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The one thing you can't live without...


Once again my wife and I are going to be full-timing in a couple of years.  I have been camping for years so I understand a fair amount about what needs to be done to camp, but most of this was done in a pop-up or tents.  What I am looking for is the one thing, OK maybe two, you full-timers simply can't live without.  I've read the 10 things you've got to have articles but that is only one person's opinion, I'm looking for more input.  Any takers?



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1) At least 20' of sewer hose, since 10' is not always enough
2) At least 50' of water hose, since 25' is not always enough
3) All adapters needed to handle 50AMP, 30AMP or 15/20AMP electric service. Not every 50AMP campsite has a 30AMP plug.
4) A sense of humor.

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5) Credit card with credit limit that can handle the "what's that leaking out the back" question.
6) As many different lengths of bungie cords as you can find.


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7) Your favorite beverage.



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8. If you are planning on much dry/boondocking, an adequate solar system.

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9.  A good camera with plenty of space on a memory card.

10. A spouse that tolerates one's idiosyncrasies and loves the lifestyle as well.

Terry



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If one is talking about daily living - reliable bandwidth.  I'm not talking about Netflix or Facebook.  Be you a full-timer or on the road for three months - try "doing life" without bandwidth and adequate connectivity to take care of daily life business.  It's really hard in this century.



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A sense of humor.biggrin



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Along with other things already mentioned, leveling blocks

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Chair for outside

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Here are a few things that we wouldn‘t be without....

Electrical Management System - we chose the external “plug in to shore pedestal“ version.  The EMS protects against voltage fluctuations, power surges and problems with poorly wired shore power, all of which can cause damage to your RV electrical system.

We also have a tire pressure monitoring system for our RV and TV.  An alarm will signal if tire pressure or tire temperature fluctuates beyond programmed settings.  

A Weber Q grill - ours is the Q2000 series.  We use it several times a week for everything from steaks and chicken to pizza and grilled vegetables and fruit.  We don’t have an oven in our 5th wheel, so we have used the Weber Q for our grilling/baking needs.

Good luck as you continue your planning.



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A large stack of money in the reserve fund.  It provides a peace of mind and will fix most RV problems.  Also helps prevents sleepless nights and second guessing in many situations.



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Well it looks like I'm off to a fairly good start, but I'll need some sewer hose and water hose. I think I already have a complete complement of electrical adapters, they came with an Apollo motorhome I owned a few years ago, and I have a sense of humor, offbeat as it may be. I have a credit card(s) with enough of a credit limit to buy a new small car and money in the bank I don't plan to spend on the motorhome. My favorite beverage is water as of a few years ago after my doctor had a heart-to-heart with me about soda pop (but a little Jack or Eagle Rare may sneak in on occasion) and I'm checking into solar systems. The solar may be a little-bit-at-a-time thing, but the coach I'm looking at comes with a 2,000 watt inverter and a surge suppressor. I'll have to check on the surge suppressor to see it is really a EMS but I'm betting it is. If not, I'll replace it. As for the chairs I have a regular chair and a recliner for both my wife and I but these may be need to be upgraded, they're the $8 Kmart ones. As for the leveling blocks I may make some out of plywood as I have lots of scrap from remodeling apartments. I'm not sure about the plastic ones as I haven't had good luck over the years with plastic under pressure for long periods of time, but I would be interested in anyone's experience with them leveling a class a or super c motorhome. The tire pressure monitoring system is a for sure as my old motorhome had evidence of a blown tire and the damage would probably have cost more than the cost of the monitoring system to repair the damage, and this doesn't even address the safety features. As to the Weber grill, I already have a hibachi and a small barrel type grill that will do for now as my wife pretty much insists on charcoal. I would like to thank you all for taking the time to respond and I appreciate all of your input.  If anyone has anything to add I'd be grateful.



-- Edited by arcaguy on Friday 18th of May 2018 06:48:38 PM

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We FT in a Class A. For leveling blocks, I cut a 2x12 into six pieces of 24 inch lengths. Cut 3/8 inch plywood the same dimentions and sandwich the 2x12 pieces between plywood. The plywood distributes the load. We tried just the 2x12 pieces and made kindling out of the first set. Add a simple handle on one end to make retrieving easier.
We also bought a 4’x6’ horse stall pad and cut it about the same dimensions. We use these when the wood is too much or just to protect the tires.
Don’t forget a good water filter at the spigot. Don’t care if the coach has a filter. I have both and the one at the spigot gets the big stuff before it gets to my tank.


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If they aren't built in to your rig, then have some kind of level, whether small pen size or whatever you have, to check level side-to-side and front to back. And adequate leveling blocks or planks, that one pack of 10 blocks won't help on a bad site. and you can't mix planks and blocks, they will slide off.

I'll disagree about the extra length hoses, that really depends on whether you have a large rig. Never needed more than 25' of water hose or 15' of sewer, in fact lately a super-short sewer hose would be handy at many sites. You might be happy to have a heavy duty extension cord though if you ever need to pull power at a friend or relatives driveway.

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Well I guess my take on the sewer hose is better too much than not enough, but maybe a couple of 25 footers and a 10 footer may be the trick, or some varying lengths and can connect together,we'll see. As to the extension cord I have an old 50 amp cable that's about 20 feet long that I can put the correct end on for whatever rig I buy. That and adapters should probably see me through. As for the homemade leveling blocks I have a friend that has a portable saw mill and I can likely get any size of oak I need along with plywood etc. Me thinks this will be just fine, maybe a little heavy but tough as oak, or maybe I can get some hickory which is really hard to split. We'll see. As for the levels I have at least 2 6" levels and 5 longer ones up to 4", but those are probably too long. But I'm pretty sure that whatever rig I buy will come with automatic levelers since I'm looking at a super C. Once again, thanks for all of the input it's really helping me plan.

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On sewer and water hoses you just have to have your spares with you and use them to add length when needed. Sewer and water hoses do break or get damaged and it really sucks when that happens. Mostly I can get away with a 10' Rhinoflex sewer hose, that will shorten to about 4', but about 1/3rd of the time I have to add another 10' piece and sometimes I need another 25' due to bizarre sewer placement. On water hose, 25' is enough most of the time, but I also have 4', 10', some spare 25' and a 50' for those other cases. Driveway, rallies and repair facilities are where we have had to run over 50' to fill water.

I also use a water pressure reducer, since there are plenty of campgrounds with water pressure in the 90 to 130psi range, and that can vary during the day. (Alabama is where we have encountered this the most.)

We have destroyed many a plastic or homemade wood leveling block over the years, since they don't last.  I finally bought 8 of these about 5 years ago, http://www.campersfriend.com/product_details.php?ID=4, and they are all still working.   We are using 4 of these as I type this.  We have automatic levelers, but they are not always enough.



-- Edited by bjoyce on Monday 21st of May 2018 10:13:31 AM

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I'll follow up with Bill Joyce's comment on a water pressure reducer or regulator.  In the RV park where we are camp hosts, the pressure here is over 100#.  With just about every person that comes into the park, we ask if they have a regulator.  Once in a while we encounter someone that doesn't, and in those cases, we have a few pressure reducers that other campers forgot when they left.  But, don't count on an RV park having loaners.

Terry



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