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kmcisaac

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I am a newbie and I am looking for help from you seasoned fifth wheelers.  What items do you make sure you always have in your trailer before you leave on a trip?  What tools do you make sure you have with you?  What items do you consider a necessity?  What items are nice-to-haves?  What accessories do you think are very worthwhile?  Any info you can provide will be greatly appreciated so I won't have to learn the hard way.

 
 

Shayne

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Welcome to the forum and for starters, check the Library.  The litlle Blue Box i/3 way down the page on the right side.  I think you will find some interesting articles.  Good Luck
 

Tom

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As Shayne suggests, we have some checklists in our library that might help. Click the Library button above, then select Checklists.
 

joelmyer

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Clothes, food, toys

Remember that there are grocey stores and WalMarts nearly everywhere.

Your danger might be in trying to take too much stuff.

 

Carl L

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Let me add some tools to the lists in the library:

1.  A small, plug-in AC voltmeter to monitor CG power.  Plug it in permanently in a visible outlet.  If the voltage drops below 105VAC, it can damage A/C units.

2.  A cheap Radio Shack multimeter.

3.  A pair of 12 - 16" curved jawed Channel Lock pliers.  Invaluable for tightening and losening hose couplings.

4.  Two long neck barbeque lighters.  One to back up the other.

5.    A boxed multi-bit screwdriver kit.  RVs use a lot of square drive screws as well as phillips head and slot head.

6.    A 1/2" drive clicker torque wrench for checking wheel nut torque.  Buy a cheap one, you will use it only occasionally -- say like the start of each trip.

7.  A mini Maglite or two.  They have the advantage that you can hold them in your mouth while you try to light a water heater in the dark or other such chores. 

8.  Spare DC light bulbs for your interior lights, your cleareance lights and your tail lights.

9.  A portable weather radio.

10.  Tire gauge.

 

kmcisaac

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Thank you all for the information.  I checked out the library and there is a wealth of information there.  Also, thank you Carl for you additions to the list.  This is just what I was looking for.  This forum is a wonderful source of information and help.

 

2006F350

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kmcisaac said:
I am a newbie and I am looking for help from you seasoned fifth wheelers.? What items do you make sure you always have in your trailer before you leave on a trip?? What tools do you make sure you have with you?? What items do you consider a necessity?? What items are nice-to-haves?? What accessories do you think are very worthwhile?? Any info you can provide will be greatly appreciated so I won't have to learn the hard way.

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in addition to what has already been covered - it's probably wouldn't hurt to make sure your family is on board before starting out :)
 
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