After years of RV living, we have compiled a list of must-haves for RV living. 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 asking 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 dehumidifier.
After a few years though, we decided to purchase a different kind. The Haier worked well, but we had a really hard time cleaning the filter and other areas. Having pets, it got a little gross. So we switched it out for a GE model. It has an easy to wash filter (YAY).
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!!
Here are some pro tips to keep those pizza stones from cracking:
- Store somewhere safe (maybe wrapped) on travel days
- Do not place it in a hot oven when it is wet
- Avoid placing wet items above a hot stone
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!
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 a 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 cars, 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 effect on your reception. It has to have something to boost.
We have the RV specific WeBoost. It really helped and we consider it a must-have, especially if you work remotely.
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 campsite (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)
- Use an external, portable waste tank that you can then tote to the RV park dump station (which may or may not be up an extremely steep hill – if you want to read the story, it was actually published in a collection of short stories. You can read it here!)
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 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.
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 listed?
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