We have compiled a shortlist of gear for RV living. These are items we didn’t know we needed and not having them made the first few months of our RV life a bit of a struggle.
Find out what gear you really need for your RV life so you can avoid the mistakes we made as newbies.
This post contains affiliate links. We receive a commission for purchases made via these links.
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!”
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.
The first dehumidifier we purchased was the 32 pint Haier dehumidifier. It 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 the Haier dehumidifier out for a GE model. It has an easy-to-wash filter (YAY).
As newbie RVers, we didn’t realize that an RV oven is completely different from a household oven. For some reason, RV ovens do not distribute the heat properly. The end result is burnt food. Poor kiddos had a few months of burnt cookies, muffins, and pizza.
Our YouTube viewers suggested we purchase a pizza stone or oven tiles to help distribute the heat properly. We ended up purchasing a pizza stone.
We keep the pizza stone in the oven all the time. The stone distributes the heat properly. 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.
Over the years, the pizza stone has cracked, but it still works!! It’s just like oven tiles now.
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!
You can get your pizza stone by clicking here!
It didn’t take us very long before we faced cell phone issues. Not only do we need reliable cell signal for everyday life, but we also need it to power our hotspot. Since we roadschool and work remotely, a working hotspot is critical for us.
There are many different cell signal boosters out there. We have had two different weBoost models and have been satisfied with both.
Weboost has several different models created specifically for car, truck, RV, home, and office use.
Please note, the weBoost only boosts what you have. If there is zero cell signal, then the weBoost will not affect your reception. It has to have something to boost.
We have an RV-specific WeBoost. It has really helped and that’s why it’s on this “gear for RV living” list. It could also help you out, especially if you work remotely and/or you are homeschooling.
Find out more about weBoost by clicking here.
Portable RV Waste Tank
There are many reasons why a portable RV waste tank is included in this list. If you want to read our entire portable RV waste tank saga, please click here.
Why a Portable RV Waste Tank
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 tote to the RV park dump station.
We have a really funny story about our first RV portable waste tank experience. You can read it here! It was actually published in a collection of short stories from other RVers and their own crazy RV adventures.
A Good Air Conditioner
Including an air conditioner on this must-have list might seem a bit odd, but hear me out!
Our air conditioner unexpectedly cut out while we were RVing in Georgia. We were caught off guard since our RV was still fairly new.
Turns out that our AC model was defective and we were able to get it replaced without having to pay for a new unit (Thank you warranty/recall!!). We only paid the AC guy that installed it (Mr. Mobile RV Repair). Great news since summer was right around the corner and we didn’t have the freedom 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. If you can always move around and follow those 70 degree days, you might be able to skip this extra cost for a little bit, but eventually, you will need to replace your unit.
So, that’s the list of must-have gear for RV living.
Would you add something else to the list? Have you used any of the items listed?
Are you new to RVing? Here’s a more extensive list of Items New RV Owners Must Buy! Let us know what you think and thanks for reading and supporting our adventures!