Originally Posted by Docv
so Bob what do you suggest I buy before I pick up my new unit I plan to stay at a Koa within 20 miles from my dealer in between JC and Columbus, necessities like wheel chucks what did you take
2 question what is your opinion on the Andersen sway control and weight distribution
I am aware he did an a hole thing but he has been remorseful
As far as the stuff like chocks and hoses, either call the dealer and see what they toss in or wait and see what's there. You will need a water hose and a sewer hose. Some sort of leveling setup and chocks will have to be part of the initial setup. A starter inventory of RV toilet paper and enzyme packs also would be on the short list of items.
The bigger question is how to equip the inside of the trailer for living. That gets very individual specific. There are *lots* of threads going into various options.
One example: Are you ok with paper plates and plastic forks? Either you need a inventory of disposables or of washables. Pots and pans depend a lot on your cooking style (we went a bit nuts ...). It goes on and on ...
Are you a beer drinker or is wine the beverage of choice ... storage of either one can be an issue. The size of the inventory also drives what you do.
Do you plan on drinking the campground water or using bottled water? How about a water filter pitcher?
I'd suggest that the first campsite needs to be near a good size shopping center. A Target and a Bed Bath and Beyond are likely places to be visiting at least once. For us it was multiple trips.
Hitches are a very emotional issue on the forum. People hold strong opinions. I don't have any direct experience with the Anderson setup. It also does not seem to get a lot of love around here. I run something else (Equalizer), it also does not get a lot of love. It works ok for me.
No matter what you do, both weight distribution *and* sway control must be part of the lash up. Don't kid yourself that it's a one or the other thing. No matter what you get, it needs to be installed and set up properly. Research whatever you go with and understand how it gets adjusted.
Ok, so now you understand how to adjust the hitch. Do you have the honking big wrenches to handle those bolts? How about a torque wrench that goes to .... yikes !!! ... how about a 3' extension for that wrench handle?
You also need a torque wrench and the proper socket (and about a 3" extension) to do the lug bolts on the trailer wheels. Check the manual to see just how much torque they need.
Some sort of basic tool kit (screwdrivers, pliers, multimeter, tape, hammer) eill be part of the mix as well. Eventually that will expand to include rivets, rivet guns and other fairly unique items.
Also near the tool kit one might keep a store of bandaids. Lots of sharp edges on various parts of the trailer