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Old 02-22-2015, 08:37 PM   #1
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Start up shopping list for a newbie

Picking up our 3050s in a month. Can y'all share the must have shopping list to get us started? Anything and everything. Great spices, pots and pans... you name it. Guide us on the right stuff so we don't waste money. Thanks.
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Old 02-22-2015, 09:04 PM   #2
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We are awaiting delivery on our unit. Read the forum and look at the exterior things first. Hoses, mirrors, backup cameras, weight distribution hitch and anti sway bars, etc. The inside stuff can wait. You can spend a ton of money! Inside from the things we are purchasing that are essential to towing and getting started, I purchased just a few things for the kitchen, such as can and bottle openers, potato peeler, chip clips, and grater. Other things I have pulled from my kitchen drawers - extra measuring cups, spoons and spatulas, etc. I also purchased a set of four place settings of silver ware. We have pots and pans and some old Corel dishes. I pulled some dish cloths and tea towels from the kitchen. I will do the same with sheets, towels, and quilts. I want to get acclimated and determine what else we need for organization. I will purchase permanent items as time goes on. I need to function in the space first. We pop up camped for years and have an understanding of the basics we need. We also will take the electric skillet and crock pot, but not necessarily that first work-out-the-kinks weekend. Our dealer has a camp ground next to their store front and they want us to camp there the first weekend, which we think is a fabulous idea.
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Old 02-22-2015, 09:12 PM   #3
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Get a good quality water hose, water pressure regulator, wheel chocks, and consider some sort of surge/power protection. Progressive Industries is a very popular choice around here. Progressive Industries
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For item inside the trailer look at the dollar store. If you plan on doing a lot of traveling consider plastic plates and glasses. Lighter weight and less likely to break.
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After being near a tornado a few years back, a weather radio is a must for us.
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Old 02-22-2015, 10:09 PM   #6
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Get a good quality water hose, water pressure regulator, wheel chocks, and consider some sort of surge/power protection. Progressive Industries is a very popular choice around here. Progressive Industries
This... fresh water hose should be white drinking/marine hose. Can get hose, pressure regulator and heavy duty wheel chocks at Wal-Mart. We usually get approx 50' of water hose and sewer hose. Rhino is best sewer hose, get a clear elbow so you can tell if tank is running clear after dumping. If you don't have black tank flush then get a tank wand and enough hose to get to the toilet. We used to lay a tarp down to protect the trailer (we had a side access panel but you could run through a window too). As stated get a surge protector (either portable or hard wired) that has over and under protection. Either surge guard or progressive brand is good. Lynx levelers are what we use to level our fiver from side to side.

Inside the rig, we stock dishes, pots and pans, Tupperware, glasses, even tin foil and baggies just like we would at home. We even keep separate linens, meds and toiletries in the trailer so that we only have to take clothes and food back and forth. I keep sugar in tight sealed containers, Pam spray, and salt and pepper in the trailer. Any other spices are brought on an as needed basis. I don't leave food things in the trailer to decrease rodent invasion possibilities.
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If you don't have leveling jacks, get some leveling blocks. We use Lynx Levelers. You need at least 20. Our 3100 sits about 2 inches low in the front so even if the campsite is dead level we have to use some.

If you have levelers, you'll still need some boards or pads for the levelers. Even if you are on asphalt some places require them so the jacks don't crush their pavement.
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We have lots of old dish towels. We use them to separate cookware to cut down on rattles.

A refrigerator/freezer thermometer will give you comfort that the refrigerator is doing its job. Later get an oven thermometer if you plan to use the oven.

A few long butane lighters, or long-stemmed matches to light the oven. It can be done with regular matches if you don't mind burning the hair off your knuckles.

Adapters for 15 amp to 30 amp and 50 amp to 30 amp. The dog bone style are the best but you can use the basic plug adapters.
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Also a basic tool kit is handy to have along.
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As someone mentioned above I believe, a shore power surge protector. Our 3170 stays plugged in here at our house when not in use and it always has a surge strip connected between my camper and the wall plug in. When we go on the road we always bring it with us.

Toolbox is kept in the basement storage along with a full field medical kit.

I also keep a jumpbox in the basement storage also. I know that the likely hood of needing it is slim due to all the batteries on board and various ways of charging them, but better safe than sorry. Would hate to be out in the middle of no mans land and the engine won't crank.

We have a CB and HAM radio in our unit in case cell reception is not available and there is an emergency.

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