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.
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.
RVers Essential Checklist of Must-Haves –
- Must Haves-Tools & Accessories for Setting Up Your RV
- RV Maintenance/Repair/Cleaning Tools & Supplies
- RV Kitchen Tools, Appliances & Accessories
- Bedroom Accessories
- Bathroom Organization
- Road Safety Gear & Gadgets
- Tech Gadgets
- Security Gadgets for your RV
- Outdoor Living Accessories
- Apps for RVers
1. Must Haves-Tools & Accessories for Setting Up Your RV
- Sewer hose – keep a backup. In case of a leak or you need extra length.
- Hose for drinking water– not a regular hose
- Y splitter – so you have easy access to water
- 50ft. power cord – to hook up to shore power
- 50amp/30amp dogbone – in case the RV park doesn’t have your amp.
- Step ladder
- Quick hose connect- not necessary, but you’ll be glad you have one
- Tire pressure gage – check your tire pressure, before & after a day’s travel
- Water Pressure gauge– Definitely a must-have
- Leveling Blocks
- Wheel Chocks
- Clear Elbow for sewer hose – to know when your black tank is clean.
- Stabilizing jacks – to keep your RV from swaying & rocking / not for leveling
- Power Surge Protector – Absolutely a Must Have!
- Rubber gloves
- Sanitizer wipes
- Garbage bags – we store our sewer hose in a big black plastic bag
- Water filter – that attaches to the hose – replace every few weeks
- Shut-off Valve for sewer hose
- Water Thief Bandit
2. RV Maintenance/Repair/Cleaning – Tools & Supplies
- Sledgehammer or Hatchet –
- Hammer – Screwdrivers – Pliers – Channel Locks
- Air Compressor
- 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
- 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!
- 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!
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
- 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.
RV Kitchen Accessories
- Dish strainer
- Spice rack organizer
- Trash Can
- Tea kettle
- 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)
- 2 Spatulas
- 1 Ladle
- 2 large Spoons
- 2 Tongs
- 1 Wisk
- Can Opener
- Bottle Opener
- 3 wooden spoons
- 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
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
- 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
- Patio Mat
- Lawn Chairs
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 –
- Space heater
- Light Bulbs
- First aid kit
- Extension cords
- Rain jackets
- Insect Repellent
- Fly swatter
- Cell battery charger
- RV tire covers
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!
RV Groovin Life
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