This summer was a great trip. We were gone 2 months and drove about 3,500 miles. Before we left we added quite a few things that we wanted / needed to make the trip better. So here is the scorecard of what worked and what did not.
1. Garmin 760LMT
2. Garmin BC 20 wireless back up camera
This is not a cheap setup. $550 for both. To me that is a good value for what it does. I like the Garmin's far better than any other GPS type system I have tried. I do have a late model smartphone that uses the Google system for directions. Sometimes the Google system is better, but it is just not reliable. And it does not work if there is a break in cell coverage. The Garmin is near 100% reliable. The Google phone might be 50% reliable. If you are driving a big rig around you need something you can depend on.
3. Aurelia Robust Nitrile powder free gloves.
I got these on Amazon for a little over 10 bucks for 100. Highly recommended. I have always used garden gloves. This summer when CAT overfilled our oil after changing it and then we developed a small oil leak because CAT did not put on a part a year ago there was a lot of oil over the back of our rig, our car, hitch, bikes, and so on. Even if it were not for the oil being over everything these gloves are super. They are thin enough so you can do far more with them than garden gloves, but they are thick enough so my skin gets some protection.
4. Sure Fit Deluxe Sofa Pet Throw
5. High Quality Hoses.
I bought several things on line from the Water Filter Store which is in Temecula. Everything I bought there, water softener, sediment filter, Watts pressure regulator, and extra filters was very good and delivered quickly. However, a special mention has to go to the three hoses I bought from them. They are just super. The quality is first class+. They don't kink and the brass hardware is heavy duty. The heavy duty hardware is so much better than standard hoses there is just no comparison. My set up when I camp now is water regulator on park faucet (the regulator I bought is adjustable and has a gauge on it to read pressure), connect to hose to get close to water compartment, then sediment filter, short hose, water softener, then to the rig water. My rig has a built in canister filter also that removes chemicals and some bacteria.
With all this hooked up the water that comes out of the rig is vastly improved. Bad taste is gone. Water is soft so the dishes soap up easily. In the shower you use a small fraction of the water. In our rig washer the whites now come out white instead of grey.
I did buy several things that did not work out so well. So here are my thumbs down awards.
1. Wilmar filter wrench
2. Valterra Water Pressure Gauge
3. The sewer treatment I bought at Quartsite two years ago. I bought a case because it was so cheap. It was so cheap because it did not work.