How to Choose and Buy an RV

How to Choose and Buy an RV is the ultimate guide for those times when you want to, well, choose and buy an RV.

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ISBN: 978-0-6487945-5-4.

Solar Success

Whether you’re building a new home or adding solar to an existing structure, this is the one book you can’t afford to be without.

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ISBN: 978-0-6487945-4-7

The Camper Trailer Book

Fourth Edition

by Collyn Rivers

The Camper Trailer Book was first published in 2006. Camper trailers and usage, however, changed so fast it has been updated several times.

This book has not yet been converted to an eBook format and is not yet available as a paperback. While printed copies of previous editions may still be available, we have decided to publish this new edition of The Camper Trailer Book on this website.

Each week we will add a new section.  Over time the complete book will be available on this site. As each section is added it will also be completely searchable.

If you own or are interested in travelling with a camper trailer you will find this book invaluable.  It covers every issue you are likely to encounter and then some.  We trust you will find this helpful and useful.

The Camper Trailer Book – Chapter 29: Stuff you may need to take

General Items
ItemQtyKg
Awning120
– poles6–1210
– guy ropes/pegs8-163
Bed-linen2 x double10
– blankets/doonadouble10
– pillows22
Binoculars12
Bush saw11.5
Camera10.5
– camera lenses32
– film (if applicable)2
– data cards2
Chairs24
Clothes pegs50
Clothes line20 m0.3
Computer (lap-top)12.5
– computer printer11.5
– spare ink ctdg1
– paper0.5
Doormat11
Fire extinguishers23
Fly nets2
Funnel/s2
Mains cord30 m3
Machete11.5
Torch LED11
– spare batteries1 set.2
Telephone
– mobile in-car10.3
– Satphone
HF (if used)12
Television (20 cm)12
Shovel (small)11
Tables13
Tarpaulin (plastic)11
Water hose20 m5
Approximate sub-total112
Optional tent
Tent & fly sheet15
– guy ropes & pegs1 set2
– mallet13
– tent (air) mattress12
– tent light (battery LED)10.5
Approximate sub-total12
Personal
Back packs2
Bug repellent2
Contact lenses
Safety pins
Sewing gear
Soap, two packets
Sunburn cream two tubes
Sunglasses as required
Tampons if/as required
Toilet rolls, two packets (of six)
Towels as required
Approximate sub-total (for 2)5–6
Medical
First aid kit and basic medicines
(Assemble your own following a doctor’s advice).
Approximate sub-total2–3
Clothes (per person)
Hat (large brim)1
Jacket (warm)1
Jeans2
Shorts (rough)2
– (decent)1
Socks7 pairs
Tee Shirts3
Thongs or Sandals1 pair
Raincoats (plastic)1
Shirts3
Shoes – walking1 pair
Shoes – hiking1 pair
Slacks1
Sweaters1
Swimmers2
Underwear7
– underwear thermal)2
Approximate sub-total (each person)15
Kitchen (main)
Barbecue plate15
Cutlery(for 4)1
Gas bottles4.0 kg10
Fry pan (stainless)10.4
Kettle10.4
Mugs(4)0.2
Plates etc.(for 4)1
Saucepans
– small10.5
– medium11
– large11.5
Spatula1
– serving2
– slotted spoon1
– wooden2
Thermos (2-4 litre)10.3
Approximate sub-total21
All applicable for only stainless steel.
(The weight of the empty gas cylinder may already be included in the camper trailer’s tare weight.)
Cleaning
Dishcloth/s
Garbage bags
Hand broom/pan
Spare bucket
Scrubbers
Sponges
Steel wool
Washing-up bucket
Washing up detergent
Wipes
Approximate sub-total5–7
Supplies (various)
Firelighters
Matches
Paper towel
Spare plastic bags
Approximate sub-total2
Food (basics)
Biscuits
Bouillon cubes
Bread
Butter
Chocolate
Coffee
Cooking oil
Flour
Fruit
– fruit tinned
Jam
Marmalade
Milk
– milk UHV
Mustard
Noodles
Oatmeal
Rice
Salt/Pepper
Soups
Spaghetti
Sugar
Tea bags
Spices
Vegemite
Vegetables
Approximate sub-total10-12
Recreation
Books (paperbacks)
Compact Disks (CDs)
Games
Magazines
Painting/drawing gear
Paper
Pencils
Playing cards Swim gear (snorkel etc.)
Water bottles
Approximate sub-total10-15
Reference material
Bird book
Calendar
Guide books
Instruction manuals (vehicle)
– manuals (general)
Insurance papers
Lists
– friends/relatives
– repairers
– telephone numbers
Maps
Medical reference guide
Approximate sub-total15
Vital things
ATM Cards
Cash
Cheque book
Previous year’s tax returns
Spare keys
This book!
Approximate sub-total1-2
Drinks (various)
Beer
Soft drinks
Spirits
Wines
Approximate sub-total10-15
Water (in tank/s)
Approximately 110 litres110
Total maximum weight325 kg
Check list
  • Batteries charged
  • Tyre pressures checked (incl spare)
  • Credit cards expiry not imminent
  • Ditto driving licences
  • Gas cylinders full and turned off
  • Tank and spare fuel full
  • Spare parts packed
  • Tools packed
  • Water tank full – or water known available.
Civilisation does not cease at the end of motorways! Most supplies (excepting fresh fish and edible bread) are available in small country towns so you are unlikely to need everything listed. Road houses however, may have limited range, old stock – and invariably high prices.

Collyn Rivers is a semi-retired automobile research engineer.  He is the author of seven books, five of which are about making RVs and solar work optimally.

How to Choose and Buy an RV

How to Choose and Buy an RV is the ultimate guide for those times when you want to, well, choose and buy an RV.

eBook versions

Paperback version

Prices for the paperback version including delivery can vary dramatically.  RVBooks recommends you shop around.  We've included a number of reputable booksellers you may wish to consider. Any bookshop, whether online or bricks and mortar, can order copies of How to Choose and Buy an RV. Just ask.
ISBN: 978-0-6487945-5-4.