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Old 03-25-2015, 05:08 PM   #31
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This is an interesting thread. I wouldn't plug into RV park power without a EMS, ever! Just checking the plug and then pluging in offers no protection from surges or low voltage etc. With a $50,000 fiver I would never risk electric problems, two TVs, two ACs etc. just to save the $300. Good Luck
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Old 03-25-2015, 05:15 PM   #32
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Great thread Gashog! We bought our 2618VS in February and have not had it out yet, but I've been soaking up the knowledge on this forum and feel much better prepared for the maiden voyage in April.
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Old 03-25-2015, 05:27 PM   #33
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Great thread Gashog! We bought our 2618VS in February and have not had it out yet, but I've been soaking up the knowledge on this forum and feel much better prepared for the maiden voyage in April.

Keep watch on the forum. Been RVing for 6 yrs. and just this week learned That using a Pizza Stone in my oven should keep the bottoms of my cakes and cookies from burning; it evens out the temp. Can't wait to get out there and give it a go. You learn things all the time here.


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Old 03-25-2015, 05:35 PM   #34
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Yeah, I've heard that recommended, and will probably try it down the road. You might consider storing it outside the oven when travelling though to avoid having it break apart.
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Yeah, I've heard that recommended, and will probably try it down the road. You might consider storing it outside the oven when travelling though to avoid having it break apart.
Another tip so you can leave it be and not have to find space for another thing to store - just wire it in place with stainless steel tie wire.

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Old 03-25-2015, 07:29 PM   #36
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Gashog, excellent thread.... I have been reading it since you started it and laughing. I'm pretty much the same way, bought a new TT last month, haven't taken it out just yet, but have been buying fun things from Amazon since the day I bought it, just making things more convenient (home away from home improvements).... I've yet to buy a surge protector or in line water filter, but it's all on my wish lists...lol.. Anyway, just wanna say this is good stuff and love hearing everybody's two cents on things.. I'm not one to worry about things but then again I like to think I have common cents and do check everything before and during a trip.
Keep on and happy camping everyone.

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Old 03-25-2015, 09:32 PM   #37
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Gashog, excellent thread.... I have been reading it since you started it and laughing. I'm pretty much the same way, bought a new TT last month, haven't taken it out just yet, but have been buying fun things from Amazon since the day I bought it, just making things more convenient (home away from home improvements).... I've yet to buy a surge protector or in line water filter, but it's all on my wish lists...lol.. Anyway, just wanna say this is good stuff and love hearing everybody's two cents on things.. I'm not one to worry about things but then again I like to think I have common cents and do check everything before and during a trip.
Keep on and happy camping everyone.

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Old 03-25-2015, 09:56 PM   #38
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Like I said in earlier post gashog, are we having fun yet. Had no idea this thread would go on forever, but I'm here for the endurance.
Lets just enjoy it.
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Old 03-25-2015, 10:14 PM   #39
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I'm a writer, and I tell people all the time that every editor's or agent's opinion is just one reader's opinion. Even pros have their personal biases. Everybody here is sharing personal experience and researched info, but it comes down to what works for you. You can worry about what other people do, or you can use the ideas you like and just camp on. I say, write on and camp on! :-)
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Old 03-26-2015, 10:34 AM   #40
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There was one opinion on page 2 (I think) that I thought was an outstanding explanation. It said that is all of "this extra stuff" was added to the unit at purchase it would be 5k to 10k more. I know it would be hard to pay that much more for a unit, plus if you finance that means you are financing those extra items driving up the final cost of the unit.

In my mind most of the extra stuff you buy can be transferred from your old unit to your new one you will buy, considering you planned for the future, but most items are interchangeable to a degree.

Sure, I have thought about wanting and needing items and I am a tinkerer by nature so I do buy extra things to build and try, some work and some do not. I have fun either way.

In my old unit a 1978 Taurus I rebuilt things left and right, added plumbing, made stuff work, spent a little cash in doing so, but I had fun every time I did it, that trailer taught me a lot and forced me to learn about TTs, now with my brand new trailer I think I am ready for anything (except slide and HW heater, my old one had neither).

So in summary the only thing I feel like I "needed" was the EMS, we are planning several full hook ups trips, amazon has the PI brand for 270-330 so to me that is cheap insurance, my tires (china bombs) have already been addressed, so the rest will be addressed as they come up.

If you are constantly worrying and fretting you are not enjoying yourself, that is what camping is about enjoyment and memories.
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