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Must-Have RV Accessories List

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Yay, I just bought an RV! What Do I Need?

Most people that buy a new rig are faced with the above question.

Your new-to-you RV (new OR used) will not come with all of the RV accessories needed for it to function properly. Doesn't seem fair, does it?

Well, suck it up buttercup! You have to accept that buying your RV was just the FIRST thing you will need to get to be able to operate your new rig. 

The following RV gadgets list is broken into RV MUST-HAVES, as well as a 'you will thank us' camper supplies section. 

No matter what type of RV you have - motorhome, travel trailer, fifth wheel, truck camper or other - there are certain RV gadgets that you MUST have for any rig to function properly and safely when in an RV park.

(Some of these items can be used no matter if you are a boondocker or love a good campground.)

More than just the best RV accessories, this list of items are the basic camper accessories that every rig should have onboard.

Absolutely Necessary

Surge Protector/EMS

This is the #1 thing you should NOT skip out on, nor should you skimp and go 'cheap'. Buying an EMS or a surge protector will save you the time, hassle, and cost of having an electricity 'event' in a campground. (They are more common than you think)

An event (power surge, brownout, or improperly wired pedestal) could damage every electronic device in your RV. 

To say that this would be costly would be an understatement. It could even total your RV. TRUST US. Get your RV protected. 

An EMS provides more protection than a surge protector. 

To simplify which one you should get, read our page on surge/EMS devices.

Water Pressure Regulator

All it takes is ONE TIME for the park's water pressure to be so great it bursts one of your lines.

Not using one of these risks flooding your RV. Water is an RV's biggest enemy.

There are cheaper versions you can get, but they don't regulate the pressure, they just reduce it, and oftentimes, too much or too little.

This style of water pressure regulator lets you 'dial in' the pressure coming into your rig.

Water Hose

To fill your fresh water holding tank, or to be connected to city water while at a campground, you need a dedicated drinking water hose.

Available in a few different lengths. Sometimes the spigot is a good ways away, so you do need to be prepared with a long hose. 25' should usually suffice.

It might be a good idea to have 2 lengths of 25 foot hose just in case.

RV Water Filter

As you travel around in your RV, you will be using water from a variety of sources.

Some water you get is fine, some you wouldn't let your dog drink.

Using an RV water filter will keep particles and sediment out of your RV water pump as well as out of your body.

Shore Power Cord (50amp or 30amp)

Some RVs do not come with a shore power cord.

If yours doesn't, you need an RV power cord.

Don't be fooled that you can use a regular house extension cord or you will likely have a fire on your hands in no time, as well as not enough amps going through the line to use everything you should be able to at once.

(Check which amperage rating you need before purchasing.)

You can read our RV power cord page to learn more about this important RV accessory.

Sewer Hose

Unless you have a composting toilet, you need a sewer hose. How else do you think all the stuff going down your toilet is going to get into the sewer?

This is the least fun part of RVing, but it's a necessary evil.

If you have arthritis or have mobility problems, a Lippert Waste Master sewer hose will work better for you. 

Learn more on our RV sewer hose page.

Toilet Paper

Do we really need to explain this one? Unless you will always be using the campground bathroom... well then you need this.

BEWARE- you MUST use TP either made for RVs or TP that is septic-safe. (Or do this and never have a clog!)

You can find septic safe TP in the local grocery store or RV supply.

Know that some brands of RV toilet paper are better than others. Be aware. 

Levelers

Not all camping spots are level. You MUST have your RV level if you have an absorption fridge. (Most RVs do)

Otherwise after time, it will damage your fridge. And who wants to sleep at an angle?

The levelers to the left are very easy to use, one of our favorite products.

You can read our RV leveling blocks page to learn more about what's available.

This is definitely one of the more unique RV accessories out there. 

Chocks

These are the things that keep your RV from rolling away when parked. They are especially important for any travel trailer/fifth wheel, which don't have any kind of automatic brake.  

This is not an RV gadget, it's a necessity. 

Don't waste your money on the small yellow ones. Read our RV wheel chocks page to see what types are available.

Holding Tank Treatment

Keep from smelling up your RV. This stuff helps break down holding tank matter so it won't clog.

Also, it deodorizes. Some RVs can smell, others never do. This one really COULD be in the 'good to have' category, but you never know until you try and some feel this is optional.

No-one wants to deal with a clog, so a black tank treatment is just a safe preventative. 

Disposable Gloves

For when you dump your holding tanks. Enough said. 


You'll Thank Us For Suggesting These RV Accessories

These RV camping accessories make your RV experience much more comfortable.

Many people consider these to be must have camper accessories, but we will leave it up to you to decide.

