30 Must Have RV Accessories for a New Camper Trailer

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Updated April 11, 2024

Recently, we were cleaning out and re-organizing our RV and realized how much stuff we had purchased to fully equip our RV for camping and traveling. That got us thinking: we should create a list of must-have RV accessories for new travel trailers, motorhomes, and fifth wheels!

To help you eliminate the possibility of experiencing your first RV camping trip unprepared, we put together our list of must-have RV camping accessories to help you with every aspect of your camper. We have every one of these items on our Class A and Class C RVs! Yep – we own two RVs so we know what gear you need for your RV!

Our list of must-have gear and accessories for your RV includes everything you need, including gear for setting up camp, dumping tanks, protecting your electrical and plumbing systems, and so much more. We have been using many of these items for over four years so you know they will last.

We made a video that’s a great guide for all the best RV accessories you’ll need to go RV camping without a hitch… pun intended. Check it out!

30 Must Have RV Accessories and Supplies for a New Camper or Travel Trailer

1. RV Sewer Hose: An Absolute Must-Have RV Accessory

How to Clean and Store an RV Sewer Hose

I guess I’m starting out the list of RV must-haves with the crappiest items first…but a good sewer dump hose is essential. Let’s face it: Dumping wastewater tanks is not fun, so you want to ensure you have the correct equipment to make the job easy.

When buying a sewer hose, you should remember a few things. First, you should consider the hose length. I have found that the 15-foot sewer hose works best most of the time. The 10-foot hose is too short, and the 20-foot hose is too long.

Second, look for a hose with a clear or translucent elbow so you can see when it is empty before disconnecting it. Trust me, you don’t want to play a guessing game when disconnecting your sewer hose.

Third of all, not all sewer hoses are the same. Some are much stronger than others and will withstand you occasionally stepping on the hose without it cracking or breaking. And you will step on your hose occasionally, so buy a good one so you don’t break it.

Finally, most RV, camper or travel trailer bumpers are designed to store the sewer hose. I didn’t discover this until well after I bought my first RV. The sewer hose itself will almost always fit in the bumper but the attachment pieces on the ends of the hose don’t always fit.

So, try to find a hose where the attachments will fit in the bumper too. If you can’t, you will need a tote with a tight lid to store your sewer hose in your storage area.

2. Heavy Duty Nitrile Gloves


Whenever you dump your holding tanks, you should wear gloves to avoid contact and keep them clean. The cheap latex gloves you can buy at the pharmacy or your grocery store just won’t cut it.

There are a few things to consider before buying gloves. First of all, they should be nitrile and not latex. Nitrile is more puncture-resistant than latex, and there are no latex allergy concerns with nitrile, which is a synthetic rubber product.

Second, your gloves should be long and heavy-duty. I suggest at least 6 mils in thickness, but 8 mils is better. The last thing you want is for your glove to rip while working with your sewer hose. I also recommend the 9 1/2″ length of the glove so it covers your wrist as well as your hand.

Third of all I recommend disposable gloves. They are very inexpensive and you won’t have to clean them after every use. Just use them and lose them.

I like the neon orange 8 mil nitrile gloves by Gloveworks. This brand has great reviews, and the gloves have a diamond grip pattern, too. They work great.

We have a 15′ Rhinoflex Sewer Hose Kit, and it’s a great hose.

3. RV Toilet Chemicals

We use Matt's Liquified Tank treatment in our black and gray tanks to keep them smelling fresh and operating correctly

You need to add deodorizer chemicals to your toilet, or you will be driving down the road looking at your partner and wondering, “Was that you?” Toilet chemicals are flushed down the toilet and help eliminate odor. They also help break down RV toilet paper and keep your holding tank clean.

Many toilet chemicals are on the market, and we used to use Aqua-Kem RV Holding Tank Treatment.

But we switched to Matt’s Liquified Tank Treatment in 2023, and it works great! We are sure you will love it, too!

