What Do I Need For Full-Time RVing? Ultimate Checklist

What Do I Need for full-time RVing?

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In this article, I am sharing what I think are must-haves accessories/gadgets & tools for RVing full-time. For the most part, these are things we use on a daily basis. Even though we RV full-time in a fifth wheel, most of these items can also be used in a motorhome or travel trailer.

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When we began RVing full-time in 2017, I started making lists. Lists for everything, spending lists, grocery list, to-do lists, RV park review lists, etc. So, the last few months I’ve been making lists of RV must-haves and organizing them into categories. With the exception of accessories for setting up your RV, every RVers list will vary depending on their lifestyle.

 

Being a crafter, I also have a list of art supplies, which I won’t include in this post.

The lists I’ve created are the basic must-haves for full-time or occasional RVers. I think it’s also important to include things that provide comfort, like a 4 inch foam mattress topper as a must-have, which I wish we would have purchased sooner.

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RVers Essential Checklist of Must-Haves –

Checklist Menu

  1. Must Haves-Tools & Accessories for Setting Up Your RV
  2. RV Maintenance/Repair/Cleaning Tools & Supplies
  3. RV Kitchen Tools, Appliances & Accessories
  4. Bedroom Accessories
  5. Bathroom Organization
  6. Road Safety Gear & Gadgets
  7. Tech Gadgets
  8. Security Gadgets for your RV
  9. Outdoor Living Accessories
  10. Apps for RVers
  11. Miscellaneous

 

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1. Must Haves-Tools & Accessories for Setting Up Your RV

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2. RV Maintenance/Repair/Cleaning – Tools & Supplies

  • Drill
  • Sledgehammer or Hatchet –
  • Hammer – Screwdrivers – Pliers – Channel Locks
  • Air Compressor
  • Fuses
  • Flashlights & Lantern
  • Torque Wrench
  • Duct tape
  • Masking Tape – I keep masking tape in the bathroom for taping shower door shut when traveling
  • Space Saving Collapsible bucket
  • Broom
  • Rake
  • Long Handle soft brush for roof and windows & RV
  • Totes for storing Supplies
  • Batteries – for flashlights, lanterns, computer mouse, tv remote… ( I keep them in a clear storage container under the kitchen sink.) I’m surprised how often we access it!
  • Scissors
  • Bungee Cords in different sizes for holding things in place when traveling
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Toolboxes in different sizes – we keep a small tote case handy with tools we use most often. By having several smaller tools boxes, you can distribute the weight better in your RV.
  • Measuring Tape – we have several, one inside the RV and a couple in the toolboxes
  • A variety of nails, bolts and screws & washers
  • Command Hooks – I use these everywhere
  • Gorilla glue
  • Channel Locks – small & large
  • Socket Set- ½” & 3/8” full set of both
  • 50ft of ½” rope
  • Electrical tape
  • Compact shovel – You don’t want a cheap Walmart brand, they break, we know!

 

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3. RV Kitchen Tools, Appliances & Accessories

  • Coffee Maker – We just bought a Kerig, they cost more per cup but I love the convience of making just a cup whenever I want. We used to have a Mr. Coffee. I liked it, but I love the Kerig now. It also takes up less space.
  • Instapot – I love this for cooking chic peas!
  • George Forman Grill/Waffle – I like my George Forman for grilling brats and burgers
  • Nutribulltet (small size) – we often make smoothies for breakfast/I also use as a food processor for parmesan, walnuts, etc.…
  • Immersion Blender- space-saving appliance
  • Toaster
  • Electric Tea Kettle- I’m not a tea drinker, but I use this instead of boiling water in a pan
  • Hand Mixer
  • 6 Quart Crockpot – I like making a beef roast in a crockpot.

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RV Kitchen Accessories

  • Dish strainer
  • Spice rack organizer
  • Potholders
  • Trash Can
  • Pitcher
  • Tea kettle
  • Silverware
  • Storage Containers
  • 7 Dish Towels – microfiber
  • 7 Dish Cloths
  • Paper towel holder
  • Cutting Board – I love this cutting board!
  • Dishes/Plates – dinner plates & salad plates – soup bowls
  • Coffee cups & glasses –
  • Pots & Pans – 1 – 10” frying pan – 1- 8” frying pan – 1- 6qt pot- for potatoes-noodles…
  • Set of 3 Mixing Bowls
  • Cookie Sheet – These 1/2 baking sheets fit perfect in my convection oven. I gave my full size cookie sheets to my daughter.
  • 1 Small and 1 Large glass casserole dish
  • 1 set of plastic measuring cups
  • 1 glass measuring cup (2 cups)

