We get asked often what are the “must haves” to maintain our RV lifestyle. Are there particular products or favorite items we use? Are there things that we couldn’t live without? On this page, I’ll share items we absolutely need for our lifestyle.
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Exterior items …
Let’s talk first about the less pleasant, behind the scenes necessity. We figuratively and literally carry our crap around the country. Being self-contained is a wonderful thing. It allows us the flexibility to explore some amazing back country with all the comforts of home, which includes our bathroom.
But eventually, those waste tanks fill up and they need to be dumped properly. Al has some favorite hoses and connectors (hey, I take care of what goes in, since I’m the cook, thus he takes care of what goes out. What’s fair, is fair!)
He prefers the Rhino Extreme. He says the plastic is a bit thicker than other brands and holds up very well – Camco RhinoEXTREME 20′ Sewer Hose Kit. We have two of these hoses for those times we need extra length, which is more often than one might think. You never want to find yourself short on hose, especially when it’s time to relieve those tanks. Therefore, spend the money for two. Plus, it gives you a backup. Ya never know where and when an animal will decide to use the sewer hose as a chew toy.
If you stay in a RV park and leave the sewer hose connected, you’ll want one of these – Camco 20ft Sidewinder RV Sewer Hose Support. In the state of Arizona, it’s actually a health department requirement to support the sewer hose off the ground and run it on an angle.
Hubby also likes using clear end fittings. The clear fittings aren’t exactly for entertainment purposes, but rather, an information indicator. He can tell when the water is running clear. Yes, full of crap has true meaning in the RV world 😄
And speaking of clear water, we have a couple of water hoses meant specifically for fresh water, along with a water filter. Again, it’s better to have more hose length than what you think you’ll need. Most RV parks are poorly designed and we’ve needed the second hose more times than I can count.
We highly recommend using a water pressure regulator when hooked up to water in a RV park. Some RV parks have rather high water pressure which could easily cause damage to the RV.
We also use this cord to plug into our Honda 2000 generator. 50 Ft Orange Extension Cord
Our RV requires a 30 amp outlet. Most larger RV’s require a 50 amp outlet. Not all RV parks accommodate both. Thus, an amp converter comes in handy. RV Pigtail Adapter RV 30 Amp To RV 50 Amp Connector or RV 50 Amp to 30 Amp Adapter. This is something specific to each RV.
We do spend about a quarter of our travels dry camping/boondocking …. camping without services. It’s never a good idea to allow the battery(s) in the RV to drain or run low. This will shorten the life of the batteries. Many folks install solar panels on the roof of the RV for their electrical needs and to keep the batteries charged up.
Solar is an expensive endeavor and is worthwhile doing for those boondocking a lot. We can’t justify the expenditure at this point and time, and therefore we use a Honda 2000 Generator when we’re camping without services.
It powers everything except the air conditioner. If we added the companion, then we’d be powered up for anything. Honda EU2000i and EU2000ic Companion Inverter Generator Parrallel Combo Kit
Solar versus generator? It’s a personal choice. If we find ourselves boondocking more and more, we may bite the bullet and add a couple of panels to the roof of the RV.
When it is time for us to park, we need to make sure we are level. Even if your RV has leveling jacks, these blocks come in handy used as a base so the jacks don’t dig into the ground. Heavy Duty Leveler Blocks for Camper RV Travel Trailer or Motorhome
And don’t forget to block the wheels with chocks. Rubber Wheel Chock with Handle
Let’s head on into the RV. This wall clock is awesome… Atomic Wall Clock with Indoor/Outdoor Temperature We love knowing what the temperature is outside as well as inside. We’re on our second one, considering the first one fell off the wall during year two and broke.
And speaking of things falling … sometimes those cabinet latches won’t hold. After my favorite blender went flying out of a cabinet and shattered, on travel days, we faithfully secure certain doors with these latches – Dreambaby Sliding Locks
An electric space heater is wonderful to have on board and as much as we try to stay in a warm climate, winter does visit. Sometimes all we need is to take the chill out of the air and this works perfectly.
Containers, containers, containers! You can never have too many containers with locking lids. We like the clear ones which allow us to easily identify what’s in each container. Al uses different shapes and sizes to store items in the RV belly and I use smaller ones placed inside cupboards.
As I think of more of our must have items, I’ll be sure and add them.
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