4. RV Toilet Paper


You probably don’t know this if you are new to RVing but you can’t use the regular toilet paper from your house in your RV toilet. You have to buy special biodegradable toilet paper so your black water holding tank doesn’t get clogged up. Better to learn this lesson sooner rather than later!

But even more important than that is the softness of the toilet tissue. Many biodegradable toilet tissues are one-ply and not very soft or comfortable to use. But Aqua Soft RV Toilet Paper is a two-ply toilet tissue that we find to be the best option for us.

Check out our article Is Special RV Toilet Paper Really Needed in an RV? for even more information.

5. Fresh Water Hose

Fresh Water Hose

A dedicated fresh drinking water hose is not a green garden hose. Water quality is the biggest concern when it comes to finding a good fresh water hose. Most good drinking hoses are made of Phthalate and PBA free PVC low lead level hose assembly parts so they are safe to use.

Your fresh water hose should also be kink-resistant, so I recommend a NeverKink 25′ Fresh Water Hose.

It goes without saying but never store your water hose and sewer hose in the same storage compartment. Or at least keep the sewer hose in a sealed container of some kind if you do.

6. RV LIfe PRO App

RV Life PRO Gif

The RV Life PRO app is not exactly a piece of gear, but we use it almost daily. We use RV Trip Wizard through RV Life PRO to plan our trip itineraries and find campgrounds along the way.

Since we belong to Thousand Trails and Passport America, we use the filters in RV Trip Wizard to locate these campgrounds so we can stay for free or at a discounted price.

And we can pull up the RV Life PRO app on our phone and seamlessly transfer our trip info into the RV Safe GPS so we can get where we are going safely.

This is hands down a must-have accessory for every RVer because you can’t use Waze or Google when you drive your RV. And RV Trip Wizard is by far the best trip-planning tool on the market.

Here are a couple of big TIPS:

  1. Follow our link to sign up for RV Trip Wizard
  2. Remember your User name and Password
  3. Then go to the app store on your phone and download the RV Life PRO app
  4. Use the same exact User name and Password you used when you signed up for RV Trip Wizard
  5. That’s it! – You are all set!
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7. Water Filter

A good water filter will not only make your water taste better but it will also make your water safer to drink. Water filters can remove the taste of chlorine contaminants and sediment.

When looking for a water filter try to find one that is in line, which means it connects between your fresh water hose and your RV. Also, try to find one with a flexible hose protector to prevent stress and strain on the hose connection points.

We like the Camco TastePure Water Filter with Flexible Hose Protector. It comes with a flexible hose protector and it’s a great value that will last all season!

8. Water Pressure Regulator: Must Have RV Camping Accessory to Protect Your Pipes


An RV water pressure regulator is a small but useful device that keeps the psi of the water entering your RV down to a safe level to prevent plumbing pipes from developing pressure leaks.  What is the proper PSI for your RV? The recommended water pressure for newer RVs is around 60 psi and 50 psi for older ones.

Water pressure can vary quite a bit from campground to campground, and without a gauge, you will have no idea what it is when water enters your RV. You can try to estimate the amount of pressure by adjusting the water spigot, but you will regret that decision once you see a leak pop up.

Don’t just buy any water pressure gauge, though. You want to buy an adjustable water pressure regulator with a gauge so you can know the water pressure and adjust it if necessary. Also, you will want to make sure you buy a safe brass product that meets the low lead requirements for safe drinking water.

9. Electric Surge Protector: Must Have RV Camping Accessory to Protect Your Electrical System

10 Best RV Surge Protectors 2020 Reviews

A good surge protector prevents your RV’s power voltage from dropping too low or surging too high. It protects your RV’s electrical system, appliances, TVs and computers from serious damage due to these voltage fluctuations. This one investment can literally save you thousands of dollars.

There are many surge protectors on the market but the Progressive Industries 30 amp and 50 amp surge protectors always have the best reviews and ratings and we agree.

PRO TIP: We cover the entire electric pedestal and surge protector with a large garbage bag and duct tape at the bottom for two reasons. The connections stay dry when it rains, and it lowers the chance of theft.

