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Old 10-18-2017, 07:11 AM   #57
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Just consolidating the list that I have so far and adding some last minute items I had forgotten.

Anything else that would be classified as a must-have-now for a newbie starting the RV life?

As I mentioned, the stuff around cookware and inside gadgets will come from the Small Space Living thread...

Looking more for guidance in stuff like the water pressure valve to avoid damage to the AI... recommendations of that nature.
  1. Additional battery trays and strap downs (ordered). Part numbers: 454679 Strap, Battery hold-down and 454982 Battery tray, AGM CL24, End mount. This is to double the house battery capacity. Will be using two additional stock batteries for now (Part number for batteries: 511828 Battery, 12 Volt, Deep cycle, AGM Lifeline)
  2. Victron BlueSolar 100/30 MPPT Charge Controller - 30 Amps / 100 Volts
  3. Victron VE.Direct Bluetooth Dongle
  4. Blue Sea ML-ACR 7622 Automatic Charging Relay - (already have this ready to install when I get the Interstate)
  5. Water pressure regulator for when hooking up at RV park facilities. Read somewhere that this prevents damage to the Interstate water lines when the pressure at the RV Park is higher than expected
  6. Surge protector/EMS - Progressive Industries SSP-30XL Surge Protector with Cover - 30 Amp - same reason as for having the water regulator...but in this case, to protect the electrical system in the Interstate when hooking up at a camp site
  7. Memory foam top for the bed or RV Superbag https://www.rvsuperbag.com/
  8. Build two boards (that can fold away for storage) for additional sleeping space for my two kids
  9. 3M Clear (or Xpel) protection film for the front to protect headlights and windshield
  10. Sound deadening material to wrap generator and bring down the noise it makes - Thread on this
  11. Duallys valvesDually 16'' Steel / Aluminum Valve Stem Extension Kit DL1SPAL - or install an ARB compressor and have the correct air adapter and leave the stock air valves in place.
  12. Teak Shower Mat for Airstream Interstate Lounge
  13. Telescoping pole to make sure there is clearance before driving through areas with limited height, because I want to keep all the stuff on top of the Interstate in one piece... ouch!
  14. Rubber Wheel Chocks
  15. Leveling blocks/pads and the wheel chocks for these...
  16. MotoTote MTX Sport Motorcycle Carrier for when I want to take my motorcycle on a trip
  17. Windshield cover for when parked to reduce interior heat. Also looking at this thread for maybe doing something similar for the side glass/windows. Anything that will help lower the inside temperature of our Interstate in this hot Florida climate (I know, not as harsh as in Arizona and Texas, but still...)
  18. 3M Crystalline film on windshield (clear) and side windows (legal tint) - to reduce heat inside while driving.
  19. Gloves, hoses (separate hoses for water fills and for tank cleaning)
  20. Inline water filter for filling tanks - to keep all internals in great shape and avoid build ups...


That is all for now... still reading threads and pulling ideas for the first must have mods for a newbie with an RV...
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Old 10-18-2017, 07:22 AM   #58
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Water pressure regulator should already be installed. 2 would be overkill.
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Old 10-18-2017, 07:32 AM   #59
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Water pressure regulator should already be installed. 2 would be overkill.
Thank you. I must have missed it. Did not see it in the 2018 parts diagram. Reason for having it on the list.

Not buying anything else until I get the AI. I will be able to confirm then.
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Thank you. I must have missed it. Did not see it in the 2018 parts diagram. Reason for having it on the list.

Not buying anything else until I get the AI. I will be able to confirm then.
Owners manual, page 6-5:

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Your plumbing system has a built-in pressure regulator
to protect your lines and faucets from extremely high
pressures on some city water systems.
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Regarding the need for a mattress foam pad - we love the way our 2017 sleeps without one! Suggest you try it first. I simply use a down comforter covered in a sheet duvet - and it sleeps wonderful!
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As to storage of the memory foam topper - we use a duvet cover on ours (to encase the memory foam) as a bottom sheet and a light comforter on top. The comforter can be folded and put in overhead storage, and we simply roll the foam with duvet cover and leave on the “head rest” portions behind the sofa during the day.
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Thank you. I must have missed it. Did not see it in the 2018 parts diagram. Reason for having it on the list.



Not buying anything else until I get the AI. I will be able to confirm then.


Uh, the reason for an external water pressure regulator is to protect your fresh water hose from excessive pressure. Some campgrounds have very high pressure and can easily rupture a hose. Get an adjustable regulator with a gauge, put it on the spigot and then attach the hose.

Another handy accessory is a 90 degree elbow to screw into the trailer inlet and take some of the strain off the inlet. I attach the water filter to the hose, then put the elbow on the short hose on the output of the filter and then into the trailer inlet.

It’s a little more stuff to carry, but I think it ends up being s bit easier on your hardware in the AS and the somewhat expensive drinking water hose...
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Thank you all for the additional comments and suggestions.

90 Degree Hose Elbow added to the list.

Also, a duvet cover to encase the memory foam sounds like the way to go. We just want something on top of the seats to fill the voids.

The Amazon wish list continues to grow, lol.
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I would add a tarp to your list...you can even get ones at WalMart that are silver.

They don’t take up a lot of space, but come in handy at times for covering firewood or anything else that may be vulnerable in a sudden rainstorm.

Also a 30 to 50 amp adapter, for those occasions when 50 amp is all that is available...we have been in a couple of RV parks where this was the case.

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I would add a tarp to your list...you can even get ones at WalMart that are silver.

They don’t take up a lot of space, but come in handy at times for covering firewood or anything else that may be vulnerable in a sudden rainstorm.

Also a 30 to 50 amp adapter, for those occasions when 50 amp is all that is available...we have been in a couple of RV parks where this was the case.

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Adding tarp and Camco 55175 PowerGrip Dogbone Electrical Adapter with Handle, 18-Inch, yellow (or this one, less expensive)
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Also a 30 to 50 amp adapter, for those occasions when 50 amp is all that is available...we have been in a couple of RV parks where this was the case.
A dogbone-style 30-to-15 adapter is also good. Less likely to pull out of the household outlet due to weight cantilevered from the adapter than the straight type.
https://www.amazon.com/Camco-55165-P...+15amp+adapter
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A dogbone-style 30-to-15 adapter is also good. Less likely to pull out of the household outlet due to weight cantilevered from the adapter than the straight type.
https://www.amazon.com/Camco-55165-P...+15amp+adapter
I understand the need for the 50 to 30 amp adapter.

Why the recommendation of a 30 to 15 amp adapter? In what situations would I need that one? Learning here...

Or is this more a 15 to 30 adapter to hook up from a normal receptacle at home if I do not have access to a 30 amp receptacle??
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Or is this more a 15 to 30 adapter to hook up from a normal receptacle at home if I do not have access to a 30 amp receptacle??
Exactamundo! It allows you to hook up in your driveway— or someone else's driveway when you go visiting— without needing a 30amp receptacle.

The dealer will probably give you one, but it will probably be a straight one like this that will try to pull itself out of the receptacle due to all the weight sticking straight out from the the socket:

The dogbone style is much preferred even though it takes more room to store.
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Excellent. Thank you. Added to the list. And also validated which 50-30 to get... not the straight unit but the first one I listed with the dogbone-styled. Cool.
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