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Old 02-11-2012, 12:09 AM   #1
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Picking up a trailer, tools and supplies

Hi, all,

We are trying to get everything together for our very first trailer and it is a long list. Maybe there should be a list for Picking Up A Trailer and Getting Home in 3 Hours and another one for Picking Up A Trailer and Getting Home in 3 Weeks, Camping on the Way.

We figure we need a torque wrench but which one? We found a $75 Husky with a quick set feature. That sounds as if it is a very good feature to have but what do I know. What we do not know for sure is whether we need the 3/8" version or is there something else because of the different measuring system?

We are buying all kinds of "must have" items and maybe some not so "must have."
Chocks, locking chocks, leveling blocks, hitch grease, hitch cover, triangles, hitch ball finder mirror, outside string of lights, RV TP, towing mirrors. We picked up a bunch of on-sale screw drivers and another tape measure at Sears.

I guess we need some other tools such as wrenches but don't know what sizes. What other tools might we need?

How about cleaning supplies for the tanks or similar items? What would one need if camping on the way home?

I can manage the kitchen items and bed linens lists but don't know about other things.

We plan to get a Sherline scale ordered soon. I suppose we should get the 1,000 lb. if we can.

Also will order tire sensors.

Maybe we should have a surge protector. Have to look into which one, discussed on the forum before.

Need a water pressure regulator, for people not getting the Starter Kit.

That's all I know.
Thank you for all of the info. Many of the ideas I have came from this forum.
Cathy

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Old 02-11-2012, 12:18 AM   #2
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Re: Picking up a trailer, tools and supplies

Hi: Cathy... I just added a link to the Ikea tool kitwww.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/00169254/ I carry in the trailer...Very handy. Alf
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Old 02-11-2012, 12:29 AM   #3
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If buying a torque Wrench buy a 1/2" drive one. you will need a short 1/2" extension about 5 inches and a 3/4" socket. The torque for the lug nuts is 90 foot pounds. Torque wrench has two scales one in Foot Pounds and the other is metric. The Torque Wrench can be used for the tow rig also. I have one for sale on my website www.fiberglasstraveltrailersrv.com.
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Re: Picking up a trailer, tools and supplies

Hi Cathy,
Most of your list sounds pretty good but I would caution on buying too much before you have the trailer. Sometimes it takes a while to get the feel of the trailer to see what really works and what you really need. It's way to easy to go crazy buying too much. Below are some thoughts on some items that work for me:

TP: I buy Angel Soft regular household TP that is septic safe (non quilted). Our black tank is never left full for any length of time and before we return home I always clean and then put in a few inches of water.

Tools: never used a torque wrench but do carry a regular 4-way tire tool. Also carry hammer, sockets, screw drivers, etc.

Tire Pressure Monitor: I just bought a "Tire Minder" system as my truck does not have one. Can't say yet how well it works (but will find out real soon )

I use this for my black tanks http://www.adventurerv.net/oxykem-ho...le-p-4675.html

Voltage regulator: I believe this is a great idea and had Reace hardwire one in my new trailer. But something like this should work very well http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...rotector/18336. They also make some less expensive ones. But I think this testing device is most important to check the electrical pedestal before plugging in http://tweetys.com/ac-circuit-tester.aspx.

Oh and for those of us with the 19' double axle I purchased this http://tweetys.com/trailer-aid-plus-2.aspx in case I need to change a tire on the road.

Hope this helps. Again, these things work for me. Just give yourself some time to get used to the trailer before buying too much.

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Old 02-11-2012, 10:10 PM   #5
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Thank you for the replies, guys. That is one very nifty tool set, Alf! Hope I can get ahold of one. 17 tools!
Chuck, that's just the info we needed on the torque wrench and think we have found those parts. I will have a further look at your site. Is that a side home business?
Steve, I will try to hold back! Found the Oxy-kem already. Glad it is biodegradable and all.
I looked at their hard-wired voltage regulator. A reviewer said he had it in in 20 minutes. And it costs less. I assume the hard-wired is put inside the unit whereas the portable ones are outside and need an anti-theft box (for $250 for sure). So I might like to try doing the hard wired and could always get someone else to do it.
I appreciate all of the comments. Very helpful.
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After a few trips, you'll be making another list.
All the stuff you don't really need to bring so you can keep the weight down.
As much as it hurts, I think I'll be leaving the Coleman camp oven behind next trip.

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Old 02-12-2012, 12:33 AM   #7
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Baglo, I thought I would get one of those ovens. What does it weigh? I have a nothing "oven" so I will be forced to try that first and see if it is worth anything.
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Most tire shops will torque your your wheel nuts for free, so I would not be in a rush to purchase one. Just ask.

I would however advise you to get the wheels check after the first thousand miles, after that they seem to hold but it is still a good idea to have them checked periodically.

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Re: Picking up a trailer, tools and supplies

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Originally Posted by Cathy
We are buying all kinds of "must have" items and maybe some not so "must have."
Chocks, locking chocks, leveling blocks, hitch grease,
Hubby and I were discussing this posting topic and responses. It seems that hitch grease won't be making our list of necessities. His dismissive comment really cracked me up, "You can have a dirty, rusty hitch, or you can have a dirty, rusty, greasy hitch."
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I'd recommend the hitch grease. Running without it can result in a badly chewed hitch ball, and when greased, the ball will slide into and off of the receptacle MUCH easier. I cut a slit into an old tennis ball as a cover for the greasy ball -- works fine.

I'd also recommend a screwdriver with multiple tips that store in the handle. Buy some #1 and #2 square drivers -- the entire interior is put together with them.

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