Going RV’ing – whether on a weekend camping trip or Full Time year round is a great opportunity to get STUFF. Stuff you need, stuff that maybe you might need… and stuff you don’t need. So here are our Top Ten Must Haves for RV Living – we will never buy.
This doesn’t mean that these most excellent products don’t have uses for us, but just not at this point in our journey to simplify our living. Let us know what you think in the comments! So without further ado here’s our list (with Amazon links) for your critique and shopping pleasure!
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#1 Ice Maker
An Ice Maker is an indispensable tool for a good time hanging out at the campground enjoying your iced coffee, or alcoholic beverage of choice. However we’re not on vacation (good for you if you are!). We have a day to day grind of getting up, taking care of the kids, and getting to work. Space is at a premium, and we already have a refrigerator/freezer. Do you have other opportunities where an ice maker works for you?
#2 Instant Pot
How many ways can you cook RVing it? Our basic Travel Trailer has a stove top, an oven, and a microwave. Then many campsites also have firepits and charcoal grills. So, why do we need yet another way to cook things? Well yes, because it’s cool. Get yourself an Instant Pot. This marvel of modern technology will “do the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot”* And will save you time doing it – with bluetooth! RV Living made easy, right?
Let’s kick back and relax! In chairs that we can’t fit into our Travel Trailer’s storage berths!!! But seriously, you want good chairs to enjoy your campsite and watch the sunset. So be sure to get chairs that won’t get in the way of RV living. If you have the space – go for it. But for us in our Grey Wolf 26DBH, these comfy chairs are out!
#4 Three Axle 5th Wheel
RV living for many people means pulling out all the stops and going BIG. Fifth Wheel big, with a whopping 3 Axle Fifth Wheel. God Bless You and more power to you, and I hope that all of you will be happy together. We however, will keep it smaller with our little boat. If you are however, in the market for any size RV/FifthWheel/Class B/C or Travel Trailer, make sure to use a convenient and FREE Buyers Worksheet from RVing Planet.
This is where I’d put a photo of a 3 axle Fifth Wheel, but they’re a little rare. Our friends at Chickery’s Travel’s have this beaut!
Yes… This is a thing, and it looks wonderful. I thought Jessica was kidding when she brought this up, but hey, if you have the time, and it’s cool outside? Why not? I just can’t look forward to deflating, drying, and putting it back in the bag! Maybe when we go to Colorado again..?
#6 Golf Cart
Sometimes a home on wheels and a modern automobile is just not enough. Even your legs aren’t going to cut it. You gotta have moar power! If this is you, get yourself a Golf Cart! Don’t forget to accessorize either. Golf carts (or golf cars) are booming in popularity, so if you need one – get one. But while our legs can get us where we need to go, we’ll skip it. Or drive there in our eco-friendly massive truck!
The Berkey Water Filter is one of those indispensable products that you can’t do without… right? Well this is one that we may actually get, and soon. As our friends at Crazy Family Adventure will attest, if you dry-camp or boondock, having an excellent water filter that you can just go to the creek, scoop up some water and filter it out in a few minutes, is a necessity. So ok, we’ll actually get a kick ass water filter before too long…
Convenient? Yes. Needed? Yes. Gonna buy it? No. Why? Because. Well, not just “because”, but because it has to be mounted. Depending on what you get there may be drilling involved, and let me say that I am not drilling anywhere near a wet area in my RV! Ok, maybe velcro? But again, how will the velcro stand up to a wet environment? Not to mention, Jessica is getting sick of all the velcro I’m putting up in the RV and pickup truck. Gotta pick your battles. Anyhow, if you think it is worth it (I do, just not going to do it), get yourself a very convenient and helpful Wall Soap Dispenser.
Yes, you too can have a wonder of modern technology sitting on your countertop inside your Travel Trailer, Class A, or heck even your Tab camper! But… where did our counterspace go? If you have a big Diesel Pusher, or something like the aforementioned 3 Axle Fifth Wheel (remember I still love you) – the more power to you! We’ll stick with Dishwasher A (Robert), Diswasher B (Jessica) and Dishwasher C (Nadia). Provisional Dishwasher D (Daniel) has never washed a plate in his life!
This. Is a fan my friends… It moves air, does it well, with panache, and electricity…. It, in short, is a work of art.
However, for the price, I’m going with old reliable. And so should you.
Well, that sums it up. These are 10 AMAZING items that can make your RV living more comfortable and convenient, but for our lives, they just don’t work. Our RV journey is all about simplicity and minimalism. Sometimes that means we have to live without perfectly formed ice cubes and uncomfortable lawn chairs. Intersted in a more practical list? Well, we have two: 5 Must Haves for RV Living and 12 Items New RV Owners Must Buy!