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Old 05-02-2016, 02:30 PM   #31
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Do not skimp on your sewer hose! Get a Rhinoflex or better. The one that the dealer "gives" you is usually worthless.


Recommend you get an adjustable water pressure regulator


Finally, get a progressive industries Electrical management system (not just a surge protector)
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Old 05-02-2016, 02:43 PM   #32
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For those of us with a travel trailer, I would also add a decent weight distribution hitch with sway control to the necessities list.

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Old 05-02-2016, 02:53 PM   #33
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Your absolute needs for a first trip are fairly minimal. Your should haves grows and grows. And your wants... (sigh, this is never ending!).

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Learn To RV: Newbie - First Trip Essentials
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Old 05-02-2016, 03:02 PM   #34
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BamaBob, I never knew the difference between a Surge Protector and a Progressive Industries Electrical Management system. I'm happy to say that's what we purchased (happily) Thanks for the education. True as you go things will be purchased and improved. I love this forum.
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Old 05-02-2016, 03:15 PM   #35
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Thanks for the responses so far. I've got a pretty good shopping list going. I'll probably just buy most of it. If I don't need it, at least I'll have backups. As far as the electrical testing items, can I just use a multimeter?
The dealer gave me a starter kit, few rolls of TP, chemicals, sewer hose, potable water hose, 30A to 15A adapter (to plug into your houses), and a few other things. Will be getting my trailer ready to travel next week, must haves on my shopping list:
1. black water tank flush hose and gloves
2. 30A cable extension cord.
3. Tire chocks and leveling blocks.
4. Lug wrench, torque wrench, tire pressure gauge.
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Old 05-02-2016, 03:35 PM   #36
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Ok... I just picked up my new Chapparal 360ibl a few weeks ago... here are some not so obvious things u will want (since the 360 and 390 are very similar...
1)get a 90 degree fitting for the water hose... too much force on the connection if u dont.
2) I would suggest getting a spare nylon plug for the water heater... mine was cross threaded and wouldn't go back on.... it's very easy to cross thread these.
3) be sure to have a 15A male - 30A female adapter, plus a 30A male- 50A female dog one
4) a level of some sort to level the unit
5) water hose, sewer hose, chemicals
6) basic tools... I found I needed a Phillips screw driver... as my water heater was still bypassed, and socket to remove water heater drain plug, as it had RV anti freeze in it
7) have a tire pressure gauge to keep an eye on trailer and TV tires
8) IR temp gun to monitor hub / brake temps periodically on the way home

I think that's all
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Old 05-02-2016, 03:56 PM   #37
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What do I need to buy?

Just one mile south of TerryTown RV in Grand Rapids, MI is a large Camping World outlet, 201 76th St. SW, Grand Rapids. (Grand Rapids Camping World Store Location & Hours - Camping World
Might be worth a stop before picking up your new RV. (Might be a lot cheaper hitting up some of the many micro-breweries in GR instead!)
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Old 05-02-2016, 04:31 PM   #38
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Thanks for the responses so far. I've got a pretty good shopping list going. I'll probably just buy most of it. If I don't need it, at least I'll have backups. As far as the electrical testing items, can I just use a multimeter?
You can always return what you don't need to the place of purchase.....good luck and
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The one thing we did was to visit a couple campgrounds and talk to people about the items you might need and the items to stay away from...good luck!
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Old 05-02-2016, 06:00 PM   #40
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My suggestion:

Go to dealer.
Have PDI
Take whatever freebee's they give you (even if junk, they'll work long enough for you to buy new).
Leave dealer and tow your 5vr to Walmart (or Camping World as mentioned above) and buy whatever else you think you need. You can also buy "better stuff" if you don't like what the dealer gave you; then you'll be prepared when the dealer's stuff craps out.

Note that Camping World prices probably won't be any better than the dealers, though.
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