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Old 07-14-2012, 09:45 AM   #1
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Newbies and oldies, things nobody told me.

Thought as a newbie I would start this thread. The idea for this thread is simple. There are ALOT of things to learn, do, discover etc when you are new. So even if it's the simplest thing that you never think twice about but everybody needs to know, post it! I'm brand new and currently on our 4th trip out with our new TT. Here are are a few of mine and I'm sure I'll be adding more:
Water regulator, had no idea I needed one.
Wood blocks/boards for leveling
Extra water hose for no sot do well laid out campground.
Chocks
There are many more to add. If the thread takes off I will be adding more. Happy trails.
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Don't forget a water filter as some CG water is pretty bad.
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Old 07-14-2012, 09:58 AM   #3
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Some debate if you need one, but I support getting a surge protector AT A MINIMUM to protect your electronics from electrical surges.
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Old 07-14-2012, 10:00 AM   #4
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I also put some level indicators on the front to help me leveling. One on very front for left and right and one on front side for front to back leveling.
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There is a neat app I have for my phone "RV check list" it has lots of good stuff on there and if you want you can add or take away things from it. I like it.
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Old 07-14-2012, 12:38 PM   #6
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Good info already. There is also a level app for iPhone. Don't know how effective it would be considering how small phone is but better than nothing I guess. Great input folks, let's keep it going!
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Old 07-14-2012, 12:50 PM   #7
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Just prior to leaving on a trip, dump a pail of hot water, Laundry soap for 1 laundry load and fabric conditioner (or water softner) into the black water tank (via the toilet). Cleans the tank while you drive and smells good during the entire trip.
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It's things like that I'm talking about! Being as new as I am I would never have thought to do that.
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Old 07-14-2012, 01:02 PM   #9
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Here is a check list I made to check before leaving out and also after parking.

Trailer check list

Fuses
Lp
Counters clear
Doors closed
Steps
Slides
Awnings
Stabilizers
Tongue jack
Sway bars
Load spreaders
Plug in
Chains
Tires
Doors locked
Panels locked
Hot water heater off
All lights off
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Talking Phone App

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There is a neat app I have for my phone "RV check list" it has lots of good stuff on there and if you want you can add or take away things from it. I like it.
Good idea, what is the name of the app and is it for Android?
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Good idea, what is the name of the app and is it for Android?
My bad! Maybe if I learn how to read I wouldn't have to ask a stupid question. Thanks for that insight. Both Android and iPhone have the app.
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And once you pack everything you'll possibly need, you get to start weeding out all the unnecessary clutter.
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Velcro - as noted elsewhere. Strips applied to drawer edges and cabinet keeps rebellious drawers from opening during travel. Another trailer owner uses it to keep bedroom door from swinging open (or closed) while traveling. I use velcro dots to keep the Sirius antenna in place on the dash - (I know most people put the antenna to the exterior but, it works just fine on the dash.)

Blue painters tape. Works as well as the original duct tape, and masking tape but leaves no residue.

We keep plenty of AA and AAA batteries on hand -- you never know....

Goop and/or superglue. Again, you just never know.

Supply of appropriate fuses, light bulbs, spool of wiring wire.

We also have some 3-ring notebooks. One to keep all of the manuals, instruction sheets, etc that apply to the rig, another to keep track of every receipt and invoice for maintenance and upgrades to the coach, and one to keep track of all of the maps, campground information where we've stayed and those expenses. These travel with us, too.

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Add to that check list: vents closed, antenna down, and water pump off.
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