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Old 04-22-2012, 09:03 PM   #1
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Newbies- suggestions welcomed!!!

Hi all! My family and I just purchased our first TT- a 2013 eclipse evolution 26fbs - being built as I type this!!! We just booked our first trip for early June (CA central coast - we live in Sacramento) and I'm trying to make a list for the "must haves" for our maiden voyage. I've scoured the site and have a pretty lengthy list in the works based on previous threads - but I'd love to hear what everyone else suggests for the first trip! Things other than the basics that i may have missed or overlooked. Thanks a bunch ;-)
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:14 PM   #2
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Bring a notebook to jot down all the "issues" u find while breaking it in. Also, grab a "camping log" notebook from camping world and track all your trips. It will be pretty cool to look back on.
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:28 PM   #3
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Bring a notebook to jot down all the "issues" u find while breaking it in. Also, grab a "camping log" notebook from camping world and track all your trips. It will be pretty cool to look back on.
Great suggestion! Thanks I'll have to look into this camping log! I'm looking for a way to map our CA trips in detail as well as our state trips - hoping to keep this in our trailer as a reminder of great memories and avconversation piece for friends!
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Welcome aboard and congrats on your new rig. Make sure they provide "Good" american made tires with your rig. Learn and unsderstand tire pressure and loading. Tires are the weak link and will cause lots of damage when they blow out. Also, a good tire presure/temp monitoring system is a good idea. ST trailer tires have speed retrictions.
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As your first trip you might want to camp in your driveway for the night. This gives you real world use of everything so you understand how appliances and things work. Plus if something is amiss you can bail out and go in the house until you get it fixed. Far better than a hundred miles from home.
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Thanks for the tire tip! We're getting the "upgraded wheels" but good idea to keep an eye on em!
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As your first trip you might want to camp in your driveway for the night. This gives you real world use of everything so you understand how appliances and things work. Plus if something is amiss you can bail out and go in the house until you get it fixed. Far better than a hundred miles from home.
We were thinking of "camping out" in front of the house but our pop out might block the street. Maybe we park backwards and pop out over the lawn instead of the street??
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Try as you will, but you will never be able to get everything you need before the first trip. :-) We really thought we had it all, but brought a notepad just in case. When we left the list was 20+ items long, maostly wants but still a couple of needs. Its easy to get major required items hoses, sewer lines, leveling blocks, etc...its the little things you forget. In our case we needed Rubber Gloves, for that little extra protection while dumping the tanks :-)

We live in Central CA but bought our TT in Northern CA. We wanted to spend a couple of nights close to dealer in case any warranty issues came up that didn't get caught with the PDI. We stayed in Jackson at the casino's full hookup campground. It is was a very nice place to spend a couple of nights putting our TT through the paces. Its close to Sacramento and in Jackson there are a couple of big box stores to pick items you may realize you need -- rubber gloves in our case. So if Camp Driveway doesn't work out for you, Jackson is close by and its a nice location up in the Mts.
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Sounds like you have it under control...wishing you all the best.
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Try as you will, but you will never be able to get everything you need before the first trip. :-) We really thought we had it all, but brought a notepad just in case. When we left the list was 20+ items long, maostly wants but still a couple of needs. Its easy to get major required items hoses, sewer lines, leveling blocks, etc...its the little things you forget. In our case we needed Rubber Gloves, for that little extra protection while dumping the tanks :-)

We live in Central CA but bought our TT in Northern CA. We wanted to spend a couple of nights close to dealer in case any warranty issues came up that didn't get caught with the PDI. We stayed in Jackson at the casino's full hookup campground. It is was a very nice place to spend a couple of nights putting our TT through the paces. Its close to Sacramento and in Jackson there are a couple of big box stores to pick items you may realize you need -- rubber gloves in our case. So if Camp Driveway doesn't work out for you, Jackson is close by and its a nice location up in the Mts.
Rubber gloves - good call!!! Wouldn't have thought of that!!

We thought about jackson but my significant other doesn't want the parking lot feel so looks like we are ocean bound!!
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Can't argue with trying to avoid the parking lt feeling, I don't too much care for that either. Jackson wasn't a vacation for us as much as a place we could spend a couple of nights giving the TT a good shake down. We really wanted full hook ups so we could test everything.
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Lots of Walmarts everywhere.

Just don't forget your medications, everything else can be purchased or done without.
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30-amp 25 foot or so extension cord. Not often needed, but when you need it, you need it.

You know about the fresh water hose, but do you also have a water pressure regulator screwed onto that hose?

And the big thing we learned dozens of years ago: A big floor jack with a 2'x4' piece of 3/8th inch or heavier plywood for a jack base. Required if you have a flat and have to change a trailer tire in a muddy barrow ditch during a rainstorm. And also for trailer flats, a 1/2" ratchet with a socket that will fit the trailer lugbolts.

Before you make the first trip, you should also practice changing a trailer tire when the trailer is parked on uneven dirt. Mount the spare tire on the trailer, and mount the trailer tire on the spare tire carrier. Then you'll know how to do it, and you know you have all the jacks and tools you need to get it done. Put everything you used to change the tire in the trailer or tow vehicle.

Inside the trailer: can opener and 'tater peeler along with your normal spatulas and other utensils. Plenty of paper towels and toilet paper.

And we have a good coffee maker just for the camper. It's just like the one in the house, except color. That way we never leave home without it. I prefer CoffeeMate and a few drops of honey in my coffee, so I double-check that we have a good stock of those necessities, along with at least a pound of my favorite ground coffee and one or two of my favorite coffee cups.

Three or four gallons of bottled or RO water, kept in the bathtub when on the road.

Microwave proof bowls and dishes. We don't do much cooking on the road, but we often use the microwave to heat food or boil water for tea or cocoa. We also have a microwave "bacon rack" for cooking bacon in the morning. We keep one in the camper so we'll be sure to not leave home without it.

Our trailer has 4 stabilizer jacks that are screwed up and down with a lug wrench or ratchet with the right-size socket. Being a lazy old man, I prefer to use an 18-volt battery-powered "screwwdriver" with a socket on it. So I keep a small suitcase in the "basement" of the trailer, and that suitcase has the tool, two batteries and the battery charger, along with the parts needed to operate the stabilizer jacks. Caveat: Be sure both batteries are fully charged before you leave home.
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Wow!!! Thank you so much for all the suggestions!!!!!! Definitely will take notes on all of those!
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