We want you to be prepared when you start your RV Adventure and in order to help with your planning, we’ve come up with this helpful Shopping List for New RV Owners.
This list is about products you need as part of actually buying the RV. These aren’t convenience items or nice to haves like some of the items in our previous blog post but tools and supplies that you simply have to have for the day to day and safe functionality for RV’ing. We’ll prepare a separate shopping list for living items soon.
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Okay new RV owners, Let’s dig in.
Sewer Hose and Disposable Nitrile Gloves
You can’t get around this one. If you RV, you will wash dishes, shower, and use the restroom. You want to get a good quality sewer hose that is at least 20′ long, and quality nitrile gloves to go with it. I recommend getting the Sewer Kit below from Camco. The hose swivels at all ends which avoids kinking and twisting stress on the hose. It also has end caps for keeping things sanitary when you disconnect, and an opaque sewer elbow. You want to know things are flowing well, you don’t necessarily want to see what’s actually going down. And the gloves. I don’t like worrying about what may have splashed on my gloves, so I use a fresh pair every time.
Fresh Water Hoses
Rather than a run of the mill water hose, make sure to get a purpose made fresh water hose. Forget that old hose sitting on the back porch, do it right. Minimum, 25′. In fact, get two. Yes two. You never know what accident could befall your first hose, especially since the fresh water fixtures and black/grey tank drains are typically on the same side of the RV not far from each other. Just sayin…
Heated Water Hose
If you’re camping year round or anywhere north of Central Florida or South Texas I definitely recommend a heated water hose. You don’t want to deal with the mayhem of a ruptured hose at 3:00 in the morning. Be prepared.
Wheel Chocks and Levelers
You’re living life on wheels now so make sure you are living level and staying put when you park! Don’t forget your wheel chocks, and unless you have a self leveling rig, some simple levelers to help out!
Weight Distribution Hitch and Sway Bar
If you’re towing a Travel Trailer like us, a weight distribution hitch is essential. When you place a load on your hitch ball, you’re unbalancing your truck/SUV by taking weight off of the front axle reducing control authority for turning and braking. A weight distribution hitch leverages weight back to the front of the tow vehicle as the nice Australian in this video explains. Take a look and then check the Amazon link below. Also, it pays to add a sway bar. Our TT is rock solid on the highway, partly due to having a sway control bar. GET PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE IF NECESSARY.
This one’s easy, and cheap – Keep your party hitched together with a hitch lock.
This item on Shopping List for New RV Owners is one that we haven’t gotten yet but really need to, and soon. It’s a portable surge protector, and make sure to get the right one for you (30 or 50 Amp). We’ve taken on a machine worth thousands of dollars so spending two to three hundred dollars really has to happen. The two below additionally reset themselves after protecting your RV, which is important if you have pets travelling with you.
Continuing with the electric theme you definitely want a 50 Amp to 30 Amp adapter or of course a 30 Amp to 50 Amp adapter. There’s nothing worse that traveling all day, pulling into an overnight RV park and realizing that there are no 30 Amp sites left for your TT or a 50 Amp site for your Bus. An electrical adapter takes care of that problem so that you can hook up to any power outlet. It helped us out when our monthly parking site was occupied by another guest for 5 days last June and we had to park on a grassy spot with 50 Amp service. (Actually it was a gorgeous unofficial spot that they ran auxiliary power to that we were sad to leave).
Critical for our Shopping List for New RV Owners is a spare power cord. We keep all our spare equipment separate from our day to day supplies to ensure survivability. And you don’t want to make a 2:00 am run to WalMart on New Year’s Eve if you can avoid it.
RV Inverter Generator
Last but not least – and optional unless you’re going to be boondocking regularly – a gas inverter generator.
We haven’t purchased one yet, but will get in the next year we hope. We want to hit some remote spots and this will be a must have. We’ll do a full review when we do purchase one. Below are 3 examples that I have my eye on:
Now you can always find more RV products besides our Shopping List for New RV Owners, but we feel this list can help you cover the essentials for a smooth start to your RV adventure!
Please let us know what you think and if you have any questions for us! Being a new RV owner can be overwhelming, please let us know how we can help you!!
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