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Old 06-14-2016, 01:29 PM   #1
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2017 Grey Wolf 26RL

My wife and I are sitting on pins and needles waiting to take delivery of our brand new camper. It's a 2017 Forest River Cherokee Grey Wolf 26RL Limited. It's only the third thing we have bought brand new during 18 years of marriage. We take delivery Thursday.

We aren't new to camping. We are upgrading from a Forest River 425D pop up. So this full body camping stuff is going to be a new and better experience for us.

So my question for the forum is...

What do I need/want/can't live without? We'll be getting the load leveling/stabilizing hitch, blue poop cart, and scissor type wheel chocks with the camper. Along with start up kit from the dealer when we pick it up. We've also ordered a large outdoor mat/rug.

So tell me, what else should we be considering? What kind of modifications will make life easier/better?
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Old 06-14-2016, 09:51 PM   #2
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Congrats on the new rig! If your start-up kit is like most, the first thing you will want to get is a Rino sewer hose. The cheap blue ones that are in the start-up kits will not last very long, and that is one thing you do not want to break.
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Old 06-15-2016, 07:09 AM   #3
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That can be an endless list! Little things that have made a big difference for us:

Weight Distribution

Mid-Ship Scissor Jacks and X-chocks made a HUGE difference in the bounce of our 26DBH

We put carpet squares around the bed

I cut and painted 4x6 blocks for under the scissor jacks so that they clean off easier and last longer

Battery cut off switch for sure

We just bought a Sewer Solution - I also have the Rino to use for dump stations, but the SS was an awesome addition for when we have full hookups.

A cover for the vent in the bathroom so it can be left open during travel/rain.

Also just purchased Fastway Zip Break away cable because the factory cable was REALLY long.

Extension cords and hoses for fresh water and Power, along with the dog bone converter so you can plug into a regular outlet. I've only used the 25' extension cord twice, but was REALLY glad I had them when I needed them.

A battery drill with an adapter to go from drill to 3/8" drive with a 3/4" socket to put down your stabilizer jacks will save you alot of sweating and cranking!

Those are alot of the time saving things or things that make life more comfortable/easy I can think of
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If the dealer start up kit doesn't include a water pressure regulator have them throw one in or get one at Walmart.
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Old 06-15-2016, 03:07 PM   #5
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Outside TV cable to connect twix pedestal and trailer input.
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Get a good surge protector. Progressive Industries is the one recommended most. A little more expensive, but guaranteed for life.
If you don't already have them get some plastic totes that fit in the pass thru for storage and keep like purposed items together.
Get a clear sewer hose angled adapter.
Look at getting a tire pressure/temp monitoring system ( recommend TST 507)
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Old 06-15-2016, 07:21 PM   #7
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- RV Toilet Paper & Chemicals

- Make sure you can reach 25ft with your sewer hose. The RL has the tank valves way forward and the sewer connections in RV parks are usually at the end of the pad. I bought a 5ft extension to go with my Dominator 20ft set.

- Flush hose. You are going to want to use the black tank flush but don't use your fresh water hose. I also use a hose splitter at the faucet.

- 20ft cable TV cord

- Extension handle for dust mop style broom to get branches and leaves off of the slide.

- A level app on your phone. I use 'spirit level'. So much better than a torpedo level.

- FRS radios so you don't become the park entertainment while backing in for the first time.

- Electric heater. Propane heater create condensation.

- Telescoping ladder since most RL models do not have a rear ladder.
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Old 06-17-2016, 09:04 AM   #8
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Thanks for all the replies. We already had some of the items listed from our years in our pop-up. I did take the poop hose upgrade advice. Went with a different brand than the Rhino. Melanie (our favorite parts girl), said this one would serve us as well as the Rhino but the Rhino was too thick to store in our bumper so we took her advice.

Here are some pics.

Me, Deb and our son Cole. (Daughter Sam had to work so didn't make the picture.)



And a full length with tow truck shot.

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Old 06-17-2016, 01:03 PM   #9
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Congratulations, you are going to love it.

