Outfiting our RV - Suggestions Needed :)

Hi All,

We are buying all the important things for the RV... need suggestions for the following:

* Battery
* Generator (I think Pat answered this one already!)
* Sewer Kits
* Toilets (we have an Aqua-Magic III that came with the camper and it works fine and I'd rather not have to replace, but the idea of a seat that's been used by strangers for 32 years is a bit weird!) althought it might not be the original toilet.
* Tool Sets for the Road
* Gas Detectors

Any must haves you recommend?

Thanks in advance for the info. We are new to RVing and can't wait to get on the road.
Enjoy the long weekend!!!


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Comment by DJRUFFLESS on August 13, 2009 at 9:02pm
Just A little tip, I'm in the same boat as you guys, buying camper supplies and instead of buying a battery and a charger or a converter. If you're not planning on doing to much rustic camping, I opted for buying a DC power supply to run the few things mines a 10-14 Amp one since I don't have much that runs off 12V. You can pic one up for cheap on Ebay mine cost $35 and beats buying a battery every 5 years.
Comment by VK on May 26, 2009 at 1:14am
The battery should be a deep cycle RV-series 24 or 27. The deep cycles take charge/discharge cycles better than an ordinary starter battery. 24 is smaller than 27 but you don't gain that much going larger.

Camping World sells a sewer kit I like very much. It is called EZ coupler 20' sewer kit. The hoses are heavy (red colored) and the connections are very tight and strong. Comes with two 10 foot hoses, so you can use one or both if need be. Legal in all states.

Carbon monoxide detectors are more important than a gas detector. You can smell the gas but not the CO.

Tool kit should contain a multimeter, extra wire, fuses (the kind your trailer uses) and DUCT TAPE. VK
Comment by Pat Daly on May 23, 2009 at 12:49pm
Paul, odly enough one of the first things I'd recommend is that your tow vehicle is up to snull for pulling in the heat of summer.
Things I always do:
- Buy "slip on" towing mirrors; they're a "must have" and fit right over your existing mirrors. Cost about $50. My Yukon has factory "towing mirrors" that proved slightly too small for a good view of approaching traffic, almost causing me to change lanes right into cars "parked" off my right hand bumper.
- Change all fluids by your trusted mechanic.
- Check all belts and hoses and replace BEFORE going on the road.
- Check brakes and have the drums pulls for visual inspection.
- Tires. Make sure they are rated for trailer towing, balanced and always check airpressure before leaving and on the road; this makes a big difference in gas savings and reducing "sway" as you travel.
- Check and retorque trailer hitch connections, bolts, etc. Clean and inspect electrical connections
-Whos the spare tire for both the tow vehicle and the trailer? When in doubt replace! Much cheaper now than on the road 20 miles up a dirt track in the mountains.
-Check your Car Jack... will it ALSO work as your TRAILER jack?? If not, buy an inexpensive one and stow it in your tow vehicle. You would not belive how many people have no jack for their trailer leaving them at the side of the road.
- We reinforced the factory Roof rack on our suv puller. WE carry lots of stuff "on top" since our trailer is smaller.
That's all I can think of for the "front end" of the rig. Looking forward to reading other folks comments to your questions. pat



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