Motorhome Essentials

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  1. 4Star

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    Hi All,
    After hiring a few different types of motorhomes over the past few years we have just made the decision to buy a new Globecar Globescout panel van. Obviously, hire vehicles come fully equipped, so we would like to know what we need to buy such as electric cable, hose, gas cylinders, chemicals etc. and the best place to buy them from. For example, I was considering purchasing cable and sockets to make up myself, perhaps a few different lengths. Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated.

    We are away for a week so please don't be offended if we don't reply to your advice straight away.

    Thanks
     
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    If you are buying a new one you need to get as much included as possible.

    A long and a short cable is a good idea ( 10 + 24m ).

    But number one priority is the bottle opener.
     
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  3. Peter & Elaine

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    Cork screw
     
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    i think its a personal thing when it comes to kitting out for the first time....

    just because you think you need something doesnt mean you actually do.

    im sure you will carry stuff you never, or very rarely, use and wish you bought stuff you really need but never bought.

    hookup leads....easy to make if you can tell brown from blue and see the L+ & N marking in the plug and socket.
    25mtrs is the accepted max length per lead and must not be tightly coiled in use or it could overheat....fully uncoiled is best.

    best not to use domestic white flex but buy proper blue or yellow/orange flex of the correct size....2.5sqmm

    blue is better suited to very cold temperatures and remains flexible whereas yellow can become stiff.
    white will become brittle at low temperatures.

    first essential items on your list..........cork screw and bottle opener :thumb:
     
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    Common thyme developing here alcohol related

    No 2 bin for bottles and tins
     
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  6. 2dogs

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    If a new van (not just new but new to you), hold out for all you can get ...
    EHU cables, at least 1 x 25m, toilet fluids, thermal screens? level ramps, gas bottles included (full), basic cutlery/plates etc (you may not like them but they are a start)

    if you really need a cork screw / bottle opener then you should already have one:BigGrin: we got plenty just in case :BigGrin:

    don't ask, don't get, at the end of the day, the seller can only say no -

    go for it

    Cheers
    2dogs
     
  7. TheDogMan

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    I saw a couple of Globecar vans at the NEC, it said last of the 2013 model and deep cuts:thumb:
     
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    We assume that your ‘van will already be kitted out with bedding inc pillows, crockery, cutlery, saucepan/s, frying pan, etc.

    This is the list that we use. Please note that this is not a definitive list – it’s simply what works for us: -

    Obviously, you would add your own personal items e.g. medication, toothbrush & toothpaste, razor & shaving foam, deodorant, shampoo etc etc. Also advisable is a small amount of medical requisites, e.g. Paracetamol, Rennies, Germolene.

    Even if you have a sat nav, take a map as well. We have the AA Truckers Atlas
    Vehicle and Appliance Manuals
    Breakdown/insurance phone and policy numbers
    I pod & charger
    Phone & charger
    Camera & charger
    Kindle or books to read
    Notebook & pen
    Smoke/CO detector
    Spare ‘van keys
    Cable for Electric Hook-Up
    Gas Spanner
    Waste Water Bucket
    Fresh Water Hosepipe & fittings – in case there’s only a water tap at your destination
    5 litre Fresh Water Carrier – for drinking water
    Levelling Blocks – if the ‘van is on very uneven ground then you could fall out of bed!
    Spirit level for levelling up
    Small Electric Fan Heater – if the campsite is arbitrarily charging for electricity then why use your gas heater?
    And, for the same reason, an Electric Kettle
    Portable Radio
    Battery lantern or Torch & spare batteries
    High visibility jacket just in case the MH breaks down
    Small Tool Kit inc Screwdrivers and Pliers
    Gaffa/Duct and Insulating Tape
    A few cable ties
    Spare fuses
    WD40
    3-in-1 Oil
    1 litre Engine Oil
    Tyre Pressure Pump and gauge
    Marigold Gloves - useful to give you extra grip when trying to loosen something
    Clothes pegs
    Dustpan & Brush
    Supermarket Carrier Bags - for containing your daily rubbish
    First Aid Kit
    Toilet Fluid/Cleaner
    Toilet Rolls
    Soap
    Flannels
    Towels
    Slippers!
    Coat Hangers
    Kitchen Roll
    Tea Towels
    Small Washing-Up Bowl
    Small Dish Drainer
    Dish Cloth
    Scourer
    Oven Gloves
    Cook's (extra long) matches
    Tin Opener
    Bottle Opener
    Scissors
    Funnel
    Chopping Board
    Bread Board
    Anti-Bacterial Worksurface Wipes (from the Pound Shop!)
    Cooking Oil
    Sugar
    Tea/Coffee
    ‘Coffee Mate’ Creamer
    Cold Drinks
    Small supply of canned goods e.g. Tomatoes, Sweetcorn, Baked Beans, Sardines etc
    Small pack of Rice
    Packet of pasta
    And, if the weather is good …. Outdoor Table & Chairs

