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Old 04-07-2007, 08:11 AM   #1
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Your Top Ten

Goodmorning All !!

I first want to thank all who helped me with "To Sway or not to Sway".
The responses were right on and I have made arrangements with the dealer to install the proper equiptment. This would not have been possible with out all your help. We will feel much safer traveling down the road.


The wife and I are not new to camping but we are new to trailers. We will be taking delivery of our unit (264sr) on 4/14.

We will take the next couple of weeks to outfit our "Sunny" with all the necessary gear.

Now you all are way ahead of me here aren't you ?

You guessed it we are looking for your best...your top ten must have items (or suggestions) that will most likely be forgotten by someone new to travel trailers.

Maby even a funny story about one of your first times out.

I know you will come through with some great suggestions and I know they will save me and other newbies a boat load of troubles due to a forgotten item or two


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Old 04-07-2007, 11:01 AM   #2
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Since you mentioned you were campers before, I thought I would leave out thins like hot dog sticks, cooking utensils, etc.

-Lynx (or other brand ) LEVELERS


-IF you plan on going to campgrounds with water hookups, you need a REGULATOR to protect your plumbing.

-The better half mentioned that you may need throw rugs inside or outside the camper to keep it clean.

-An adapter for your trailer cord (take a look at the end) (30 amp/50 amp)

-Extension CORD ---of the same gauge as your trailer

-and of course, a[img]*qTN6s&bids=63155.10000003&type=3&sub id=0[/img] to druel over each day!

I am sure I will think of some more later......

Pittsburgh, PA

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Old 04-07-2007, 01:50 PM   #3
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how about
fresh water hose
water filter
awning mat
some type of system to flush the tanks(flush king,tornado)
sewer hose and elbow
cable wire if your gonna be at full hook up sites
small vaccum cleaner
ladder and broom to clean slide roof if you don't have a slide topper
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Old 04-08-2007, 11:45 AM   #4
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I'd agree with the first two posts.

We were left out in the cold one time when the camp ground only had 50amp hook-ups avaliable and we didnt have a 30 to 50 adapter and no RV stores in the area had any either.

Here are a few things I'd Make sure you have

- Good water Regulator

- Fresh water hose - 20' length should do you fine

- Water Filter from outside spigot to Camper Inlet

- 20' minimum of Sewer hose with a clear elbow to know when your tanks are clean and another elbow for the sewer head in the ground

- If the temps are going to get chilly at night, bring a small ceramic heater so you wont waste all your propane - But make sure you're hooked up to shore power before you run it - we found this out the hard way

- Light weight ladder - You might never need it, but you'll be glad you have it when the time comes around.

- Small Shovel - Various pieces of wood for leveling TT - Good length of Rope and a few carabiners for attaching things around the campsite

- Good comfortable Camp Chairs for relaxing around the campfire

- Wet wipes, for cleaning off and not having to waste water

- Awning Mat - At first we thought we wouldnt need this, then after sweeping out the floor 5 times a day, we found out it was indespensable. There have been a few times we camped and the ground was muddy or the grass was nasty and this made all the difference

- We bought a good fold-up table from Camping World, but so far, every campground we've stayed at has multiple picnic tables, so we've never even taken it out of the box? I guess it just depends where you're going to camp

- If you're going to be boondocking, a good generator, or solar panels to keep your batteries charged

- Thetford Black Tank Deodorizers - Just drop one in with the first flush and no need to worry till you empty the tank

I'm sure there are tons of things I've forgotten, but these are just the first few things that came to mind. The first few times you go away for the weekend, keep a pad of paper handy, and eveytime you think of something you wish you had, write it down. Also keep track of the things you brought thinking you couldnt do without. After our first few weeks, we got rid of a bunch of stuff that was never used and was just taking up space.

Good Luck

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Old 04-08-2007, 03:48 PM   #5
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Hi Mike and Anne (& spud)

Here’s my list of essentials (it’s not limited to ten).

30-15 Amp adapter.
30-50 Amp adapter.
20 amp extension cord.
Flash light(s).
Nice to have:
25’ 30 Amp extension cord.
30 Amp Surge Protector
10’ – 25’ of Coaxial TV Cable
20 Amp extension cord with multiple outlets.

