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I just read an article in one of the magazines that listed 40 must-have things.  I am not sure I agree on all 40.  The list included pets, GPS, and other personal-choice things.  Those things with which I agree are already included here.  They were here before I read the article.  So I think my list is good.  I was thinking of coloring must-haves but I think you can figure them out.  If not before you leave, shortly after.  You really do need to count on multiple stops at the Wal-Marts.

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The first list contains supplies that you should always have in stock.  A supply is something that you have that you use and need to buy more.

The second list contains equipment that you need.  Equipment is anything that you need only replace when they break or are lost.

These lists are to make sure you have not forgotten anything.  I expect you have the normal household collection of clothes and kitchen equipment.

I have another page with descriptions of some of the items:  Supplies and Equipment.

Caveat

As much as I have attempted to make this list compile, there are multiple issues here.  I created the list in 2004.  A few items should added and dropped as our world has changed in 2010.  This is a list.  It is not prioritized.  Some items are more critical than others.  For example,  a cell phone with charger and ample minutes is a requirement and not an option.  Some items are needed for full time and not for part time.  For example, Car wash and wax.  In 6 years no one has sent me any suggestions.  My political opinions may not be liked by rich, Republican RVers but there is no reason to throw the baby out with the bath water.


Truck


Supplies

  • 3-in-1 Oil
  • Air Filter, Engine
  • Car Wash
  • Car Wax
  • Cloths, Towels
  • Fuses, Spare, body
  • Gas can
  • Gloves, Latex
  • Tape, Duct
  • Tape, Electric
  • Tire Wet
  • WD-40
  • 12-volt bulbs (1156 (Tail) / 1157 (Brake) or equivalent) or whatever else your RV uses for brake, backup, and perimeter.
  • Fuses, Spare, Chassis (2 fuse boxes)
  • Gas Filter, spring clamps (Ford, at least)
  • Grease, White-Lithium (Hitch ball, etc.)
  • Oil filter, generator
  • Oil, Motor (at least 2 quarts)
  • Oil Filter, Engine
  • Sta-bil, gas additive, generator
  • Transmission fluid, Dexron (red, for levelers)
  • Water, Distilled (for 12v batteries)
  • Windshield Wiper blades
  • Windshield Wiper fluid

Equipment

  • Basters (Battery water, Oil)
  • Brush, Body Wash
  • Flares, Emergency
  • Flashlights
  • Fuse tester
  • Hose nozzle (Cleaning)
  • Hose, Green (Cleaning)
  • Jumper cables
  • Ladder
  • Volt/Ohm meter
  • Wheel Chocks (2)
  • Air pump/compressor, serious 110v. (Any 12v pump will burn out on one RV tire.)
  • Bucket, Large (Car Wash Brush fits inside)
  • Brush, Wheel Cleaning
  • Charger, Battery, Trickle
  • Padlock, spare tire chain
  • Plastic sectioned boxes for junk
  • Windshield Squeegee
  • Tire Pressure Gauge (good one)
  • Triangles, Emergency

Tools  (For ALL Sections)

  • Files
  • Hammer, claw
  • Hammer, 3 lb. sledge
  • Measuring Tapes
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  • Screwdrivers, Jewelers
  • Screwdrivers, slot and Phillips
  • Wrench, Adjustable end, 8” and 10”
  • Wrench, Oil Filter
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Setup and Utility Connections

Supplies

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  • Tape, Teflon (water hose connection)

Equipment

General
  • Door mat, mud-brush
  • Leveling Blocks
  • Tire Covers
  • Window Screens
  • Awning, Packing Straps w/ratchet
  • Awning, Stakes (extra heavy duty)
  • Carpet, Large Outdoor, stakes
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Sanitary Connection
  • Hose Clamps, 4" inch
  • Hose Doughnut
  • Hose Connector end
  • Hose, Support system
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  • Hose (extra heavy duty)
  • Hose Threaded end
  • Hose, spare (extra heavy duty)
  • Transparent sewer connector, 45-degree
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Drinking Water Connection
  • Filter, Inline
  • Hose, White for Drinking (2)
  • Pressure Control
  • Hose, connector elbow (maybe)
  • Pressure Gauge
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Electric Connection
  • Plug adapters (20A->30A, 30A->20A)
  • Cord, Electric, 30-amp, 20-feet, extension
Satellite Dish Connection
  • Compass
  • Cable, 2-50 feet
  • Dish Support
  • Connectors, cylinder
  • Meter, Locator
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Awning
  • Stakes, Large (2 or 4)
  • Packing straps (2 or 4)
  • Lights, String
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General purpose, Outside

Supplies

  • Sun Block
  • Hats, Western, baseball, whatever

Equipment

  • Funnel
  • Cords, Bungee
  • Padlocks
  • Rope, yellow
  • Ties, Cable
  • Radios, 2-way, 1-set
  • Extension cord: 50-foot, 3-prong, 16-gauge
  • Rubber Knee Pad (ala Gardening -- at lest 1)
  • 4’ Foam Tubes (Swim pool)
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Picnic

Supplies

  • Charcoal (?)
  • Lantern, spare mantles
  • Firewood
  • Propane, cylinders

Equipment

  • Camp Lantern
  • Chairs, Collapsing
  • Grill Screen
  • Grill, Propane or Charcoal
  • Lights, Outside
  • Table, Collapsing

Driver Area

Supplies

  • Drinking water
  • Quarters, Rolls (tolls)

Equipment

  • CDs, Cassettes
  • Clock
  • Compass
  • Hats
  • Maps, Atlas
  • Sunglasses
  • Campground Directory
  • Card wallets (for membership cards}
  • Cell phone AND 12v Charger
  • Window shields, inside (waffled reflectorized foil)
  • Wand, 18” long for pushing buttons on rear camera.

