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Old 03-12-2013, 09:29 PM   #1
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What will I need?

My 320RS should have been ordered from the factory today. It will be a while before it is delivered, but I am trying to make a list of things I will need when I pick it up, to make it 'usable'. I've never owned a camper, and the brochure doesn't list what actually is provided with the trailer, and what is needed to use the trailer.

So any input is appreciated.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:38 PM   #2
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My 320RS should have been ordered from the factory today. It will be a while before it is delivered, but I am trying to make a list of things I will need when I pick it up, to make it 'usable'. I've never owned a camper, and the brochure doesn't list what actually is provided with the trailer, and what is needed to use the trailer.

So any input is appreciated.
I will make a quick list, as for what it will come with is nothing unless you ordered it. Think like it is your home, you will need pots and pans, plates and silverware, bedding for the size bed that you got, Cups, coffee pot if you drink coffee, a sewer drain hose, a water hose for drinking water, a pressure regulator, a water filter, bathroom supplies, wheel chocks, patio mat, camping chairs, awning lights if you want them the newer columbus comes with a LED strip. Towels, Kitchen supplies extension cords. This should be enough to get you started. you can always add as you go.
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Camping Shelter
__Reservations info/confirmation
__Money/ID/credit card/quarters
__Large ZipLock Bags/Totes for storage
__Tents - 1 for Mom & Dad, For the Kids?
__Sleeping bag(s) Two of the same will zip
together/blankets
__Pillow
__Air mattress/sleeping pad/cot
__Repair kit for air mattress
__Air pump
__Ground cloth/tarp
__Extra stakes
__Shade tarp/poles/rope/stakes/tarp
__Axe/spliter/hammer/mallet
__Small shovel/rake
__Small mat for tent entrance
__Dust pan/brush/broom
__Flashlight/batteries

Camp Kitchen
__Food/drink/coffee
__Seasonings/condiments
__Marshmallows, Graham crackers, Hershey bars
(S’mores)
__Coffee Maker & Mugs
__Cooking oil/Non-stick spray
__Heavy-duty aluminum foil
__Large water jug &/or water bucket
__Potholders/oven mitts
__Matches/lighter
__Charcoal/firewood/buddy burner
__Stove-grill with fuel/propane
__Table
__Camp chairs
__Tablecloth/thumb tacks/clips

Camp Cookware
__2 Coolers & ice…(1 for the food, 1 for the drinks)
__Dish pan
__Dish soap
__Dish rags/towels
__Pots and frying pans with lids
__Paper towels/napkins/WetOnes
__Paper cups
__Plates/paper plates & bowls
__Spatula, knives, spoons, forks
__Grill forks
__Mixing bowl/measuring cup
__Can opener/bottle opener
__Small cutting board
__Containers for food storage/Ziplock bags
__Trash bags/plastic grocery bags

Camping Wardrobe
__Jeans/pant/belt
__Shorts
__T-shirts
__Swim suit
__Sweatshirt/jacket
__Sleep clothes
__Socks/extra socks
__Underwear
__Boots/shoes
__Hat
__Sunglasses
__Toilet paper
__Shower shoes/flip flops/an old pair of slippers
__ Deodorant
__Tooth brush/tooth paste
__Soap in plastic case/shampoo
__Towels/washcloth
__Comb/brush
__Feminine products
__Tissues
__Sunscreen/chapstick
__Small sewing kit
__Other personal items
__Personal medications
__Bug repellant/candles

Miscellaneous
__Camping shower/shower pump
__Rope/clothes line
__Clothes pins
__Rain gear
__Lantern with fuel/mantles
__Pocket knife
__Duct tape/electrical tape
__Work gloves
__Extra batteries/bulbs
__Compass or a GPS device
__Binoculars
__Whistle
__Bungi cords/straps
__Twine
__Fire extinguisher
__Water filters/purification/treatment
__Camera/battery/film
__Fishing gear/license/bait
__Cards/games/toys
__Bikes/helmets
__Books/magazines
__Notepad/pen
__Candles
__Maps/directions
__Misc. tools
__Cell phone/charger & 2-way radios/walkie
talkies
__Radio
__Musical instruments/song books
__Hammock
__First aid kit
__Tissues
__Saw/axe
__Park map/guidebooks/trail maps
__Lantern pole or hanger
__Scissors

Basic First Aid
__First aid manual
__Personal information/contact person
__Personal medications(be sure to include some extra
just in case).
__Aspirin/Ibuprofen/Tylenol
__Sinus medications
__Anti-acids (Tums, Rolaids)
__Band-Aides/bandages
__Butterfly bandages
__Triangular bandages
__Roll bandages
__Adhesive tape
__Sterile gauze pads
__Hydrogen Peroxide
__Antibiotic cream
__Antiseptic wipes
__Poison ivy cream/cleansers
__Burn ointment
__Sunburn lotion
__Antibacterial soap
__Ace bandages
__Tweezers
__Cotton swabs
__Safety pins
__Scissors
__Mole skin for blisters
__Bee sting kit
__Snake bit kit
__Eye drops
__Tissues
__Thermometer
__Heat/cold packs
__Latex gloves
__Sterile compresses
__Splinting materials
__Nail clippers
__Razor blades __Plastic bags
__Small bottle of water
__Road flares
__Blanket
__Other personal needs
__Small mirror
__Coins for emergency phone calls

*Keep supplies in a well marked, durable, waterproof
container
*Keep the contents organized
*Know how to use everything in your first aid kit




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Old 03-12-2013, 10:06 PM   #4
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My 320RS should have been ordered from the factory today. It will be a while before it is delivered, but I am trying to make a list of things I will need when I pick it up, to make it 'usable'. I've never owned a camper, and the brochure doesn't list what actually is provided with the trailer, and what is needed to use the trailer.

