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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It took us about a month to realize that we had a big problem with humidity.

Our towels never dried (ew!) 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).

Yet another bonus, it helps dry any clothes you hand wash.

We purchased the 32 pint Haier dehumifier.

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Pizza Stone

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RV Living Oven Issue – Burnt cookies…

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!!

Pro tips to keep it from cracking:

Store it somewhere safe (maybe wrapped)on travel days

Do not place it in a hot oven when it is wet

Avoid placing wet items above hot stone Reasons it cracked

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!

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Here's a short list of must have items for anyone full time RV living. Find out why we purchased these items and how they have helped us be happy campers!! #rvcamping

Cell Booster

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Yet another RV Living issue – poor cell reception!!

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 was very beautiful, but 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.

They have several different kinds for car, trucks, RVs, homes, and offices.

Please note, this will only boost what you have. If there is zero cell reception, the WeBoost will have no affect on your reception. It has to have something to boost.

We decided to purchase the RV specific WeBoost. It really helped and we consider it a must have, especially if you work remotely.

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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:

1) drive your RV to a dump station (which may or may not be near you)

2) use an external, portable waste tank that you can then tote to the RV Park dump station (which may or my not be up an extremely steep hill – if you want to read the story, it was actually published in a collection of short stories! Find out more here!!)

Here is the detailed post.

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New Air Conditioner

We were very surprised when our AC went out. I mean, it was a fairly new unit.

Turns out, our AC model was defective and the company replaced it without charging us (Thank you warranty/recall!!).

We only paid the AC guy that installed it (Mr. Mobile RV Repair). 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 thought 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.

Final Thoughts

So, those are our 5 must haves for RV living.

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? 

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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).

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8 thoughts on “5 Practical Must Haves for RV Living

  1. We have a camper at the beach we leave it there set up. I totally agree with #1 dehumidifier works great!

  2. Yes, the dehumidifier is a game changer!! Camper at the beach, sounds lovely! We haven’t taken ours to the beach yet!!

    1. That I believe is one of those items that are either seasonal or depends on the climate you are in. in the south or east coast I can truly see that being a big yes here in California our humidity levels are so low well, mostly “0”. would be more accurate meaning we would not have a need for one. Beach and RV + KIDS, = cleaning sand, sand, sand. be sure to have a good matt to clean feet before entering, a good vacuum cleaner and a take your shoes off policy. or you will never get a break. (just ask my wife.) now in my humble opinion, I love the beach. and we have the cleaning supplies and policies in place already so there are no issues. what ever you do, enjoy the journey.

      1. Hi Gregg – You are very right!! We met a RVing family while we were all camping in Georgia. They were originally from Arizona. They were stunned at the level of humidity all around them. I couldn’t believe they didn’t have a dehumidifier and then I realized that they wouldn’t have a need for one in Arizona!! We primarily RV in humid climates, so it is a definite must for us. I’m sure when we head out west this summer it will just be taking up space!!

        We have an outdoor shower and that definitely helps with keeping some of the dirt and sand out of the RV. We do still sweep all the time!! No vacuum though…we don’t have any carpets.

        Thanks again for joining the conversation.

  3. I live in full time in my RV in Alaska….and yes during the winter too. I have found that I couldn’t live with out my Instant Pot! Extremely versatile. I was able to get rid of a couple of other small appliances once I had this. I also love my grill and use it year round. In the winter I have fans to keep the air circulating and plenty of batteries for my lights should the power go out, and of course my generator. Lots of other tricks for cold weather living in an RV but ….that’s for another time. 😉

    1. Wow – Alaska…during winter!! That is amazing!! 🙂 You know, I don’t know that I would ever use the Instant Pot. I know so many love it and can’t live without theirs. Do you have running water during the winter? Do things freeze up?

      Thanks for sharing your must haves.

  4. I’m in total awe of your pizza stone hack. So, you don’t cook on it, but just keep in the oven when you are baking something?? We’ve completely stopped using our oven because the food ALWAYS burns!

    1. Hey Erin!

      Yes, we do not cook on it. It just sits above the flame and under the movable rack. It distributes the heat evenly.

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