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Timtimtim

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Necessary gear
« on: May 01, 2019, 08:57:00 PM »
So I took the dive into the deep end and we got our first RV. Can you all recommend some essentials that we MUST get? They are only giving us the standard RV getcha going kit. I know we NEED leveling blocks, x style wheel chocks, and a water filter. Those are pretty much my first things to get. Anything else?

Sorry, forgot to mention we got a TT.

Rene T

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Re: Necessary gear
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2019, 09:15:06 PM »
Duct tape and various hand tools. Voltmeter,
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Gizmo100

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Re: Necessary gear
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2019, 09:21:46 PM »
An Adjustable water pressure regulator.

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Arch Hoagland

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Re: Necessary gear
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2019, 09:44:39 PM »
Tire pressure gauge. Keep your trailer tires at the maximum pressure stated on the sidewall.


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Re: Necessary gear
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2019, 10:46:43 PM »
A proper jack and lug wrench to change a trailer tire. Extension mirrors for your tow vehicle.  Good check lists for packing, and departure. There are any number of other things that lots of folks consider “must haves” that you may or may not need. Only some time on the road and camping will determine how many of those apply to you.
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Re: Necessary gear
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2019, 02:01:40 AM »
Several flashlights and a first-aid kit that also contains the basic medicines, such as tylenol, a fever thermometer, etc. You don't say if you will be traveling with kids, but I occasionally have my grandkids staying with me and one had a fever. I had nothing to give her and no thermometer, so consider putting the basics for emergencies in your first-aid kit.
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jackiemac

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Re: Necessary gear
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2019, 05:20:52 AM »
A dog bone 30 to 50 amp converter if you have 50amp in the TT as some pedestals at campgrounds only have 30amp.

Go for a weekend stay somewhere local, or in your driveway and see what you will need for cooking etc. Write down what you need and if you have to buy anything go to your local Walmart as they store a lot of RV things or try Amazon.

We bought Correlle crockery which is light and robust and nicer than eating off plastic or paper.  You can often get sets at goodwill stores if you don't mind shopping there.

You can live quite a minimalist lifestyle we have found without any hardship.

Happy travels.
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malexander

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Re: Necessary gear
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2019, 06:33:45 AM »

You can live quite a minimalist lifestyle we have found without any hardship.

Happy travels.


Nothing could be more true than this.
We, as well as most others "haul around" so much stuff we/they don't need.
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Larry N.

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Re: Necessary gear
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2019, 07:08:01 AM »
Check out the Checklists section of the Library above. There are lists of things you might need, various inspection lists, and much more.
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Rene T

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Re: Necessary gear
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2019, 07:17:54 AM »
A proper jack and lug wrench to change a trailer tire.

And make sure you have the right size wrench to remove the spare from it's carrier.
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Re: Necessary gear
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2019, 02:14:44 PM »
see what kind of fuses you have and get some extras. 
Gonna put the world away for a minute......
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Timtimtim

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Re: Necessary gear
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2019, 11:44:52 PM »
Tire pressure gauge. Keep your trailer tires at the maximum pressure stated on the sidewall.


Where are you going for the first trip?

Dang, I wasn't even thinking about the tools i need to bring! Good thing I asked!

We will probably take the good advice and go to the local KOA down the street and then maybe Moab Utah for the first trip! Its close.

jackiemac

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Re: Necessary gear
« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2019, 03:42:20 AM »
Dang, I wasn't even thinking about the tools i need to bring! Good thing I asked!

We will probably take the good advice and go to the local KOA down the street and then maybe Moab Utah for the first trip! Its close.

Lucky you, Moab is great. You should try Bears Ears too, its lovely. Nice RV Park in Blanding called Blue Mountain. There is a great museum in town too... Edge of the Cedars.

You live in a spectacular part of the world.
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wackymac

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Re: Necessary gear
« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2019, 05:39:35 AM »
A dog bone

Never carry one, we have 2 cats. ;D >:( :o
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Re: Necessary gear
« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2019, 08:10:11 AM »
A dog bone

Never carry one, we have 2 cats. ;D >:( :o

Yes but your fur babies are big enough to be part dog.  :o ::) :-\ ;D :D
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Gary RV_Wizard

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Re: Necessary gear
« Reply #15 on: May 03, 2019, 08:19:39 AM »
A high-limit credit card is probably the most important accessory to bring along.  ;) ;)
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Great Horned Owl

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Re: Necessary gear
« Reply #16 on: May 03, 2019, 08:24:53 AM »
Many of us get by quite well with a couple of 2x8s for leveling, and without either x style wheel chocks, or a water filter.

Will you always have hookups, or will you be boondocking? Does your RV have a built in generator if you need to charge your batteries? What about a portable grill, pots and pans, coffee maker, and all the other little kitchen gadgets?

