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Old 08-07-2011, 12:46 PM   #1
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What are the essentials for a new RV?

I have the misfortune of being a geek and am easily distracted by a shiny. You show me something cool and I have to have it. With the purchase of a new RV I quickly spent $2000.00 getting gear for it. Not all of it was shiny. Since my RV sleeps a max of 8 I bought 16 forks, knives, spoons and plates. I figure if I ever max out the occupancy we won’t have to do dishes for every meal. I also bought 2 sets of sheets for every bed surface along with the pots and pans and a few other kitchen items.
I did splurge on Max Air vent covers and a cover for the unit since my 2 car garage just isn’t going to work. I also got a surge guard for the shore power cord and a Bigfoot automatic leveling system. Every time I walk into the RV shop I see something cool I want for it. Where will it end? What I really want to know is what besides the obvious, hoses (sewer and water), Dishes soap and the like do I need for my RV?
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Well since you're a geek how about:

- Antenna and amplifier for your Verizon or Millenicom aircard..gotta be well connected after all

- Acu-Rite weather station..digital view of all your weather info

- Tire Pressure Monitoring system
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Old 08-07-2011, 01:51 PM   #3
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Some things you might consider:

A handy small set of tools. There are always fixit things on a RV and if you fix them when you find them---then it only takes small tools.

Things to accomodate outside living---a smaller than you think number of folding chairs with side trays attached so you do not have to carry little tables, perhaps a stove/BBQ,

A modest supply of spare parts, light bulbs, assorted batteries, what ever kind of screws hold the cabinet hardware on, washer for hoses, a few hose clamps, some tv cable supplies for weird hook ups at some parks



Here is the deal---right of passage; You are going to cram way too much stuff in there---it's part of the fun---------then you will come to some time when you want to divest of much of this stuff because the drawers and bins are overflowing and when you go to get what you need it is difficult to find. Happens to the best of us.

Occasional philosophical debates can occur over the subject of what does NEED mean. Partnerships have disolved as a result of this debate so go gently where ever you go. It is after all just stuff. Good luck.
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Well since you're a geek how about:

- Antenna and amplifier for your Verizon or Millenicom aircard..gotta be well connected after all

- Acu-Rite weather station..digital view of all your weather info

- Tire Pressure Monitoring system
I have upgraded the coach on board radio from The Magnadyne M1-LCD to the Magnadyne M4-LCD with the iPod adapter. I was going to go for the docking station but my dash is already full.

I am waiting to see how the Verizon 4G system comes online before I start adding that kind of equipment.

I think I will add a Tire Pressure Monitoring system. Any suggestions as to who makes the best?
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Hawkshead tire pressure monitor
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water pressure regulator, extra water hose, the usual assortment of tape (electrical, scotch, duct, and blue painter), spare fuses, spare bulbs, one set of fuel filters if it is a diesel and a one gallon can of diesel to prime the filters if you do change them. A tool box (I never go anywhere without mine, even though my MH is fairly new).

A large pad of checks (money in the bank is optional), several credit cards with a balance (cause a MH will eat that up fast enough).
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If you aren't careful you will need a trailer to store and tow all of your purchases. I recommend NOT buying from an RV store until you have gone home and checked out the reviews and on-line prices. This will help cut down on impulse buys and probably save you some $$ too.

I speak from the experience of being a new RVer. Cash and space can quickly become rare commodities. My plan is now to save the cash for gas and the fun stuff.
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I think I will add a Tire Pressure Monitoring system. Any suggestions as to who makes the best?
Truck System Technologies (TST) gets good feedback all around and are probably a good buy.

Pressure Pro are another big mfr, but I've heard both very good and very unhappy feedback on them, so not sure what to think there.
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Progressive Industries Surge & Voltage Protector. You can get either hard wired or portable. Either way, worth the price. I wouldn't be without one.

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If you aren't careful you will need a trailer to store and tow all of your purchases. I recommend NOT buying from an RV store until you have gone home and checked out the reviews and on-line prices. This will help cut down on impulse buys and probably save you some $$ too.

I speak from the experience of being a new RVer. Cash and space can quickly become rare commodities. My plan is now to save the cash for gas and the fun stuff.
The only things I get from the RV store is the stuff I have to have right now and only then if it isnt available in Wal-Mart. I am only getting about 5 MPG but when I took it in for service they ran my generator for 20 hours... I hope I do better on my 2nd tank.
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Progressive Industries Surge & Voltage Protector. You can get either hard wired or portable. Either way, worth the price. I wouldn't be without one.

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I design computers for a living so surge protection and me are old friends. I chose not to get an installed unit as a surge protector is only good for 3 to 5 years depending on use so I went with a Save at RV Partscenter - RV Parts and Supply I also got the locking box to go with it and a sturdy lock.
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Got a new sewer kit. The one supplied was junk.
Surge protector is a must. Had a lightening strick on our last trip.
Water pressure regulator a must. One cg had 70 psi pressure.
L fitting for water connection point.
Outside in-line water filter.
FORD wrench for cg sewer fittings.
Extra hose for black water flush.
Don't over stock with tools.... carry basics.
Extra fuses, light bulbs
Extra oil for generator
Could go on for ever!
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vent cushion (or possibly the insulated one). Worldwide Merchandise Company - Vent Cushion - Fan and Vent Accessories - Camping World

Even though the description says it's for winter, we've found that it makes a world of difference in the summer. We have them in all three vents.

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New stuff

Well the wife freed some funds for me to hit the RV store with so I got an ADCO Snooze Bonnet as the only 2 times I have had it off the dealership’s lot I found that the cab was a major source of heat and I also got a water pressure regulator. It was much smaller than I imagined and cheaper too. I am considering adding an in-line water filter but will have to research as to who makes the best. My wife is against the addition of the tire pressure monitor as she complains that the dash will soon resemble a starship. My reply was “And?” this was a bad answer…
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