25’ Water Hose
Water Pressure Regulator
90 degree Entry Elbow
Nice to have:
Y connector
External Water Filter
10’ water hose

20’ Sewer Hose
Straight Sewer Hose Connector (to Camper outlet)
90 Degree Elbow (for campground sewer / dump station)
Rubber donut sewer seal
Sewer (black tank) Chemicals
Nice to have:
Sewer hose support
Clear adaptor (straight or 30 deg)
10’ Sewer Hose
Tank Flush Kit

Miscellaneous Outside:
Outside Carpet / Door Mat
Camping Chairs
Picnic Tablecloth
Tablecloth clamps
Carpet samples to sit on at Picnic Table
Portable Gas Grill
Nice to have:
5 lb LP Tank
Hobo Pie Makers
Rope / Patio Lights
Marshmallow Toasting Forks
Quick-Fold Snake Tables

Top Modifications:
These are things I’ve done on each camper and would do again.
Screen door springs
Bubble Levels (Front & Side)
Max Air Vent Covers
Tornado Tank Flush Kit
Shampoo Dispenser
Sewer Hose Carrier(s); 46” (fits 10’ hose) & 64” (fits 20’ hose).
5” Skid Wheels

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Old 04-30-2007, 05:31 AM   #6
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Here are some items that I consider to be essential for a successful camping trip:

electric skillet
RVQII grill
cooler for water/drinks
blue dump tank
"tacky" lights for awning
fat, juicy novel
really comfortable reclining chairs
outdoor folding table
satellite dish/receiver

Have fun and relax!

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Old 04-30-2007, 06:48 AM   #7
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Our 1950 has little counter space, so we are adding a "stove topper" and perhaps a sinktop cutting board.

If your oven doesn't have electronic ignition, a gas match is handy.

Propane tank level indicator.

Rand-McNally road atlas-not the simplified edition.

Campground directory, if touring.
Online campground reviews prior to touring:

Box wine in 'bota bag'-style container. 3 liter Delicato, Hardys, Black Box, Corbett Canyon in Cabernet, Merlot, or Shiraz.

Toaster (about $9 at Dollar General).

Melita type coffee filters, cone holder, drip grind coffee. thermal carafe, insulated travel mugs.


Sudoko, if addicted.

Folding reading light for the considerate insomniac.

Broom and dust pan


audio books

disposable gloves/ hand cleaner

trash bin and bags

spare fuses

pink flamingos or garden gnome lawn ornaments

list of things to bring

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Old 04-30-2007, 06:49 AM   #8
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If you don't have an electric tongue jack, that would be a very good investment. Especially when the temperature gets in the 90-100 degree range

Among other things listed above, we carry a small folding step stool to work as an added step when the entrance step gets too high off the ground. There is an "Add-a-Step" for sale somewhere out there, but it's a little pricey .... our stool works fine.

There are small, cube shaped, battery powered fans for the refrigerator that help distribute the air inside that are worthwhile too. We use one at the top and one at the bottom.

We replaced the tinny stove top cover with a wood cutting board to provide more counter top work space.

Good luck with your new coach, you're gonna love it.
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Old 04-30-2007, 09:06 AM   #9
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One hing to ALWAYS take(besides the tow vehicle, that is!):

A pen and pad of paper to write down all the stuff you will need, but didn't know it. Trust me- you will never remember them by th time you get home!
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Old 04-30-2007, 09:20 PM   #10
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Wow, you guys take a lot of stuff. Only kidding, I think everyone has given you a good start of things to take. Best one was the pad and pen to write down what to bring next time. I have found some little things important such as the small, say six foot water supply hose. Not only does it help some times to extend the 25 footer '"just enough", but it makes a neat job when you happen to park your coach right near the water supply. Saves you from having a long coil of hose on the ground.
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Old 04-30-2007, 09:27 PM   #11
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Makers Mark, isnt that what a sharp knife and some duct tape is for?? Ha! Ha!
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Old 05-01-2007, 07:51 AM   #12
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This is the Fridge Fan I use, available from Camping World:

I forgot to turn the Refer over to gas one Friday afternoon and it was packed with food and one of these fans. We realized the Refer was off on Sunday morning, and between the freezer (located in the refer on 5 cu. ft. models) and fridge fan, it kept every thing cold enough and we didn't lose a thing.


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Old 05-08-2007, 08:30 PM   #13
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It looks like most of the things I would list are already listed. I didn't see a few items I keep in ours. Sunscreen, ant spray, cork screw. I also carry a wheel lug wrench, hydraulic jack and air gauge.

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