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DrewE

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I think most of the essential basics have been covered: the sewer and water hoses, #2 Robertson screwdriver, duck tape (though I would strongly recommend Gorilla tape instead; it's superior in every respect). Maybe also some power adapter dogbones as appropriate for your shore power cord: if you have a 30A trailer, 15A to 30A and most would say also a 50A to 30A. Toilet paper is likewise pretty nearly essential (though you don't need to spring for "RV toilet paper"; ordinary paper is just fine).

Your first camping "trip" should be, if possible, about ten feet from your house. Your goal is to make sure you understand how things work, make sure they do indeed work, and find out what household necessities you require but do not have. Some of those vary from person to person.





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We've been fine with just one sewer hose of 8-10 feet (I guess 10ft if fully stretched), but that is mostly for dump stations - we rarely camp at full hookups.

What I do highly recommend is two 15ft freshwater hoses and two 25ft grey water hoses.

Electric cords - our TT came with a 30ft 30amp cord, I picked up a 25ft 30amp cord, and we are set. I've only had to use the 25ft a few times, but it sure was nice having it. As mentioned previously get the adapter plugs for the cords.

I bought one of those economy "tool kits" that come in a plastic folding case from Walmart. Has hammer, screwdriver, wrenches, pliers, wire stripper, some wire connectors and fuses, etc. Low quality, but it has worked fine for me.

Try to make your first few camping trips to be near Walmart or other big store so you can run out to get what you need. Either way, make a list of things you need/want as you camp.

And yes, a few years down the road you will be pulling out of the camper all the stuff you swore you would need....


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Oh, and get level indicators to put on your camper. Set it up in your driveway, and level your Stovetop (if the stovetop is level it is much nicer to cook on, an your frig will be level), then secure the level indicators to the corner of the camper or to the hitch frame.

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Furniture for outside, tools, shovel, wire, duct tape, axe, rope.
RV camnpground directory, charts.
Dutch oven, good woman and some dogs.

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Where do you folks store your sewer hoses and fittings? I've read a lot of folks use the bumper, but I'm not sure that I want to do that. Some say that it causes the bumper to rust from the inside and the fittings like elbows don't always fit inside either so they put them in a tote and store it in the storage bin. I've also seen some DIY and after market hose and fitting storage solutions. Do these work well and if so you folks have a favorite? I'm not crazy about the idea of putting the sewer hoses and fittings in a tote and storing them inside the storage bin with my lawn chairs and such. The odds are that my wife, also a Public Health Nurse would veto any such plans anyway, so need a good solution.

The Rino hose kits (Extreme $46 and Flex $41 on Amazon) seem very popular. Is the extreme really any better? I do like that it's crush-able. Does anyone use it?

As for modifications, I'm very handy. I can mig weld, do electrical, plumbing and carpentry. I don't plan on doing any mods until we've camped awhile and we know the trailer better. All that said I am planning to install a hard wired surge protector and maybe some sort of sewer hose/fittings storage solution.

I can't wait to tel my wife that our first camping trip might be in the back yard! Another funny but really good idea!

Wow, a lot of really great suggestions! I started a must have list.

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I use the bumper. I've seen some people put an add on PVC unit to the bumper and store it in there.

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I strapped a 5x5 vinyl fence post on top of my bumper. Used hinged cover at one end and glued on cover at other with holes drilled into the covers for drainage for my sewer hose. Every hose I've seen fits into it. No rust and not abrasive to hose when you slide it in.


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Posted: 03/20/19 04:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

you can find sewer hose carriers on Amazon or ETrailer


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Take DrewE's last message to heart. Spend a day in your drive way or otherwise as close to home. You will quickly discover what you should have loaded.

Then find places to enjoy.

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I'm likely the wrong guy to ask because I prepare for everything like a boy scout. Here is what I have as a emergency kit.

2 lb sledge and a regular Hammer, 3-4 misc Screwdrivers, large and small adjustable wrench, wire cutters and strippers, pliers, gorilla tape, WD-40, Dry Lube for scissor jacks, hinges, key locks, assortment of spare 12v fuses for the fuse box, couple small rolls of small gauge 12v wire and some misc connectors, Assortment of batteries, Cable ties, Roll of eternabond tape incase of a roof puncture, cordless drill and a socket set and some misc lengths or different types of rope/cordage.

That's the basics and I'm probably forgetting to tell you about another 5-10 things.


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