After seven months of RV living, we have compiled a list of must haves. These items have made our lives on the road so much better. We wished we would have known about these when we bought our RV and hope that this post will help you as you plan your RV life.
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Number 1 – Dehumidifier
It took us about a month to realize that we had a big problem with humidity. Our towels never dried and the RV felt uncomfortable. We tried running the fan and cracking open a window, it didn’t help. After doing a little research and asked on RV living forums for advice, we received the same answer – get a dehumidifier. We are so happy with this purchase. It never ceases to amaze me every morning when I dump out all the water that has been collected from the air. Not only does it remove moisture, but it also collects dust and other particulates from the air (it has a small screen that acts as a filter) and helps us sleep at night (ambient noise). We purchased the Haier dehumifier in the photo.
Number 2 – Pizza Stone
We were burning everything we cooked in the RV oven. It didn’t matter if it was a pizza, muffins, or cookies. Our YouTube viewers suggested we purchase a pizza stone or oven tiles. We purchased a pizza stone because it was convenient – found it while grocery shopping one day. We keep the pizza stone in the oven all the time. The stone distributes the heat evenly. We do not cook on the stone itself. Since purchasing the pizza stone, we have not burned too many things and when we have, it has been user error. The pizza stone has actually cracked and it still works!! The kids are thrilled to have edible home baked goods and the neighbors are happy that our fire alarm isn’t going off every time we bake – RV Living Win!
Number 3 – New Air Conditioner
We didn’t actually purchase a new AC unit. Turns out, our model was defective and the company replaced it without charging us. We only paid the AC guy that installed it. Great news since summer is around the corner and we don’t have the freedom (yet) to follow the weather. So, if you feel like your unit isn’t working well, contact the manufacturer. Our unit never worked well and we though it was a normal RV AC function, but it turns out the unit was just bad. If you are no longer under warranty, you may need to purchase your own unit.
Number 4 – Cell Booster
We went many months without having cell issues and didn’t expect to have any since we tend to stay in fairly “civilized” places. Well, we were wrong. One of our recent locations had very poor cellular signal. We were able to make calls only while standing on the picnic table!! To make matters worse, I was unable to work (no cell signal = no mobile internet). After a few days of this we decided to start researching cell boosters. We decided to purchase the RV specific WeBoost. It really helped and we consider it a must have, especially if you work remotely.
Number 5 – Portable RV Waste Tank
I won’t go into too much detail on this one since there is an entire post dedicated to why we purchased a waste tank and why we recommend you get one as well. The short version – if you will be somewhere without sewer hookup at your camp site (no way to drain your grey or black tank) and your tanks fill up you have 2 options – drive your RV to a dump station (which may or may not be near you) or use an external, portable waste tank that you can then tote to the RV Park dump station. Here is the detailed post.
So, those are our 5 must haves for RV living. Are you new to RVing? Here are 12 Items New RV Owners Must Buy! Would you add something else to the list? Have you used any of the items we listed? Do you want to purchase the items we mentioned? Let us know what you think and thanks for reading and supporting our adventures!
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I’m a blogging, YouTubing, RVing, roadschooling mama of two who is married to the fantastic Robert (the other half of Exploring the Local Life).