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Old 09-10-2016, 08:04 PM   #1
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New A-frame Camper! What do I need?

Bringing home my new T12ddst on Saturday!!! Tow vehicle is ready to go, I have an adapter, surge protector, chocks and fuses on order at Amazon. Anything else you find essential? I will be doing weekend trips only for the first couple of years and I want to pack light. Thanks!!!!


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Old 09-10-2016, 09:13 PM   #2
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Bringing home my new T12ddst on Saturday!!! Tow vehicle is ready to go, I have an adapter, surge protector, chocks and fuses on order at Amazon. Anything else you find essential? I will be doing weekend trips only for the first couple of years and I want to pack light. Thanks!!!!


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Congrats on your new camper. Get ready for years of fun.

Other items you may need:
Extended TV mirrors
Levelers (of some sort)
Pads for your stabilizers
An extra power cord
Outside mat
Water pressure regulator
Water hose
Container for gray water
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Old 09-10-2016, 11:08 PM   #3
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Folding chairs for out side
Battery drill and socket to raise and lower lever/jack
Thin wall socket to remove tires
Air Gage to measure 65lb
Volt meter

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Old 09-11-2016, 06:46 AM   #4
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Welcome to aframe camping and to the forum, RRRCubed.

Make sure you have the tools and know how to change a tire. Your TV jack may work, but try it out at home to be sure you can use it. Get a six sided socket for the lug nuts. I carry a breaker bar and a torque wrench as well. Harbor Freight is a good place to save money when buying infrequently used tools like this. I've had to change two tires on the road, having the right tools and knowing how to use them really helps.

Some way to level the camper. It can be cut deck boards, lynx levelers or my personal favorate a Bal Leveler.


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Old 09-11-2016, 07:40 AM   #5
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OK, it's important to keep your tires inflated to the proper level. First, you need to check what the proper inflation level for your camper. My guess is that it's 50 psi. You need to be careful about over inflating your tires as well as driving with them under inflated. A pressure gauge is a good idea. If you're only taking short trips, check before you leave on a trip and before you leave to come back. Don't forget to check your spare, too!


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Old 09-11-2016, 01:44 PM   #6
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Congratulations on your a-frame! I'm sure you'll enjoy yours as much as I do mine.

Here's a list of checklists for RV's. Some are what to look for when buying, several on what to take along, one for if you take pets, etc.

After you get suggestions from others, you can go over some lists on here to see if there would be something else useful to you:

https://rv-roadtrips.thefuntimesguid..._checklist.php

I just checked and some of the links are dead ends. Sorry.
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Old 09-11-2016, 01:58 PM   #7
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NEVER use your stabilizers to level the trailer & NEVER unhitch until
you're level. If it's tilted to one side pull ahead and place pieces of wood (I use short 2x 8's or 2x10's) under the low side. Then check your level again. May need more wood (or other material) or less wood.
Once you have it level side to side, unhitch & then level front to back.
THEN put your stabilizers down.
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Old 09-11-2016, 03:01 PM   #8
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You need to remember that the coolcat

heater works great, but only when outside temps are above 40 degrees.

When the outside temp drops to below 40, you will need to switch to the propane furnace, or use another 110v heater(catalytic, for example).

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Old 09-11-2016, 04:14 PM   #9
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Get yourself a small portable electric heater. Get a good one with a thermostat that allows you to maintain a certain temperature. When you're in a campground, you usually have unlimited electricity. Whereas the propane furnace you have to keep the propane tank(s) full.
Also the propane furnace is noisy. It maintains a good heat but my wife is a light sleeper & every time it comes on she wakes up.
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Small first aid kit, small tool kit, duct tape. Set of dishes for 4. Ours are microwaveable plastic. A couple of mugs and bowls. I'd rather wash than throw out paper plates. Shower stuff, including towels, shampoo, dry shampoo. Layers of clothes, rain gear, an extra pair of shoes. Small rugs for inside the door. A couple of pots and pans. Hot dog /marshmallow sticks. Bug spray, citronella candles. A good book. Chairs for around the fire. Fire starters. Half the clothes and twice the cash! Have a blast!
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