Kitchen Tools

  • 2 Spatulas
  • 1 Ladle
  • 2 large Spoons
  • 2 Tongs
  • 1 Wisk
  • Can Opener
  • Bottle Opener
  • 3 wooden spoons
  • Scissors
  • 2 Paring Knives
  • 2 Sharp Knives
  • 1 Serrated Knife
  • 1” Melon Baller for making Cookies ( I’ll share my Killer Bee Cookie Recipe Below)
  • Cork Screw
  • Potato Peeler
  • Hand potato masher

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4. RV Bedroom Accessories

  • 4 “foam mattress topper – this is definitely a must-have if your RV bed is like most – terrible! We have a king-size bed that was very hard and uncomfortable. If you decide to invest in a topper don’t get anything less than a 4”. So worth the investment!
  • Space-saving hangers – they save so much space! I had these before RVing. I also purchased a set for all my kids for Christmas. (Don’t get the cheap ones, I tried them-junk!
  • Comforter – I replaced my heavy quilt with a lightweight comforter, we chose not to have a washer & dryer to have more storage. It cost less to dry lightweight blankets, towels, and comforters and takes less time to dry!
  • Space saving hangers – Don’t get the cheap ones, they break quickly. I bought mine on QVC shopping channel and love them.
  • Drawer organizers –

5. RV Bathroom Storage and Organizing Accessories

  • Over the door towel & clothes hanger
  • Toothbrush Holder
  • Shampoo Holder
  • Trash Can
  • Auto-shutoff Night Lite

 

6. Road Safety Tools, Gadgets & Accessories for RV

  • Safety Vest
  • Cones
  • Flasher/ Road flares
  • UltraSafe Smart Battery Charger –
  • Lithium Jump Starter –
  • Lithium Bat

 

7. Tech – WiFi Gadgets for RV’s

  • WIFI Ranger – Extends WiFi signal, Improves connection at Campgrounds
  • WeBoost 4G Cell Service Booster – Get better Cell service on the road
  • Verizon 4G LTE Mobile Hotspost – Fast, Secure WIFI, works anywhere you Get Cell Service

 

8. Security & Safety Gadgets for Your RV

  • New Locks for your RV
  • Motion Detector
  • Hitch Lock
  • Fire extinguisher

 

9. Outdoor Living Accessories

10. Apps for RVers

  • Allstays – $9.99 – Locate RV parks and campgrounds, rest areas, tunnels, inclines …
  • Gas Buddy – Find the cheapest gas or fuel in your area
  • RV Park and Campground Reviews
  • RV Parky – Find over 25,000 listings of RV parks and campgrounds
  • Campendium – For boondocking, has 10s of thousands of places to camp
  • Harvest Hosts – A membership network of 900+ wineries, for RVers to visit
  • Boondocking – Over 700 boondocking locations throughout the US.
  • RV Pocket Reference – $1.99 – A wide variety of info about RV’s and their systems

11. Miscellaneous –

  • Fan
  • Space heater
  • Light Bulbs
  • Maps/Atlas
  • First aid kit
  • Extension cords
  • Rain jackets
  • Matches/Lighter
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Fly swatter
  • Cash
  • Cell battery charger
  • RV tire covers

Summary

I’m sure I overlooked some must-haves & wants, but this is a good start. This is a general list, it will vary depending on your rig, location and whether you RV fulltime or just occasionally. If you’re new to RVing don’t feel you should go spend alot of money. Make sure you have the essentials for setting up your RV. Once you start your journey you’ll know what things you need and what things you don’t. Before you hit the road do a few trial runs. It helps,especially if your a newbie!

See you on the road!

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Tips For Seniors Thinking Of RVing Full-time

Tips for Seniors thinking of RVing fulltime

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One of the questions many seniors wonder is, how long will we be able to do this? There is no right or wrong answer to this question.

RVing is what you make it, how long depends on your situation. Also finding out your style, whether it be moving from park to park? Or maybe finding a special place to stay for months at a time? This article will cover various topics to help you prepare for full-time RVing.

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First Question, what’s stopping you?

No, you’re never too old to RV, let me rephrase that, if you can drive a car you can be an RVer! As a senior, one of the best ways to retire is to travel around the world with your own rig and at your own pace. As a senior, the three main fundamentals you need before anything else is to do it while you’ve got the desire, health, and means to do so.

Which RV Type is most popular for Seniors?

As far as picking a specific type of RV, that is a personal choice, however, the two most popular types of RV’s among seniors is the Class C motorhome and the travel trailer. Your choice will depend on how long you plan on RVing, the number of people in the RV, and whether you’re living with a dog or cat.
However, a class C motorhome is a popular choice among seniors, rather than pulling around a travel trailer. This is because, a class C is easier to get leveled. You do not have to worry about putting down jacks, and all that stuff.

This is because they make these little leveling blocks that you can put under the wheels and they work pretty well.

As far as space, fifth wheels have a lot more space, and for a 40-foot fifth wheel, you can house a family of 6. However, if you’re a family of two, so far as space, it will depend on what size of class C.

