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Old 05-17-2022, 06:41 AM   #1
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New to a class A

Iím going to be new to a class A motorhome.
In the past I have owned travel trailers, however not for the past 15 years.
I will be picking up a Fleetwood Southwind in a couple of weeks.
Will be driving it 1200 miles home upon purchase.
I would like to know what I will need to purchase for our first trip home, as it would probably be much cheaper to pre purchase online than at a dealer the day of purchase.
I look forward to being a member of this community going forward.
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You need pretty much whatever you needed for the travel trailers.
If you are handy, bring your tools.

Southwind is a good solid RV. You will love it.
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Old 05-17-2022, 07:02 AM   #3
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If you are driving straight home you will only need food and fuel. Will you be setting up camp on the way home or just overnighting?. Bedding and dishes and a water hose if you stop for the night.
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Old 05-17-2022, 07:03 AM   #4
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Good luck with the new purchase!

1. water hose and pressure regulator
2. sewer hose and fittings
3. black tank treatment if you wish (I like Happy Camper).
4. check all fluids (oil, power steering, leveler, generator) before hitting the road and have extra fluids available)
5. tire pressure gauge and a compressor that will work for the pressure range of the tires
6. roadside service plan in effect if desired
7. check condition of power cord and have an adapter or two available such as 50 amp to 30 amp.
8. take a bottle of bleach if you want to sanitize the fresh water tank
9. take a bottle of distilled water for topping off coach and chassis batteries
10. blocks of wood for use in leveling (as needed)
11. a good set of tools and flashlight/auxiliary light
12. work clothes in case you have to do a dirty job
13. folding/collapsible ladder so you can get on the roof or access anything beyond your reach.

and most importantly:

Plenty of your favorite drink and a comfy outdoor chair!

Hope this helps!
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Old 05-17-2022, 07:29 AM   #5
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Good luck with the new purchase!

1. water hose and pressure regulator
2. sewer hose and fittings
3. black tank treatment if you wish (I like Happy Camper).
4. check all fluids (oil, power steering, leveler, generator) before hitting the road and have extra fluids available)
5. tire pressure gauge and a compressor that will work for the pressure range of the tires
6. roadside service plan in effect if desired
7. check condition of power cord and have an adapter or two available such as 50 amp to 30 amp.
8. take a bottle of bleach if you want to sanitize the fresh water tank
9. take a bottle of distilled water for topping off coach and chassis batteries
10. blocks of wood for use in leveling (as needed)
11. a good set of tools and flashlight/auxiliary light
12. work clothes in case you have to do a dirty job
13. folding/collapsible ladder so you can get on the roof or access anything beyond your reach.

and most importantly:

Plenty of your favorite drink and a comfy outdoor chair!

Hope this helps!
Thank you, this is pretty much what I was looking for, I have a pretty good idea but have not camped in so long I donít want to forget a simple item like sewer hose.
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Old 05-17-2022, 07:38 AM   #6
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Is this a new or used unit? If it's new you will have to start from scratch. If it's used, some of the items you will need may already be in the RV.
I believe we are all assuming you are driving a vehicle to pick the RV up.
Take lots of money and credit cards along.
Oh, and welcome to the forum.
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If you are driving straight home you will only need food and fuel. Will you be setting up camp on the way home or just overnighting?. Bedding and dishes and a water hose if you stop for the night.
Wait, Wait - don't forget the toilet paper!
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.............I would like to know what I will need to purchase for our first trip home..........
Congratulations on your new motorhome!!

Tire pressure monitoring system.
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Wait, Wait - don't forget the toilet paper!
And especially don't forget the toilet chemical
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Old 05-18-2022, 07:48 AM   #10
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I have done exactly what you are getting ready to do several years ago...

I live in NC, but purchased a new MH from General RV in Michigan... This was one of those instances where I would fly to Detroit, and someone from the dealership would pick me up from the airport, I would sign the papers, then drive the MH back....

I basically took a large suitcase, packed with bedlinens, a pillow, and some clothes for the road. Once I signed the papers, on my way out of the dealership, I pulled into the nearest Walmart. I picked up a fresh water hose, a sewer hose, and some snacks and drinks. I just needed the basics to get me home... I knew once I got back home, I could outfit the coach with all the other things that I needed and/or wanted.

I guess you have to figure out if you just want to get the coach home quickly, or "camp" your way back...
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I basically took a large suitcase, packed with bedlinens, a pillow, and some clothes for the road. Once I signed the papers, on my way out of the dealership, I pulled into the nearest Walmart. I picked up a fresh water hose, a sewer hose, and some snacks and drinks. I just needed the basics to get me home... I knew once I got back home, I could outfit the coach with all the other things that I needed.
Thank you, this is pretty much what I was thinking
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I can't be certain of every store but Menards near me have created a an RV isle last few years with the basics as well as outdoor and other camping items like chairs and coolers . Even propane filling station. The regular household items , toilet paper, brooms , mat to wipe your feet, other supplies are all there in several quality and price points. Wal-Mart's would have better fresh food for the ride selection.
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Old 05-19-2022, 03:20 PM   #13
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YouTube has a ton of RV information and lists. RV lists for newbies is a good search term. Many of the YouTubers are full timers so lots of experience and mistakes made. RV hacks is another good search term. Lots of the YouTubers very like able, some over-share about their personal lives imho. Others will share their mistakes with you so you don’t make same.
Beware: this can be a rabbit hole, so know when to stop or take break.
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