10. Short Queen Sheet Set

Short Queen Sheet Set RVBlogger

What’s the difference between a queen-sized bed and a short queen bed? About 5″. The queen-sized bed in your house is about 60″ wide by 80″ long. The short queen, which is found in most RVs, campers, and travel trailers, is 60″ wide by 75″ (and sometimes 74″) long.

So if you were planning to use your bed sheets in your camper, they won’t really work well. The bottom sheet will be loose; personally, I can’t stand it when it isn’t tight.

We like these Short Queen sheets on Amazon because they are inexpensive, a darker color, good quality with deep pockets (to cover our mattress and our foam mattress pad) and we keep them in our RV.

11. RhinoFlex Rhino Blaster Sewer Tank Rinser

RhinoFLEX Rhino Blaster-RVBlogger

Rinsing our black water tank after dumping has always been a hassle. Filling the black tank with water took forever, to flush it out. We would have to hold the toilet valve open or drag a hose through the RV window to fill the black tank through the toilet.

But flushing the black (and gray) water tank is easy now. We just use the Rhino Blaster and connect a hose to it to quickly and easily fill and flush the black water tank.

We recently had our black and gray tanks professionally cleaned by Kleen Tank RV Tank Cleaning Service, which used the Rhino Blaster with Tank Valve to flush our tanks. They highly recommend using the Rhino Blaster on a regular basis.

This is what we do; we received grades of A and A- on our RV tanks! Not too shabby for having them professionally cleaned once in 2 years.

The key is to buy the Rhino Blaster with the Gate Valve. RhinoFlex sells the Blaster without the gate valve for less money, but without it, you can’t fill your black tank because the water is pouring down the sewer hose while you are shooting water into the black tank.

This is a great, easy-to-use item that has made maintaining our black tank a breeze. We absolutely recommend it!

12. A Good Mattress Pad

Mattress Topper 1

If you plan to spend more than a weekend at a time in your new RV, camper, travel trailer or pop-up, we recommend getting a good-quality RV mattress pad. Any RVer will agree that most camper mattresses aren’t very comfortable, and getting up in the morning feeling stiff and sore is no way to start your day.

We bought a mattress pad, a top sheet with polyfill quilted in. It gave no support whatsoever. So don’t waste your money making the same mistake we did. Get an actual 4-inch thick memory foam mattress topper.

A 4″ thick memory foam mattress topper will provide great support for your back while you sleep. We have a memory foam mattress pad at home and in our RV and we sleep great!

13. RV Windshield Cover with Side Window Screens

RV Windshield Cover with Side Screens RVBlogger

When we RV, we like to leave the windows open at night rather than run the A/C. But sometimes, it is just too hot inside the RV to do that. We wished we had more windows to open to get more airflow. So we figured we could at least get a windshield visor to keep some of the heat out of our RV during the day, and that way, maybe it would be cooler at night.

While we were searching for a windshield visor, we found the perfect solution to our problem. The new windshield cover we found has side window screens built into it, so we can roll down the driver and passenger side windows and get much more airflow without bugs flying into the RV! It also reduces the amount of heat that enters the RV.

Another great benefit of our windshield cover is that we no longer need to use the privacy curtain. This gives us easy access to the front seats so we can get to the radio, RV GPS, glove box or our USB chargers. We can also use the front seats for storage while we camp. And, without the privacy curtain up, the inside of the RV feels much larger too.

14. RV Leveling Blocks

Leveling Blocks RVBlogger

I don’t know about you but I can’t stand sleeping in a camper that is not level. I hate it when my head is lower than my feet. Susan calls me the princess and the pea! Ugh! Anyway, you want your camper to be level for sleeping purposes and just to be comfortable while walking around inside your camper too.

We recommend the 10 Pack of Tri-Lynx Leveling Blocks. They have been the industry standard for over twenty years. They come in a convenient bag so they don’t get lost in your storage compartment and they are bright orange so they don’t get left behind when you break camp.

