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Old 04-27-2015, 12:29 PM   #21
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Definitely get the extra 25' water hose and 30A extension cord. You can get a 4 way lug wrench that folds down. I got a small tool bag from Sears and carry some screwdrivers, pliers, strippers/crimpers, electrical tape, teflon tape, volt meter, zip ties, electrical terminal assortment, etc. You might consider hitting the Harbor Freight store in Sherman at the NE corner of 75 and 82. It's definitely not Craftsmen stuff, but most of these tools will be used rarely and see pretty basic service- and they have really good prices. You can probably pick up the bulk of what you need for a complete tool kit for ~$50. I know that sounds expensive, but if you are an hour from town camped out and need something at 10:00 at night, you'll wish you'd spent it!!!

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Old 04-27-2015, 12:32 PM   #22
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I'll second the Progressive Industries electrical management system. I recommend the EMS-HW30C. It has a separate display that allows you to see if there is an issue. Here is a thread with more info:

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Old 04-27-2015, 12:45 PM   #23
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Old 04-27-2015, 01:10 PM   #24
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Welcome to the RV life, you will tons of fun.

Get a Coil Retractable water hose (for potable water). Ours is 50 ft and retracts up to fit into a small plastic box. Ours came with life time warranty. Probably the best thing I ever bought for the trailer.

I have found not very many RV shops carry the Coil Retractable hose but very common in Marine stores.

We also carry an extra sewer hose. Here are some other things that make life a bit easier including the coil retractable water hose.
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Old 04-27-2015, 01:37 PM   #25
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Welcome from a Sherman, Texas TT couple!!!!!
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Old 04-27-2015, 02:02 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by Bushbunch View Post

How about ideas for securing the Televisions when traveling? Mine have swing arm brackets so not totally stable. I am thinking a strap around the tv and mounting bracket arm.
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Old 04-27-2015, 02:03 PM   #27
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Thermacell for bugs with lots of replacement pads (easier than the load of citronella candles we originally traveled with & we carry bug spray but just hate to put it on)

Pad of paper & pen, we use a 6" level on the floor instead of attaching to the TT, refrigerator spring bars (& possibly for cabinets but I went to Walmart with my measurements needed in hand & bought plastic tubs to travel in cabinets for breakables), outdoor rug, water regulator & filter (we also have Brita pitcher for drinking), DH loves his cordless drill ....

After almost 2 years we are still buying items here & there & this site definitely contributes to my shopping with all the great suggestions ....
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Old 04-27-2015, 06:25 PM   #28
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Cooler full of beer,make sure u have enough ice in it to last the weekend, lol,enjoy ur first trip

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Old 04-27-2015, 06:45 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by Bushbunch View Post
lol. That goes without saying. Nothing more frustrating than having a great vintage in a bottle you cannot open. Needless to say, A corkscrew is the first thing I add to my pop up.


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Old 04-27-2015, 06:56 PM   #30
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Wow...what a loaded question! I would definitely recommend a water regulator and a surge protector. You will find the length hoses you mentioned work at most campsites. However I would recommend a 45' clear elbow and a 25' collapsible sewage hose. You may also want a white clean hose and an off color "dirty" hose. I suggest the collapsible hoses as seen on TV. Dont forget to use the septic tablets as soon as you arrive and close the lid and turn off the fan before flushing! An outdoor mat for under your awning and a broom. I suggest having some duct tape and some misc told (wtench, hammer, screwdrivers) handy just in case, a first aid kit and noah meds (asprin, bug bite, pepto, bandaids), and a small step stool. Those are a few things I find are life savers. Have fun!

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