We are going to do our best to hold off purchasing most gadgets until after we are on the road and know for sure what we want. Others recommend not buying anything that does not serve at least two purposes.
Inflatable Kayak (Click for link)
- Sea Eagle Inflatable Boats. (purchased) Bought one in 2016 which is three years before going fulltime. Click on this link for my notes .
Let RV Website links: If you want to page through a lot of products, here is 14 pages worth.
- E-Trailer.com: Lots of stuff for RV and truck. Really like the way they organize hitches which are sorted by truck model.
- Camping World: We are Good Sam Club members which gets us a discount. But, I’ve noticed their “club” prices are very typical to what you can buy anywhere with a little shopping around.
- Harbor Freight Inverter: New in late 2017. Some say as quiet as the Honda’s but at a fraction of the price. Can hook two together.
- Other brands to consider are the Honda, Yamaha and Champion.
Electronics and Connectivity
- NOAA weather radio by Eton. (got one for Xmas) It has a battery back-up,(3AAA’s) a rechargeable battery pack, that can charge by solar, or an optional 6v wall bug, and it has a hand crank to charge it by hand. Also all 7 weather channels with alert, and am-fm.
- Wide Band Directional Antenna: Used with cell phone booster and online tower locator to connect to cell phone tower. Read about it in a post by Wheeling It. At work our IT guy (3/29/15) is using WiFi boosting antennas to increase the ability to get WiFi for laptops. Although the actual antenna hooks into the wifi air card.
- Progressive Energy Management System: Or similar for surge protection and checking circuits. The portable unit would be nice for walking around and checking sites before you move from a bad pedestal/location. But a hard wired one might be better to avoid theft and cut off power if their is an issue in your cord.
- LED Light Strip: Long row of lights that can change colors. And waterproof so you can hang them outside.
- Lasko ceramic heater. Found this one on the RV Dreams blog.
- Smart Things: Smart home sensors. Read about it in the Jim and Nancy Beletti blog.
- Here is a meter to measure how much water you are putting into the tank. I could see this being useful if you travel with less than half a tank.
- Motion detector rechargeable light.
- Best Tech Portable Pure Sign Wave Converter: Plugs into a 12 volt outlet and converts power to 120 volt outlets and USB charging ports. It’s $40. Here is a video review. Another reason to have a 12 volt outlet in your rig. Or you can run it of the truck/car battery from the cigarette lighter.
- Here is a link to Don Rowe where I read they are easy to work with when buying inverters. They answer all your questions.
- Giraffe G4: Low clearance monitor that measures height from the hood of truck before you pull the camper under it. It’s about $200.
- Camco Power Grip Dogbone Adapter: We may get a power cord real so would not necessarily need this adaptor. Attaches to your power outlet on your RV and goes straight down instead of curving out from the RV and putting pressure on the electrical pins which could cause a lost neutral or ground.
- Heat Surge mini electric fireplace: Just like the full size ones in an RV but smaller. $125
- Cradlepoint: Also builds devises for connectivity. Heard about them on the Random Bits of Trial and Error blog.
Organization and Storage Solutions:
- Hanging organizer: for small items with zipper pockets. Way cool and $12
- Command Products: By 3M, hooks – hangers and a lot more that can be placed on walls and later removed without causing wall damage. They are always coming up with new products, like a hook with jaws to hold a broom.
- Collapsible Storage Bin: Can put all the stuff in it that would move around before traveling. Unpack and store.
Kitchen/Cooking Related Items
- Magma nesting cookware set. Everything combines into one pot.
- Portable induction cook top.
- Cook Air Grill: An option for propane. Used hard wood.
- Instant Pot: (purchased and love it) Multi-purpose pressure cooker I’ve been reading about on blogs. They come in a couple sizes. Good blog post by Outside our Bubble blog.
- Tervis Tumblers might be a good way to go for drinking cups.
- Weber Q Series Portable Grills: See these a lot on forum and RV searches. I believe the 1200 series has electronic ignition, thermostat and two side shelves compared to the lessor expensive 1000 model. Saw one at Walmart during end of season sale for 1/2 off! Another grill I learned about in 2017 is the Blackstone griddle. 100% positive reviews on Amazon and good for cooking about everything that does not need a lid closed over it.
Sewer and Water Handling
- Blue Boy. Portable tank to haul waste off from the black tank. Saw a post where they wrote a guy attaches his to a hitch on his truck.
- Sewer Solution: Uses water pressure to liquefy sewage into a small 1″ hose. Can leave your grey tank always open because you will not need it to flush the sewer line. Can back flush with it also. Here is a video comparing tank flushing devices. Watch the video before you buy one – because they don’t work. Our 5th wheel will have a tank flush built in!
- Pivot Sewer Connection: Just swing the arm out and hook up. On the Road of Retirement Blog has the Coleman Roadtrip LX.
