"Must Haves" for the first time PUP owner

Discussion in 'First Time & New Camper Owners' started by DelorFamily, Aug 7, 2008.

  1. DelorFamily

    DelorFamily Member

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    Evansville, IN
    I recently purchased my first PUP and am starting to gather my supplies and things I think I will need. I have tent camped long enough to immediately know what gear I will need and what never makes it out of the car if I take it along, but I don't have any idea what "extras" I will need for my new PUP.

    What do you recommend as a MUST HAVE for the new PUP owner? I am not talking about stuff like AC, heater, or awning, but more of those little things that are truly a life saver and you don't know how you did it without them...

    I hear lots of good things about BAL levelers, for example. Until coming here, I had never heard of them, but will be checking them out soon.

    It can be other things like a carpet for outside the door (new campers might not know how much cleaner this keeps everything).

    So I am going to start this list and I will update it with peoples suggestions as we progress. Hopefully, the list will grow and will give the first time PUP owner a good starting point of things to think about investing in, and maybe an order in which to buy...

    1. Carpet for outside the door will keep the inside much cleaner, especially with kids/pets!

    2. Deck of cards. Small, cheap, and easy to store, cards are great time killers for those late afternoon thundershowers.. Games can range from poker, euchre, or hearts to more little kid games like go-fish or old maid.

    3. First Aid Kit. It doesn't have to be a fancy one, but it should cover all the basics. "Field and Stream" had a great article about DIY first aid kits, from small "Altoid Tin" kits to larger ones. F&S article

    **Updated from others suggestions**

    4. Flashlight with working batteries
    5. Anti-bacterial wipes
    6. Pen/paper for notes about next time
    7. Camper journal to record your experience or notes to self about future trips to a particular CG
    8. Small broom/dustpan
    9. Trashbags that stay in the PUP
    10. Fan
    11. Camp Chairs
    12. Dish cloth and towel that stays in PUP
    13. Bug Repellant
    14. Small toolbox to fix minor issues
    15. Extension cords
    16. Tarp
    17. Rope - has many uses from clothes line to tying down the tarp (or the kids...)
    18. Colapsable trashcan

    New owner of 2006 Jayco M-1007

    Edited by - DelorFamily on August 08 2008 08:38:24

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    Edited by - DelorFamily on August 08 2008 13:40:38
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  2. Leyster

    Leyster Revelstoke, B.C.

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    We take a pad of paper and pen to write down stuff we have missed and needed or forgotten(like the food). We take lots of reading material as we are both avid readers and our cameras for all of life's moments. Coffee and hot chocolate stay in the camper as do a change of clothes and towels. Anti bacteria cleaners for the hands after a visit to the outhouse since we camp with no running water and have to haul our own in we stretch that water.

    2 happy campers and Autumn
  3. campfamily3

    campfamily3 New Member

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    flashlight, small broom and dustpan, trash bags, battery powered fan, camp chairs, good dish cloth & towel, doormat for your step (we got a $3 at Target and cut it to size), journal/log to record your campsite stays (we use this to note things about the CG and which site we might want to get next time we stay there, cheap flip flops for the CG shower
    You know this if you tent camped: bug repellent!

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    1 golden retriever
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  4. traindude

    traindude ORYGUN

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    You might think about a small tool box to take care of things as they come up

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  5. awsandlin

    awsandlin Active Member

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    I really try to go the less is more route. I have stocked the inside of the popup with things such as all the cooking and eating dishes I need for the family, and I have also stocked the bedding, (although things like sheets have to come in for laundry after a trip). Everything else I have in a couple of water proof footlocker type containers. My thinking is, I want to be able to leave the house for a trip with just a few moments of packing time. Then when it is time to come home, same thing. I just want to toss my footlockers in the back of the truck, hook up and go.

    So, I try to find what is the minimal stuff I need and how much of that stuff can I leave packed and ready to go at any time.

    My wife does not take this approach, so we end up with more than I would take. Now, I have to admit, with two kids, I end up hauling bicycles, and who knows what else. But, for me, for the most part I am all self contained as much as possible so that I can be out of hear pretty quick.

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  6. DelorFamily

    DelorFamily Member

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    I don't want to exclude the accessories too. Has anyone found some "extras" that make life much easier? What is the best leveler? Do those wide towing mirrors really help? Let's include those type of things too.

