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Old 07-15-2016, 03:04 AM   #11
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On long trips into unfamiliar territory, I carry a 5 gal can of gas for the TV just to be sure we don't get stranded out in the middle of nowhere.


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Old 07-15-2016, 04:10 AM   #12
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Personal wifi secured hotspot. We never do financial transactions on a campgrounds public wifi
We were gone for 7 weeks and kept everything up to date.
Yes and the truck needed an oil change

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2016 195 RB.. 10,500 miles under tires as of today.
Been down many a dirt road in the west. We go where not too many rv'ers go.
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Old 07-15-2016, 08:47 AM   #13
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Old 07-15-2016, 05:23 PM   #14
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We are leaving Sunday for 2 months and between 8 to 9 thousand miles total. My list is to long to post but kind of important for us. In the truck, honda generator, air compressor, lots of tools, spare fuel and water jugs, 2 trailer spare tires, bottle jack, wrenches to fit truck and trailer wheels, black and gray tank repair kit, dot road flares, 377 lbs in the truck.
Camper, lots of food and clothes, leveling boards, more tools, fuses, bulbs grease gun and grease, wheel bearings and brakes all checked out. lots of little stuff to much to list. Prepared to boondock when needed.
Personal, bills paid automaticly, medical prescriptions filled, passports and all trailer and truck registrations and insurance cards on board.
Weighed everything in the truck and camper. Camper stuff 226 lbs
I have 714 lbs max cargo for camper so minus 237 lbs water minus 45 lbs battery minus 226lbs leaves us 206 lbs under cargo max.
Headed for scales tomorrow and Alaska Sunday. Pardon the spelling
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Old 07-15-2016, 07:03 PM   #15
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I found to take extra toilet chemical if your not going to be flushing out the tank nightly, the higher temps and no AC running when your towing, you will probably go thru more than you do on a normal weekend trip. We ended up having to buy some on the trip.
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Old 07-24-2016, 07:54 PM   #16
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We've taken 2 cross country trips with our old popup, 5 weeks in 2007, the kids were 14 & 6 and then 7 weeks in 2009 when they were 16 & 8. Did all the bills, etc. online. My husband was a teacher so summers off and I work remotely, so I did that too when I had a wifi signal.
I'd second "Next Exit" book. We also had the good sam book and maps, no gps used. Don't drive too far each day, we would stop by late afternoon, set up the trailer, take a quick dip in the campground pool, then dinner and rest. Each day I drove first, then my husband drove later and I would figure of where we might stay and call ahead. Didn't make any reservations, except for possibly a weekend where it might be harder to get a site. Also found quite a few free or really cheap places, like city parks, etc. that let you camp.
Definitely check the prescriptions, and all the standard tow vehicle/trailer related things like the oil, fluids, etc. Had everybody pack enough clothes for 8 days, then did laundry once a week. We hit all the national parks, visited friends in CA.
We have a truck with a cap, so we organized a lot of things into the back of it that we could easily get at but didn't need to be in the trailer.
Also, make sure to turn things off at home, give someone a key to check on things, stop the mail, make sure a neighbor is picking up the stupid flyers that get thrown on your lawn and cutting the grass.....
My best advice would be don't push yourself too hard, take the time to really see all that landscape you're driving by, it's a beautiful country.

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