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Old 06-18-2011, 04:58 PM   #1
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Hi all.

We just bought a 2011 Keystone Sprinter 276RLS to tow behind our 2006 F150/5.4L towing capacity about 8800.

We haven't even picked it up from the dealership and I have gone crazy buying linens, dishes, etc.

Would like some recommendations for COFFEE POTS, GENERATORS, OUTDOOR GRILLS, SCREEN ROOMS, ETC.

THANKS!
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Old 06-18-2011, 05:10 PM   #2
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Hi all.

We just bought a 2011 Keystone Sprinter 276RLS to tow behind our 2006 F150/5.4L towing capacity about 8800.

We haven't even picked it up from the dealership and I have gone crazy buying linens, dishes, etc.

Would like some recommendations for COFFEE POTS, GENERATORS, OUTDOOR GRILLS, SCREEN ROOMS, ETC.

THANKS!
Welcome! My recommendation is to slow down... What you buy in haste, you may find yourself not needing later! Like, how long are you going to be set up? Will you really want the hassle of a screen room? How big of a grill will you need? Do you plan to do a lot of boondocking so you'll need a generator?
We've never used ours except during one winter power outage. (A friend of ours carried his generator in the bed of his pickup--until he parked and went into a store and came out to find it gone!) Buy an 8 cup coffee maker. You can always make a second pot if you're heavy drinkers....
I'm sure there will be lots of really good advice here... but I stick by my motto: Don't buy it until you find yourself wishing you had it--and always plan where it's going to be stored on the road!
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Old 06-19-2011, 12:06 AM   #3
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Thanks, I am sure I am buying too much too fast. My husband will figure out if we need a generator or not. We may end up needing one but that will be his decision. In the mean time I will will plug into a full hookup or do without!
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Old 06-19-2011, 12:17 AM   #4
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Once you pick it up do a night or 2 in the driveway. Keep a notepad and anytime you go into the house for anything except food write it down. This will tell you what you need and what you don't. As for pots and pans. We got our first set from odds and ends at home and at Goodwill. This Christmas I bought the DW a new set of pots and pans and took the old T-Fal to the MH. A generator is good only if you boondock. We use ours on the MH because then we are not locked into a full site and can park anywhere. But you don't need the top of the line. Get something good and that will charge the batteries and run the AC. For a TT I like the propane ones that way you can run them off your existing tanks. JMHO

But go slow or you will find you have spent a fortune on nothing

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Old 06-19-2011, 05:33 AM   #5
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diane509:

Hi, and a big WELCOME to the iRV2 family. Just thought I'd mention that we selected a 12 cup coffee maker WITH carafe which keeps the coffee hot for quite awhile (ie., most of the day). Getting one w. a carafe is a good idea. Make one pot in the morning then pack up, hit the road, and ya still have hot coffee as you travel.....if ya want. Oh, also make sure the one you select FITS your counter so it clears the cabinetry above. Just a suggestion.

Again, WELCOME.

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First aid kits - I have one in the truck and one in 5er plus an emergency roadside kit. Extra batteries for flashlights, etc.

Google for camping lists. I have an app on my iPad to use as a guide only.
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Hi all.

We just bought a 2011 Keystone Sprinter 276RLS to tow behind our 2006 F150/5.4L towing capacity about 8800.

We haven't even picked it up from the dealership and I have gone crazy buying linens, dishes, etc.

Would like some recommendations for COFFEE POTS, GENERATORS, OUTDOOR GRILLS, SCREEN ROOMS, ETC.

THANKS!
Go to Goggle and you will find all kinds of help on what you need, checklists, spend some time "very close to home" camping to find out things about you RV and what you need WRITE DOWN EVERYTHING so you will know. Check out the entire RV before you leave lot and have them show you how everything works (especially if you are new to RVing). We have been RVing for over 30 years and learn something new/different all the time. Check this forum often and ask questions. Lots of RVers on who have a lot of experience and suggestions.
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the new rig. Sounds like you are ready to go camping.
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everything has a measure of importance,take the things youll really need,and create a spot in a cabinet just for that device or object,learn to put heavier things over the axles,weight is one of the more important things youll learn.keep everything in its place and clean and youll enjoy it much more.create a system of checks where you can check your husband and vice versa,some mistakes are very costly and some are even dangerous,mostly just have fum with your new lifestyle
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