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Old 03-03-2012, 10:40 AM   #21
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Daisy B. has it... "Like a high maintenance woman." Hehe.

Joe R has a great list. Worth going over to see what we might be missing.

We just bought our first TT end of last summer. Yes, we spent a bunch of $$ outfitting the TT with the usual kinda stuff like new bedsheets, plates & cups, inside and outside door mats, etc., etc. Can't see how you'd spend $3K etiher though, unless you got carried away.

We have bought a LOT of stuff on the internet. DW is an accountant and life is only about money. So I have to shop wisely! You have to be careful about typical places like Camping World, Amazon and ebay. Sometimes they have the best pricing and sometimes they are out to lunch. We bought a TV for the TT from Costco as they had the lowest price including shipping.

Having said the above, what I got carried away with is mods. & upgrades to the interior over the winter. This is where we spent lotsa money. It seems like when they build RVs, they don't think much about efficiency and liveability and just the bottom dollar. I made and installed 8 sliding drawers to improve storage and access. Made lighting changes and added switches for each light. Installed vinyl laminate flooring. Made hinged covers for the dinette bench seats. Added a curtain track around the bed. Removed 5 useless fixed and some removeable access panels on cabinets and added hinged doors (had a shop make up the doors to match). Added 5" water filters (in series) under dinette bench for the kitchen water. There's more and I could go on. Still want to do some more things like surge protector, shock absorbers and QUIET bathroom fan, but it's almost camping season and I have to draw the line somewhere. Since I only had to pay for materials and I've done all the work myself, I think we've spent under $1 for all of this stuff.

I was thinking the other day, I've easily got 200 hours into working on the TT this past winter. Maybe closer to 300 (I retired early and have the time). If we paid a shop to do all the work, I think we would have paid more than the purchase price of the trailer....
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:59 AM   #22
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Yeah all the lists have similar items we started buying...and wow it does add up fast. I thought I went overboard spending $500 (not incl Equalizer/Prodigy). Our main focuse was good chairs, a bug tent, a small table, exterior/interior lighting, outdoor rug, safety equip/tools, medic gear, unbreakable dishes, toiletries, linens/pillows/towels, food prep utensils, and most importantly Toilet Paper.

As it's been said I think everyone's needs/wants will be slightly different for the type of camping they enjoy, but the basics are gonna be the same. And I'm sure the more we camp the more things we'll need/want to buy....ughh

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Old 03-03-2012, 12:52 PM   #23
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One source I used was Sportsman's Warehouse. They actually have quite a good selection of camping gear, to include RV related gear. I've been in their buyers club for years and the savings adds up. I've bought a lot of tent camping gear from them over the years.

We got the rug set, outside lights, the pop up food covers, chocks, hoses, poop pipes, and other junk like that from SW for the RV. Their prices usually beat camping world, even with shipping. And we have a camping world just on the other side of Denver.

Yeah, I know it was a long list, but I trolled the forums for months looking at stuff people said was needed. Everything I ran across, I copied into a word file. And the list there was only three pages of the six in the file.

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Old 03-03-2012, 04:04 PM   #24
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$3k sounds like high until you start adding it all up especially the bigger price items like a TV, mattress & pad, stab. jacks, electric tongue jack, surge protector, Fantastic Fan, etc...

Add in the misc. stuff and there could be a surprise there too. Dishes, pots & pans, bedding, chairs, patio table, sewer hose, fresh water hose, patio mat, awning lights (currently $100), coffee maker, 2 sets of leveling blocks, oversized safety handle, inside handle, fan, heater, plastic storage bins, battery disconnect switch, etc... Don't forget the cost of a upgraded battery or second battery, a generator or solar panels for some people.

I didn't try to get everything all at once. I started off with borrowing some items from the house temporary due to budget reasons. I asked my service department was they recommended I needed to get right away and what could wait. I took the advice and upgraded the sewer hose, fresh water hose, and installed a battery disconnect switch.

It's easy for me to get caught up in trying to buy everything possible. I have an agreement with my service department team to help keep me on the right track because I don't want to invest more into my trailer than it is worth. My trailer was about $10k plus electric tongue jack, stab. jacks, hitch, HD bars, anti-sway bar and trailer brake.

I'm still on the fence about a generator because I don't think I could get my investment back based on my present style of camping.
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Old 03-04-2012, 12:05 PM   #25
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$3k sounds like high until you start adding it all up especially the bigger price items like a TV, mattress & pad, stab. jacks, electric tongue jack, surge protector, Fantastic Fan, etc...

