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Vanity--Just bought an RV Tailer. Now what?
5/1/2013 | Me

Posted on 05/01/2013 7:58:48 AM PDT by Vermont Lt

I just took the plunge and purchased a small travel tailer (25 ft.) My wife and I will use it for mostly stationery camping at a lot we own on a lake in Northern VT. We have all of the power and water hook-ups there, and it will be our vacation and weekend home for the summer.

The trailer is brand new and has all of the normal, mid range functions: Refrig, TV, stereo, Queen bed, one slider, shower, etc.

I am writing to ask other trailer owners what things they would get at the outset to make their lives easier. We do not expect a lot of road travel over the next year, although going cross country in 2014 is a probability.

Looking back on your experience, what things do think of and say, "Boy...it would have been nice to have....."

Any advice is welcome. The last time I had any kind of a camper was a pop-up deal in 1976, so consider me a complete newbie. The fact that this has a refrigerator and TV seems like cheating, but I am older now, so that is OK.

Thanks in advance for your responses...serious or otherwise!


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1 posted on 05/01/2013 7:58:48 AM PDT by Vermont Lt
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To: Vermont Lt

Now travel the countryside picking up whores and runaways.


2 posted on 05/01/2013 8:01:16 AM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
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To: Vermont Lt

Tailer?


3 posted on 05/01/2013 8:03:25 AM PDT by deport
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To: Vermont Lt

Sell it before you lose all your money. At least sell it before the roof leaks.


4 posted on 05/01/2013 8:05:33 AM PDT by chuckles
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To: Vermont Lt

Report to re-educate camp, you carbon criminal.


5 posted on 05/01/2013 8:05:41 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: Vermont Lt

A separate screen room large enough to hold the picnic table, and/or some chairs. Why let the mosquitos drive you into the trailer on an otherwise gorgeous evening by the lake?


6 posted on 05/01/2013 8:06:46 AM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: Vermont Lt

Tell us about your tow vehicle.


7 posted on 05/01/2013 8:06:54 AM PDT by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: Vermont Lt

I just did the same thing! 29’ Fleetwood. It’s gently used, but I’m worried about the thermocoupler in the oven.


8 posted on 05/01/2013 8:07:01 AM PDT by txhurl
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To: Vermont Lt

I am writing to ask other trailer owners what things they would get at the outset to make their lives easier. We do not expect a lot of road travel over the next year, although going cross country in 2014 is a probability.


might be a few nuggets for you here:

http://www.tnttt.com/


9 posted on 05/01/2013 8:07:43 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple
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To: Vermont Lt
Congrats!

I don't have any advice, but this thread has potential for hilarity, and this is a fancy self-ping so I can find it later in the day. ;)

/johnny

10 posted on 05/01/2013 8:08:43 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Vermont Lt

Park it in your backyard, run a hose and electricity to it, convert the insides to a Marijuana grow room, or better yet, a meth lab. Then Profit.


11 posted on 05/01/2013 8:08:45 AM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: Vermont Lt
A 25' trailer is small? I've got one that would fit INSIDE yours!

You have quite a few of the basic things covered already (refrigeration, stove, lighting) with what came on your trailer. If you haven't already thought of it, carry a tool kit.

Also, a camp stove might be good to bring along, especially if you feel like cooking something, um, "aromatic." A 25-foot trailer is pretty roomy as travel trailers go, but it doesn't take long to fill that space with food aromas.

12 posted on 05/01/2013 8:10:12 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Some people take there grammar way to seriously.)
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To: Vermont Lt

when we replaced our RV with a smaller travel van (Road Trek) we made sure it had air conditioning in it that we could use when we were parked.

We travel a lot in the summer and vans/rv’s/trailers can really heat up and make it impossible to sleep at night even with the windows wide open. It was worth the extra expense.


13 posted on 05/01/2013 8:10:16 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (Handguns are a girl's best friend!!)
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To: Vermont Lt

Congratulations! It sounds like some fun is in your future.


