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Old 01-17-2014, 09:57 PM   #1
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This seems like a good spot to introduce ourselves and ask a few questions. My wife, Lynne, and I bought la Citation Sprinter 24sr. We are going through all the steps of stocking our RV for our first trip. We thought we'd start on a few local campgrounds so we can get a feel for what we might need and hopefully be able to recover before we get too overwhelmed. If anybody has a few suggestions for things RV virgins might overlook, we'd appreciate any and all help. We live in the panhandle of Florida. THe things that we are asking for help on are; What to pack in a toolbox, what kind of GPS is recommended for a RV, outdoor furniture(?), coffeemaker. We have GIECO insurance and have their emergency roadside assistance package. Is it worth it? Should we get a better service, which would be better? Campground clubs? I could probably go on and on, but I think you get my chain of thought.

Hope to meet some of you soon. I've some of your messages and you all seem to be a friendly group of helpful people.
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Welcome to the forums. First off, how old is your unit and how handy are you? Basic tools like screwdriver hammer etc for house options. Eternabond, duct tape (I'm a noob so not much help). Some people like RV specific or truck (Garmin, Magellan and Good Sam/Rand make them), play with them. If you already have a portable GPS see how it is. Go online and check for clearance issues. (There's also a guide, someone here will chime with its name). Furniture, most will say chairs for you and a couple more. But it all depends. I find a folding table invaluable (food prep outside etc), it all boils down to what you like and use. Take what you need, after the local trip you'll know how you camp. Coffee maker, well unless your a guru a plastic one with programmable timer. (Less weight). Your first season (which some of us haven't completed past maiden voyages) should be shake down. Just enjoy. Worst case scenario is bring the basics and you'll make do. Wal-Marts are everywhere and they're multiplying, multiplying I say!
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This seems like a good spot to introduce ourselves and ask a few questions. My wife, Lynne, and I bought la Citation Sprinter 24sr. We are going through all the steps of stocking our RV for our first trip. We thought we'd start on a few local campgrounds so we can get a feel for what we might need and hopefully be able to recover before we get too overwhelmed. If anybody has a few suggestions for things RV virgins might overlook, we'd appreciate any and all help. We live in the panhandle of Florida. THe things that we are asking for help on are; What to pack in a toolbox, what kind of GPS is recommended for a RV, outdoor furniture(?), coffeemaker. We have GIECO insurance and have their emergency roadside assistance package. Is it worth it? Should we get a better service, which would be better? Campground clubs? I could probably go on and on, but I think you get my chain of thought.

Hope to meet some of you soon. I've some of your messages and you all seem to be a friendly group of helpful people.
Darron and Lynne
Howdy and welcome to the forum! Congrats on the new rig. I'd suggest "driveway camping" for a day or so, living in the RV. You will quickly find out things you need but may have forgotten.

I'm not familiar with GEICO roadside assistance, but it likely does not cover RVs like an RV-specific plan such as Good Sam or Coach-net. Check your coverage carefully. (Our choice is Coach-net.)

Check the various sections of the forum and feel free to ask all the questions you want. Have fun!
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We are fairly new, we use the mapquest app on our Iphone it talks to us, also trip advisor app, gas buddy app, You can stay overnight in most Super Walmarts for free, they want you to stay on the garden side. Small charcoal grill or small portable propane gas grill. Table cloth with medal clips to secure on picnic table and table. We use the single ply toilet paper and not the RV toilet paper, just as good just be sure and get single ply. carry cable tv coax about 20 ft or so. Styrofoam ice cooler to keep outside, saves lots of trips inside. That is about it from me. Safe Travels, oh we also join KOA and Good Sams for recommended campgrounds.
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Howdy and welcome aboard. Congrats on your Sprinter purchase. Hope you enjoy the experience. You've gotten some good advice so far and I'm sure you'll get plenty more. Hope to see you down the road. Be Safe!
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Welcome aboard..SarahW has a good idea, driveway camping. It will help with bedding, small appliances and other small items you may need. It will also help get you acquainted with how everything on your new RV works. As far as the insurance question, it's the same as with all insurance, if you need it it's money well spent, if you don't it's a ripoff.....Happy Trails...
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This seems like a good spot to introduce ourselves and ask a few questions. My wife, Lynne, and I bought la Citation Sprinter 24sr. We are going through all the steps of stocking our RV for our first trip. We thought we'd start on a few local campgrounds so we can get a feel for what we might need and hopefully be able to recover before we get too overwhelmed. If anybody has a few suggestions for things RV virgins might overlook, we'd appreciate any and all help. We live in the panhandle of Florida. THe things that we are asking for help on are; What to pack in a toolbox, what kind of GPS is recommended for a RV, outdoor furniture(?), coffeemaker. We have GIECO insurance and have their emergency roadside assistance package. Is it worth it? Should we get a better service, which would be better? Campground clubs? I could probably go on and on, but I think you get my chain of thought.

Hope to meet some of you soon. I've some of your messages and you all seem to be a friendly group of helpful people.
Darron and Lynne

Hi Darron & Lynne! Welcome to IRV2! We're glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! That's a smart move to do some local camping before getting too far from home!

As for GPS, I would recommend one of the units designed specifically for RV use. I have the Rand-McNally RVND7710, but there are others out there to look at.

We use the Good Sam ERS. I don't think there's much difference in GS and CoachNet.

I highly recommend Passport America for discount camping. We save many times the cost of the membership every year!

As for the toolbox, carry all the basic hand tools you would normally keep in your home tool box, plus a cordless drill, EternaBond roof repair tape, Gorilla Glue, silicon sealant, WD-40, spare Pex water pipe fittings, etc. You will be continually adding to whatever you start out with!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Thanks everyone for the replys and the welcomes. We got a lot of good advice and we do appreciate it. But don't stop there, keep it coming. Hope to meet you all real soon.
Just remember to keep the rubber side down!

Darron and Lynne
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Nice unit....

As far as tools, I would carry a small toolbox with the usual things, but also I carry one of those folding tool wrench and socket sets in American and Metric sizes. This way I know I have every size, because there is a slot for each wrench and socket.

Now I also have a small divided box I have an assortment of: screws, washers, nails, cotter pins, bolt & nuts, zip ties, electrical connectors (male & female), few light bulbs, hacksaw blades, lag bolts (twice now a fellow RVer needed them " lag bolts" to re-attach an awning arm / pole that had broken free from the side of a RV). Also pick up just in case, an extra plastic drain plug for your hot water tank. You never know when one will strip out or crack. Some pipe tape. Some bungy cords in a few different sizes, and a small roll of clothesline rope. Here again, you never know. Once a fellow RVer had his awning torn up. We had to tie it up to the side of the RV so he can travel home.

We carry bikes, so I have tire repair kit, extra brake cable, extra brake pad or two, extra inner tube and a small hand pump.
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