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Old 04-04-2013, 03:19 PM   #1
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Just bought a 2005 40' Tiffin phaeton. What are some of the most haves to store in the basement? Ladder, hoses, tools?

What are must have items in a class A 40'

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Welcome to IRV2. You'll get some great advice on that subject. I carry everything I think I'll need and then some as long as I don't exceed by weight limitations.


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Old 04-04-2013, 03:46 PM   #3
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Welcome to the site! You will no doubt get many great answers here...a checkbook is a must and many of us thought we had all the must have stuff several items ago :-)
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:47 PM   #4
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If your are talking diesel then a side radiator and slide out generator!

I just had two situations where having these items saved me hundreds in repair costs.
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Most 40' Motorhomes will have them all or a place for them - like stackable washer / dryers. Still - the length isn't the determinant for must haves. That would be the DW.
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:19 PM   #7
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Welcome to iRV2.....we have some really smart people here. X3 on the wife and the checkbook. Wishing you many happy trails....

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Old 04-04-2013, 05:35 PM   #9
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Extra hose for those times when the first is not quite enough. Electrical adapters from 50A to 30A and to 20A plugs. Extension cord.

Don't take all your tools. Get a nice tool box and take some of the tools. A nice assortment of wrenches, screw drivers pliers, etc. Perhaps a battery operated drill.
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Like they have said. #1 check book or credit-debit card. #2 some tools. #3 cellphone.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:03 PM   #11
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A case of Molson Ice depending on how long your weekends are.

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Old 04-05-2013, 02:10 PM   #12
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For me

The things that I make sure I have:
6ft folding ladder
full size push broom
small tool kit/case
Funnel for oil
Funnel to trans fluid
batt power drill/screwdriver
extra fluids, 1qt of each.
caulk, outside and interior
and of course, the cell phone, the checkbook/debit card.
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Welcome to IRV2

A lot of good suggestions already.

The first thing I would buy is a good electrical surge guard to protect the coach from faulty electrical hookups.

Second would be a water pressure gauge and filter system for control and filtering the water before it gets to the coach.

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Old 04-05-2013, 04:23 PM   #14
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Well here is an incomplete list, but what we travel with today.

-Extra serpentine belt for the engine
-Spare Fuel, Oil and Water filters
-Spare fan belt for the generator
-Spare generator oil drain plug
-Spare generator fuel line assembly
-Gorilla tape, duct tape, electrical tape
-12 volt fuse kit
-Large oil filter wrench for the main engine
-Small oil filter wrench for the generator
-Replacement bulbs for all 12 volt interior and exterior lighting
-Replacement clearance light lenses (amber and red)
-Engine Oil
-Transmission Fluid
-SCA's for coolant (yours may not require)
-Distilled water
-Boeshield T-9 anti-corrosion/lubricant for all of its great uses
-Optilube Summer Blend Diesel fuel treatment for enhancing the lubricity of ULSD (may not be required for your rig, mine is an old rig)
-Valvtect Microbiocide diesel fuel treatment
-303 Aerospace vinyl, leather and rubber treatment for tires, wipers, leather and vinyl surfaces
-Complete tool kit (sockets, crescent wrench, screw drivers etc.)
-Sears portable 150 PSI compressor for topping off tires with Milton truck chuck head.
-Milton Truck Chuck Air gauge

Hope this helps and enjoy the road!

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