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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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Old 06-15-2016, 07:53 AM   #4
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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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Old 06-15-2016, 03:15 PM   #6
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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.

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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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Old 06-17-2016, 05:43 PM   #10
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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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