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Old 03-18-2014, 07:18 AM   #1
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Looking for Insight on supplies

Good Morning All:

First season with our 2006 Crossroads Zinger ZT32QB TT. As one would expect, I have to buy some accessories...you know, a water hose, a new battery, some fuses, etc.

As I bought private party, I don't have a relationship with a dealer. Truth is, I would rather buy online anyway.

Does anyone have any recommendation for online accessories store? Google is pretty smart, but I would just as soon hear from some of you who have had good/bad experiences.

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Old 03-18-2014, 07:33 AM   #2
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I always check the RV Accessory store on Amazon before looking anywhere else. Easy returns and the price is substantially lower than CampingWorld. Sometimes 15-20% less than Campingworld.

If I can't find it on Amazon, I hit Walmart. If all else fails, I take a trip to the local dealership or CampingWorld dealership.

If your're interested, I have a starter kit for sale that came with my trailer last year. Has all the basics stuff to get you going..if i remember right it has a 10' standard sewer hose, straight sewer adapter, steel hose clamp, 30-15 adapter, plastic water pressure regulator, TST Toilet Tissue, TST MAX Packs and a 25' water hose. We're on our second trailer and already had this stuff.
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:38 AM   #3
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Thanks so much Mark. I love Amazon. I didn't know they had camping supplies. Should have known better.

I already have some of the stuff on your list. Much appreciated, but will go through Amazon as I can pick and choose. Much appreciated and thanks so much for your time!
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I would highly recommend checking out Walmart first. Amazon use to be the big contender. From what I have seen and experienced with them as of late, they are getting a little tighter on the purse strings, and a little tougher to do business with.
I use to be one of Amazon's biggest fans. Not any more.
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:53 AM   #5
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I too, use Walmart for many of the accessories. Pretty good selection, good pricing, and convenient when I need it now.
Some stores have a much better selection than others depending on location.
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I would highly recommend checking out Walmart first. Amazon use to be the big contender. From what I have seen and experienced with them as of late, they are getting a little tighter on the purse strings, and a little tougher to do business with.
I use to be one of Amazon's biggest fans. Not any more.

I agree. Slipping lately. But..everytime I call with a problem, they've been great. Usually credited me back a month of Prime, partial refunds. etc.

I like the variety with Amazon. Walmart carries 1 maybe 2 models/brands. I also read the reviews before buying.

I'm usually a big believer in buying local, but the RV shop right up the road marks up everything 30-40%. I priced a cast iron pan there and it was almost 100% markup. I let them stick it to me for Boy Scout supplies thought.

The local CampingWorld is ok. Not a fan of that dealership. less than positive experience when shopping for a new trailer.
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:30 AM   #7
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Thanks all. I'm the same way. I would love to support the local guy, but when the markup is huge (due to their brick and mortar they have to pay for), they just can't compete.

As much as I dread going into any given Wal-Mart, it sounds like I may have to make a visit or two. I have a cart loaded up at Amazon, but it can wait a few days until I weigh out my options...as I've always had good luck with them.

Much appreciated. As always, you guys are absolutely awesome.
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Thanks so much Mark. I love Amazon. I didn't know they had camping supplies. Should have known better.

I already have some of the stuff on your list. Much appreciated, but will go through Amazon as I can pick and choose. Much appreciated and thanks so much for your time!
Thanks for the reply and no worries.

Been to Des Moine, great town! Was there on business a few years ago and happened to be the week of the World Pork Expo. Fun town and great people.

And yes, been through there on our way to Yellowstone and have indeed been in one of the fine Des Moine Walmarts.

I find shopping at Walmart after 11:00 p.m. is best. Either no one is there or it's a trailer for a zombie apocolypse movie. Either way, an adventure.
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Old 03-18-2014, 09:10 AM   #9
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i use walmart, camping world, ebay, amazon and google searches as there are some other random companies for things like patio mats, hitch things etc. etrailer and pplmotorhomes have some good stuff too.
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Old 03-18-2014, 10:17 AM   #10
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X2...WalMart, CW, and Amazon/Ebay.

Camping World (CW) is great...but can be pricey.
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I have personally had really good luck finding what I need on Amazon. Even some odd stuff like a new gear kit for the Winegard antenna. The prices are reasonable and it is usually on my door step in just a few days. Camping World is my second favorite, followed by Wal Mart. I'm not crazy about E-Bay for anything. Too much trouble.
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I go a search on google with the product name and #. I then check out the cheapest price and/or go to google shopping to look for the best price.
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:35 PM   #13
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x2 with what Mark said
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We shop for best price once we decide what we want. My wife has memorized the part #s for Camping World Master Catalog, this helps during the research phase.

JC Whitney has some interesting items also.
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:24 PM   #15
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Dealer over charges for every thing! Go to Walmart first. What you don't find there go to Camping World or Amazon whichever is cheapest. Get a Good Sam membership. It is 25 dollars for a year. What I saved in discounts and free shipping from camping world paid for itself already.
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X2...WalMart, CW, and Amazon/Ebay.

Camping World (CW) is great...but can be pricey.
Another vote here for these four. We compare as CW has sales very often. Amazon seems to have a lot of stuff we have needed. BTW, join Good Sam to get CW discount and campground discounts.

Fun is on the way. Have fun.
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BTW, you do not need to buy special RV toilet tissue that costs a fortune. However, you must buy single ply tissue like ScottŪ Single-Ply Bathroom Tissue.
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BTW, you do not need to buy special RV toilet tissue that costs a fortune. However, you must buy single ply tissue like ScottŪ Single-Ply Bathroom Tissue.
Totally forgot about this one..Yes, RV toilet paper is a sham. Use 1 ply and your fine.
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The ply does not matter. It's how it breaks up in tank and almost all 2 ply will work fine.
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Here is a quick and easy test for toilet paper.

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