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Old 01-20-2011, 05:31 PM   #1
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outfitting a class a coach

I'm not sure if this is the right forum, but here goes.
We just bought our first RV, we got a 2005 Holiday Rambler Navigator.
We are outfitting it with everything from sheets to napkins to a tool kit.
I guess it's like setting up an apt. on wheels.
Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Congratulations on your new coach! You'll have fun outfitting it but it's not really rocket science. It is like setting up a new apartment. Many folks use Corel dishware but we haven't switched yet. We have two sets of sheets... but we full time.

Only making a few trips will really tell you what you need and what you don't. Maybe spend a night or two in it in your driveway?

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Old 01-20-2011, 06:24 PM   #3
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we have been at it only 2 years ,but on our 2nd mh you learn a little w/each new trip
the dw is always moving things in and out,we also have a condo up north so this was a little easier as it was like doing a 3rd house just remmeber what you dont have is always available at walmart or some other boxstore
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You are indeed pushing a small apt. down the highway and of course will need many of the same items you use everyday, just perhaps not as many. Just remember that you are moving down the highway, back roads, side roads, etc and many items in the cabinets will want to move as well. So you may want to choose less fragile dinner ware, glassware, and learn to put things up before starting out.

There was a thread/topic a while back discussing what tools/supplies/spare parts people take with them. Youi might try doing a search.
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:47 PM   #5
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In addition to the fold up craftsman told kit, I got a couple of fishing boxes at yard sales. One is dedicated electrical box with fuzes, wire, connectors, soldering iron, dielectric spray etc. The other box is general purpose with glue, velcro straps/pads, small screws, nuts,bolts etc. It's always the little things that can be taken care of easily that has you running to hardware stores for $.20 items.

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Old 01-20-2011, 06:49 PM   #6
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Hi Terry,and welcome from right up the road in Statesville.I carry as much in the rv as I have at home (warm coats.boots ,shorts.sandles, pills)Always think,you can walk out to the RV to the driveway to get something,but its a long way from the campground to the house.
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Congrats on your new rig Terry!!!

When I got my TT, I did just what Rick suggested; I camped out in my driveway.

I then made a list of everything that I needed and forgot to put in. If you live in it (take showers, cook meals, etc) it will quickly show you what you need. PLUS, as a side benefit, will show you what isn't working properly or at all. Much easier to deal with, at home, than a hundred miles away from home.

I bought a small white board and attached it to my frig door. Then when I used something, or remember something, I write it on the board. It is working out well for me, especially for shopping. Just take it to the store with me

Even though I only use my TT for vacations and weekends, I still carry an extra set of sheets. More of a 'just in case' thing. They're light and do not take up much room.

I found this to be a good starting point and helped remind me of little things I would have forgotten. (Need An RV Checklist?... Here Are All The Best Checklists For RVers - The Fun Times Guide to RV Road Trips) Scroll down to Supplies RVers Generally Like To Have On-Board At All Times...

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When you have it ready to go, take it down to the local truck stop and get it weighed full of fuel, water and propane. Compare that weight to the maximum gross vehicle weight of the rig . DO NOT OVERLOAD YOUR RIG!!! It is best to be 1000 Lbs. or more under the GVW limit. Check your tire pressure regulary. At least weekly.
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Try your local garbage dump or transfer station. Ours will let you pull up on the scales when they are not busy for FREE.

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Congrats on the new rig. I agree with the others. See if you can spend some time close to home in the RV. That'll very quickly teach you what you need and what you don't.

Also test out ALL the systems. New rigs almost always have some issues that need sorting out. So spend as much time as you can close to the place you bought it testing and putting it through the ringer.

Lastly do go get weighed. Find some CAT scales or similar and get the loaded weight. Then adjust tire pressure to fit. The right tire pressure for your weight is probably the #1 safety thing you can do.

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I've spent the last two weeks doing what you are doing. Trying to think of things. We have the kitchen equipped with basic spices and pantry with non perishable staples. Then for a weekend trip, just add fresh food and you're ready to go.

We keep an extra toothbrush, deodorant, razor in the bathroom so you don't have to pack them everytime. Same for a few sets of clothes and extra jacket etc. We use plastic stemware and Corel dishes since they are pretty light. Camping world has the cushioned padding for in between dishes and pans to keep rattling down. I love those and they are cheap.

We need to find a nice grill but haven't seen a nice small one we like yet.

What is everybody doing for that?
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I don't care for gas grills so I just take a small Weber Little Smokey. Takes a bit longer to get ready to cook (who cares) but the charcoal flavor is worth the wait. Fits great in one of the storage areas along with the charcoal.
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I've spent the last two weeks doing what you are doing. Trying to think of things. We have the kitchen equipped with basic spices and pantry with non perishable staples. Then for a weekend trip, just add fresh food and you're ready to go.

We keep an extra toothbrush, deodorant, razor in the bathroom so you don't have to pack them everytime. Same for a few sets of clothes and extra jacket etc. We use plastic stemware and Corel dishes since they are pretty light. Camping world has the cushioned padding for in between dishes and pans to keep rattling down. I love those and they are cheap.

We need to find a nice grill but haven't seen a nice small one we like yet.

What is everybody doing for that?
We bought a Weber 200(?the big one) and wish we had bought the smaller one. It cooks great but is a little heavy and bulky. If I had the small one I would also probably take our Weber little smokey so we have a choice of gas or charcoal.

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