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Old 05-30-2006, 09:15 AM   #1
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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!

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Old 05-30-2006, 10:33 AM   #2
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A list of basics, to get you started and help you camp on your way home:

Linens -- cookware -- personal items
Pillows -- dishes -- bath towels
Clothing -- dish towels -- TP
Entry rug -- camp chairs -- toilet chemicals
utensils -- Water hose -- work gloves (good while hithiní up)
silverware -- matches -- vinyl gloves (good while cleaning toilet)
Basic tools -- relaxed attitude!
campground guidebook

You can find many items at thrift stores, an inexpensive way to get started. You don't need full sets of dishes, silver, etc...just 'enuf'.

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Old 05-30-2006, 10:48 AM   #3
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Hose to hook up directly to water source
Extension cord

lamp in case your interior lights don't work
small ceramic heater in case your heater doesn't work
cooler in case your fridge doesn't work

Dishpan for obvious reasons, dishsoap, drainer
grill and charcoal, starter fluid
coffee pot

Flip flops for the campground shower, if needed. Clothes lines for hanging up the towels to dry?
Soap container, small bottles for shampoo and conditioner.

tool kit

Drinking water
food, there's a list I started in the food and recipe section, :What's in your pantry?" There are some great ideas on the basics one can take along to get started

Reading materials, laptop, TV, boardgames?

Extra meds you may take...I always have double, one set in the camper, one in the car.

Well, this is a start. Make a list and think the day through...I'm sure that will give you ideas.

And, start a blog/journal to record your thoughts and experiences! I'm sure it will be fun!
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Old 05-30-2006, 11:52 AM   #4
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Do with as little as possible until you find out from experience what you really need. Reace will help make sure you're rigged safely for towing. Beyond that, anything you lack can be obtained with a credit card. Keep it simple, and most of all - have fun!
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Old 05-30-2006, 11:57 AM   #5
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Old 05-30-2006, 12:00 PM   #6
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Chairs for outside.
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Old 05-30-2006, 12:04 PM   #7
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Credit Card - to buy whatever you forgot, in spite of this list.

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Old 05-30-2006, 12:13 PM   #8
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The same things you'd take if you were tent camping...minus the stuff that's covered by owning a trailer. Linens vs sleeping bag, etc.

Don't forget to take/make a "journal," so you can relive your trips. AND a CAMERA!
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Old 05-30-2006, 12:17 PM   #9
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If your new Escape isn't so equipped, you'll need these:

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<span style="font-family:Comic Sans Ms">Hoppy Stick-On Levels</span>

Or, just bring along your <span style="color:#FF6600"><span style="font-family:Comic Sans Ms">carpenter level</span></span>

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until you decide whether and where you want to mount the Hoppy Levels.
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Old 05-30-2006, 02:44 PM   #10
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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.
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Old 05-30-2006, 03:01 PM   #11
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Another handy thing, although not an absolute necessity, is a little

<span style="font-family:Comic Sans Ms">refrigerator thermometer</span>.
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Old 05-30-2006, 06:42 PM   #12
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Less is more!

Just comfort and care.

Bring any meds you might need, paperwork, and the rest you can buy enroute.
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Old 05-30-2006, 08:02 PM   #13
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Please don't attempt to do this if you have tight time constraints, you need to be able to spend a couple of days, at least, getting used to different procedures.

Anne H's suggestion to spend the first night close to Reace (he should know a close campground), in case questions or problems should arise could prove in-valuable.

The most important thing that both you and your wife may need---is a sense of humor when things don't appear to be going right. Many folks traditionally appear to have problems when "hitching up". With Reace's help write down a set of communication directions that you both understand( not only "hand" signals, but verbal one's also). Many of us have seen some pretty amazing displays when couples are attempting to back in with each other's help. Relax, we've all encountered similar times!

An arrival/departure procedure list can save your equipment from damage, such a driving away with your levelling jacks down, or electrical hook-up yanked from it's storage place, or television antenna peeled off by a low branch, or the door not closed so it hits the park gate on the way out, etc. Before starting the tug's engine, you and your wife should do an independent last minute "pre-flight" by walking around your complete rig looking for anything forgotten, look up (TV antenna still extended, open roof vent, awning still extended, etc.) and beneath your TT and the tug (to discover oil, water, transmission or brake fluid leaks). She might spot something you missed (and vice-versa). We have found 4 's see more than 2!

A list of Wal-Mart locations along your travel route can often provide a place to park overnight (with the store manager's approval!) if you just want to save time and are not needing a park's facilities.

Congratulations on beginning a new life-style and joining the FGRV world.
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Old 05-30-2006, 08:41 PM   #14
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This is some excellent advice! We took Amtrak to pick up a Scamp 5th wheel and pickup truck in Spokane to drive back to Iowa last March.

We took: Sleeping bags, pillows, clothes, meds, towels, washcloths, a couple of small flashlights, and a porta-potty (since I wasn't going to de-winterize the trailer since the odds are it would be cold in March in the Rockies... duh...). We bought plastic dinnerware, disposable glasses, and food that could be microwaved, as well as paper towels, bottled water, hand sanitizer, and a couple of other odds-n-ends that did us well during the trip.

And, of course, we brought our credit card.


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