So any input is appreciated.
there a list to get you started
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:34 PM   #5
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Our list by compartment in the truck and camper.
This is based on our "long trip" (2 months typically) and modified slightly for shorter trips.
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:41 AM   #6
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Our list by compartment in the truck and camper.
This is based on our "long trip" (2 months typically) and modified slightly for shorter trips.
This is a very in depth list Lou, Nice job. I even saved a copy fpr myself if you don't mind. Thanks.
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Wow - great list

The title of this thread caught my eye. I hope you don't mind if I make a copy as well? We don't have our tt yet but you can't start planning too early for all the necessary "stuff". The family will start out with small 3 day trips so I'll pair the list down as needed. Love the way it's set up.
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Old 03-13-2013, 01:21 AM   #8
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Our list by compartment in the truck and camper.
This is based on our "long trip" (2 months typically) and modified slightly for shorter trips.
I forgot to ask you if you were going to Goshen as well. I am sure you have all ready put it on here that you were or weren't but I probably missed it.

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I made up lists for each area of the trailer. I found it easier to picture myself in that space and how I would use it. or would need.

Bathroom: t paper, soap, towels, wash clothes, shampoo, toothbrush, etc.
Kitchen: Cookware, dinnerware, flatware, pot holders, dish soap, salt, pepper, sugar, paper towels, trash bags, etc..
Bedroom: Sheets, blankets, pillow, clothes, etc.
Misc.: Qtips, cottonballs, phone charger, nail glue, hair dryer, etc..

At home I would open drawers and cabinets and dot down items to borrow or buy. As I went through my day I would dot down more items not to forget - what do I need for my contacts?

I did buy some new stuff for the TT but I also borrowed from the house in the beginning. Keeping a small stock of clothes for colder & warmer temps can be helpful. I also didn't worry about stuff I might need down the road. As time went on I was better able to determine what I really would use vs buying it all now.



PS Please excuse any tupos as I am typing iwthout my contacts.
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The lists already provided in this thread are excellent but some of them contain way more items than you need to get started using your trailer. Go through those lists and get the items you really think you need on a first trip. The rest of the stuff can be added later. Since this is your first trailer I highly recommend taking it to the closest campground for your first shakedown trip and live in it for a couple of days.

Things you should have for the first trip.
A sewer hose and connections for dumping gray and black water
Chemicals to treat the black water holding tank (toilet)
A 25 foot drinking water hose for your fresh water
A water pressure regulator for the drinking water hose
Wheel chocks
A basic tool kit
A basic first aid kit
Pillows
A set of bedsheets and blanket (King bed or Queen bed)
Basic cookware for your new kitchen
Basic tableware, paper or plastic work great for a first trip
Food
Basic toiletries including RV toilet paper. Later you can determine if you want to use some other type of TP.
Towels and washcloth
Change of clothes
If your new trailer has 50 amp service you will want to get a 30 amp to 50 amp electrical adapter for those campgrounds and RV parks that don’t offer 50 amp service.

I don’t think I’ve forgotten anything really important for a first trip. After a couple of nights in the trailer you’ll have a better idea of what you need and want. Did I mention staying close to home for that first trip? It’s a good idea.
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The lists already provided in this thread are excellent but some of them contain way more items than you need to get started using your trailer. Go through those lists and get the items you really think you need on a first trip. The rest of the stuff can be added later. Since this is your first trailer I highly recommend taking it to the closest campground for your first shakedown trip and live in it for a couple of days.

Things you should have for the first trip.
A sewer hose and connections for dumping gray and black water
Chemicals to treat the black water holding tank (toilet)
A 25 foot drinking water hose for your fresh water
A water pressure regulator for the drinking water hose
Wheel chocks
A basic tool kit
A basic first aid kit
Pillows
A set of bedsheets and blanket (King bed or Queen bed)
Basic cookware for your new kitchen
Basic tableware, paper or plastic work great for a first trip
Food
Basic toiletries including RV toilet paper. Later you can determine if you want to use some other type of TP.
Towels and washcloth
Change of clothes
If your new trailer has 50 amp service you will want to get a 30 amp to 50 amp electrical adapter for those campgrounds and RV parks that don’t offer 50 amp service.

I don’t think I’ve forgotten anything really important for a first trip. After a couple of nights in the trailer you’ll have a better idea of what you need and want. Did I mention staying close to home for that first trip? It’s a good idea.
Good starter list.

My first "camping trip" was at home right in the driveway, with a pencil and paper in hand. Using the camper is the best way to build your list of must haves. And being close to those must haves the first time out will speed the learning curve.
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Wow! Lots of responses. I was more speaking about what was needed to use the trailer itself: power cords, sewer hoses, water hoses, etc. The actual living things I thought would be pretty straight forward. However, I see several things I never would have thought about, so that's a good thing then.

Thanks all.
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I would just add that most of the items on the list are available at your local WalMart and can save you $$$$. They have an area for RV supplies that covers the basics including extension cords, levelers, wheel chocks etc.
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Great list herk, one of the most complete and organized I've seen! I too made a copy.
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Our list by compartment in the truck and camper.
This is based on our "long trip" (2 months typically) and modified slightly for shorter trips.
That's a great list, kind of reminds me of an old credit card TV commercial " don't leave home without it"

Actually we probably carry most of that stuff in our trailer as well!
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you need another truck to carry everything haha
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I forgot to mention the most important item in my previous post and I did not see anyone list it either...... Alcohol...... Mass quantities of it!!!
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In case I missed it...
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In case I missed it...
Volt ohm meter
I'm pretty sure Herk had it on his list!
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I usually have 2 with me the one I keep in the truck and the one in NY trailer, funny the last time that I went to use them they where both dead and I had no 9volt batteries
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