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Old 07-23-2014, 10:32 PM   #1
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New Guy... what do I need?

Hey All... My wife and i just bought our first rv... a 2014 Stealth Toy Hauler (2116) but we need some advice. What are some of the things we need to buy... I really have no idea and I suspect the dealer is going to try and sell me everything on the planet when we pick it up on Monday. Thanks all!!

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Old 07-23-2014, 10:42 PM   #2
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Surge protector, extra water line, electrical line and sewer lines. Had the first but was short on the other 3 my first trip out. Welcome and have many fun years

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Old 07-23-2014, 10:52 PM   #3
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Water filter and water pressure regulator, box of disposable gloves for sewer work, blue towels for grease work with the hitch, bag of levelers.

Get bumper end caps that secure somehow. I HAD two sewer hoses at camp on first trip, but only one made it home when a cap popped off. Hate to find THAT bouncing down the highway!

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Old 07-23-2014, 10:56 PM   #4
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Welcome!! what an adventure! you'll love it.

You've got a TT so you'll need a weight distributing / anti sway hitch (up to $800), toilet chemicals, pressure regulator if you're going to hook up to a water source, an in-line water filter is a good idea, clean water supply hose (white), black water supply hose (don't want to cross contaminate) jack and stabilizer pads (can be 2x6 boards), wheel chocks, and along with the sewer lines a 90 deg elbow and sewer connection. Take a good flashlight along with you and some beer.

If you're going to boondock (not hook up to a water, electric, or sewer ), you'll want to sanitize your fresh water tank before you go out. fill your water tank about 1/3 full, pour in 1 1/2 cups of chlorine bleach, then finish filling the tank until it overflows. Llet it sit that way overnight, then drain the tank, refill to overflowing and drain it again (rinse) then fill 'er up.

You can get a lot of the above items at most local Wal-Mart stores, they are usually in the automotive section (not in the camping section as you might expect).

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Old 07-23-2014, 11:41 PM   #5
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A bottle of champagne...splash some across the bow to ensure good fortune and then enjoy the remaining bubbly with the wife....good luck. Have fun!

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Old 07-23-2014, 11:47 PM   #6
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take a small 2ft carpenter's level with you. Open the door and set it on the floor. I don't rely on the small camper levels they sell.
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Old 07-24-2014, 06:53 AM   #7
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if your camper runs on 30amp i would also suggest a dongle to convert from 50 to 30. i have had several camp grounds that the 30 amp outlets are broken or dont work.
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Old 07-24-2014, 07:40 AM   #8
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A really good idea is to do a "camp driveway" type thing before you go out the first time. Stay overnight at the house, kick the tires, try everything out for real. It's easier to run back into the house if you forgot to pack something (and the first time there's ALWAYS something you forgot to bring) than when you're 100 miles or more away.
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Old 07-24-2014, 10:58 AM   #9
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Thank you all for your wonderful advice. From what you have told me, and from my fast RVing experience (aka... none), here is what I have determined...

Must Haves:
Sewer Line and Accessories (Obviously)
Water Hose
Hose (other than drinking water)
Surge Protector
Electrical Line (Hopefully comes with TH)
Amp Converter
Wheel Chock
Stabilizer Pads

Should Haves:
Water Line Pressure Regulator
In Line Water Filter

I am sure I am forgetting all kinds of things. Feel free add more to this list.

Thanks all!!
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Old 07-24-2014, 11:40 AM   #10
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Based on two threads here this morning (tornado in an RV park in VA)


I saw a short video of a young lady inside her RV, in total panic not understanding "what is going ON?" as golf ball sized hail fell, and then seeing a tree fall on an RV across from her.

We WILL be adding that to our equipment before we leave tomorrow. We have one here at home in our "emergency prep" equipment, but it's going IN OUR RV.


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