Looks like the TV (tow vehicle) is squatting a little and the front end is lifted. It will be good to understand the weight distribution yourself because the dealerships usually just guess and never really check it out on a scale. I have a Cherokee 264L which is a cousin of your RL and I can tell you they are very tongue heavy because there is not much weight in the rear. To summarize, you should go across the scales without the trailer and with the trailer and see how much tongue weight you have and if you are over 1000lbs you should adjust your hitch.

On a happier note, we love our 'rear lounge'. Aside from the limited storage we have no complaints. The trailer handles very well and you should not have any trouble towing it. I took 50MPH crosswinds on the Oregon coast and stayed in lane.

Here is a link to my review of our trailer, it is very, very similar to yours.
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You'll need a second hose to flush your black water tank. Disposable latex gloves are the easiest to use when handling sewer hoses. I keep a bottle of hand sanitizer in the compartment where I keep the hoses, power cable, etc. A clear elbow that connects the dump hose to the hole in the ground makes it easy to see when you've flushed the waste and when the grey water is done draining. I am careful to monitor tire pressures, so I have a pressure gauge and portable compressor. It's not always easy to add air at a gas station with the trailer in tow. A sprinkle of Cascade dishwasher detergent keeps grey water smells from coming up through the drains. You might want to put a lock on your hitch.
I had the dealer install the weight distributing hitch because the more I read, the more complicated it seemed. When I took the loaded trailer to a CAT scale before a long trip, I found that it wasn't distributing any of the weight and needed to be adjusted. It's pretty easy and only cost $12 to weigh the trailer and tow vehicle together, then the TV alone. You can then see how much of the tongue weight is on the forward and rear axle.
We bought the trailer in January and have enjoyed 20 campgrounds, making a trip every month. I wish I would have bought it sooner. I feel the stress of day to day life dissipate as we head out to explore. I hope you get as much enjoyment out of yours.
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2017 Grey Wolf 26RL (Updated with mods and decor)

So after a couple of trips out, we've decided to make our 26RL more homey, since it is supposed to be our home away from home.

I started by cutting a treated 6X6 in 8" lengths to make stabilizer pads. This gives you two different lengths without getting crazy long and unstable. I drilled two holes through each and countersunk one side before cutting rope and threading it through for a handle. They are much easier to carry this way.



When we took delivery of the camper I bought a large fifth wheel level. I took the mounting brackets off and used Scotch indoor/outdoor super strength double sided tape to attach it to the front of the camper shell. Now I can back in and see from the truck seat how much I need to put under the tires to level up. After I get some Anderson levelers, it will be even easier.



On our 2nd trip out this summer, we met some really good people in the camp next to us. He does woodworking and gave us this wall mount bottle opener.



Rich has a You Tube channel you can check out here. http://https://www.youtube.com/chann...qMzpQ/featured

My wife says any project I start begins with drilling a hole. Rich had the bottle opener screwed to the cedar board. I took those screws out and drilled the holes all the way through the board. Then I drilled the wall out for anchors.

These are the anchors I used. I had to have the short anchors for the thin wall board, but needed longer screws to be able to put the thick cedar plank on the wall.



These work nicely. You drill a 5/16" hole, push the anchor in, run the screw up which spreads the anchor and pulls it tight to the inside of the wall, then back the screw out and use it to attach whatever you are hanging.



And the final product... we added some key hooks to the bottom.



Using the same anchors, we hung a paper towel holder above the fridge. The paper towel holder was in the house we just finished renovating. It was my great uncle and aunt's house, so we were glad we were able to use it in the camper. You can check out our Renovation at Corey and Deb's 1960 Ranch Renovation



Deb has a vinyl cutter, so we made up a sweet little saying, cut it out and stuck it up behind the bed.



We got a couple of signs off eBay and hung them up with the same anchors.





The forum says I can only add 10 pics to a thread. Continued below.
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Old 08-29-2016, 12:04 PM   #12
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An over the tank toilet paper holder (fit perfectly on the lip of the shelf behind the toilet), over the door towel rack, and hand towel ring in the bathroom.





In the bedroom we added a wall fan, LED nightlights, a 3 inch cooling memory foam mattress topper, and hanging shelves in the wardrobe.






And in the kitchen cabinets and pantry, we added wire shelving.


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Windows in the doors was the 1st thing I did on our 26BDH!!!Click image for larger version

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Old 08-31-2016, 08:13 PM   #14
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Very nice mods!
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