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Old 05-18-2018, 03:45 PM   #21
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I would suggest a small, portable floor jack capable of lifting the trailer in a pinch, if you don't already carry one. I have carried one (2 ton rating) in my cars for my entire driving life, so wasn't an issue for me. But a small, portable floor jack is a must for me.
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Old 05-18-2018, 04:08 PM   #22
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We are in the same boat as Rick. We start our maiden voyage to the NY side of the Thousand islands tomorrow morning. The one thing I need help with is the surge protector. I just want a good one, but not spend a ton of money. We are planning on buying it stateside as our prices in the great white north are crazy. Tips please?
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I agree with Joe. Good and inexpensive usually don't mix. Many use the Progressive units and others use the Surge Guard brand, as do I. They make "surge guard" only units...that is not what you want. You want the more expensive electrical management units that monitor virtually every aspect of your power usage as well as all the faults and shuts the power down to the trailer if there is a failure. I've had an issue or 2 with power surges, but far, far more from no ground, no power on one leg, low power etc. A "surge" protector doesn't do anything for those.

The totes are an excellent idea. Measure your pass thru and get some totes that fit. We carry various ones for fresh water hoses/equip, black water hose/equip, cleaning supplies and misc gear etc. That way you don't have everything just loose and rumbling around.

It was mentioned once I believe but I would have a clear elbow to go on the RV dump connection. We used to never use one but have for some time now. They are invaluable trying to determine what is going on in the tanks. Not necessarily a "can't function" without it, but I sure don't want to go without mine.

You have been told about torque wrenches with sockets for the trailer and truck, tire gauges, leveling blocks, chocks; you will use them every time you set up. I carry a cordless impact wrench as well. Don't use it to torque the nuts but it speeds up the process. I carry a 120v compressor as well as a 12v one.

As you will find, the list is endless. Just make sure that what you get is really needed. I think everything I've read on this list is something that I carry on every trip.....and there's lots I can't think of at the moment

The non slip shelf liner listed earlier is a must IMO. We have it on all of our cabinet shelves.
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Old 05-18-2018, 05:33 PM   #23
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We are in the same boat as Rick. We start our maiden voyage to the NY side of the Thousand islands tomorrow morning. The one thing I need help with is the surge protector. I just want a good one, but not spend a ton of money. We are planning on buying it stateside as our prices in the great white north are crazy. Tips please?
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So what are you really trying to protect your travel trailer against?
Surges happen from time to time so you want to make sure the TT's electrical isn't going to be damaged by a close lightning strike or transformer surge.
What we've found on those occasions we've stayed in an RV Park is reversed polarity and no ground. This has been almost every time we've used these types of parks. The basic model progressive has identified these faults each and every time and does all we need it to do performing flawlessly on multiple occasions.
It's unfortunate that many RV parks have a "handyman" who is responsible for general maintenance including the pedestal electrical, water system , bathroom plumbing etc, etc. Jack of all trades and master at none! As far as I know no one inspects RV parks for code compliance
Here's a link to some comparisons of portable and hardwired options:
http://www.progressiveindustries.net...ed-comparisons
Hope this helps
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Old 05-18-2018, 08:20 PM   #24
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Thought of another item I carry, it was mentioned to bring a cordless drill, I make sure I have sockets and extensions for the slide out motors to bring in manually and sockets for the manual drive on the leveling gear. I hope you never need to use them.
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Old 05-18-2018, 09:10 PM   #25
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A real water pressure "regulator" with a gauge, not the "restrictor" they may have given you. We've been to parks with 80+ psi & that restrictor, in my opinion, is not up to that task.
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A real water pressure "regulator" with a gauge, not the "restrictor" they may have given you. We've been to parks with 80+ psi & that restrictor, in my opinion, is not up to that task.

These are really good suggestions and much appreciated.
I have done a lot of towing (and should have mentioned that) so in pretty good shape for towing related (distinguished from camping-related) items.
Thanks all and keep those suggestions coming! Iím particularly interested in specific product names (I.e., Progressive being a good electrical protection device manufacturer).
Happy camping to all!
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