Last week we provided information on the camping supplies you absolutely must have before you make your first trip. Today we provide you a list of RV supplies…those items every RVer will probably want to have.
Nice to Have
Every camper is different. Some enjoy boondocking under the stars…others spend months at age-restricted RV resorts. Your preferred style of camping will determine what you might need, but here are some RV supplies that are nice to have.
Additional Water-Related RV Supplies
In addition to a drinking water hose, you might want to have a hose for general use such as washing off the dog, washing the coach, etc. Many campers come with external showers, but you might want more. If so, consider buying two items. First, a water faucet splitter which allows you to attach two hoses to a single campsite faucet. Then purchase a water hose for general use. We prefer the kind that shrink or collapse, as OLGA’s basement storage is limited.
Last week we talked about the electrical cord that connects your rig to the campground and a surge protector to protect your investment. As you travel, you will find that not all campsites are designed the same. Some put the electric box at the rear of the campsite, others in the middle. Some quite a few feet aways.
- Over time you will find having an extension cord valuable. Again, this isn’t your dime store variety that you plug into a lamp at home….so expect to spend about $50.
- In addition, you might need an adapter that allows a 30 amp rig to plug into a 50 amp outlet, or in visa-versa. Some campgrounds may offer you loaner units, but don’t count on it. We carry one with us.
- Finally, we have an adapter that allows us to plug Olga in at home when we are preparing to hit the road. The night before we leave, we plug her in and set the refrigerator to cool. By morning, we are able to put cold items in the frig and hit the road.
Eating on the Road
Unless you plan to hit a local restaurant every night, you will need RV supplies to prepare food. We find collapsible bowls, strainers and the like very handy and space efficient. Though most public campgrounds have grills or fire pits, some campsites don’t. You’ll want to carry a grill or portable burner so you can cook and enjoy the great outdoors at the same time. We also carry a small set of eating utensils, a few cooking utensils, paper and plastic plates.
Of course, some people (like Denise) feel that you must carry a plastic table cover, hooks to hold it in place, citronella candles, area rug, and camping chairs to be necessary RV supplies. A lot will depend on the size of your rig and the amount of “basement” storage space you have. We know a couple of full timers that bring an entire patio set with them as they travel.
Many like camping because they want to disconnect. To those of you, I say, “Bless you”… but if we are going to be on the road for months at a time, we want to watch TV. Most rigs include an antennae and TV. And this works great to get local network broadcasts, shopping channels, and religious broadcasts. If you miss TLC or HGTV you likely want to carry coax cable with you and splurge on a private campground. We bought ours at the local Goodwill. Look there first before ordering one on Amazon or Camping World. Of course, many full and part-time RVers also utilize satellite systems like DISH. We don’t so you will have to rely on other sites for information to help you choose what is best for you.
Of course, the world of entertainment is changing right before our eyes. More and more families are cutting the cable and relying on other services for entertainment. We always download movies and TV shows from Netflix or Amazon to our iPads before we hit the road. No TV, no internet….no problem.
Finding Your Way
As we have commented many times before, we can’t imagine how RVers found their way or where to stay before the internet. Google is an invaluable resource when you are on the road. In addition to RV apps and a reliable internet connection, you might want to invest in an RV GPS unit. These units store your RV height and width and guide you around low overhangs that might cause you difficulties. All of these units are also known to suggest inaccurate routes from time to time. So we often check Google when we get close to our destination or when something doesn’t look right.
Keeping Out the Heat
With Olga 1.0 we created our own DIY sunscreens using a reflective insulation roll we purchased at Home Depot. Recently we upgraded to the Heat Shield made specifically for our Sprinter chassis. We learned of this product while talking to a Leisure Travel Van owner in Big Bend National Park. We could really feel the difference in the temperature of his coach and liked the fact that the cab’s side windows were covered with sheets that were held in place by suction cups. We used the Heat Shield during our recent trip to Naples, Florida and are very happy with the product.
More RV Supplies
Of course, there are many more items you might wish to purchase for your new or new-to-you camper. Though it is often difficult, take your time when purchasing RV supplies. A trip to Camping World can set you back hundreds of dollars, and you might end up buying things you never use or don’t fit in your rig. Talk to other campers before you make big investments. They are often more knowledgeable than people working in the store…many of whom have never spent a night in an RV.