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Old 11-18-2014, 10:13 PM   #1
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Hi, I am new here. We have a 30 ft. Passport travel trailer. My husband and I have two kids and usually travel with our golden retriever. This was our third summer with out travel trailer and we are loving it.

My husband is a super practical guy though, never really wants anything, hates presents that are just "stuff", so I thought finding him something cool and useful for the RV would be great.

So, can you all give me your favorite or most useful RV gadget or accessory? Something you love and don't want to give up? I am open to anything, and may make it a joint present with parents and inlaws if it is pricey enough - so through out your favorites. Bonus would be if you think it can be used or would be useful if we get a fifth wheel. We are considering getting a larger rig in the next few years but its not definite, and right now our Passport with the bunkhouse is great.


Thanks!
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Old 11-18-2014, 10:26 PM   #2
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Get him a portable propane campfire, we got ours at Lowes for $99, you can buy some fancier ones like camp fire in a can for around $300...Ours works great and gives off plenty of heat. It's really nice to have when you want to have a campfire where they don't allow wood fires, or you want a quick campfire without all the smoke. Not knowing what you already have makes it hard to guess what he may want or need.
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Old 11-18-2014, 10:36 PM   #3
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Hi, I am new here. We have a 30 ft. Passport travel trailer. My husband and I have two kids and usually travel with our golden retriever. This was our third summer with out travel trailer and we are loving it.

My husband is a super practical guy though, never really wants anything, hates presents that are just "stuff", so I thought finding him something cool and useful for the RV would be great.

So, can you all give me your favorite or most useful RV gadget or accessory? Something you love and don't want to give up? I am open to anything, and may make it a joint present with parents and inlaws if it is pricey enough - so through out your favorites. Bonus would be if you think it can be used or would be useful if we get a fifth wheel. We are considering getting a larger rig in the next few years but its not definite, and right now our Passport with the bunkhouse is great.


Thanks!
I was just telling a new friend in a brand new RV Club (that I joined tonight) how cool the following roadside assistance device is. They are sold on Amazon for about $50 plus $25 shipping. It is called an EZ Jack Wheel Chock. It is a device that allows you to roll your tandem axle (5th wheel or other tandem axle vehicle) up onto a ramp-like device, in order to suspend the other axle in the air for changing a flat tire. I used mine and it worked like a charm for the very first flat I had. Saves TONS of time and effort required by the traditional jack. Any guy would love one of these. I know this may not apply to your situation right now, but if you get a tandem axle 5th wheel, it would make a great present. They work fantastic. Another great gift, also sold on Amazon, would be a PowerStation PSX-2 Rugged Hi-Power 1000 Peak Amp Hi-Current EHP Battery Jumpstarter with Hi-Volume Air Compressor, LED Worklight & 12V DC Power Source. Fantastic device as an alternate power source, built in air compressor for airing up tires, etc. Good luck.
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Get him a satellite TV set up so he won't miss his favorite sporting events.

Camping World has a deal with Dish Network for a pay as you go so you can pay on a monthly basis if you don't want to use it all of the time. If you get the portable Tailgater Dish you can move it from place to place, trailer to trailer without any other expense.

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Screen Room (attach to awning or freestanding). Extends the floorspace of the RV and keeps the rain and bugs out.

Dish For My RV, pay-as-you-go (Tailgater portable dish and ViP-211 receiver) and a 1Tb external hard drive to enable DVR functionality...shop around for prices to get the best deal. Does not have to be purchased from anyone in particular. But a package could be the best price.
No installation on the RV and can be carried to the house or to a new RV.

Best luck and happy holidays.
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Consider buying him an wheel alignment for the trailer. Tires will last longer, doesn't talk up space on the shelf either.
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Get him a portable propane campfire, we got ours at Lowes for $99, you can buy some fancier ones like camp fire in a can for around $300...Ours works great and gives off plenty of heat. It's really nice to have when you want to have a campfire where they don't allow wood fires, or you want a quick campfire without all the smoke. Not knowing what you already have makes it hard to guess what he may want or need.
Thanks. We don't have much except the necessities, so this is a great idea!
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I was just telling a new friend in a brand new RV Club (that I joined tonight) how cool the following roadside assistance device is. They are sold on Amazon for about $50 plus $25 shipping. It is called an EZ Jack Wheel Chock. It is a device that allows you to roll your tandem axle (5th wheel or other tandem axle vehicle) up onto a ramp-like device, in order to suspend the other axle in the air for changing a flat tire. I used mine and it worked like a charm for the very first flat I had. Saves TONS of time and effort required by the traditional jack. Any guy would love one of these. I know this may not apply to your situation right now, but if you get a tandem axle 5th wheel, it would make a great present. They work fantastic. Another great gift, also sold on Amazon, would be a PowerStation PSX-2 Rugged Hi-Power 1000 Peak Amp Hi-Current EHP Battery Jumpstarter with Hi-Volume Air Compressor, LED Worklight & 12V DC Power Source. Fantastic device as an alternate power source, built in air compressor for airing up tires, etc. Good luck.

Thanks, those are some great ideas!
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Screen Room (attach to awning or freestanding). Extends the floorspace of the RV and keeps the rain and bugs out.

Dish For My RV, pay-as-you-go (Tailgater portable dish and ViP-211 receiver) and a 1Tb external hard drive to enable DVR functionality...shop around for prices to get the best deal. Does not have to be purchased from anyone in particular. But a package could be the best price.
No installation on the RV and can be carried to the house or to a new RV.

Best luck and happy holidays.
Is there a screen room you like the best? I had looked at those and to be honest, was sort of struggling to figure out if they actually worked.
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Consider buying him an wheel alignment for the trailer. Tires will last longer, doesn't talk up space on the shelf either.

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By far, the best and most useful thing I ever purchased for our TT was an electric tongue jack. Unfortunately, it cannot be used for a 5'er if, and when, you go in that direction. But the jack makes hooking and unhooking the trailer child's play.

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Is there a screen room you like the best? I had looked at those and to be honest, was sort of struggling to figure out if they actually worked.
Yes, they work. We had the kind of screen room with no floor and used a piece of astro-turf to cover the ground inside the screen room.

The screen room was on an old TT. I came with the TT, so don't know the name/brand.

Our current RV (Class A) has an awning that is too high for the normal screen rooms, so we now go without and miss it.

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