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Old 12-11-2019, 03:12 PM   #21
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Old 12-11-2019, 03:20 PM   #22
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With experience you soon learn what is needed vs what is wanted.
Your preferred style of camping/traveling dictates that.

Personally, I don't need or want an EMS or Battery monitor.
I own much more accurate fluke multi meters with decades of
every single day experience using them. I need a good battery bank and inverter but have no need or desire for solar. Because of where and how we camp, an inverter style generator is a much better option for us. We have absolutely no desire for Satellite TV but do need Bikes, racks and inflatable Kayaks....

Its different for everyone and totally dependent on your experience and preferred camping/traveling style. Fulltimers, long term travelers and weekend warriors all need/want different things.
I agree, you can check any power supply before you hook into it. But that only works for the few seconds you are testing it. While you are plugged in any power issue could rear its ugly head at any time and destroy any and all electronic items in your camper.

The EMS is protecting you every second of every hour.!!!! WELL worth the cost and effort to install.
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Old 12-11-2019, 03:52 PM   #23
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You stop when

You stop when you realize that it's a hell of a lot more fun to go camping with just the Necessary Essentials. My husband and I have even given it a name... Necentials. Saves on loading, locating, maintaining, unloading a ton of crap that sounded good at the time, but is unnecessary clutter. You go camping to get away from it all, right? So why bring it all with you??
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Old 12-11-2019, 04:11 PM   #24
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I have a slightly different view than most of these previous replies.
Yes, with lots of spare parts there is a weight concern. Definitely a consideration.
Ask yourself...
I have spare parts and gadgets for my model RV. Will those same spare parts and gadgets work for my next RV ? Money tied up in parts I may never need and potentially never be ever able to use. I suppose, in that eventuality, I could sell that stuff. A very narrow buyer base and never get my investment back.

I would stick with generic items that can transfer from RV to RV.
Just deal with specific repairs and maintenance as they occur.
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Old 12-11-2019, 04:49 PM   #25
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I carry my tools and electrical parts, tiedowns, etc. in a low profile toolbox in the bed of the truck - inverter generator in front of that and then the hitch. In the 5er basement are chairs, firepit, hoses, etc. I put sewer hose carriers outside on the frame to get them out of the basement. Front storage area contains my batteries, solar controllers, inverter, etc.

I agree with everyone who said EMS and TPMS are must haves, the rest is up to you.
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Old 12-11-2019, 05:22 PM   #26
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Except for the PI EMS and any other NECESSITIES I recommend and practice not buying things until they are really needed the third time.
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Old 12-11-2019, 06:48 PM   #27
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Old 12-11-2019, 06:58 PM   #28
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I'm learning the hard way that some purchases are trial and error ("never mind... didn't need it after all"). But I'm also learning to balance risk of not having something on the off chance I need it with the inconvenience of having to wait to buy something when I really need it. And with Amazon prime, Walmart, and a few handy rural home & farm stores, I can usually get what I need when I really need it, and can make do until I get it. No disasters so far!

I worked so hard to divest myself of decades of belongings in order to become a FT RV'er. I don't want to start over again. RV'ing is often a case of "less is more". And my pocket book loves me for it.
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Old 12-12-2019, 06:44 AM   #29
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I agree, you can check any power supply before you hook into it. But that only works for the few seconds you are testing it. While you are plugged in any power issue could rear its ugly head at any time and destroy any and all electronic items in your camper.

The EMS is protecting you every second of every hour.!!!! WELL worth the cost and effort to install.
Agree with beeje 100%. Lightning struck a tree about 20' from our trailer the first time we had it out. Pretty sure the EMS saved us, no damage except for a spot on the trailer where tree bark hit it. Also at a campground with low voltage. We were gone during the day and would come back in the evening with a low-voltage error message on the EMS. Saved the AC compressor from running with low voltage. Don't leave home without an EMS and TPMS.
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