Top Essential Gear for RV

Hopping into a new RV sounds fun up until you realize it doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles. Just like a brand-new home, an RV will require some additional parts and accessories to make it feel comfy.

So, should you splurge for a new RV mattress or invest in a top of the line tool kit?

Figuring out what you need for compact living space can be hard. So, make your game of camping Tetris easier, let’s take a look at some RV gear you’ll want to include on your next road trip.

Getting the Gear You Need for a Comfortable RV Experience

Now before you run out and start buying out the entire camping section, just know you won’t need everything to live comfortably in an RV from Depending on the type of RV, you may have a fridge, stove, space for a TV, space for storage, and so on. And for the RVs that don’t have a fridge or stove, you’ll need to consider coolers and portable stoves/grills. You can replace RV mattresses as well.

If you want to have some entertainment beyond your tablet and computer, you’ll want to get a TV that is suitable for the limited RV space. Ideally, a flat-screen TV is best for most campers and RVs, and it will conserve space. You can also include gaming systems and DVD players.

Top 18 RV Camping Gear Accessories 

Outside the world of entertainment and cooking, your RV will be in dire need of many home comforts. Let’s check out the list of items you’ll want to have on hand for your next RV trip.

#1. Kitchen Items, Utensils, Cookware, and Tableware 

If you plan on doing any cooking in your RV, then you’ll need to stock up with all the kitchen and dining basics. From pots and pans to just enough tableware for your family, you’ll need it all. Campsite dishes and pans are ideal choices since they are compact and easy to store.

#2. Bed Linens, Curtains, Towels, and Tablecloths 

An RV won’t have a pre-made bed waiting for you, so you’ll need to bring your blankets and sheets. You’ll also want to have curtains for privacy and tablecloths for easy clean up between meals.

#3. Outdoor Mat

If you thought tracking mud through your home was annoying, then you’ll want to avoid it in the RV too. An outdoor mat makes eating outside easy and prevents you from tracking any dirt into the RV.

#4. First Aid Kit

Every home should have basic medical supplies and RVs are no exception. A high-quality first aid kit can be a real life-saver.

#5. Tool Kits, Drills, and Spare Parts

RVs require basic maintenance and upkeep, so you’ll need tools to do the job. Also, you’ll want to have electric drills, bubble levels, chocks, tire jack, tire pressure monitoring system, a trailer ball that fits your camper, and an air compressor.

On top of tools, you’ll need to have replacement fuses, coaxial cables, water pressure regulators, water tank filler valve, a clear sewer connector, shore power cords, jumper cables, a hitch lock, and an RV water filter. You’ll also want to have a refrigerator fan and bars to help keep things cool and inside the fridge while you’re on the road.

#6. Tire Covers

Asphalt isn’t the only thing that can wear down tires, the sun can do it too. When your RV is parked, you’ll want to cover the tires so that they will last longer.

#7. Cabinet Liners

Wet dishes may seem like the only reason to use cabinet liners, but they also help keep the dishes from sliding around too much in your cabinet while you move.

#8. Camping Table and Chairs

Camping wouldn’t be camping if you can’t eat outside. Having a camping table and chairs can add space since you won’t have to all be inside at once.

#9. Headlamp

Repairs and setups can often happen at night, and with the night you’ll need a light. Headlamps give you enough hands-free lighting so that you can dump tanks, do quick repairs, and more without incident.

#10. Hand-held Vacuum

Dust and dirt will always build-up in any living space. And since a giant vacuum can take up space, you’ll want to try some of the smaller models.

#11. Gas Can

Having some extra gas can mean all the difference between being stranded and making it to your destination safely. Having a gas can on hand makes it easy to load up on fuel for any recreational vehicles you have, a generator, your car, and your RV.

#12. Toilet Chemicals
While you’re not dealing with a huge septic tank, you’ll want to treat your RV’s black water tank like it is one. Toilet chemicals help break down solids and prevent any clogs you may have in your tanks. You’ll want to toss some in before anyone begins using the bathroom.

#13. Hoses 

RVs have many hoses, but you’ll need to include both a garden hose and a dump hose into the mix. Garden hoses will make it easy to wash things down and refill your potable water tank, while a dump hose helps you drain your gray and black water tanks of raw sewage.

#14. Hampers

While you won’t need some big plastic basket, having a mesh hamper can help keep your dirty laundry all in one place. And a hamper is great for when you want to use the nearby laundry facilities.

#15. Toilet Bowl Brush, plunger, and Toiletries 

RV toilets don’t have a strong flush, which means you’ll need to scrub off any bathroom business from the toilet bowl. Having a plunger and toiletries can help prevent toilet disasters.

#16. Generator

Relying on an RV’s power supply can be a real drain on any batteries, especially if you run the A/C often. Having a generator can simplify things and offer an additional source of power.

#17. RV Leveler

For the RV’s tanks and water systems to work properly, you need to keep the RV leveled. Not all campgrounds provide leveled surfaces, so you’ll need to check and adjust your RV with a leveler.

#18. Swivel Sprayer and Shower Heads

To make doing the dishes easy, attach a swivel sprayer to your faucet. And if you’re not too happy about the cheap plastic RV shower heads, you can always replace them with one that is suitable to your needs too.

Final Thoughts

After you finish loading up on these necessities, there is one final thing you’ll want to get for your RV – Insurance. Traveling on the road can be an experience and you’ll want the protection of good insurance in case of breakdowns and accidents. With all of this in mind, we hope this guide helps you prepare your RV with these necessities without missing a thing.