I can’t even begin to tell you how much we wish we would have started a blog or YouTube channel from the beginning of our travels. It was such a learning experience and would have been best for us to share things as we learned them. That didn’t happen though, So, here I am now sharing everything we’ve learned over the past three years of our traveling life.
First up, Full-time RV life. When we jumped into this world, we didn’t have a clue as to how things worked or what we needed for this lifestyle. Neither of us had an RV growing up. We were complete newbies. We had to learn which accessories and supplies were necessary and which weren’t.
Some items like overpriced RV toilet paper aren’t necessary and more of a sales gimmick. All you need is a toilet paper that is septic safe. Meaning it dissolves when placed into water and won’t clog your tanks. Many like to use what they call the shake test. You fill a cup with water and place toilet paper inside, then place a lid on top and shake for 30 seconds. When you are done shaking, look to see if the toilet paper dissolved. If it did, you can use it in your rig.
Other items, however, are necessary for your rig to function appropriately and safely.
In this post, we have included the essential equipment required to have a fun-filled trip in your rig, regardless of the type of RV you have.
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Must Have RV Accessories List.
To be connected with city water or to fill your freshwater holding tank while at a campground, you need a dedicated drinking water hose. This hose isn’t the same as a garden hose. They’re made from BPA, phthalate, and lead-free materials.
We found it best to have two hoses with us at all times since some RV parks have their water spigots placed in weird spots. You shouldn’t purchase anything under 25 feet.
A sewer hose is a must unless you plan to be using the campgrounds bathrooms to do your business all of the time. These hoses are what connect your rigs black water tank to the park’s sewer system.
Many people chose to use a clear hose adaptor. It’s no fun having to disconnect the hose only to find out your black tanks weren’t yet empty.
We learned we needed this one the hard way! If you don’t treat your tanks now and then, you’ll pay the price with a sticky rig.
Definitely, need these bad boys when you’re emptying the yuck from your tanks. I wouldn’t suggest using anything other than disposable either.
Dicor Self-Leveling Lap Sealant is designed for use on horizontal RV roof surfaces, including rubber, TPO, metal, fiberglass, aluminum, or wood. The sealant seals along roof edges, around vent covers, vent pipes, air conditioners, and screw heads. It’s not if it’s when you’re going to need Dicor.
Most RV parks and campgrounds have the option for both 30 and 50 amp. Some, however, don’t. That’s when having a power adapter comes in handy. Having one on hand prevents you from having to pass a place up because of amp issues.
Many parks offer cable television. If you would like to hook-up to have cable in your rig, this is a must-have.
Having a basic surge protector is essential to protecting all of your expensive electronics. We would, however, suggest you step it up a notch and purchase one with more sophisticated technology. In addition to electrical surges, these devices will protect you against low and high voltage along with mis-wirings at your power pedestal.
I wish someone would have told us to have fuses on hand from the beginning. We bought a brand new fifth-wheel and still needed a fuse our first week out on the road. You never know when you may need one.
We were stuck with our truck hooked up to the fifth wheel because we had blown a fuse. Thankfully there was another family more prepared to give us one. I’m not sure what we would have done otherwise.
If you’re planning on staying places a month or longer, having tire covers will help prevent your tires from dry rotting.
Tip: If you plan to be parked on concrete for a month our more, make sure to pull up on wood or levelers of some sort. Concrete tends to dry rot your tires quicker.
Taking care of your tires is essential while traveling full-time. If you don’t, your chances of having a blow-out are high. We always checked our tires before leaving a place. It didn’t matter if we were there for two days or a month. You should always value your safety and others on the road.
Another item worth having for tire safety.
I suppose a hitch lock isn’t a must, but if you value security, we highly suggest you have one. It doesn’t take much for someone to pull up with their truck, hitch-up and drive down the road with your rig.
The following items aren’t necessities for the RV life, but they do make your life a bit more enjoyable outdoors and let’s face it, that’s where you will be spending the majority of your time.
I suppose you’d have these for the same reason you have them in your house. Security.
Obviously, this isn’t an outdoor item or a necessity. It is, however, one of the first items RVers switch out. They are lowcost and make a huge difference.
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