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Old 12-29-2018, 06:16 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by Old Grumpy View Post
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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Old 12-29-2018, 06:41 PM   #30
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Congrats on your new order. We have been very pleased with our GT to date (we purchased in April, 2018). Our experience was;

1. Before you go down to close. Look at one of the lists mentioned earlier to know all items you need to inspect. After the dealer walks you through to demonstrate the items they want to show you, go through your list w/o the dealer to check off all the items on your list to make sure they work and that you know how to work them yourself. The items they want to show you will not be all the items on your list.
2. You should make sure items work with and w/o shore power and items that should work with the inverter and no shore power.
3. Don't sign the papers to accept until you are satisfied that item work or have been fixed to your satisfaction. I have no problems accepting if it is a minor item they promise to fix but it would have to fixed before I leave.
4. The Polk audio system has a built in weather radio with as a mode option you can select so you don't really need another one.
5. I would make sure you have the basics to tow, set up for water / sewer and electric / chock level and camp.

6. Then, use the previous lists provided to adjust to your particular needs.
7. With the power awning, make sure you cycle it off prior to opening it. That will make sure everything is re-set to the closed position when you use it.

The main thing is to enjoy your GT and use it as much as possible during your 3 yr warranty period. It doesn't matter where you go, just go somewhere. I would recommend short trips at first and then go from there.

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Old 12-29-2018, 08:23 PM   #31
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My experience is, the more I go, I need less Stuff. Before buying stuff that you do not need, go on a couple weekend shakedown runs close to home and go from there. I always advise to overstock on TP.
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Old 12-29-2018, 08:33 PM   #32
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American Express is the one size fits all tool requiring very little space and weighs nothing.
You'll find it more useful than levelers, mats and the other gadgets!
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Old 12-29-2018, 08:40 PM   #33
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Visit P88 air compressor on Amazon

Torque wrench for wheels

Many other minor items, but these are two you must have and are among the more expensive.
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Old 12-29-2018, 08:42 PM   #34
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Ordered a Globetrotter. Now what?

I’m still laughing ate the Steve Martin Scene in “Roxanne” where he goes to open the door for the locked-out lady. He grabs a huge toolbox, and the only thing in it when he opens it is a credit card, which he uses to attempt to “loid”** the door lock.

**Slang term for “Celluloid”, the technique of opening some home door locks using a strip of plastic or a credit cart to push the latch back and gain entry leaving little trace. Works more times than folks realize...sorry to raise the paranoia level yet again!
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Old 12-30-2018, 12:28 AM   #35
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If you decide to go with induction, which you should, then we love this ultra compact cookware set from Magma. We have this portable induction unit and LOVE IT. It boils water twice as fast as propane, can simmer better, and adjusts temperature instantly. You can also take it outside if you don’t want to fill your trailer with odors.
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Old 12-30-2018, 05:53 AM   #36

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Welcome Aboard!! 👍

IMHO...all the 'stuff' you need has already been advised...what you'll really need you only discover after you have made it thru your first Season. 🥴

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Old 12-30-2018, 05:56 AM   #37
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You did not say anything about your experience towing a travel trailer or other type of trailer. If you have little or no such experience find a large empty parking lot and practice turning and backing up. You need to get a feel for where your new Globetrotter is in relation to your tow vehicle and the amount of space needed to turn and stop. Also, pay attention while driving. Don't even talk on your cell phone, let your passenger, travel partner, etc. answer your phone and do the talking. Above all else watch out for the "other guy." Good luck, have fun, and keep us posted.

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Old 12-30-2018, 06:00 AM   #38
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Originally Posted by Air4563 View Post
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.
we agree
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Old 12-30-2018, 07:25 AM   #39
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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!!!
We purchased a 2019 Globetrotter in August. We live in Big Canoe (Jasper, GA) and would be more than happy to have you visit our trailer and talk about some of the items you need. We have been on eight trips so far and love it. We are heading to San Antonio next week for a 10 day trip. Send me a message if you are interested.

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Old 12-30-2018, 09:03 AM   #40
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Old 12-30-2018, 11:47 AM   #41
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Go rent a trailer now...

Before we purchased our first trailer, we rented many trailers over the course of two years. We learned what items we needed, what were included, and what we thought would be good to bring with us to a rental trailer.
The only way that you can figure out what you will use, is to live it first and figure it out as you go. Trying to sort everything out up front will be almost impossible.
To paraphrase a famous quote "no plan survives its' implementation" or more commonly known as "no battle plan survives contact with the enemy"...
Your first trailer should not be your enemy!
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Old 12-31-2018, 08:23 AM   #42
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......AND the very first movie you should watch IS "The Long, Long, Trailer" you may want to watch before leaving on that first safari....LOL

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