Recommended Gear

Recommended Gear

Whether you own or rent an RV you will need some RV Gear to make your travels more comfortable, convenient and fun! We have put together a list of items that we find useful during our travels that may help make your RV experience fun and convenient too!

RV Gear

Rinsing our black water tank after dumping has always been a hassle. It took forever to fill the black tank with water 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 now flushing the black (and gray) water tank is super easy. We just use the Rhino Blaster and connect a hose to it to quickly and easily fill the black water tank.

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 at the same time you are shooting water into the black tank. Anyway, this is a great item that has made maintaining our black tank way easier. We absolutely recommend this product!

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! And, 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, 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!

I don’t know about you but when we are on the road we love to take lots of photos and video. Very often we have 2 Laptop Computers, 2 Cell Phones, a GoPro Camera, our Digital Camera, our Solar Charger and our Tablet. And, we almost always need to charge up multiple devices overnight. But all we had was the phone charger adapter that plugs into the cigarette lighter. And, inevitably, we would forget to swap out a phone for the GoPro or the Tablet for the Solar Charger. (even though it’s solar you can still plug it in to recharge it)

Then in the morning, we would be packing up to get ready to explore and that’s when we would discover that we forgot to charge one or more of our devices. Ugh! What a bummer!

Then Susan found the Multi-Wall Outlet Adapter. We keep this device in our RV full time and use it to charge everything at one time! It has 4 USB ports, plus 3 110 outlets so we can plug everything in at once before bed and we are fully charged and ready to go in the morning. It even has 2 slots on top which can hold 2 of our devices. All this and it also has a built-in surge protector!

This is a fantastic device and an RVBlogger recommended favorite!

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

So, we discovered the propane percolator coffee maker. We just use it right on the stove top in our RV! 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 and it’s just like using our electric coffee maker. Just put in the filter, coffee and add water. Turn on the propane and in a few minutes we have fresh hot coffee. 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!

You can use regular toilet paper from your house in your RV. But you are taking a big risk that you might clog your black tank or get toilet paper stuck on one of your black tank sensors. And it is a pain in the butt to clean wads of toilet paper out of a black tank or its sensors.

So, rather than go through all of that just use toilet paper specially made for RVs so it dissolves and doesn’t clump.

When it comes to Toilet Tissue softness is the biggest concern for most folks. We have tried several toilet tissues and Aqua Soft seems to be the best we have found. Definitely, a must have for your camper or travel trailer.

Have you ever noticed that the bottom step on the RV is too far from the ground? Your foot searches for the ground and the next thing you know you make that awkward lurch toward the ground. In my case, that’s’ when I spill the drinks!

So, we bought a step to bridge the gap from the bottom step to the ground. We find that having a step just makes entering and exiting the RV safer and more convenient, especially when we are carrying drinks or plates of food.

The step we use is awesome because each individual leg is fully adjustable so it works great if the ground is uneven. And it folds to just 3 inches deep so it is easy to store. This is a great accessory to keep onboard your camper too.

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 end up sweeping and vacuuming the RV less often because it stays cleaner longer! It made a huge difference for us. It’s totally worth the minimal cost.

We use DampRid all year long in our RV to absorb moisture and keep our RV smelling fresh. It’s a fantastic product that we highly recommend.

I’ve owned a Ryobi cordless drill for years and it is a great drill. The battery lasts forever and the keyless chuck makes changing bits super easy. I highly recommend this product as it has served me very well over the years.

This kit is a must have item for any camper. It has two of the most important items needed in an emergency roadside assistance kit, jumper cables and a tow rope. And with a 5-star rating, this kit is an outstanding value!

Swiss Safe is an excellent choice for a first aid kit. We like the 5-star reviews and the high quality of this lightweight and compact kit.

The Tri-Lynx Wheel Chocks work together with the Tri-Lynx Leveling Blocks to ensure that you’ll hit the top of the stack every time! We also like them because they are bright orange so we don’t leave them behind when we break camp.

We love these modular levelers not only because they are strong but they are bright orange so we don’t forget them when we drive off! Leveling blocks are an absolute must have for any camper.

The last thing you need is for your campers’ electrical system, appliances, TVs or computer to get fried due to a power surge. We highly recommend a surge protector because it can literally save you thousands in repair costs. Progressive Industries because they offer the best of the best.

If you spend more than a couple of nights at a time in your RV like we do then you will want to invest in a good quality foam mattress so you wake up fresh and exhilarated in the morning. Most camper mattresses are hard and the topper is essential to getting a good nights sleep. We love ours!

The WGen3600DF is fully featured with a one-touch push button electric start, a remote-start key fob, and the ability to use your choice of gasoline or propane as a fuel source. The WGen3600DF is one of the highest quality portable generators on the market today.

This adjustable water pressure regulator is accurate and ensures that you won’t over pressure your water lines and possibly pop a plumbing leak! It’s another must have product that we recommend to help save you from spending big money on plumbing problems!

The Camco TastePure Water Filter is excellent at reducing bad taste, odor, chlorine, and sediment in drinking water. We highly recommend this product for better water quality. And it’s under $15!

