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Old 11-05-2014, 11:50 AM   #1
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We just bought our first camper.* Unfortunately we will not have time to camp this year before it is too cold. This gives me time to get everything we need/want.* So my question is what kind of stuff does everyone have to have when they camp with their pup?* Thanks ahead of time for all your input.* Can't wait for spring.
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Old 11-05-2014, 12:07 PM   #2
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You can always setup in the back yard and do a full night camping off the power grid run (no cheating) and figure out what you are going to need pretty quick...

Its great training on how everything is suppose to work to before you actually hit the trail.

My first purchase was a 2KW Honda Generator and then I beefed up the battery system to run from smart mode converter/charger.

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Old 11-05-2014, 01:18 PM   #3
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Take a look through this tread... https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f18/things-to-do-before-first-outing-with-a-new-jayco-2359.html
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Old 11-05-2014, 01:45 PM   #4
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Dry run in the back yard was the best thing we have done. We knew a lot of stuff that we wanted to put in our TT, but dry run at home proved we didn't have everything covered.
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Top Ten must haves, and then some:

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f18/top-10-must-haves-before-first-outting-5081.html
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Old 11-05-2014, 03:35 PM   #6
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What type of camper does make a big difference in what you can and will want to bring. Typically the bigger the trailer the more load capacity you have, which opens the door to allowing more or heavier stuff. In a PU (popup) you just do not have much space, so having multipurpose items is very helpful.

First thing you need is a notebook and a pencil. Then start off light and with each trip add a few additional things. For us, we looked first at sleeping, and our required bedding, then bathing items, then eating items including what it takes to make the meals. As we were planning our meals that first year, we thought do we have the correct utensils and items to make whatever it is, and what backup plans can we do if something breaks, gets dirty, or lost. Most items in our HTT stay there all year, if we need something special for a meal, then we will bring it along for the one trip.

Think about how you plan to use the trailer, full hookups or boondocking, a cross between the two. How are you going to power things, get water (aka you need a food grade garden hose). How are you going to level the unit.

Most critical, and probably the most overlooked, are what are your emergency plans. How are you going to change a tire along the side of a busy hiway. Your TV jack probably will not work, nor will the lug nut wrench in your TV. What about blown 12V fuses, you will want a few spares of each size, as you never just blow one, you will blow about 3-4 until you figure out why it is happening. A very small basic tool box is all you need.

Our HTT is setup so all we have to do is load in perishable food items, hook up and go. It is almost always ready to go.

Best of luck and congratulations.
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A lot of what you need will not be known until you find out for yourself. An important lesson to learn is what you DON't need. That will be determined by your lifestyle and how much your truck can pull.

Keep us posted.
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The following list is what we use each time. However we have a full sized TT so we have the room for everything, but we still pretty much used this when we had our PopUp..


Shelter and Bedding (essentials)
__ tarp
__ sleeping bag
__ sheets
__ blankets
__ Pillows

Cooking and Dining (optionals)
__ water
__ food
__ cooler
__ propane
__ can opener
__ charcoal

Clothes
__ t-shirts
__ shorts
__ jeans/pants
__ socks
__ shoes/boots
__ camp shoes
__ hat/cap
__ sweater
__ rain poncho
__ underwear
__ swim suit
__ laundry bag
__ Bed clothes

Personal Hygiene
__ tooth brush
__ tooth paste
__ wash rag(s)
__ towel(s)
__ soap
__ comb/brush
__ razor
__ toilet paper
___ shampoo / body wash
Cleaning Items
__ detergent
__ dish rags
__ pot scrubber

First Aid Kit
__ personal medication
__ sunburn lotion


Chuck Box Items
__ salt and pepper
__ herbs and spices
__ cooking oil
__ pot holders
__ paper towels
__ napkins
__ plastic trash bags
__ tongs and spatula
__ aluminum foil
__ measuring cups
__ plastic silverware
__ paper plates/bowls
__ plastic cups
__ zip lock bags
__ knives
__ cutting board
__ cork screw
__ Coffee
__ Filters / cream / sugar
__ Dish Sponges
__ Hot Chocolate

Miscellaneous Items
__ bug spray
__ bungi cords
__ camera
__ candles
__ cards, games
__ cell phone
__ clothes pins
__ compass
__ duct tape
__ fishing gear
__ flashlight
__ GPS
__ knife
__ lantern
__ matc'hes
__ pen and paper
__ rope
__ shower bag
__ sun block
__ tools
__ Cell phone
__ chargers

__ dust buster

__ Dog Food
__ Dog Treats
__ Phone Speaker
__ Chairs
__ Sunglasses
__ Binoculars
__ Backpack
__ Batteries
__ Firewood
__ Bicycles
__ Swim Towels
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There's a good app called "rv checklist". It has checklists for lots of things we pack, maintainence schedules, reservations, etc. It's a free download.
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What system, Windows, OSX, IOS, Android ????

I found it for my iPad, but it is $0.99
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