15. Wheel Chocks

If you don’t have wheel chocks you will need a pair of chocks so your camper doesn’t shift or roll after you have it all set up. We like the bright orange Tri-Lynx Wheel Chocks because they are easy to see and we don’t forget them when we leave our campsite. Plus you can snap them into place with the leveling blocks above for perfect leveling every time.

16. Coleman Propane Stove or Grill Top Coffee Maker: Must Have RV Kitchen Accessories


So, how are you supposed to make coffee in the morning if your campsite has no electricity and it’s quiet time, so you can’t fire up the generator? We run into this problem when we camp in national and state parks because they typically have no electricity, and they do have generators, which are quiet times to deal with.

So, we discovered the propane percolator coffee maker. We use it right on the stovetop in our RV kitchen! We don’t even have to go outside to set it up on the camp stove unless we want to.

The coffee maker makes great coffee, just like using our electric coffee maker. Just put in the filter, coffee and add water. Turn on the propane, and we have fresh, hot coffee in a few minutes. One other nice benefit is that we can control how fast it percolates. We like strong coffee, so we use a lower flame setting to boil the water more slowly, and it makes stronger coffee this way. Perfect!

17. First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

A good first aid kit is a must-have item in your camper – just in case. Some of the features to consider are if it is lightweight and compact so you can take it with you when you are off hiking, biking or fishing.

We like the Swiss Safe 2 in 1 First Aid Kit because it is stocked full of the essentials and it is very light and compact. It even has a mini first aid kit built in that you can take with you so you don’t need to carry the whole kit.

18. Emergency Roadside Kit


A good emergency roadside kit is a must-have RV accessory. It should include jumper cables, a tow rope, road reflectors, a flashlight, a first aid kit, and much more. The tow rope and jumper cables are the most important, though.

Some emergency roadside kits even include gloves, a flint fire starter, an emergency blanket, a multi-tool, etc. All of these items can come in handy in case you have a flat tire on a busy roadway or in the middle of nowhere.

The Roadside Rescue Emergency Kit has everything you could possibly need, and it also has a 5-star rating on Amazon.

19. Drill Gun with 3/4″ Socket for Levelers


I don’t know about you, but I never want to level a popup, fifth wheel, or travel trailer again by hand. So we recommend you keep a battery-operated drill gun with a 3/4″ socket on hand to make leveling much easier and faster.

This drill will help make leveling a breeze, but adding this to your RV accessories list will ensure you’re never without a screwdriver again.

I’ve had a Ryobi Cordless Drill for years and I love it because the battery lasts forever, it has a keyless chuck, which makes changing bits a breeze, and it comes with a battery and charger. I can’t believe they sell cordless drills without the battery and charger but they do.

20. DampRid: Essential RV Camping Accessories for Combating Condensation

Damp Rid in an RV bathroom

If you’re new to RVing, you might not know that eliminating condensation is one of the constant battles inside your RV. It can cause mold and mildew, so a few containers of damp-rid are essential RV camping accessories.

All kinds of moisture can build up inside your camper from cooking, showers, humidity in the air and more. So, we always have DampRid in our RV to prevent moisture from building up and causing mold or mildew inside. We just open one up and keep it in the RV at all times, and it lasts for about 45 days.

They are disposable, so at the end of their life, just throw it away and open a new one. Check out our article to learn about DampRid vs Dehumidifier: How We Reduce Humidity in Our RV.

21. Adjustable Step

If stairs give you a bit of trouble or your RV is particularly high off the ground, be sure to add an adjustable step to your must-have RV accessories list.

Sometimes, the distance from your camper to the ground is just a little too far, and it can be uncomfortable or unsafe, especially when you are carrying things in and out of your camper. We find that a good quality step makes a huge difference. Here are some important features that you should look for in a good adjustable step:

  • First of all, your step should have adjustable legs. You should be able to adjust each leg independently. This way, you can adjust the step to be level even if the ground outside your camper is not.
  • The step should have legs that can fold under so it’s easy to store and put away
  • It should have a no skid surface in case the step is damp or wet and no skid feet so it doesn’t move if placed on a hard surface.

We like the Camco Adjustable Height Aluminum Platform Step. It’s an absolute must-have accessory.

