Getting on the road

So you’ve weighed the pros and cons (there are no cons, just stuff to do to go have fun!) picked an RV, and you’re ready to hit the road, right? Almost….

In between the getting of the RV and the hitting of the road, you need to gear up. Having the ‘right stuff’ will make your camping experience SO MUCH better, but let’s start with the basics. (A link about my gear here).

First, you need to get plugged in (see posts about AC versus DC and Shore Power vs Onboard Power (links coming soon!)).
For that, you may have a power cord that’s built in to your RV, or you may need to purchase one separately; check with the sales person, the owners manual, or send me the year/make/model of your camper to find out.
This connection allows you to bring Shore Power (AC) to your unit, and usually runs all your outlets, Air Conditioner, fridge/freezer, microwave, and other AC powered devices. (A little note about inverters goes here).
(A link for power supply protection here).

Second, you need a way to get water into your RV. When you connect to a water supply at a campsite (or anywhere else for that matter!) it’s generally called ‘city water’, or just ‘water’. This is used to differentiate between the water supply OUTSIDE your RV versus the water supply INSIDE your RV (The tank and pump (link coming soon!). Usually a quality garden hose that’s marked safe for potable water is fine. I recommend two hoses @ 25′ each so you have a spare, AND can reach faucets farther away.

Third, you need a way to get waste OUT of your RV, and that’s where a sewer hose comes in! A sewer hose kit (the hose and all the pieces) is a critical link between your RV and a dump station or site sewer connection, so this is one place you don’t want to skimp out!
I recommend two 10′ hose sections, a clear coupler,  a clear 90 degree elbow, and a clear 45 degree RV side connector with a hose clean out connection.
This kit is what I use: http://www.camco.net/superkit-20-rv-sewer-hose-kit-kit-39659
This is the 45 degree clean out piece I suggest: http://www.camco.net/rhino-blaster-bilingual-39080
I recommend clear so you can see what’s going on in there; it helps troubleshoot issues when they come up.

The rest of the stuff is optional, and we’ll talk more about gear in other posts, but those three things are what you HAVE TO HAVE to make an RV work. 🙂

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