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I am new to RV'ing also rarely camped. I have been reading this site for about 4 months and am getting ready to make a move by end of year.

My question is what do I stock my RV with?, lets assume I have a TT.

Sewer Hose
Fresh water hose
power cords

Does someone have a more complete list? I tried searching but wasn't sure what to search for.


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Here's a great list from thomas malenich.

AFTER you buy the TT You need STUFF.
But not all this stuff, just the stuff you need.
bed conforter(s)
Face Cloths
Beach Towels
Table Cloth
Tea Towels
Cleaning Cloths
Hot Pad

Pain Killers
Sun lotion
Sprain Lineament

First aid kit:
First aid kits are designed to treat minor abrasions and wounds. It is highly recommended that you carry one . In the event of a serious accident, leave medical treatment to professionals. A minimum recommendation for a first aid kit consists of the following items:
1. One pair of disposable protective gloves;
2. A pair of scissors or a knife;
3. Three 2-1/4" square adhesive wound dressings;
4. One 3' x 3' x 4' triangular bandage (you may substitute an old bed sheet);
5. One 22" x 30" sterile dressing;
6. Two 3" x 4" sterile compress dressings (you may substitute two sanitary napkins);
7. One 2-1/2" by 3' combination elastic/adhesive bandage;
8. One roll of fir staid quality adhesive tape;
9. Five small self adhesive bandages; and
10. A tube of topical antibiotic ointment.

Initial Kitchen and Bathroom Inventory Checklist

Aspirin [his & hers]
A medium hand made / lettered cardboard sign , hang on string necklace, around your neck, for after an unsuccessful backing or parking
[ yes DEAR , I *know* there is a difference between Whoa & Go]
Baking soda
Bath towels & racks
Toilet potpourri spray [2 ea.]
Can opener

Coffee Pots & filters
Containers to store leftover foods & stuff
[ 10 ea., 18 oz plastic peanut butter jars with screw lids :-)) ]
Cooking pot set & lids
Cooking pot steamer basket insert [doubles as colander]
Food chopper processor small electric
Hand lotion & soap
Holding tanks chemicals
Insect repellent spray & pest strips
Lip balm
Measuring cups
Misc. kitchen tools & gadgets
Mixer small, hand-held electric mixer
Paper towels
Peroxide or antiseptic
Personal items
Pie & baking tins [measure RV oven]
Plastic wrap and foil
Pot holders
Salt and Pepper
Serving bowls
Sugar or substitute
Sunscreen & sun block
Table settings (plates, cups, silverware)
Throwaway baking / roasting bags
Toilet paper [RV type]
Tissues & wet wipes
Toiletry kit
Trash can & trash liners
Trash bags

TOOLS etc.
Gas Lantern
Gas Bottles - spare
Gas Bottle - STOVE
Multiple Outlet Cord
Elec. Cord - Small
Stove Wind Screen
Water Hose & nozzle
Water Jug(s)
Fly Frame & Tarp
Fly Ropes & Pegs
Bungees - Small
Hand Mechanical Tools
Hatchet & Saw
Rope - Spare

These are the items we keep stocked in our travel trailer kitchen's drawers and cabinets. The list is a suggestion, not the gospel. Feel free to copy and edit it for your personal use.

* cutlery set x
* large bread knife x
* paper plate holders x
* dishes x
* bowls x
* mugs x
* ladle x
* tongs x
* serving spoons x
* wooden stirring spoon x
* spatula x
* pizza cutter x
* stove-top toaster x
* can opener x
* bottle opener x
* corkscrew x
* tablecloth holders x
* sponges x
* scrub pads x
* stove-top coffee pot x
* electric coffee pot x
* small sauce pan x
* large sauce pan x
* medium sauce pot x
* frying pan x
* large pot x
* steamer insert x
* pot lids x
* dishpan plastic x
* cutting board x
* measuring cup x
* measuring spoons x
* coffee measurer X
* 1 doz. plastic egg carrier x

* tablecloth x
* dish cloth X
* dish towels X
* pot holders X
* oven mitt X


* paper towels
* paper plates
* coffee filters
* aluminum foil
* zip lock bags
* plastic wrap
* trash bags
* napkins
* matches
* dish detergent

