Owning an RV is such an amazing adventure to embark on. According to the RV Industry Association, it is estimated that approximately 10 million Americans own RVs. That is an impressive number and it is continuously growing. So, you are not alone in your RVing journey!
If you are looking to purchase or already own one there are definitely items that are needed that do not come with your RV purchase. Items like leveler blocks and sewer hoses that you just cannot camp or live without as an RV owner.
Now, when we first purchased our RV we had a lot to figure out. However, after the first couple of weeks living full-time in our RV, we quickly realized that we were missing some much-needed items. Items that have now made our living and traveling so much easier, safer, and cleaner!
Therefore, with our knowledge, trials, and expertise as full-timers, we put together a list of accessories we have purchased. We also added explanations on why they are necessary for the RV journey!
So, whether you made your purchase for weekend camping or you are going to be living full-time like us, this list is everything you will need to get started!
These are a must! We figured this out the hard way. Our first month of living full-time, the RV was un-level. It was frustrating, to say the least. We purchased these leveler blocks and made sure on our next site we leveled the tires first. You can also use the blocks under the stabilizers to keep from over extension as well as the front jack.
These are a safety must to prevent any accidental movements. Many places actually require that wheel chocks are used when you set up any RV or Trailer.
Power extension cord
The 50amp power extension cord was the first item we purchased after buying our RV. Where we were parked we needed about 70ft of extension and the 35ft cord that came with just wasn’t enough. Plus, it is always nice to have extra in case one surges out.
Every RV Park is going to have different amp plug in options. Many times it is either 30 amps or 50amps. Having a converter is going to save you a trip to the store and allow you to stay at more parks. Our RV takes 50 amps, so we have the 50amp Female/30amp Male.
Drinking Water Hose
This type of hose is a must to have because the material in a regular garden hose can contain unsafe materials/minerals to drink. The Drinking Water Hose is BPA and Lead Free for safer water consumption.
Water Pressure Regulator
Water regulators help control the city water pressure and protects your RV’s Pipes from busting. They regulate the pressure to being a safe 50 to 55 psi.
We love this because you never know what the water will be like going to camp to camp. Therefore, a purifier to hook up to your hose before the water comes in to your tanks or lines is a nice safety measure for your tanks as well as drinking.
Mattress topper or new mattress that fits in a RV
Let’s be honest, the mattresses that are provided with the RV (unless you custom order) is extremely hard and uncomfortable. Whether you live full-time or camping on the weekends, no one wants to sleep on a rock hard mattress. Therefore, purchasing an RV Mattress topper was a must have for use!
I can’t tell you how many stories I have read about mold in an RV due to humidity! Many times the mold forms near windows and beds especially when it’s cold outside and warm inside. A Dehumidifier can help prevent the build up of moisture and further prevent mold growth.
Honestly, no one with an RV should be camping without one. A sewer hose is a must have for safety and sanitary reasons! A sewer hose is designed to hook up to the black and grey tanks output pipes, and then hook to the other end to a dump. It prevents disgusting mishaps and allows one to properly release the tanks waste.
Honestly, we have no idea we needed this until the horenduous smells after taking a shower or dumping fumigated our RV. We tried many methods to help with the smell including the GEO method of Dawn and Fabric softener. This does help, but I also highly recommend Happy Camper. It helps break down the waste as well as combat the smells.
Decomposing Toilet Paper
You can buy special RV toilet paper or another kind like SCOTT but whatever you decide you want to use decomposing because is prevents build up and blockage. I have read horror stories of RV toilets and black tanks clogging up due to toilet paper blockage. Therefore, the soft fluffy toilet paper like Charmen is not the best to use in an RV.
When traveling, this is a must! Before leaving a camp checking the air in the tires should be a priority and having a portable air compressor available is extremely convenient.
Power Surge Protector
Surge protector can help prevent your RV’s electrical system and appliances from frying from either bad wired power supply at a campsite or Lightning.
Tire Covers prevent the tire’s rubber from sun exposure that causes them lose the moisture in the tire’s rubber, also known as Dry Rot! Having Dry Rot in your tires can be a disaster on the road. Great preventative measure to have tire covers, especially if you are going to be camped without moving for awhile.
No Sway/Weight Distribution Bars
These are a MUST if you have a Travel Trailer/Bumper pull. Our RV is a 34 ft bumper pull, and having these No Sway Bars was a non-negotiable for us. The guys at Route66 in Oklahoma set them up for us because having them properly installed is extremely important for them to work correctly.
This was the best and most important purchase to make when towing a Travel Trailer. The No Sway Bars prevent the trailer from swaying by gusts of wind while driving, which further prevents overturning your entire trailer and truck.
There you have it! We really hope this list provides some great insight on items that are very useful when owning an RV, whether you are full-time or a seasonal/weekend traveler. All of these items are must for us because they have made our lives of living in an RV easier, safer, and cleaner.
If you have any suggestions on great items you’ve found or are must haves living the RV lifestyle, please comment below! We would love to here from you!