During our search for the perfect RV, I had done mounds of research to figure out exactly what sort of supplies we needed. There are several sites out there that suggest what you’ll need so I took the most mentioned items from those lists and compiled my own.
Having never even spent the night in a camper before I was soaking this stuff up like a sponge. And if you know me, I’d rather be over prepared than under prepared. But I had to contain myself because having too much stuff now could become a burden.
First and foremost, you have to think lightweight. So you really need to think about the stuff you absolutely need. That’s my mindset while shopping.
- Camco 39761 RhinoFLEX 15′ RV Sewer Hose Kit with Swivel Fittings
- Camco 43041 RV 15′ Sidewinder Plastic Sewer Hose Support
- Camco 55223 RV 15M/30F Amp PowerGrip Adapter
- Camco 40055 Brass Water Pressure Regulator
- Mediabridge 25 feet Triple Shielded Coaxial Digital Audio Video Cable F-Pin to F-Pin with Easy Grip Connector Caps
- Conntek 14368 RV 30 Amp 25-Foot 10/3 Brilliant Yellow Extension Cord Straight Blade
- Valterra W01-6300 White 5/8″ x 25′ Drinking Water Hose
- Camco 40043 TastePURE RV Water Filter with Flexible Hose Protector
- Camco 44595 RV Stabilizer Jack Pad – Pack of 4
- Voltec 16-00505 10/3 STW 50-30 Amp RV Adapter with Ezeegrip Handle, 18 Inch, Blue with Yellow Stripe
- Camco 22505 90 Degree Hose Elbow
- Camco 22743 10′ Drinking Water Hose with 1/2″ ID
- Camco 41191 TST Ultra-Concentrated Singles Toilet Treatment – Eight 4 oz bottles
- Valterra A10-0908 Red Wheel Chock
- Camco 57363 Leveling Scissor Jack Socket
The grand total for this order was right around: $300.
Now we’ve got the necessary supplies, it’s time to look at proper towing equipment.
- Camco 48053 RV 1000 lb Eaz Lift Bent Bar Weight Distributing Hitch with Adjustable Ball Mount and Shank
- Camco 57521 RV Olympian Adjustable Sway Bar Control
Yep, the towing equipment cost right around $300 as well. 2 orders = $600. : (
Our rainy day fund is quickly depleting and we haven’t even started yet. Crap, I’m getting nervous. Our move out date is quickly approaching.
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- Now the truck seems to be cranking rather slow. Bad batteries. 2 batteries were just under $300.
- I took the truck where our RV was stored to get the towing equipment installed. This way they could do the leveling, and everything else they needed on the spot. I caught a break. It was only $200. : )
- The silverware we had at home was too heavy, our plates were too heavy, etc. So we had to buy something more lightweight. Our towels were too big, our bed sheets were for a king size bed and camper has a queen. It was sort of like we were starting over…..$300
- Our existing LCD TV’s were too big at at 42″ so we had to get a 32″ LCD…$300
- How do we get our mail while on the road? My RV Mail. $200 per year if you’re a Passport America member. We joined up for the savings. My RV Mail works GREAT!
- The cats and dog needed their shots and all their meds before we left…..$300.
With the items listed above and other miscellaneous items we’ve purchased, we’ve probably spent close to $2,000. Ouch!
Long story short, by day 3 in the camper after we were settled, one of my first thoughts were why didn’t we do this sooner. If you’ve been pondering the thought of going mobile, save up, get your stuff in order, and do it. You won’t regret it.