Ultimate Guide to RV Accessories, Upgrades and Add-ons

Ultimate Guide to RV Accessories, Upgrades and Add-ons

Just got a new RV and wondering what you need before your first camping trip? Here’s an extensive list to get you going and empty your wallet! The more we RV, the more we will add to this list.

Essentials

American Mattress Company 8″ Graphite Infused Memory Foam-Sleeps Cooler-100% Made in The USA-Medium Firm RV King – 72×80 (other sizes available)

Most mattresses that ship with your RV suck and you’ll feel it after just one night in your camper. American Mattress company has 6″, 8″ and 12″ memory foam mattresses in RV sizes. These are rated medium-firm so you won’t feel like you’re falling into them!

American Mattress Company 8" Graphite Infused Memory Foam-Sleeps Cooler-100% Made in The USA-Medium Firm (RV King - 72x80)
  • Made in America - all of our products are 100% made in the USA!
  • Medium Firm Graphite Gel Infused - Cool Gel
  • Custom Sized for RVs, Campers, Bunks, Trundles, Etc.
  • We use only Certi-Pur US certified foams
  • NO fiberglass or harmful/toxic chemicals are used in our products
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Made in The USA 10" Graphite Infused Memory Foam Mattress Sleeps Cooler (RV King - 72x80)
  • Made in America - all of our products are 100% made in the USA!
  • Triple layer construction features a high density 7" Foam Base with 1.5" HD Flex transitional layer and 1.5" graphite infused memory foam
  • Graphite infused memory foam offers better cooling than gel infused memory foam
  • Compressed and shipped in a box to your door: allow 24-48 hours to fully decompress
  • The 10" Graphite Infused Memory Foam mattress has a medium firm feel

Last update on 2020-09-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Stromberg Carlson EXT-3542 Extend-A-Shower Rod

If you’re RV has a regular shower rod, you might feel a little claustrophobic when taking a shower. Installing this Stromberg Extend a Rod will give you extra space when showerin and then it can be flipped inward to dry things such as wet towels or bathing suits over the tub!

Stromberg Carlson EXT-3542 Extend-A-Shower
  • Extend A Shower White Fits' 35"-42" shower space. can be trimmed to fit smaller openings. Add more shower to your space
  • Can be used to drip dry laundry over your shower basin

Last update on 2020-09-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Teknor Apex Zero-G 1/2″ X 25′ Drinking Water Hose

Whatever hose you use, make sure it is safe for drinking water! These Apex Zero-G hoses are convenient because they coil up nice and small. We carry two of these for a total of 50ft of drinking water hose)

Teknor Apex Zero-G 1/2" X 25'
  • Lead-free, Complies with Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 for lead content
  • Manufactured with F.D.A. sanctioned materials
  • Made in U.S.A.

Last update on 2020-09-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Speaking of Water, make sure you get a water filter and pressure regulator!

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Camco 40045 TastePURE Inline RV Water Filter, Greatly Reduces Bad Taste, Odors, Chlorine and Sediment in Drinking Water (2 Pack)
  • Safe water matters: GAC (Granular Activated Carbon) filtration greatly reduces bad taste, odor, chlorine, and sediment
  • Large capacity filtration: Each large capacity in line water filter lasts an average of 3 months for a total of 6 months filtration
  • Multiple uses: Can be attached to any standard gardening or water hose to provide healthier drinking water and cleaner water overall. Great for RVs, boats, campers, pets, gardening, and much more
  • 20 micron sediment filter: Removes particles greater than 20 microns
  • Protects against bacteria: Premium KDF provides protection against bacteria growth while filter is stored or not in use
Camco Flexible Hose Protector-Eliminates Hose Crimping and Straining at Faucets and Water Connections, Creates Hose Flexibility (22703) - 22703-A
  • Eliminates hose crimping at the faucet
  • Easy Gripper for effortless attachment
  • Easy to install and use
  • CSA low lead content certified and complies with California's AB1953 and Vermont Act 193 Low Lead Laws
  • Made in the USA
Camco Flow Stainless-Steel Regulator | Protects RV Plumbing High Pressure Water | Compatible with 3/4-inch Garden Hose Threads (40054)
  • Protects: Helps protect RV plumbing and hoses from high-pressure city water
  • Reduces Water Pressure: Reduces water pressure to a safe and consistent 50-60 PSI while maintaining a high-water flow
  • Compatibility: Attaches easily to -inch garden hose threads
  • Durable Construction: Stainless-steel construction is drinking water safe
  • Certified Product: CSA low lead content certified. Complies with California's AB1953 and Vermont Act 193, Maryland HB 372, and Louisiana HB 471 Low Lead Content Laws

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Camco Fasten XL 2×2 Leveling Block – Interlocking Design Allows Stacking to Desired Height

We have 3 sets of these that we use for both the front jack, leveling, and for the stabilizer jacks. They have a nice interlocking design and carry handle.

