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Old 05-08-2019, 12:31 PM   #1
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"Must Haves" with a new purchase

What are some "must have" items you have found you needed after you purchased your Class A? Things that weren't exactly obvious. (not plates and silverware etc.) We are looking at an Aria 3901 as our first MH.
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Accessibility with the slides in. Many things get covered up when the slides are in. Can you get to the things you need when the rig is going down the road. I saw one where the bathroom and the fridge were blocked -- NO!
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Accessibility with the slides in. Many things get covered up when the slides are in. Can you get to the things you need when the rig is going down the road. I saw one where the bathroom and the fridge were blocked -- NO!
Yup, have seen those as well as the sink,cooktop/oven blocked. and coaches with opposing front slides where when closed up for traveling you had to crawl over sofa's to traverse the coach.. and the next set of slides blocked the bathroom and bedroom .. unless you were REALLY SKINNY.. SINGLE Living Room Slide for us..can (& do ) use the coach many times with the slide retracted if just an overnight stop.. only thing blocked is the Crystal & China Hutch...paper plates work just as well..
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RV sewer hoses, A fresh water drinking water hose, a pressure regulator for the hose, a 50 to 30 amp electrical connector/adapter, coax cable for the cable TV antenna connection, disposable gloves for when dealing with the sewer connections, extra keys for the doors and baggage compartment, external hose and nozzle to clean the RV and TOAD, water bucket, basic tool kit, tire gauge that will work on the RV and a compressor to inflate the tires. Some of these things may come with the coach. I have never received a sewer hose with a coach that I would actually use they have all been very cheap, RV toilet paper. A lot of these thing are available at Walmart in the RV department. The external water filter that fits on your fresh water hose is also a good idea. Some 115 inside extension cords and a outside extension cord too, lawn chairs, Plastic storage bins that will fit in the basement make storage a lot easier.
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A legal pad and a dozen pens. As you find stuff that you forgot write it down. Even after a lot summers I still come home after every outing with a list. Normally includes a few more items that need attention than to include for the next time out.
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My next purchase would have a side radiator as a must have. Current rear radiator is a PITA to do some stuff on. Really like current layout but wish it had side radiator.
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My next purchase would have a side radiator as a must have. Current rear radiator is a PITA to do some stuff on. Really like current layout but wish it had side radiator.
What type of maintenance do you need to do that the radiator is in the way?
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A TPMS system, hand sanitizer/towels for the wet bay, a collapsible ladder for other-than-roof access, a set of FRS walkie-talkies for communications with your spotter while backing, an Oxygenics shower head, a good GPS, a good road atlas, and, most important of all...a big ol' grin!

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This is a hard question to answer, sort of like what do I need to buy for a furnished apartment, except in this case one with a vehicle chassis under it. Pots, pans, can opener, sewer hose, fresh and flush water hoses, some tools (varies on how handy you are), etc. may seem obvious, though without knowing your background I would hate to assume. I like to have a set of disposable coveralls around in case I have to crawl under the coach to fix something on the side of a road. Then there is all that household stuff, finger nail clippers, first aid kit, ...


My best advice is once you buy it find a state park near a 24 hour Wal-Mart and go camping for a weekend, when you find something you are missing, go buy it.
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What type of maintenance do you need to do that the radiator is in the way?
Access to the accessory drive belts and the accessories. Access to the face of the engine. Wish I had side radiator, but a side radiator takes away a side compartment, so it's a give and take.
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Really like my door midship and the access to the salon rather than the cockpit and the big side window and forward seating that affords my copilot. Really like being pre-DEF. Really like my side opening compartment doors. Gotta have air ride, end of discussion.
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Really like my door midship and the access to the salon rather than the cockpit and the big side window and forward seating that affords my copilot. Really like being pre-DEF. Really like my side opening compartment doors. Gotta have air ride, end of discussion.

Why pre-DEF? My understanding the DEF helps keep the "diesel smell" to a minimum and if you have a TOAD you don't get a bunch of soot on it.
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Because those DEF systems can cost thousands of dollars to repair when they fail
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I'm a carry the spares kind of person. So I have a complete set of spare filters, belt, etc. I carry fuses, and electrical test equipment. I have spare air couplings and some spare air hose of the sizes my rig uses. We're away from "home" 6 months at a time so spares make me feel more confident.

Maybe the most unique spare that I always keep is a toilet rebuild kit. I've rebuilt the toilet twice now. It has a tendency to snap off the piece that opens the ball valve rendering the toilet inoperable. I can put the kit in in about a half hour.

When something breaks I usually buy 2. 1 to fix and 1 for spare. I don't suppose I really need a spare capacitor for the heat pumps since I have 3 and seldom use them all at once, but after one went bad, I now have a spare.
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