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Old 06-13-2016, 09:36 PM   #1
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First long road trip: what to know?

headed west for 3 week road trip in a few weeks. Just curious what all I should be aware of or know or do before I head out? This will be my first real trip. Driving Redhawk XD and very excited but nervous. Spare tire or no??
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Old 06-13-2016, 11:54 PM   #2
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If you can take a shorter trip where you use all of the systems so you get to know them before the big trip.

Check your tire pressure or get a TPMS.
If you are staying where there is cell phone coverage, then you may not need a spare tire, but get ready for long wait and big bill if you need help.
carry some spare fluids, Oil, Distilled water.
Rubber roof or whatever kind of roof repair kit for your rig. yes I already have a patch on my roof, Long story...
Tool kit.
Gloves, it is summer time and stuff gets toasty.
Spare fuses
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Don't try and carry all your food. Pack staples and spices. Buy local. Take some bottled water just in case the water stinks where you happen to be that day.

We wash clothes once a week. This prevents carrying so many clothes.

If you have a small family don't cook a large roast or such. It gets old eating it for a week.
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Old 06-14-2016, 07:27 AM   #4
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Air compressor and tire plugging kit.

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headed west for 3 week road trip in a few weeks. Just curious what all I should be aware of or know or do before I head out? This will be my first real trip. Driving Redhawk XD and very excited but nervous. Spare tire or no??
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I have a air compressor and tire plugging kit in all my vehicles. Saved me on more than one vehicle (Goldwing motorcycle, my car and my truck) and on more than one occasion.

Please post on how your trip goes!
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Old 06-14-2016, 07:51 AM   #5
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Get in the habit of checking your tire pressure regularly, preferably first thing before setting out when they are cold and have a small compressor that is capable of adjusting them if needed. Another good investment is a Laser infrared temperature gauge for monitoring hub temps.
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First make sure to have lots of fun and stop and smell the roses in-route. I have never owned a MH, but have rented them. Often there are lots of complaints regarding alignment issues, so I would recommend getting a front end alignment.

We go grocery shopping about once or twice a week. Laundry, we find a CG that has laundry. I have found doing laundry around the lunch hour or REALLY late is the least busiest times.

In regards on nights without reservations and you want to be at a particular location, make sure to arrive early. For example, if you want to overnight at the Badlands NP, it is a first come first severed. When we rolled in, the visitor sight seeing lots were packed. We went directly to get a campsite many where filled, but we still had a good selection. We setup, had an early dinner, then when sightseeing. By then almost all the sites were filled and lots of people were being turned away. When we went out and about almost every parking lot and road was empty, making for a very enjoyable experience.
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I'll echo the "a short overnighter first" if possible to work the kinks out. Make sure you've tested everything. The AC, and the Furnace, generator, the water heater, stove, etc.

I know plenty of people who'll say they'll never travel without a spare tire. But in our RV, I'll travel with Roadside Assistance, a small compressor, bottle jack and a plug kit. There's no way I'd enjoy changing out a rear on a dually. I'll call for help and just wait.

Another recommendation is to stop after the first hundred miles or so and walk around. I did, and thankfully noticed that the water heater cover had popped open and was hanging by a thread.

Every morning, check tire pressures.
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We've taken a couple of 52-day trips and many 3-weekers. By the way, we have fun every time! We take frozen foods, because they don't spoil. We make breakfast burritos and freeze them in aluminum foil and throw them frozen into the oven. We make gravy, freeze it, and take frozen biscuits. We take toaster waffles. We make homemade soup and freeze it. Always bread/peanut butter/jelly. Hard-boiled eggs. Cheese sticks. Carrot sticks. Also take natural fruit cups and dehydrated fruit, vs fresh fruit that rots within days. We always think about what will be simple to make while on the road. We take just enough clothes that they don't become a burden - do laundry twice a week. Like others, all the necessary tools just in case and a good Roadside Assistance policy. Walmart, when it's in a good neighborhood, and Cracker Barrel are good sleeping alternatives every now and then. Have a blast!!!
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Thanks yall for all the information. I have been on a couple of other trips and hopefully have the kinks worked out like issues in the coach. I have been in it and turned everything on with gas or electric to make sure it all is working. So far so good. We will definitely stop and smell the roses cause that's the intention. My sister has never been west and she is soooo excited. I go regularly and can't wait to make the road trip. I'm actually meeting friends in Wyoming for a week of backpacking upon their arrival. As for the compressor, what do yall recommend and are tire plugs specific to RV tires? I think that's a great idea. Yall keep sending info as I love hearing every ones ideas. Thanks and have a great day!!
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As for the compressor, what do yall recommend and are tire plugs specific to RV tires?
I think you should consider plugging and inflating a tire as a last resort - calling Roadside Assistance should be first.

It takes a lot of ooooomph to inflate an RV tire. That said, when it comes to compressors, the good 12V ones are expensive.

I think the Viair models get the best reviews, but your pushing almost $200 for a small, 12V compressor. If you have a generator, or some other way to make 120V AC electric, then a small "pancake compressor" from Home Depot (or Sears or Harbor Freight) would be $75ish and faster than the 12V Viair.

As for plugs, there are Truck Tire Plug kits, but I just grabbed a kit from Walmart.

Again, my personal opinion is that Roadside Assistance, AAA, etc should be the first call.

Only if you're in the middle of LordKnowsWhere with no cell reception and surrounded by angry Wildebeest, would I plug a tire. And then it would be to limp back into someplace where I could make a call.
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