14 posted on 05/01/2013 8:11:18 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Vermont Lt

Brand and price.


15 posted on 05/01/2013 8:12:21 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Vermont Lt

let’s see....surge protector, a white hose for potable water, a sewer slinky, an awning mat, black tank deodorizer, a small grill, rope lights, a tool kit, and a cart full of stuff at camping world. Congrats and Happy camping :-)


16 posted on 05/01/2013 8:15:10 AM PDT by NicNacPattyWac
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To: Vermont Lt

I think a twin .50 caliber anti-aircraft battery mounted on the top of the trailer would be cool.

Fun times too if you can afford to feed it. It might help you keep wildlife at bay too.


17 posted on 05/01/2013 8:15:17 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 ("The British are Coming (to confiscate weapons)" - Paul Revere (We know how that ended))
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To: Vermont Lt

Curtains.

It sounds dumb, but when a trailer sits around not being used, the sun can fade things, make them brittle, etc.

Lawn chairs and folding tables, so you can lounge around, outside of the camper.


18 posted on 05/01/2013 8:16:41 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Vermont Lt

Just make sure you LIKE your wife as well as you love her.

24/7 togetherness is hard on a marriage.


19 posted on 05/01/2013 8:17:34 AM PDT by Tupelo (The Government lies, then the media lies to cover up the government lies.)
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To: Vermont Lt
Get some slide-out jack stands. We had them and liked the extra stability.
20 posted on 05/01/2013 8:20:35 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: deport

“Tailer?”

A “tailer is found on the south end of a north bound Heeler, usually a blue heeler heading north for better Gibsmedats.

Oops, was that really a typo?


21 posted on 05/01/2013 8:22:51 AM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam is antithetical to, and Islam is irreconcilable with, America. Therefore - Islam Delenda Est)
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To: Vermont Lt

Trade it in for an RV trailer.


22 posted on 05/01/2013 8:22:58 AM PDT by dforest (I have now entered the Twilight Zone.)
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To: Vermont Lt

You need mountain pie makers. Several. The old fashioned kind made of cast iron by Rome Industries. Look them up along with recipes. Also the newer camp lanterns with mantles that run off the small propane bottles are great and simpler to operate than the white gas versions. And get an Estwing Fireside Friend for camp firewood and making kindling. Just be careful as they are really sharp.


23 posted on 05/01/2013 8:23:07 AM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Vermont Lt

A small generator (800kW);

A stiff brush on a broom handle, several gallons of bleach, a 5gln bucket and a garden hose (for cleaning the exterior);

A carpet remnant (8ft x 10ft is enough), to form the base for an outdoor patio;

Two solar fans, one forward one aft, mounted so that there is a constant ventilation even when the trailer is locked up;

A satellite dish (if you don’t already have one for the TV);

A case of MRE’s or other camping/survival foods, enough for a week or longer;

Three 5gln jugs/cans, dedicated to nothing but drinking water;

One large bottle of spiced rum;

Matches (you never have enough)...


24 posted on 05/01/2013 8:24:00 AM PDT by Old Sarge (My "KMA List" is growing daily...)
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To: Vermont Lt

Get good quality sewer connections and don’t leave the sewer connection open. You should use your holding tank and empty it as needed, otherwise you will get a lot of solid matter build-up which will harden.


25 posted on 05/01/2013 8:25:24 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: Vermont Lt

KEEP. THE ZOMBIES. OUT.

26 posted on 05/01/2013 8:25:36 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Tupelo

As a woman, anything that takes a kitchen along on a “vacation” is not something that interests me.

I prefer 5 star dining experiences 3 X a day, without having to do the clean up afterwards...........


27 posted on 05/01/2013 8:25:37 AM PDT by basil (basil --Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: Vermont Lt

Seal the roof with cool-coat or one of the other RV roof sealants now before it starts to leak and repeat annually.


28 posted on 05/01/2013 8:27:05 AM PDT by Octar
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To: basil
At a party, as part of a party game during drinking, the question to answer was "How would you start a fire in the rain?"

