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Old 06-30-2009, 06:35 AM
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Now that we have the RV (C3) and everyone was so helpful with the purchase, I thought I would ask all of you experienced RVers what are the items that you consider definite necessities? Thanks!
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Old 06-30-2009, 08:07 AM
Location: Cambridge, Nebraska
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Congratulations on the RV! Now the fun begins. Essential stuff is different for everybody really. You will need water and dump hoses and connections... get the good stuff and don't waste your money on cheap sewer hose. Sooner or later you will need more hose than you have I can just about guarantee. Some RV parks require air tight fittings for sewer connections... be ready. Some of the best leveling blocks are cheap nylon cutting boards available at discount stores. They don't break like wood blocks do, weigh little, and can be height adjusted easily by stacking.

RV Camping Check Lists has a good set of checklists for RV camping. Use the lists there as a guide to make your own list of stuff that you really need. Update the list as you camp because I can promise that you will forget stuff "essential" without using checklists.

Have a great time!
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Old 06-30-2009, 04:32 PM
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Navigation system is a must, even as imperfect as they are. Helps you find restaurants, etc. but beware, even after updating our database it's still always a year out of date. Businesses continue to close and freeways can change their exits. I don't know why ours is still in one piece as often as I've wanted to hammer it.
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Old 06-30-2009, 07:32 PM
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
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You will need water and dump hoses and connections... get the good stuff and don't waste your money on cheap sewer hose. Have a great time!
A pair of gloves specific to this duty or a box of those disposible gloves.

It's like going to the bathroom, even though you don't get too sloppy yourself you just never know how careful the person was before you. It's the stuff you can't see that can make you sick.
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Old 07-01-2009, 09:55 PM
Location: Under the SUNNY WARM SUN ....
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Congratulations on your new RV!

I had a Class A. One thing I did is kept a written journal of each trip including all information such as the mileage, gas prices, the name/location of RV park, dates, and all paperwork from the office like the receipts, or activities and such. With modern tech, you can type all this on a laptop, when you get home to your desktop, upload your digital pictures of the RV park and surrounding areas to add to your journal in MS Word then print it out. It's interesting reading all of the trips years later.
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Old 07-02-2009, 12:03 AM
Location: West Virginia
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Dont forget the basic nessasay Dishes pots pans t. paper LOL linens clothes other creature comforts lol
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Old 07-03-2009, 07:36 PM
Location: Houston, Texas
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Let me add something different and off the topic of "must have" items.

Whenever you go to an RV park, 99% of them have a real nice color brochure they give you. It has a map of the park and some ads for local restaurants and stores and whatnots.

From day one save them. We didn't start saving them till many trips later and now regret it. From time to time if it's a rainy day or you are just bored out of your skull you can sit down with this stack of RV park brochures and look though them all. The flood of good memories will fill your head with each brochure you look at.

Collect these brochures. You will be happy you did. This will also be a log book and a diary of your RV experiences that you will treasure for the rest of your life.
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Old 07-03-2009, 11:16 PM
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Basic tool set is nice to have:

Adjustable waterpump-type pliers -- nothing worse than a leaking hose
screw drivers
nut driver set for drill
cordless drill or, even better, cordless impact/drill
open end wrench specifically sized to fit your propane connectors -- saves rounded off fittings
extra water hose washers -- the buggers always seem to get lost
extra 100 foot 14 gauge extension cord with 30/15 amp adapter
75 feet of 3/8 nylon rope and 2 screw-type dog leash anchors -- very handy for anchoring an awning
water pressure reducer -- saves RV pipes from city pressures
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Old 07-05-2009, 04:42 PM
Location: San Diego
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Here is a great tip. A couple days before you leave freeze water in gallon jugs to use instead of buying ice. It will keep drinks in coolers colder for much longer and if you have ice trays you can get two freezings a day from your trays. Ice can be expensive and a pain to find if you are in the back woods.
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Old 07-05-2009, 09:24 PM
Location: Wyoming
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Number one item to have along: A pen and pad of paper to make a list of things to bring on your next trip.
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