For Beginners: The RV Gear You Need to Get Started



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44 thoughts on “For Beginners: The RV Gear You Need to Get Started

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    Self defense is always at the top of my list.

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    Hi Sean, when talking about sewer hoses, I now see why you like to wear hats!

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    My wife and just brought home our Airstream International 27 FB. We purchased it extremely lightly used. I have performed exhaustive research into Airstreams and RV’ing in general which included many of your YouTube videos. I am a thinking man, but i have always benefited from observing others doing things whether it results in positive or negative outcomes. We are new to RV’ing and newly retired. It is still winter in Oklahoma and we have not gone for our first trip yet. I have been preparing by making all of the essential purchases plus getting new E rated tires for my tow vehicle including spare. We have spent many hours inside the trailer getting comfortable with all the functions and “feathering our nest “ with our preferred minimalistic style. Your videos have been very helpful in my process of being overly prepared. I simply must understand why I do things so that I can be very intentional about each and every step of the process. Your videos have been very helpful in my understanding of many aspects of RV’ing. I am still a little hesitant to make our first trip when we still have a couple of months of freezing temps, but I am getting closer to gutting it up and taking the trip and winterizing again as a part of my education. Thanks for posting videos with your experience on many different aspects of RV’ing in an Airstream.

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    FWIW, the lock appears to be a "Proven Tough" puck lock. If so, I believe that model is LPL approved.

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    I’m a Newbie and I really like your videos with all the good info.And they are fun to watch too.

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    Another very good video. Though not necessary, we also have a rechargeable weather radio ($20) that we keep plugged in, just inside the camper doorway. Another item that is priceless when otherwise unexpected bad weather (noreaster) blows in.

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    Good Video, two things I would add,
    1. flashlights (at least 2, but the more the merrier), I have them stashed on Command hooks throughout the RV and use them in a variety of situations.
    2. Quick Connect Solid Brass Quick Connector Garden Hose Fitting Water Hose Connectors, Connecting to old faucets is a bit of a gamble sometimes, and instead of constantly heading for the channel locks, just get a couple of sets and attach to your hoses. Makes set up and take down a breeze (especially for one person).
    On personal note, enjoy you guys upbeat attitude, and smiles. I started RVing with my husband a while back, and the division of labor was great. He has since passed on ( still miss him everyday) and am on my own. Setting up and taking down with just one is a whole different can of worms, especially backing up.

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    Thanks for the video. I have only dry camped, so have not thought about needing surge protector. I will add that to my list. It was helpful to watch your video on those.

    I suggest bringing a collection of spare fuses of various amperages (5, 10, 15, 20, 30).

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    I asked Camco about the filter life (I have the same one) and they said the 'season' was 3 months.

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    Thank u…being retired Registered Nurses, we have one helluva medical kit! Even a defibrillate pack.lol

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    Id like to buy from your links but there getting out of hand and its just faster to do the direct amazon search than it is to go through your list, just my two cents, just want the leveling blocks

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    Our new trailer is on its way. A word to the wise – be prepared for unforeseen costs when buying a brand new RV trailer. $3,000 dollars extra later! "Oh! You want a battery? and a black water hose? Etc etc etc" 🙀

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    Highly recommend Zero G hose for fresh water. 50' super compact will not tangle. Available at Lowe's!

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    I would not travel anywhere without a decent First Aid kit.

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD; SPARE FUSES, FLAT TIRE REPAIR (THE PLUG AND NEEDLE TYPE WORK REALLY WELL), GLOVES (LEATHER AND RUBBER), SEWER TANK SANITIZER. WE FOUND THAT SWITCHING OUT ALL THE LIGHT BULBS WITH LED'S REALLY EXTENDS BATTERY LIFE.

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    After several years of enjoying your channel — and waffling over whether to get an Airstream — this "beginner's RV gear" video was the game-changer for us. It simplified things so clearly and helped us stop over-thinking it all . . . and we just bought our Airstream! And as a thank-you gift, we used your Amazon storefront to buy all the accessories. 🙂

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    What brand of wheel chock do you have? I like the single lever handle installation better than the ratchet handle. I can't find your style of wheel chock anywhere on the internet.