My dear ex wife answered "Call room service for dry fire wood."

/johnny

29 posted on 05/01/2013 8:28:01 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Vermont Lt

Here are a few ideas:

Memory foam pad for bed.

Small fan and space heater (the built in heater and A/C units are noisy and don’t keep a constant temp very well).

Fantastic Fans, if you don’t already have them installed.

RV mat - search Amazon for RV mat.

Extra towel bars - there never are enough. Mount on the bathroom door.

Electric blanket for chilly spring and fall evenings (as long as you’re hooked up to power, of course).

Surge protector. We had an electric post catch fire once and it spared our cord and the inside appliances.

Water filter to attach to the outside hose. Water at campgrounds is notoriously silty.

Bubble levels. One to set on bumper for side to side leveling and one mounted inside for front to back.

Cover, if you’re not storing it in a garage/shed. Sun destroys RV’s. Also, get the tire covers to protect tires from sun when parked in one place for a while.

Dustbuster and small canister vacuum. Rubber backed rugs for entry and bathroom. It’s amazing how much stuff gets tracked in.

DVD player.

Outdoor carpet covers for steps (Camping World).

Pest repellent (ants, wasps, etc.).

Talk to people in campgrounds and ask for their advice. Campers love to talk. If someone has something you haven’t seen before on or around their RV, ask about it.

Generator in case you’re boondocking or the power goes out.


30 posted on 05/01/2013 8:28:05 AM PDT by randita
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To: lacrew

Yes, covers for the tires also and a big sturdy awning that can cover the trailer a couple of feet above the roof, it will help with thge temp and elements. Make sure it drains away from living areas.


31 posted on 05/01/2013 8:28:26 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: Vermont Lt

Forgot to mention...blue waste toter. You won’t need it with full hookups, but if you do xcountry travel, you’ll eventually end up in a place without full hookups (state, national parks, e.g.).


32 posted on 05/01/2013 8:31:41 AM PDT by randita
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To: Vermont Lt

Enjoy it for the next few days. Like a boat the first few days of owning an RV are the best! The next Best days are after you sell it! ;-)


33 posted on 05/01/2013 8:32:28 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Vermont Lt

I would suggest you join the forum listed below. There is a wealth of information on just about every RV subject...and it is free.

http://www.rv.net/forum/


34 posted on 05/01/2013 8:33:29 AM PDT by A_Tradition_Continues (formerly known as Politicalwit ...05/28/98 Class of '98)
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Get yourself a good long run generator. About 3200 watts should do. Get yourself a good sized tank to haul water with and make it so you can dump your water into the tank without hassle. Get yourself a couple more deep cycle batteries and make them so you can hook them up quikly to the main battery..jumper cables or wire. Maybe you might want to get a cheap solar panel to keep your batteries up a little. I hope it has a hell of a high BTU furnace..and that gives me another thought. Get yourself a couple 40 pound LP tanks and enough hose to jump from the main line to those tanks.

BTW, I live out of state and live year round in my camper. I have a 18 foot with a 30 thousand BTU furnace. I skirt the bottom in the winter with 2 inch styrofoam insulation sheating in the winter and I stay nice and warm. The biggest probolem I have is battery life. So..the solar charger and generator. I cook with the micro wave as much as possible while running the generator. In the winter, I have to drain the water and live out of water I haul...four 5 gallon jugs. If I have electrical hookup, I heat the thing with a cheap electric heater I bought at Wal Mart for 15 bucks. I got TV, radio and all the rest as well as internet with my hot spot.
Keep it up and it will serve you for a long time. Read your manual for year round use.


35 posted on 05/01/2013 8:33:30 AM PDT by crz
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1) If it doesn’t already have one, a spare tire and wheel.
2) A lug wrench that fits the nuts on the trailer, if they aren’t the same as the tow vehicle.
3) A jack, capable of safely lifting the trailer should you need to change a tire.