22. GrassWorx Doormat

Our RV floors used to get dirty pretty quickly. We almost always take our shoes off when we walk inside the RV but we were still tracking some dirt inside. And then, when we were barefoot or in socks inside the RV, we could feel that gritty feeling on the floors! So, we bought one of these grass style doormats and what a difference!

These mats really do a great job scrubbing the dirt or sand off the bottom of our shoes. So, we sweep and vacuum the RV less often because it stays cleaner longer! It made a huge difference for us. It’s totally worth the minimal cost.

RV Campsite Accessories

23. Zero Gravity Lounge Chair Recliners

Zero Gravity Chairs RVBlogger

Don’t buy cheap, flimsy camping chairs when you’re stocking up on RV accessories. These zero-gravity chairs are a game changer—you won’t want to get out of them.

These Xero Gravity Lounge Chairs are our full-time chairs when we go on a camping trip. We have the other upright regular folding camping chairs, but they hurt my back because I sink down into the chair. In an attempt to make myself more comfortable, I would grab one of the dinette backrest pillows and sit on it while in my camping chair.

Then one weekend we took all 4 of our camping chairs out of the RV and forgot to put them back. When we went camping all we had were the Zero Gravity Lounge Chairs. Oh no! But that’s when the light bulb went on for me! I realized over that weekend that I could just use my zero gravity chair full time when we go camping and be much more comfortable.

Not only are these chairs much more comfortable for sitting around the campfire, but we also took them to a concert at a Harvest Host Winery and to movie night at another campground. They are also awesome for kicking back and stargazing! We definitely recommend these chairs!

24. Portable Folding Camping Table


Even if you only plan on going to campsites with picnic tables, you won’t regret adding a portable camping table to your RV accessories list. This little thing is so useful!

We absolutely love our camping table. In fact, we have two of them. We keep one camping table in the RV and the other in the car. We always set it up when we are sitting in front of the campfire at night and it holds our drinks, snacks, cell phones, and outdoor speaker.

The lower shelf is great, too, for a flashlight or whatever else you need. We actually have the red and the black colored tables. This is definitely an RVBlogger favorite!

25. Heavy Duty Log Grabber and Fire Poker


Do yourself a favor and add a log grabber and fire poker to your RV accessories list. You’ll thank me later!

All too often, my fire poker was a stick that I found lying on the ground. Most of the time, it would break in half or catch on fire—or both! I would get frustrated because I liked to have a nice fire and keep it going…and Susan would laugh at me.

But then she took pity on me and bought me this awesome log grabber and fire poker and I love it! It has a spring-loaded grabber, so I can literally grab a burning log, pick it up and reposition it. And it’s heavy-duty! I push it into the ground so it stands up – that way I don’t lose it or step on it.

Now, it’s super easy to tend the fire and keep it going!

26. Magical Flames: A Fun and Unique RV Accessory

magical flames on a campfire
Magical Flames Colorant

This may not be an absolute must have as far as RV accessories go, but it sure is a cool RV accessory sure to wow the kids or grandkids!

Want to add a little magic to your fire? Magical Flames are the perfect accessories for any wood burning fire! Simply toss an UNOPENED packet or two into your fire for a magical experience that is sure to delight all ages!

Magical Flames adds dazzling blues, brilliant greens, and delightful purples to transform a boring yellow and orange fire into a dancing rainbow of flames!

27. RV Camping Mat

A camping mat is one of the most essential RV camping accessories for setting up the campsite.

We really try to keep the inside of the RV as clean as possible. We just can’t stand the feeling of dirt or sand on our feet when we are in socks or barefoot inside the RV.

So, we discovered this RV Camping mat, which is great for creating an outside 9′ x 12′ patio that helps to keep us from tracking dirt or sand into the RV. It’s essential to have a camping mat if you ever camp at the beach or in a sandy area. It makes a huge difference in the sand.

When combined with the Grassworx doormat listed above we are able to keep the inside of the RV cleaner for longer. It’s nice to get out of bed in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and not feel sand or dirt on the floor.