Another good option is the Andersen Hitches Ultimate Trailer Gear Super EZ Bag (3630)

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Camco Fasten XL 2x2 Leveling Block - Interlocking Design Allows Stacking to Desired Height - Includes Secure T-Handle Carrying System - Gray - 10 Pack (21026)
  • Larger 10. 5” x 10. 5” design withstands more weight and creates more surface area for levelling
  • 10 interlocking blocks stack to the desired height for customizable levelling
  • Carrying handle easily twists to secure blocks together for storage
  • Strong and durable construction
  • Safe and easy to use
Andersen Hitches Ultimate Trailer Gear Super EZ Bag (3630)
  • Each Ultimate Trailer Gear EZ Block Bag includes the following: 4 EZ Blocks, 2 Camper Levelers with 2 TUFF Chocks, 1 Rapid Jack with 1 Rubber Pad, 1 Clean Step, and a Sturdy Carry Bag
  • Keep 90% of the dirt OUTSIDE of your RV, Trailer, or Home, with the innovative Clean Step! No more dirty, worn-out mats to throw away... and less dirt inside means less cleaning for you! Just rinse the Clean Step with water
  • EZ Blocks feature a recessed post hole that helps prevent post jacks from slipping. The EZ Block is designed to resist dirt and oil
  • A full camper leveler kit (2 Camper Levelers, 2 TUFF chocks) are included in the bag! Simply drive on until level, chock... and DONE! You'll won't have to struggle with heavy boards or building blocks
  • Keep all of your gear in ONE place so you can GRAB and GO. The Ultimate Trailer Gear Super EZ Bag is a heavy-duty, sturdy canvas carry bag with handles

Last update on 2020-09-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

X-Chock Wheel Stabilizer – Pair – One Handle – 28012

Before you unhitch, make sure your wheels are chocked up, we use these with regular chocks because they also help prevent motion when there is movement inside your RV.

X-Chock Wheel Stabilizer - Pair - One Handle - 28012
  • Provides added stabilization and prevents tire shifts by applying opposing force to tandem tire applications
  • As opposed to other chocks, the X-Chock works with the tires’ natural movement instead of against them
  • Fits even the tightest of applications retracting down to 1 3/8” and extends to 10”
  • Rust inhibitive coating.
  • Plated ratchet wrench with comfort bumper included

Last update on 2020-09-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

AcuRite 00986 Digital Refrigerator Thermometer with 2 Wireless Temperature Sensors & Customizable Alarms for Fridge & Freezer

Tired of guessing what your RV Fridge and Freezer temps are? Wondering if you RV Fridge is working at all? This digital gauge/wireless sensor kit takes the guesswork out of it! The main display is magnetic making it easy to mount.

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AcuRite 00986 Refrigerator Thermometer with 2 Wireless Temperature Sensors & Customizable Alarms for Fridge & Freezer, Standard
  • Digital Thermometer | Includes one refrigerator thermometer and one freezer thermometer
  • Easy to read display includes magnetic backing for fridge mount and keyhole for mounting on wall
  • Audible Temperature Alarm | Get alerted to temperature spikes with customizable min and max range
  • Each wireless thermometer includes clip for refrigerator shelf mount and suction cup for fridge wall
  • Temperature Range: -40° to 100°F (-40° to 37°C); Wireless Range: 75 ft. (23 m)

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Hughes Autoformer BX4370 Power Watch Dog 30 AMP Surge Protector with Bluetooth(50 amp also available)

Do not plugin into RV Park receptacles without protection! We really like this model because it has Bluetooth and a free app to monitor your RV electric usage.

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Hughes Autoformer BX4370 Power Watch Dog 30 AMP Surge Protector (PWD30)
  • Fit type: Universal Fit
  • Easy grip handles
  • Very Light Weight - 3 lbs.
  • 30 amp portable Surge Protection
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Hughes Autoformer 303305050-1 Power Watch Dog 50 AMP Surge Protector (PWD50)
  • Fit type: Universal Fit
  • Easy grip handles
  • Very Light Weight - 5 lbs.
  • 50 amp portable Surge Protection

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30-Amp RV Extension Cord, Heavy Duty, Waterproof 10 Gauge (also available in 50 amp)

Your RV probably came with a 25ft or 30ft electric cord. If you camp enough you are bound to run into a site where you can’t reach the electric box so it’s good to have a 30 ft extension cord handy.

Road Power 95707508 10/3 30' STW 30-Amp RV Extension Cord, Heavy Duty, Waterproof Cord, Suitable for Mobile Homes and Recreational Areas, UL & cUL Listed, TT-30 plug, Built to Last , Black
  • HEAVY DUTY 30 foot RV extension cord suitable for mobile homes, recreational areas, campgrounds and other motor parks
  • LIGHTED END shows power is on and cord is ready to use
  • WEATHER RESISTANT extension cord is weather, chemical, moisture and abrasion resistant
  • POWERFUL 10 gauge, 3 pronged RV extension cord provides 30 AMPS, 125 volts and 3750 watts
  • Plug style: TT-30 (note: plug and connector style may vary)
Camco 30' PowerGrip Heavy-Duty Outdoor 50-Amp Extension Cord for RV and Auto | Allows for Additional Length to Reach Distant Power Outlets | Built to Last (55195)
  • Safe and Durable Construction: Extension cord is constructed with 100 percent copper wiring coated with a heavy duty flame retardant, heat resistant PVC sheath that serves as protection from outdoor elements, wear and tear
  • High Conductivity with a Flexible and Sleek Design: Bendable extension cord adapter allows easy conversion from a standard 50 Amp male to 50 Amp female. Rated for 50 Amp 125 Volts. Constructed with  6/3 + 8/1  gauge wires for superior conductivity
  • Hassle Free Power Grip Plug: The patented Power Grip handle eliminates frustration by assisting users in safely and conveniently gripping, plugging, and unplugging the male and female ends without straining or damaging the cord
  • Extended Length: Extends 30 feet long to provide sufficient length needed to reach distant power outlets and sources
  • Simple Transporting and Organized Storage: Comes equipped with an adjustable cord organizer and carrying strap handle that makes toting and storing simple after each use. Multiple Uses: The Power Grip Brand by Camco develops superior quality electrical equipment. Our extension cords and adapters provide excellent use at campsites, electric car charging stations and other outdoor use. Our products are compatible with most RVs, campers, trailers, and vehicles

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Camco RV Vent Insulator And Skylight Cover With Reflective Surface, Fits Standard 14″ RV Vents (45192)

These help keep the sunlight and associated heat out of your RV via the vents.

