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Old 02-28-2021, 09:15 AM   #1
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First Time RV Owners - Advice?

Excited to have our first RV - NW Nash 23D! And, excited to be a part of this invaluable community!

We will be picking up our new TT in a few weeks and heading home with it. Going to try it out in our driveway first.

Heading to UTAH in summer - our first trip with/in new RV. Pulling it with a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3/4 ton diesel already set up with towing (for a skid loader).

We need lots of tips and advice......
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A few suggestions, and many others will likely follow:

Suggest you research and purchase a roadside assistance plan. At relatively low yearly cost, one can save big buck towing fees. I like Coach.net, but there are many other plans. https://coach-net.com/


Edit: I realize you have a trailer, but a plan can also assist with tire problems.


Next, a TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System). I bought my EEZ Tire system from Amazon https://smile.amazon.com/GUTA-Tire-P...4530243&sr=8-4

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Excited to have our first RV - NW Nash 23D! And, excited to be a part of this invaluable community!

We will be picking up our new TT in a few weeks and heading home with it. Going to try it out in our driveway first.

Heading to UTAH in summer - our first trip with/in new RV. Pulling it with a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3/4 ton diesel already set up with towing (for a skid loader).

We need lots of tips and advice......
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Old 02-28-2021, 09:44 AM   #3
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Congrats on the new rig! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Show us some pics in the "New Rig Showoff" forum after you get it.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 02-28-2021, 12:25 PM   #4
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Thank you both so very much. Have to head to Nebraska to pick it up in the next week or so!
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Old 03-01-2021, 03:17 PM   #5
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I think the most important thing that you need to know is how and where to dump your waste tanks. Everything else pales in comparison
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Old 03-02-2021, 04:40 AM   #6
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One thing I've learned is try and prepare for the 'inevitable' failure/flat tire or other road side event. Since you already tow, you probably understand this already. Jack-ramp-flat fixer-tire repair kit-small compressor-portable impact gun. Impact works great on the stabilizers too.

I tend to 'over' prepare and have too much stuff/tools for the what if's.

Needs

Tank clearer (blue bombs or equivalent) I like Happy Camper products
Water filters
Wye or splitter for water hoses
Drinking water hose (minimum 25')
Wash down hose (I like the coil hose)
Bleach or sanitizer
Drain hose and all the accessories for draining tanks
Tank cleaning wand (even if you have sani-clean attachment)
Disposable rubber gloves
RV toilet paper
Clothes line
5 gal bucket(s) with lids
RV toilet paper
EternaBond tape
Leveling blocks or wood
Nylon 3 strand Rope (I keep 100')
Some sort of spray lubricant
Extension cord

Creature comforts and accessories

Grill
Fire pit
Table
Chairs
Pedestal fan
Thermacell for bugs
RV rug and spikes
Lights (solar LED's)
Shoe brush or mat
Rear carrier (spare-bikes-generator)

If you go to 'buggy' places and outside screen enclosure is a God send.
TPMS is nice too, for peace of mind (Expensive)
Digital laser thermometer for checking wheel hubs, tire and brake temps.

Storage or while not in use

Dehumidifier(s)
12 awg extension cord
Ant baits or traps
Deodorizer spray of some sort
Activated Charcoal AC filter (good for odors)


Keep in mind... it rains so be able to be comfortable inside if the weather is horrible outside. Pets... depends on the pet. We travel with one dog.

More coffee and I'll think of more stuff.
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Great list! Thank you very much!
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Great list! Thank you very much!
Forget the all important 15 amp to 30 amp 120vac adapter.
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Old 03-02-2021, 01:34 PM   #9
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Go to youtube and look up rv tank geo method. The blue bombs are expensive and did not work for me in my RVs. Have not had a single issue since switching, and I have a buddy who's been fighting sewer smells in his trailer for 4 years and he says the problem is gone now.
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Old 03-02-2021, 06:36 PM   #10
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Have a good basic tool kit with you. Multi tools work well. Things come loose, drop off, need repairing, replacing, tightening, lubricating, ALL the time during travels.

Leave a couple sets of clothes for all seasons in it, so all you have to do is fill water tank, check tires, hitch up and go. The easier you make it to jump in and go on a Friday night the more use and enjoyment you'll get out of it. Because we have to winterise, we have a large tote we put all items in for over wintering and keep in our basement, take it back into rig in the Spring and we're good to go.

Enjoy the journey and take time to smell the roses as you travel this wonderful continent we are so blessed to live on.
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If you will be camping in Utah at anyplace without power hookups you will need to understand your 12 volt power system. A Victron Energy SmartShunt allows you to track the amp-hours in to and out of your batteries.

This one has bluetooth and you can use an app on your phone to track the amps, voltage, amp-hours, battery state of charge.

https://invertersrus.com/product/victron-smartshunt/

The 500 amp version is plenty at about $130.
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Where in Utah are you going and what dates? Do you have reservations yet?
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Excited to have our first RV - NW Nash 23D! And, excited to be a part of this invaluable community!

We will be picking up our new TT in a few weeks and heading home with it. Going to try it out in our driveway first.

Heading to UTAH in summer - our first trip with/in new RV. Pulling it with a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3/4 ton diesel already set up with towing (for a skid loader).

We need lots of tips and advice......
When you can camp do it. No better experience than hands on. When you can't camp watch Youtube videos.

Don't leave the black tank valve open when camping with full hook ups.
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That Nash won't stress your truck at all. You should have a pleasant drive. I'd still recommend one of the WDHs with sway control. I'd also suggest that you take an overnight run to a couple of local parks before you begin your big journey. Work out the little bugs first. Check your trailer tire pressure daily when traveling. It's easy to miss a slow leak. Make sure you have the jack and lug wrench to change a trailer tire. Walk around the campground daily and say hello to people. Ask questions. The RV community is the friendliest you will ever find. Even in these Covid times.
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