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Old 03-29-2014, 02:48 PM   #1
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Hello everyone I'm new to the Rv scene waiting for my Class c to be built should have it in June. I was wondering if you could help me with what I would need for the RV as far as water hoses black and gray tank dumping hoses water pressure valve stuff like that I'm sure the Rv doesn't come with anything any input on must-have's let me know thank you
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The dealer should throw in a starter kit that comes with a few necessary things to get you going. However, the list is endless. Go to campingworld.com and browse around.

Here are a few off the top of my head:

water filter if your coach doesn't have on inline, fresh water hose, sewer hose, pressure regulator if your coach doesn't have one, leveling pads, tool kit, coax cable, extensions, patio carpet, etc. etc.
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Hello everyone I'm new to the Rv scene waiting for my Class c to be built should have it in June. I was wondering if you could help me with what I would need for the RV as far as water hoses black and gray tank dumping hoses water pressure valve stuff like that I'm sure the Rv doesn't come with anything any input on must-have's let me know thank you
They should throw in chairs,hoses,rug and any thing else you could think of for a new rig.
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The dealer should throw in a starter kit that comes with a few necessary things to get you going. However, the list is endless. Go to campingworld.com and browse around.

Here are a few off the top of my head:

water filter if your coach doesn't have on inline, fresh water hose, sewer hose, pressure regulator if your coach doesn't have one, leveling pads, tool kit, coax cable, extensions, patio carpet, etc. etc.
Search this site for Surge Protectors - read up on them and then buy the top of the line Progressive Industries Model for coach power - 30 or 50 Amp. When searching online, don't stop at Camping World and Progressive Industries. Keep looking and try Rvupgrades.com - Tweetys - and the Water Filter store for starters.

Congrats - good luck! And let me be the first to say - The Journey is the destination!
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After you find what you want in one of those websites, do a google search on the model number and you'll find that either ebay or amazon will have it cheaper.
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After you find what you want in one of those websites, do a google search on the model number and you'll find that either ebay or amazon will have it cheaper.
Cheaper - hey, he bought new. Money is no object. and when everyone buys from eBay and Amazon - where will we send folks to learn. Within a margin of reason - I support the industry folks first - price comparing across the board. YMMV
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The starter kit normally includes a roll or two of toilet sandpaper, ER, Toilet Paper, usually Tethford and that should be the last roll of that brand you ever uese.. It will contain a bottle of black tank presertative (Treatment) which you should never use Epically the ones that enbalm the stuff instead of destroy it.. (If you must use anything more than water use biologicals that eate (Digest) the waste).

And a hose or two.

I got extra black, hose (you can get extension hoses but .. Read on) and fresh hoses. Since I full time I have two fresh hoses, but you only need one, about 20 feet, plus say 10 feet of extension (I have several short extensions).

Sewer hose: The best, far as I can tell, is Drain Master. Lifetime Guarantee.. However EXPENSIVE!!!!

For many years the next best was considered to be Rinoflex.. And it is a very fine hose.. I have gone through 2 of them in 9 years.

What I am using now is the Tethford Smart Hose.. The "Look and feel" of this hose is .. First rate, I think I'm going to like it but need a full year to be sure.

Putting the ends on the hose first time.. Was a major job.. But they sealed to the end very well, no leaks, hose seems able to survive abuse, and the connection to the MH is the best I have seen to date.

You may need help assembling the hose first time though.

I'd get 15-20 feet with a 10-15 foot extension hose.

I also have a Macerator pumpt which I use on occasion.. This is optional odds are you will never need it.
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Required :
- black water drain hose, with fittings to seal around ground opening
- fresh water hose
- water pressure regulator (does not have to be adjustable)
- electrical adapters for your power system (15 to 30A and 50A to 30A if you have a 30A 120vac system)
- multimeter
- tool box with wrenches, screwdrivers, sockets, plyers, etc...
-wheel chocks
- bottle or floor jack that can lift the rv(tire changes)
-Spare fuses

Optional :
- electrical terminal crimper
- wire strippers
-electrical tape
- pipe mender (tape to fix leaks)
- Spare bulbs for outside and inside
- grease (for hitch)
- disposable gloves
- stack of 6x6 and 2x10
- flashlight
- large fire extinguisher
- clear black water drain adapter
- tube of Dicor
- tube of silicone
- a few feet of etarnabond
- grease gun and grease for wheel bearings

Nice to have:
- ARP for your Norcold / Dometic Fridge
- Surge AND voltage protection (progressive Industries)
- 2 way radios (for parking, so the wife doesn't have to yell)
- Solar panels
- MaxxAir on the vents
-all interior lights led
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You could keep going forever... some items will vary based on the construction and type of RV.

