"Must haves"

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  1. healing bear

    healing bear New Member

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    I am a pop up newbie. I have always camped in tents so I have quite a bit of camping gear. Now that I have a pop up, I was just wondering what y'all consider "must haves" for your rig. I was considering the solar bunk end covers from popup gizmos, and maybe some type of leveler. Any advice? Thanks in advance.

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  2. wbsloan71

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    We switched to a pup from tents a couple of years ago. What we found, is that pretty much what you need for the tent, you need for the pup, you just have more place to store it.

    Bill 71
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  3. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    Some sort of leveling system is a "must have" but the nature of it is up to you. Boards are cheap. I use Lynx blocks. Some feel they need expensive levelers that lift the tire/wheel. You also need a level so you can tell when you have the PUP level in both directions.

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    Snow Well-Known Member

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    Pretty much you'll want most of the stuff you used for tenting. Opinions on what is a "must have" will be different for everyone, but I class "must haves" as Leveling system, wheel chocks, tire iron sized to fit the pup, first aid kit and lastly FUN.

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  5. JoeCamper

    JoeCamper Eastern, Pennsylvania

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    Blocking and Wheel chocks! Tents don't roll away.
    An extension cord! Lights, etc.
    Food and Bev and you will be set.

    I don't want to scare you, but heres my list
    http://www.thebrennans.us/camping_packlist.htm

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  6. healing bear

    healing bear New Member

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    Thanks for the ideas. I hadn't thought of the tire iron. I am still trying to figure out whether a lynx or bal leveler is easier to use. I'm leaning toward the BAL. Also, any "cool" toys that make life at the campground easier or more enjoyable?

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    Pie Irons!!!! At least they are a "must have" for me. :)

    Deidre

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  8. He Ruide

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    Chris,

    Here is a photo gallery with my "Must Haves". Note - It does not include linen, pots, pans, plates or utensils... but has those items needed to camp safely, prevent accidents / break downs and trouble shoot / solve problems.

    Hope this helps.

    Ruide

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    Edited by - He Ruide on January 09 2009 17:45:16
     
  9. RhinoDave

    RhinoDave Active Member

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    After the PUP is setup this is a "must".<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_beer.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Cold Beer">
    <img src="http://us.st12.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/yhst-87589621266748_2034_7551684" border=0>

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    Beer,Beer,Beer,Beer and more Beer...oh don't forget a bag of peanuts.

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    We switched from a tent to a popup last year, so know exactly what you are going though. Here a few things I would suggest you carry along with all your "normal" camping gear:

    leveling system (I got a good deal on a BAL)
    30 amp extension cord
    water hose with pressure check valve
    extra bulbs for the camper


    There is a ton of other stuff you might need, but as mentioned before, beer usually makes a bad situation seem not so bad ;)

    New owner of 2006 Jayco M-1007
     
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    Thanks for all the good suggestions. Quite a few items I hadn't thought of. Time to go shopping then camping late January (maiden voyage).

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    I'm also a former tenter and most of my gear just moved right over to the pup! The most useful tool I've found that might not be part of your camping inventory is a backpaker's headlight. I've had occasion to set up or take down the pup in the dark, and having my hands free with focused bright light has been invaluable.

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    One of the reasons I went from tent to PUP camping was that all the gear for tent camping for 2 week stays, was too much. The PUP has just about everything I had when tent camping - self contained - no packing/unpacking. Still have all my tent gear stored in a utility trailer, and initially carried a stove and lantern, but, my PUP range is better, more counter space, and I've yet to need the lantern.

    Basics I needed were white water hose, pressure regulator, wheel chocks, lynx levelers, bubble level, sewer hose and big blue tank.
     
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    forget the expensive levelers, bring along some 2x12 boards about 2-3 feet long they work the same as the levelers. I bring small hyd jack and lug wrensch in case of tire problems. do you have an awning? shade is great tro bring with you.

    does your pup have a hot water heater? if no then you will definatly want a coleman HWOD, hot water on demand and a shower tent. this is must have.

    cold beer lots of it!!

    get a texas state park pass, it will save you $$$

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    You know what gets me on those Texas State Park passes? The one car rule. You have to pay an extra $20 if you use a different car at any point or come in two cars. I have done the math, and the pass does not seem to work very well for me. The kids get in free anyway, and if I don't pay for the extra car, then my wife is not covered if we use two vehicles, which happens often. I often like to spend a few days without the family and the family will join me on the weekend.

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    i have never paid for two vehicles when using my park pass, normally 2 cars fit at the site with no issues

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    Is the Texas pass a sticker? The Indiana State Park Pass is a card that you can keep in your wallet. My DW got me one for my birthday for the coming year!

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    Is the Texas pass a sticker? The Indiana State Park Pass is a card that you can keep in your wallet. My DW got me one for my birthday for the coming year!

    New owner of 2006 Jayco M-1007
     

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