Chairs - folds
Cooler (s)
Fishing Gear
Road Map (s)
Registration & Insurance data

Misc. Nice to Haves and Cockpit extras

Alarm clock small trvel
Hatchet / Army foxhole shovel
Bible & prayer books
Bungee cords [different lengths ]
Extra extension cords , 3 prong
Eyeglass repair kit
Paper clips
Pens and pencils & marling pens
Playing cards & Games [Yahtzee & UNO]
Pocket knife
Rubber bands
Tape, electrical & duct

Basic RV Equipment Check list

B-B-Q, supplies & tools
Battery jumper cables
Battery distilled water [1 pint]
Campground directories
Emergency road kit with approved triangle reflectors & flares
Extension cords [3 prong]
Extra bulbs , fuses , spare fuses
Fire extinguisher
First-aid kit
Flashlights and batteries
Folding chairs
Fly & bug sprays
Garden hose W/ nozzle [sewer pipe wash out, green]
Garden hose [ palatable water, white]
Good set of mechanical tools
Hydraulic and/or scissors jack suitable for weight of your vehicle's heaviest tire
Leveling blocks , boards & chocks
Matches & lighter
Road Atlas
Rubber gloves
Sewer hose with hookup fittings [tool for fitting clamps]
Shovel [Army surplus foxhole shovel]
Spare fuses
Tire pressure gauge
Water hose & filter (designed for drinking water only
Wheel chocks & leveling blocks
Camping List & OPTIONS
Categories of Camping Needs
___ compass
___ lantern/ heater
___ flashlight(s)
___ flashlights (magnilites (2)
___ flashlight batteries (spares)
___ rain fly/windbreak tarp system & stuff sack
___ nylon cord & cord locks (spares)
___ pillow (travel)
___ poncho liner & stuff sack
___ sleeping bag & stuff sack or quilt
___ chair/sling & stuff sack
___ Dirty clothing stuff sack
___ 3M waterproofing spray and seam lock
___ Solar shower
___ Porta-potty or empty quart milk jug W/cap for night urinal

___ knife (Buck) & sharpener
___ bags (plastic large garbage)
___ bags (plastic small trash, 1 for every 4-5 days)
___ can opener & corkscrew
___ cooler
___ food
___ cup/beer stein
___ dish towel
___ coffee/insulated mug , creamer, sweetener
___ energy bars/raisins
----- Dinty Moore stew & can of potatoes
___ beans canned
___ fork,knife,plate, spoon(s)
___ jackknife
___ matches waterproof (large wooden stick, kitchen
in empty plastic peanut butter bottle)
___ paper towels
___ pepper/salt
___ pot gripper & pots/skillet
___ soap/scrubber pads
___ stove gas (propane)
___ stove wind screen
___ water bottle(s) (2)
___ water carrier (1 gallon)

CLOTHING M/C Riding Gear
___ boot sock liners
___ boots (canvas mukluks or rubber type)
___ chaps
___ gloves (cold weather)
___ gloves (hot weather)
___ gloves (rubber/rain)
___ gloves (wool liners and dish washing rain gloves)
___ hat (wool)
___ helmet
___ jacket
___ jacket (polypro ski)
___ jacket (wind breaker)
___ jacket liner & stuff sack
___ neck warmer/long scarf
___ pants (leather)
___ pants for riding (Levis/jeans)
___ rain gear (boots, vest, etc.)
___ rain totes rain suit & stuff sack
___ shirts (long sleeve, turtle-neck T-shirts)
___ ski goggles for riding without a helmet
___ ski warm-ups
___ socks (cotton)
___ socks (neoprene)
___ socks (wool)
___ sunglasses
___ sunglasses (spare)
___ underwear (insulated, long johns) Camp Clothes
___ camp shoes/slippers
___ changes of clothes (3-5, rolled up)
___ down vest
___ jeans
___ jeans jacket
___ laundry soap
___ layers of clothing
___ moosehead hat
___ pants
___ shorts
___ socks
___ sweat shirt
___ sweater
___ swimming suit
___ T-shirts
___ underwear
___ warm clothes for evenings/nights
___ washing shorts
___ wind breaker