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    Check out the Water Bandit, a water faucet adapter with many uses for filing RV’s and water jugs from unconventional faucets found in USFS NP and State campgrounds. Also, a few sewer adapters as some RV parks have pipes below grade, above grade and places where a typical sewer elbow attachment doesn’t fit just right.

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    We got to a campground in KY and they had a combination 50 and 30 amp hook up. We got there first but were slow to hook up. The guy next to us got to the pole first and got the 30 amp hook up. No worries as we had our 50 amp to 30 connector dog bone. Sure comes in handy.

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    Battery operated boom box, a construction site generator,,whoopie cushions for visitors, a specially designated pot for simmering sauerkraut outdoors during your entire stay, a baseball hat that says "zombie hunter" and this is a must: my wife's tee shirt that says "I'm with stupid".
    All serious aside, you all are great and we love your videos, thank you so much for the excellent insight and sharing the good and the bad. Lessons well remembered for the less experienced like us. (only kidding about the hat). <smile>

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    Yup wheel chocks, forgot them once. Pulled lever on King pin and away she went. Luckily nobody was hurt, except the tailgate took a whoopin from the pin box. Barely had enough lift on landing gear to back under the trailer. Lesson learned.

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    What???? Chock BEFORE unhitching…..yup, I’ve done that. Now, I double chock. GREAT tip about the mirror. One note about the built-in water pressure device. There is sometimes one for the fresh water, but if you have a BLACK tank clean out inlet, it probably does NOT have a built-in water pressure regulator. Don’t ask how I found out.

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    Borrowing a tent, and heading out to the lake not an option these days. Got to have a degree in RV ing.

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    To go along with your sewer hose, I highly recommend a box of nitrile or latex gloves. Get the good ones. It’s not always just your family’s waste you get to deal with. Think about the nasty stuff on the pop-up lid to dump hole. 🤢🤮

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    I would like to know if you consider Baby Girl's front snuggle packs/carriers/purses essential equipment! 😉 I would get one for my 5 lb. poodle if they were in your store! Where can we get them?!

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    State parks will be regulated by the state's health dept. so the water has to be potable. Now it may be hard water but it is safe to drink. But it is regularly checked.

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    A gate valve to install at your dump nozzle and a clear connector so you can see what you are dumping. An extra section of sewer hose. An extra drinking water hose and a spare hose for flushing your black tank after dumping. A level. A limb lopper in case you need to discretely lop of a limb that would damage your RV roof. A broom to sweep off slides before retracting. a couple of plastic buckets just because. A garbage bag with extra rags and towels. A multi-meter and a battery charger in case your converter fails. A cordless drill with the necessary heads to manually retract your slide should the motor(s) fail. Some Eternabond tape or some sealant to repair roof damage. Several cases of you and your spouse's favorite wine and folding chairs. Some lighters to light fires. The Swedish bikini team and the Jamaican bobsled team!! Last, but not least, a freightliner tractor to tow it all.

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    I would add a level and a water bandit in case you find yourself in a situation where you’re at a water supply location without a screw on water hose connection. I would also suggest a separate water hose for anything regarding sewer. Ours is dark grey so we don’t have any confusion on what it’s for.

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    Hey EVERYONE, very important, "find or create" a complete RV pull away checklist—stairs folded up, antenna folded down, vents folded at least halfway, ect…. Oh, and do a kid and dog count. Nobody wants to do a 50 mile turn around. Don't ask.

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    I cut my 50 ft hose at 20 feet so I have20 and 30, put new ends on, it makes life easier, see ya on the road.

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    We were so blessed when we bought our 2000 Nash 24.5 5th wheel.   I recognize the man I worked with over 20 years ago and he and his wife left everything in it.  Everything we needed except a RV rug and generator.      We have since replaced the flooring and the blinds and backsplash behind the stove.  Whoo hoo.  I love camping in it.  I double pull with GMC diesel, club cab, long bed 4×4,  fifth wheel and a 14 foot UTV trailer.

  • May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    Thanks. Add a rubber donut for sewer hose coupling to ground sewer opening. State parks require them. Disposable gloves and hand sanitizer. A second general purpose hose used to clean the waste tanks/hose.

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