36 posted on 05/01/2013 8:33:40 AM PDT by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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setting is the worse thing for trailers. If it’s gonna sit make sure it’s not on dirt. All sorts of things in the axles tend to rust up. And if it sinks.. well...

Also, when traveling, keep a spare hub or two in the trailer, a bearing failure always happens when the shops close on Saturday. Having the parts with you can make it a road side repair.

Be sure the trailer has standard sized tires. Carry more than one spare if you can. When I use to haul a twin axle trailer it seemed like it’d blow tires in pairs. Normally one takes out the other.


37 posted on 05/01/2013 8:34:22 AM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: Vermont Lt

Ge this book from Valterrra, “Trailers made Easy”. Amazon used to carry, but not now (it appears). It’s worth the $5-10, believe me.

http://www.amazon.com/Trailers-Fifth-Wheels-Made-Easy/dp/B00075SAO6/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=R8OC3P4AY8OH&coliid=IIIYXPM3GM4G1


38 posted on 05/01/2013 8:35:15 AM PDT by simi_ed
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Keep thinking of things. If it wasn’t included, make sure you get a slideout cover - can’t think of the technical name from it, but it’s a roller shade that extends with your slideout.

With one of those, the debris falls off as the slideout comes in. Otherwise, you should sweep off the top of your slideout before pulling it in because branches, pine cones, etc., if not removed, could mess things up.


39 posted on 05/01/2013 8:35:17 AM PDT by randita
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To: NicNacPattyWac

Yep, all that and the honey pot hauler for when your black and/or gray tanks get full and it’s not time to leave yet. Sucks to haul that stuff in buckets like we did the first time that happened!


40 posted on 05/01/2013 8:36:08 AM PDT by RonInNaples
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To: JRandomFreeper

Sounds perfectly sensible to me—LOL!


41 posted on 05/01/2013 8:36:13 AM PDT by basil (basil --Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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I’d bet his 25 foot unit has black and gray water tanks built in.


42 posted on 05/01/2013 8:36:53 AM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: Vermont Lt
Congratulations! I hope you and your wife have many great times with the trailer. As far as advice as some posted get some TOOLS. Include an ax, a big crow bar and small one, shovel maybe even a pick as well as hammers, screw drivers etc.

By the way Vermont is one of the states to which I have never been.

43 posted on 05/01/2013 8:38:13 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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“As a woman, anything that takes a kitchen along on a “vacation” is not something that interests me.”

By any chance, are you and my wife related?


44 posted on 05/01/2013 8:38:48 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Some people take there grammar way to seriously.)
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To: Darnright

2012 Silverado 1500, gross towning weight is about 9500 pounds, dry weight of the trailer is 5,300.


45 posted on 05/01/2013 8:39:24 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?)
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I’m sure it has those tanks built in.

What I’m referring to are the waste toters that you can drain your tanks into, then attach the toter to your tow vehicle and take the toter to the dump. Saves having to hitch up and drive your RV to the dump, which is a major pain.


46 posted on 05/01/2013 8:39:29 AM PDT by randita
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To: RonInNaples

yep, I forgot about the “blue boy” tote. Also forgot about chocks and lego level blocks. I also agree with another poster, rv.net is a great site.


47 posted on 05/01/2013 8:40:35 AM PDT by NicNacPattyWac
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

YES. An RV tool box is essential! It has saved our bacon on many an occasion.


48 posted on 05/01/2013 8:41:03 AM PDT by randita
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Vanity--Just bought an RV Tailer. Now what?

Hitch a car to the back and drive 45 in the left lane of a 70 MPH zone like all the other ones.

49 posted on 05/01/2013 8:41:46 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (It's not "GUN CONTROL"! It's "PEOPLE CONTROL"!)
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To: Vermont Lt

Every time you return you should make it a point to clean it thoroughly. It will last longer and hold its eventual re-sale value.

Also by a RV satellite receiver..


50 posted on 05/01/2013 8:43:38 AM PDT by shotgun
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