If you are new to RVing you might be surprised to learn that the camper supplies you will need for your first trip are typically not included with new motorhomes or trailers. So today we review those absolutely necessary camper supplies all new RVers need to have.
Necessary Bodily Functions
If you plan to drink, shower, pee or poop in your RV you need a few items.
- Drinking Water Hose: You’ll learn very quickly that you will need a dedicated drinking water hose. These come in various lengths, but most RVers carry a 25′ or 50′ hose. Getting a good non-kink hose is important. The length will depend in part on the size of your rig, the size of available storage, and the type of camping you prefer.
- Water Pressure Regulator: Water pressure that is too strong coming from the campground faucet into your coach, can harm your campers interior “piping”. So do yourself a favor and buy an inexpensive water pressure regulator.
- Water Filter: Some rigs include water filter systems, many do not. If your camper doesn’t have a water filter installed, you will definitely want one. There are many brands of water filters available…but frankly none of them can make some campground water taste good. We know many RVers that rely on an additional drinking water filter (e.g. Britta) or purchase bottled water when they are on the road. We have a Britta under our sink and have strained filtered water two or three times through it before drinking it.
- Sewer Hose and Attachments: Perhaps the most important decision you will make is related to your sewer hose and attachments. When we purchased Olga 1.0 (a Sunseeker 2250) off of Craigs List, the seller included the sewer hose he had used. It was stored in the back bumper and was about 25′ long and had the necessary attachments. When we purchased Olga 2.0 we had to make a change. First the storage container was much shorter on Olga 2.0, and secondly, the tube was narrower. Before you purchase anything, make sure you measure the length and diameter of the storage system. You want to purchase the LONGEST, HIGH-QUALITY sewer hose you can store. Don’t skimp on a cheap hose…trust us, they will be leaking after just a few trips! You will also need to consider the attachments you might need. In our case, we carry one hose in the carrier and another in an outside bay. We also carry the attachments in the bay. Essentially you need something to attach to the sewer pipe in the ground, and something to attach to the hose. If you have an extension hose, you need a way to attach the hoses. Take your time, measure everything, and buy the highest quality you can afford.
- Rubber Gloves: those purple gloves Denise is wearing, above, are not a fashion statement. Some people prefer a box of disposal gloves.
If you don’t intend to live off the grid, you need a way to connect to campground electric.
- Power Cord: Most RVs come with a power cord, but believe it or not, many do not. You will need to know whether your camper utilizes 30 or 50 amps, and then buy the one that suits. Olga came with a 25′ cord. We also purchased an extension cord, 50 amp adapter, and an adapter that enables us to plug her in at home when she is being prepped. We will share more information about these items in next week’s post.
- Surge Protector: I realize many people don’t invest in a surge suppressor, but we think it is a necessity. Some units have these installed in the rig. Ours did not, so we purchased an external one. After spending tens of thousands of dollars on a rig, you might gulp when you realize that you need to spend $250 or more for a quality surge protector. However, these units alert you to problems before you plug in, and protect you in a storm.
But Wait There’s More
There are many more camper supplies you will want to have before you head out on your first trip. These include collapsible items for cooking, trash or laundry. In our case, these include bikes and a bike rack. But rather than asking you to search our entire website for all the information, we will provide you our list of nice to have camper supplies in our next post.
One final word of advice. Consult other RVers before making purchases. They are typically far more experienced than the salespeople that work in camping supply stores and can save you a lot of money by purchasing the right item first.