Most starter kits included by the dealer are junk, see if you can take store credit instead.
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- 2 way radios (for parking, so the wife doesn't have to yell)
DW and I couldn't manage to communicate through 2 way radios. She just didn't get that she had to press the button and wait one second and then talk. I also couldn't get her to know when to stop so I can talk, so I decided to use the cell phones on loud speaker so that we could talk simultaneously.
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This may sound stupid, but what does DW stand for? I keep seeing it and can't figure it out.
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This may sound stupid, but what does DW stand for? I keep seeing it and can't figure it out.
This may help.

4X2 = 2 Wheel Drive
4X4 = 4 Wheel Drive
4WD = 4 Wheel Drive
55+ = Age 55 plus Park
5er = Fifth Wheel
5ver = Fifth Wheel
AC = Air Conditioning or Alternating Current as in 120VAC
AFAIK = As Far As I Know
AGM = Absorbed Glass Mat (Battery)
AMP = Amperes
APU = Auxiliary Power Unit (Generator)
ATF = Automatic Transmission Fluid
AWD = All Wheel Drive
BB = Brake Buddy
BC = Brake Controller
BIL - Brother In Law
BLM = Bureau Of Land Management
BOF = Bird Of Feather
BTW = By The Way
C2C = Coast to Coast Resorts
CAPS = Capital Letters. Using all CAPS is considered SCREAMING
CAT = Caterpillar
CB = Citizens Band (Radio)
CC = Crew Cab of a TV (4 Door)
CCC = Cargo Carrying Capacity
CDL = Commercial Drivers License
CF = Camp Fire
CG = Camp Ground
COE = Corp of Engineers (US Army)
CSP = Continued Service Plan
CRS = Can't Remember Shi...
CUL = See You Later
CW = Camping World
D/A = Duramax/Allison (Chevrolet or GMC)
DC = Direct Current as in 12VDC
DH = Darling Hubby or Husband, Dear Hubby, Da%& Hubby
DIL - Daughter In Law
Dinghy = See Toad
DRW = Dual Rear Wheels
Dooley = Dual Rear Wheels
DS = Dump Station
DSI = Direct Spark Ignition
DSL = Digital Subscriber Line
Dually = Dual Rear Wheels
DP = Diesel Pusher as used in an MH
DW = Dear Wife, Darling Wife, Da%& Wife, Dim Wit
EC = Extended Cab of a TV
EPDM = Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (Rubber Roofing)
ERS = Emergency Road Service
ESP = Extended Service Plan
FAQ or FAQs = Frequently Asked Questions
FHU = Full Hook Up
FMCA = Family Motor Coach Association
FIL = Father In Law
FIVER = 5th Wheel
FT = Full Time
Furry Kids = Pets
FW = Fifth Wheel
FWD = Front Wheel Drive
FWIW = For What It's Worth
FYI = For Your Information
G8R = Gator
GPS = Global Positioning System
GAWR or GAW = Gross Axle Weight Rating
GCVW or GCW = Gross Combined Vehicle Weight
GCWR = Gross Combination Weight Rating
GS = Good Sam
GTWR = Gross Trailer Weight Rating
GVW or GVWR = Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
GOB = Good ol' Boy
HD = Heavy Duty
HDT = Heavy Duty Truck
HH = Happy Hour
IBSRV = International Brotherhood/Sisterhood of RVers
IIRC = If I Remember Correctly
IMO = In My Opinion
IMHO = In My Humble Opinion
IP = Internet Provider (or Protocol)
ISP = Internet Service Provider
HWH = Hot Water Heater (Correct term WH = Water Heater)
HWH = This is top secret (Maker of RV Leveling & Room Extension Systems)
KOA = Kampgrounds of America
L8R = Later
L8R G8R = Later Gator
LMAO = Laughing My A__ Off
LB = Long Box or Bed of a Tow Vehicle
LEO = Lets Eat Out (Club), Law Enforcement Officer
LOL = Laughing Out Loud, Lots Of Luck, Lots Of Love
LOW = Life On Wheels
LP/LPG = Liquid Petroleum Gas
LT = Light Truck tires (as in LT245 tires)
MDT = Medium Duty Truck
MH = Motor Home
MHP = MotorHome Park
MIL = Mother In Law
MM = Mile Marker
MSRP = Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
MTCW = My Two Cents Worth
NCC = Net Carrying Capacity
NKK = Newmar Kountry Klub
NFS = National Forest Service
NPS = National Park Service
OALAEHO = Opinions Are Like A__holes, Everybody Has One
OEM = Original Equipement by the Manufacturer
OP = Original Post or Original Poster
PDI = Pre-Delivery Inspection
PM = Private Message
PPA = Passport America (Discount Parks)
PSD = Power Stroke Diesel (Ford)
PU = Pop Up
PW = Pressure Washer
Qs = Question(s)
RGV = Rio Grande Valley
ROTFLOL = Rolling On The Floor Laughing Out Loud
ROTFLMAO = Rolling On The Floor Laughing My A__ Off
RPI = Resort Parks International (Membership Parks)
RV = Recreational Vehicle
SB = Short Box or Bed of a Tow Vehicle
SCWR = Sleeping Capacity Weight Rating
SIL = Sister In Law or Son In Law
SKP = Escapee (Member)
SO = significant other
SOB = Some Other Brand
SP = State Park
SRW = Single Rear Wheels
ST = Trailer tires (as in ST225)
TC = Truck camper
TH = Toy Tauler
TMI = Too Much Information
TMTOYH = Too Much Time on Your Hands.
TOAD = A vehicle towed behind a MH
TP = Toilet Paper
TT = Travel Trailer, Thousand Trails (Membership Parks)
TV = Tow Vehicle and on a rare occasion TeleVision
TWR/TLR/VLR = Tongue Weight, Tongue Load, Vertical Load Rating
VIN = Vehicle Identification Number (Serial Number)
URL = Uniform Resource Locator (WWW Address)
UVW or UVWR = Unloaded Vehicle Weight Rating
WallyWorld = Wal*Mart
WD or W/D = Washer/Dryer
WD = Weight Distribution (hitch)
WDW = Walt Disney World
W/E/S = Water/Electric/Sewer
Wi-Fi or WiFi = Wireless Fidelity
WIT = Winnebago, Itasca Travelers (Club)
WWW = World Wide Web (the Internet)
YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary
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Hello everyone I'm new to the Rv scene waiting for my Class c to be built should have it in June. I was wondering if you could help me with what I would need for the RV as far as water hoses black and gray tank dumping hoses water pressure valve stuff like that I'm sure the Rv doesn't come with anything any input on must-have's let me know thank you
What you need to purchase depends on what you are getting in the unit you have purchased. Strongly recommended and probably not included are a water pressure regulator for when you need to fill up from a pressurized water supply.



