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Old 09-20-2015, 10:08 AM   #1
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ESSENTIAL Equipment for a newbie

Hi all, we are picking up our new 2015 White Hawk 24rdb this Friday, and are extremely excited! This is our first rv, and we look forward to lots of good times.

I have a fair number of friends and family who have rv's of varying sorts, but little/no personal experience. We are planning a "shakedown" trip to a campground near our house to get a feel for things. One of the questions I have is what equipment I absolutely HAVE to have before heading out. I am speaking specifically about equipment/supplies that relate to the trailer, not general camping.

I found great information here, particularly from the reply by WIBadger:

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f7...d-19508-2.html

I was just wondering if anyone had any additional advice for the "first time" user.

Thanks in advance, everyone!
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First off, CONGRATULATIONS on your TT and welcome to the forum. You ask what are the things you really need, well I am sure you will receive a lot of suggestions from the members.

From the electrical side of the house:
- A Volt/Ohm electrical meter (needed for troubleshooting electrical problems)
- A 30 Amp to 50 Amp plug converter (in case the CG's 30Amp outlet is defective
- A 30 Amp to 15 Amp plug converter (to plug the TT into your home's wall outlet, but do not turn on the TT's AC, using this option)
- A 110VAC outlet checker (in case the CG is wired wrong)
- A 110VAC outlet voltage checker (in case CG has AC service issues)

Hopefully, you will never need any of them, but past experiences would suggest that you have them.

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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
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First off, CONGRATULATIONS on your TT and welcome to the forum. You ask what are the things you really need, well I am sure you will receive a lot of suggestions from the members.

From the electrical side of the house:
- A Volt/Ohm electrical meter (needed for troubleshooting electrical problems)
- A 30 Amp to 50 Amp plug converter (in case the CG's 30Amp outlet is defective
- A 30 Amp to 15 Amp plug converter (to plug the TT into your home's wall outlet, but do not turn on the TT's AC, using this option)
- A 110VAC outlet checker (in case the CG is wired wrong)
- A 110VAC outlet voltage checker (in case CG has AC service issues)

Hopefully, you will never need any of them, but past experiences would suggest that you have them.

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Use the items shown to check every power outlet you plan to plug into before you plug in your trailer. Be sure to flip off the power pole circuit breaker before you lug in your trailer.
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Old 09-21-2015, 06:33 AM   #6
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Great information, all. Thanks!

Regarding fuses, are those general items I can pick up anywhere, or should I buy them from the RV store - who I am sure will be happy to sell them to me, but I would guess would not be the cheapest option.
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Great information, all. Thanks!

Regarding fuses, are those general items I can pick up anywhere, or should I buy them from the RV store - who I am sure will be happy to sell them to me, but I would guess would not be the cheapest option.
It depends on the type of fuses you have. If they are this type:

You can buy them at any auto parts store.
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Besides some hand tools be sure you have what you need to change a tire on the TT.
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Congrats on the new rig!!!!

IMO per WIBadgers list 2x4' are are to narrow, though may be easier to store. I would suggest either the Lego blocks or at minimum, 2x8's, if not 2x10's or 12's. The 10/12's will be easier to "aligning" and not have a tire off the edge, which can damage the tire sitting on an edge like that. I have 2x8's I place a 4x6 on top of for the scissor stabilizer jacks. The less extended, the sturdier they are generally.

Regular wheel chocks placed before unhooking the truck as mentioned. X-Chocks are only to help prevent the trailer "rocking a little" when set up, not prevent/ stop a roll away trailer.

Air compressor capable of airing the truck or trailer tires up. Jack, tools and boards for a tire change if need be.

May have missed it, but a 30amp extension cord. Just like the water hook up, never know where the electric may be!!!

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Congrats! I just returned from our first trip. A 21 day 7000 mile cross country learning experience... I recommend against this method, but it was fun.

I bought one of these to protect the electrical system and it seems to work well. I like it because it is constant protection. Amazon.com: Progressive Industries PT50C 50 Amp Portable Electrical Management System: Automotive

I also recommend having the 50amp adapter. One of my stops only had 50 amp receptacles and I had to run carefully off a 20amp circuit. (Which was easier to do safely when I could see from the above EMS what my actual power draw was.)

I would buy a new sewer hose right now. The cheap ones that come in starter kits will develop a pinhole leak after not too many uses and are too short. I had to buy a new hose at WalMart a week into my trip. At least I didn't have to do it at a campground. Supplies at campgrounds come with at a significant premium.

Don't forget to get a cheapo standard garden hose to use for your black tank flush.

Speaking of the blank tank, definitely have a box of rubber gloves and use them every single time. It might seem a little like a waste after you get the routine down, but pulling off the drain cover only to discover you forgot to close the black tank valve is bad enough without having been lazy and not putting on the gloves because it was "routine."

I store my fresh water hose and adapters in a separate compartment separately from all the dumping gear. Don't want those near each other. I think I'm going to store the dumping gear in a closing plastic bin in the future.
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