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Re: RV must have items
« Reply #30 on: November 18, 2020, 04:01:10 PM »
Handy little items for the fridge, those round, spring loaded extendable curtain rods that extend between 18 - 24" or so. Put them in front of the milk cartons or whatever so things stay put and don't come jumping out at ya when you open the fridge door.

I have to confess and give credit where credit is due. I got that idea from when I was tow boating in Alaska. The cook used those tension rods in the fridge on the tug. Really came in handy. :tup: Been using them since my first camper and now the travel trailer. Thanks Peg!

You can do the same thing if your door latch becomes weak, and you have a lip to tension it between.😉
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Re: RV must have items
« Reply #31 on: November 18, 2020, 04:17:11 PM »
It is critical to keep rv refrigerators level. If it goes out and you open the panel outside and see a yellow sulfur looking powder it is toast. Seven to eight hundred and up for the cooling unit alone. RV repair shops don't want to go that route though. They want to sell you a brand new refrigerator for 2500 and up depending on size. I have a good friend that has always said that RV stands for Ruined Vacation

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Re: RV must have items
« Reply #32 on: November 18, 2020, 04:26:21 PM »
Take care of the battery, I leave my trailer plugged in, I'm hoping it has a smart charger built in it.  But a tender would be best.
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Re: RV must have items
« Reply #33 on: November 18, 2020, 09:13:09 PM »
Take care of the battery, I leave my trailer plugged in, I'm hoping it has a smart charger built in it.  But a tender would be best.

Be careful with the on board chargers. Some will cook your battery faster than bacon.  For off season while being stored as Carpsniper2  is id disconnect all batteries and plug in Battery Tenders for the winter till the RV is used again. Seems RVs and Boats go hand in hand for maintenance and stuff breaking! :bash:
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Re: RV must have items
« Reply #34 on: November 19, 2020, 09:56:09 AM »
Definitely keep a decent toolkit handy.  I can't think of a single trip where something didn't need to be fixed along the way (partly due to 3 boys roughhousing).  Also, one of the battery powered jump starters.  We are usually in BFE so jumper cables are of no use.  We've only had to use the jump starter once but we would have been screwed without it.  Also keep a small 12v air compressor just in case.  And chains.. and duct tape (if all else fails).   

The best upgrade we ever did was put in lithium coach batteries.  They cost a fortune but if you plan on keeping the RV a long time I think it's worth it.  Since we almost never have hookups the lifepo4 batteries help a ton.  They can charge at 30-50ah so the generator only has to run a little every few days to keep up.  Really helps in natl parks etc...  Plus, our batteries have a built-in bluetooth app so you can see actually what you are drawing and current state of charge.

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Re: RV must have items
« Reply #35 on: November 21, 2020, 08:31:37 PM »
For sure. I have one of those portable jump start boxes. Tossed a roll of gorilla tape in it. Working on a tool kit.

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Re: RV must have items
« Reply #36 on: November 22, 2020, 06:39:44 AM »
You can also dump a couple bags of ice in your black tank and let them slosh around while you are towing. Cleans things up pretty well.

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Re: RV must have items
« Reply #37 on: November 22, 2020, 07:26:46 AM »
Must have a good attitude. They can be work and yes there is expense. Take it for what it is and have a great time. We love getting out in ours.

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Re: RV must have items
« Reply #38 on: November 22, 2020, 07:44:00 AM »
Spare Fuzes, a spray bottle with soap and water for checking propane fittings. some wood blocks (to go along with your jack) leveling blocks I just have the Campco brand ones, I bought 2 sets and they are very nice to have. A good quality hand saw, think firewood cutting in a camp ground.... battery powered lanterns are nice to have as long as you have lots of batteries, I rarely use my propane lanterns now, no mantles to mess with. I bought new folding lawn chairs and a folding table to keep in ours all the time.
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Re: RV must have items
« Reply #39 on: November 22, 2020, 08:07:48 AM »
You can also dump a couple bags of ice in your black tank and let them slosh around while you are towing. Cleans things up pretty well.


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Re: RV must have items
« Reply #40 on: November 23, 2020, 11:38:08 AM »
I second the wood blocks for the jacks. I used 8"X12" beam and cut down to about 12" long. I also stapled some rope to them to make a handle for easier transport. Used two under each jack. Also used a Makita(battery power) with a socket to crank jacks up and down. Outdoor carpet for under awning. Electric heater for when you are camping in parks with electricity. Also carried a couple 2"X6" boards about three or four feet long to drive the trailer onto for leveling.

 


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