    New owner of 2006 Jayco M-1007
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  7. themanfromvan

    themanfromvan Van, PA - Near The PA Wilds

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    If you intend to camp in a campground with hook ups, get yourself an RV extension cord. We did not have one our first time out. Fortunately, we had a cordial neighbor who lent us his.

    Don't forget your COFFEE !! That is one thing we have a habit of forgetting.

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  8. ShawnBrown

    ShawnBrown New Member

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    When we got our N2U PUP, I bought new wheel bearings/races/seals and grease. When I pulled the wheels, everything looked good with the old ones. So I keep the new bearings and grease in my tool box too. Not sure if I will ever need it on the road, but since I already have it, might as well keep it with me.

    How about:
    T-Level or torpedo level
    Wheel Chocks
    Stabalizer jack pads
    White water hose
    Water pressure regulator
    In-Line Water filter
    Spray nozzle for water hose
    Plexus plastic cleaner for PUP windows

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  9. rthrbcampn

    rthrbcampn New Member

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    Collapsable trash cans for outside, beer and ice. Beer opener. Chips and salsa. Cigars. Advil.
  10. DelorFamily

    DelorFamily Member

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    Is the advil for the next morning after all the beer? The bottle opener/can opener is a good idea to keep stocked in the PUP though... Where do you find a collapsable trash can? Linky please.

    New owner of 2006 Jayco M-1007
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  11. Missy120

    Missy120 New Member

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    I love having the collapsable trash can. I couldn't find one in a store locally so I ordered one from ebay if that helps.

    I forgot what seller I bought it from and I could check my ebay account if needed but I did a quick ebay search and this is what they look like: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/33-gal-Collapsible-Trash-Can-Waste-Container-With-Lid_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1638Q2em118Q2el1247QQcategoryZ50069QQihZ016QQitemZ260217619346QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWD1V

    Edited by - Missy120 on August 08 2008 10:25:11
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  12. ShawnBrown

    ShawnBrown New Member

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    For the colapsible trash bin, check Wal-Mart/Target/Kmart. Look in the section for a clothes hamper. We have a mesh one from WallyWorld. It's a little large for a 13 Gallon kitchen garbage bag, so it kind of leans when it fills up, but works okay. Bigger bags would help with the leaning, but a 13 gallon stretchs nice over the rim. Here is a link to one on the Wal-Mart site:

    Trash Can

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  13. Snow

    Snow Well-Known Member

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    I carry a bow saw, an 3lbs axe and a small camping shovel. I have on occasion been at a CG and bought wood that was 3ft long and needed to be cut. The shovel has many uses like claening out the fire pit.

    I also carry a 2 gallon collapsable water jug, I have run out of water in the tank while camping with no water hookup.

    Don't forget some rope, wehter its for a clothes line or tying a tarp up. Oh also carry a tarp.

    And almost as important as food and beer. Get a few bbq lights

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  14. Star79700

    Star79700 New Member

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    Things I Keep In the PUP:
    -Trash Can
    -Extra Padding for Beds
    -Water Jug
    -Extra Bearings
    -Small Tool Box
    -Reuseable Plastic Flatware And Dishes
    -Extra Pare of Clothes for each person that is coming
    -Big Black Trashbags
    -Folding Chairs
    -Extension Cords
    -Pain Reliever
    -First Aid Kit

    Just Make Sure you Have all this and maybe more!

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  15. EvTech

    EvTech Vancouver (not BC), WA (not DC)

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    Perhaps I missed it in the preceding posts but remember to take boards, Lynx levelers, whatever, to level your pup. Remember a small level, too.

    In our games box we have a pad of paper & pen for scoring & six dice. For the life of me I can't remember the name of the game but it's quite easy. (Throw three sixes you get six hundred points, three threes you get three hundred points, etc). Very small, very light, and doesn't take a lot of room to play if you're stuck inside in a rainstorm.

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  16. binky

    binky New Member

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    With the exception of fishing poles, tackle box, food, bath stuff and clothes...everythng we need for a camping weekend stays packed in the camper.

    Camp stove (we don't use the one in the cmper)
    Lanterns and flashlights
    Dishes (plates, pots pans etc dedicated to the camper)
    Fire Extinguishers (note the plural)
    First Aid Kit-and bug spray
    Tool box, jack, duct tape, chocks, levelers
    Assorted rope, bungee cords etc
    Folded tarps (just in case)
    Games for the kids.

