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Old 03-01-2012, 05:31 PM   #11
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I added a new queen mattress from the Mattress Firm so add another $250 if you hate the stock one. lol...
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Old 03-01-2012, 06:45 PM   #12
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We kept our first two TTs 10 years each. We are now in a 5th wheel.

1. Non-slip shelf liners are a must if you want to keep kitchen/bathroom cabinets and drawers in good/great condition. Both of our TTs sold quick. Buyers said the inside looked brand new. Those TTs traveled throughout the US and Canada, and not always on paved roads. Those pots and pans would be flying around if it wasn't for the shelf liner.

2. A small garbage can with lid. Make sure it is heavy duty and you can keep it outside at night...even with Racoons! The heavy duty ones are tough to find now; most are cheap and flimsy.

3. DUCT TAPE - just because.

4. Goo gone or razor blades. When picking up a new camper, be prepared to remove stickers and I mean tons of stickers. A little Goo Gone or razor blade goes a long way.

5. My new favorite thing is "Plastic tablecloth in a roll". Definitely not a must, but it's great because you cut the length to fit the picnic table. When done camping, you just throw it away. I bought these at a big chain camping store, used all last year and still have a lot left. No more washing tablecloths.

After 30+ years of camping, we still keep adding to the list.
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:28 PM   #13
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Like my wife says-------------

Like my wife says, the new Rockwood 8285WS is a high maintenance woman that you sped all your time with.

I stopped adding, what is the use, I just had to have the "STUFF".
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:11 PM   #14
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Here is my list when I picked up the new camper.

Trailer Packing Checklist

Small list:
Towels
Sheets
Pillows
Dish Towels
Dish rags
Hot pads
Bathmats
Sunscreen
Bug Spray
Umbrella
Hiking Shoes
Grill Grate
Hats
Walkie Talkies
Siderail for bunks or any bed - especially if you have little ones
Step stool (again for little ones)
Tylenol
Advil
Kids Motrin
Kids Tylenol
Benadryl
Soap
Dish soap
Shampoo
Toilet Paper
Paper Towels
Calgon for gray and black tanks
Toilet Chemical
Spray Bottle of Bleach
Wheel Chocks
Wood blocks for trailer tongue
Flashlights
Lighters
Foil Ė I folded about 6 layers of foil together the size of the oven rack this helps the oven heat evenly
Awning deflapper clamps
Awning Tie Down anchors
Hangers or hot dog roasting forks - Roasting forks are pretty cheap ($5 at Walmart) and AWESOME!
Pots
Pans
Baking sheets (that fit rv ovens)
Bubble levels
30amp (or 50amp - whatever you use) Surge protector
Water filter
Water filter stand
Water pressure regulator
Water pressure gauge
Gray water hose
Fresh water hose


Complete list:

KITCHEN ITEMS

(Staple/Semi-staple -- Pantry items)
Cereal
Cookies
Crackers (snack, soda, graham)
Garlic powder
Marie Cís cornbread
Peanut butter
Pepper
Salt
Soup
Spaghetti sauce
Sugar
Tea bags
Pam
Onions
Margarine
Mayo
Salad dressing, ranch and eyetahyan
Jelly

Food (Perishable/canned/produce)
Wine, Drink fixings
Ginger ale (good for mixing, good if someone gets sick)

Gatorade (ditto)

Bread
Ice
Tomatoes
Potatoes
Canned biscuits
Juices
Barbecue sauce
Tuna
Meat
Milk



Kitchen Hardware
Gas lighter
Paper products; plates, towels, napkins
Small baggies
Large baggies
Measuring cup
Measuring spoons
Dish towels
Dish cloths
Aluminum foil
Wax paper
Saran wrap


INTERIOR ITEMS


CLOTHING
Hats
Jackets for cool weather
Swimwear & shorts for warm weather
Wet weather clothing
Umbrellas
Activity clothes (hiking boots,etc)
Personal
Socks
Underwear (bottoms & tops)

