Originally Posted by JenellJ
Give me some suggestions on what I need to buy to make life easier: water, sewer connections, etc. I would appreciate any help. Thank you.
Experience is the best teacher, so I'm sure you'll learn as you go. But perhaps to save you some headaches, here's some of what I have in mine:
1. Water pressure reducer. Some water sources have way too much water pressure for the plumbing in an RV trailer to handle. Here's one with a gauge. Without the gauge is about $10.
Camco RV Water Pressure Regulator w/ Gauge - Brass Camco Plumbing CAM40064
2. A 30-amp extension cord. If you always park in a campground with full hook-ups, you may not need this. But if like me you sometimes park on your kid's driveway and have to run a long extension cord to the nearest available place to plug into electricity, then it's nice to have a 30-amp extension cord with you. The cord on your trailer is probably 20 or 25 or 30 feet long. I haul an additional 20-foot 30-amp extension cord - just in case. Yeah, a 30-amp cord is a heavy rascal, but I won't leave home without it.
Arcon Temporary RV Power Cord Extension - 110V - 30 Amps - 25' Long Arcon Wiring AR14248
2a. I also haul a 50-foot or 100-foot ordinary 15-amp extension cord. You can't run the AC with that, but you can run a fan and maintain the charge in the RV battery if you're parked so far from a 30-amp source that your heavy extension cords won't reach the source.
3. One or two extra 20' or 25' RV water hoses. You can buy these in the RV section of Wal-Mart. Ordinary garden hoses will add odor to your fresh water, so use the special (more expensive) RV water hoses only.
Camco Premium RV Drinking Water Hose - 5/8" Inner Diameter - 25' Long Camco Plumbing CAM22833
4. One or two extra 10' or 20' sewer hoses.
Revolution RV Sewer Hose Extension w/ Swivel Bayonet and Lug Fittings - Brown - 10' Long Camco Plumbing CAM39623
5. Conversion pigtails to plug my 30-amp RV cord into a 50-amp receptacle or a 15-amp receptacle. Plus others to plug my 15-amp extension cord into a 30-amp receptacle.
Arcon RV Power Cord Adapter - 110V - 30 Amp Female to 15 Amp Male - 9" Long Arcon Wiring AR14245
6. A flat on a trailer is bad news. So be a good scout and be prepared. You need a heavy-duty hydraulic jack that can easily lift the trailer. Plus you need a jack base in case you have to change a trailer tire in a muddy ditch. My jack base is usually a 2'x2' or larger piece of plywood, at least 1/2" thick and preferably 5/8th or 19/32nds thick.
6a. Practice changing a trailer tire at home. Jack up the "flat" tire and remove it, mount the "spare" tire, then put the flat tire on the spare carrier. Then be sure the jack, base, lug wrench, and everything you used to change the tire is put into either the tow vehicle or trailer.
7. Toilet (black water) chemicals. Available at Wal-Mart.
8. Wheel chocks. Mine are the kind that fit between the tandem tires. Measure the distance between the tires and order the correct chocks for your setup. Here's mine:
Ultra-Fab Chock and Lock Wheel Stabilizers for Tandem-Axle Trailers and RVs - Qty 2 Ultra-Fab Products Camper Jack UF21-001070
9. Leveling blocks. You must be sure the trailer is level side to side when parked. You can do that with lumber under the low-side tires, but it's much easier to use special blocks made for this job. One set of 10 is sometimes not enough, so I haul two sets of 10.
Ultra-Fab Leveling Blocks for Trailers and RVs - 8-1/4" Wide x 8-1/4" Long - Qty 10 Ultra-Fab Products Camper Jack UF48-979051
Level the trailer side to side first, then use the tongue jack to level it front to rear. Then set the stabilizer jacks.
10. 4' carpenter's level. Use a 4' carpenter's level to level the floor of the trailer side to side and front to rear. Shorter levels are not as accurate. I keep my 4' level in the basement of the trailer and use it every time we park the trailer. Eyeballs don't work nearly as well as a good ole carpenter's level. Cheap but functional levels are available for $10 for so, but I like nice tools so this is mine:
48 in. Aluminum Box Level-981-41-48H - The Home Depot