Campers...camping...just bought one help

Discussion in 'The BS Topic' started by gramps, Apr 10, 2021.

  1. gramps

    gramps Veteran Member

    Messages:
    1,740
    Likes Received:
    1,201
    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2009
    Location:
    mankato, mn
    Well last year (before the “covid” really took off) we had started looking for a camper.... never really found anything. Was looking for something cheaper - under 10k - as it was our first and I didn’t to get in too deep. Now we went and did it haha bought a 2014 but I have to fix a few little things. Anyway - what are the must haves and basics you guys suggest to have?

    3E7F665D-9EF2-41C5-A5B5-BB55A5DC489E.jpeg 29413985-E008-45FB-9930-740FEF260D8D.jpeg BBF3CAC1-2C8A-45AB-A3CB-651864A30CB4.jpeg
     
  2. steins70z28

    steins70z28 Veteran Member

    Messages:
    312
    Likes Received:
    51
    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2012
    Location:
    Tulsa, OK
    Number one for me is a quality stabilizing hitch. I have a blue ox which is used by many do to the reasonable price. I pull a 25 ft trailer and it keeps it from swaying or bouncing all over the place. The only draw back is it will definately stiffen the ride of you tow vehicle. The other thing that I recently purchaced is an air pressure monitoring system (Eeztire) that continuously monitors all 4 tires to a screen I suction mount just above my rear view mirror. It alerts you when you have a tire that isn't within the ranges that you can preselect.
     
    sandlapper and sooner like this.
  3. biker

    biker Veteran Member

    Messages:
    3,205
    Likes Received:
    1,397
    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2014
    Location:
    Canada
    Great looking rig, you will love it. Hauled one around every summer when the kids were young, I miss those days.
    X10 on the stabilizing hitch. Once you get the hang of how much tension they need, they are easy to set up. They just distribute load better and definitely stops the trailer from wagging the dog.
    I kept an I.R. temp gun to check axle bearing heat at gas stops, just because I never wanted to be the guy on the side of the road trying to chisel off a welded bearing race.
    A poop caddy is handy for places that dont have individual sewer hook ups.
     
  4. M1 Master Gunner

    M1 Master Gunner Veteran Member

    Messages:
    268
    Likes Received:
    34
    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2020
    Location:
    Laurens, Iowa
    Definitely agree on the anti-sway hitch. A white water hose, battery operated impact for the stabilization jacks, an inline water pressure reduction attachment for the water hydrant, camper toilet paper, some type of deodorant for the septic system and a shower head that you can turn off and on while showering (so you don’t run out of hot water). These are a few of the items that made life better for me. I had never spent any time in a camper until I got one for work so it was a steep learning curve for me.
    Good luck and have fun you will meet some great people.
     
    sandlapper and sooner like this.
  5. sooner

    sooner Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Messages:
    1,542
    Likes Received:
    88
    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2009
    Location:
    Perry,Ok
    ^^excellent advise and totally agree with all of it.

    1 more thing would be a clear elbow for your black tank with a water hose connection on it. Its gross, but its worth it to be able to see when you have everything out of there.

    As far as black tank care, we usually get up early on the day that we are leaving so we can get to the dump station before everyone else does. Since generally nobody will be behind us, we are able to fill up and completely flush our black tank as many times as needed to get it running clear. Then we hit it with the black tank detergent as mentioned above to control odor/bacteria.

    Also you will need something to level your camper with when you get it to the site. I just use 2x6's and 1x6's cut into roughly 10" lengths under my wheels to get level. They do make all kinds of store-bought things to level your trailer if you want to go that route.
     
  6. VIZ28

    VIZ28 Veteran Member

    Messages:
    181
    Likes Received:
    44
    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2012
    Location:
    Victoria, BC
    Congratulations on your new trailer *campers have no wheels and load in a pick up box.

    Take the time to properly set up your weight distributing hitch (takes about 45 minutes).
    Get a black tank flush kit if you don't already have one.
    If you can access your sewer clean out at home, you can dump there.
    Install a trailer hitch on the back bumper so you can use a bike rack.
    Get a Honda generator.
    Check your roof, window and door seams every fall.

    Have fun, nice trailer.
     
  7. sandlapper

    sandlapper Veteran Member

    Messages:
    619
    Likes Received:
    200
    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2020
    Location:
    SE CSA
    Congrats on your new camper; looks real nice.

    JMO, pickup bed camping may be more practical for those having the good fortune of living smack dab in the middle of some of the prettiest wilderness & better climates in North America.

    Covid has driven folks to the great outdoors like nothing else in recent history; statistics bear that out as well as a demand for gear, campers, RVs etc; prices UP & availability DOWN. You may be lucky to've found a deal.

    All good suggestions; y'all be cautious, prepared, safe & make lotsa great memories.

    -add-
    ensure it has working/new Quality smoke/fire/CO detector-alarms.
     
  8. gramps

    gramps Veteran Member

    Messages:
    1,740
    Likes Received:
    1,201
    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2009
    Location:
    mankato, mn
    All awesome suggestions thanks guys! I like the idea as gross as it is of the clear poop pipe elbow.
    What exactly is a “poop caddy”?

    what is the best sealant for the roof?

    I want to add the hitch to the bumper but the manual claims it’s only good for 100lbs and the spare tire is already mounted on there so not to add anything more to it. However, I think I will move the spare to the front and tuck it under the “A” of the hitch frame. At the same time I’m going to add a second deep cycle batt, and a couple solar chargers to help keep us from relying on finding spots with all hookups.
     
  9. Jodi

    Jodi Veteran Member

    Messages:
    792
    Likes Received:
    483
    Joined:
    May 22, 2019
    Looks something like this, If you're on a camp site without sewer hookup, you would empty your holding tank into this and then tow this "caddy" and empty it at the dump station.

    I don't know if it was suggested already but installing a winterizing kit is always a good idea if your camper do not have one yet. BTW nice camper... Congrats!
    Best-Portable-Waste-Tank-2018.jpg
     
  10. 70-camaro

    70-camaro Veteran Member

    Messages:
    3,270
    Likes Received:
    1,551
    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2010
    Location:
    marietta ohio
    You will want to put levels on it if the previous owner hasn’t already. I used stainless screws and a little construction adhesive behind them.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F62M6BG/ref=cm_sw_r_oth_api_glt_fabc_QNAS0N53BV1XV27YK85A?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
    I
    used these from amazon.
    I also use these leveling blocks. One block is one degree on the level. Very handy when setting up. Also don’t open your slide out unless the camper is level. I also installed a battery shutoff switch for when not in use. My truck is also wired to charge the battery when traveling.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072VSBLH7/ref=cm_sw_r_oth_api_glt_fabc_95T8CXH65A9TM7CQEQR1
     

Share This Page