- New World 45 gallon collapsible water bladder: Heard about this on the RV Dreams Blog. Howard uses a water pump to transfer the water into his holding tank.
- Flowjet Waste Water Pump: So you can drain the black and grey tanks to a septic or indoor toilet.
- RV Water Filter Store: You can have them build custom length hoses. Read about them on a forum where someone was referred to them for hoses that last and don’t cause the water to taste bad.
- Shurflo Accumulator Tank: Is a small tank which stores water. When hooked to the water pump it apparently stops water surges from the pump. Learned about it on the Traveling Tallyes blog. I checked with them and they did not install it in their new trailer. He was marginally impressed with the first one.
- On the Go water filtration brand is mentioned by someone I trust. Will look into that portable unit a little more later.
- Aqua Tank 2: Water bladder than folds up small. Comes in various sizes and you can use a small pump with it.
Other Outside RV Related Accessories I’ve Heard About.
- Campfire in a Can. Enjoy the comfort and beauty of a campfire everywhere. Runs on propane.
- Zero Gravity Chairs. Supposed to be more comfortable than chairs in a bag.
- Sunblocker: A shade to hook on the awning. Here is a $99 version a trusted friend uses.
- Maxxair Cover: Allows you keep vents open in the rain
- $10 step light that uses existing wiring.
- The Solution RV cleaner: Clean and shine all in one. Heard about it on the RV Travels with Karen and Al blog.
- Corner Guards for Slide Outs: Saves deep gashes in head. Not sure if ones permanently fixed or movable are best yet. Note, on a visit to RV dealerships in 2015 I noted it was common for corner guards to have already been installed.
- Sport-Brella Sun Shade: For the beach.
- Bicycle cover from Etrailer.com.
- Wheel stabilizing chocks. Helps stop movement inside when parked.
- What about a water regulator for times when the pressure is high. Heard mostly have to worry about the outlets with the big handles.
- Hide a Key pouch with ballistic material for extra RV door key.
- Rubber wheel chock: by Harbor Freight. Some park, place these behind the tires, level up and then use the scissor thing that goes between wheels to stop movement. They don’t chock the tires with the scissor things because they might dig into the tires if the trailer rolls at all during hook-up or leveling, therefore, they use both devices..
- Anderson 3604 Camper Leveler: Rather than using boards under tires.
- Tri-pod cloths drying rack. Folds up for storage and one $10 for place to hang wet clothing. Some people just put a friction bar at the top of their shower.
- Strongback Elite Chair: Expensive at $99. I like to sit in one and give it a try. Walmart sells them.
- Steady Fast stabilizers: Like JT Strongarms they help stop motion when moving in the RV. Heard about them on the Meaneringpassage Blog.
- Fusion for Plastic: Clear coating to protect plastic, like roof vents, from UV rays.
- Flexmend Tape: To repair underbelly of RV.
- Snap Pads: Placed on leveling jack pads to help protect them and extend the surface that contacts the ground to help stabilize the RV.
Other Inside RV Related Accessories
- Dowel Rod: Heard of using it attahed to hitch for spot to lineup. Also put marks on it to show how wide your slides are in case you need to measure, for example to make sure you will not hit tree when putting slides out..
- Terro Ant Bait: Okay, so it’s not an RV gadget but just as important. Never used them but others recommend.
- Dyson cordless vacuum. Karen said she does not want a whole house vacuum that is built in. She likes the Dyson because it can be made into a handheld. I’d like one that can be used in the truck as well.
- Telesteps 700FLD 7-Feet Double Folding Step Ladder: Folds up for easy storage. Found this one in a blog post by On The Move. When checking the manufacturers web site it appears the weight limit is 250 pounds. The ladder is 24 pounds and folds down to a tube like shape.
- Rollup table: Fits in a bag and weighs in at 12.5 pounds.
- Piper nv Smart Home Security Monitor: Send messages to your phone. Monitors temperature, humidity, noise and has a camera. Good way to watch the pets.
Blog Pages or Lists
- Roads Less Traveled list of items they have reviewed. Mark researches everything and appears to be one of those you can trust to just go with whatever he decided upon.
- RV Geeks list of favorite gear: Listed on separate pages. There are several videos regarding their purchase decisions as well.
Photos and Other Stuff
- Urb-E Foldable electric scooter: 20 mile range, four hour charge time, 15 mph, 35 pounds.
- How to install a stain glass door window. Per the Traveling Talley Blog. You can buy exact fits. I thought it was interesting there is a need to tape the outside door seal when doing this to prevent breaks in the seal and later water leaks. Took him 20 minutes to change out the window.
- Install wire shelving in front box of fifth wheel: Another one by the Traveling Talley Blog. This is the space where a generator might go. So it’s tall and the shelving makes use of the height.
- Add Attic Vents: Here is a link to Love Your RV where he added them to help vent moisture out of the attic. This might be the best blog to go to regarding how to upgrades.