What are the essentials?

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  1. DBSilverfox

    DBSilverfox Read Only Funster

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    I am picking up our first motorhome on Thursday, so this weekend we are off looking at what we need to buy.

    already got the unbreakable plates, bowls, glasses. But what would you say is the basic "starter" kit of essentials?

    I know I am getting the electricity hook up cable and a gas cylinder, so currently I am thinking;

    toilet chemicals
    water roll thing (and a pump? i have a socket next to the water for a pump...?)
    food grade hose (what sort of connector?)
    little carpet sweeper
    plastic storage boxes to put stuff like muddy boots in.

    Is that it? i don't want to buy stuff for the sake of it, but I do want to be prepared - going to shop for accessories is part of the fun and the build up to finally being free

    Any suggestions would be very gratefully received.

    Thanks a lot for your help

    David
     
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    Your Autoquest 100 will take two 6 Kg gas cylinders. We normally have a full one and part used one when we set off on a trip so that it's easy to change over if the one runs out. You will need a gas spanner to change over if the connection hose is the conventional one. I changed ours for a Gaslow stainless steel one which has a handwheel connection.

    We started out using the Thetford pink and blue or green but now use Elsan Organic which can be used in both cassette and flush tank.

    Our van came with the submersible pump all wired to a plug for using in the external socket but we had to buy a length of hose to use with it. We just bought a 25 litre white plastic jerry can rather an an Aquaroll (much cheaper and light enough to not need a hose for filling). We also bought a 20 litre black plastic jerry can for emptying the grey tank and have an aluminium trolley/bungees for transporting them. All very light when not in use and store on the Luton when travelling.

    We get away with a hand brush on our travels and just use our domestic Hoover when we get back rather than carrying a carpet sweeper.

    Muddy boots can be stood on a carrier bag to dry or put inside - takes less room than a rigid plastic box.

    Graham
     
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    oh and a supply of bungee ties are always handy.
    Some kind of grip things (or clothes pegs come in handy for if gripping and hanging things needed (not clothes)
    Torches (can get ones that you plug into cigar lighter to charge)
    scizzors
    pen paper
    carrier bags/bin bags
     
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    thanks for the advice so far - I feel no guilt for trying to learn from other people's trial and error :Wink:

    i will definitely be taking your advice, and we are planning on using the Luton for storage, as you seem to be doing Graham.

    Might also look at the books advertised - checklists and log book of travels...

    David
     
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    :Smile:Might be useful to get some plastic wheel risers for uneven or sloping ground, I found it useful to get a hosepipe I am up to 90 feet of it because of one place I stopped at I could not get to the tap, standard screw on tap adapters, two sizes, couple of quid from B&Q, it is amazing the things that you need once you get going.
    kennygd:thumb:
     
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    Thats easy, the first thing you do is go here The Motorhome Checklist This is the most comprehensive book of checklists put together by Funsters. Sales of this book of checklists help to fund this site. :thumb: Its an ebook so you can download and be using the checks just moments after purchase. Checklists inside include..


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    Thanks for the advice on the hose connectors - and good luck with the fulltiming! :Smile:
     
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    Hi Jim

    Book bought, paid for downloaded and printing now - thanks a lot :BigGrin:
     
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    No seriously, others in the past have said effectivly go play and see what you need before going mad, good advise as we went mad and are now ditching stuff, still got loads mind you toys are good:thumb:

    Go for a short weekend away and just play and see what you think you'll need, the leveling ramps are a good idea but we haven't used ours in ages, wont be taking them out of the van though as you never know?

    Hose and selection of connectors defo a good idea, we run two lengths in case we need the reach but the extension rarely comes out, good to know its there.

    Daft things we've found emmensly useful, a bucket, reasonable size. Obviously as bucket, washing stuff, taking the 'top' of the grey as a use but, recycling, just outside the door and the cans and bottles and a once a day wander accross the site, more and more sites have recycling and using the bucket, no placy bags and a quick slosh at the relevant tap and away you go.

