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Old 06-18-2018, 03:43 PM   #1
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First Trip Checklist

After I couldn't find a consolidated checklist of things to buy and bring on a first trip in a new trailer, I made up this one (thanks to CPA Harley who added some items!). It reflects our 7 years' experience travelling with a Casita 17' with two cats, no children, and no television. I'm posting the PDF version in hopes the list may help others. (I can't seem to post both a PDF and an Excel version at the same time.)

Feedback and additions are most welcome!
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Old 06-18-2018, 04:20 PM   #2
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The only suggestion I'd add is to name your cabinets & storage areas, and list the stuff by compartment (and what is in the tow vehicle). Makes it much easier to find something weeks or months down the road, plus it helps you organize what goes where.
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Old 06-18-2018, 05:07 PM   #3
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I would add a wire stripper/crimper and crimp connectors,
red, blue and yellow size.

And a butane lighter with a longish nose for lighting the stove or BBQ

A bottle of Windex, the real stuff.

A roll of painters tape for sticking on all of the leds that are too fricken bright. the painters tape pulls off really easy, every morning, when your wife tells you to get the tape off the fridge, etc..
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Thanks. But why wire strippers and crimpers? We did no electrical work on the Casita, and if there is a need to do any on the Escape, we are in big trouble!
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Old 06-18-2018, 07:54 PM   #5
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That is a great idea. At home, I maintain a Where Stuff Is excel spreadsheet which identifies even little things like "Headlamp" - which is why I could find them to take in the trailer.
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Old 06-19-2018, 06:44 AM   #6
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Since you have the Casita experience, you may already have these things, but I didn't see them on your list:

Water filter for incoming hose water--blue, about $20 at Walmart.
Hose splitter, brass, with valves--Walmart for less than $5. Allows two users to share a water tap, but also allows you to wash your hands outdoors, and more importantly allows use of the filter at the odd angle when the water tap is very low.
Torque wrench--Harbor Freight for $10 on sale.
Light duty inflator/compressor. Can be 12v. Around $20, again at Walmart.
Full length broom. We often broom off the site if paved, to hold down the dreaded "tracking in".
Fridge thermometer. Can just stay in the fridge or have a sensor with external readout.
Spare sewer gate cover. I have the one with the small hose outlet, in case I need to pour gray water into the toilet/black tank, which never fills. Walmart.
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Old 06-19-2018, 09:18 AM   #7
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Thanks. But why wire strippers and crimpers? We did no electrical work on the Casita, and if there is a need to do any on the Escape, we are in big trouble!
I think then the only reason you would have is if the battery connection corroded off.
Or if you threw something under a seat and ended up pulling off a wire.
I have done both and repaired both.
I do add led lights in the cupboards and extra USB charger outlets myself but that might not be your thing.
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Old 06-19-2018, 09:21 AM   #8
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Since you have the Casita experience, you may already have these things, but I didn't see them on your list:

Spare sewer gate cover. I have the one with the small hose outlet, .
I agree, but get the clear plastic one.
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Old 06-19-2018, 12:46 PM   #9
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Again, apologies for the ignorance, but why the torque wrench and the light duty inflator/compressor?

We always check the wheel nuts with a lug wrench but I don't recall ever having used a torque wrench. And we check the tire pressure each time before we drive away. What would we use a light duty compressor for, and would we do that often enough to make it worth the weight of carrying it?
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No, unfortunately, it's not my thing at all Nor my husband's, although we are very good at plumbing.
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