and an electrical surge suppressor equivalent to the draw of your RV. Most are either 30 Amp or 50 Amp. Surge supressors can be wired in. Some come with lock hasps as they tend to walk off on their own.



It's a good idea to have adapter plugs from 15 to 30 and 50 Amps which all have different plugs.



Necessary at some RV parks are sewer hose trellis' to give a steady flow of material through the sewer hose which prevents pooling in the hose.



There is an RV/Boat type of toilet tissue which is assured of proper breakdown that some people don't think are needed. This is recommended, apparently because tissue that doesn't break down can clog up the black water holding tank. There are enough accessories for unclogging these tanks that this seems to be a real problem for many people. Some dump stations require a good fitting adapter also.



You may want to get some deodorizing chemicals for your holding tanks.

If your RV does not have a water filter, that is a good idea. These are not purifiers for the most part, just sediment filters. A UV sterilizer might be a good idea. You can get these in a lot of camping outlets (Like REI).

If you have dual rear tires, then an extended valve kit is a good idea, otherwise tire pressure checking is not pleasant. You can also get a remote pressure monitor.

Some people will find an extended stay LP hookup to be valuable to reduce the number of trips to the LP filling station.



A lot of RV people do not cook in the rv, preferring to grill outdoors.

I would invest in seal preservative, especially for slide out seals.

In my case I'm getting an EZ Pass Transponder so I don't have to fork out cash for many tolls.

E-ZPass Group - Home

I want a plug for the tow socket on the back, so it's not just a square hole.

Your dealer will almost certainly provide you with a list of starter items. There are endless, and in many cases, unnecessary items available to you.

Camping World's website offers a huge list of items that fit almost everyone's needs. I just purchased today a Dometic Air Purifier ($35). My wife and I are both sensitive to the plastic curing vapors that come in new RVs. The purifier is supposed to remove 96% of VOCs.

Breathe Easy Air Purifier - Dometic BREATHE EASY - Air Fresheners - Camping World



Other than the surge suppressor, water pressure regulator, and necessary linens, I'm not in a hurry to buy a lot of stuff. My RV has almost everything I need included. Many of the items I need to stock the RV I have at home already.

Items I am considering are: A Cellular Hot Spot for internet connection. A Satellite dish for TV. I highly recommend using a Personal VPN for any use of internet that is not through a secure router. Hot Spot shield is such a program. It will encrypt all your data, preventing your messages and web traffic from being read by the bad guys (or the good guys as well).

Personal VPNs can be used on cell phones, computers, and tablets.

Another item is a Dashboard camera.



These are optimized for good nighttime images, wide angle, automatic continuous recording and automatic G sensor saving of the image in the event of an accident. Cheap ones don't do much and have terrible images. This DOD LS430W is a good one (About $270).

