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Old 08-02-2009, 12:28 PM   #21
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stabilizers for the scissor jacks



vent covers on the roof



electric tongue jack



second battery



awning tie downs



a few tools



patience and the willingness to learn about rving

your family



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Old 08-02-2009, 01:24 PM   #22
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Awesome posts folks!! Now I really have a list of items that I would have never gotten on my own. At least not the first time out.

Great advise!! Keep em coming!

George and shoetravel I need to camp, and drink, with you two.

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Old 08-02-2009, 01:44 PM   #23
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Patrick no lights,,, If you start with one string, by the time DW and Patrick get done you will have 12 different strings of lights. It takes longer to chose which lights go up than it does to set up the rest of the unit. Of course the up side of it you can drink a lot of adult beverages in the set up time


As part of our house remodel I had a 19'X10' roof added over part of ourpatio. When the electrician is here next week he will be adding a switched outlet in the eaves of the patio roof ( I learned this from my Cruiser). I'll have theparty (awning) lights up all year round..... I guess I'll have to post some pics when it is done...
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Patrick, Since you gave Janet the address of the partylights, she has become there best customer, I think they have her picture by the order desk, and according to rumor she has a parking spot assigned to her if she ever shows up in person

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Old 08-07-2009, 10:34 AM   #25
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Pick up our rig tomorrow. Awesome posts everyone. THANKS!

Ok, now I have a couple of questions.

Awning tie downs. How many and what is best to use? Can you explain where and why so I can be ready?

Tongue jack. What is a good brand? Dependable? What are you using?

Vent covers. Can this be explained a little more please? I understand they would be for the roof top vents but, covers?

Electrical cord. What are the differences? What is for home electrical and what is for CGs?

Still looking to get any more advise/experiences you have had to help me out.

Thanks again and good RVing!

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Old 08-07-2009, 11:30 AM   #26
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Awning tie downs do not use, all ways bring it in when it rains or we go away.
Tongue jack, Trailer comes with a manual one, Try it out, you may ask for this at Christmas foe a electric one. Check you fellow campers at the campgrounds on what they are using, Watch how they work make your decision then.
A heavy duty out side electrical cord is all I carry. I have not been any where that my plug from the unit would not reach. I would suggest a surge protector tho. Once more other that the heavy duty cord I would put off buying a 30 amp cord. Do not for get the beer. Oh yeas walkie talkies are nice for backing into the camping site.


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I made my own awning tie downs. I purchased a 4 pack of cargo tie downs fromWalmartand couple of large springs from ACE Hardware and a pair of those screw in the ground dog stakes. In all it cost me about $15.00 and I have an extra pair of cargo ties downs. It's simple but cheapinsurance.





Something else you may want to add is a laundry basket or two. We find them very useful not only for laundry but also for moving food items between the trailer and house. We prefer the lower wider ones over the tall or square ones, they seem to fit better in the front storage / laundry shoot section.
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Oh extra key for your storage doors......they can break on you.
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can never have too much Beer, Plus an inventation for all of us to share that beer

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Someone mentioned a hydraulic jack for flat tires but no one has yet to mention a "lug wrench" that fits your wheel nuts properly. Also wouldn't hurt to check the tightness of wheel nuts after getting unit home in the driveway. Not certain on torque but I'm sure someone will chime in.

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Oh yeah, did anyone mention beer yet?
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Second that on the lug wrench. I had one of them cross lug wrenches w/ 4 different size ends from myold trailer that I moved to my Cruiser. First time I had a flat I come to find out none of them fit. I now have a torque wrench, an 18" breaker bar andthe proper size socketthat I carry in theCruiser.
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Pick up our rig tomorrow. Awesome posts everyone. THANKS!

Ok, now I have a couple of questions.

Awning tie downs. How many and what is best to use? Can you explain where and why so I can be ready?

Tongue jack. What is a good brand? Dependable? What are you using?

Vent covers. Can this be explained a little more please? I understand they would be for the roof top vents but, covers?

Electrical cord. What are the differences? What is for home electrical and what is for CGs?

Still looking to get any more advise/experiences you have had to help me out.

Thanks again and good RVing!

Dave





I have a set of cheap awning hold downs from CW work good

Bulldog power jack works good 2 seasons now

Max airvent covers vents can be open when it rains

you should have a 25, extension cord for your power probably 30 amp.

aregular extension is handy too for your awning lights

some campsites arent setup the best and you should eventually carry extensions for all hookups. water sewer cable power. an awning mat is a nice option too keeps dirt outside.

keep a pad in the camper and write down what comes to mind also most folks in campgrounds will be glad to offer their input just have to sort it all out.



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Old 08-09-2009, 03:50 AM   #35
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Camped in the driveway last nigh. My tent camping days are OVER!

Thanks again to all of you for your valuable advise.

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Dave you should out the crossroads rally in Indiana I just got home from this years rally it is a great time. There will another next year and it would be nice to another Zinger there since I'm the only Zinger there.
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Old 08-12-2009, 02:17 AM   #37
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Thanks for the invite Mike. I see your in my neck of the woods. Well, sort of....



Any places in the general Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana area that you would recommend? Or any slightly outside this area?



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We carry a weather radio after spending Memorial Day, last year, at the KOA in Lena Ill. when a tornado was spotted 8 miles West. Paid 20 bucks at Radio Shack. It goes off in severe weather, batt back up. I'm not a paranoid person but don't want my family in a Trailer if a tornado is in the vacinity.





Cheap rain ponchos

I use plastic leveling blocks (Washable and light)(Walmart,30 bucks,2are adequate)

My wife throws washable rugs all over the trailer, keeps the carpeting new.

Battery powered clock.

Indoor/outdoor thermometer (We camp alot in the South)

We always pack some Micro-wavable meals if the weather is too bad to cook outside.

(frozen pulled pork or turkey/gravy, taco meat, cans of beans, Reads canned potato salad)

We rarely cook inside-We carry a Coleman Roadtrip grill with interchangeable griddles.

Browned beef and rice should one of our dogs get............canned pumpkin works also.



Places to go : Michigan dunes but State Park Rangers may dump your beer

Frankenmuth Mich, nice CG Southof Town-name escapes me

Wisconsin Dells-we stay at Baraboo Hills CG Labor Days

Cedar Point Ohio-never been there-it's always booked when I call

(Something about camping in the shadow of a Roller-Coaster.....)

Mill Creek in Machinac City Mi.



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Only 10 things?

Here are a few on my list:
Toiletries and First Aid kit
Washline and clothespins
Movies on DVDs and books for bad weather
Emergency tool kit
Our BBQ grill, briguettes and double electric Hot Plate
Small folding "cook" table from CW
Small electric heater and a few fans
Perk coffee pot for dry camping
Blue Boy or Honey wagon
Clean linens, face cloths and towels
Cleaning products and paper towels, Wet Wipes
Easy-Up screen room w/sun wind block
Radio with weather station
cell phone and laptop computer
Lights for under the awning.......




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Really there are only 3 things needed.



1. Beer

2. Pen

3. Paper



If you don't have something, write it down on the paper with the pen and make do either for the trip or until you get home or to the store. Sit back and drink beer until you think of something else or need something else and then you repeat the process.



Soon after doing this you will be saying S***, I have to take some of this stuff out of this trailer or I might as well just put a hitch on the house.
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