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Old 05-30-2006, 11:11 PM   #15
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Specifically for a trailer, a couple other "must haves" are a few blocks of wood for under the tungue jack when down, and maybe some leveling blocks ( Lynx Levelers type)

Other than that and whats already suggested, take with you what you would normally take tent camping, sans the tent. (Yes, stove and lantern, just in case) Everything you NEED to get yourself out of a jam is stuff you already have in your camping box now. Propane for heat and light in case you have tank troubles, all needed kitchen stuff etc.. think of how you used that when you tented, it can be a back up systrm in a trailer.

Use the trailer for a bit and then decide what you NEED and then what you would like. THEN leave the car camping stuff at home.

Don't try to do it all at once. We promise that no one will laff at your curtains, or care if you sleep in a bag or in a luxurious bed.

There is plenty of time (And money) to be spent personalizing it.

Buy a memebership to Good Sam before you go. They will get you out of a towing jam if needed. AAA has similar programs. I personally choose Good Sam for thier pet care options, but look at both and decide your needs.

AND, I know no one has mentioned this yet Definately take a credit card. (Do you detect a theme here?)

Wal Mart is your friend.
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Old 05-31-2006, 08:52 AM   #16
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But, seriously. The single most important thing you will need that you might not realize is that pair of wheel chocks. (Sometimes we use two pair!)

I know I already mentioned it, but these are so important, it bears repeating.

For "proof" have a look at this very old "Legacy Post," contributed by Charles Watts, when this website was in its infancy.

Dumbest Trailering Thing I've Ever Done.
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Old 05-31-2006, 09:39 AM   #17
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Wow, what a great group! Within one day I have enough to get me started...and keep me thinking. I don't mean to end things here; the replies have been so helpful...I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU! Please keep any more advice coming...

At the risk of starting another thread, I did have a question on leveling. Mary F suggested the "hoppy levels". I had already bought a circular level. For those not familiar, it is a disk instead of a tube and has concentric rings so that when the bubble is within the center ring the item is level in all directions. Does anyone have opinions on these?
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Old 05-31-2006, 09:51 AM   #18
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Hi Kevin,

Some folks swear by those. I swore AT mine. They do work great, but un co-ordinated me could never get it right. It is a mind - space thing.

I stink at video games too.

I just use a carpenters level.
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Old 05-31-2006, 10:03 AM   #19
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Yeah, I use a carpenters level, too. We also bought one of the circle levels (they're nifty), but find the carpenters level gives a more accurate reading, since it's bigger/spans more floor space. (Now I'm not saying the floor of my Casita is bumpy or not level... just that the carpenters level seems easier to read.)

We actually bought a set of Hoppy Levels, but never went to the trouble of mounting them. The trailer has to be level to do it... and well, when the trailer's good and level, we're usually out camping with other things to do than mounting the Hoppies.
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Old 05-31-2006, 10:10 AM   #20
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Wow exciting. The Escape people will give you a lot of help, Most of all have fun. Travel light, you can allways pick up what you need. And keep us informed with stories and pictures. Good Luck
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Old 05-31-2006, 11:02 AM   #21
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Kevin,

You'll find the Escape fairly well equipped when you take delivery. Reace had 2 levels (side and rear) installed as standard eqipment when I picked ours up last September. You will need a fresh water hose, wheel chocks and some wood for levelling.

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Old 05-31-2006, 10:17 PM   #22
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Hello!
Since my wife and I decided to start travel trailer camping, I've found this board...great place! Maybe answers are buried in other forums, but I thought some other newbies might benefit from this also...
We're about to become owners of an Escape trailer and we have never done any kind of trailer camping before so don't know many of the little things that make things go smoother. Just to compound the situation, our first trip will be bringing it back from Chilliwack, BC; also our first trip to the northwest! I know general advice could occupy pages, but are there things that typically get overlooked on "to pack" lists? Any travel advice coming back from the NW? Particularly good stopover places? We will be returning to Memphis, TN; Reace says we'll have the only Escape east of Arizona!
Thanks for any advice!
Kevin

Congratulations on your choice of trailer. Living in Chilliwack, I have had several opportunities to look inside the Escapes. If my truck were a little bigger, I would love to have one. With luck, the weather will be good when you get here, the Fraser Valley is beautiful country. Good luck and best wishes on your maiden voyage. What to bring? An umbrella, of course...just joking

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Old 06-01-2006, 01:09 AM   #23
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What to bring? An umbrella, of course...just joking

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My husband and I are Certitifed Wet-Coast Tarpologists, but I believe that is for Advanced Campology, not your first trip out, am I right?
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Old 06-01-2006, 10:11 AM   #24
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A good idea would be to camp one night near your dealer - in case something doesn't work, you can get it fixed without being too far away.

If you're planning on coming through Portland, I'd love to see it!! (I could offer you my driveway with electrical )

I'll bet if you posted your general route, we could all pipe in with suggestions of good campgrounds along the way.

Hi Anne,
Thanks very much for your offer; unfortunately we'll be headed immediately southeast since we don't have many days to get back. Do you think I should post my route here or on some other board?
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Old 06-01-2006, 10:31 AM   #25
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Do you think I should post my route here or on some other board?
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ooooh post here! Some of us live vicariously through other's travels
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Old 06-01-2006, 11:34 PM   #26
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Memphis, sweet Memphis, I know something about that town...Take a little Memphis music with you, whether on cassette tape or iPod, it doesn't matter. And when you get home, study up on all the posts titled "AC installation." Or maybe you're getting it built in? Here in Colorado I wouldn't want a heavy unit on the roof, just my cheap, temporary window unit in the cabinet when needed. But in and around Memphis, air conditioning is hardly an "accessory," as you know.

You'll need a refrigerator, of course. Got to keep that pulled pork cool...

For a serious note, as a novice trailer tower, I've really appreciated my EZ Hitch accessory. On flat, paved surfaces, it's simple to roll the trailer into position, but that doesn't describe my parking place at home. For $50, this simple steel hitch guide will save me hundreds of dollars of damage to the rear bumper.
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Old 06-02-2006, 12:40 PM   #27
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ooooh post here! Some of us live vicariously through other's travels
Ok!, here goes...From Chilliwack down thru the north Cascades to I-90, 82 and 84 thru Boise ID; I-80 thru Ogden UT, WY then NE to Kansas City and east to St. Louis then south to Memphis. The route is not fixed; we expect to divert to take in some points of interest. Departure date is June 17th and we'll need to be back in Memphis by the 25th. I notice there's a fiberglass fest in Coeur de Alene ID on the 19th. Anybody been? Any tips on other places to stop/camp? I'll be checking the travel board as well but didn't want to post two places...
Thanks for all your help!
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Old 06-02-2006, 02:23 PM   #28
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I strongly recommend going east from Chilliwack through the Okanagan - some of the most beautiful country in the world! Rivals Switzerland and Austria for rich and bountiful mountain valleys. You can then go down through Idaho and Jackson Hole WY for America's most photogenic mountains.

As for leveling, the Hoppy levels are very good. But the best buy for me was a supersized level I stuck on my egg's front rock guard. I can read it in my rearview mirror when backing the egg into a campsite - makes it easy to find the best side-to-side level, which is the most critical issue.
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