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Camco RV Vent Insulator And Skylight Cover With Reflective Surface, Fits Standard 14" RV Vents (45192)
  • Reflective surface blocks the sun's damaging rays
  • Full 2.75 inch of foam to help stop heat transfer
  • Durable and easy to store
  • Keep your RV cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter
  • Fits standard 14 RV vents

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RVLock V4 Keyless Entry Handle w/Integrated Keypad & Fob

Yup keyless entry for your RV! They have different models depending on the type of existing lock you have. These are very convenient!

RVLock V4 Keyless Entry Handle w/Integrated Keypad & Fob
  • Upgrade Your RV's Security with the Convenience of Keyless Entry
  • The V4 is the Industry's Most Innovative and Secure Keyless RV Handle
  • Includes: (1) V4 Keyless Handle with Integrated Keypad, (1) Remote Fob, (2) Mechanical Keys and Simple Installation Hardware
  • Replaces Standard Handles (approx. 3.75" x 2.75" x 1.5") - 5th Wheel, Bumper Pull, Traveler Trailer, Campers
  • Full 1-Year Manufacturer’s Warranty

Last update on 2020-09-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Gravity Chairs

The ones listed below are from Amazon but check your local CostCo or Sam’s Club too.

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Bonnlo Infinity Zero Gravity Chair, Outdoor Lounge Patio Chairs with Pillow and Utility Tray Adjustable Folding Recliner for Deck,Patio,Beach,Yard Pack 2
  • LARGE DURABLE ACCESSORY TRAY: These zero gravity chairs are equipped with durable plastic accessory tray providing perfect place to set drinks, magazines, phones/tablets, or other small items for convenient accessibility
  • SIMPLE AND SOLID CONSTRUCTION: Upgraded tube thickness 6/7 inch, making it stable and solid. Durable and thickened iron pipe frame, Textilene Fabric removable / adjustable headrest and padded, super-elastic strands form the basis for this comfortable.
  • UPGRADED TEXTILENE FABRIC: Upgraded 550g textilene fabric, is more thickened, durable. Zero gravity lounger sets are using high grade, all-weather material reduces heat transfer, providing comfortable seating even in the midst of summer.Textilene features UV-resistance with over 80% sun protection for a long-lasting and durable beach chair that will last many years.
  • UPGRADED LOCK SYSTEM: Easily to recline from upright to the zero gravity position.

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Camco 42843 Swirl Awning Leisure Mat-Charcoal 8′ X 16′

These mats are large but fold up into an easily storable size and are easy to clean. Available in different colors

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Camco 42843 Swirl Awning Leisure Mat-Charcoal 8' X 16'
  • Multi-Purpose Outdoor Mat: Use it to help keep dirt from being tracked into your RV or home, as a beach or picnic mat or even as a tent pad
  • Measurements: Measures 8-feet x 16-feet
  • Lightweight Construction: Made from lightweight, mildew resistant, breathable material that will not trap rain or snow; UV-coated for long life
  • Reversible Design: Features a unique, reversible design
  • Easy to Store: Folds easily for storage

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Coleman RoadTrip Grill or Similar

We’ve had a Roadtrip grill for a few years and it has served us well. It folds up and fits nicely in our RV storage compartment(aka the basement). I switch one grill side out for a skillet.

Coleman RoadTrip 285 Portable Stand-Up Propane Grill, Orange
  • Up to 20,000 BTUs of grilling power and 285 sq. in. of cooking area
  • Now with 3 independently adjustable burners for enhanced temperature control
  • Assembled Dimensions: 45.6” D x 19.5” W x 35” H | Weight: 52.58 lb
  • 2 durable side tables for resting utensils and sauces; integrated thermometer for accurate temperature monitoring
  • InstaStart ignition for push-button, matchless lighting
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Coleman High-Pressure Propane Hose and Adapter
  • 5-foot hose and adapter attaches propane appliances to 20-pound propane tanks
  • Great for use with Coleman grills, stoves, lanterns, heaters, and more
  • A cost-efficient solution to regularly replacing 1-pound canisters
  • Allows propane devices to last up to 20x longer without refueling
  • Hand tighten counterclockwise
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Coleman RoadTrip Swaptop Cast Iron Griddle
  • Swaptop RoadTrip compatible (stove grate, aluminum grill grate, cast iron grill grate, aluminum griddle, full size griddle sold separately)
  • Spacious 142 square inch cooking area
  • Durable, porcelain coated cast iron construction is easy to clean
  • Fits Coleman RoadTrip Grills

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There is also the Blackstone Table Top Grill  which we haven’t used but know many people love.

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Blackstone Table Top Grill - 17 Inch Portable Gas Griddle - Propane Fueled - For Outdoor Cooking While Camping, Tailgating or Picnicking
  • CONVENIENT AND PORTABLE - This portable grill is built with an easy to use electric igniter, uses convenient 1 pound propane bottles for fuel, and has a built in grease catcher. Perfect for camping, tailgating, road trips, hunting and everyday outdoor use
  • EASY TO STORE - Simply store the griddle top upside down on top of the griddle body after use to save space; Carry by hand
  • NO HASSLE CLEANUP - Blackstone makes cleanup a breeze with this table top gas griddle; Simply wipe it off with a paper towel. No fuss cooking allows you more time to enjoy the outdoors
  • SPACIOUS COOKING SURFACE - This premium Blackstone griddle offers 260 square inches (15.25in x 17in) of heavy duty cooking surface for versatility and durability
  • FAST AND EVEN HEATING - This grill has a stainless steel "H" burner that heats up fast! The "H" shape offers even heat distribution and fast cooking with a 12,000 BTU heat output

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GOODYEAR Endurance All-Season Radial Tires Load E

If your RV came with no-name tires made in china(also known as “China Bomb Trailer Tires”), consider making the investment to MAde in the USA Goodyear Endurance tires with a Load E rating(overkill is good here). You don’t want to have a damage-causing blowout on the way to your destination!