Some people who used to carry a lot of spares for everything have found them unnecessary, such as headlight spare fuses.

Probably the BEST feature is a club membership such as Good SAM

Good Sam RV Club – RV camping discounts and memberships

if your insurance policy does not include road service, towing, trip benefits, medical assistance and other travel necessities Good Sam can.

I have a Sirius Satellite receiver, so that needs activation, or NOT. For entertainment my RV has a JACK antenna and 2 TVs. Otherwise I have enough DVDs to fill up the entire RV.

My RV has a Rand McNally RV GPS unit. This will allow you to input data about your RV/Trailer, such as how tall, heavy, and long it is. The GPS will route you AWAY from low bridges, sharp turns you cannot make, and have many features specially of value to RV travelers.



Some of these are built in the dash, others are portable from RV to car, and are available from Garmin, Magellan, and Tomtom.

Don't forget a first aid kit and any medicines you may need.
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What you need to purchase depends on what you are getting in the unit you have purchased. Strongly recommended and probably not included are a water pressure regulator for when you need to fill up from a pressurized water supply.



and an electrical surge suppressor equivalent to the draw of your RV. Most are either 30 Amp or 50 Amp. Surge supressors can be wired in. Some come with lock hasps as they tend to walk off on their own.



It's a good idea to have adapter plugs from 15 to 30 and 50 Amps which all have different plugs.



Necessary at some RV parks are sewer hose trellis' to give a steady flow of material through the sewer hose which prevents pooling in the hose.



There is an RV/Boat type of toilet tissue which is assured of proper breakdown that some people don't think are needed. This is recommended, apparently because tissue that doesn't break down can clog up the black water holding tank. There are enough accessories for unclogging these tanks that this seems to be a real problem for many people. Some dump stations require a good fitting adapter also.



You may want to get some deodorizing chemicals for your holding tanks.

If your RV does not have a water filter, that is a good idea. These are not purifiers for the most part, just sediment filters. A UV sterilizer might be a good idea. You can get these in a lot of camping outlets (Like REI).

If you have dual rear tires, then an extended valve kit is a good idea, otherwise tire pressure checking is not pleasant. You can also get a remote pressure monitor.

Some people will find an extended stay LP hookup to be valuable to reduce the number of trips to the LP filling station.



A lot of RV people do not cook in the rv, preferring to grill outdoors.

I would invest in seal preservative, especially for slide out seals.

In my case I'm getting an EZ Pass Transponder so I don't have to fork out cash for many tolls.

E-ZPass Group - Home

I want a plug for the tow socket on the back, so it's not just a square hole.

Your dealer will almost certainly provide you with a list of starter items. There are endless, and in many cases, unnecessary items available to you.

Camping World's website offers a huge list of items that fit almost everyone's needs. I just purchased today a Dometic Air Purifier ($35). My wife and I are both sensitive to the plastic curing vapors that come in new RVs. The purifier is supposed to remove 96% of VOCs.

Breathe Easy Air Purifier - Dometic BREATHE EASY - Air Fresheners - Camping World



Other than the surge suppressor, water pressure regulator, and necessary linens, I'm not in a hurry to buy a lot of stuff. My RV has almost everything I need included. Many of the items I need to stock the RV I have at home already.

Items I am considering are: A Cellular Hot Spot for internet connection. A Satellite dish for TV. I highly recommend using a Personal VPN for any use of internet that is not through a secure router. Hot Spot shield is such a program. It will encrypt all your data, preventing your messages and web traffic from being read by the bad guys (or the good guys as well).

Personal VPNs can be used on cell phones, computers, and tablets.

Another item is a Dashboard camera.



These are optimized for good nighttime images, wide angle, automatic continuous recording and automatic G sensor saving of the image in the event of an accident. Cheap ones don't do much and have terrible images. This DOD LS430W is a good one (About $270).

Some people who used to carry a lot of spares for everything have found them unnecessary, such as headlight spare fuses.

Probably the BEST feature is a club membership such as Good SAM

Good Sam RV Club – RV camping discounts and memberships

if your insurance policy does not include road service, towing, trip benefits, medical assistance and other travel necessities Good Sam can.

I have a Sirius Satellite receiver, so that needs activation, or NOT. For entertainment my RV has a JACK antenna and 2 TVs. Otherwise I have enough DVDs to fill up the entire RV.

My RV has a Rand McNally RV GPS unit. This will allow you to input data about your RV/Trailer, such as how tall, heavy, and long it is. The GPS will route you AWAY from low bridges, sharp turns you cannot make, and have many features specially of value to RV travelers.



Some of these are built in the dash, others are portable from RV to car, and are available from Garmin, Magellan, and Tomtom.

Don't forget a first aid kit and any medicines you may need.

What a great response! Thank you for taking the time to put so much detail into your response. This will help many folks.
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