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Old 05-06-2011, 11:01 PM   #1
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Hello all from Beautiful British Columbia Canada. Our family is scheduled to pick up our first travel trailer next week. What I am looking for is information on what are the absolute must haves as far as basic set up goes. Water hose, sewer hose etc. What would anyone suggest is the best brand to buy or things to look out for when buying? I am starting at the absolute basic spot and walking around in the dark with all the different options.

Thanks for your assistance.
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Old 05-06-2011, 11:49 PM   #2
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As far as the sewer hose, the Rhino brand has worked great for me. I've had mine for 5 years now, no problem.
Also so get a doughnut. That's a rubber ring that fits in the campground's sewer connection and then you place your sewer hose in it. It provides a seal to reduce odors. Some campgrounds require these.
Water Regulator.
Just make sure the water hose is the type for drinking water, usually white. You'll probably need an extra hose for your black water tank rinse.
Wheel chocks.
Levelers or boards for leveling the tt side to side.
You can find these items at wal mart for a decent price.
I'm sure other FRF members will have some ideas as well.

I almost forgot! to the forum and congrats on your new trailer. Post some pics when you get a chance!
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Old 05-07-2011, 12:27 AM   #3
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Some basics that we found worth while:

- Adjustable spring loaded cupboard rods (holds things from sliding out of the cabinets when traveling, works well in refrigerators too)

-Oxygenics shower head if you have a shower in your TT. Saves water, feels like more pressure, longer shower.

- Lynx Stay-Put hangers for any clothes you're planning to hang in the closet.

- Lynx Levelers (the orange pads that are stackable. we have 2 sets and use them each time we go)

-ADCO covers for the AC unit and tires. Keeps the AC from gathering leaves and branches during the storage season and the tire covers protect your tire investment during the summer while it's parked in storage.

- Unique "Digest It" for the black tank. Benefits camp park septic tanks too...

- Water hose: big difference between the standard home hose vs an RV water hose, be sure to google this before buying one. If you plan on drinking water from your water storage box, a good filtration system or additive might be in order. We generally don't drink from the tank and carry filtered water from the home. Note: too restrictive of a whole system water filter will cause low water pressure in your shower and lines...there is quite a bit of info about this in the forum too. But, we do have a 45 degree water connection that we connect our hose to so that it doesn't kink or cause needless pressure at the water inlet on the rig.

- Depending on your length of stay, 2 - 6 volt batteries might be better than 1 or 2 12 volt's. Search the forum for more info on this as well.

- An accurate tire pressure gauge is always handy...don't want to pop any tires during your trip due to under inflation. I think TPMS is standard on trailers these days, but i'm not positive of that.

- We use the EZ flush brand of RV sewer hose with the 18mil spec. This is a pretty thick hose compared to the flimsy one that was supplied in our camper hatch. I bought this at a campground after finding out just how flimsy the original brown one was that came with the camper. I fully agree with ghrodes50 about the "doughnut"...definite must have. If you want to store the sewer hose and accessories outside of any of your storage the forum for people that have purchased a 5" or 6" vinyl fence corner post and have mounted that under the frame for carrying such items. Best thing I ever did...I didn't like the idea of having that hose and all it's parts carried in the same hatch as my water hoses and other supplies. (example - ) But maybe you're one of the lucky ones and have that already built in to your rear bumper. more thing...I bought a 45 degree clear connector that goes between my drain valve and my hose connector...that way I can see when the black tank is absolutely clean when I'm winterizing or getting ready to store it. Last thing I want is any "left overs" sitting in the tank all winter long. Don't forget the disposable sanitary gloves and hand wipes for cleaning up after the fact. Just good hygiene goes a long way in my book.

These are just a few things that we've found helpful during our trips and that I have first hand experience with for the last 4 years or more. I hope that helps get you started.

Where we've been:

2000 Rockwood Roo M-18 Hybrid
2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Auto 5.9 Diesel
Gone but not forgotten -1986 Rockwood 1003 PUP
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Old 05-07-2011, 07:40 AM   #4
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to the forum and congratulations on the camper!

Glenn & Beth (Dad & Mom)
David & Audra (16 year old twins)
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2006 Rockwood 8281SS (Home away from Home)
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Old 05-07-2011, 07:48 AM   #5
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to the forum and congratulations on the camper!
X2!! Enjoy!
Tom and Margaret
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Old 05-07-2011, 12:25 PM   #6
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Congrats and welcome! In addition to all the listed items previously posted I would add:
1- awning tie downs and deflappers they really help when the wind gusts unexpectedly.
2- shades for the ceiling vents and doors, they really block out light and heat.
Enjoy camping!
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