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Old 07-27-2013, 12:39 PM   #15
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we are new to RVing, just purchased Grand Design 369RL 5th wheel , we don't plan on full timing in it but do plan a lot of extended vacations, we've been buying a lot new things for it as the DW does not want to be packing things back and forth from the house, my question is what are the things I should not leave home without, what things should I include to just make things easier

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Smart DW, house and the rig should stand on their own, no moving "stuff" back an forth and being exhausted, before you start your vacations. What the "man of the house" needs depends on how "handy" you are and "how hard" you want to work on the road. So either bring lots of tools or buy road service and bring two charge cards.
Our record for leaving on vacations, from hook-up to departure (we were young then and vacations were short) was 18 minutes.


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Set it up pretty much like the house. Linens, dishes, flatware, manual can opener, bottle opener etc. Lawn chairs, patio rug, and such outdoors.

Basically you want to only add food and clothes to go camping and not bother schlepping between the RV and house.


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Old 07-27-2013, 04:47 PM   #17
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Do not forget medicine !!! We did once and had to beg to get insurance to refill my hubby's insulin
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If you don't have electric stabilizer jacks, a good 18v cordless drill, socket extension & socket that fits the hex head drive screw on the jacks...
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Love the lists. Ditto to all that has been said. We love:
* Sunscreen that slides into your awning - it is WONDERFUL.
* The mentioned power surge that opens if over or under power: GET ONE - essential!!!
* Chock blocks that ratchet between wheels - love them.

Mostly, the first few trips you make you will make many lists and then you will be ready for a longer trip. We camped about 20 miles from our stick house a few times and each time the lists were long but once we got organized we didn't add much along the way.
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Thanks for all the great ideas, have many of them already, will be sure to pick up the surge protector
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all good ideas but the very thing we have bought after 7 years -

Lafuma chairs and the propane camp fire at camping world- remember when you get some place its about relaxing - a great chair, cold beer, good bottle of wine and a camp fire thats does not stink -and a opus opus x cigar
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We just got a 2013 Jayco Pinnacle and I'm ordering a Smart Surge plug from Progressive for hook-up service. Will this protect equipment if you are on generator power or do you have to put seperate surge protectors in for the equirpment you are trying to protect?

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