Everyone's situation is unique, so you decide which of these are camping must haves for you. We use many of the below products, and consider them to be necessities.

Kitchen

Silicone Ice Trays With Lid

RV refrigerators = small. Conventional trays only fit if you place them 'long'-ways in the fridge, taking up lots of precious space.

These trays don't take up much room and easily fit either way. Silicone makes it easy to remove the ice and the lid is good in case you fill right before travel.

Countertop Ice Maker

Ok, so you use a LOT of ice or don't want to make any? An ice maker is one of the TOP things RVers love having.

It does take up a little counter space, but if you love your ice, the trade-off is 100% worth it.

Stemless Wine Glasses

These are perfect for RV life as they won't break when stored.

Doesn't hurt to have a grippy exterior too, in case you have a little too much.

Swivel Sprayer

This helps to clean out your sink of food bits if your RV doesn't come with a pull-out sprayer. It also changes from a single stream to to a shower stream.

Kelly used one of these for almost 5 years before replacing her kitchen faucet.

Collapsible Kitchen Bowls

You won't have much storage in your camper unless you have a giant fifth wheel. 

Storage space is at a premium- expanding storage is one of the best investments you can make for your storage needs.

Ratcheting Paper Towel Holder

Don't learn the hard way that a normal paper towel holder, after a trip down the road, will have unraveled your entire roll of paper.

This stops that mess from happening. It also stops 8 sheets from flying out when you try to rip one off. Great for home and RV use. Marshall and Kelly both have one.

Refrigerator Bars

This absolute must- have RV kitchen accessory saves items from falling out and from spilling during travel.

An RV refrigerator bar also keeps contents arranged/packed in  so you aren't rearranging after every travel day.

Refrigerator Fan

Seems strange, right? But almost all RVs come with a pretty inefficient absorption refrigerator.

Adding a battery-powered fan will circulate the air to keep the temperature consistent inside the entire area, causing your fridge to have to work less hard to stay cold.

This RV kitchen accessory is especially good for hot climates.

Berkey Water Filter

Marshall had a world-renowned Berkey for a few years and loved it. SO many camping friends of ours have one and love them.

Check sizes- many available. Consider your size needs and placement before buying.

Instant Pot

Nope, neither of us use this. However, it's GREAT if you DO like to cook and also if you like to boondock. It cooks meals in a jiffy.

RVers and homesteaders both rave about this thing. Zero negative reviews heard. Takes up little space and replaces a huge variety of otherwise needed cooking accessories.

Cabinet Liners

These are a funny animal. They are supposed to be 'non-slip- type of pads, yet they slide.

CA Kelly installed these the day after getting her trailer, but after a little time, they would just slide around, causing Kelly to have to reorganize everything in the cabinet after every single travel day.

You can just glue them down to avoid this.

Extra Fire Extinguisher

This one's not sexy but yes, your RV should come with a fire extinguisher. Especially if you bought new. Either way, having extras stashed around the RV is a great idea.

I (Kelly) keep my extra one in my bathroom in the event I am in there and a fire starts. Hopefully this little thing can get me to my exit door or  window.

Picnic Table Cover

Campground picnic tables are notoriously dirty and gross.

Cooking and eating on them without a cover is not a pleasant experience.

Cover them for a much more sanitary and enjoyable outdoor RV kitchen experience. 

Don't forget to buy clamps to hold it down as well.


Tools

Hitch Lock For Travel Trailers

This (the Mega Hitch Lock) is an almost 100% foolproof hitch lock so nobody drives away with your nice new travel trailer.

There are cheaper versions around, yes, but this one is the best. The others are easily hackable.

Is it worth the price? Depends on how likely it is that you think someone may try to steal your travel trailer.

Replacement Fuses

Nothing worse than blowing a fuse and being stranded without a replacement.

These are an essential to have on hand. This assortment of fuses gives you a fighting chance of having the right amperage rating to replace the one that just blew.

Tool Set

This is right up there with the fuses as far as being essential to have on hand.

A good tool set is especially important if you are going to be driving to places that aren't very populated. Either way, a good set of tools is a must.

Headlamp

This is going to come in handy a LOT. You simply need a quality headlamp.

For camping trips, yes, but it can be handy to have in your vehicle or around the house as well.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Your tow vehicle might already have this for itself, but you need it for your travel trailer or fifth wheel.

Also handy for motorhomes and toads. You don't want to lose your investment down the road.

Know ahead of time that you are losing pressure before it becomes an issue.

This is a VERY important part of RVing that a lot of people ignore and later regret.

Air Compressor

We know, this one isn't very sexy. Sorry about that.

Still, when you need an air compressor, you will be thankful you have one. Tire health is so important but they are often neglected.

