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Old 03-27-2014, 12:53 PM   #1
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Newbie question - what do I need to buy?

Hi everyone!

We are buying a Jay Flight 28BHBE (2015) and it is arriving in a couple of weeks.
So excited - we camped last year in a tent trailer, and the upgrade is seriously thrilling me. We want to camp Easter Weekend so there's not a lot of time to buy stuff we absolutely need, so I am trying to get prepared by buying the necessities ahead of time. For whatever reason, getting info from our dealer seems to be challenging so I thought I would ask here. Does the RV come with freshwater and sewer hoses and fittings? I would assume so but you know what they say about assuming!

What else is an absolute essential for you?

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Old 03-27-2014, 12:58 PM   #2
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Usually they provide a "start up" kit when you buy a RV.,... includes the water hose, a slinky sewer hose... a roll of toilet paper (don't laugh)...and a little bottle of black tank chemicals.

You will need...
- a better sewer hose, something like the rhinoflex
- water pressure regulator
- and if they don,t give you one...a 30 to 15AMP adapter

What I carry (might not need it for the first outting, but you see after a while what you need)

- 30amp extension cord (needed it on previous TT, but 28BHBE is should not require it...with the position of the electrical connection)
- pieces of wood to level your RV (don't forget to carry a small 6-8" level)
- RV mat (for the exterior)
- rubber gloves for when you empty your tanks
- bigger bottle of tank chemicals

The rest is up to you and your needs...

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Old 03-27-2014, 12:59 PM   #3
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Usually not..

Water - White hose, filter (recommended), pressure regulator (recommended).
Electric - Adapter to plug into your house power to charge batteries, run lights, cool down refrig. etc.

Sewer hose, may come with one but usually cheap. Get a better one.. Amazon or Walmart

Levelers (homemade or lynx),

Stabilizers (x-chocks or something like that)
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Old 03-27-2014, 01:13 PM   #4
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Wheel chocks.
Notepad to record what you want (need) for the next outing.
I always pack a toolbox.

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Old 03-27-2014, 01:39 PM   #5
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And don,t forget a few beers....
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Old 03-27-2014, 02:05 PM   #6
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Look at the electric panel and go get some spare fuses. You might also get a spare 30amp for the tounge jack. Have the person doing the walk through show you every place there is a fuse. A few spare bulbs. I have one storage area in my camper for this type stuff. Tape, electrical and teflon...flash lights.....A meter if you know how to use one. I am not suggesting you will have any problems and I hope you don't but they do come up from time to time. Tools and knowledge make camping worry free IMHO. But have fun on the good days and the bad days because these are the days we have, and there is no current replacement for them.
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Thanks for all the great advice so far. I don't drink beer but the hubby does. He's not really a forum guy, that's why I signed up here. So much great info in the forum. I'm so excited to get the trailer and try it out!
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Old 03-27-2014, 02:51 PM   #10
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You may also want a copy of my PDI checklist.

New RV Owner “Pre Delivery Inspection” (PDI) Checklist
New Trailer Owner PDI Ver 2.5

People have been using it for over ten years and it has helped folks both new to RVs and more experienced types. I just used it in the inspection of my 4th TT, purchased in Febuary.
I am up to version 2.5 now and there are a couple things I need to add from our last purchase.
I don't see how to uplaod it her, but I'd be happy to if someone can say how. Otherwise IM me with an email address and I'll send it.

As far as what to buy, on the whole you are getting good advice. You do need:
A drinking water qualified fresh water hose.
Some way to drain the trailer of black and grey water
Some RV toilet Paper
Some RV black tank chemical

the above is sort of the minimum

One idea is to check with your dealer & get them to "give you" a new RV owner starter kit. One I saw contains:
Kit includes: One 4pk toilet tissue, four 2 oz. dry RV Trine packets, one 1/2" x 25' drinking water hose, one 10' drain hose w/straight hose adapter, one 30/15 amp electrical adapter, one bubble level, one brass water regulator and one bag of RV Dump gloves.
Such a kit, and there are half a dozen on the market, runs about $35-55 retail.

If you are first camping on dirt or in a not very well prepared area place (meaning like a state or county or national park) you may need to have some way to level your trailer side to side. This can be done with some 2" x 10" x 3" boards, specialy made leveling blocks ($40 for a stack of 10) or any one of a number of "solutions" on the market. If you are camping on a commercial or well-prepared RV park, the sites are often level side to side so no worries there. (Note: the stabilization jacks at the four cornes of the trailer are NOT for side to side leveling-only to keep the trailer from bouncing or moving around too much)

If you have not already done so, take a look at the Camping World web site to get an idea of the range of stuff available for purchase by RV'ers.

My suggestion is get the minmum, camp a couple of times, talk to people about what they use for "X" (whatever problem or issue you have) and then pick and choose what you need to make your camping experience nicer, cleaner, easier, less stressful, more fun and just the way you want it.
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