What you NEED in an RV
We’ll assume that nothing came with your camper. If it came with everything you need, that’s even better but we want to cover the bases for others. This list is in no particular order and not everyone will agree with it, but that’s quite alright. You can leave your comments below if you have something to add. Now let’s see what all most people will need to have in a new camper…
- Fire Extinguisher – If there is a fire spreading in your camper, GET OUT! The fire extinguisher is that red thing by your door that you run past when your camper is on fire. If you have a small fire that has not started to spread, then use your extinguisher to put it out, otherwise, get out and call 911. Campers burn very fast!
- Power Cord – Your camper may be 15A, 30A, or 50A. Almost every camper will come with a power cord but in case yours didn’t, you’ll need one. A minimum of 25′ is needed, you can always get an extension later if you see the need. Check your local camping supply store or click the links to find the power cord you need. If the link doesn’t show the exact one you need, you should be able to locate it by searching from that page.
- Power Cord Adapters – It will happen. You will get to a campsite that doesn’t have the exact plug you need. This is why you carry every adapter option with you at all times. You’ll need the first 2 for sure, the 3rd if you require 50A service: 30A to 15A, 30A – 50A and a 50A – 30A. This way, you’ll always be able to plugin.
- Sewer Hose – You’ll need at least 10′ but you’ll wish you had 20′. We suggest carrying two 10′ sections of sewer hose with you at all times. This kit has everything you need; 1 Universal Elbow, one Hose Adapter, two Ultimate Sewer Hoses , one Hose Coupler, and four Sewer Seals. It provides a simple, secure connection for distances up to 20 feet.
- Sewer Hose Support – To make sure the things that flow through a sewer hose keep on flowing, you need to support the hose so that it maintains the proper slope to the drain hole. We use the sidewinder version.
- Drinking Water Hose – These hoses are white or blue and are labeled for drinking water use. A 25′ hose is the minimum and a 50′ hose would be best for just about any campsite.
- 90° Elbow – This attaches to your camper’s city water inlet and keeps the pressure caused by the hose pulling on it from damaging it. Trust me, you really want one of these even if you think you don’t need it.
- Water Pressure Regulator – The water lines in your camper are rated for a certain pressure. Should you connect to a water supply with too much pressure, a blowout and a flood inside your camper will occur. You can get a really good one or a cheap one, the choice is yours.
- Water Filter – If your camper doesn’t have one built-in, we suggest you get one. You can get the replaceable filter type or you can get the disposable type. Filters will keep dirt, unwanted chemicals and other debris out of your holding tanks and water lines.
- Wheel Chocks – You don’t want your camper to roll away after you unhook it. A set of wheel chocks will keep this from happening unless you are just parked on a really steep grade.
- Leveling Blocks – Once you find a site, you need to make sure your camper is level. To save on weight, use plastic leveling blocks instead of wood. You can also add chocks to these levelers to make the task even easier.
- Toilet Paper – Please don’t forget this. Imagine walking to the camper next to you and saying “This is our first camping trip and we… we ummm, we uhhhh, we didn’t bring any toilet paper”. You’ll hear a hearty laugh and the friendly camper will gladly donate a roll to you. Always use 1 ply paper as it dissolves better than 2 ply. You don’t want a stopped up holding tank!
- Pen & Paper – Yep, this is needed to write down anything you think of that you need or want for future camping trips.
What you might WANT in your RV
This list is in no particular order and not everyone will agree with it, but that’s quite alright. Feel free to add your suggestions via the comment box below.
- Extra Fuses – If you ever blow a fuse… no, when you blow a fuse in your camper, you will need to replace it. We keep an assortment of fuses just in case one blows. If it blows a fuse twice, it is time to figure out why.
- Extension Cords – There may be something you want to plug in and the cord is just too short. Keep an ordinary grounded extension cord around for times like these.
- Disposable Gloves – When handling something greasy or perhaps dumping your holding tanks, a good pair of disposable gloves come in handy.
- Flashlights – Having a good rechargeable flashlight is a good idea. Having a spare regular flashlight is also a good idea.
- Tools – One day, something is going to break, need removed or need tightening. When that happens, having a good tool set is important. Here’s what we carry.
- Cleaning Supplies – Degreasers, window cleaner, soaps, black streak remover, awning cleaner, etc. You do want to look good, don’t you?
- Camping Memberships – Do a web search and investigate. YouTube will give you a lot of answers!
- Tire Pressure Gauge – Keeping proper tire pressure in your truck and camper is very important. Having a good tire pressure gauge is a no brainer.
- Walkie Talkies – Being able to hear someone who is guiding you into a camping spot is important. Screaming so you can be heard will only aggravate you and your neighbors so we suggest a pair of walkie talkies. Cell phones are OK but you might not always have a good signal.
- Camera – We want to see pictures of you camping! So get a good portable camcorder and a decent digital camera and start taking pictures.
- Hose Quick Disconnects – When hooking up your water hose and filter, it is much easier to do if you have a set of hose quick disconnects. Visit your local hardware store and buy as many sets as you need.
- Mods – Oh yes, the fun begins when you start modifying your camper to make it uniquely yours. We have done so many mods and they are all well worth doing. You can see them on this page.
- Solar Power – If you want a quiet way to recharge your batteries, then solar is what you are looking for. We added 270 watts of solar to our camper and you can read about it on this page.
- Generator – If you want a noisy way to recharge your batteries, then a generator is what you are looking for. You can also run your A/C and microwave with a generator… can’t reasonably do that with solar.
- Warning Triangles – If you have a breakdown on the side of the road, you don’t want anyone running into you. A set of reflective warning triangles will help.
- Spare Tire – No, not the one growing around your mid-section. Make sure your truck and camper have a spare tire and make sure it holds air!
- Jack – If you do have a flat, you’ll need a jack to fix it. Keep one that is big enough to easily lift your truck or camper. For your camper, you can use a tire lifting system if you have more than one axle.
- Surge Protector – Protect your camper from power surges, high voltage, low voltage, etc. Install a quality surge protector today! There are 30A models and 50A models. If you think these are expensive, check the price on replacing the A/C, fridge and microwave in your camper.
- BAL X-Chock – These are not the same as wheel chocks. These reduce the shake and shimmy you feel when walking in your camper. X-Chock Tire Locking Chock.
- Shelf Liner – Prevent things from sliding around while traveling with a roll of non-stick shelf liner. Can also be used in between dishes to prevent breakage.
- Holding Tank Chemicals – We don’t use any tank chemicals. It just isn’t needed since we installed a cyclone roof vent. If you want to use chemicals, try these.
So there you have it, the basic list of things you might WANT in your camper. Oh, you’ll want them on subsequent camping trips as well so keep them in the camper!