Essential list for the newbie

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  1. Anthony496

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    Hi guys

    We take delivery of our new MH next month and we are beginning to look at the kit we will need for our first night away with the kids...

    What do you recommend .. bare in mind that we have absolutely nothing so far.

    Thanks
    Anthony
     
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    Hi Anthony,
    For a start, water pipes/hoses, in and out - fresh water, grey water. Tap connectors. Bucket.
    Presumably you have a hook-up cable with the MH.
    Bedding. Food.
    Most of all, Spirit of adventure and fun!
     
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    Beer. Lots of it.

    That way you won't care if you've forgotten anything vital like the hosepipe or the hookup lead or the kids.
     
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    Lol beer is 100% on the list!

    Do the hook ups come with the motorhome from new?

    Cheers
     
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    Hi Anthony.....I'd defo say the wife, she's kind of essential (y)

    Best idea is to stay in the motorhome on the drive. Lots do it and you'll know exactly what you'll need, or go local :)

    But to name a few:

    Ramps
    Power cable
    Grey waste drain
    Food standard hose
    Gas cylinders if not fitted
    Usual towels, tea towels and bedding
    Cleaning kit (wash liquid etc)
    Torch
    Toiletries
    Wine
    Beer
    Tea, coffee etc
     
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    No unless you can get your dealer to throw one in you won't get a hook up cable. It's no big deal though, you can buy the bits to make your own for less than 20 quid. Same with the hose pipe. You've got loads of options for getting fresh water into your van. You need to ignore all of our opinions and find what works for you. If you get bored of beer and like a drop of wine don't forget a corkscrew ( @JJ Post #6)
    For the rest of it as long as you have gas don't worry too much. As long as you don't go too far for your first trip there's not very much you can't do without for a couple of nights.
     
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  7. Anthony496

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    Thanks for taking the time to compile that list for us

    We are indeed looking at staying local .. Kingsbury water park CCC is about 20 mins from us so that will be our first stay. Went for a quick look around there this weekend took the kids, they didn't want to come home!! lovely staff and facilities to say we are excited is an understatement !
     
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    A tool kit and some Gaffa tape.
    Phil
     
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    I did say to the wife tonight when having my second gin and tonic that I should really drink a good red ... It's supposed to be good for you lol
     
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    Gaffa tape, WD40 and a lump hammer.

    There's not an engineering task anywhere that can't be accomplished with that tool kit :D
     
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    Absolutely. If you venture across the water drink the local wine over the local beer. If you're staying in this country then I find a good Rioja complements sitting outside your van of an evening (y)
     
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    Lol indeed ! Having owned a few boats in the past and being an engineer by trade I know this statement to be 100% true!
     
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    Lol yes we will be getting over to France as soon as we can! I have heard nothing but good things about French parks and aires !
     
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    As a good starting point..

    10m fresh water hose ?
    5m grey water?
    20m electric hook up?
     
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    I wouldn't bother with a grey hose. The majority of places you will stay at in this country will either have a drive over point or you will be on grass so you can just dump it on the ground. Carry a bucket for the odd other times if you really feel the need. If it's getting that desperate I just find a quiet lay-by and dump it there.

    A kettle is obviously another essential.
     
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    outside chairs to make the most of the good weather. and the user manuals in case you cant get internet to ask questions
     
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    Outside chairs!

    Now there's another mine field !

    Thanks nicknic I'll bail out of the grey water hose until I venture into Europe then.

    Do people use beaded hose/ garden hose or those ones that fold flat?


    Thanks again
     
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    ... and the people following you onto that pitch will just LOVE you for that! (soggy, smelly ... it is, after all, your WASTE water). I wouldn't want it on a pitch I'm going to use; I wouldn't do it. Maybe I'm the odd one here?
    I know some CL's are happy for you to dump the grey water in the hedge, which would require a bucket or hose, but still potential for an unpleasant smell.
     
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    For the toolkit you only need WD40 and Gaffer tape
    It its stuck and shouldn't be - WD40
    If it moves and should not - Gaffer tape (y)(y)(y)
     
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    You definitely don't need a grey hose in Europe. Or anywhere.

    We've had a flat hose pipe and I have to say never again. After it couldn't stand up to the water pressure of the service point in Chamonix I dissected it for repair and found that they are really thin and basically crap. We're now using a food grade standard hosepipe on a drum. I would recommend carrying an alternative method for getting fresh water into your van as well. For us that's an Aquaroll and a 12v submersible pump but we have the garage space for it and we use a lot of water. You will get a whole load of other solutions suggested. Find the one that suits you best, nobody is particularly right or wrong.
     
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