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Old 03-20-2012, 08:57 AM   #1
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Loading for first long trip.....

We're getting close to loading the coach for a trip to the western US for a several month trip. This will be our first extended trip and I'm curious as what others take with them that you wouldn't for say a 3 week trip?

As an example, would you take your power washer? What spare parts would be prudent to carry?

Any and all advise welcomed. Thanks, J
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We're getting close to loading the coach for a trip to the western US for a several month trip. This will be our first extended trip and I'm curious as what others take with them that you wouldn't for say a 3 week trip?

As an example, would you take your power washer? What spare parts would be prudent to carry?

Any and all advise welcomed. Thanks, J
I don't use a power washer , but I carry everything I can without going over my weight limit. We like to have our stuff with us. A few items that we can't get on the road or some that would be difficult like prescription dog food for Buddy , we take 4 1/2 months worth. We have the CCC and use it. We have a large list and usually have almost all the things we need.
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spare fuel filters and a one gallon can of diesel to prime the filters if you have to change them; spare set of wiper blades, can't always get RV size in some places, I take my washing gear without the power washer to save space, set of very small screwdrivers, spare bulbs, the usual assortment of tapes, electrical, duct, etc. spare flashlight in the toolbox.
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Extra serpentine belt, engine oil, air compressor, washing equipment, variety of tools (nothing major),roadside emergency triangles,rags, fuses, bulbs. That about sums it up.
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Extra serpentine belt, engine oil, air compressor, washing equipment, variety of tools (nothing major),roadside emergency triangles,rags, fuses, bulbs. That about sums it up.
My 3 week trip equipment list wouldn't be a lot different than my 3 month one?

That said, I would add a complete set of filters to the above, and a small battery charger in case I get stupid and forget to turn the key in the toad off at night - again.

Fresh set of maps wouldn't hurt anything either.

Chargers for the cell phones and laptop are something we're pretty good at forgetting as well.
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A number 1 for that! As for extras I carry;
Washing equipment is an extension pole with a soft brush and a bottle of RV wash. Nice assortment of hand/power tools, basic electrical repair items, Distilled water, various lubricants and cleaners/degreasers, gallon jugs of drinking water, every possible electrical power adapter for shore power, extra hoses for potable water connection, black water tank flush and extra length of black water discharge hose, couple extra water filters, 100 ft standard electrical extension cord, air compressor which supplies up to 120 psi. This is all in the storage bays. As for what's in the coach, well, that is handled by my DW and once she has loaded what she believes is needed then I can have the remaining space.
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Before our first big trip, we spent about 4 months trying to think of everything we would need, and bought most of it. 15K miles later, about 30 % of what we thought we would need has not been used. If I ever do it again, I will buy as needed. We stay in Walmarts or campgrounds a lot, so small purchases as we go are actually fun.
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All the above are good. Somehow I always forget the remote for the sat. set-up. Radio Shack carries them (thank the good Lord).
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Before our first big trip, we spent about 4 months trying to think of everything we would need, and bought most of it. 15K miles later, about 30 % of what we thought we would need has not been used. If I ever do it again, I will buy as needed. We stay in Walmarts or campgrounds a lot, so small purchases as we go are actually fun.
Ditto. We always over pack...even food.
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