Having a tire pressure monitoring system as well as an air compressor handy is key in preventing a blowout.

Check out our 12 volt air compressor page to learn more.

Walkie Talkies

Walkie-talkies are almost essential items. (Unless you're a solo.) Priceless tool for communicating when hitching up, backing up, and more.

These are the exact ones we use when caravanning together. Safer than texting. Easier than calling (especially when there is no cell service).

Comes with charging stand. Also charges with USB cable.

Battery Jumper

What an amazing product! Marshall has this- it's tiny and light compared to Kelly's decades old extremely heavy battery jumper.

No more having a dead battery and needing to wait for someone to come jump you. With this, those days are over. Great safety device.

There are several different battery sizes available. This one is the largest available and is intended for large gas and diesel engines.

Torque Wrench

Talking about not being sexy, let's discuss torque wrenches. You should check the torque of your RV's tires on a regular basis.

This is easier if you have a trailer as the torque amount isn't as great as it is with a motorhome. But either way, you should be checking.

You need a torque wrench that is rated for approximately twice the amount of torque you need (you shouldn't be using a torque wrench at close to the lowest torque setting or the highest setting).

Slide Mechanism Lube

If you have a Schwintek slide mechanism, then this is the lubricant that Lippert recommends you use.

Marshall has a Schwintek slide in his travel trailer, and this is the lubricant he uses. It's lasted him forever, into year 7 with the original can.

Lubricate per the manufacturer's directions, where they tell you. You don't have to go crazy with this stuff!


Outdoor Accessories

Outdoor Mat

Having an outdoor mat creates an inviting outdoor space and also helps keep dirt out of your RV.

There are a bunch to choose from- check out our page on RV patio mats for the right one for your needs.

The we've shown here is great for sandy or dirty campgrounds.

Camping Chairs

It's only natural to want to sit outside when camping. You may as well do it in comfort, but there are a TON of different types of chairs for different needs.

Visit our page on the best camping chairs to see which one will work for your needs the best.

Camping Table

There are a few types of tables you may want to add to your outdoor setup.

Side tables for your drink and food, as well as food preparation tables.

 Some campgrounds don't have picnic tables, and if you are boondocking, well, even a long log isn't going to be a good substitute.

For other options, check out our camping table reviews.

Tire Covers

Again with the tires. The suns UV rays are the #1 killer of tires.

Keep them covered so that your tires don't break down before their time.

This is especially important if your RV does more sitting around then it does putting miles under its tires.

Clam Tent

Expand your living area with a Clam screened in area. It comes with panels to create privacy or to block the wind as well.

Great for cold evenings- put your propane fire pit inside and hang out with your family and friends. Easy setup and break down.

Motion Security Lights

These are another must. Especially if you want to boondock. They don't use any RV battery power as they have solar rechargeable batteries.

They are great for peace of mind, and for when you are coming home after dark. Or simply letting the dog out at night.


Creature Comforts

Dehumidifier

Don't think you need one? Are you camping in the East? Then think again. This is NECESSARY if you are in humid climates.

Heck, when I (Kelly) had my RV in Florida for just a few months, mold started to grow on my cabinets. I didn't have a dehumidifier. My mom has this model and it is AMAZING how much water it collects.

Handheld Vacuum

This Dyson is what I (Kelly) have had. Shark is also good. Even my favorite money saving guru Clark Howard shows the proof that Dyson/Shark have the most satisfied customers in a study by JD Power.

If you have a larger RV, you probably want one of their space-saving long-handled vacuums.

Folding Step Stool

With space at a premium and high cabinets, this is the perfect solution for both issues.

You will be surprised how often you need it, while being glad it doesn't take up much space.

Oxygenics Shower Head

Most RVs come with some extremely pathetic shower head which has very little pressure.

The Oxygenics line of shower heads give much better pressure and they save water, which is good if you like to camp off the grid.

This is the first upgrade MOST RVers do to their rig, because it's so easy. For other options, check out our RV shower head page.

New Mattress

Ask anyone. Almost NOBODY likes the crap mattress that came with their RV, even if it was brand-new.

It's an upgrade you are guaranteed not to regret. Custom sizes available.

For additional options, check out our RV mattress reviews.

Coaxial Cable

Nope, campgrounds don't supply this for you, so if you are keen on watching cable TV, you need a coaxial cable to plug into the parks cable outlet.

25' to be sure you can reach at most sites.


Weird Ones, But You'll Thank Us!

Clear Sewer Connector

Why do you want to see your waste, you might ask? This is the best way to know if your tank is really empty or not.

