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Old 12-31-2013, 06:52 PM   #1
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What do the Sages suggest as useful gadgets?

Just read the thread on leveling an RV...

Being new to RV camping, another variable to consider...

I guess that this is to level the trailer across the axle, if one wheel set (on a 19') is higher than the other.

How critical do folk find this?

The Anderson solution looks a low tech but elegant solution.

But this topic got me thinking about what other "indispensable" gadgets/tools/toys would the wise old hands suggest is really worthwhile? This might be of interest to other wet behind the ear newbs....

Any suggestions?

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Old 12-31-2013, 07:04 PM   #2
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Not a gadget, a necessity. Chuck sells these on: Fiberglass Travel Trailers RV Bumper-mounted clothes line.. $50. I have one on my Scamp, I'll have one on my Escape! Just the brackets stay permanently on the bumper. The poles and line are removed and I store them under the toe board in the kitchen area. Takes all of about 30 seconds to setup and take down.
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Old 12-31-2013, 07:32 PM   #3
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water pressure regulator, voltage/circuit tester, water filter, ball lube, electric grease.
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Old 12-31-2013, 07:39 PM   #5
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Old 12-31-2013, 08:01 PM   #6
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Towing mirrors, mat for outside, chocks, thermometer for fridge.....I started an Amazon wish list where the ideas from others are stored. I'd rather have everything on my list and decide that I don't need some items rather than read about something and then have to go back to search the forum.
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Old 12-31-2013, 08:20 PM   #7
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hiking boots and a fishing rod
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Old 12-31-2013, 08:22 PM   #8
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To your first question. We carry a couple 3/4" thick boards and a couple 1 1/2" boards for leveling so we call it okay if one side is within 3/4" of the other. Other then the cabinets and bathroom door tend to close by themselves a bit it causes no problems.

Most useful gadgets... rv mat, white noise machine, and this year a portable gas campfire.
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Old 12-31-2013, 08:29 PM   #9
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Main reasons to level the trailer is so that your fridge functions and all the blood doesn't rush to your head.
Any old 2 x 6 lengths of wood will work, and depending on where you are, a small shovel to dig a hole under the wheels on the other side.
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Bacon fat and beer , Never throw out your bacon fat. and always have lots of beer.... oh ya....( ouch ! ) and tea bags... yep, bacon fat ..beer ..tea bags. Thats about it.... Did I say beer......... ; - )

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