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Old 06-23-2013, 05:43 PM   #1
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Rockwood HW296

Well, I've even hovering around for a while, finally joined and here we are now.

I'm a few days from buying a HW296. I would like to know a few things

1. What are some 'must haves' you always want to have with you when camping?

2. Are their any horror stories or shortcuts rockwood has even been known to made with these campers?

3. What should I do to keep it in pristine condition, it will be kept in a insulated garage when not in use.

That's all for now! Thanks if anyone can answer.
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Old 06-23-2013, 06:27 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum.

1. There are sooooo many lists out there. Everybodys camping style is different and requires different things.

3. Keep it clean and waxed. If you have to close it up wet make sure you air/dry it out when you can to prevent mold/mildew from growing on the 'canvas'.
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Old 06-23-2013, 06:52 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum. 1. There are sooooo many lists out there. Everybodys camping style is different and requires different things. 3. Keep it clean and waxed. If you have to close it up wet make sure you air/dry it out when you can to prevent mold/mildew from growing on the 'canvas'.
Thanks for the quick reply! What would be some essentials?
I'm good about washing and waxing cars so the camper won't be a problem.

If I don't have a 30 amp hookup at my house what should I use instead? I've got 110 but don't want to spend the money on a dedicated 30amp line.

Also what generator would work for camping, running a/c, microwave, lights, fan, etc.
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Essentials to me would be leveling blocks, ones of varying thicknesses to drive one tire on to get the trailer level side to side, then blocks to put under the stabilizers so you don't have to lower them so far. You can use wood or something similar to Lynx Levelers.

You'll need water hoses to hook up to city water and ways to manage the gray water from the sink and shower.

For me, other things I always camp with is my Weber Q, Coleman two burner stove, canopy for the picnic table, bag chairs and ice chest.

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Corey, some will tell you otherwise, but I plug my camper in to my garage standard outlet- you can get and need to purchase an adapter that adapts your 30 amp RV male end to a standard three prong 110 household female outlet. From there, you can use a good heavy duty gauge extension cord to plug in to your house.(less heat and resistance) The shorter, the better. I recently took my outside shower off to access the plumbing for my inside shower to do a popular mod, check valves for the shower, and I could see where the 30 amp plug to the interior wiring went, and I was AMAZED that the primary inlet wiring hidden behind there was nothing more than extension cord style wire anyway!!! I guess it is okay, they apparently don't think you will see that, but I DID. That heavy 25 foot 30 amp cable that most all campers use to go from the plug in for power is WAY fatter than the wire behind that socket that you DON'T SEE. So I feel much better about a heavy duty ext. cord used on my home power. I can run my A/C and any lights, just try not to run the microwave and A/C at the same time, or toasters and electric skillets. (high amp stuff). As far as a generator goes, you really need a 3500 watt gen., mine has a dedicated RV plug in, as well as 2 110v plugs on it. I can run everything I need to on that. Happy camping, and I hope this info helps you!!! Randy
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Corey, some will tell you otherwise, but I plug my camper in to my garage standard outlet- you can get and need to purchase an adapter that adapts your 30 amp RV male end to a standard three prong 110 household female outlet. From there, you can use a good heavy duty gauge extension cord to plug in to your house.(less heat and resistance) The shorter, the better. I recently took my outside shower off to access the plumbing for my inside shower to do a popular mod, check valves for the shower, and I could see where the 30 amp plug to the interior wiring went, and I was AMAZED that the primary inlet wiring hidden behind there was nothing more than extension cord style wire anyway!!! I guess it is okay, they apparently don't think you will see that, but I DID. That heavy 25 foot 30 amp cable that most all campers use to go from the plug in for power is WAY fatter than the wire behind that socket that you DON'T SEE. So I feel much better about a heavy duty ext. cord used on my home power. I can run my A/C and any lights, just try not to run the microwave and A/C at the same time, or toasters and electric skillets. (high amp stuff). As far as a generator goes, you really need a 3500 watt gen., mine has a dedicated RV plug in, as well as 2 110v plugs on it. I can run everything I need to on that. Happy camping, and I hope this info helps you!!! Randy
Randy,

Much thanks for the reply. What camper do you have? Also what are some popular mods for these campers, when it comes to cars I'm a modification nut, but it all has to look factory.

Thanks everyone for all the advice. I'm buying the camper on Monday 7-8 and I'm pretty excited.

I'll be sure to post many pictures, as I'm a picture nut.
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Corey, You'll have fun modifying the trailer. Most trailers are pretty bare bones so people can fine tune them to suit their individual needs and wants.

Our pop up had a lot of storage that you had to stand on your head to access, like under the dinette seats. I put long extension drawers in several of the storage areas which made access a ton easier.
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Adding to bradnailers list, first aid kit, wheel chocks, water pressure regulator, in-line water filter (Blue Torpedo style from WalMart would work fine), 30AMP extension cord, extra fuses, couple extra interior and exterior light bulbs, basic tool kit, digital volt meter, tongue hitch lock, flashlights, axe/hatchet, clothesline & clips for drying towels etc, waterproof matches, newspaper for starting campfires, comfortable camp chairs, Citronella candles to help with mosquitoes, cooking items, sense of humor, paper & pencil to write down what you forgot. If you want to keep it simpler use paper plates, bowls, plastic cups & utensils. Less water usage and time, but adds to landfills faster, it's your choice.
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A couple items that didn't get mentioned would be a 1 1/2" to 3/4" adapter for the grey tank drain to connect a garden hose. A Valterra T01-0091 or T01-0094 would be what you need. Also you will need the usual 3" sewer hose and fittings for the black tank, plus a few bottles of black tank chemical. Of course, the most important stuff would be the tacky awning lights and the cheap plastic flamingos to decorate your campsite.

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All,

Some great advice! I really appreciate it. My camper has a grey tank and black tank. For the black tank chemicals what do I need to put in there? And how do I do it, like through the toilet?

Also is there any way to flush black/grey tanks on a pop-up camper?

I'm so excited to get my camper.
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