    Grocery items: -
    Generally it won’t be that difficult to buy your own choice of consumables such as bread, butter, milk, eggs, bacon, potatoes, fruit & vegetables etc at your destination so, in the above list, we’ve only included items that have a longer shelf life or could be useful en route.
     
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  9. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

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    The virtual Alladins cave is here ..http://www.johnscross.co.uk/ I have virtually everything you could possibly need :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Happy hunting

    Peter
     
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    If you get to make your own leads can I suggest you invest in Newlec ends, they have round glands on cable entry that screw down and seal properly, so many are just holes cut in plastic caps with no significant seal. We use them for work and have had no problems with water ingress since changing.

    On the water front I invested in one of everything, hoses, connectors etc. but every site I have been to has a hose fitted, but I did also buy a 12 litre watering can, fill that twice a day, if we start full this easily keeps up with consumption, saves moving van (but this does presume you have on board water)

    David
     
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    A good book, bottle of wine, gin, tonic, ice cube tray, camera, passport, EHIC, triangle, hi-vis vests, breathalysers (am I jumping the gun by listing stuff needed for Europe?) :thumb:
     
  12. Allanm

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    Get a flat hose, it takes up less space and usually empties as you wind it up. And hose to tap adapters. Get all the different sizes there are, you can guarantee the first tap you get to will be a different size than the one that came with the hose.
    And antibacterial wipes because you don't know who emptied their toilet out and cleaned it using the fresh water supply!
    You can get a combined corkscrew/can/ bottle opener to save space
    Allan
     
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  15. 4Star

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    Thank you for all of your replies. There is some invaluable information there, a good portion of it revolving around alcohol :BigGrin:
    We negotiated a deal at the show for the red Globescout 2014 model with the inclusion of an awning, cycle carrier, cruise control, additional leisure battery and parking sensors for less than the show window price which suited our budget. The 2013 models had a £500 cash back offer which we missed out on so we tried to squeeze a full tank of diesel out of them as well. I still think that there is some haggling to be done on accessories as your posts have mentioned. I'm toying with the idea of having them fit a tow bar for a motorcycle trailer.

    How about stowing crockery and the like to help reduce rattling? Rubber matting? We also have a Parson Russell Terrier, does anyone use some kind of anchor point for a long lead in a panel van?

    Sitting here on a roof top balcony at a penthouse apartment in Lagos, Portugal, with 27C temperature and all we can think about is getting out in the van :Smile:

    Thanks again for the help.
     
  16. Biged

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    Just a few more things to Val and Robs great list that we have always taken on our French travels by car every year.

    Umbrella
    Warning triangle
    Bulb set (compulsary)
    Hi vis wear for all occupants (compulsary)
    Jump leads (automatic car)
    Small bottles of various car fluids, brake fluid, screen wash etc
    Screen covers
    Bug spray for windscreen sponge and chammy
    :thumb:
     
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    Has anyone mentioned levelling blocks? We have some that we use occasionally, usually if we start sliding out of the bed, or the sink starts filling up instead of emptying when we take the plug out.......
    Allan
     
  18. Phill D

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    you need an A4 pad and pencil :Eeek:

    so when you are away, as you realise your missing something or need to amend or adjust storage etc write it down.:thumb:

    i still keep a small note pad in the dash and still use it occassionally:Doh:
     
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