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Old 12-11-2015, 09:47 PM   #1
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Required items for used motorhome?

Last weekend I closed the deal on a new to me 2011 Tiffin Phaeton motorhome. Dealer has a few items to resolve, but should take delivery a week from tomorrow. I've been busy getting all the required items (doesn't include anything beyond truly required):

* Fresh water hose
* Garden hose (for rinsing out sewer hose)
* Sewer hose
* Sewer hose support
* 50amp Surge Suppressor
* 30amp to 50amp converter
* RV Toilet Paper
* Black tank deodorizer / chemicals
* Water pressure regulator
* Boards for jack support

Anybody thing of any required items I'm missing?
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Old 12-11-2015, 10:08 PM   #2
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1. Clear sewrer adapter
2. Tire pressure gauge
3.2 twentyfive foot air hoses
4. Automotive air coupler to air up your tires.
5. extra sets of keys
6. Patio
7. Water filter elements

Best of luck.

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Old 12-11-2015, 10:31 PM   #3
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Congrats on your new-to-you coach. Hope you have lots of happy miles in it.

Believe it or not, a weather radio & small space heater are good to have. One fall, we left PA & it was 75-degrees. Went to the WV mountains & a cold front came through dropping temps into the low 30's with wind chills well below that. It was the end of the season so I didn't think I wasn't going to use propane (plus it WAS 75 in PA!), plus I had heat pumps. Little did I know heat pumps cease to put out "heat" below 40 degrees. Even with pulling the slides in to conserve what heat we got out of the pumps before they would not heat anymore, it got down below 50 in the coach.

Needless to say, we drove 25 miles the next day to the nearest store to get a space heater. Haven't needed it since because I never let my propane get below half anymore, but still...just in case.

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Required items for used motorhome?

50a Progress EMS, not just a surge suppressor.

50a to 30a adapter
30a to 15a adapter
30a or 50a extension cable

25' and 100' extension cords

Engine and generator services up to date. Oil, oil filters, fuel filters, air filters.

Whole house water filter
Refrigerator water filter

Tools

Indoor/outdoor thermometer

Patio chairs
Patio table

Wheel chocks
Leveling blocks
Orange safety cones

Fresh water hose
Good quality water pressure regulator
Garden hose to flush black tank
Sewer hose
Sewer hose extension
Clear 90 degree sewer hose adapter (if the sewer dump outlet is positioned like my 2011 Phaeton)

Ensure fire extinguishers are in good condition and fully charged

Lube slides and awnings

Ensure house batteries in good condition and full of water.

Spare fuse assortment.

Throw rugs (the tile flooring can be cold...)

Toilet paper
Holding tank chemical
Wash cloths and hand/bath towels

Check if carbon monoxide alarm is working. Check replacement date.

Drawer and cabinet liner
Plastic bins for storage compartments and interior cabinets.

One or two electric space heaters
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Last weekend I closed the deal on a new to me 2011 Tiffin Phaeton motorhome. Dealer has a few items to resolve, but should take delivery a week from tomorrow. I've been busy getting all the required items (doesn't include anything beyond truly required):

* Fresh water hose
* Garden hose (for rinsing out sewer hose)
* Sewer hose
* Sewer hose support
* 50amp Surge Suppressor
* 30amp to 50amp converter
* RV Toilet Paper
* Black tank deodorizer / chemicals
* Water pressure regulator
* Boards for jack support

Anybody thing of any required items I'm missing?
I would recommend waiting until you have taken possession of the motorhome. The previous owner may have added a lot of things people have been suggesting and the dealer might include some items. When we purchased ours new the dealer included a sewer hose, fresh water hose, chemicals for the black tank and some other items.

A lot of the stuff you can buy at Walmart a lot cheaper than you can at a dealer.

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Old 12-12-2015, 08:10 AM   #7
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Thanks everyone for the items to add to my list. I've been an avid tent camper, so I have the radio/weather radio, patio chairs. Great reminder to check the expiration dates on the CO detector and fire extinguishers.

I've been doing a lot of shopping around for stuff as I already knew that the RV specialty stores and dealers have a pretty big premium on their products.

vsheetz, my dump valve is inside the water closet and feeds through the bottom. I can see where a 90 degree attachment would work there. I'll have to measure this to make sure it all fits/lines up. If yours sounds similar any links to products would be helpful.

Thanks again everyone!
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Required items for used motorhome?

You should check out this thread. MANY more items on this list !

Top 10 items you should carry in a new RV
Top 10 items you should carry in a new RV.
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I'd leave off the RV toilet paper and holding tank chemicals - neither are required. Any decent septic-safe TP will do nicely, and chemicals aren't needed at all.

If you buy everything that someone thinks is "necessary", you won't be able to make the payments on the motorhome. I would go slowly and add things as you go along and find out what works best for you. About all you really need are the sewer, water & electric hook-up stuff.
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Ditto on the TP and "tank deoderizer". No matter what you add to the tank, it will stink when dumped. A tank rinser is a must.
Relax! You will talk to lots of campers and see lots of stuff. Then buy what you want (this never ends)
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I think it's pretty much all been covered! Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Check to see what type of water pressure regulators are factory installed.

A watts type is preferred over the straight through type.

A whole house type water filter sold at most hardware stores for 15 bucks works well.

A friend has a watts type regulator attached to one of these style filters with a stand and short hose that they use.

The filter is placed next to pedestal so it brings down the 90 psi camp pressure to 45 then into the filter and on to the mh.

A voltmeter is handy as well as the old fashioned 3 light plug for testing your outlets.

Wait on spending for some items until you have the unit as some may already be there.
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I noticed you listed a radio/weather radio. If you mean a CB radio, by all means! Besides having weather channels, it could come in handy in case you are in a dead area or there's just no cell phone service in case of emergencies.
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