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Old 12-29-2018, 10:04 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by Old Grumpy View Post
I fulfilled a long awaited dream today. I placed an order for a 2019 Globetrotter. I am so excited and I can't wait to go camping! Of course it has to be ordered to get it exactly how I want it and that will take time. I'm told it will arrive sometime in late March. But that gives me plenty of time to get ready to enjoy it.

While I am waiting, I thought I should start acquiring the things I will need to make life on the road easy, fun, exciting, fulfilling, comfortable, enjoyable, etc., etc., etc. And that is where you come in. Please give this newbie some advice on the things you have found to be especially useful. Some will be obvious, like a sewer hose. Other things perhaps only you have thought of.

If you can share with me your Top 5 things you would not want to do without then I can start compiling my own list and use these next three months to get ready.

Thanks in advance for all of your suggestions! I really look forward to meeting many of you on the road!!!
Listen, my friend, I would want to be the last person to rain on your parade here but since I was as excited as you and did the same thing for a 2018 model I hope you will take heed to my words. I spent the first year with my rig being back at the factory for repairs due to a lack of craftsmanship or attention to detail that led to several significant leaks and other malfunctions. It was even learned that the power inverter was miswired after the refrigerator required removal as it sits directly on top on that area. There really is no excuse for anything being wrong at the cost the AS sells for. There is a significant list of items but I will not bore you with all that was at issue. If you have anyone you know who is knowledgeable that can go with you to take delivery that knows what to look for I would highly recommend you do. Do not take delivery until you are satisfied the unit is operating in complete satisfactory condition. I am not saying that AS will not take care of the problems but for me losing a year of warranty time for resolution is unacceptable. As for a dealer if you went through one for the purchase I promise no matter how much you may think that are there for you, they will drop your memory like a bad habit the minute you sign the papers. My sales person was so pathetic that he was literally on a new customer before he completed the "Walk Through" they all promise. I left the dealer needing to stop at a campsite on my way back to FL with an A/C control that was not functioning because it was not caught at the time of delivery or when I was told about the functions at the time of operational explanations. I think you get my drift here. I am a veteran and so if you are as well please take my words as one vet helping and looking out for another. I truly hope it works out better for you. My dream is no more and I have even considered selling after owning for less than two years. If I bought an inexpensive unit I would expect issues but I thought AS was the Rolls Royce of Camping equipment.
The last comment, do not accept the most pathetic explanation for why systems fail even on new units and that is the BS they all through at you about the unit is a rolling house going through a high magnitude level similar to an earthquake and so on. I have been in many automobiles for regular use, boats and so forth that withstand as much or more vibration than an AS on does on its superior suspension with zero failures as compared to the issues with the AS. It is sad that those selling these units count the consumer as being so ignorant to that phony sales pitch and excuse for anything not well built or assembled.

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Old 12-29-2018, 10:18 AM   #16
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Let's go with the less obvious stuff...

1. Battery powered leaf blower, great for cleaning off site, awnings, and pine needles off the roof.

2. Full huge wrench set, had an awning sag/bend and didnt have the right wrenches, never again.

3. Levelmate pro, yes a marriage saver, this coupled with Anderson levelers makes setting up a breeze.

4. Dyson stick vacuum, we have a 5 yr old and the amount of dirt tracked in is amazing.

5. Teak shower mat to fit your shower, takes the cheap feeling of fiberglass out beneath your feet and reduces slip and fall possibilities.

So that's my top 5, aside from the essentials (sewer hoses, water filters, etc.)

As for the previous comment, yes do go through everything before leaving the lot, having the right dealer makes all the difference, my dealer had the unit plugged in and everything up and running before I even showed up, they replaced the cooktop cover with one from the lot because it was bent. I bought mine in May, the circuit board did go out in the water heater, but the dealer just shipped me a new one and ai returned the old one for the warranty claim.