    All in all get out, have FUN and careful in those camp shops, once popped into one for some daft little thing, couple of quid type thing, ended up over £200 lighter as SWMBO had to have that new barbi:Doh:

    Then there was the moon chair, and.........:Rofl1:

    Actually, series of that'll be better resulted in us now on outdoor chair set three, in four and a half years:Doh::cry:
     
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    haha - sounds like we shop the same way! That is exactly the reason I asked the question, i know for certain we would fill up on gadgets that would never be used. All I want is the essentials to make sure that when i get where I am going I can do what I need to do.

    After that I can start looking at what I want to do on top.

    just as a thought out loud, for instance, is it worth getting a normal plug adaptor for the hook up so it can be plugged into a normal 3-pin wall socket - or would that be a useless thing that would never be used?

    Thanks again to everyone

    david
     
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    Not useless at all - we use it when we plug her in at home!

    I really don't see the need for an Aquaroll - or anything similar - but then so far we haven't actually wild camped per se, so we have always either had access to a tap to stick our hosepipe on, or have moved on when we needed facilities. We need to empty the loo more frequently than we need to fill the water up. OTOH I wash my hair under the sink mixer tap if not also showering, saves the whole of me and the whole bathroom getting drenched, I always get soap in me eyes etc if I do it under the m/home shower! and when showering we wet, then soap and wash, then wash off, we don't leave it running only when doing steps 1 and 3 ! And we don't necessarily shower every day - depends what we are up to.

    No we don't smell. We didn't when we didn't have a bathroom either.

    And of course if water and gas/electric are not at a premium or potentially in short supply then we do whatever we do!!
     
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    Absolutely right David :Smile: Why should you make the mistakes we did - you'll find plenty of your own :Smile:

    Not necessarily an immediate purchase but we bought a cheap sun lounger from Asda - similar to This One (though I think it was a bit cheaper a few years ago when we got it) to make a shelf on the Luton, with a single side folded out. Folding chairs etc go underneath and sleeping bags/pillows go on top. Makes storage much easier.

    Also shelves like This or similar from Wilkinsons for the side lockers.

    The hook-up adapters are OK if you are plugging into an indoor socket at home. I found that they aren't rainproof if you plug into an outdoor socket so I installed a Commando socket on the garage wall and plug direct into that when I want to charge the battery/cool down the fridge before a trip.

    Then you get to the big stuff like solar panels, awnings etc............... - but not for first trip :Smile:

    Graham
     
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    Got to have outside table/chairs. Have a good look at the tables - as some are quite rickety. We use the suncamp folding ones - these are pretty sturdy.

    Grab some small plastic storage boxes for essentials - you can get you cookware in one, and store under the cooker - saves clattering about. We also use one for extra bits like aerial extension co-ax, first aid kit, breakdown kits etc. Keeps it neat and out the way.

    Windbreak is always a good one, and one of those £5 barbeques from lidls is good to start off with.

    And laminate a sign, and hang up with one of those ID card neck straps, which you throw over the rear-view mirror that states 'Windows Shut - Aerial Down - Roof Light Shut etc...... Whatever you vehicle has. Works as a handy reminder until you get into a routine.:thumb:
     
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    I'm sure you will find this checklists invaluable. Thanks for supporting MotorhomeFun:thumb:
     
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    hi,one of the most usefull things i use is a short length o plastic hose with a rubber push on conector .bit like what used to be on twin tub washing machines. its about 4ft long and is usefull for filling up in hand basins. there may not be a suitable tap any where else..
    cheers al;an.
     
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    Agreed, I use a short hose to fill my container so you can fill from a washhand basin.

    Another tip, don't pay for a container with a tap, money wasted. Take your rucksack with you and buy the biggest plastic container that will fit in it then you can walk or cycle back and forth to the taps easily.:thumb:
     
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    For goodness sake, silverfox, don't be embarrassed , we all have to start somewhere, and you'll be helping others in no time.

    Shifty does have a point, though. Find room for his wife, and give the dear lady a break.
     
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    No problem - i just ordered the travel log as well. Had to buy something since my big shopping trip ended up with just a kettle!
     
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