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Old 05-29-2008, 10:09 AM   #1
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Newbie Checklist!

We have some friends that are getting ready to buy their first Rockwood and are new to the whole camping scene. I think we finally showed them the light! LOL! I am trying to help them out as much as possible with things to buy but I know I will ultimately forget something important. Does anyone know where I can find a checklist of everything you need to start out?

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Old 05-29-2008, 10:48 AM   #2
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Perhaps we can collectively build you a list. For starter necessities:

Sewer hose and couplings--2 10' sections are good starters. Make sure a coupler to make 2 into 1 is purchased. Also a rubber donut or other sealing device--here in TX it's mandatory at most state parks and dump stations.

Black tank and grey tank sanitation chemicals

RV toilet paper--we use home paper, but until one is more educated on tank cleaning, the RV stuff is best since it breaks down faster

Wheel chocks

Water hose--drinking water rated (white hose). We found that two 25' sections are needed due to the distance from some city water hookups. A pressure regulator also. And if desired, an inline water filter.

Some old pieces of flat wood are nice to have for the jacks. If not available, those plastic leveler blocks are a good addition.

Old rags to wipe down hoses and electric cords prior to storage

Interior must haves--bed linens, a couple of dish rags, paper plates and plastic utensils--even if they have real dishes and such. Some days you just don't feel like washing up, LOL.

A basic set of cooking utensils and cookware--most of us had or have extras at home that can find a new home in the rig.

Toys and games to entertain the kids--make sure something for indoors is available in case of bad weather.

First aid kit, calamine lotion, and personal bug spray.

A cooler. Even if unused, it's nice to have around in case of a fridge failure.


Honestly, I can't think of anything more that is 'must have' to get started. I'm sure more folks will add to this list. Perhaps it'll be archived one day for others.

Like all of us, your friends will soon figure out what they need, don't need and what is essential.

Best of luck to them!


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Old 05-29-2008, 11:50 AM   #3
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What you need for gear is a personal thing.
Here's my "short" list.

Get 2 25 foot white drinking water hoses. If you are
close to the spigot you can just use one and you
don't have to fool with an extra long hose.

Get a garden hose pressure regulator. Found in the RV isle
of many dept stores and RV stores.
Less than 10 bucks for the brass one.
Some folks have found the plastic one, which is even cheaper,
not acceptable.

The campgrounds around here usually have good water but some
folks also use a water filter -- it's up to you.
Last season we had "cloudy" water with heavy chlorine taste and
smell at a CG.
We now have a filter. (Your trailer may come with one built in.)

NOTE; you can buy a cheap "whole house" filter at most home
stores for around $17. It has 3/4" female pipe connections.
Now you need 2 brass adapter fittings.
One that is 3/4" male pipe threads on one end and
female garden hose on the other end
another that is 3/4" male pipe threads on one end
and male garden hose on the other end.

Buy a couple carbon coated filter cartridges at the same time.
Different brands are usually interchangeable.
We found a Culligan "whole house" filter housing without
shut off for the above mentioned 17 bucks.
(You don't need a shut off on the filter body-- it costs less
without it and you can always turn off the hose if you need to.)
There were no Culligan carbon filters but there were
another brand. We got the other brand cartridges and
they fit fine.
Carbon filters should help remove odor and taste as well as sediment.
It's up to you but you can buy a ready to use RV hose filter
for around $20. You need to replace the filter each season whether
you use it once or several times so it's cheaper in the long run to use
a whole house filter. Refills for it are about $7 for a 2 pack.

If you have roof air conditioner get a
30 amp 110v 25 foot extension cord.
or similar.
Or and search for
30 amp cord

NOTE: you should also have a
50 foot heavy duty (14 gauge preferred) extension cord.
You can run most things in the trailer off that but you
should not run the roof AC without the 30 amp plug in use!
You just need ONE hot night where your cord would not reach
and you'll wish you had the extra 30 amp cord!

Wasp Spray -- be very careful every time you raise the cover
on the electrical hookup box in any campground! Wasps love to
build nests right in the top of these!

