Your ride is ready to roll, but do you have all the necessary RV equipment? The following are RV accessories must have if you want to have an enjoyable trip. So without further ado let’s get down to it.
35 Necessary RV Accessories Must Have
1. Mini Solar Device Charger
If you’re in the boondocks with no electric power source, a regular charger is useless. That’s why you’ll want to carry a solar charger. Use the power of the sun to charge your phone, tablet and other devices.
2. Portable Meat Smoker
There’s no need to give up your favorite meals while RVing. With a portable meat smoker you can have those steaks, BBQ, and hot dogs just the way you want them. And these aren’t just for smoking as they can roast, bake and grill.
3. Frozen Drink Maker
Nothing cools you down during summer quite like a cool drink. From smoothies to pina coladas and everything in between, a drink maker is ideal. Corded and cordless versions are available so take your pick.
4. RV GPS
Regular maps are handy, but there’s no excuse not to have a GPS. You get turn by turn instructions, traffic updates, alternate route advice and points of interest. With a GPS you’ll know where the nearest gas stations, restaurants and other vital locations are.
5. Walkie Talkies (Two-Way Radios)
Walkie talkies are handy for two-way communication when you’re at stadiums or other large locations. A walkie talkie is especially handy if there is no mobile phone signal in the area. Walkie talkies may not be your primary means of communication, but they’re nice to have.
6. Micro Blender
A micro blender simplifies food and drink preparation. You can use the blender to whip sauces, create smoothies and other tasks. it’s an all purpose kitchen appliance that won’t take up a lot of space.
7. Cast Iron Cookware
This is where you’ll do your cooking. Not only do they come in varying sizes, but they’re also safe to use on campfire. Make sure to get nonstick skillets or apply seasoning regularly so food doesn’t stick.
8. Aero Press Coffee Maker
Can’t start your day without coffee? Then you should bring a coffee maker to your RV. With these it’’ll only take a minute to whip your favorite drink and start your day right.
If your RV breaks down you can ride on the bike and get help. Bicycles are also suitable if you’re only going to travel a short distance and don’t want to fire up that RV. And of course, bicycles are great for exercise.
10. Protect Your Sensitive Information
Store your digital files in an encrypted, waterproof USB drive. There are also online cloud services where you can store important files. If you’ve got physical copies of your papers, keep them in a waterproof and fire rated safe in your RV. Print duplicate copies just in case.
11. Tankless Air Compressor
You’ll find an air compressor useful for inflating RV or bicycle tires. The best ones are those that operate at 120 and/or 12 volts and with a capacity of up to 150 psi. However you may need a more powerful air compressor depending on your needs.
12. Tire Pressure Monitoring System
No long explanation required for this. The last thing you need is to hear those tires blow up. There are a lot of tire pressure systems today so it’s just a matter of picking the one you like.
13. Folding Step Stool
You’ll need this to reach high cabinets, the awning and a million other daily tasks.
14. Weather Radio/Device Charger
Never haul your RV unless you know what the weather will be like in your chosen route. Look for those that don’t need batteries and come with a hand crank so you can use it anytime, anywhere. If it has a device charger and flashlight that’s even better.
15. Flameless Battery Operated Candles
These candles are not only pleasing to the eye but also functional. You’ll be able to use these as a complement to your main lighting source.
16. Insect/Mosquito Repellent
If you’re out camping or just prone to insect bites, you can’t be without an insect repellent. Insect bites aren’t just itchy and irritating, but they may also carry diseases. It’s better to be safe so carry a few supplies of these before you hit the road.
17. Mobile WiFi Hotspot (RV Internet)
If you work online, want to stay in touch with friends or just look something up, an Internet connection is essential. That is where mobile Wi-Fi is necessary. There are now RV Internet packages available so get one for your vehicle.
18. RV Solar Charging System
If you have a solar device charger, why not install solar panels and a charging system on your RV? With these you no longer have to depend on the power companies and pay their huge fees.
19. Waterproof Lighter and/or Matches
A waterproof lighter is necessary to fire up that grill and cook food. If you’re camping for long stretches, get a heavy duty lighter that can withstand 80 mph winds.
20. Serving Tray for Outdoor Dining
Get a serving tray so it’ll be easier to move food from the kitchen to where you’re going to eat. A dishwasher safe serving tray is even more important if you’ve got to prepare food for a lot of people.
21. Extra Hoses and Cords
Get additional amp extension cords, sewer and water hoses. You’ll never know when these cords and hoses will break down so it’s best to have some in reserve.
22. Outdoor Stove and Ovens
Outdoor cooking is one of the great pleasures of RVing. Outdoor ovens and stoves are also necessary if you’re into camping. Aside from propane grills you may also want to get other paraphernalia.
23. Indoor Cooking Tools
If you’d rather do the cooking indoors, get all the essential cooking tools. So even if it rains you’ll still be able to cook anytime you want.
24. Memory Foam Mattress
Living in an RV doesn’t mean you have to settle for a low quality mattress. There are plenty of good brands so pick the one you like. Just remember to measure carefully to ensure that mattress you like is actually going to fit.
25. RV Satellite Dish
There are those RVers and campers who want to get away from it all and go back to nature. But if you’re one of those who can’t live without TV, no worries as RV satellite dishes are now available. Just install them on your RV and entertainment is at hand.
26. Minor Repair Gear
Your RV is bound to have some issues so you ought to have a toolbox ready. It should include a cordless drill, bits, nuts, bolts and screws. A shovel, ax, duct tape, multimeter, work gloves, extra fuses, electrical tape and masking tape are ideal.
For some it’s enough to have a mobile phone and earplugs. But it won’t hurt to have a speaker to hook up to your computer. Corded speakers are still common, but Bluetooth speakers are better since you don’t have to mess around the cords.
28. Stuff to Sit/Lay On
Chairs and hammocks are essential for an RV. You don’t want to cram your RV with chairs, but there needs to be a few if you’ve got guests and friends.
29. Auto Sewer Flush Valve
With this flush valve you’ll have an easier time managing water tanks. The importance of sewer management in an RV can’t be stated enough so make sure you’ve got one.
30. Portable Ice Cube Maker
For those hot summer days ice cubes are indispensable. Instead of running to the store to get ice cubes, you can make them yourself.
31. Cleaning Wipes
You can use these to clean just about anything. There are lots of brands to choose from so it’s just a matter of getting the ones you like.
32. Head Lamps/Flashlight
For night time repair or late night walks, flashlights are indispensable. If you need some illumination and want your hands free, get a head lamp.
33. Tablet (iPad, Android)
Is the screen on your mobile phone too small, but your laptop is too big? Then you’ll want a tablet as it’s just the right size for web browsing, games and a lot more.
34. Safety Stuff
Don’t forget your first aid kit, a reflective kit and life vests. Bring whatever medications have been prescribed to you as well. Stock as many medical supplies as you need.
35. RV Clothes Storage
Make the most of whatever space is available in your RV clothes storage. It’’s best to have plastic containers for your clothes so they don’t take up a lot of room. Avoid plastic hangers as they’’ll fall when you drive, plus they don’t use space very well.
This RV equipment list is meant for all RVers, new and seasoned. No matter where you’re headed you’ll be prepared if you have these with you.