadgets, must haves and nice to have items to make the camper more. 

So far, I've purchased the Water Reg, Hydroflush, Anderson Levels, Surge Protector, tank sprayers etc...   

I was wondering what are your "Must Have's" and/or "I'm so glad I got" or even something that catches the eyes of your neighbors?? 

2011 FORD F150 LARIAT
2018 FORD F250 XLT
2018 Forest River Salem 32BHDS

massspike

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Re: Question for all...
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2018, 02:42:25 PM »
The Andersen Clean Step or something similar (from a hardware store) is really good at helping keep sand/dirt from being tracked in. I like the Andersen because it is a thicker and makes it a bit easier getting on/off the bottom step. We used to use regular door mats but they got soaked if it rained and they held the dirt (only useful if you want to haul crud from one campground to another :-)) and we'd replace one every year.

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Re: Question for all...
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2018, 04:20:12 PM »
Just a humorous outlook, save your receipts. You won't be needing a lot of the stuff you might think you just gotta have. Proper care of your black water tank and you'll have little to no need of a wand. Surge protector is a must have. Water regulator...check.

When I got my first coach Amazon fell in love with me. Now I have a couple of shelves in my shop with the "stuff" from Amazon.

Good luck and I hope you have a wonderful time going from adventure to adventure.

Gary RV_Wizard

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Re: Question for all...
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2018, 04:27:32 PM »
Gotta agree with John - don't go overboard.   You will probably get a potable water hose and sewer hose with the RV - the dealer usually throws those in. You may want a 30A extension cord, but probably no rush on that. Most items can be picked up at a local Walmart if you find you need something in a hurry.
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Yonder

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Re: Question for all...
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2018, 05:11:03 PM »
Some of what you get will depend on your road trippin' style. A lot of folks on here are parked and snuggled before dark every day.  We, on the other hand, sometimes travel until midnight or later, when we are trying to get to a destination, and then snag a spot in a rest stop to sleep for 4 - 5 hours. It's real handy to have an inverter in those cases so you can watch a DVD or make a cup of coffee without firing the genny. Still, if you are new to the game, I agree with others who say don't go crazy but figure out what you need as you go. It's easy to go buy stuff because it makes you feel like you are lovin' on your rig when you can't be on the road with it.
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steveblonde

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Re: Question for all...
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2018, 05:12:22 PM »
yeah a new truck to pull that trailer with

New 2017 Forest River RV Salem 32BHDS
Sleeps   9
Gross Weight   11070 lbs
Dry Weight   8283 lbs
Cargo Weight   2787 lbs


at 10,000 lbs with cargo an people in the truck your not going to like travels pulling that size trailer with a little F150 - sorry i hope your planning to use that F250
« Last Edit: February 05, 2018, 05:14:07 PM by steveblonde »
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2014 F150 Ecoboost Reg cab (company truck) daily driver
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shaunsmo

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Re: Question for all...
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2018, 05:21:45 PM »

yeah a new truck to pull that trailer with

New 2017 Forest River RV Salem 32BHDS
Sleeps   9
Gross Weight   11070 lbs
Dry Weight   8283 lbs
Cargo Weight   2787 lbs


at 10,000 lbs with cargo an people in the truck your not going to like travels pulling that size trailer with a little F150 - sorry i hope your planning to use that F250
« Last Edit: February 05, 2018, 05:27:19 PM by shaunsmo »
2011 FORD F150 LARIAT
2018 FORD F250 XLT
2018 Forest River Salem 32BHDS

steveblonde

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Re: Question for all...
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2018, 05:33:35 PM »


ahhh thats better lol congratulation on the new truck and trailer
2015 Voltage 3305 Toy Hauler - loaded
2014 F150 Ecoboost Reg cab (company truck) daily driver
2017 Black on Black F350 Diesel Dually loaded  5167lbs cargo/weight capacity
Selling truck parts for 15 yrs plus
" If you're not living on the edge you're taking up too much space"
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grashley

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Re: Question for all...
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2018, 07:30:20 PM »
I just got my new to me camper about 2 months ago.  I have compiled a list - stored on the computer - of all major components, brand, model and serial number for easy future reference.  I have purchased and installed a Progressive Industries HW50-C  EMS.  I extended the handle on the bathroom vent cover, added a USB plug beside the bed to charge phones without 120 power, and a few other minor repairs due to being a used FW.

The one item I would suggest is a TPMS, or Tire Pressure Monitoring System.  Several brands are available, and all will provide real time pressure and temperature for EACH tire with a sensor (screws onto valve stem)  AND alarm to any over pressure or under pressure to overheated situation, usually before the tire threads and damages the camper or tow vehicle.  Like the EMS, it is a very cost effective insurance policy.
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edjunior

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Re: Question for all...
« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2018, 07:36:08 PM »
A notepad and pencil/pen.  Or the electronic equivalent (iPad/tablet, etc.).  This is used to write down (or type in) all the things you forgot or wish you had while you are on a trip.  I realize you won't really be able to use this until you are out on a trip, but you will find this is truly one of the most indispensable items you can have.  As soon as you realize you forgot something or need something, write it down.  If you say "I'll write it down later", it's already too late.  You will forget by the time you get to your notepad.  Trust me on this.
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Dream Chasers

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Re: Question for all...
« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2018, 08:11:31 PM »
Combo bottle opener/wine corkscrew 😉
Sheryl & Bobby and Roxie the Yorkie
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steveblonde

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Re: Question for all...
« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2018, 08:30:56 PM »
Combo bottle oepener/wine corkscrew 😉

First on my list lol
2015 Voltage 3305 Toy Hauler - loaded
2014 F150 Ecoboost Reg cab (company truck) daily driver
2017 Black on Black F350 Diesel Dually loaded  5167lbs cargo/weight capacity
Selling truck parts for 15 yrs plus
" If you're not living on the edge you're taking up too much space"
From Canada Eh

danajdelarosa

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Re: Question for all...
« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2018, 09:09:22 PM »
Beer coozies and stainless/stemless wine glasses.
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2017 Seismic Wave 400W Toyhauler
2018 Dodge Ram 3500 1 Ton, Long Horn
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jackiemac

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Re: Question for all...
« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2018, 03:40:37 AM »
A cocktail shaker! Warm blanket.
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RedandSilver

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Re: Question for all...
« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2018, 08:21:32 AM »
Where do you live - City and State?

