Whether you live in your RV full time, or you’re just a weekend warrior, there are some absolute MUST HAVES for every trip. And these can be used for any RV/trailer. Whether we are talking about drinking hoses, sewer hoses, or blocking to make sure you are level, these are the RV Camping Essentials that the full-timers say are an absolute necessity.
Here is a breakdown of some categories that I’ll be covering in this beginners guide to RV camping.
- Hoses and Accessories
- Kitchen Gadgets and Accessories
- Bedroom and Living Organization
- Miscellaneous Accessories
RV Hoses and Accessories
If you are in any type of camper, from one that slides into the bed of your pickup, to a class A motor home, you absolutely need a drinking hose, sewer hose, and spare hose. With those, there are also some very useful tools that make set up and tear down much more efficient.
You will want to have plenty of water hose, I keep 50 feet in my camper. A drinking hose is a hose that is designated for drinking water. This is very important because a regular green garden hose will let toxins and such get into the water that can make you very sick. It’s a great idea to have a green hose (one of the flexible, no kink hoses are awesome!) as well as a hose “Y” so that you can have both of them hooked up at the same time. You could use this to wash vehicles (if the park you are in allows it, check with park staff), put out the fire when it’s time for bed, rinse out your sewer hose, etc.
Another couple of accessories that are great to have, are quick-disconnect hookups, as well as a water regulator. You can get a couple of different regulators, one that is adjustable, and one that isn’t. Most campers don’t want any more than 60 psi, so it’s nice to be able to regulate it to whatever pressure you want.
Sewer hose, you’ll want to have plenty of that as well. You never know where the sewer is going to be located. If your black and gray tanks empty from the rear, and the sewer drain is halfway up your 40′ camper, and you only have 10′ of sewer hose, you won’t be a happy camper.
A great accessory to have is a sewer line support. It makes dumping a whole lot easier and makes your site look a little nicer. Another one I have is a clear sewer hose adapter, that way when I dump and flush my black tank, I can see when the water comes out clear. This helps tremendously on the inside so that your black tank isn’t stinking up the entire RV, although, I still use the pods after every dump.
RV Kitchen Gadgets and Accessories
My number one kitchen appliance is my counter top ice maker. I like my whiskey when I’m sitting around my custom campfire ring. This ice maker makes 33 lbs of ice in a 24-hour period. Now I’m not going to say it’s the best ice in the world, certainly not a clear ice maker you’d have in your house, but it produces a good amount of ice that is similar quality to the ice you would buy at the convenience store.
Another appliance is actually one we bought for our home, but because it’s so awesome, we take it in the camper with us too, and that is the instant pot! This thing is crazy how fast it cooks food, and how much flavor is left in the food when it’s done is unbelievable. Just look at some reviews and recipes that you can find for the instant pot and you’ll see how it can make camping meals much more enjoyable.
RV Bedroom and Living Organization
Is your bed in a tight spot? You’ll probably agree that most are, and changing the sheets is a pain in the butt! I found what are called “quick-zip” sheets. The bottom part stays with the mattress and when you need to wash the sheets, you unzip the top and wash it. Once it’s cleaned, you zip it back on. They’re amazing and save so much on your back.
One thing that my wife loves to use around the camper to organize, are command strips. They come in all different sizes and colors, and just attach to the wall with some 3M tape that comes with it. We use them to hang our towels in the bathroom and near the sinks, we use them to hang the broom and mop, and to hang our “dittie bags” in the bathroom. They are cheap and work great.
Miscellaneous RV Accessories
Some must haves that don’t necessarily fit in a category. One is leveling blocks. You can never have too many. I use them for everything from leveling the wheels, blocking up my leveling jacks, blocking up the stairs if we are too high off the ground, etc. They can go together like legos so they have thousands of different uses.
My custom fire ring. This thing is awesome, and always turns the heads of the people walking by. It’s a great conversation piece, and I’ve met some wonderful people, just because they stopped to see my fire ring. The other nice thing about this ring is it’s made locally to me, right here in the United States. You can choose from over a hundred different logos to put on the ring, or put your own name on it. If you have a business, you can put your business name on it, the options are tremendous!
The Basic RV Camping Essentials For Every Adventure
Obviously, these aren’t all the RV Camping Essentials that you’ll want to take with you, I don’t have enough time or room to write about all of them today, but I will get deeper into more of the must haves that make my camping trip more enjoyable. These are some basic items you are going to need if you are new to camping, or even if you’ve done it for a few years, but just haven’t heard of or thought of these.
Let me know if you have any questions, or if there’s anything else you want me to write about, leave your suggestions at the bottom.