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Old 07-23-2015, 09:52 PM   #1
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Ok I just closed on a 2010 Jayco Jay Feather 22Y. This is my first travel trailer. I am coming from a bare minimum pop up. I have no idea what is a must have for this camper? The only thing I have is the start up kit which included an adapter to hook up to my house electric, a drinking water hose, sewer hose and a couple packs of sanitizer for the tanks. I also do have a water pressure regulator I bought for the pop up. Can you recommend things that are a must have? I have Linx Levelers as well.
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Old 07-23-2015, 10:49 PM   #2
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Sounds like you have the absolute basics to get started. Personally, get a notebook and pencil. Write down what you determine you need. I would recommend spare fuses, a few packs. When you blow a fuse, you probably will blow a few, finding the issue.
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Make sure you have a lug wrench that fits your lug nuts on the trailer. Many times your TV lug wrench will not fit your trailer. When you need it is not the time to realize you don't have one that fits. If you start dry camping you will no doubt will need a generator. Don't scrimp on it and buy one that is quiet and dependible. Your camping neighbors will love you for it.
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Congrats on the new tt!!! Make sure you get all set up correctly with a wd (weight distribution) hitch, helps even on smaller trailers. Learn how to adjust it yourself. Some dealers will get you close adjustment wise, but once you load it you may (probably) need to readjust it.

Here is a thread about 10 must haves. While you have a sewer hose, buy a better one (and longer). I have a Camco Revolution (I think it is), has worked pretty well so far. 2-10' sections, and a clear 90* elbow kit. Consider the 5" fence post sleeve mod for your sewer hose. A lot easier to store the hose than stuffing the it in the bumper.

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Surge guard- I still need one!!!
Extra water hoses- think I have about 135' total. Couple t's w/ shut off
Awning mat- personal preference if allowed in the cg
If you camp in cooler/ colder weather, electric heater if your site has electric- saves propane!
Fire time- buy a set of tongs and a poker for the fire. Work a lot better than a hot dog/ marshmallow fork! Lol
Fire starter- if you eat bacon, save some grease for camping. Pieces of paper towel w/ bacon grease gets a fire going quick!!! And is a lot cheaper!
Some more leveler blocks for under the scissor/ stabilizer jacks & tongue jack.
Do not be tempted to put a bumper mount hitch on for a bike rack. Does not usually end well. Though there is a new bracket that will help reinforce the bumper, a frame mounted hitch is proba my still more secure (have not seen the new brackets except online pics!).
Water jug if you don't have water hook up.

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Make sure you have a lug wrench that fits your lug nuts on the trailer. Many times your TV lug wrench will not fit your trailer. When you need it is not the time to realize you don't have one that fits. If you start dry camping you will no doubt will need a generator. Don't scrimp on it and buy one that is quiet and dependible. Your camping neighbors will love you for it.
Along that same vein make sure you have a jack that will work on your unit. Some campers do not even come with one and it is bad to discover this on the side of the road with a flat tire. Have fun with your camping
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The sewer hose in both our starter kits were junk and would not be allowed at many CG's. They had connectors on only one end. I'd suggest shopping for a good one.
Pack a basic tool kit. Note that most TT's use a lot of screws that require a square driver. I forget what they're called. We'd just gotten our first TT and read a thread about them. Checked, and sure nuff I had bunches of them.
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