BATHROOM ITEMS
Eye Care
Linens
Bath towels
Wash cloths
Hand towels

Laundry
Large garbage/dirty clothes bags
Detergent
Clothes line, clips

Cleaning
Safe-4-Plastic cleanser
Glass cleaner

Hygiene
Black tank chemicals
Toilet paper

Medicine
Neosporin ointment
Hydrocortizone ointment
Eye drops
Aspirin or other
Band Aids
4x4 gauze & tape
Sun block
Bug spray
Personal medications

PERSONAL ITEMS
Books, magazines

BEDROOM ITEMS
Bed linens
Pillows (from home)
Sheets
Mattress pad
Pillow cases


ELECTRONIC ITEMS / CAMERA
Music CDs, Player
Still camera
Memory
Battery chargers
AA batteries for GPS, FSR radios
AA charger
Television cables
DVD player & DVDs


TRAVELING ITEMS


GPS
Road atlas
Ice chest (stored in TV)
Drinks / Water bottle
Snacks
Pillow for truck
Cell phone and power cord

SET-UP/TAKE-DOWN ITEMS
Copy of DL, insurance, charge
Cards (store in black case)
Cards for camping discounts
Good Sam Emergency Road service card
Battery charged
Hitch-pin locking ring and padlock
Water hose with nozzle
30-amp extension cord/adapter
Leveling boards (2" x 8" x 5')
2x4 and other wood pieces
Cordless drill/driver with ĺĒ socket


SAFETY/HIGHWAY/VEHICLE ITEMS
Spare tire, truck -- proper inflation
Spare tire, trailer -- proper inflation
Spare fuses
SAFETY/HIGHWAY/VEHICLE ITEMS
Spare12 volt lamps/bulbs
Toolbox
4-way lug wrench

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS
Extra keys
Outside rugs (2)
Outside door mat
Bucket
Flashlight(s)
Lawn chairs
Games/decks of cards
Paper/pens/pencils/pencil sharpener
Tarp
Picnic table cloth(s) and hold-downs
Fan(s)
Fishing gear
Tire pump/Air compressor
Tire Pressure Gauge
Extra transmission fluid
Extra engine oil
Bikes



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Old 03-01-2012, 09:53 PM   #15
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Great list ... need to add jack and jack stands unless I missed these items
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:54 AM   #16
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Wow $3 grand! I'm not a cheapscape, but I know I didn't spend even a grand for the first year, I merged my tent camping stuff into the trailer where I could (camp chairs, tables, outdoor stoves, cast iron cookware), most the new stuff was from walmart, but very little did I buy up front.

Get the minimum necessities (pans, dishes, utensils), linen can be hand me downs from the house, towels, washcloths, extra blankets, rugs, garbage cans.

Go camping, driveway or close to home and get the next list of necessities, if you are handy you can make a lot of things for a lot cheaper.

From tent to popup to travel trailer I have collected most everything I need. Still probably less than $2k over 5 years.
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:27 AM   #17
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Two words - yard sale.

You can get almost every thing you need for the interior, and a lot of the exterior at a few good yard sales. Not to mention at a fraction of new cost. That is one of our favorite camping past times, you get to see the area, pick up some bargains, and see some strange people all in one shot.

We always hit the road early Saturday morning and just follow the yard sale signs. We always have our gps to take us back to the campground if we get too lost.

At lunch we look for some mom & pop eatry, not the fast food joints, and experience the local cuisine. Small town squares (city centers) usually have a couple of options.

We always have a good time and see a lot of the area we are visiting. We like the unknown and the experience of the exploration. Plus you can pick up some bargains on needed items at the yard sales.
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Old 03-02-2012, 08:13 AM   #18
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Every time we use our TT we are realizing what we want or need next.... We have accumulated the wants and needs over the years of tent camping and TT camping.
I get a kick out of walking around the sites and seeing what all you other campers have....
"oh I like that....."
"oh we need that...."
"what the heck is that....?" LOL
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:13 AM   #19
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My wife and I do that in the early evening, to see all the light shows.
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:41 AM   #20
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