So you took the plunge and bought a RV at the RV show. Now what? First thing is to equip it for your first camping trip. The following is a list of essential items to equip your RV before you head out on your initial RV excursion.
• Water Pressure Regulator — Some campgrounds have excessive water pressure which could end up blowing out the water lines in your RV.
• Non Toxic Fresh Water Hose — The “white” hose. Don’t use a regular garden hose for your fresh water connection; they are rated for potable water and will leave your water with a “rubbery” taste. A 25-footer will do in most situations, but it might be a good idea to carry an extra 25-footer for those times when you’re further away from the water connection.
• Sewer Hose — If your designated sewer hose carrier will accept it, buy a smooth -bor brand sewer hose. The inside is smooth and much easier to flush out than the collapsible type and they won’t crush like wire ones when run over.
• Sewer Hose Fittings — You might want a couple of different types for the sewer-end of the hose. Many states require an airtight fitting between the end of the hose and the campground sewer receptacle.
• Electrical Extension Cord — A 25-foot extension cord to match your RVs electrical rating (20-amp, 30-amp or 50-amp extension cord) for the times when you can’t get close enough to the electrical outlet.
• Electrical Adapters — A range of adapters to be able to plug your RV into whatever electrical service is available. If your RV is set up for 50-amp service, you’ll need adapters to plug into either 30-amp service or 20-amp service. If your rig is 50-amp, there are also adapters that allow plugging in to both the 30-amp service and the 20-amp service to provide the 50-amps you need (depending on how the campground electrical service is wired).
• Wheel Chocks — Or some form of locking the wheels of your RV. There are many options available on the market, but good old ordinary wheel chocks work best.
• Leveling Blocks — You can buy leveling blocks from your dealer, but any piece of wood cut into squares will do just fine. Don’t depend on your stabilizer jacks to level your RV. They are meant for stabilizing, not leveling.
• Level or Stick-On Levelers — How else can you make sure your RV is level?
• Spare Fuses — Check your RV manual for the types and sizes of fuses in your RV and carry extras of each.
• Fire Extinguisher — If you buy your RV new, it will already come equipped with a fire extinguisher. But if you buy used, it may or may not have one.
• Holding Tank Chemicals — If you want your first RV trip to be a pleasant one, don’t forget the holding tank chemical.
• Non-Slip Cabinet Linings — While not an essential, everything will be where you placed it when you arrive at your destination.
• Matches — Or one of those butane lighters for barbeques for lighting the stove, oven, grill or starting your campfire in the evening.
• Tire Gauge — It’s a good idea to check your tire pressure before each trip. Check both the tow and the towed vehicle.
In the next installment we will look at stocking your RV with household items for quick and easy weekend getaways.