GOODYEAR Endurance all_ Season Radial Tire-225/75R15 117N
  • Designed for use on trailers
  • Black sidewall
  • Built with Durawall Technology to help the sidewall resist cuts and punctures
  • Rugged fabric-steel construction offers improved durability and carrying capacity while remaining compatible with tire pressure monitoring systems and typical tire inflation stations
  • Scuff Guard helps shield tire sidewall from natural wear and tear

Last update on 2020-09-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

High Volume Air Pump – Viair 00088 88P Portable Air Compressor

That $25 plastic air pump you got in Walmart isn’t going to cut it with high psi tires such as 80psi Load E or 65psi Load D. Air up tires quickly with the Viair Portable Air Compressor.

Viair 00088 88P Portable Air Compressor
  • 12 VOLT - 120PSI Max Working Pressure, engine must be running during use.
  • 1.47CFM Free Flow @ 0 PSI.Max. Amp Draw: 20 Amps
  • Portable air compressor powered via alligator clamps direct to battery.
  • Good for small ATVs, trucks, SUVs, and sedans with up to 33" Tires.
  • LED/Power indicator, 10 Ft. Power Cord, 16 Ft. Air Hose, 3pc Inflation Tip Kit

Last update on 2020-09-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Keep an eye on those trailer tire pressures with a monitoring kit such as the TireMinder i10 RV TPMS with 4 Transmitters and have some peace of mind while towing or driving your RV.

Minder Research TM22141 TireMinder i10 RV TPMS with 4 Transmitters
  • Package Dimensions: 23.368 H x 7.366 L x 18.542 W (centimetres)
  • Monitors up to four different vehicles
  • Country of Origin : China
  • Package Weight: 0.68 kilograms
Minder Research TM22142 TireMinder i10 RV TPMS with 6 Transmitters
  • Package Dimensions: 24.8 H x 7.1 L x 18.6 W (centimetres)
  • Monitors up to four different vehicles
  • Country of Origin : China
  • Package Weight: 0.871 kilograms

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First Aid Kit – You probably have one in your tow vehicle(you do have one, right?!) but it’s a good idea to out another one in your RV.

First Aid Only 299 Piece All-Purpose First Aid Kit (FAO-442)
  • Contains 299 essential first aid supplies for treating minor aches and injuries
  • Ideal for home, travel and on the go use
  • Compact case measures 9.25" x 2.875" x 7"
  • Case color may vary based on availability
  • Clear plastic pockets for organization and easy access to first aid supplies in an emergency

Last update on 2020-09-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

 

Backup Cameras aka Save Your Marriage Backing Into Spots

A lot of newer RVs come prewired for Furrion Cameras. The Furrion Vision Series is available in 4.3″, 5″ & 7″. These old eyes prefer a 7 inch screen!

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Furrion Vision S 7 Inch Wireless RV Backup System with 1 Rear Sharkfin Camera, Infrared Night Vision and Wide Viewing Angle - FOS07TASF
  • Durable and intelligent camera system: Includes a High Resolution (720x480) IP65 waterproof camera with infrared night vision, live streaming, intelligent IR cut filters and wide viewing angles of 120°.
  • 7" Touch Screen Anti-glare Monitor: Comes with park assist marker lines and displays up to 4 cameras with audio for all around coverage. The windshield and table mount allow for easy viewing.
  • Long Range Signal Strength: The 2.4GHz wireless communication digitally locks to the camera systems which makes it safe and reliable for all vehicle sizes. Tested for 50 ft at high speeds and extended range of up to 492ft in open spaces. Compatible with RVs, motorhomes, trucks, semi-trailers, box trucks, shuttle buses, commuter buses, and tractors.
  • Easy & Quick Installation: Most RVs are already prepped for the Vision S sharkfin camera system, eliminating extensive drilling requirements.
  • Microphone & Motion Detection: Automatically detects movement behind your RV to auto awake the display. The rear camera also includes a microphone with audio transmission for when you are backing up your vehicle.
Furrion Vision S Wireless RV Side Cameras: Includes 2 side cameras, Right and Left Side Running Lights with Infrared Night Vision and Wide Viewing Angle - FCE48TASL
  • Works with 5" and 7 " Vision S Display: Does not include monitor.
  • Durable and intelligent camera system: Includes 2 High Resolution (720x480) IP65 waterproof cameras with infrared night vision, live streaming, intelligent IR cut filters and wide viewing angles of 65°.
  • Long Range Signal Strength: The 2.4GHz wireless communication digitally locks to the camera systems which makes it safe and reliable for all vehicle sizes. Tested for 50 ft at high speeds and extended range of up to 492ft in open spaces. Compatible with RVs, motorhomes, trucks, semi-trailers, box trucks, shuttle buses, commuter buses, and tractors.
  • Easy & Quick Installation: The unique marker light cameras allow you to replace your existing side running lights with the Furrion Vision S marker light cameras.
  • Auto Awake & Motion Detection: You can also wire the cameras to serve as a sercurity system to help you stay safe when parked. The cameras can automatically detect movement and auto awake the display.

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A budget option to the Furrion cameras is Haloview, such as the MC7108. Haloview also has optional side-view cameras that replace your side markers. These can all be used while driving.