If you run water through (by flushing the toilet for a good 20-30 seconds or using your black tank flush if you are lucky enough to have one) then you can see if it's coming out clear or not.

We will confess, there's also something strangely satisfying about watching it go clear.

Poo-Pourri

Let's face it, an RV is a small space. Bathroom door or not, your odors will carry. Poo-Pourri to the rescue. 

Be aware, you must fill your toilet bowl with water for this to work. Not ideal for dry camping, but a must for when you're hooked up to a water supply. 


Conclusion

There you have it. There are a ton of other RV accessories you may want to get as well, but these camping must-haves will get you started. If you are the super glampy-luxe type of person, you can check out our luxe RV accessory recommendations.

Get out there and Camp On, Addicts!

  • Hi Kim, Great list most of those items I do have. Happy to know Im on the same page with other happy campers.

    • Hi Bob,

      Not sure if you’re talking to me or Kim, the last commenter, but glad to hear you are mostly set!

  • That’s a great list- I’m happy to know I thought of some of them, but I will definitely be shopping more for the rest!

    • Hi Kim,

      Glad to hear you already knew some of them! Some are obvious, like a sewer hose and water hose. Others, not so much. All fo them will help you have a more comfortable, safe trip!

      Thank you for checking out Camp Addict, we greatly appreciate the comment, and happy camping!

    • Thank you, Joel! Glad you found this helpful. One missing item that is a MUST is a surge protector/EMS. (Adding it today. Big oops on missing this one)

      It is VITAL for protecting your everything in your RV that runs on power when connected to shore power. Read our surge protector reviews to learn more.

    • Hey Craig,

      We have not. Between getting severe weather notifications from our smartphones, and spending the vast majority of our time out West where there aren’t that many weather events that make a weather alert radio useful, this category doesn’t cross our minds very often.

      Thanks for checking out Camp Addict! Kelly and I greatly appreciate it!

  • Pardon me if I missed it, but I did not see a Surge Protector listed. That along with the water pressure regulator (listed) I believe should be the first two on the list .

    • Rick!!!!!! How did we miss this????? You are absolutely correct- we totally dropped the ball there and forgot to include a surge protector.

      We know better, we have them if/when we need them, but it’s very VERY rare. Going to add it today! Thank you so much.

  • Great list of RV accessories. I enjoyed the article. Well written and informative. I really appreciate your article. Thanks for sharing.

  • If I buy a low gem shower head, do we still need the water pressure regulator on the outside of our Rig? (15ft. Travel trailer)

    • Hi Laura,

      Yes, you still should use a pressure regulator while you are connected to a pressurized water source. It should keep, if you have a loose connection somewhere or a weak area, the water pressure from being so high it causes a leak in your pipes somewhere.

      Your low-flow shower head will use less water while giving you decent pressure to rinse with.

      We also recommend turning off the water (at the source) while you’re away (And turn off your water pump if you are dry camping). If you aren’t home, you won’t see or hear an active leak. It’s just a good preventative measure and habit to get into.

      Enjoy!

  • I love lists…
    Do you have a checklist that gets you ready to hit the highway? Want to make sure the retired hubby doesn’t miss something!

    • Hi Marge,

      Not sure if you are inquiring about ‘before you leave the campground and hit the road’ type of checklist, or a ‘get all the things you need to prep an RV for its first trip’ type of checklist.

      We don’t have a checklist for packing up from a campground as it is very dependent on the type of RV you have. But you can check out an app like The Ultimate RV Checklist, which is available for both Android and iOS.

      This page is a good place to start for the ‘getting an RV ready for its first trip’ style list.

    • Hi Ron,

      I have zero experience upgrading an RV’s suspension, so I’m not really of much use.

      Though I have had friends upgrade their trailer’s suspension in the past by upgrading the shackles to something that you can lubricate and with better hardware.

      Not sure what kind of modifications/upgrades you want to do. I’d jump on some forums and see if you can find some help there (among the noise that you inevitably find online). If there is an owner’s forum for your particular RV, I’d start there.

    • Hi Rose-

      This is VITAL to RVing with pets. So glad you asked. We have the MarCELL listed in our must-have accessories for pets.

      I have been using a MarCELL for about 2 years now and in the last couple of months, it has saved my pups’ lives. I was staying in Florida to help out my mom, MID-SUMMER.

      Left for Lowe’s one day in the morning. Had temporarily turned off my AC a bit earlier and then forgot to turn it back on. Got an alert that it was 90 degrees in my RV. Rushed home. Girls were hot but ok!

      Had I NOT received the notification, I can’t even bring myself to imagine the cruel death they may have endured. And couldn’t live with myself.