The NeverKink Hose is a fantastic hose. So many hoses kink, thereby cutting off or reducing your water supply. This hose will not kink. It’s the best fresh water hose out there.

Aqua-Kem is the best camper toilet chemical product on the market. Just read all of the 5-star reviews! Nothing beats it and we agree!

This the Sewer Hose we have on board our RV! It is tough, has a translucent elbow and fits in our bumper for easy storage!

Gloveworks Nitrile gloves are the perfect combination of strength, puncture resistance, and grip for dealing with your sewer hose. These are a must have item!

We love these sheets and use them in our RV! They are affordable, comfortable and will fit your short queen mattress (even with a mattress pad) perfectly!

A 90 Degree Hose Elbow helps to keep your fresh water hose from bending or kinking when hooked up to the city water connection on your RV. We bought one to make sure we get good water flow into the RV but also because it takes the weight of the hose off of the plastic city water fitting on our RV.  Hopefully, this will help ensure that the city water connection built into the RV isn’t damaged. So far so good!

The first time we rented an RV we had two bikes with us and we actually carried them into the RV and bungee corded them to the dinette table leg to secure them while we traveled. We have come a long way since then! Our ladder mount bike rack is awesome. It holds our two bikes and it is very lightweight but incredibly strong. We love to bring our bikes with us everywhere we go because, in our opinion,  biking is the perfect speed to sightsee! And this bike rack is by far the best one we have found.

Camping Gear

These Zero Gravity Lounge Chairs have become our full-time chairs when we go camping. We have the other upright regular folding camping chairs but they hurt my back because I would sink down into the chair. In an attempt to make myself more comfortable I would actually 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 chairs. Oh no! But that’s when the light bulb went on for me! I realized over the 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 took them to a concert at a Harvest Host Winery and to movie night at another campground. They are also awesome for star gazing! We definitely recommend these chairs!

We love our Solar Charger. It has 2 USB Charger ports so we can charge both our phones at the same time. It also has a built-in flashlight. It even has a lighter port on the side that can be used to light a fire. This charger is solid, heavy duty and works great! Honestly, I don’t know how long it holds a charge because I’ve never run it completely down. I just keep it in the sun or attach it to my backpack and it recharges while we are hiking or biking in the sun. Even after it sits unused for an extended period it still has a charge when I turn it on.

It doesn’t have to be in the sun to use it – just to re-charge it. And it’s waterproof and shockproof. I’ve had mine for several years now and it is awesome!

We absolutely love our camping table. 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!

The Bose Soundlink is waterproof, compact and has incredible sound quality. There are two important things to know about this speaker. First, although it is waterproof it does not float so tie a floating lanyard to it if you plan to be on the water. And second, it is a much better speaker than it’s more colorful (and more expensive) successor the Soundlink II. So save your money and buy the original Soundlink. You will love it too!

All too often my fire poker was a stick that I found laying on the ground. And most of the time it would break in half or catch on fire – or both! I would get frustrated because I like 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!

 

 

TWICE THE COLOR, half the price! 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 to a dancing rainbow of flames!

The absolute best pet-friendly product I have ever seen for remotely keeping an eye on your pet and feeding them treats is the Lovoom Pet Monitoring Camera for dogs and cats. While you are away from your RV you can see, hear and talk to your pet. And you can remotely toss them a kibble treat! It’s all done remotely through your cell phone! My daughter has one that she uses to keep an eye on her dog while she’s at work all day. And, I think having one in your RV is a great way to interact with your pet while you are away.

RV Decor

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 these RV Camping mats which are 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 the 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 the bed in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and not feel sand or dirt on the floor.

Sometimes when we go to bed at night and we get thirsty it means we have to get out of bed and open the fridge to grab a water bottle or Gatorade because we don’t have nightstands in our RV. There is nowhere to put a drink before going to sleep. It’s a pain in the butt because Susan and I wake up if the other one of us gets out of bed.

CUP HOLDERSo, Susan, the master of RV organization and gadgetry, found these cool adjustable cup holders that mount right to the wall in our RV. We each have one on our side of the bed and its made life so much more convenient. They literary took me 10 minutes to install.

They come in a few different colors and they adjust to hold cups, mugs and just about every size of can or bottle. Plus they fold up when not in use!

We got our Happy Camper coasters as a gift from a friend. They are bright and cheery and add a homey feel to the RV when we are camping. Even if you don’t buy them for yourself they make a perfect gift for that RVer in your life!

We use this sign against each other whenever possible. Just kidding! A friend of ours gave it to us as a gift and we think it’s funny. The nice thing is it just hangs on a cabinet knob so we can stow it away safely when on the road and easily put it up when we get to our campsite. It definitely adds to the ambiance in the RV.

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, memorable sights and events. It’s fun for us to relive our journey as Susan writes about it. Plus it’s a perfect gift for your favorite camper or to keep for yourself.

Doesn’t everyone have a USA State by State sticker map? We do and we love adding a new sticker every time we camp in a new state. Our rule is that we have to spend the night in the RV in a state to put the state sticker on the map. Just something we think is fun to do! One day we will have every state on the board!

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

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