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Old 09-23-2015, 07:43 PM   #11
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One motto I have is buy it right the first time - spend a little more for a brass regulator, good sewer hose, etc. They tried to sell us the "cheap" bucket of starter stuff, and I could see right away that most of it would need replaced within a couple of trips. Like many said:
- two water hoses, a filter, regulator.
- A 30 amp extension cord is good too - had to borrow one from a campground once (if you come up short on something, campgrounds and fellow campers will usually help out).
- I bought two bags of the Camco leveling blocks and they come in handy.
- Chocks (I like my X type).
- Some scrap wood for under the leveling jacks.
- We picked up some totes with locking lids for all of our storage areas.
- 20ft of sewer hose with an elbow.
- I find the sewer hose support (ours is a sidewinder) is very handy.
- a cheap folding table for outside cooking, etc
- flashlights

Most of all, just have fun! Each time you go, you will have a list of things for next time. Don't stress about every little detail, and don't be afraid to ask your fellow campers - I have found it to be a friendly like-minded community for the most part...
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Old 09-24-2015, 10:12 AM   #12
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You all have a been a wealth of exceptional information! We go tomorrow to pick up the trailer from Camping World.

I am a big Amazon guy (Prime membership, etc), and that's where I do a lot of my buying. I've already bought quite a few supplies (Rhino hose, Camco water filter and hookup, etc) from Amazon - in each case, it seemed the price was better at Amazon than CW. Has anyone found that there are supplies that are best purchased at Camping World - specifically in store?

Once again, great thanks for your generosity with your experience and expertise.
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Old 09-24-2015, 10:30 AM   #13
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Congrats on the new trailer! I second the Progessive Industries EMS from an earlier post. We have the 30amp version and it has already caught low voltage and open ground faults. A very worthwhile investment. Also, get a clear elbow for your sewer connection so that you can verify when your black tank dump is running clean.
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Old 09-24-2015, 11:02 AM   #14
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Welcome and enjoy. We do our serious cooking outside usually moving the standard picnic table partially under the awning ('usually' protects agains rain), use a two burner propane stove for morning coffee (always perk my coffee) and misc cooking, small propane grill, and lastly items for doing dogs, marshmellows, etc etc over campfire...

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Old 09-29-2015, 11:34 AM   #15
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IN addition to what is listed in the posts you referenced, I would make sure you have a few extra fuses for your trailer jack. Experience has shown you WILL need these at some point. Typically 30 amp but may be different on your RV. if you hold the button down a tad longer than you should you will blow the fuse.

I would assume you have brake controller for your TV, but that is essential.

Good Luck and enjoy your new RV
You called it, wags999. We brought our new "baby" home in the rain late last Friday night. After a 2.5 hour drive, I was trying to run down the hydraulic jack and realized I had NO power from the new battery. Luckily, I could plug in (I had a 30 amp outlet installed in the shed where I keep the camper) so we could disconnect the trailer and get the slides open, etc. The next morning, I went out to see what was wrong and found a broken fuse on the battery itself - a result of a really poor job the dealership did with the connection. They basically made up the battery connection with an old wire nut, 2 loops of electrical tape, and a prayer. It was pretty easy to fix.

We spent Saturday night in the trailer, and tried out all the systems except for the toilet/black tank. So far the only problem I have found that I couldn't handle is that my water heater will not work under electrical power. I keep getting an alarm fault when I try to switch from LP to electrical. I've read the manual and checked the simple stuff, but trying to figure out the electronics in the water heater panel is a bit above my skill level.

We are going to go for our "checkout" trip this coming weekend at a campground just 5 miles from home. After that, I figured I would call the dealer and set up a time to get the water heater (and any other issues that arise) fixed.

So far, so good. Thanks to all for your great advice and warm wishes!

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Old 09-29-2015, 11:45 AM   #16
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First of congratulations on your new rig ... I've been doing the RV thing for 34 years, on my 6th trailer and it never gets old.

There are lots of great suggestions from other on essentials. Let me add one more.
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Old 09-29-2015, 11:56 AM   #17
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First of congratulations on your new rig ... I've been doing the RV thing for 34 years, on my 6th trailer and it never gets old.

There are lots of great suggestions from other on essentials. Let me add one more.
I really like your suggestion! I'm not from Texas, but my favorite "essential" of that type is from there:
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Congratulations on your new "baby". We brought our first TT home in January and like yourself we were trying to figure out everything we needed.


A shake down stay close to home the first weekend we found was the best thing we could have done. If we needed it we could grab it and if we needed help with something it was only a phone call away.


We have found this year that making a check list of things is a huge help. We run down the list as we plan and pack for a trip. Also we keep a small note book in the camper that we jot down notes and items in for the next trip. Keep in mind if its something you use at home regularly you'll probably want on in the TT.


It will take a few trips but everything will have a place and you'll make a few modifications to things so that they fit your needs better. Its a lot of fun and great way to see some wonderful places.
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