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Old 05-12-2014, 10:16 PM   #1
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First time EVER using a TT, so what did I need?

You all were very helpful letting me know about the battery disconnect. (This sight is going to be my best friend!) Bought one and it's on the way. I have purchased a white water hose, the blue toilet packets, 2 wheel chocks, RV toilet paper, a pair of leveler gauges. I need to buy/find some wooden blocks for under the 4 leveling jacks. My TT came with a black/grey water hose. What other basic essential equipment do I need before taking this out Friday? Our first trip will be to a state park here in Ohio. It's a pull-through, full hook-up sight at a park only an hour from my house, so we're trying to keep this from being stressful. (We have 4 kids, so everything is stressful.)

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Old 05-12-2014, 10:27 PM   #2
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Big Camping List

Load into Camper Prior to Trip

□ Cash (money)
□ Jayco manuals and folder
□ Eye glasses and contacts
□ Metal detectors and extra batteries
□ Clothes (pants, shirts, underwear, socks, coats, jackets, hats, etc.)
□ Iphones and Ipad (chargers for all)
□ Cannon camera and charger
□ Fishing equipment (if near a lake) and fishing license
□ Sun tan lotion
□ Rain coats
□ Ear plugs
□ Maps, GPS (power cords, miniature speaker and power cord) for long trips
□ Matches/lighter
□ Rubber gloves (heavy and light)
□ Measuring tape
□ Personal knife
□ BBQ pit, charcoal, electric pit lighter, cooking utensils - put in truck
□ Long and short extension cords
□ Orange safety cones
□ Folding table - put in truck
□ Lawn chairs - put in truck
□ Sewer and both water hoses
□ Step stool
□ Our medications and medical info
□ Deck of cards, Uno, Mexican Train, Puzzles
□ Cups and mugs
□ Plates and bowls
□ Utensils
□ Dinner knives
□ Mixing bowls and spoons
□ Pot and pans
□ Matches and lighter
□ Cleaning supplies, sponges
□ Napkins, paper towels and clean rags
□ Dish soap, bathing soap, hair shampoo and conditioner, etc.
□ Wash cloths (4), shower towels (4), and hand towels (4)
□ Tupperware, Ziplocks bags and/or aluminum foil
□ Can opener
□ Mosquito and chigger repellant
□ Tool box, bucket, rope
□ First aid kit
□ Flashlight (check batteries)
□ Toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex
□ Fan for noise at some campgrounds
□ Mugs - cold and hot
□ Pillows, sheets, blanket

Basic Food Items
□ Cooking oil
□ Salt, pepper, spices
□ Bread
□ Milk
□ Sausage
□ Coffee
□ Orange juice
□ Espresso coffee<br />
□ Beans
□ Lettuce
□ Tomatoes
□ Mayonnaise
□ Luncheon meat
□ Soups
□ Jelly
□ Honey
□ Sugar (or substitute)
□ Diet Rite
□ Butter
□ Steak, hamburger meat
□ Cereal
□ Ketchup
□ Mustard
□ Syrup
□ Salsa
□ Jello or apple sauce
□ Bean dip
□ Fritos
□ Oats
□ Pickles
□ Peanuts
□ Bananas
□ Salad dressing
□ Cheese
□ Eggs
□ Hamburger meat, steak, chicken
□ Bottle water (medium and gallons)
□ Bag of ice

Mechanical Check List
□ Check tires, torque wheel lugs, outside running and backup lights, brake lights
□ Turn on refrigerator the day before trip to cool and load food day of trip
□ Check 12 v battery charge
□ Cover outside openings to keep rats and bugs out.
□ Check all fluids, tires, etc. on truck
□ Close all vents (oven) and windows if opened
□ Put away all loose items inside trailer
□ Turn off furnace while traveling
□ Turn off propane while traveling, unless being used by refrigerator
□ Sanitize clean water system
□ Latch drawers, cabinets, and doors
□ Turn off interior lights and appliances
□ Disconnect cable for TV and lower the TV antenna
□ Retract slide-out
□ Refrigerator - set to gas or turn off
□ Turn off water heater and two switches on panel
□ Empty black and grey holding tanks
□ Retract awning and secure for transport
□ Retract steps
□ Retract leveling jacks and blocks
□ Water hose and electric cord unhooked and stored
□ Lock both doors
□ Clean off slide out
□ Walk around ; is everything stored, compartments closed & LOCKED before traveling.
□ Test brakes during slow travel, turn on Ford truck Tow Haul and Sway Control
□ Return Home - unload all food, open refrigerator door (baking soda), remove all trash and clean sink, bathroom etc. Remove sheets and other items that need to be washed. Open all cabinets and drawers.

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Old 05-12-2014, 10:28 PM   #3
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I guess if I were to add anything to your list it might be a spare 25ft. shore power 30amp extension cord (unless your Eagle TT uses a 50amp power cable)....., not uncommon for the the location of the shore power post at the campsite to be a little further then the 30amp power cord that comes with the TT.


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Old 05-12-2014, 10:39 PM   #4
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Man, this list of stuff must weigh as much as the trailer... Pick and choose carefully

It's a great list though
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Old 05-12-2014, 10:47 PM   #5
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Sorry, didn't mean to imply you NEEDED all that crap! It was just a list I used. It helps me think through all the possibilities of what we might be doing and make sure I'm not forgetting the obvious (ie: going swimming? Take extra towels!) I'd have to have a semi follow us if I took the whole list!!
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Old 05-13-2014, 12:41 AM   #6
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With each trip you will learn what you should have taken. All our must haves are different.
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Old 05-13-2014, 07:44 AM   #7
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Somewhere to write the things you wished you had packed it need to fix for next time. I cannot remember a trip there wasn't at least something. I have a spreadsheet I print off as my packing list. We bring that with us and leave it in the glove compartment. Your packing list is dynamic.
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Old 05-13-2014, 07:51 AM   #8
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I would make sure I had a water pressure regulator. Somewhere a long the way, I would upgrade the sewer hose over the one the dealer gave you. The kids will have a blast.
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Old 05-13-2014, 07:59 AM   #9
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... And if you have any pets and/or children camping with you, you'll have a another, separate check list just for them. In my case, I have one for our cat.
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Old 05-13-2014, 11:16 AM   #10
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I find that I don't need a lot of the stuff I originally packed in my hybrid TT. So I have reorganized and removed things I haven't used in 6 trips. Makes it easier to find the things I really want to use and I like the additional empty space for other stuff I may want to put in there in the future.

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