A popular choice is a small class C, that has separate beds, and about 22 feet long.

For fuel efficiency, with a class C, you get about 8 to 12 miles a gallon depending on your location. However, for a travel trailer, you do not get great fuel economy. And when you find yourself descending a mountain the best you can do is to hope your travel trailer brakes are in shape.

Whereas for the class C the newer ones come with a downshift, so you do not have to ride your brakes when descending a mountain which is a great feature.

Finally, if you plan on pulling your rig to Pagosa springs and parking it for a few months while you enjoy, the serene and beautiful climate there, then you might want to consider going in for a travel trailer, since a class C isn’t designed to be parked for a long time but designed to be driven around, since it’s a vehicle.

So if you’re going to be parked for a longer period then I suggest you consider a travel trailer.

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Nevertheless, if you’re planning to boondock from one place to another with a either a Class C or a travel trailer, if you have solar and you’re self-contained, then one thing you should know is you will need a minimum of 200 watts of solar to make it work. However, you won’t be able to run an air conditioner, but you can run your small appliances and keep your batteries charged.

But in general, whenever you take a Class C or a travel trailer off electric power, the batteries that supply power to your rig do not last for two days. Regardless of which rig type you are using you will need a solar system to supply you power, just in case you find yourself at a place where there isn’t an electric hookup.

For seniors preparing for RVing full-time they might find it difficult to set up solar panels on the roof, you can purchase a solar suitcase, which you can set up outside your RV, and when it’s evening, you fold it up and put it back inside..

So, as far as choosing between a class C motor home and a travel trailer, will depend on your lifestyle. A class C is easier to handle and the travel trailer offers more space and requires a tow vehicle.

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Listed Below are 5 RV Parks Perfect for Seniors

1. Mission View RV Resort
Located in Tucson, Arizona. There is plenty of room for a permanent residence or short stay at Mission View RV resort. There are spacious lots that are a short distance from down town Tucson. Not forgetting their great amenities such as pool, a Crafts and Games, an indoor pool, library, pet area, laundry room, and more, which you can’t help but fall in love with them.
2. Soaring Eagle Hideaway RV Park
Located in Mount Pleasant in Michigan, this RV park offers 67 RV sites. Each site has a concrete path, with full hookups, including, free WIFI access, fire pits, and picnic tables. There is a 25-acre water lake near the park, making it perfect for water related activities such as canoeing or kayaking. Seniors have access to a club house, RV store, walking trails, and laundry facilities.
3. Sunny Acres RV Park
Located off the US 70 in Las Cruses, Sunny Acres park is the place to be if you’re a senior and you find yourself in New Mexico. With features including, full hookups, electric showers, cable, laundry and free WIFI, with a Walmart and several restaurants, a couple of miles away, you have almost all you need when you find yourself at Sunny Acres RV park.
4. Vista Del Lago
Located in Bradenton Florida, Vista Del Lago is one of the best RV parks you can find in Bradenton. With features like a shopping mall, beach, museums and other amenities, visitors have no option than to fall in love with this place.
5. Majestic Oaks RV Resort
Not only is this park a premium destination from October to April in Kissimmee, but Majestic Oaks RV park is also family friendly. There is a heated pool that functions all year round. There are full hook ups for electricity and water. There is a great open space in front of the club house, and room to meet out with friends. However, the best feature of this park is its oaks, which are fragile yet sturdy, and are 100 of years old.

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Here are some Safety Tips When RVing Full-time As A Senior or any age?

 

1. Know your surroundings

Whether you’re staying overnight at a Walmart or boondocking in the wilderness, don’t hesitate to pick up and move if your senses are telling you something isn’t right. Always keep your RV locked when traveling.

2. Plan Ahead

Research medical facilities near any RV park you plan to visit or boondock at. When traveling on a long journey, schedule stops for medications, rest and meals.

We have been RVing full-time for two years now. This is what we won’t do– drive at night, drive more that 5 hours in a day, never set-up in the dark. Be sure to have water and snacks for your trip. Don’t be in a rush.

3. Check in With Your Doctor and Do Not Forget to Bring all Your Medication

Before going on any trip, be sure to check in with your doctor to ensure that you have all your medication and also find out if they have any recommendations. Also, consult your doctor to be sure if it is safe for you to travel. Make a list of what medication your taking. Keep this list with you.

4. Tell Your Family and Friends About Your Where about

Leave a notice or a schedule of your trip with your family, so as they can know where you are at all times. This can be done through Facebook or Twitter, Emails, or with just a phone call. When you inform your family and there is an emergency, they will know where to get reach of you.

5. Do not Forget the Following

Insurance information (medical and vehicle), your doctor’s contact, an extra pair of glasses, and also batteries for your hearing aids, etc.

When RVing, do not forget to have fun, and try to make every moment count. With these tips, you should be able to choose the right rig for you, the perfect resort, and the perfect RVing adventure.

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