Fatcatprincess
Hi all!

My spouse and I just bought our first travel trailer ever yesterday. We bought the 2020 Riverside Retro 135. I am totally clueless on how this all works. I read some of the tips already posted but that was more for fun. What necessities do we need? Any generator recommendations?

Thank you so much in advance!!!

Elizabeth
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Tiki2some
That's a lot of ground to cover, Elizabeth. Remember feeling the same way when we got our 195: 1st trailer for us. I know there are numerous posts here on the forum outlining packing checklists, storage and such, and more than one generator thread. I'd suggest you start by querying the search function here on the forum, and then try more specific topic-driven questions where you'd like more insight.
~ Linda & Bill
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mkevenson
Elizabeth, welcome to the forum. There is a vast wealth of knowledge by many here. The best advice I can give to you is go camping. You will learn how to do everything while enjoying your rig. Of course take your phone so you can ak questions from the campfire
Mark
Please buy Made in USA
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Fatcatprincess
Thank you at Tiki2some! I have been doing a lot of searching.
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Fatcatprincess
Thank you mkevenson! I plan on taking my phone for sure!
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Tiki2some
"ms-feline-royalty" you are welcome. It's just such a broad range of info to share. Too much typing😇.
Speaking for myself - and I imagine most folks here - ready and waiting to help share on any topic that comes up as you adventure...or prepare to hit the road.
~ Linda & Bill
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Dukeydrea
@Fatcatprincess Congratulations on your new rig. We too had a lot of question when we got our 195. Somethings you will learn as you go. Like the best ways to prep, pack and park. I call it the 3 p's.
We all have been here and even have to adjust at times when we are changing the way we camp  to climate needs. Enjoy the journey and this is a great group of folks when you have question or  just to share the adventures. Don't forget to share pics.
Happy trails and safe travels
Andrea
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Fatcatprincess
Thank you Dukeydrea!
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kswalsh
Plus, remember that you won’t be packed perfectly with exactly what you need the first time out. I think it took me three seasons to finally get things arranged and pare down the stuff I thought I’d need and never used. (But nothing I forgot or didn’t think about ever ruined a trip.)
Kristi
2017 177SE Seafoam
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Fatcatprincess
Thanks all! I have tried searching the forum for anything on kayak racks. Does anyone use anything for transporting their kayaks? I am trying to keep my truck bed clear for supplies. The back for the 135 does not have a 'bumper' so I thought I would ask the experts. 
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Fatcatprincess
kswalsh wrote:
Plus, remember that you won’t be packed perfectly with exactly what you need the first time out. I think it took me three seasons to finally get things arranged and pare down the stuff I thought I’d need and never used. (But nothing I forgot or didn’t think about ever ruined a trip.)


Thank you @kswalsh!
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Camperguy7079
Welcome to the Riverside Retro world of getting second looks!  Lol.  I agree with Mark.  Just go camp and have fun.  You will figure out what's right for you.  Enjoy your beautiful new baby!
camperguy7079 (from Canada)
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sunvalleyjoe
I would recommend 2 batteries your 135 has a 12v compressor refrigator  I believe and if you plan long trips with no hook ups the 2nd battery would help.  I bought a 2000w from Costco (generator) has Yamaha motor for less than $500. Have had it for 4 years and no issues.Most people with bigger retros go with solar but the 135 is similar in size to the 150 so not much room for big panel. Have a good summer and enjoy your Retro GBA!!SVJ
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Fatcatprincess
Thank you @Camperguy7079
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Fatcatprincess
Very helpful! Thank you @sunvalleyjoe
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