THE “OPERATIONS BIN” PART 1!
Over time we’ve standardized on an “Operations Bin” that we always send our T@B teardrops out with, after plenty of research, scouring the internet, and our experiences. I’ve compiled the list at Amazon since we love Amazon Prime’s 2 day shipping and the ability to set up subscriptions for regular shipments of something at a discount. If you’d rather just jump to the list and remove things you don’t want or need, here it is. I’ll go over it in functional areas. Part 1 here will cover the two main areas: electrical and water hookups.
First, if your T@B didn’t come with an electrical cord, you can’t go wrong with Camco 55501, it’s nice and flexible, and has a handle on the 30Amp connector that plugs into a RV park’s power pedestal. There are some out there with a 90 degree elbow at the connector that plugs into your T@B but they’re kinda wicked expensive. Let’s save that money. Another little add-on you’ll want is a converter to convert the male 30Amp connector on that cord to 15A so you can plug it into a normal garage or house outlet. Now you can top off your battery before your trip, or load the fridge with food and turn it on overnight before you leave. Some people rent one of our teardrops (or two!) as a “guest cottage” in the driveway for events like family gatherings, parties with out of town friends, and the like. With this adapter you can run the teardrop off your house power and you’re good to go.
I always pack a standard 25′ drinking water hose, like this Camco 22783 TastePURE Drinking Water Hose (5/8″ID x 25′). The usual warnings apply: use your drinking water hose for *only* that! Also, after coiling it back up connect the two ends together to keep them clean. You’ll drop one of the connectors in the dirt and pine needles about one time before you start doing this 🙂 The main water hose is actually my biggest PITA, and I don’t mean the bread. It’s not fun to coil back up, drips water everywhere while you’re doing it, and you wish you had a couple more arms to keep the connectors out of the dirt while coiling it up. I’m looking at folding hoses (those that wind up small when not in use) because it seems like they would be smaller in the operations box, and also drain all the water out in a more controlled fashion as you wind it up. Downsides seem to be
- You need to completely unwind the whole hose to use it.
- The reviews have been poor, too many complaints of these developing pinhole leaks after a few uses.
If I can find a good quality folding hose I’ll try it and update this article. Any experience good or bad with these? Let me know! Now, let’s hook up the water to the trailer in STYLE: The water hose from your site’s hookup attaches to the bottom, and flows up into a pressure regulator which knocks down the flow to about40-50PSI. The one in my picture is a cheaper plastic regulator (it came with something I bought), but I typically use the higher quality Camco 40055 Brass Water Pressure Regulator. The T@B’s water system does not like high pressure water coming in, so make sure you use a regulator! The water then flows up into a water filter, the Camco 40043 TastePURE Water Filter. Like any charcoal water filter, make sure you run water at low/medium pressure through it for a few minutes before you use it for the first time to get all the charcoal dust out. At the top is the last piece of magic: the Camco 22463 90 Degree Water Faucet. Besides a nice 90 degree junction, it also provides a super handy external water faucet. It can all be screwed together tightly and packed in the operations box. It does not need to come apart again until you want to replace the water filter. One last piece I have in the operations box for the water system is a small 4′ hose, the Camco 22763 TastePURE Drinking Water Hose. That can be screwed on to the faucet, and you have a wonderful setup for washing dishes outside, hosing off the dog after playing on the beach, rinsing feet, etc. Well, that covers electrical and water hookups! In Part 2 I’ll cover the rest of the items in the operations box. Happy Teardropping!