28. Universal Stove Top Cover


An RV stovetop cover is one of the most essential RV kitchen accessories. This cover turns your stovetop into more counter space—genius!

I don’t know about you, but our RV does not have enough countertop space. The sink is right next to the stove, which leaves about 4″ of countertop space. Yikes!

Luckily, we found this stove top cover, and now we have a place to set up the coffee maker and toaster in the morning or a place to put our cups if we want to pour a soda.

The great thing about this stove top cover is that it is universal so you don’t have to guess if the stove top cover will actually fit on your stove. We bought ours and used the template on the back to measure where to install the rubber cups that stick to the burner grates.

It was very easy to install and now we have extra countertop space. And the rubber cups that hold it in place prevent it from squeaking too!

29. RV Journal: Unique RV Accessory to Document Your Travels

Ultimate RV Logbook Journal

An RV camping journal is one of the most unique RV accessories. It will help you memorialize your travels so that you can look back on them and reminisce.

We have been RVing in a lot of really cool places, and after we stay somewhere, Susan loves to Journal about it while we are on the road to our next destination.

We can record the route we took, mileage, people we met along the way, and memorable sights and events. It’s fun to relive our journey as Susan writes about it. Plus, it’s a perfect gift for your favorite camper or to keep for yourself.

30. Custom Keychain

It’s no secret that many RV keys are the same. It’s also no secret that most of us have lost an RV key at some point.

Customized keychains not only hold your keys they can also have useful features such as a flashlight, stylus, or multi-tool. Keychains are small, durable, lightweight and you always have it with you!

Having a multi-functional key fob that can be used as a tool and make it easy to spot your RV keys and identify them from all the other look a likes is super convenient. Custom keychains are practical and a fun way to personalize your RV!


Thanks for reading this article. We hope you find our list of 30 Must Have RV Accessories for a New Camper or Travel Trailer useful when you stock up your new camper or travel trailer accessories and supplies.

Over the past few years, we have seen lots of other RV gadgets and accessories like tire pressure monitoring systems, lithium jump starters, two-way radios, air compressors, cast iron skillets and even instant pots! (We have an instant pot too) But we feel that these items are one tier up from the must have tips and lists we have seen.

If you would like to contact us directly, please feel free to visit our Contact Page and send us an email.

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Mike Scarpignato created RVBlogger.com over five years ago in 2018 to share all we have learned about RV camping.

Mike is an avid outdoorsman with decades of experience tent camping and traveling in his 2008 Gulf Stream Conquest Class C RV and 2021 Thor Challenger Class A motorhome.

We attend RV Shows and visit RV dealerships all across the country to tour and review drivable motorhomes and towable trailers to provide the best evaluations of these RVs in our blog articles and YouTube videos.

We are 3/4-time RVers who created RVBlogger.com to provide helpful information about all kinds of RVs and related products, gear, camping memberships, tips, hacks and advice.

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25 thoughts on “30 Must Have RV Accessories for a New Camper Trailer”

  1. This is such an awesome list. Because we started watching your videos about 6 months before we bought our trailer and took a five-month road trip, we have all of these items. (we did opt for a different coffee maker). The one additional item that we bought, although a bit expensive, was a set of folding solar panels and a solar generator. This proved to be perfect for all the dry camping we did in National Parks where our roof solar panels were covered in shade or clouds many times and we could locate the portable panels in direct sun. You guys are the best and I continue to love your newsletter and videos.

  2. I always enjoy these articles. Most everything here I already have except the coffee maker. I just use a percolator on the stove

    • Hi Nancy,
      If you have most of what is on our list, then it sounds like we did an ok job with our lest of must-haves.
      Thanks for reading the article!

  3. Hello, I enjoy your articles. Very helpful. I would recommend an article about going small with appliances, LOL as I see people buying large items. I have a Travato and space is the final frontier.

    Also another item to consider is a small vac for cleaning that recharges. I find this very useful. I also have a small plug in heater that has come out (for bathrooms), and it is safe and easy to use instead of cranking up the heater.

