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Old 01-22-2015, 02:53 PM   #21
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It was so much simpler when tenting...took only items you absolutely needed...now with RV'ing, we'd bring the whole house with us!
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Old 01-22-2015, 03:11 PM   #22
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DW never likes lighting the stove. I bought her a convection oven on sale at Target for $40.00. Best money I have spent on the trailer. Cinnamon buns in the morning and Pizza at night with no "honey light the stove". Already paying for electric at the state park so why should I use my propane. Happy wife, happy life.
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Old 01-22-2015, 03:26 PM   #23
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It's easy to overload the rv with things you'll rarely or never use! Take daily stuff from your home bathroom & kitchen and comfort items and try a long weekend/shakedown trip to see what works, what's needed and what you can leave behind.
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Once I determined I really need or use something I will buy it for the trailer but in the meantime I borrow from the house. My rule is to keep it simple. In the previous posts members have listed key items along with fun stuff. As you read the suggestions see what you need now and what can wait.



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A good surge protector is a must have. Mine paid off the second time I used it.
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Old 01-22-2015, 03:29 PM   #24
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We are starting to make a list of items we want to purchase in preparation for delivery on our new Salem Hemisphere 263RL. The cost is going to add up pretty quickly!!! This isn't a surprise to us, as we had a pop-up while the kids were growing up, but we are adding to that list at a quick rate. Now, we don't need to buy everything at once. That is the fun of it, really. We dream, compare, consider, and take a while before we make purchases. That prevents buyers remorse and the purchase of things you really don't need or want. We took about eight months to dream and shop for our new unit, for instance.

What are some of the things you could not do without? I'd love to hear it!
Top 5 items

Water Pressure regulator
(A $15 item that will save you $1,000s in repair bills--don't cheap out, get a brass one Maybe even splurge and get one with a real pressure gage like this one:
Water Pressure Regulator. Brass Lead-free Adjustable Water Pressure Reducer for Rv with Guage. Includes Inlet Screened Filter. Model A01-1117tm - - Amazon.com

Power Regulator (Yeah I know $431, OUCH! but just get it)
EMS-HW50C

Rhinoflex sewer hose (because you DO NOT want to leave this area to chance!)
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-39761-Rh...ords=rhinoflex

Or if you want a real Cadillac of a Sewer system:
https://lci1.com/waste-master#Aftermarket
(@ $150.00)

Andersen Leveler
Amazon.com: Andersen-3604 Camper Leveler: Automotive

Xchocks
Amazon.com: X-Chock Wheel Stabilizer - Pair - One Handle - 28012: Automotive

Everything else is, as you say, nice to have, plan, and dream about.

The above items are simple necessity IMHO
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Old 01-22-2015, 03:31 PM   #25
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DW never likes lighting the stove. I bought her a convection oven on sale at Target for $40.00. Best money I have spent on the trailer. Cinnamon buns in the morning and Pizza at night with no "honey light the stove". Already paying for electric at the state park so why should I use my propane. Happy wife, happy life.
X2 on the Convection oven!

If you want to use the stove, get a square pizza stone to cover the burner - ahhhh nice uniform heat throughout the stove now!
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Old 01-22-2015, 03:46 PM   #26
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after the initial buying frenzy, 1/2 of which you will never use, the shopping will taper off but never really end. I swear, I have a camping buddy who spends the 1st half of his weekend getting stuff out of his TV to set up, and the 2nd half of the weekend putting it all away. My wife and I are settled in about 15 mins and just sit by the fire with our libations and watch the show.
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Old 01-22-2015, 04:12 PM   #27
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    after the initial buying frenzy, 1/2 of which you will never use, the shopping will taper off but never really end. I swear, I have a camping buddy who spends the 1st half of his weekend getting stuff out of his TV to set up, and the 2nd half of the weekend putting it all away. My wife and I are settled in about 15 mins and just sit by the fire with our libations and watch the show.
    A-Yep!

    You will soon find that you will have 3 types of camping trips:

    Overnight: (Maybe in a wally world parking lot or rest stop just to catch some zzzzzs)
    Nothing removed, maybe one slide opened for access.

    Weekend:
    Chairs, BBQ that's it!
FROG Rally/multiweek:

  1. Chairs
  2. BBQ
  3. Propane Stove
  4. Outdoor mat under awning
  5. Extra 6' folding table
  6. coordinated tablecloths on table & picnic table
  7. Awning tie down kit
  8. Name Sign
  9. Ice maker & margaritaville machine
  10. Bikes to get around camp
  11. 10x10 Pop-up Shelter
  12. Extra Ice Chest
  13. Flags
  14. Team flags during football season
  15. Extra snazzy theme lights
  16. Corn Hole
  17. Ladder Golf
  18. L.E.D. Garden lights delimiting your area of the CG
Additional Requirement for F.R.O.G. Rally:
F.R.O.G. Shrine (usually consisting of a boatload of various garden items that depict Frogs in various activities) LED lights and other stuff arranged under the kingpin of the 5er

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Definitely a full coach surge protector for the electronics!
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Old 01-22-2015, 06:05 PM   #29
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  1. A-Yep!

    You will soon find that you will have 3 types of camping trips:

    Overnight: (Maybe in a wally world parking lot or rest stop just to catch some zzzzzs)
    Nothing removed, maybe one slide opened for access.

    Weekend:
    Chairs, BBQ that's it!
FROG Rally/multiweek:
  1. Chairs
  2. BBQ
  3. Propane Stove
  4. Outdoor mat under awning
  5. Extra 6' folding table
  6. coordinated tablecloths on table & picnic table
  7. Awning tie down kit
  8. Name Sign
  9. Ice maker & margaritaville machine
  10. Bikes to get around camp
  11. 10x10 Pop-up Shelter
  12. Extra Ice Chest
  13. Flags
  14. Team flags during football season
  15. Extra snazzy theme lights
  16. Corn Hole
  17. Ladder Golf
  18. L.E.D. Garden lights delimiting your area of the CG
Additional Requirement for F.R.O.G. Rally:
F.R.O.G. Shrine (usually consisting of a boatload of various garden items that depict Frogs in various activities) LED lights and other stuff arranged under the kingpin of the 5er




Here, here on the Frog Rally! We attended our first one in October at the Amana Colonies. We now have a costume for our dog!
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Old 01-22-2015, 06:20 PM   #30
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#1 rynoflex stink slinky

#2 an app for my phone called tango. It allows me to hook my iPod/iPhone/iPad to my stereo then use one of the devices not connected to control it. While we are outside I can change the song, turn the volume up and down or **** it on and off.

#3 Winegard roof mount satellite.

#4 outdoor chairs, spent a bit, got some high backs and love them

#5 Dyson Animal
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