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Old 05-04-2016, 07:27 AM   #1
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Newbie wonders "What to add?"

We pick up our first coach in two weeks, just getting it ready now.
Our past two years we had a tag along.

I have this HUGE list it seems, of stuff to add. Am I right? $$$$?
Surge protector - built in?
Rv air pump
Rv ladder
Tpms?
I have a current Garmin GPS. We're heading west this summer, long trip. do I reall need an RV GPS?
Anything else I missed?

Thanks in advance

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Old 05-04-2016, 07:47 AM   #2
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Definitely get the TPMS, I had new tires installed prior to our trip to AK and the TPMS caught 2 leaks in a matter of weeks. The coach doesn't move until the TPMS is on and tires check out OK.

Surge protector, I only added mine after a lightening strike took out the EMS circuit board. Last trip we took I caught a polarity problem and low voltage. Definitely a good investment.

The RV Garmin 760 does provide you with routing based on size/weight/length of your rig. Don't know how old your current GPS is but the new features are far superior to my older Garmins.

One tool that I have and use on a trip is a infrared thermo gun, I bought a cheap one at Harbor Freight. I check wheel hub temps on the coach and toad to look for problems with bearings and brakes. Check tire temps also but newer TPMS has that capability.

For safety I'd buy an extra fire extinguisher. I also have an automatic fire extinguisher mounted behind the refrigerator, I still have the original Norcold, it's had the recalls but still have to be cautious.
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Old 05-04-2016, 09:15 AM   #3
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Definitely get the surge protector, and whatever else you can afford to make life more comfortable.

Check to see how your coach is equipped for handling. Do you have good anti-sway bars and track bars? Based on your driving experience with your coach would a Safe-T-Steer or similar device make for a more comfortable drive? (if a F-53 chassis chedck out the threads on CHF)

On the low cost scale, if your coach does not have automatic levelers, pick up a electronic leveling aid. Much better than trying to read the bubbles!

Robot Check

What is the age of your coach? If a used model, check the date code on your tires and replace at that magic 7 year point regardless of mileage.

Definitely get the RV GPS. It will keep you out of trouble. We got ours, then traveled with both it and a standard car GPS running at the same time, and it does route you in a different manner especially if you are pulling a toad. It will keep you off difficult roads...but be prepared that it will usually chose interstates over US highways etc.

Be sure to weigh your coach...the manufacturers tend to not allow much room in the GAWR for your personal belongings. Try to get weight for each wheel vice just each axle...you may be surprised by the results. Very necessary for proper tire inflation as I am sure you know.

Don't forget the wheel/tire covers to prevent UV deterioration.

The list goes on...

Safe travels!
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Old 05-04-2016, 09:39 AM   #4
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TPMS and surge guard for sure. My surge guard is the portable one. I keep it locked in my compartment and use a extension cord to the power source.
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Old 05-04-2016, 09:50 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Jauntytime View Post
We pick up our first coach in two weeks, just getting it ready now.
Our past two years we had a tag along.

I have this HUGE list it seems, of stuff to add. Am I right? $$$$?
Surge protector - built in? Be sure it's from Progressive Industries and is the full EMS type that will protect against low and high voltage!
Rv air pump
Rv ladder
Tpms? Absolutely!
I have a current Garmin GPS. We're heading west this summer, long trip. do I reall need an RV GPS? I would!
Anything else I missed?

Tire covers
Good pressure regulator w/gauge
Weather radio or NOAA app


Thanks in advance

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Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 05-04-2016, 10:31 AM   #6
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Hmmmm. I bought a new Bounder. I've been planning for a while. I am retiring next year and going full time
so you may/or may not need all the below.
Here is my list of things to add/upgrade when I bought it (some already done):

Rhinoflex Sewer hose + 10' Extension
TST 507 TPMS w/ 10 transmitters
X4 5 Star Tune
Blue Ox Avail
Blue Ox Baseplate
Blue Ox Wiring Harness BX8869
Umbilical cord 7-6 Male-Male
6 Pole Round Vehicle Connector
Roadmaster 10" drop hitch
3x StowAway Hitch Tightener
Roadmaster Reflex RSSA and RBK9
Weber Q grill and stand
Zero Gravity chair
Viair 40047 compressor
2x 360 Siphon RV fume extractor
303 Aerospace protectant
Camco 59123 propane brass T
Reflectix 48" bubble pack
Rubber multi mat - for basement
Fantastic fan endless breeze
Water bandit
Command medium hooks
Executioner fly swatter
Slime tire repair kit
Vacuflush maintenance kit
insect screens for heater and furnace
Oxygenics shower head
ME-AGS-N
ME-ARC50
ME-BMK/Trimetric 2030 w/shunt
Macmotion recliner chair (remove L sofa)
Camco 11691 Water Heater Tank Rinser
Camco 22505 90 Degree Hose Elbow
Prepworks by Progressive by Progressive Collapsible Over-The-Sink Dish Drainer
BAFX Products 34t5 Bluetooth OBDII Scan Tool for Android Devices
Emerson 70-111224 12V 80 Amp DC Power Solenoid
Lincoln 1162 Air Operated Grease Gun
S.Solutions 814 Add-A-Drawer Kit
DINNER PLATE CRADLE
AP Products 004-231 RV Trailer Camper Storage Wrap Rack
Ruggids RV Step Rug 23" All Weather Universal Fit RV Rug (Black)
Portable Water Softener
P3 P0550 Water Meter
Camco 44531 Adjustable Stabilizer