Haloview MC7108 Wireless Backup Camera kit Built in DVR with Stable Digital Signal 7'' 720P HD Digital Monitor and IP69K Waterproof Rear View Camera for Truck/Trailer/RV/Pickups/Camping Car/Van/Farm
  • 7" LCD digital monitor, Built-in recorder. Real time recording, video playback
  • 10-32V wide voltage input, Support 4 wireless camera input,120° wide viewing angle, Wireless Line of Sight Range Up to 984 feet (This kit include 1 monitor+ 1 camera)
  • Split mode, auto-scan mode and single-display mode available, Normal, mirror, FLIP, MIRROR-FLIP viewing options available
  • HD 720P Digital Wireless Backup camera system, it has far better image resolution, stronger lens and longer transmission distance, which will bring you a whole new driving experience
  • The camera’s waterproof level is IP69K rating (highest IP rating) and the vibration rating is 5.9G, Built-in SMART IR-CUT filter image color and more realistic. Feel free to contact customer service
Haloview CA112 Wireless RV Side Marker Light Cameras
  • The package includes: 1pc left camera+1pc right camera
  • Haloview CA112 Wireless RV Side Marker Light Cameras for MC7108/MC5111/RD7 System

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Also helpful when setting up your RV are devices like the LevelMatePRO Wireless Vehicle Leveling System. These let you monitor level-ness from your smartphone so you don’t have to keep running back and forth like I do! Not as much as a “marriage-saver as the backup camera” but it could keep you off the couch for a night.

LevelMatePRO Wireless Vehicle Leveling System
  • On/off switch provides complete control over battery life
  • Entirely redesigned smartphone app with great new features
  • Drastically reduces setup time--works with RVs, travel trailers, and 5th wheels.
  • Enables dynamic site evaluation before you park; accurate to 0.1 degrees.
  • Smartphone/tablet are not included with product.

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Let’s Talk About RV Steps

If your RV steps are the older pull type that doesn’t touch the ground, then you are familiar with the way your Rv bounced whenever some exits or enters the RV. Fortunately, there are replacements available that get rid of this bounce and that are much more stable to entry & exit. Make sure to get the model that matches your current width and RV height. We have the Lippert version and have been very happy with it.

Lippert Components - 678044 30" Triple SolidStep
  • To find the right size Solid Step for your entry door, measure the inside width of the door frame and round up to the nearest even number (Ex. Inside width is 25-5/16", select Solid Step 26")
  • Mounting screws provided for either wood or laminate floor applications
  • 400-pound capcity
  • Floor Height Range - 27 inches - 36 inches
  • Recessed feet prevent trip hazard and maximize clearance for camping spot
MORryde STP-3-30-07H Strut-Assist StepAbove RV Entry Step - 3 Step, 31.5-37.5" Height, 9" Rise, 30" Door Width
  • Easily lift and lower the step with one finger
  • 500 lb. weight capacity
  • Adjustable feet for stability on uneven terrain
  • Eliminates bouncing in and out of your RV
  • 31. 5-37. 5" Height, 9" Rise, 30" Door Width

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Under step storage – make use of the space where your old steps were with the Mor/Ryde International Inc. SP54-099H Under Step Storage Box

Mor/Ryde International Inc. SP54-099H Under Step Storage Box
  • Lockable door to secure your items
  • 27-3/4" wide, 10" tall and 10.5" deep, approximately 1.5 cubic feet of space
  • The box is made of durable steel with a lockable aluminum door
  • Durable powder coat finish
  • Fits most step mounts

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Need even more storage? Check out the Lippert 236558 RV Double Box Under Chassis Storage Unit!

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Lippert 236558 RV Double Box Under Chassis Storage Unit Black
  • Additional under chassis storage
  • Comes completely assembled with two 27-5/8" x 17" width x 8" depth storage compartments
  • Bolts on to frame
  • Provides extra storage underneath the coach and out of the way
  • Fits sink of 22" x 16" single RV kitchen

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Boondocking and Dry Camping

Champion 3400-Watt Dual Fuel(gas & Propane) RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator with Electric Start – Boondocking/Dry-Camping Essential

We are able to start and run our 15k AC with this generator on propane. We got about 8 hours out of 1 20lbs propane tank running the AC full time on the Texas Coast. The ability to run on gas or propane is definitely a bonus.

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Champion 3400-Watt Dual Fuel RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator with Electric Start
  • Dual Fuel – Operate your 3400-watt portable generator right out of the box on either gasoline or propane, plus the unit holds 0.6-quarts of oil (recommended 10W-30) and has a low oil shut-off sensor
  • Ultra-Quiet Operation – 59 dBA is perfect for RVs, tailgating, your next project or backup power for your home, featuring 3400 starting watts and 3100 running watts with up to 7.5 hours run time on gasoline
  • Clean Power for Sensitive Electronics – RV Ready with a 120V 30A RV, plus two 120V 20A household outlets with clean electricity (less than 3% THD) and 12V DC outlet with dual USB adapter
  • Champion Support – Includes 3-year limited warranty with FREE lifetime technical support from dedicated experts
  • Convenient Electric Start with 3-Position Ignition Switch – Battery included, plus Quick Touch Panel allows you to access all your controls in one spot.Noise Level :59 dBA at 23 feet. Frequency 60 Hz

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Renogy Solar Suitcase

These are great when you’re boondocking bt don’t want to run your generator.

