There are some things you should not leave home without when RVing. Whether you’re hitting the road for a fun weekend in a cozy pop-up or traveling cross country with a large fifth wheel, the following 10 best RV accessories will help make your trip easy and enjoyable!
1. RV Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS): Flat tires and blowouts are among the most common and annoying traveling problems for RVers. They’re dangerous and time consuming. A great accessory to use to help avoid a roadside headache like this is an RV tire pressure monitoring system. These are mounted either to the tire valve stems or inside the tires. If the system detects that a tire is under-inflated, which is often the cause of a blowout, it will send a visual and/or audible warning to the monitor that you mount inside your vehicle. All cars and light trucks manufactured after 2007 come standard with this safety feature. Why not put this same technology to work on your RV’s tires for added peace of mind while on the road?
2. Cordless Drill Set: Be prepared for small repairs or installs/uninstalls on your RV when you’re on the road by having a cordless drill set with you. From changing flat tires to installing an air conditioner on a 90° day, a drill set can be a lifesaver. Check out the bestselling Makita 12V max Lithium-Ion Cordless 2-Piece Combo Kit for a compact choice that is easy to store in your RV.
3. Upright Vacuum: Big, bulky vacuums have no place in an RV. But since there will always be dirt and sand (and maybe pet hair) that sneaks into your RV, you need something that sucks this stuff up. The Dyson DC40 Origin Upright Vacuum is a good choice (albeit an expensive one). Or check out the Shark Rocket Ultralight Upright for about half the price. Look for lightweight, easy-to-maneuver vacuums to make cleaning your rig as easy as possible.
4. Portable Solar Panel Charger: So you want to get away from it all? Go off the grid? Disconnect? That’s the essence of camping! But that doesn’t mean you can’t travel with a fully charged phone or device. You know, for safety’s sake. Bring along a portable solar panel charger for your electronic devices so that you’re still on the grid, even when you’re not. Simply plug in a drained device into the solar charger and it’ll start charging! Check out the Levin line of solar chargers. Here comes the sun …
5. RV Doormat: Leave the outside, well, outside when you walk up into your RV. Invest in a sturdy, well-designed doormat that really cleans your shoes and boots before you step up into your home away from home. RVs are not the easiest vehicles to clean, so stop dirt and sand from even entering your RV in the first place. The Clean Machine Doormat High Traffic is made from real Astroturf and holds over one pound of dirt! That’s one pound of dirt that is NOT in your RV!
6. Emergency Radio: Bad weather happens, and not always at a convenient time. Stay safe by having an emergency radio in your RV for county-specific threats of tornadoes, floods, thunderstorms, civil threats, and more. The Midland WR120EZ Radio is a good one to look into. It is tri-lingual, sends voice and flashing LED warnings, and receives seven NOAA channels to give you the best coverage.
7. Camping chairs: A must-have for around the campfire, camping chairs come in many different sizes and styles. Choose from a simple collapsible chair that is super easy to travel with such as the REI Camp Compact Chair, or a more extravagant lounge chair that’s comfortable enough to nap in, such as the Sunnydaze Oversized Zero Gravity Lounge Chair with Pillow and Cup Holder. Most have cup holders, some have canopies for shade, and all of them offer a place to kick back around a roaring campfire with family and friends.
8. Dutch Oven: Made of thick cast iron, Dutch ovens provide hot, even cooking over a campfire. This simple form of cooking dates back to the early explorers and is a perfect way to get that rustic feeling around your campfire. Make breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desserts over the campfire and enjoy hot, homemade, delicious meals. No more boring, pre-packaged camping meals for you!
9. Coleman Camping Stove: Camping is all about enjoying the great outdoors, so don’t do all your cooking inside. Bring along a Coleman Camp Grill that you can set up on a picnic table or attach to the outside of your RV.
10. Pop-up mesh laundry bag: If your RV doesn’t have a laundry room with hampers and baskets or a laundry chute, then you probably struggle with where to put all the clothes that your family dirties during your camping trips. Pop-up mesh laundry bags come in very handy for holding dirty clothes in between laundry days. They collapse when not in use and the mesh material allows clothes to breathe and dry out. Look for ones with handles so they’re easy to carry to the campground Laundromat.