Once you De-winterize it - camp in your driveway (if possible) for a few nights.
That will tell you what you might like to take with you that's still in the house.

But like others said - don't go overboard and take everything so you have all the comforts of home.
Everything you pack has some weight to it.  It adds up fast.  IF you have to have something you can
usually find it not far from where your camping.

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West MI Summer   Central FL Winter

KandT

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Re: Question for all...
« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2018, 12:47:27 PM »
Must have - A "Home is Where I Park It" door mat and bumper sticker.  Also, please make sure you have the T-Shirt that says "RV there yet?".  Those never get old.
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Pugapooh

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Re: Question for all...
« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2018, 05:07:49 AM »
A "junk drawer" of stuff.  Tape-duct,electrical,Scotch.  Sewing supplies,safety pins.  Super glue.  Stuff like that.
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2006 Dodge 2500 Big Horn
2001 GMC Sierra 3500

kdbgoat

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Re: Question for all...
« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2018, 06:42:24 AM »
Comfortable chairs for sitting around outside.
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Oldgator73

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Re: Question for all...
« Reply #18 on: February 07, 2018, 08:07:59 AM »
A "junk drawer" of stuff.  Tape-duct,electrical,Scotch.  Sewing supplies,safety pins.  Super glue.  Stuff like that.

I wholeheartedly agree with the scotch.......oh, you were referring to scotch tape.
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woodman1

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Re: Question for all...
« Reply #19 on: February 07, 2018, 11:47:37 AM »
A journal. You will never regret it. We have kept them for years and when we cant be on the road we read them. You wont believe the things we forget.

stevensc

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Re: Question for all...
« Reply #20 on: February 07, 2018, 01:08:46 PM »
A really complete tool kit including rechargeable drill. 
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Badlands Bob

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Re: Question for all...
« Reply #21 on: February 07, 2018, 03:53:48 PM »
One of those 3/4" drive gadgets that go in your cordless drill.  It makes quick work of raising and lowering the stabilizer jacks.  It's also good for removing lug nuts after you break them loose.

Carpet for the steps.  Keeps you for slipping on the wet or icy metal steps.  Also removes some of the sand/dirt from your shoes before you track it inside.

Large camping rug/mat for outside door.  Keeps the camper much cleaner. 

Replace the puny little 4" exhaust only fans with Maxxair deluxe or Fan-Tastic fans.

2-3" memory foam mattress topper.  After a couple of nights sleeping on the factory mattress, you'll know why.
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winslow

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Re: Question for all...
« Reply #22 on: February 07, 2018, 04:02:30 PM »
+1 on the Maxxair Fan (with remote.) Probably our favorite interior upgrade.

Our favorite exterior upgrade is X-Chocks. They are easy to use, secure, don't rely on the ground being any certain composition, don't get covered in mud when it's raining, and don't conflict with lynx levelers when those are needed the way traditional triangle chocks do.
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FunSteak

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Re: Question for all...
« Reply #23 on: February 09, 2018, 08:27:32 AM »
If you don't have an automatic leveling system, I can't recommend Level Mate Pro enough!  It's my favorite accessory by far.  Makes leveling our class C with a blocks a breeze - I can usually be leveled and ready to go in 5 minutes. 

https://logicbluetech.com/

Bonus benefit:  Real time feedback of precisely how much each wheel must be rasied/lowered to be perfect allows you to drive around the site a bit until you get to the best, most level area, even before you deploy any jacks or blocks.  You then know exactly how much you need under each wheel.  Takes all the guesswork out of the process, along with the stress. 
JP & Karen
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Bruce M.

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Re: Question for all...
« Reply #24 on: February 09, 2018, 09:10:13 PM »
We just sold our RV and emptied out a dozen or more things we didn't even know we had.
Bruce
Medford MA

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Re: Question for all...
« Reply #25 on: February 09, 2018, 09:57:51 PM »
been using a toy hauler since 1998 and have always used one of those expandable holders for the dump hose. have always noticed that no matter which one i had, when the hose was full of water it would sag between the sections.
year before last a guy camping beside me showed me his cure for this.
he took an 8ft. section of 3in. pvc thin wall and split it in half lengthwise.
you put down your extendable hose holder and lay the sections of pvc in the groove and lay your hose on top of that.  viola instant bliss!!!!

Old_Crow

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Re: Question for all...
« Reply #26 on: February 10, 2018, 05:22:30 AM »
been using a toy hauler since 1998 and have always used one of those expandable holders for the dump hose. have always noticed that no matter which one i had, when the hose was full of water it would sag between the sections.
year before last a guy camping beside me showed me his cure for this.
he took an 8ft. section of 3in. pvc thin wall and split it in half lengthwise.
you put down your extendable hose holder and lay the sections of pvc in the groove and lay your hose on top of that.  viola instant bliss!!!!

Host parked next to us at our last job used a couple of sections of plastic rain gutter for the same thing.  Didn't need the holder, just used a couple of short boards and a rock to prop it in place. 
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