Solar:
Morningstar MPPT-60
4x(5?6?) 160 watt mono solar panels w/ tilt mounts
Combiner box, bus bars and misc items
Disaster fuses and holders
40' 00 wire
Midwest industries AC disconnect


I do have a bunch of items from a prior RV too.
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Old 05-04-2016, 03:30 PM   #7
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Hmmmm. I bought a new Bounder. I've been planning for a while. I am retiring next year and going full time
so you may/or may not need all the below.
Here is my list of things to add/upgrade when I bought it (some already done):

Rhinoflex Sewer hose + 10' Extension
TST 507 TPMS w/ 10 transmitters
X4 5 Star Tune
Blue Ox Avail
Blue Ox Baseplate
Blue Ox Wiring Harness BX8869
Umbilical cord 7-6 Male-Male
6 Pole Round Vehicle Connector
Roadmaster 10" drop hitch
3x StowAway Hitch Tightener
Roadmaster Reflex RSSA and RBK9
Weber Q grill and stand
Zero Gravity chair
Viair 40047 compressor
2x 360 Siphon RV fume extractor
303 Aerospace protectant
Camco 59123 propane brass T
Reflectix 48" bubble pack
Rubber multi mat - for basement
Fantastic fan endless breeze
Water bandit
Command medium hooks
Executioner fly swatter
Slime tire repair kit
Vacuflush maintenance kit
insect screens for heater and furnace
Oxygenics shower head
ME-AGS-N
ME-ARC50
ME-BMK/Trimetric 2030 w/shunt
Macmotion recliner chair (remove L sofa)
Camco 11691 Water Heater Tank Rinser
Camco 22505 90 Degree Hose Elbow
Prepworks by Progressive by Progressive Collapsible Over-The-Sink Dish Drainer
BAFX Products 34t5 Bluetooth OBDII Scan Tool for Android Devices
Emerson 70-111224 12V 80 Amp DC Power Solenoid
Lincoln 1162 Air Operated Grease Gun
S.Solutions 814 Add-A-Drawer Kit
DINNER PLATE CRADLE
AP Products 004-231 RV Trailer Camper Storage Wrap Rack
Ruggids RV Step Rug 23" All Weather Universal Fit RV Rug (Black)
Portable Water Softener
P3 P0550 Water Meter
Camco 44531 Adjustable Stabilizer


Solar:
Morningstar MPPT-60
4x(5?6?) 160 watt mono solar panels w/ tilt mounts
Combiner box, bus bars and misc items
Disaster fuses and holders
40' 00 wire
Midwest industries AC disconnect


I do have a bunch of items from a prior RV too.
You better get busy!
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Old 05-04-2016, 06:37 PM   #8
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Thanks all, on the run now!
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Old 05-04-2016, 06:56 PM   #9
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Hmmmm. I bought a new Bounder. I've been planning for a while. I am retiring next year and going full time

so you may/or may not need all the below.

Here is my list of things to add/upgrade when I bought it (some already done):



Rhinoflex Sewer hose + 10' Extension

TST 507 TPMS w/ 10 transmitters

X4 5 Star Tune

Blue Ox Avail

Blue Ox Baseplate

Blue Ox Wiring Harness BX8869

Umbilical cord 7-6 Male-Male

6 Pole Round Vehicle Connector

Roadmaster 10" drop hitch

3x StowAway Hitch Tightener

Roadmaster Reflex RSSA and RBK9

Weber Q grill and stand

Zero Gravity chair

Viair 40047 compressor

2x 360 Siphon RV fume extractor

303 Aerospace protectant

Camco 59123 propane brass T

Reflectix 48" bubble pack

Rubber multi mat - for basement

Fantastic fan endless breeze

Water bandit

Command medium hooks

Executioner fly swatter

Slime tire repair kit

Vacuflush maintenance kit

insect screens for heater and furnace

Oxygenics shower head

ME-AGS-N

ME-ARC50

ME-BMK/Trimetric 2030 w/shunt

Macmotion recliner chair (remove L sofa)

Camco 11691 Water Heater Tank Rinser

Camco 22505 90 Degree Hose Elbow

Prepworks by Progressive by Progressive Collapsible Over-The-Sink Dish Drainer

BAFX Products 34t5 Bluetooth OBDII Scan Tool for Android Devices

Emerson 70-111224 12V 80 Amp DC Power Solenoid

Lincoln 1162 Air Operated Grease Gun

S.Solutions 814 Add-A-Drawer Kit

DINNER PLATE CRADLE

AP Products 004-231 RV Trailer Camper Storage Wrap Rack

Ruggids RV Step Rug 23" All Weather Universal Fit RV Rug (Black)

Portable Water Softener

P3 P0550 Water Meter

Camco 44531 Adjustable Stabilizer





Solar:

Morningstar MPPT-60

4x(5?6?) 160 watt mono solar panels w/ tilt mounts

Combiner box, bus bars and misc items

Disaster fuses and holders

40' 00 wire

Midwest industries AC disconnect





I do have a bunch of items from a prior RV too.

Good thing about your list, you will be ready to tell the insurance company everything you have if the need ever arises... Nice.. Makes me want to make a list. Just saying 😊


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Add a digital multi-meter for testing voltage AC & DC, conductance of wires & cables, good or bad fuses, ETC. I have had a $65.00 unit, but more times I use one that Harbor Freight sells for $6.00 or free with another purchase. I have 12 because I teach a class on electrical systems for RVs. On the high voltage scale, they only vary 0.01 volts. I don't need any meter more accurate than that.
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