___ backpack/fanny pack (small)
___ book (paperback)
___ camera & lots of film
___ campground guides
___ cellular phone & some way to charge it
___ chopstick
___ cigarettes (a whole carton...just in case!)
___ contact lens stuff
___ DOD lighter & fluid
___ drivers license
___ fishing gear
___ lotion
___ hand soap
___ insect repellent/bug spray
___ insurance cards (medical)
___ maps
___ medicines
___ membership cards (HOG, AMA, VRC, RPAA, Parks, campgrounds, etc.)
___ mosquito coils
___ negotiable ($$$$$$$$$$$$$$)
___ cash ($25-$30/day/person)___ checkbook
___ credit cards (gas)
___ credit cards (MC/Visa/AmEx/Discover/etc.)
___ credit cards (phone)
___ travelers checks
___ pen/pencil
___ radios/tape players with mini speakers
___ radios/tape players batteries (extras)
___ reading glasses (if you're over 40)
___ sewing kit
___ shampoo
___ snake bite kit
___ sun screen/block
___ suntan lotion
___ tapes/CDs
___ toilet paper in sealed plastic bag
___ toiletries
___ toothbrush
___ toothpaste
___ towel
___ wash cloth
___ watch
___ weather radio

___ sven saw
___ electrical system schematic
___ electrical tape
----- small spray can WD-40
___ emergency warning light (trouble light)
___ fuses (extra)
___ hammer
___ jumper cables
___ Leatherman Tool
___ Knife, multipurpose (Swiss Army)
___ multi meter
___ pliers (channel locks, aka water pump pliers)
___ pliers (needle nose)
___ pliers (standard)
___ screwdrivers (assorted)
___ socket set
___ suspension adjustment tool
------ tape, duct (flatten the spool)
___ tape, Teflon
___ tire inflator
___ tire patch/plug kit
___ tire pressure gauge
___ tire pump (small hand/foot)
___ vise grips
___ wire & alligator clip
___ wrenches (combination)
___ wrenches (crescent 4" and 10"; good ones)
___ wrenches (metric allen)
___ wrench (spark plug)
___ spare parts as desired (i.e., clutch, throttle, and/or brake cables for example)
-Rubber gloves
for handling germy sewer line hoses on occasion.



Tool box
Flashlights (2
Duct tape)
Wheel lug wrench
Vehicle/trailer jack
Tire pressure gauge
Pliers; std. & water pump
Pliers vice grip
Pliers needle nose
Dikes wire cutting/skinning
Tin snips
Small measuring tape
Hacksaw & spare blades
Set of combination & box end wrenches
Crescent wrench
Allen wrench /hex key sets
Crescent wrench, large , for hitch bolts
Pocket knife
Hammers standard & ball peen
Screwdrivers ; std. and phillips
Small electric drill & bits
Volt ohm meter
Small soldering iron
Trailer light bulb replacement P/N list
Wiring diagram for hitch electrical connector
Electrical tape 1 rl.
Super duct tape 1 rl.
Vehicle radiator/heater hose(s)
One spare bulb for each trailer light type
One spare fuse for each trailer type
Small coil electrical insulated wire
Alligator clips
DC test lite
Hose clamps selection 1/2 in. --- 3 in.
WD-40 spray can
Grease for hitch
Small plastic peanut butter jars of nuts, bolts, nails, screws & washers in various sizes
Plastic zip ties
Cell phone
Checklist for Leaving Home/Breaking Camp

Stow folding chairs & other outside items
Dump & Reset black & grey tanks
Drain/fill hoses stowed, caps on
Pressure regulator stowed
Furnace & A/C off
Water heater off
Secure all loose items
Stow shower & bathroom supplies
Empty & stow trash cans
Turn off refrigerator
Stow TV and TV shelf
TV antenna down
Secure all windows & ceiling vents
Water pump off
Cabinets closed & locked
Retract slide out & install braces
All lights & fans off
Water bottle for truck
Awning secured
Electric disconnected & cords stowed
Propane turned off
CATV/Phone disconnected
Wheels torqued to 110 lbs
Hitch locked & secure
Jacks up & locked
Chocks removed & stowed
Lights & brakes checked
Pull rig off levelers and stowed

[ to go home, next camp ground or another spot ]

Drain black and then gray water tanks
[ add deodorant and cleaners]