Renogy 100W Eclipse Lightweight Suitcase Without Controller, Panel Only, Black
  • High-efficiency Solar cells
  • Lightweight design with side bag
  • Low-voltage system to avoid electric shock hazards
  • No assembly required
  • Power Source Type: Solar-Powered
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Renogy 100 Watt Eclipse Monocrystalline Charge 20A Voyager Waterproof Controller Solar Suitcase, 100W-Waterproof
  • Compatible with gel, sealed, Lithium, and flooded batteries.
  • Excellent performance in low-light environments, alligator clips for ease of connection. German-made Solar cells. Protective casing. The low-voltage system avoids electric shock hazards.
  • Adjustable, Corrosion-Resistant aluminum stand as well as a heavy duty handle and latches for longevity. Optimium Operating Current - 5. 68A
  • Negative-ground charge controller for compatibility with your RV, boat, trailer, etc. Charge controller with LCD display and fully adjustable PARAMETER settings. 20A built-in 5-stage Solar charge controller provides overcharge protection, reducing Fire risk.
  • Panels: 25-year power output: 5 Year/95% efficiency rate, 10 Year/90% efficiency rate, 25-year/80% efficiency rate 3-year material and workmanship.
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Renogy 200 Watt Off Grid Portable Foldable Solar Panel Suitcase Built-in Kickstand with Waterproof 20A Charger Controller, 200W-Waterproof
  • Two 100 watt Eclipse Solar panels.
  • Excellent performance in low-light environments.
  • 20A built-in 5-stage Solar charge controller provides overcharge protection, reducing Fire risk.
  • Adjustable, Corrosion-Resistant aluminum stand as well as a heavy duty handle and latches for longevity.
  • Protective casing. Alligator clips for ease of connection. Compatible with gel, sealed, and flooded batteries.

Last update on 2020-09-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

See or DIY Solar Generator post for more details about Solar Panels, Batteries, and Inverters.

Extra Fridge/Freezer Space

By now you’ve realized that many RV Fridge/Freezers are not big enough for more than a weekend get-a-way. We were able to fit this Whynter 65 quarter fridge/freezer under our master bed. As a bonus, it runs off of 12v or 120v so it is well-suited t boondocking/dry camping. We’ve have run it at 0 degrees as a freezer for weeks at a time. If you have a Toy Hauler or Fifth Wheel you could probably fit the 85 quart version.

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Whynter FM-65G 65 Quart Portable Refrigerator | AC 110V/ DC 12V | True Freezer for Car, Home, Camping, RV
  • Your purchase includes One Whynter FM-65G 65 Quart Portable Refrigerator | User manual
  • Product dimensions – 28.1” W x 18.25” L x 21” H | Internal dimensions – 23.5” W x 12.5” L x 15” H | Volume – 2.12 cu. Ft. | Net weight – 57 lbs. | Adjustable temperature range: -8°F to 50°F
  • 8-feet AC power cord and 10-feet DC power cord | Two removable wire baskets | Insulated lid and walls | Power low indicator
  • Tough and solid outer powder coated steel housing | Drain Plug for easy cleaning | Stainless steel side handles | LED temperature display
  • Car, RV and home use | If both AC and DC are plugged in at the same time, then the unit will primarily operate on AC. If the AC power source fails, DC will become primary power supply source
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Whynter FM-85G 85 Quart Portable Fridge, AC 110V/ DC 12V True Freezer for Car, Home, Camping, RV-8°F to 50°F, One Size, Gray
  • 85 Quarts or 120 cans (12FL oz) capacity; Adjustable temperature range: -8°F to 50°F; LED temperature display; “Fast Freeze” mode rapidly cools to -8°F
  • Car, RV and home use; Operates as a refrigerator or freezer; work with 12/24V DC and 110V AC power; Voltage power AC (115V/ 60Hz – 80W/1.0A) or DC (12V/24V – 5.5A /2.75A Car Lighter Socket); unit can be plugged in with both AC power and the DC power at the same time. If both AC and DC are plugged in at the same time, then the unit will primarily operate on AC. If the AC power source fails, DC will become primary power supply source.
  • 8-feet AC power cord and 10-feet DC power cord; Two removable wire baskets; Insulated lid and walls; ETL approved
  • Power low indicator; Functions even when tilted 30°; Tough and solid outer powder coated steel housing; Drain Plug for easy cleaning; Stainless steel side handles
  • Wattage: 80 Watts. Net weight: 71 LB. Internal dimensions: 23" W x 13" L x 18" H including a compressor step with with 8″ W x 8″ H; 45.66 dBA
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Whynter Insulated Transit Bag for Portable Refrigerator/Freezer Model FM-65G
  • Protects and provides additional insulation for your Whynter portable freezer
  • Custom tailored with openings for your freezer's handle grips, air vents, and power cords
  • Comes with a fast open top flap for quick and easy access to the freezer compartment
  • Convenient side pocket allows you to tote any cords and accessories with the bag
  • Comes in three different sizes to fit your FM-45G, FM-65G, FM-62DZ and FM-85G portable refrigerator/freezer

Last update on 2020-09-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Speaking of fridges, we just picked up a tabletop Ice Maker because of the limited RV Freezer space.

Igloo ICEB26BK Portable Electric Countertop 26-Pound Automatic Ice Maker, Black
  • Designed for convenience: Portable, convenient and compACt in size, this retro red ice maker looks good on a countertop while producing ice for whenever or wherever you need it
  • Large ice making capACity: keep the water tank filled and this unit will produce 26 pounds of ice in a 24 hour period enough to keep drinks cold all day long
  • Water tank capACity 3 quarts
  • Ice basket capACity: stores up to 2 pounds of ice at a time
  • Quick freezing ice: makes 9 small or large cylinder shaped ice cubes in as little as 7 minutes

Last update on 2020-09-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Working While Camping

Cell phone boosters: surprisingly the good ones like weBoost do work! We’ve been in spots such as outside of Durango on a valley with ZERO bars of service, but were able to get 3-4 bars with this booster! We added a directional antenna to our original kit and an app called Network Signal to locate the local cell towers. I know a lot of y’all camp so you can be offline but some of us need to work on longer trips.