      There are other ways people can check the temps- I used to have an old iPhone looking at my inside temp gauge. However, it doesn’t alert you. You would have to keep actively checking. And we are all human and we forget things. (Especially me)

      The MarCELL warns you of high or low temperatures (that you decide on/set) and also of power failure.

      It can mean the difference between life and death for your pets. It’s peace of mind for sure!

      Read our post about the MarCELL.

      I also have GPS trackers on both of my girls. I have the Whistle and the FI. I like the FI a bit better.

      All of these things have a monthly cost associated with them, but for me, it’s total peace of mind.

      I lost my Trixie in the forest for AN HOUR AND A HALF once. I’m lucky she was found. That’s when I got the trackers for both girls.

      Camping is even more fun when you can be sure your fur babies are safe!

      Have fun!

  • When it comes to buying a RV, you have to be aware that the unit purchase is bare bones and requires quite a bit of gear to be practically functional and another bit of gear to address trip interrupting issues. A lot of folks have published very good “must have” lists of 10 to 30 items, including the one above and comments below. We started with those lists and realized there was so much more “must have” gear to be comfortable and prepared. You have to decide what level of comfort, convenience and disruption you can tolerate. For us, we planned to take our two young children on the road for 7 weeks with reservations at national parks that aren’t forgiving. We wanted to maximize the experience and minimize downtime. The list below leaves off some of the items specific to our needs/tastes but I think encompasses items that most people would find extremely useful or necessary.
    Besides having the expectation of spending at least another $500 on RV add-ons, the other two pieces of advice I’d give you are: 1) if you’re not handy with small DIY projects and repairs, RVs may not be for you. They require all kinds of little handyman type jobs from the moment you get the keys 2) Don’t ever pay MSRP. Unit pricing is almost completely arbitrary and very much depends on the model you’re buying. Unlike passenger vehicles where you can pretty much figure out a truck’s selling price within a few dollars, RV prices vary over $10,000 depending on the dealer. After you find a model you like, contact every dealer within 800 miles to get pricing (plus/minus delivery, hitch, and brake controller as applicable). You’ll get an idea of how low dealers are willing to go for the sale. Obviously, they’ll never sell you a unit where it’s not advantageous to them so don’t worry about it being unfair. They get manufacturer incentives that sweeten the deal for them.
    Perhaps I’ll try to organize this better, but from outside to inside, here goes:
    – Second spare tire with spare tire mount (on models with dual axles. A front tire can blow and shred the good one behind it)
    – Wireless backup cam (can buy inexpensive models on Amazon for $75)
    – TPMS wireless (inexpensive on amazon)
    – Replace CH751 locks for all hatches (Use tumbler locks that key can be removed when unlocked. Have them keyed the same. ISS4Locks.com)
    – Motion sensing tap lights for storage compartments
    – Camping chairs
    – Outdoor carpet (synthetic beach mats work great)
    – Propane grill (we bought campchef setup) with quick connect hose, tongs, brush, lighter
    – 5 pieces pressure treated 2x8x8 for place under tongue jack (cheaper and more versatile than those buckets)
    – Hitch lock
    – Yellow Jack pads (for soft ground and leveling)
    – Drill with scissor jack bit
    – Mechanic gloves (saves knuckles and mess when dealing with hitching/unhitching)
    – Reflective Safety vest
    – Jack for tire changing (Often your trucks jack will suffice but actually check it)
    – Tire iron (often the trucks lugs are not the same size as the RV)
    – Tire covers for all exposed tires (sunlight is brutal on tires)
    – Socket that fits spare tire nut on spare tire mount (Tire iron doesn’t fit mine!)
    – Tool bag (extra fuses, vise grips, pliers, needle nose pliers, screwdrivers, duct tape, electrical tape, pocket knife. Harbor Freight is a good place to get this stuff inexpensively)
    – WD 40, Silicon spray for slideouts if applicable, Silicon with caulk gun, hitch grease
    – Portable air compressor (capable of inflating to your tire’s PSI), extensions/connections
    – Fresh water hose, in line water filter, 90 degree elbow, y splitter, pressure regulator, container to store hose
    – Grey water hose/back tank flush hose (“dirty”) and container to store
    – Grey water hose waste valve
    – Sewer hose expandable support
    – Box of gloves, hand sanitizer
    – Sewer hose with clear elbow (15ft), Sewer hose extension (10ft)
    – Standard 20 amp electric cord (at least 25ft)
    – RV electric cable (usually supplied), with downgrading adapters for 30 & 20 amp connections
    – Surge protector (I used a cable lock to secure them together)
    – 50ft coax cable if you want to tie into cable TV connection
    – Small bubble level
    – Drive on wedge levelers with chocks
    – Inside Door mat for every entrance
    – Electric space heater (if going anyplace that’s cool at night. Saves tons of propane)
    – Bathroom: Upgraded shower head (better pressure), black tank cleaning pods, quick dissolving/RV TP, TP holder (anchored mine to side of sink with small board on inside), 3m towel hooks, manufacturer approved cleaning solution for shower
    – Flashlight +/- headlamp (spare batteries, if applicable)
    – Trashcan, broom, dustpan, handheld vacuum, Swiffer style mop,
    – Collapsible laundry bag(s), laundry pods, quarters, dryer sheets, backup laundry line
    – Collapsible sink/dishwashing basin (good for when trying to minimize grey water), drying rack vs drying mat
    – 5 gallon gas can (either filled or for emergencies where you can’t pull into gas stations)
    – Small wood handsaw