    Thank you and safe travels everyone. Larry T Florida

  4. You mentioned walkie-talkies as a second tier, nice to have but not essential. It looks like you have a Class C, and I would agree with you, in your case. We tow a TT, though, and find those to be one of the essentials as my wife will stand at the back of the trailer and help guide me in when backing up. Since she’s standing about 50′ behind me, and often out of my sight (so hand signals aren’t a good option), and we tow with a diesel truck and all the noise associated with those, yelling directions don’t work well, either. Some people use their cell phones, but where we like to camp, we often don’t have cell phone coverage. Great basic article, though.

  5. I gotta tell ya something. I frickin love yer videos! And yer blog! I just found your channel while surfing the web (so bored since job loss from covid) and your channel is so very unique. So professional and very informative. I have an RV that I use as a summer escape and I wish I had known about that black tank washer thingy before! And you were made for how to videos, are you an actor? I think you could be a fine actor. And who is operating the camera? Your spouse? She’s a fine camera operator! The best part of your video is you get straight to the point and don’t add unnecessary stuff, we all have shorter attention spans, are you aware? lol Anyway, great job, and happy RVing!

    • Hi Lisa,
      I’m no actor and yup Susan shoots and edits all of our videos. Glad you like them so much!
      Thanks for the kind words!
      Mike and Susan

  6. The only two items that I have issues with was your comment in regard to water pressure, I have a 2008 Roadtrek and the pressure is to be no more than 40 psi, so saying 50 could cause some newbie an issue. Also, there is absolutely no reason to use RV specific toilet paper. The only requirement is RV safe paper which a number of brands meet and certainly are a lot cheaper.

  7. Thanks for the info. Iam researching now and found your information to be very helpful. Happy travels. Gini

  8. This article was super helpful! My boyfriend and I bought our TT about a year ago and did a few trips, but we only had a handful of these items. We’re hoping to go for a longer trip now, so we stocked up on almost everything on the list, minus only a few things I plan to buy later in an effort to slow my spending some 🙂

  9. Me and my wife just started searching for travel trailer. We in our 70’s. I have Frontier
    Pickup Crew Cab 4.0 V6 2-wd GVWR 6300lbs. not sure what travel trailer look at for
    Beginners that is quality travel trailer. Any suggestions

    • GVWR or Gross vehicle weight ratings take into account the base curb weight of the vehicle plus the weight of any optional accessories, cargo and passengers. A vehicle should never be loaded beyond the manufacturer’s listed GVWR. That being said, what you really need to know is the gross trailer weight rating (GTWR) for your truck. The GTWR is the total mass of a road trailer that is loaded to capacity, including the weight of the trailer itself, plus fluids, and cargo, that a vehicle is rated to tow by the manufacturer. This information is most likely in your owner’s manual. Personally, given your truck, I wouldn’t look at anything with a GTWR greater than 4,000 pounds.

  10. As a Jehovas Witness and an RV’er I found this article very useful indeed.

    • Hi David,

      I’m glad you found the article helpful. This is all stuff we use personally so we are happy to let others know about it too. Let us know if there is anything in particular that you find to be a Must-Have RV item.



      • What propane generator is best when you do not power, just to run coffee pot or charge phones or run a fan?

        • Great Question – one of the quietest small generators on the market is a WEN 56125i Super Quiet 1250-Watt Portable Inverter Generator. It runs at only 51 dB and will last for 9.5 hours. And it’s one of the less expensive models with great ratings on the market. I actually added it to the article above if you want to check it out.



          • Mike – have you checked out the Goal Zero generators? This is what we take camping and what we’ll have when we get our RV.

          • Hi Deirdre,
            I haven’t checked them out yet but they look pretty cool. I would love to find a solar powered generator that can run the Air conditioner!
            Thanks for reading the article and for your comment!
            We started a new Facebook group that we are launching today called RV Camping for Newbies!
            It’s a great place to ask questions and get great answers from your fellow RVers in the group!
            We hope you’ll check it out!
            Mike and Susan

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