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blw2

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Re: Necessary gear
« Reply #17 on: May 03, 2019, 10:50:28 AM »
my thoughts about this sort of question are to basically keep it simple at first.  Get the obvious stuff
a way to drain the tanks
a hose to get water
a broom to sweep out the dirt that gets tracked in.
sheets for the bed
...but almost everything else is optional, or may not apply to you and the types of places you go.

no need to fill the cabinets with dishes only to find out that you'd rather skip the washing and be a paper plate person.
if it turns out you never really hook up to campground water, but instead just fill your tank and use your pump...then no real need for a pressure regulator....in fact I've only rarely seen places where I thought a regulator "might be" a good idea.... most of the time it's just normal pressure and flow....
etc....
there are a lot of gadgets and stuff on the market for RVing... most of which aren't absolutely necessary.

I suggest bringing a pencil and notepad to jot down a shopping list as you think of things.
camp a few times...see if a gadget is really something you need or want... and if something urgent comes up that you don't have, there's always a Walmart nearby
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ChasA

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Re: Necessary gear
« Reply #18 on: May 03, 2019, 12:18:17 PM »
Corkscrew.
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Re: Necessary gear
« Reply #19 on: May 03, 2019, 12:23:50 PM »
Corkscrew.
Good suggestion...

Some RV parks insist on a water pressure regulator, not many, but some.
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Re: Necessary gear
« Reply #20 on: May 03, 2019, 12:29:41 PM »
We travel well armed - we are a conceal/carry couple.  To us it's become as routine as wearing a seat belt. 

Arch Hoagland

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Re: Necessary gear
« Reply #21 on: May 03, 2019, 12:53:20 PM »
If you are going out of state you have to notify your credit card company otherwise they will shut off your card. Not fun when you are out of gas.

We always carry sufficient cash to buy gas, etc in oddball situations.
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Re: Necessary gear
« Reply #22 on: May 03, 2019, 05:29:54 PM »
If you are going out of state you have to notify your credit card company otherwise they will shut off your card. Not fun when you are out of gas.

We always carry sufficient cash to buy gas, etc in oddball situations.
That's not necessarily so -- we've done it many times over the years without them doing so ALL the time (but sometimes) -- but it IS a good idea, as sometimes it WILL happen.
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Re: Necessary gear
« Reply #23 on: May 03, 2019, 06:40:45 PM »
That's not necessarily so -- we've done it many times over the years without them doing so ALL the time (but sometimes) -- but it IS a good idea, as sometimes it WILL happen.

And when it happens it never a good time to be happening.
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Re: Necessary gear
« Reply #24 on: May 03, 2019, 07:52:13 PM »
We have 2 cards and they both recommend that we call them and let them know we'll be traveling either to home or to FL.
Rene, Lucille & co-pilot Buddy
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Re: Necessary gear
« Reply #25 on: May 06, 2019, 07:16:51 PM »
Finally someone mentioned a hose.  But, you really want to have to.  => Really Three. 
First, get one that says it is good for potable water.  This will take some doing.....
Second, any cheap thing for things that don't need to be good for drinking. 
Third, is the sewer dump hose.  You won't be able to mix that up with the others.    You may want a plastic bin or bucket to carry it in.

Matt
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Re: Necessary gear
« Reply #26 on: May 07, 2019, 06:11:09 AM »
Finally someone mentioned a hose.  But, you really want to have to.  => Really Three. 
First, get one that says it is good for potable water.  This will take some doing.....
Second, any cheap thing for things that don't need to be good for drinking. 
Third, is the sewer dump hose.  You won't be able to mix that up with the others.    You may want a plastic bin or bucket to carry it in.

Matt
We keep our sewer hose in the bumper, it has end caps that open for that very purpose!

We bought one of the hoses from Lowes that is flexible, the name escapes me, but I like it as it is much easier to manage.

Edit - Zero G is the name.
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Re: Necessary gear
« Reply #27 on: May 10, 2019, 11:20:14 AM »
Might also consider a better quality sewer hose and clear elbow fitting.  The ones that you get with the camper are notoriously cheap and leak prone.  Yuck!

I love the clear elbow fitting.  While it's a bit gross, it's VERY helpful to see when your tank is clear as you drain and flush it.  I use this one: https://www.amazon.com/Camco-39736-RhinoFLEX-Adapter-Bayonet/dp/B01N5H2FCE/ref=sr_1_3?crid=SQ3XGKV3BXOG&keywords=clear+sewer+elbow+for+rv&qid=1557505164&s=gateway&sprefix=clear+sew%2Caps%2C419&sr=8-3

It lets you see what's going on and seals nicely into the sewer pipe.
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