#1 – Extension Cords – If you find that your power source is too far from your RV and you need an extension cord, first, make sure that the extension cord you use is properly rated to handle the amperage that your RV/trailer is eventually going to use.
Next, if it’s raining, or just wet outside, find a plastic container that is big enough to hold both ends of the joined cables. Cut a notch into opposing sides wide enough to slip the cords into, plug the ends together, put on the lid and you are good to go. This keeps the cords dry and off the wet ground.
They suggest that you find a five gallon pale, bend the handle and hang it on the front of the King-Pin. It’s big enough that you will see it and you shouldn’t ever run/walk into it again. You can also drill a few holes in the bottom to let out any rainwater that might get in.
It doesn’t take very much steam or heat to set them off and many campers just take them down or take out the battery, until they are finished and then forget to either put them back or replace the battery. This is definitely NOT RECOMMENDED and could lead to the loss of the trailer, or worse, a family member.
#4 – Security – Some people worry about security, (this one is also good if you are traveling alone). You might hear something outside at 2 AM, it could be a bear or someone that you don’t know is messing around your campsite.
#5 – Trailer Mileage – If you are the kind of person who likes to know how far their trailer has traveled, (most user-guides suggest regular maintenance at certain intervals), there is a device that has been used, in the trucking industry, for years and is called a “HUB-ODOMETER”.
#6 – Epoxy Cups – This is not something I would have thought of and I don’t think it happens very often, but, sometimes, when you’re away, something will break and all you need is a little Epoxy to fix the problem. In past experience, mostly at home, I have had to mix up some of this and I didn’t need very much.
#7 – 12 Volt Plugs – Sometimes, when you’re out camping, you need a 12-volt power source to operate things like mattress pumps, impact wrenches or a spotlight. These things, normally, operate off the power that comes from the cigarette lighter, or similar plug, in the motorhome or tow vehicle.
Now, I could not have come up with this myself but it was suggested that one could install a 12-volt power source right on the battery box, connect the wires appropriately and, presto, you have 12-volt power whether or not your tow vehicle is there. Make sure that you get one that has a cover on it.
If you are going to install your own, Please make sure that the wire size and amperage draw is correct so that it’s safe. Positive wire to Positive connection and Negative wire to Negative connection and you have 12-volt power right outside. This would also be good to have if you need to pump up the RV/trailer tires.
#9 – Shower Curtains – Some RV/trailers have showers/tubs that have curtains instead of glass doors. The curtains can be real annoying when you take a shower because they like to come in and give you a hug. This would annoy me to no end.
#10 – Downspouts – Most RV/trailers have some sort of downspout, at the front and rear of the RV roof, that is supposed to channel the water off the roof away from the RV, but most are too short and the water runs down the side of the wall leaving gray streaks down the sides. Some newer RV’s have downspouts that are a little longer, which reduces this problem significantly.