You can cut some wheel chocks out of 4 x 4 lumber or plastic
wheel chocks can be found at Wal-mart or the RV isle of most
department stores.
You also need an assortment of 2 x 6 boards cut about 12" to 36"
long with one end cut on 45 degrees.
Use one or more of these under the tires for left to right
trailer leveling.
We also have a dozen 2 x 6 x6 square pads for placing under the
trailer stabilizing jacks.
I also have an 8 x 8 block that I put under the tongue
jack but you can stack what ever you have on hand there.
You can usually find the plastic leveling blocks (they look like
giant Leg-os) at Wal-Mart if you don't have deck lumber scraps to
make your own.
We bought a pair of "stick on" trailer bubble levels.
Found online or most any RV store.
Wal-mart often has them in the RV isle.
They are very handy!
I can stand at the front corner of my trailer and immediately
see if we are level in both directions.
If you use these you need to 1st get your trailer as level as you
possibly can using a good carpenters level, then just stick them on
a front corner- one on the front and the other on the side.

Get a couple 6 foot household extension cords. Our toaster has
such a short cord it won't reach the outlet under the table.
Same for the coffee pot.

Get a cheap coffee percolator and toaster for the trailer.
Wally World under 10 bucks each.
If you plan to boon dock (camping without 110v electricity)
buy yourself a stove top coffee percolator - found in the
camping dept of most stores. (Under $20 for a plain aluminum one)

Fly Swatter - you need this!!
Paper towel roll holder, toilet paper holder, small waste baskets
for bathroom and kitchen. Wal-Mart bags make perfect liners for
these small waste baskets.
Most of us hang one or 2 extra towel bars in the bathroom.
We added a towel ring near the sink for the dish towel.
Put a peg or hook on the inside of the bathroom door for
your towel or bath robe.

And now a short discussion on TOILET PAPER!
We don't buy RV toilet paper because we don't normally use the
toilet for #2.
The general consensus is that RV paper isn't really any better
at decomposing than most other brands anyway.
Since we camp mostly in state parks- they have clean restrooms and
we use them. Even if we did us our toilet for #2
we don't put toilet paper down the john. That's what the waste basket
in the bathroom is for. Years of house boating has trained us in
this. (You don't put ANY paper down a marine toilet.)

We only use the little 10 foot waste water starter kit hose to empty
our holding tanks on the way out of the CG.
If you are going to use the sewer hookup in a CG you will
need longer sewer hose and others have made good looking
hose storage out of large PVC pipe for the carrying the longer waste hose.
(See Easy Sewer hose container in the photo's section for an example.)

Get some re-useable rubber gloves or disposable plastic gloves for dumping.
It ALWAYS gets on your hands so most of us use gloves since we
are leaving at that point and washing hands may not be convenient.
Bottle of hand sanitizer for use afterwards......

Wall-Mart or any RV store has holding tank deodorant.
We prefer the liquid because we put some in both tanks.
(Some down the sink and some down the toilet.)
If you just want it in the black water tank you can drop
the granular or tablets down the toilet.
It's cheap and works. Get some.
Add it to the holding tanks after you dump if you
have time i.e.: not a line of people waiting for you to clear the
dump area. Otherwise add it at the first opportunity during
your next stop.

Outside thermometer with suction cups.

We keep a basket in the shower floor for dirty clothes.
We also have 2 small hand baskets -- about the size of a dish pan
for carrying clothes, soap, towels, etc to and from the shower house.

>>>Find some way to fasten your TV to the shelf or it WILL fall
out on the floor the first time you tow your trailer!
(Otherwise set it on the bed surrounded by pillows.)

If your clothes hangers fall off the bar while
traveling, hang them with the hook facing the other way and
they won't fall off. THIS (usually) WORKS!!

Get a long nose butane lighter for lighting the stove burners.
(Keep a few spare matches just in case....)

Take a note pad and pencil with you so you can write down the
little things you need. You'll soon be stocked up and traveling
high like the rest of us!!

Use check lists every time!!
One for what to bring and one for things to check before you
move the trailer.
I left my jacks down once. It really bends them if you do this!!!
Others have driven off with the TV antenna still up.
USE a check list!!!

Well, I guess this wasn't so short after all.

Welcome to the fold.
You have been assimilated!
Resistance was futile!!
Dan & Rita D
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