Flush out clean the sewer hose line

Drain fresh water tank , A/R

Disconnect & stow; Water, Electric , Phone,TV,Sewer

Recover the on- ground sewer pipe opening

Stow sewer hose support

Streamline direction and lower TV antenna

Raise stabilizer jacks & pick up pad blocks

Disconnect , remove & stow awning patio lights

Retract & stow awning for travel

Stow complete inside cabinets & other , ready for travel

Pick up pad carpet and door pad

Put away any outside equipment
i.e. ; BBQ chairs, other

Set refrigerator for gas operate & test

Set Heat & air condition to OFF

Set water pump to OFF

Set gas stove to OFF

Set water heater to OFF

Close roof vents & windows

Retract door step

Make sure all outside doors & hatches are closed & locked

Hook up hitch chains & breakaways

Remove chocks

Retract tongue jack

Retrieve any & all leveling blocks & stow

Test a lights & turn signals

Trailer TDD [things to do] upon return home

Drain any tanks
Remove laundry items
Remove perishable foods
Remove personal items & clothing
Remove tools
Shut off gas bottles
Place deodorizer in refrigerator
Turn off anything electrical
Check trailer battery condition & add distilled water A/R
Lock trailer & hitch
Crystalline Liquid Bacteria [ is a bacterial/enzyme treatment ]

TST [down the drain with a little water to lubricate the dump valve seals].

Liquid Plumber build up remover

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Just stock it with money and that will turn into every thing you need. ;~}
After you have every thing you think is necessary, goto a local camp site for the weekend. That's when you'll figure out you need a can opener and a matches. Learning is part of the fun. Lots of luck.

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Posted: 07/15/04 06:35pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

And you hall all of that "stuff in an 18wheeler behind the trailer, right?


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Posted: 07/15/04 07:25pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't call that a list, I call that a book. I'm not sure if they have all that stuff in the stores.


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Thats the list I was looking for, I had seen it here before but con not remember the topic in which it was discussed. All of that plus my clothes and etc to full time in a 26' TT. Glad I am good at packing, used to travel quite often for a living.



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For creature comforts, think about what you have around home that you feel you need in your TT - bedding, bathroom linens, cookware, etc...

RV unique items that we stock are:
Bungee cords in 4-5 sizes
Duct tape
Velcro straps from CW
10-15' sewage hose
White hose for fresh water
Basic tool kit, to include socket set
Rubber mallet
Tire guage
Awning anchors (made our inexpensively from 2 nylon comealongs, 12" bungees and large green spikes normally used for tieing dogs out)
Volt meter
Extension cords
TV cable cord
Flashlight w/extra batts
Small folding tables
Bug spray
Fan that can be used under the awning
Some sort of patio mat for under the awning
Beach towels during the summer
Reading material

After the 3rd trip, see what you haven't used since you put it in and take it out.

* This post was edited 07/15/04 08:24pm by Liss *

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We started with a motor home and have downsized to a PU. Make sure your first few trips will be close and short 2-3 days. Look over the long list above, pick and choose the basics and the obvious to begin with. Keep paper and pen handy on your first trips to jot down what you decide you really need.

Over the years it seems I'm making do with less and less. There are things I took along in the beginning that I carried around and never used. It will take some time, but eventually you'll figure out what you have to have, and how you will store it all. Even though there's alot more room in a TT or motor home, even there you can get those cupboards filled up fast.

Good luck and happy camping. We also have a checklist or two that we use in packing up. Lists for the kids, us, food stuff etc. PM me if you want me to email a copy.



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I like to carry as little as possible.

I use paper plates and plastic utensils and cups.

At this point, I dont worry about my CCC, because I KNOW Im not anywhere close. I Do, hoever, believe that you should be prepared for emergencies.

One way to find out how to stock your unit.... I actually read this suggestion on THIS forum..... is to make your 1st camping trip in your driveway.

Your goal is to NOT go into the house for anything, unless its on fire, but to CAMP in your unit.
Everytime you do have to go into the house to get something, add that to your list.

Another suggestion....also previously posted by someone else... is that when you go camping, anything that you dont use that weekend, can be left at home the folling weekend.

There is no sense to use your unit for 'storage".


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