The weBoost Connect RV 65 (471203) includes the directional antenna and a 25ft telescoping pole to mount the antenna. This probably works better than my 5ft pvc pipe mounted with suction cups!

weBoost Drive 4G-X RV (470410) Cell Phone Signal Booster for Your RV or Motorhome
  • COMPATIBILITY: The Drive 4G-X RV Signal Booster is compatible with all US carriers including: AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, Straight Talk, U.S. Cellular and many more. *Government regulations in the U.S. prohibit boosting a particular frequency used by some of the Sprint network. Most Sprint customers still see performance improvement from we Boost signal boosters.
  • SIGNAL BOOSTER: The weBoost Drive 4G-X RV (470410) Cell Phone Signal Booster boosts your 4G LTE and 3G signal up to 32X for fewer dropped calls, higher audio quality, and faster uploads and downloads. Power Req- 110-240 V AC, 50-60 Hz, 8 W
  • STATIONARY OR ON THE GO: The weBoost Drive 4G-X RV 470410 Cell Phone Signal Booster is designed to increase your cellular signal for you RV or motorhome regardless of whether you are in motion or stationary.
  • BATTERY LIFE: Enjoy up to 2 hours of additional talk time with the weBoost Drive 4G-X RV Cell Phone Signal Booster. This cell phone signal booster consumes only a small percentage of your device’s battery, prolonging battery life.
  • PERFORMANCE: Manufacturer two year warranty. FCC Certified
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Wilson Electronics Wideband Directional Antenna 700-2700 MHz, 75 Ohm (314475)
  • COMPATIBILITY: This Wilson Electronics Wideband Directional Antenna is compatible with all US carriers including: AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, SPRINT, Straight Talk, U.S. Cellular and many more.Government regulations in the U.S. prohibit boosting a particular frequency used by some of the Sprint network. Most Sprint customers still see performance improvement from Wilson Electronics directional antennas.
  • VERSATILITY: The Wilson Electronics Wideband Directional Antenna supports multiple devices so that everyone can experience enhanced 4G LTE and 3G signals. It features up to +10.6 dB gain.
  • OUTSIDE CELLULAR ANTENNA FOR SIGNAL BOOSTERS: The Wilson Electronics Wideband Directional Antenna is designed to work with signal boosters which boosts your 4G LTE and 3G signal up to 32X for fewer dropped calls, higher audio quality, and faster uploads and downloads.
  • PREMIUM QUALITY: This Wideband antenna features an F-Female connector that facilitates the transfer of high-frequency information. The female connector can quickly receive large amounts of data and works at radio frequencies in the multi-megahertz range.
  • FRUSTRATION FREE SETUP: Designed for exterior installation, this Wideband directional antenna from features a rugged waterproof structure that’s designed to with stand damage from the elements. This package includes a tilt-and-swivel mast bracket for 1.25- to 2-inch pipe or mast, allowing you to easily attach the antenna to the exterior of a building.
weBoost Connect RV 65 (471203) Cell Phone Signal for Stationary Use Only | U.S. Company | All U.S. Carriers - Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint & More | FCC Approved
  • BEST SIGNAL AT ANY CAMPSITE — The weBoost Connect RV 65 delivers the strongest signal available for fewer dropped calls, better voice quality, faster data speeds, increased hotspot capability, and improved audio and video streaming while parked — even in remote areas
  • CARRIER COMPATIBILITY— With multi-user functionality, everyone in your RV can enjoy stronger cell signal from all U.S. networks and carriers such as Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular
  • IMPRESSIVE RANGE — Powerful outside directional antenna on a 25’-tall telescoping pole maximizes signal reception from the nearest cell tower. Only takes 10 minutes to set up and take down the pole and outside antenna when parked.
  • 5G READY — weBoost products will continue to enhance cell signal for the next decade and beyond
  • LONGER BATTERY LIFE — The Connect RV 65 provides stronger cell service with less battery power consumption for up to 2 hours of additional talk time

Last update on 2020-09-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Be warned that although many RV Parks claim to have WiFi, often times you will find out when you get there that they barely have enough bandwidth to send emails(forget streaming Netflix or Hulu from your RV!) Othertimes, your RV spot will be too far from the RV Park Office Wifi Access Point. The Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2 Long Range WiFi Repeater RV kit is a nice package to pick up those RV Park WiFi signals and boost them inside your RV.  We put together our own booster using Ubiquiti parts. If you’re a geek like us let us know if you roll your own WiFi Booster/Repeater!

A bonus of this setup is your RV Wifi Access Point remains the same so you don’t have to connect all of your devices to it at each RV park.

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We are also testing out this GL.iNet GL-X750 (Spitz) 4G LTE OpenWrt VPN Router with Tmobile Data service as we attempt to do Remote School & Remote Work from the RV. Initial results are good but will do a more in-depth post on this after we’ve used it more.

Update Sept 9, 2020: We’ve been using the GL-X750 for 2 weeks successfully for remote school +work(lots of Zoom video sessions@).