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Old 12-29-2018, 10:23 AM   #17
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Lots of accessories listed above, when I think of the items I use at just about every campsite:
1. Arrival and Departure checklist. I crafted one from the "newbies' book, and tailored it to a sequence for minimum time and effort. Email me at "" and I'll send it to you. We have a Signature 27fb, not too different (mechanically) from your GT.
2. Wheel chocks; order 4 of the large rubber ones. The cute yellow plastic ones will collapse if you accidentally back the trailer over them.
3. Hoses: Freshwater AND Sewer (sometimes called the "Stinky Slinky")
4. High quality TV cable, at least 25ft.
5. Leveling blocks; the pack of "lego" style have always been enough for me.
6. "Level" - this is like the carpenter's level, but one about 10 inches long is fine.
7. Side mirror extensions if your truck doesn't have "extra-wide" mirrors.
8. 2-way radios, aka "walkie talkies." Makes communication between driver and spotter SOO much better.

As I said, I've got lots more, but these get used every trip.
Congratulations on the order, and may I suggest; your first two trips should be short drives, semi-local area. The objective is to not wear yourself down driving; practice arrival, set up and departure a couple of times to learn what you don't know yet. The long drives can become quite tiresome, and you need to be able to "set-up" with minimum mistakes.
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Old 12-29-2018, 10:35 AM   #18
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One of the best things we ever got early on was the RV Superbag bed system. A cross between conventional bedding and a sleeping bag it makes it trivial to make the bed in the morning and keeps you cozy at night.

We got our own fabric locally and sent it to them but you can chose from theirs as well. Worth every penny in a small space where having an unmade bed is a real downer.

Each bag is made on receipt of order so you’ll want to allow a month to get them.
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Old 12-29-2018, 11:34 AM   #19
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I would say that a must have item is a set of zero gravity chairs and if you enjoy cooking over an open fire, a mountain man grill. Enjoy the outdoors!
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Old 12-29-2018, 12:04 PM   #20
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I haven't seen it mentioned yet but be sure you get a good hitch system ( I am not trying to start a debate but I really like my Hensley ) and a tire pressure monitor system-it could save you grief down the road.
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Old 12-29-2018, 12:07 PM   #21
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A self reliant can-do attitude. Camping, or even RV’ing, is not a catered event, regardless of how expensive the vehicle. Everything flows from putting yourself in charge.

Good travels!

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Old 12-29-2018, 12:23 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by John&Vicki View Post
A self reliant can-do attitude. Camping, or even RV’ing, is not a catered event, regardless of how expensive the vehicle. Everything flows from putting yourself in charge.

Good travels!

Great statement. It is what you make it!
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Old 12-29-2018, 12:24 PM   #23
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1) Dyson Cordless Vacuum
2) Induction hotplate - Need to have some induction capable pans for this
3) TPMS TST/Ford/Dill.
4) Progressive Surge Protector
5) Good Hitch - I personally prefer ProPride or Hensley
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Old 12-29-2018, 05:13 PM   #24
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I recommend reading this book (link below). It has a couple of pages of things you need on the road to keep the Airstream maintained.
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Old 12-29-2018, 05:27 PM   #25
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Ordered a Globetrotter. Now what?

A good credit card with a high limit can solve pretty much any issue on the road. Plus a few hand tools.

And a Swiss Army Knife....
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Old 12-29-2018, 05:46 PM   #26
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Old 12-29-2018, 05:51 PM   #27
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We have had 4 AS's; last 2 we purchased didn't have to spend much time since we had owned 2 previous late models that were used, so we understood the systems and monitoring controls. My advise would be to go visit your closest AS dealer as often as you can and sit inside the model you are getting...understand its a Globetrotter and not many if any, on the lot; but the 25 and 27' models are pretty nearly the same without the fluff... learn what does what from those on the lot; ask the sales folks and service guys questions...keep a list and add to as needed. You can't prepare yourself for issues, you don't have don't overthink things. Understand that all these are hand built, and they all use similar stoves, mechanisms, and plumbing stuff. if something is broke or doesn't work right, which will happen, there are lots of folks to help you figure out how to fix...taking to the dealer each visit just frustrates...remember, they all have issues and it's not really Rocket Science to fix most learn as you go...enjoy your experience...and be sure to get a bottle of nice wine or Champaign to celebrate when you get yours....
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Old 12-29-2018, 06:12 PM   #28
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Wow!!! Y'all have certainly come through for me on this! I had no idea there were so many things to consider. But you have given me an excellent starting point and I will review every suggestion and put together my list. And I'll most likely reach out to some of you for more info regarding your suggestions.

I can see that I have a lot to learn. But that is a big part of the adventure.

Thanks so much for your help!!!

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