When you first buy your RV, you are excited and can't wait to go camping! But, WAIT….you don't have this for your water tank or this for your jacks…What? Can't I just drive it off the lot and go camping? Nope…you need stuff. These are the 14 must-have items for the new the RVer. Buy them, pack them and go camping!
14 Must-Have Items for the New RVer
Make sure you have these must-have items for your new (or new to you) RV before your first camping trip. These items are things that once you buy them, you won't have to do it again unless they break or you leave them at a campsite! 🙂 (Yes, Bryan has left our jack pads twice!)
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You will often need jack pads at most campsites unless you camp often at RV parks that have level concrete pads. Even some of those RV parks require you to put down pads if they have provided you with a nicely finished surface to camp on. These pads will help you on gravel and unstable parking surfaces and can add an additional layer to your leveling block system if you have to use them.
A good set of leveling blocks can make your camping set up easier and more level. If you camp on a site that is uneven you need them to help support your rig and stabilize your camper to a level position. An RV best practice is to always try to have support under your tires when leveling your rig and not have them off the ground, if at all possible. Some people like to carry wooden blocks for leveling but we chose not too because wood can add up to a lot of extra weight.
You need a clean, new freshwater hose that is for potable water and use it exclusively for that. If you are buying a used RV and they have left the hoses in the rig, start fresh with a new set of hoses that you know how they were used and that the hose is drinking water safe. A best practice is to have two 25 ft. hoses that you can connect together if you need more length to hook up.
You will need a water filter to filter the water that enters your RV. This helps reduce sediment from entering your plumbing system and cause potential problems. If you want to filter your water for drinking you may consider an additional filtering system that you install or get a Berkey Water Filtering System for yourcountertopp.
Water Pressure Regulator
When you hook up your RV to the water hook up at the campsite, you have no idea how much pressure the water will enter your RV at. Your RV has plumbing that needs TLC and high water pressure could damage your RV plumbing. Installing a water pressure regulator at your campsite spigot can control the flow of water into your RV and prevent damage.
Elbow Hose Connection
Putting a 90-degree hose elbow on your RV water intake can eliminate wear and tear on your hose. The elbow helps with ease of use as well as keeps the hose from bending and thus keeping it newer longer.
Quick Release Hose Connectors
These quick release hose connectors for your water hookups are important in case of emergency. If you ever have to unhook in a hurry because of fire or weather, using these will save precious time in the event of an emergency. RV Fire Safety and RV Weather Safety can influence your life at any time. Better to be prepared instead of sorry!
Sewer Hose & Support
You will need a new sewer hose for your RV. Buying a quality sewer hose is paramount. A broken sewer hose….is just….well you know….poopy 🙂 You don't want that to happen to you! Spend your money on a good one. You won't be sorry. A sewer hose support is an expandable rack that your sewer hose can rest on while you are hooked up. It is a valuable asset to draining your black tank properly. Setting it up to drain in the proper direction will help avoid backups and spills. Buy a minimum of twenty-foot long sewer support rack to enable better support of your sewer hose.
Happy Camper Is an organic an RV holding (black) tank additive that is enzyme based and will help eliminate odors. It eliminates the odors instead of just masking them. I hate lavender scented poop, don't you? I just want a clean smelling environment and Happy Camper does just that by using live aerobic bacteria that break down waste and crowd out odor-producing bacteria. We add this to our tank after every dump. We have also used it in our grey tank when things start becoming unpleasant in there 🙂
Many campsites have cable tv for you to use while visiting. In order to access this amenity, you will need a CATV cable that you can hook up between your RV and the cable connection at the campsite. Even if you have a satellite system installed, having a CATV cable will be handy when you have access to cable but your satellite isn't working well in that area.
50/30 Amp Power Cord Extension
Sometimes the ideal place (level spot, no branches) to park is a little too far from the RV hookups at the campsite. That is when a 50/30 amp power cord extension is important. You will need to get power and this extension cord allows for more flexibility in your RV parking arrangement.
30/50 Amp Reducer Plug
This 30/50 amp reducer plug will be necessary when you have a 50 amp rig and a 30 amp electrical post at a campsite. This plug gives you more flexibility to camp in a variety of campgrounds. Just remember to watch your energy consumption when you have to do this. Your available power is greatly reduced.
If your RV doesn't have a built-in surge protector, you will need one to use at the electrical post. This heavy-duty surge protector will control energy spikes coming into your rig and prevent costly damage. We strongly feel this is a non-negotiable thing to buy.
Must-have items for the New RVer
These 14 must-have items for your new (or new to you) RV are necessary for you to be able to hook up at a campsite without worry and go have fun. Be sure to put these items in your budget when counting the cost of this RVing adventure. Sometimes, depending on your dealer, you may be able to get some of these essentials negotiated into your RV purchase. It never hurts to ask!!!