  • GPS Unit

Papers, Office, File

Supplies

  • Envelopes
  • Eye glasses, Spare
  • Notepads
  • Office supplies, General
  • Printer paper
  • Post-it notes
  • Tape: Cellophane
  • Stamps, Postage

Equipment

  • Books, for reading
  • Clocks, Alarm?
  • Computer, Laptop (?)
  • File Box, Plastic
  • Paper Shredder
  • Passport
  • Sewing kit
  • Bins, Plastic, Storage, Small
  • Calling Card, Phone  (I Sam's or Costco for 3.4¢/minute).
  • Cell phone, service: free roaming and Long distance
  • Folder, Hardboard: Vehicle Registration, Vehicle Insurance, Health Insurance, Prescriptions
  • Lock box: Vehicle Title, Credit cards (duplicate or excess), Birth Certificate, Social Security Card
  • Office things, General (stapler, pens)
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General Purpose, Inside

Supplies

  • Bleach
  • Bug Repellent
  • Aluminum foil
  • Bug Spray -- Crawling
  • Bug Spray -- Flying
  • Fuses, Spare
  • Pine-Sol
  • Trash bags, White
  • Towels, Paper
  • 12-volt bulbs, Spare (1156 or equivalent) and whatever else your RV uses.
  • Batteries: 9v (detectors), D (large flashlights), AA (small flashlights, controllers), AAA (controllers)
  • Fly Paper, strips (not hanging – they stick to things when moving)
  • Hand cream (you are outside more than you are used to)
  • Paper plates and plastic silverware
  • Velcro Strips
  • ZipLock Bags, all sizes
  • Windex or Vinegar
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  • Hose clamps, various size for hoses, pipes, plumbing

Equipment

  • Baster, Turkey
  • Brooms
  • Calendar
  • Duster, feather
  • Dustpan
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Flashlight
  • Fly Swatter
  • Pillows, Throw
  • Plates, Paper
  • Rugs, Throw
  • Silverware, plastic
  • Bags, Grocery store. These are good for household trash and fit smaller wastebaskets.
  • Blanket, for sofa
  • Bottles (2), Drinking Water, 5-gallon w/pump
  • Containers, plastic, Tupperware-type
  • Cords, Extension  (Include a 3-prong)
  • Filter, Air, HEPA -- to keep the desert dust down (?)
  • Inverter, for charging: toothbrush, electric razor, cell phone
  • Heaters, Space, 1.5KW max. (RV parks hate them)
  • Keys, Spare (full set)
  • Thermometer, In-Outdoor
  • Vacuum cleaner. I recommend a canister for getting into tight places.
  • Wastebaskets, Small

Bedroom

Supplies

  • Clothes, Warm
  • Blanket, Extra for when it gets cold.  It does get cold.
  • Clothes, Work
  • Moth protection (cedar shavings, moth balls)
  • Quarters, Rolls; Laundry
  • Soap, Laundry; bleach, conditioner

Equipment

  • Flashlight
  • Linen, 2 sets
  • Clock, illuminated, 12V
  • Pillows
  • Bins, Storage, Plastic, Large (Extra clothes, picture albums, junk)
  • Hanpers, Plastic (metal make noise)
  • Towels
  • Laundry Hamper, Wheeled

Toilet

Supplies

  • Vinegar
  • Toilet Paper, RV
  • Toilet Paper, Normal (?)
  • Toilet Chemicals (not formaldehyde)

Equipment

  • Flashlight
  • Toilet Brush, Holder
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  • Toilet wand w/hose

Bathroom

Supplies

  • Alcohol
  • Antihistamines
  • Laxative
  • Immodium
  • Peroxide
  • Anti-mildew spray (bleach)
  • Soap, Hand, anti-bacterial (?)
  • Shampoo, Conditioner
  • Supplies, Sundry, cabinet
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Equipment

  • First Aid kit (buy one and stock it -- they always come with the wrong things!!!)
  • Plugs, Drain, rubber, (Sink, bath)
  • Plugs, Drain, perforated steel (Sink, bath)

Dog (And Maybe Other Pets)

Supplies

Pet Food

I buy the 40 pound bags and keep them in a kitchen trash basket.

Treats

Dry -- you do not want a mess on your carpet

Toys -- Chew


Plastic shit bags

I have found some especially made but I like the ZipLock quart bags becasue they seal tightly (less odor when inside).

Anti-Tick/Flea

I use Frontline -- 3 packets for $20 at Costco

Pills -- Heartworm

One per month or two months

Pills -- Worm

One per month or two months

Drops -- Ear Mites

Tubes

Toothbrush and paste


Equipment

Leash -- Extendable

Pet Bed

Leash -- Short

Nail Clippers

Stake and Cable

Toys -- Throw

Dish -- Water

Pooper Scooper

Dish -- Food




Tools

Pooper Scooper

Nail Clippers

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Written:  2003          Updated:  June 2, 2010          Back To Top