Add in the misc. stuff and there could be a surprise there too. Dishes, pots & pans, bedding, chairs, patio table, sewer hose, fresh water hose, patio mat, awning lights (currently $100), coffee maker, 2 sets of leveling blocks, oversized safety handle, inside handle, fan, heater, plastic storage bins, battery disconnect switch, etc... Don't forget the cost of a upgraded battery or second battery, a generator or solar panels for some people.

I didn't try to get everything all at once. I started off with borrowing some items from the house temporary due to budget reasons. I asked my service department was they recommended I needed to get right away and what could wait. I took the advice and upgraded the sewer hose, fresh water hose, and installed a battery disconnect switch.

It's easy for me to get caught up in trying to buy everything possible. I have an agreement with my service department team to help keep me on the right track because I don't want to invest more into my trailer than it is worth. My trailer was about $10k plus electric tongue jack, stab. jacks, hitch, HD bars, anti-sway bar and trailer brake.

I'm still on the fence about a generator because I don't think I could get my investment back based on my present style of camping.
I assumed the $3K was AFTER the price of the TT which includes the stab jacks, tongue jack, mattress, TV, etc. Our awning lights are antique fruit lights we bought at an estate sale for $2.50!! We used everything from our 20+ years of tent camping. Even with the price of all that stuff, I don't think we came close to $3K. Depends on what your think is "essential." Everyone has different ideas of what they really cannot live without. Solar panels, generator, and 2nd battery definitely go in the "luxury" column. I'm guessing you could outfit a new TT for less than $500 if you stick to necessities only.
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Old 03-04-2012, 10:17 PM   #26
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Gear List

Here is the list I was referring to on initial impact costs, I had to purchase these items in order to tow, use and be safe while camping.

Safety Gear
QTY Description
1 Hensley Arrow Hitch
1 Hitch Cover
4 18" Safety Cone - Orange
4 Tow Mirrors with convex mirrors
2 BAL X-Tended X-Chock Extended Fit Tire Wheel Chock
4 Roadblock RC815 Rubber Wheel Chock
1 Trailer cover
1 Hopkins Graduated Level
1 12" 30Amp to 110V Adapter with Handle"

Water Gear
QTY Description
1 Camco Premium 25' 5/8" ID Drinking Water Hose
1 Watts Water Pressure # 263A w/gauge
1 Exterior Water Filter Canister
2 2 ft White hose, brass fittings
1 F1Pb cartridge, 10" Water Filter
1 Viper 15' Sewer Hose Kit
1 15' Sidewinder Plastic Sewer Hose Support
1 Valterra Drip Cap Set
1 45 Clearview Adapter with 3" Bay Lug"
1 Winterize RV Blow Out Plug

TT Upgrade Gear
QTY Description
3 MaxxAir II Smoke roof Vent Cover
1 FanMate


TT Acquire Gear List
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16 LED replacement lights
1 30amp RV Hardwire Complete Protection
4 Combi-Cam Cam Locks for RV
1 Bathroom counter extension add on
1 Soft Touch RV Assist Entry Handle
1 White Assist Handle Lend A Hand
2 Tyre Gards (Covers)
2 2 x 8 = 5' long
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:20 PM   #27
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16 LED replacement lights

Did you upgrade to LED lights?
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Hi Terier, Not yet, that last group of items are on the to be acquired list.

I have 16 internal lights that I would like to swap out for LED, but I'll wait till next month to get those. They run so hot and it will only be a matter of time before the kids burn their finger or leave to many on draining the battery.

I'm also looking at getting some of those all weather switch covers to protect the slide out switches. My hope with those would be one less switch for the kids to see and corrosion protection from the elements.
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Old 03-05-2012, 04:14 AM   #29
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easy to overload

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I think people should just buy as needed otherwise your camper will be so full of crap youll never use . EVER
unless
while we are out in our new to us rig
and someTHING needed comes to mind
that is a must to have
that would go on the want list
I agree with the statement above
easy to overload
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I'm guessing you could outfit a new TT for less than $500 if you stick to necessities only.
yes
we are way way under that amount
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Yep, that's why I usually pack for the trip I'm taking. I have lots of camping related crap. It's in storage boxes in the garage. Moves in and out of the camper as needed. We started this with the last camper. It didn't have a lot of extra storage space. No need to haul around the little electric heaters in the summer time, but they do come in handy the rest of the year.

And the little red and black binder stays in the camper for those inspirations of what we needed or will need in the future.
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