I can remember the day the doctor handed me my oldest son. Congratulations, “It’s a boy”. I remember this feeling of inadequacy flooding throughout my body and soul. I wasn’t ready.
What do I do with this?
How do I take care of him?
Fast forward 25 years to the day I picked up our camper, April Fool. I grew up in a camping family, mostly when we were young, but we camped frequently in a pop-up camper. She was nothing like April. April has a shower, a stove, a refrigerator and even a television. She has her own bathroom, and I am sitting in my recliner as I write this blog.
When we picked her up those same feelings of inadequacy flooded back.
Are you crazy?
You don’t know anything about camping or taking care of a camper?
You don’t know anything about living a nomad life?
You have never even pulled a trailer behind a truck (Technically not true, but you see where my mind was headed).
What I realized after a few months, that everyone had advice, but not many people had practical experience. Even the salesman at the camper place’s knowledge was limited.
So just like everything else in my life, I began to ask questions of people who have been living this life for a while. I got some good advice and some not so good advice, but through this knowledge transfer I came up with a list of things that you must have before you take off in your new camper for a weekend or a month.
Products I Wish They Would Have Told Me I Needed
1.Both places I have lived in my life have had extraordinary tasting water. That is not the case in many campgrounds, so the first one is the Camco 40043 TastePURE RV/Marine Water Filter with Flexible Hose Protector It protects against bacteria and reduces bad taste, odors, chlorine and sediment in drinking water.
These are the extras filters that you can order separately. We have changed ours out every three months –Camco 40045 TastePURE Inline RV Water Filter,(2 Pack).
2. The next piece you have to have is leveling blocks. No one explains at the dealership that campground spots are not always level. Your camper has to be level to use your slide outs. These Camco 44515 Fasten Leveling Blocks with T-Handle, 4X2, Yellow 10 Pack work great.
3. The third item I don’t even own but is the first purchase on my list of things to get when we start making more money with our blog. It is scary when you unhitch your camper from your truck, and it moves back six inches because of the incline you are on. I have other plastic chocks and bricks in my truck, but I have had more than one full timer tell me these Ultra-Fab Products 21-001095 Super Grip Chocks are a must have. After my scare, I have to agree.
4. The next item is pretty obvious to me because I have lived in houses that used septic systems, but there are a lot of people who have not. In a camper you have multiple tanks of wastewater. You have gray water and black water tanks. I am sure you can figure out what they are far. These tanks have to be emptied, and they following item does not usually come with your camper. You will need something like the Camco RhinoFLEX 20-Foot RV Sewer Hose Kit. Includes swivel fittings and a transparent elbow with 4-In-1 Dump Station Fitting. It also includes storage caps. It sounds kind of gross, but everybody has to go sometime.
I also recommend purchasing an extension for your hose. We have found any many spots 20 feet is not long enough to reach the dump station hole. This is the one we have, Camco 39863 RhinoEXTREME 10′ Sewer Hose Extension Kit.
5. If you have ever had to hold the sewer hose while your wife lifts it up to get the last remaining bit of water out of the line and you got black water all over your hand (Think-Robin Williams-RV) then this next item is a must. It keeps the line flowing without having to get out and handle it every time you empty tanks, Camco 20ft Sidewinder RV Sewer Hose Support. It is made from sturdy lightweight plastic and holds the hoses in place.
6. The last item protects your plumbing in your camper. You never know what kind of water pressure you will get in a campground, and you can easily blowout one of your lines if you are not careful. This Camco Brass Water Pressure Regulator with gauge will do the trick. It helps protect RV plumbing and hoses from high-pressure city water. It is an absolute must have device.
I hope these items help you when you purchase a camper and begin your camping life. I wish someone would have told me in the beginning I needed all of these things. Of course, you will other items: flashlights, matches and a good coffee pot, but those things are obvious. This list is not. Thanks for reading our stuff and please click the links through this post to order these items. It helps us to keep writing while helping others along their journey.
We love you guys,
Chief Fool, Mike
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