    • Hi Lily,

      Your’e most welcome! Best not to overbuy- there are certain things you can get along without. Try camping then figure out if you need x, y, or z. I was given a few things I never needed since I ended up full-time boondocking. For instance, a picnic table cover. Never have one, so never needed it. Didn’t know until I hit the road to know how I would camp. But refrigerator bars? Definitely get refrigerator bars. : )

    • Hi Jim,

      Thank you for the heads up! Sorry for the inconvenience.

      We tried it and the link is not working for us either. We appreciate the heads up! We will replace it ASAP.

      (I am due to do a monthly link check. You just saved me one!). : D

  • Hi! I enjoy reading about your adventures & have learned so much about maintaining my RV. As I was reading through your list of “Must have” & “You’ll thank us” lists, I clicked on the link for the TPMS and in the description on Amazon, the company said this – “DO NOT USE ON RUBBER VALVE STEMS OR TOWED VEHICLES OR TRAILERS“. Are their any tires that don’t have rubber valve stems? Isn’t that a direct contradiction to the purpose of the product? Or am I not reading it correctly? TIA!

    • Hey Kimberly,

      Not for use on towed vehicles or trailers? Yeah, that makes total sense! Or not…

      Regarding not using a TPMS system with rubber valve stems, I’m completely on board with this. The sensor is a weight on the end of the valve stem. Rubber valve stems can flex. Some easier than others, but they all can flex. A spinning weight on the end of a flexible object can introduce fatigue in said object. That’s why they say don’t do it. I agree.

      My current tow vehicle has metal valve stems. Not sure if it came from the factory this way as I’m the second owner, but I suspect it did.

      My trailer came with rubber valve stems. I put a TPMS system on it when I first got it 6 years ago. But before I did, I took it down to Discount Tire and had them install metal valve stems. Process was very quick and VERY affordable. Under $30 for four tires. Actually I think it was closer to $20, but I believe they charged me less than they quoted me over the phone.

      Either way, it’s simple to get rubber valve stems swapped out for metal. Do it! Before you install a TPMS.

      Thanks for the question, and Camp On!

  • Our first camping/RV adventure begins (we’ve been live-aboard boat cruisers) and need resources to find campsites and parks in southeast USA. I’m sure you have ideas.

  • We have a 32 ft class c. We want to do all we can to extend the life of our tires, so we have tire covers.

    The Anderson system looks like a very useful tool for leveling. Does it serve the dual purpose of keeping the tires off the ground? Is there any problem using the system when we are already fairly level, or for extended periods?

    Also, is there any problem if we only support the the front and rear outer tires and leave the two rear inner tires hanging for a long time?

    Or, would we better off using the plastic square pads?

    We will have auto leveling jacks engaged at all times.

    This is a very useful website…thank you!

    • Hi Pup,

      Because you have the self-leveling system, the Andersens might be pretty unnecessary. We think the Lynx Levelers would be of more use for you. You could also use Snap Pads under your levelers if preferred.

      Using the lynx levelers would keep your tires off the ground perfectly, and you can use them in various other ways as well for your setup.

  • Is there a reference that spells out where (road) you should NOT attempt to drive an RV on? Planning a cross country trip and don’t want to end up picking a bad route.

    • You could try using an RV specific GPS systems that are supposed to be able to route you around bridges and such that aren’t RV suitable. But low bridges should be the only issue you would have if you stick to primary and secondary roads. And this is really only an issue when you are in a part of the country with older roads that were built before higher vehicles AND you have a tall RV.

      Out west, where Kelly and I travel exclusively, we don’t have bridge height issues. We do have issues of non-paved roads that you wouldn’t want to take an RV down, but this is just a matter of being smart and not driving someplace you don’t have knowledge about.

      But we have smaller RVs. If you have a 40+ foot motorhome, you are going to have issues even in ‘OK’ areas. Especially navigating tighter gas stations and places not made for monster RVs. Again, you just have to be be smart and get some experience knowing where you can take your rig and where you steer clear of.