    Dont forget ......the pee bucket for those midnights when you don't want to walk to the bathhouse. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_sleepy.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Sleepy">

    We keep the small stuff (of similar use) boxed in plastic totes. The box marked "cook" has oven mitts, utensils, coffee cups, measuring cups etc.... We keep some food stuff in the camper (very well sealed) spices, non-stick spray..stuff that won't go bad.

    Ken and Susan
    97 Coleman Laredo

    Edited by - binky on August 08 2008 13:14:52
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  17. Missy120

    Missy120 New Member

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    ShawnBrown: I have that also, I found mine at Walmart and I use that for my clothes hamper. I pack it with my plastic 3 drawere chest that I keep my clothes in and when they are dirty I just throw it in the popup hamper. I never thought of getting one to use as a trash can although mine is white and I keep my popup container outside for trash so I guess that would get dirty and the one I have now washes off but that is a great idea and cheaper!
  18. dlenright

    dlenright New Member

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    I have been composing a list since i joined the forum from what people have stated, plus some things i have added and made a handy dandy printable "check-list", but was unsure how to attach a word doc. (if possible) Here is what i have so far. (always updating and subject to change after our first trip out ;)

    Inside Hatch

     30A / 50A Converter
     90° Hose Elbow
     Axe / Hatchet
     Bungee Cords
     Crank Handle
     Extension Cord – heavy
     Extension Cord - light
     Flashlight
     Hose
     Levelers
     Lug wrench / Jack
     Power Strip
     Ratchet Straps
     Rope
     Saw
     Sink Drain Hose
     Tent Stakes
     Tool Kit
     Electrical Tape
     Duct Tape
     Adj. Wrench
     Screwdrivers
     Pliers
     Hammer
     Spare Lights Bulbs
     WD-40
     Water Pressure Regulator
     Wheel chocks
     Work Gloves
     Y Hose Adapter

    Inside Camper

     Air Mattress Pump / Patch Kit
     Bag Clips
     Broom / Dustpan
     Bug Spray
     Carpet
     Citronella Candles
     Clothes Line / Clothes Pins
     Coleman Fuel Cans
     Dirty Laundry Bag
     Fan
     Fire Grate
     Fire Starters
     First Aid Kit
     Flashlights
     Fly Swatter
     Grill
     Kleenex
     Lantern
     Lighters
     Matches
     Newspaper (fire)
     Pen / Pencil / Paper
     Playing Cards
     Ponchos
     Rope Lights
     Rug
     Salt / Pepper / Spices
     Sewing Kit
     Spare Batteries
     Tablecloth / Clips
     Tarp
     Tent
     Toilet Paper
     Water Bottle
     Weiner Forks

     Aluminum Foil
     Baby Wipes
     Baggies
     Can Opener
     Cleaner (fantastic?)
     Clorox Bleach Wipes
     Coffee Maker
     Coffee Mugs
     Cutting board
     Dish Rags
     Dish Scrubber Sponge
     Dish Soap
     Dish Towels
     Dishpan
     Frying Pan - Large
     Frying Pan - Small
     Hand Sanitizer
     Hand Soap
     Knife
     Napkins
     Paper Plates
     Paper Towels
     Plastic Pitcher
     Plates / Bowls / Cups / Etc.
     Pot - Medium
     Pot - Small
     Saran Wrap
     Spoons / Ladles / Etc.
     Steak Knifes
     Trash Bags

    Items to Pack

     Air Mattress
     Bath / Shower Kit
     Bikes
     Blankets
     Cooler (s)
     Firewood
     Fishing Equip?
     Folding Table
     Games
     Lawn Chairs
     Pillows
     Radio
     Sheets
     Sleeping Bags
     Sunshade Canopy
     Swiffer Sweeper
     Towels / Washcloths
     Umbrella

    Dry Goods

     Coffee
     Creamer
     Hot Chocolate
     Kool-Aid
     Lemonade Mix
     Sugar
     Sweet & Low / Equal

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  19. RockiesCamper

    RockiesCamper New Member

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    Our NTU camper came with a nifty storage shelf that folds up when you fold up the camper. I can't find one online exactly like ours, but this might give you an idea:


    Ours is square with about 6 different shelves. I'm hoping to find another just like ours so that we have 2!

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  20. PokerbossTX

    PokerbossTX New Member

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    I can see why some people need Chevy Suburbans now!

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