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Old 09-16-2015, 10:21 AM   #29
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75 feet to water, 50 ft to electric. Glad I had extra hose and 30 amp cord.
I attend a number of large vintage trailer rallies and music festivals each year where electrical and water hook ups are often a long way from the trailer and often a very limited number of 30 amp plug ins - mostly 15 amp - that is if they even have them. Find having the long extension cord gets me by either way and it takes up far less room than carrying an extra long 30 amp extension.
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Here's one way of looking at it. Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
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Old 09-16-2015, 03:49 PM   #31
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Smile You're not going to the moon

Which is what I tell my wife when she wants to bring along a whole lot of stuff. There are super markets all over the US and Canada.

This little baby eliminates the need for all them blocks:

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3604 - Camper Leveler

I still bring along blocks for under the levelers. And I have blocks for each wheel, 2-2x4's connected by a 1x4 to prevent rolling. Also a tire cover for hot sun. I got mine at a garage sale for $1.

Make a point to turn off the water if you are going to be away. The pressure WILL equal the line pressure if the water is turned off in your rig. This splitter is handy for turning off the water or if you want to get water in a pail. (Available at any hardware store.)

I also carry a one foot long extension cord. I found that the adapter, 15-20amp doesn't fit all 15amp plugs, especially if the outlet has a weather cover.

Another tip: We prepay our bills, electric, water, etc. for the time we will be away. You can't pay too much, it will just come off your bills after you get home. As far as taxes, we do them after we get home. You have until April 15th. If you get home by April 1st, you have two weeks to do them or file an extension.

Make sure your auto/trailer licenses won't come due during your trip. In Washington, you can renew your license for over 12 months like 14 months in order to 'shift' the due date.

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This little baby eliminates the need for all them blocks:
Not all of them Fred, unless you are only in campgrounds. I have needed nearly well over 6" of height a few times. Those are real nice levellers, but I would still take along some lego blocks, often needed for the stabilizers too.
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Old 09-16-2015, 04:14 PM   #33
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Another thread besides ITEMS ... How about what DOCUMENTS to carry when snowbird fulltiming ? Still concerned about MAIL and the fact we will be gone at tax time :-(
After 15 years of mostly on the road we've faced most fulltimers issues.

We carry a lot of information in the computer, like credit card numbers, important policy numbers. We carry little in the way of documentation other than what you might normally carry like registrations, auto/trailer insurance cards and maybe titles. As well we carry our passports, and insurance policies, home, trailer, and tow vehicle, in the car. We also have Passport cards we carry in our wallet as backup.

Mail has minimized itself with time. Most of our bills come over the Internet and are paid the same way. Our only taxes are Federal have become relatively simple with age, we use Turbo tax, a rather simple, interactive program. If you're hesitant and have simple taxes you can go to a chain tax preparer.

We still get mail and are rarely very stationary. If you're a stationary snow bird you can have your mail forwarded to a local post office or some campgrounds will accept it as well. Another alternative is to have a friend or relative collect it and send it to you every now and then. They can send it General Delivery to a local post office may be once a month.

We've used all the techniques I've described. What we've done most of the time is forward our mail to Escapees and they send it general delivery any where we want when we want it.

We bank nationally with Bank of America and also with a local Credit Union that provides free credit union across the country.

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Not all of them Fred, unless you are only in campgrounds. I have needed nearly well over 6" of height a few times. Those are real nice levellers, but I would still take along some lego blocks, often needed for the stabilizers too.
I was in a wonderful campground in Wickenburg Az. with dry camping only. The best space available put the entry side of the trailer 6 inches lower than the non entry side. Not wanting to use blocks and have such a big step up, I used a shovel and dug a trench in the sand to lower the high side and get the trailer level. Everyone has a shovel with them, don't they ?
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I was in a wonderful campground in Wickenburg Az. with dry camping only. The best space available put the entry side of the trailer 6 inches lower than the non entry side. Not wanting to use blocks and have such a big step up, I used a shovel and dug a trench in the sand to lower the high side and get the trailer level. Everyone has a shovel with them, don't they ?
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I was in a wonderful campground in Wickenburg Az. with dry camping only. The best space available put the entry side of the trailer 6 inches lower than the non entry side. Not wanting to use blocks and have such a big step up, I used a shovel and dug a trench in the sand to lower the high side and get the trailer level. Everyone has a shovel with them, don't they ?
I am surprised they would allow that. If everyone was to dig holes when they camped, there would be lots of holes in the grass.

And yes, I carry a shovel in the tow.
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It wasn't grass. It was loose sand and I filled in the trench when I left. The campsite was left exactly the same as when I arrived. It was very primitive and beautiful. Many other campsites were occupied by people with horses. They had portable corrals and multiple horses. Those campers with horses were shoveling something other than sand . The guy next to me had a portable blacksmith shop and was shoeing horses. It was not in any way an improved surface. I would not dig up grass.
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"2) Adaptor for 30 to 50 amp"

Sounds like most of you never use this. But looking thru campsites online around the country last nite, just cuz I wanted to. It seems every campsite I clicked on said Electric "50 amp".?? So, what am I missing?
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"2) Adaptor for 30 to 50 amp"

Sounds like most of you never use this. But looking thru campsites online around the country last nite, just cuz I wanted to. It seems every campsite I clicked on said Electric "50 amp".?? So, what am I missing?
It has been my experience that if there is 50 amp service, there is also 30 and usually 15 on the same pedestal. HOWEVER I have it on good authority that my experience is not shared by many. So if you have a 50 to 30 adapter, it will likely come in handy some day.. what day that would be I cant say. It might be this week, it might be next decade. Maybe the best bet it to always be prepared to boondock, and then buy what experience reveals that you that you need.
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I was in a wonderful campground in Wickenburg Az. with dry camping only. The best space available put the entry side of the trailer 6 inches lower than the non entry side. Not wanting to use blocks and have such a big step up, I used a shovel and dug a trench in the sand to lower the high side and get the trailer level. Everyone has a shovel with them, don't they ?
If you were to use a shovel in a provincial park here in BC to level a campsite (which btw are also mostly dry camping) you can expect a very unhappy park ranger visiting your site.
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don't leave home without these

There are several lists of tools necessary for a trailer camping trip on the web.
I carry spare RV sewer caps, bulbs, fuses, vice grips, small level, hammer, asst. screw drivers, wrench set,duct and electrical tapes.

I also use a BAL Light Trailer Tire Leveler - so much easier to level the trailer. They'll add @19 lbs to your gear, but also work as a chock for the tire being elevated with the BAL.

I take bottled water in gal. size, but a $25 water filter connected to a water source may be an option. If dry camping, I'd still take the bottles of water.
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In addition to the extension cords, levellers and water pressure regulator, I keep in our trailer a splitter for the water connection as well as a water thief. That $3 item has come in handy twice and the convenience of being able to fill our tank instead of packing up, travelling back out of the park and into the dump station where the water taps were (this is in Algonquin Park in Ontario) made me extremely happy to have had it aboard.

I then purchased one for 4 different camping friends---having it and never using it is far better than not having it and needing it!!



Water thief---a slick little adapter that slips over non-threaded taps
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