  • i have a question we just bought our first RV. I’m a stickler for doing things right the first time. Can you plug a 30 amp male to 30 amp female surge protector into a 50 amp electrical box at the campsite? Isn’t the prongs angled different on the box as to the prongs on the surge protector?

    • Yeah, it’s kind of funny when you think of it that way! I LOVE being houseless… but I definitely have a home! ????

  • Looking for a (venal) weatherproof cover for the Motorized RV Hitch on a Husky 4500. So far what i located are too small. Would need to be 17″ tall with a draw string closure at least at the bottom x 6 1/2″ wide at least x 10 1/2″ front to back.

  • Has anyone ever heard of if I have an RV trailer at a campground that I must have a truck parked next to it that can tow it in case of an emergency

    • Hi Vernon.

      We have not but we never stay in campgrounds (For many reasons, but this one would be one more reason to add to the pile.)

      I think I understand the need to have transport though. I’m guessing because of lawyers and such, they require it so they won’t be liable for you losing your stuff if a fire or the like happens.

      Just another joy of camping in campgrounds!

  • We have a new 22 ft travel trailer, and planning a long trip.
    Do you have recommendations for WiFi coverage?
    We have unlimited Verizon but find that most campgrounds have poor coverage/too many users.
    Any suggestions?
    Thank you,
    Linda

    • Hi Linda!

      Thank you for the question- however, we don’t touch on internet technology as it changes so much/so fast and there is already a great resource for all things mobile technology.

      For the best/latest info, go to “RV Mobile Internet”. https://www.rvmobileinternet.com. They will have all the answers you need! Have fun on your trip and Camp On!

  • We Just bought our first traveling trailer. 2019 Palomino Real Lite 181. First time RV buyer we have no clue what we are getting ourselves into but are so excited to our new adventures. I am trying not to over do it buying essential items for our rig, but I really need to know what would be the correct bare minimum to get us started.

    Never driven my truck with a camper, kinda scared.

    Your thoughts

    Many Thanks Michael and Rita

    • Hi Michael and Rita-

      Congratulations on your new purchase! It’s a little hard to say exactly what you will need without knowing all the details, but we will try.

      Definitely get a sewer hose. And a fresh water fill hose along with a non-potable water ‘regular’ hose.

      If you are in campgrounds all the time, no generator needed. If your trailer weighs at least half of your trucks weight, you will need a weight distribution hitch. We highly recommend the Andersen.

      Get fridge bars. You can thank us later. ????

      We highly recommend preventative maintenance as in get a tire pressure monitoring system. I use the EEZ system like this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009BF9S4E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=campaddictbutton-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B009BF9S4E&linkId=8f52f41b04661c01f94267dcfe8a5fa6

      Towing mirrors if your truck doesn’t already have them.

      If you’re staying in campgrounds all the time with full hook-ups, no need for a generator or solar. Otherwise, you’re gonna need to do one or both.

      Going to need levelers. Recommend the Andersens.

      Shore power cord if there is not one already connected to your RV.

      Chocks.

      I hope I covered most of the things, but you will figure out what else you need as you go!

      Thank you for trusting Camp Addict!

  • Finding this site to be SO helpful. My husband, fur babies, and I are currently researching and planning to become full time RVERS!!! Will hopefully be debt free with a little money in the bank when we leave. We are realizing now how much we have to plan ahead for. Thank you for all of your helpful information!!!

    • That’s so exciting Trisha! Being debt free is a huge load off of one’s back, as you know.

      Plenty to plan for and many exciting adventures in front of you! Good luck, and we’re glad you found this resource.

      Happy planning!

  • I am beginning my rv summer adventure soon this was very helpful. I found your blog from the best camping discount provider. Look forward to the new experiences.

    • Hi Bruce,

      Ooooh, an RV summer adventure! That sounds wonderful. Thank you, we are very happy you found us. Have a ball this summer and we hope we helped you with the questions you had.

      Cheers!

    • Hey Barb,

      I’m of the opinion that two sets of wheel chocks is better than one. Then again, I go a little bit overboard by using two sets of x-style chocks and two sets of normal chocks on my 24 foot travel trailer. This is from the experience of having it move on me when I didn’t want it to (on more than one occasion), so I’m not messing around anymore.

      Your Class A has a parking brake (I assume) and maybe even some sort of leveling system. Assuming this to be true, both of these will help keep your rig in one place (assuming you aren’t parked on some crazy uneven surface), so the chocks are just a backup (rather than primary system like they are on my rig). So, depending on the setup you have, one set of chocks might be enough. Really cannot say without knowing exactly what your rig is (or what equipment it has).