See our full write up here: GL-X750 4G LTE WIFI Router Review – Great for RV Travel

GL.iNet GL-X750 (Spitz) 4G LTE OpenWrt VPN Router, 128GB Max MicroSD, Work With T-Mobile Only(EC25-AFFA Module Installed), AC750 Dual-Band Wi-Fi, IoT Gateway, VPN Client and Server
  • [SMART 4G LTE SMART WIRELESS ROUTER] Transfer 4G LTE signal to Wi-Fi, with sim card slot, 300Mbps(2.4G)+433Mbps(5G) WiFi networking, 15-20Mbps average 4G speed (Real world speeds may differ depending on your carrier and location), Work With T-Mobile Only
  • [OPEN SOURCE & PROGRAMMABLE] OpenWrt/LEDE pre-installed, backed by software repository.
  • [VPN CLIENT & SERVER] OpenVPN and WireGuard pre-installed, compatible with 30+ VPN service providers.
  • [LARGER STORAGE & EXTENSIBILITY] 128MB RAM, 16MB NOR Flash, up to 128GB TF slot, USB 2.0 port, two Ethernet ports (10/100M).
  • [PACKAGE CONTENTS] GL-X750 (Spitz) router with 1-year limited warranty, Quectel EC25-AFFA 4G module pre-installed, USB cable, Ethernet cable and user manual. We have a limited amount of Wall Mounts: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RQ6JXJC?ref=myi_title_dp, For those orders which are fulfilled by seller, it may take around 4-7 working days for mail items to reach recipients.

Last update on 2020-09-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Nice to Have Upgrades

Faucet Upgrade

Our bathroom sink came with a plastic faucet that was really short…too short. T-rex could never wash his/her hands in ours. We replaced it with the PARLOS 2-Handle Bathroom Sink Faucet. Pretty easy install, but don’t use the included drain as it’s for overflow sinks and will leak.

PARLOS 2-Handle Bathroom Sink Faucet with Drain Assembly and Supply Hose Lead-Free cUPC Lavatory Faucet Mixer Double Handle Tap Deck Mounted Brushed Nickel,13598
  • Updated Metal Push & Seal Drain assembly and supply hoses included.
  • Certified to cUPC and NSF 61
  • Brushed nickel finish, resist corrosion and tarnishing through everyday use
  • 2 lever handles for easy water adjustments
  • Durable construction and a transitional design

Last update on 2020-09-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

RV Toilet Upgrade!

Nice to have or the most important upgrade of all…the Toilet! Replace that squeaky creaky plastic toilet with Dometic’s 310 version which has a ceramic bowl. This is a little bigger than the 300 we replaced so double check if you have the extra room before ordering. If you have a lot of space, Dometic also has a larger 320 version. What’s next, an RV Bidet?

Dometic Sanitation 302310181 Dometic 310 Toilet White Std
  • Straight 2-bolt style toilets - most plastic RV toilet models 210, 110 Dometic/sealand models
  • 4-Bolt style toilets - 510 and older models; requires mounting adapter - sold separately
  • Angled 2-bolt style toilets - older RV toilets (models vary); requires mounting adapter - sold separately
  • Universal Fit
Dometic 320 Series Standard Height Toilet w/Hand Spray, White
  • Full-Size Residential Style Wood Seat
  • Deep, 100% Vitreous Ceramic Bowl
  • Efficient with Water at Only One Pint per Flush
  • White Hand Spray Included
  • Rim Design Prevents Spills

Last update on 2020-09-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

AC Silencer

The RV Rooftop Air Conditioners are notoriously loud. WackpoProducts makes am AC silencer for Dometic and Coleman AC Units.

https://wackoproducts.com/

Speaking of ACs, make sure you replace your AC Filter often.

Dometic 3313107.1030000001 Replacement AC Air Filter

Dometic 3313107.1030000001 Air Filter Kit
  • Package Dimensions: 2.8 L x 17.0 H x 17.0 W (centimeters)
  • Made in China

Last update on 2020-09-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Maxx Vent Covers – These allow you to keep your vents open when it’s raining. Some people also use these to keep the vents open while they are driving the RV but we haven’t tried that…yet.

Maxx Air 00-933072 MaxxAir II Vent Cover - White
  • Twice as much vent area as our ORIGINAL Vent Cover
  • Solid one-piece, sleek aerodynamic design
  • Hinged hardware included for easy opening and cleaning
  • 22.125” length x 20.25” width x 9.5” height
  • Color: White.Made of high-density polyethylene with maximum UV protection
Maxx Air 00-933075 MaxxAir II Vent Cover - Black
  • Twice as much vent area as our ORIGINAL Vent Cover
  • Solid one-piece, sleek aerodynamic design
  • Hinged hardware included for easy opening and cleaning
  • 22.125” length x 20.25” width x 9.5” height
  • Color: Black
Maxxair 00-933067 Smoke Vent Cover
  • Protects your RV’s interior from rain
  • Constant airflow prevents heat build-up, lets musty air, smoke and cooking odors escape
  • Proven, super tough one piece design
  • Mounts on 14” x 14” standard roof vents
  • Color: Smoke

Last update on 2020-09-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Getting motion sickness in your RV whenever someone moves even just a little? JT Strong Arms kit will eliminate just about all of that unwanted RV movement. BAL also makes a similar product. We installed 1 of the Bals side-to-side in the back of our Travel Trailer and it helped a lot. We’ll probably get one more for side-to-side movement in the front of the Travel Trailer.

Lippert 191025 JT's Strong Arm Travel Trailer Stabilizer Kit
  • Eliminates annoying chassis movement
  • Provides a rock-solid camping experience
  • Dealer installation or do-it-yourself
  • One-time installation/permanently attached
  • Works with most jack applications
BAL 23216 Lock-Arm Stabilizing Bar
  • Adapts to most crank down leveling/stabilizing jacks.
  • Installation is a simple one time, bolt on application.
  • Unique swivel mount works at various jack angles.
  • Telescopic Lock-Arm travels up and down with jack for easy set up and storage.
  • Uses 3/4" crank handle to lock and unlock Lock-Arm.

Last update on 2020-09-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Mount n lock safety struts

Mount it! TV mount

Camco screen door cross bar

LCI screen Defender

Maxx vent covers

RV Smart Plug

 

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