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Old 07-07-2016, 05:28 PM   #11
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I would recommend:

Sewer Solution instead of the "stinky slinky" sewer hose

Odor-los toilet chemical

Andersen Levelers instead of the level blocks

Progressive Industries EMS power management/surge protector

At least a 25' water hose - and a quick connect fitting

Electrical extension cord as others have mentioned
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Old 07-07-2016, 05:41 PM   #12
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Congratulations, and welcome to the website. You'll get a feel for what you want to do to customize and make things easier as you go along. I'd second a few things which have already been mentioned, like a surge protector for your electricals, a decent quality water hose, and a good quality sewer hose setup. Add a visible connector fitting to that sewer hose, so you can see when the water is running clear. Also, you will want a second water hose, because the water you use at a dump station is often reclaimed, and you never want that running through your fresh water hose. Label them with a permanent marker. Don't ask me how I learned that.

I would add that you should have a water pressure regulator. I use a simple camco one made of brass. Just in case you get some water hammer in the campground, you don't want that affecting your piping inside your unit. And long rubber gloves for the sewer dump process, just because you may run into a leak here or there you have to fix quick, when the couplings are not necessarily fitting tight at first. Especially when you're a newb, it can happen. Get a small bubble level you can set on the floor when leveling your unit. And a large Home Depot style 5 gal bucket doesn't hurt for just about a dozen different uses. I used mine to carry the fittings and couplings for the sewer hose, and I'd toss my gloves in there when I was finished. Now, I still use the gloves, but I just toss them into the floor of the sanitary bay on the motorhome.
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Old 07-07-2016, 06:22 PM   #13
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Wow, how did I forget a water pressure regulator???

I second the bubble level and the bucket - our bucket's primary duty is as the under-sink trash can.
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Old 07-07-2016, 08:03 PM   #14
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Still a bit new at this but things I have learned the hard way on just a few trips out or from reading many many posts here. I've purchased many of the items in others posts here as well.

- extra sewer hose. Twice I've needed just a few feet more and had to move the trailer. Last time I could not move it enough and made a trip back to the local Wal Mart and bought another hose set. I now travel with 2 complete sets, the second one can be split into 2 sections.

- shop at Wal Mart. Most have a good selection and decent prices

- 90 degree connector for your water hose connection to the trailer. Keeps it from putting stress on the connection by sticking out and pulling down.

- outdoor carpet/rug for just outside your doors. I found one at Lowe's that is green, 8x8 and very very light, washable and helps keep some of the dirt from being tracked in. Makes a good "patio" area for just outside your door and covers the rocks, bugs, dirt under your lawn chairs.

- screen bug/wasp covers for your outside vents for furnace, frig and water heater. Wasps will go after them and build nests up inside. We have lots around our area so one of the first things I put on.

- 50Amp adapter. Mine uses a 30Amp service but have been warned that sometimes the 30Amp may be damaged or not working.

- water filter and as others have said, keep your fresh water hose away from the other hoses and screw the ends together when storing.

- leveling blocks. I bought a set but don't have enough experience to know good ones from bad ones.

- cordless drill for putting your stabilizing jacks up and down. Saves time, especially if it's hot and the bugs are fierce and it's late, etc... Will need to rig up a metal shaft with socket on the end. Not hard to do.

- 90 degree broom with extending handle to brush off the top of your slide out, if you have one. Lots of stuff can accumulate on top of it in just a few days under the trees.

- collapsing ladder or light ladder to get on roof, reach top of slide out to sweep it off. Mine does not have a ladder built onto it, yours may have one.

- I just bought a tongue weight scale. Not a cheap item but seems a handy thing to have. Used it for the first time today to verify my tongue weight.

- tire ramp for changing flat on trailers with tandem axles. Can't recall the name of it but it's a ramp that allows you to pull the trailer up on it to lift the flat tire off the ground. Folks I've talked to say it is a lifesaver and much better than trying to jack up one side of the trailer to change a flat. Not sure if yours is a single or tandem axle trailer.

- i purchased a trailer valet for moving my trailer by hand. It's an expensive item but I needed it to maneuver my trailer in my drive.


That's my short list of add on items so far.
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Old 07-07-2016, 08:27 PM   #15
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I'll add my vote for the RhinoFlex hose. Just go get it now and throw the other one away. Or at least set it off to the side. Don't bother using it. It'll develop a leak after not too many uses and you'll be stuck buying one for a lot more than Amazon will charge.

Might as well pick up a Sidewinder sewer hose support while you are at it. Some states require them if you are going to stay hooked up at a campground.

I'll also second the EMS to protect your electrical system and in particular your A/C compressor. It's protected my trailer several times already.

I also like having a small nightlight/AC voltage meter. Gives me a good way to see if the power is on and how things are doing while also providing light for the short 2am trip to the restroom.
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Old 07-08-2016, 08:36 AM   #16
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And a set of four wheel chocks, if you don't have them already. (Chunks of firewood don't always work!)
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Old 07-08-2016, 08:59 AM   #17
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Great Info, thanks again!
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Old 07-08-2016, 03:10 PM   #18
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Jbrusie, check your lug wrench and make sure it fits the trailers tires. I found that the one for my TV did not fit my TT.
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I had the same problem with my lug wrench. I ended up packing a deep well socket and a breaker bar just for the trailer lugs.
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Got it home!
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