Saturday, May 7, 2016

What have we really used?

I have admitted I am a new RVer.  We purchased the RV and started outfitting it.   When we went to pick it up from the dealer we did not know what we needed.  We got several lists from the Internet and the dealer on what we needed to get started.

First thing to note is that we have mostly stayed at Ft. Wilderness at DisneyWorld.  Notably a top end resort with lots of accessible food options.  No way close to boondocking.  To be frank, we picked this destination since we knew there would be few surprises.  It was top of the line and we would be close to home in case things went bad.  We wanted to make sure our first experiences would leave a great impression.

So after spending several overnight trips there and one 4 night trip, what have we used and what have we not used?

Stuff we use all of the time:
  • 10 foot white water hose and pressure regulator -  We have connected up to water in the campground and 10 feet of hose at Ft. Wilderness has been plenty.
  • Camco water filter - The water in central Florida is sulfur water.  The inexpensive Camco water filter removes the unpleasant taste. 
  • 15amp to 30amp electrical adapter - Used to connect the RV to the house power while we get things ready to get on the road.
  • RV Surge Protector
  • CATV Cable -  To connect to the park CATV -  I got a barrel connector to keep the ends together and safe while stowed.
  • Sewer adapter and elbow-  I purchased a Rhinoflex sewer hose that came with the sewer adapter.  I probably could have gotten away with just the adapter, and the stock hose but I feel better while dumping with the heavy duty hose.
  • Disposable nitrile gloves -  Don't need to touch the stinky slinky with bare hands
  • Folding outdoor chairs - These came from our garage since we have had them for years for outdoor events.
  • Our USB fans
  • Sirrus XM radio while driving
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Wet wipes
  • Paper towels and plates
  • TP 
  • First aid kit -  bandaids in particular

Stuff we have not really used:
  • The big front TV -  We use the 12v TV in the back all of the time but not the front one.
  • Shower - We have used the park bath houses for bathing. 
  • Dishes -  We purchased some nice Corelle like dishes and have not really used them.  Used paper plates, paper towels, plastic cups, coffee cups, but not the dishes.  Easier to just put the dirty dishes in the trash
  • Pots and Pans -  We have not done a lot of cooking.   We have mostly eaten takeout, leftovers and sandwiches (almost our exact diet from home)
  • Silverware -  We have been using plasticware from takeout food places mostly

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