      Having said that, chocks are cheap. And you should have plenty of storage bay space on a 35 foot Class A. So more chocks the better…

      Happy camping and here’s to a rig that stays put when stationary!

  • I just found your site. My wife and I have bought our camper, 25ft, RockWood Mini and we hope to start camping soon.
    The info that I have read from your site is helpful for our first adventure. Hope to see you soon.M&M

    • Hi Mike and Mona,

      Thank you for your sweet words! Congratulations on your camper, we hope it serves you well. We may see you out there, so camp on, summer will be here before you know it!

  • I have been admonished before and again here about the refrigerator risking damage if not level… Understood. But nobody ever gives any quantitative assessment of just how much or how little the refrigerator can be out of level before it risks being damaged. Can anyone give a rough estimate of the degrees of inclination (or grade ratio) that would begin to be detrimental to a refrigerator?

    • Hey Chris,

      Yeah, it’s 3 degrees out of level if looking straight on at the fridge. There is a bit more leeway in the other direction, but 3 degrees is a good number to remember.

  • Hi I’m new to camping/RV life. We are purchasing a 5th wheel this October and I’ve been doing my homework. I do have a question that may be obvious but its not sticking out at me.
    The Frig……….When you are pulling the RV down the road is it powered? I’m wondering if I can load the frig and freezer up at home rather than packing coolers or shopping when we get to where we are going?

    • Hello Estelita,

      Great question! Your new 5th wheel (congratulations on the upcoming purchase) will have a refrigerator that can run on propane (as well as shore power – 120 volts). That is assuming that you aren’t getting an RV with a residential refrigerator. I’ll assume that you are not.

      Because your fridge can run on propane, you most certainly can leave it on all the time, including while traveling down the road. No need to put your food into a cooler or shop only when you arrive (which isn’t practical in a lot of locations, including where Kelly and I camp).

      HOWEVER, there is a school of thought that says you shouldn’t have your propane on (at the propane bottles) while in transit. Because of a risk of fire if there is a tire blowout, etc. This is certainly a risk if your propane lines goes near where the tires are and are in the ‘open’ and susceptible to damage in case something goes wrong.

      So you have to weigh the pros and cons, and know where the propane lines, etc, are in your rig. I personally keep the propane on and fridge running when traveling. I think Kelly is half-and-half.

      Your fridge will keep items cool (it’s a big cooler after all) for several hours (dependent on the outside temperature, of course) so you should be able to get away with only running it when you are stationary. You are going to have to figure this out as you go along. One of the many joys of getting to know a new RV.

      Hope that helps and here’s to many great trip in your new rig!

      • I have to disagree. My belief is the propane should be shut off for travel. Get stuff as cold as you can make it and lock it down, Get a burrito at the next stop, for lunch. Burritos are good for you if they’re not pre-made. Carnitas for everyone!!!

    • I personally wouldn’t travel with the propane on. Unless you are going from coast to coast, your fridge will keep stuff cold during a trip of, say, less than 8 hours. When you get to your destination for the night, you can turn it on for the night.

    • We travel with the propane on, but if you don’t want to, you can put bottles of ice in your fridge in various spots to keep things cool while you travel.

  • Great Info! Several additional “must have” things come to mind: 1) a set of mesh sink screen strainers. We have these in our kitchen and bathroom sinks and they prevent a lot of gross small food and other particles from washing down into the grey tank 2) yard clogs. Easy slip on/off shoes help keep down the amount of dirt we track into our RV 3)small bins or plastic containers. These really help keep things organized and in place when we travel. I use them in my pantry, bathroom cabinet, drawers, and closet. My hubby uses snap-lock containers in the garage to organize fuzes, loose nuts/bolts, etc.

    • Hi Diana- Thank you, glad you have found this useful. Yes, the strainers are great help. I use what came with my sink- the typical sink strainer, but I used to have the kind you are talking about. Also, I had one pair of Crocs, but they were a little too small and I couldn’t get them on easiest so I gave them away. Good idea though. Thanks for the extra tips and Camp On!

  • Wow, many things I never knew! I might get a couple of these things for my regular car and keep planning for my trailer dream!

  • Good suggestions, I am going to get a couple things such the refrigerator bars, refrigerator fan. Thx for preparing a comprehensive list

    • Awesome, Bob! You’ll love the fridge bars. Man, they have been a lifesaver for me. Or at least for Gizmo. Might have saved a can of coke from literally killing her by now. I have opened the fridge after travel, and things have fallen out- a can of coke COULD kill her. ? Not anymore! Hope we see you down the road again sooner than later!

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