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Old 08-28-2012, 09:16 AM   #1
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Time to start buying camper goodies! What's your favorite purchase?

We are bringing home our 2013 23B on Thursday night. We're moving up from a 2001 Viking Pop up. I don't know how I'm going to work all day Friday before I can run home and start playing! Plus, I have a garage full of crap we just emptied out of the pup that I need to go through and reorganize so I can reclaim my parking spot. We've got two trips planned before the snow flies, maybe another if the weather holds.

Putting in my first order for the essentials - leveling blocks & wheel chocks. I'm sure going to miss our BAL leveler and single wheel chock. Those two were the most convenient purchases I made for the pup. After researching every option out there, I think we've settled on using the lynx blocks for leveling and the lynx chocks for one side, probably a BAL x chock on the other for added stabalization. DH is handy enough with wood and tools to build wedges, but time is a luxury we don't have these days (thus the upgrade to the HTT). I think that will do it for now (probably some level stickers too), and I will continue my purchases one at a time through winter so we will be ready to go with the spring thaw. Definitely need some new pop up gizmos - they were terrific on the pup. Possibly a small TV and mount with the Christmas/black friday sales. A foam topper for our mattresses, too. Glad we have the whole winter to compile these creature comforts one at a time! I'm thinking I'll get some small bins for the cabinets to keep things from rolling around during travel. I did buy some non skid stuff for them.

What kind of stuff have you bought that you can't live without? Gotta keep adding to my list, much to DH's dismay... :hihi:

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Old 08-28-2012, 09:56 AM   #2
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Welcome to Jayco Owners Forum and CONGRATS on the new HTT!! Wishing you many new memories with the 23B!! :hihi:
It sounds like you have a good start onyour list of goodies and many others will have good ideas.
Do you normally camp at sites with water/electric or dry camp? This may help choose other items needed.
I would look for better sewer hose(s) and water hoses from 15 foot to 50 foot depending on your needs. I keep a 15, 25 and a 50 foot hose.
How about electric adapters 30 amp to 15 and 15 amp to 30 amp. Those are not used a lot, but I keep them "Just In Case".
One thing the DH would really appreciate is a Electric Tongue jack, but like you said, you have all winter for this item.


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Old 08-28-2012, 09:59 AM   #3
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Here is the now famous "Top Ten" thread. Its actually many more then ten though.


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Old 08-28-2012, 10:28 AM   #4
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Thanks for the suggestions - though I should have clarified. I'm more wondering what kind of extras everyone enjoys particularly the most or found the most handy/helpful etc. Not necessarily wondering what I need, more wondering what I want! I have seen the top 10 list previously and have bookmarked it though. Lots of essentials we already have from the pup - water hoses, extension cords, electric adapters, step stool, extra tools etc. I do have the upgraded sewer hose on my list though, as we had a cassette in the pup and black tanks are new to us.

So - an electric tongue jack? Do you find you do more front to back leveling with an HTT? He's had to crank it up or down when hooking up to our TV, but it's never been anything inconvenient that we've thought about needing electric. Now being able to raise & lower the stabilizers with the socket & drill - that's been super handy!
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Some sort of stick or screw on levels that can be seen from your hitch are helpful and a must have IMHO. Level linxs, Bal x chocks and a good hitch lock would be high on my list. Although there are cheaper alternatives, these are well worth the extra money with the ease and practicality of use they provide. Maxx air vent covers for sure too.

x2 on the electric tounge jack. Depending on your sway bar setup the electric jacks make that process much more tollerant.

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Old 08-28-2012, 01:36 PM   #6
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Recently bought a fix a flat ramp for changing tire or greasing bearings (no jacking up needed), small ottomans for storage, rubbermaid drawer organizers for knives or counter storage, broom hanger command hook, command hooks for keys, will be making a sink cover with Lexon cut to size and 12 volt outlets for bunk fans.

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Old 08-28-2012, 02:54 PM   #7
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Congrats on your 23B, you'll love it, I know we like ours!

I bought the stick-on levelers, plastic level blocks, chocks, sewer hose, and water hose with a water pressure regualator.

Now one of the first mods I did, and it was very easy to do, was I installed a fridge fan. With the brutal temps we had, this helped to maintain cooler temps inside the fridge.

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Old 08-29-2012, 10:24 AM   #8
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1x on the fridge fan and electric tongue jack. The X23B isn't very heavy and hand cranks easy but now that i've got the electric I'd never go back. Same story on the stabilizers, I use a rechargeable drill to raise/lower. I also bought a "sewer solution" instead of a slinky and think it works great (still have the starter slinky that was in our start-up kit as a backup). The most recent thing I've added was a "Flagpole Buddy". Not particularly cheap but a nice design and we've wanted to fly a flag since we got the TT. Attached the mounts with 2 side tape from the auto parts place. Not the regular 3M 2x tape but stuff used for attaching auto trim.

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Old 08-29-2012, 10:28 AM   #9
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Definitely do the fridge fans - the one in the fridge and the one in the back. I liked the LED lamps upgrade too.
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Old 08-29-2012, 10:49 AM   #10
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I changed over all of our interior bulbs to LEDs when we got the camper to conserve battery when we dry camp. I have not had a need to do the fridge fan, have had no trouble keeping things cool. If set to the coldest setting, items in the fridge will freeze. (although we camp in 25-30C temperatures) This is our first camper with AC, and we bought a 30 amp extn cord on our last trip as the cord from the TT would not reach the pedestal, and the AC will not run on 15 amps.

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