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Old 03-25-2016, 05:42 PM   #1
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Any "Must Haves" as new RV'ers?

We recently purchased a 2008 Cedar Creek Silver Back 30LSTS. It will move us from Nashville, TN to Seattle, WA over the course of about 2-3 months for work. We're definitely going to see some of the National Parks along the way, but will also be working in the different cities along the way. Besides the obvious water hose, sewage hose, water pressure regulator, blocks to chock/ level...what else have you found that I'll be thankful I had, or made everyday type RV living much more easy? I'm open to suggestions on nearly anything, as it's ALL new to us!

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Old 03-25-2016, 06:11 PM   #2
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This may already cover what you already know:

http://www.learntorv.com/2014/02/new...ssentials.html

I'd also recommend a tire pressure monitoring system, a Progressive Industries EMS (like a badass surfer protector), air compressor, tire gauge (cheap digital gauges are generally better than the stick type ones), a plan for changing tires and equipment to perform that plan, torque wrench, short breaker bar, and awning support poles from either OldCoot or TURBS.
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Old 03-25-2016, 07:43 PM   #4
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A tool box full of tools. (wrenches, ratchet and sockets, screwdrivers, wire cutter / stripper, Vise grips, 12V test light).
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Old 03-25-2016, 07:48 PM   #6
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a 2 or 3 step step ladder, RUKO for watching tv, weather radio, extra batteries for everything, full propane tanks
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Old 03-26-2016, 10:15 AM   #7
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Old 03-26-2016, 12:15 PM   #9
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A selection of hand tools. Extra hoses. Checklist for setup and tear down. Simple digital multimeter 4 chocks. Transparent black hose connector for flushing. 2 hydraulic jacks 20 ton. Wood blocks. This will get you started.
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Old 03-26-2016, 12:17 PM   #10
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Old 03-26-2016, 12:22 PM   #11
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One or two quality inverter generators. A broom for dirt and snow on the floor and slides. Rope. Couple fo 5 gallon fuel containers. Some solar lights that are motion activated over the door and tongue. A can opener\multi tool. An electric space heater or two. Containers to place all your can goods and stuff inside the storage compartments so they do not go flying all over the place when towing. I use empty milk\water jugs to take up space in drawers and cabinets to prevent damage or movement. Lots of flash lights scattered around the RV and TV. Cardboard boxes folded flat to set your generator on or store things while in transit. Lots of storage and garbage bags. Grocery bags too.
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Old 03-26-2016, 12:25 PM   #12
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1. Tension bars for the refrigerator to keep stuff from falling over and moving around.
2. Small baskets or plastic bins to also keep stuff from moving around in cabinets and cubbies.
3. Multi-purpose lighter with the metal wand for lighting camp fires, gas grills or oven in camper.
4. Stuff to do on rainy days when you might be stuck inside your camper, i.e. cards, puzzles, crosswords, board games or whatever else floats your boat.
5. Big cooler in case you have any problems with electricity or refrigerator.
6. Some kind of mattress topper because most RV mattresses are super uncomfortable.
7. One of those big camping mats, door mat, or both so you don't track in a ton of dirt or gravel into your new rig. You'd be surprised just how much stuff gets tracked in even in 1 day when you are on a site that is something other than grass.
8. Tablecloth that will fit a picnic table and some clamps to hold it on (in case it is windy). We've discovered that some picnic tables can be pretty gross, even if the campground is nice.
9. Enough camping chairs for everyone who will be camping with you, just in case there is no picnic table. That way you'll have a place to sit outside and eat and of course for sitting around a campfire.
10. This one isn't a necessity but we use them on pretty much every trip. Smores sticks! My kids love having their smores, but I'm not a fan of using random sticks. So, I found something similar to this. I have a store near me that sells them in a pack of 10 for $1.00 but I'm posting this link so you can see what I'm talking about. http://www.amazon.com/MalloMe-Marshm...hmallow+sticks

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Old 03-26-2016, 12:30 PM   #13
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Not sure what the parks are like down there but in Canada, 100 feet of power cord. They save money by making you provide the cable.
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Old 03-26-2016, 12:37 PM   #14
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Not sure what the parks are like down there but in Canada, 100 feet of power cord. They save money by making you provide the cable.
I have not needed to use more than the 35 feet attached to the lite.

I have extra just incase......
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Old 03-26-2016, 12:55 PM   #16
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Sounds like this forum has already loaded you down. But don't forget AC power adapters. Some parks have only 20 or 30 or 50 amp service. You need to be able to hook up to any style plug.
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Old 03-26-2016, 01:07 PM   #17
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We recently purchased a 2008 Cedar Creek Silver Back 30LSTS. It will move us from Nashville, TN to Seattle, WA over the course of about 2-3 months for work. We're definitely going to see some of the National Parks along the way, but will also be working in the different cities along the way. Besides the obvious water hose, sewage hose, water pressure regulator, blocks to chock/ level...what else have you found that I'll be thankful I had, or made everyday type RV living much more easy? I'm open to suggestions on nearly anything, as it's ALL new to us!

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I use a lot of electric appliance and use campground electric, saves propane.
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Most importantly, in my opinion, is having plenty of time off or free time to enjoy your new RV!
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Plenty of ice and a camp chair for me to sit in when I visit.

An immoral brother-in-law that's a banker (this is your biggest need!)

A name plate so I can find you at campsites (I can't find one I like, however).

All the above in jest. I am making my own list, and I've added about 20 items to it since this thread started. Very good stuff. Thanks, everyone.
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