New Motorhome - Whats Needed?

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  1. marcus153

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    I have searched but not been successful in finding a definitive list of what the basic are.......

    I am purchasing a used motorhome from a dealer this weekend so comes with no accessories - I wanted to know what is needed on that first trial run?

    obviously:

    Gas bottle
    electric hook up cable
    plastic ramps
    bedding
    kitchen stuff etc

    but what else - any tips like a piece of string and hose pipe ;-)

    thanks

    MS
     
  2. DanielFord

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    The list varies according to personal tastes. Must haves you have mostly covered, you may wish to add the following items:
    Emergency Tool Kit (things always break)
    Electrical multi tester
    WD40
    A length of flexi hose for emptying the grey tank when you can't get immediately over the drain.
    Outdoor table and chairs
    Maps and/or Sat Nav
    Fray Bentos pies :D

    In addition to that, if you are going to venture abroad you'll need:
    Hi-Vis vests (one for every passenger)
    Warning triangle (2 in Spain)
    A supply of beam benders (I have 3 packs in the van at the mo)
    Spare Bulbs

    Everything else you'll pick up as you go along. The items we carry in our van would go into several pages :D
     
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    We did our first run last weekend and the things we used above and beyond the norm....

    Collapsible bucket
    Bike lock (although bikes in garage in MH, one for while out and about)
    Screwdriver set and screws - something came off!
    torch - something came off at night in dark recess!
    mega hose
    thermometer!

    We took levelling ramps but didn't bother with them as the app on phone said only 1.5 degree out and everything seemed ok.

    Jen
     
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    Cork screw, wine & glasses :wine:

    Seriously - tea towels, towels, loo roll, toiletries, paracetamol (see above)
     
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    Ooooh which app is that?
     
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    Add things as you need them - and then at the end of the season, or habitation check time when the lockers are cleared out, ask yourself "did I use this in the last year/six months/??" and then don't put it back in again. It's surprising what seemed so essential at the time never got used.
     
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    should come with gas bottle or how can they demonstrate that things work on gas

    joe
     
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    You chose a hose but you could have considered a watering can.... this is an ongoing debate.
     
  9. TheBig1

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    KETTLE (lower wattage electric, plus a whistling one for on the gas hob)
     
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    Small toolbox
    Small can WD40 from pound shop
    Gaffer tape
    Electrical tape
    Assorted cable ties
    Groundsheet
    Small tarpaulin for emergencies
    Bucket
    Watering can
    Corkscrew
    Rechargeable torch
    Umbrella

    Tin baked beans, tin stag chilli, Fray Bentos tin pie - useful standbys
    Camping chairs
    Pack cards

    Certain things worth spending that bit extra on
    Corelle dinner service. Lightweight and so much nicer to eat off than the melamine ones.

    I'll add to this if I think of anything else.

    Al.
     
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    OK, I'm gonna be the stoopit pillock and state the obvious!
    Diesel (assuming not a petrol engine) tends to be a bit of a necessity rather than a luxury!:whistle:
     
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    Tube/bottle of superglue - we always need some for something - whether the sole suddenly starts to peel off your fave pair of sandals or a Spanish boy racer smashes your door mirror after 3 days in France - or your nextdoor neighbour on an aire breaks something.

    Neutral shoe polish.
    Kitchen roll.
    Cleaning cloths
    Thin sponges.
    Bottle of Formil bio washing liquid - for washing out your smalls/whatever and instead of Elsan/Thetford chemical in your loo cassette.
    Music whether it be CDs or an MP4 player, plus teeny little portable speaker(s)
    Basic sewing kit
    Basic manicure set
    A few safety pins
    Can of Oust ! LOL
    Suncream and Aftersun - we hope!

    We also don't transfer things like toiletries and cleaning stuff, the van has its own which stays in there and gets replaced as and when needed or almost needed, same as at home.
     
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    Plastic water carrier for filling fresh tank if on none serviced pitch (as in a walk to a tap). I have a 10ltr one.

    Some hose pipe (a long bit and short bit) with the screw onto tap and push on connectors for tap filling.

    A bucket for emptying grey tank and/or wastemaster type thing and some flexy pipe to fit your outlet pipe. (wickes 40mm to 32mm at £1.99 and a length of 32mm flexy at £8 from eBay is what I got).

    Cheap £5 Asda special kettle and toaster. Whistle hob kettle for when no mains.

    Microfiber towels

    Levelling ramps.

    Chairs, table, windbreak.
     
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    Spare fuses of the same type and ampage of all those fitted
     
  15. marcus153

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    Thanks for all the really useful replies. I had a session on Amazon last night and got a few things.

    How do people attach their smoke/co2 alarms? Would a Velcro sticker do the job? I don't fancy drilling holes yet!!

    I got some Thule chucks, smoke co2 alarm, multimeter (although not sure when to use it!) screwdriver kit, bucket, hosepipe.

    Also, it's a German import and has German gas fitting. The dealer is supplying one German gas bottle and an adaptor (female to female) so I can attach UK bottle. Do the gas bottles come with a fitting on the top? Is this standard? So I can just screw this into the adaptor I have?

    Thanks. MS
     
  16. Spidey

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    Usually the dealer will throw in things like the electric cable and gas bottle, check if there included.
     
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    That's exactly what I do.. never uses screws for fixing things unless there is no other option..

    I bought a big roll of sticky back Velcro...it has no end of uses..
     
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    We have a dehumidifier that lives in the bathroom and comes on at will. Great for keeping the towels nice and dry, as well as dealing with wet swimming costumes, umbrellas, or clothes if unlucky enough to get caught in an unexpected shower.
     
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