RV accessories make your life easier. In some situations, they’re even required. We have been living full-time in our RV since January 2020. This has given us plenty of opportunities to put these RV accessories to the test.

There’s two different types of RV Accessories

If you aren’t careful, you can easily spend thousands on accessories for your new rig. For many, buying accessories for the RV is more fun than actually buying the RV itself. The truth is, you don’t need much at all in order to start RVing. When you are looking at RV accessories, ask yourself one simple question; Do I need this to go camping this weekend? If the answer is no, it’s likely a luxury and not a necessity.

Accessories that are REQUIRED to get going

  1. Sewer hoses. No denying this one, if you want to use the plumbing in your RV you will have to eventually get rid of the waste. Sewer hoses are a requirement and some savvy negotiators may even get the RV dealership to include them in the sale.
  2. Sewer Hose Support Brackets. The necessity of these is debatable. Unfortunately, many campgrounds require them and if you’re caught off guard by this you will end up paying the campground a ridiculous amount of money for them. They allow you to keep the hose off the ground and, in some cases, all you to get the hose above the dump drain. They can be a lifesaver in uneven campgrounds.
  3. Leveling blocks. Not all campgrounds are level. We almost always have to use a few of these when we set up camp. They’re pretty self-explanatory.
  4. Drinking water-safe hose. In order to use your plumbing, you will need to supply water. This can be done by directly connecting a hose to your city water inlet, or by using a hose to fill your freshwater tank. In either case, you will need a potable water-safe hose. It’s not recommended to use a regular garden hose. Also, if you regularly boondock and aren’t always pushing water through the hose it may be a good idea to replace it often. This will help prevent mold and mildew growth that will inevitably end up in your RV water system.
  5. Water pressure regulator. Most RV’s can not handle water pressure higher than 50 psi. Some can go up to 60 psi, but generally only the newer ones. To be safe, we always set our regulator to 50 psi. Without a regulator, an over-pressurized water spigot can literally blow out your RV lines and cause massive amounts of damage. We’re talking total loss damage here. Do not skimp on this and do not assume all water spigots are safe for RV use — even those found at your RV site!
  6. Chocks. These come in all shapes and sizes but we absolutely recommend X Chocks. These chocks go between your tires and add stabilization to your rig. We also use standard chocks for added safety. You can not unhitch your RV from your vehicle until the wheels are chocked so just go ahead and buy these right away.
  7. A water filter. We don’t drink the water coming in from our tanks or from the campground, but it’s still a good idea to use a filter. Water can contain minerals and deposits that will eventually clog up your pipes. If you’re not going to drink the water, I’d recommend a simple RV water filter you can find at Walmart or on Amazon. If you are going to drink it, I would highly recommend investing in a significant filtration system or even a Berkey.

Accessories that are good to have but not required

  1. Levelmate Pro. Whether you have a drivable RV or a trailer/5th wheel, you will want to be as level as possible. You could do this the old-fashioned way (with a level) or you could grab the handy Levelmate Pro. After you complete a few measurements, you install the Levelmate Pro in your RV. We put ours in our coat closet so it is out of the way. When you pull in or back into your site, you simply open the app and it will tell you how level you are and where you need to make adjustments. It is very accurate and makes leveling a breeze.
  2. JT Strongarm Stabilizers. These things are amazing. They take the bounce out of your trailer or 5th wheel and make it much more enjoyable. The JT strongarm stabilizers are a permanent install and the installation is pretty straightforward. They are only available for 5th wheels and travel trailers. In my opinion, they are a required purchase but I know plenty of people that go without them.
  3. Portable Waste Tank (aka Blue Boy or Honey Wagon). Believe it or not, not all campgrounds have full hookups. In fact, it’s not uncommon for them to only offer water and electricity. On multiple occasions, we have pulled into a campground expecting full hookups only to find out that you have to get on a waiting list for a sewer site. Generally, when this happens you have to wait a day – or maybe a few days – before you can move into a site that has sewer hookups. A portable waste tank can give you peace of mind knowing that you’re not going to have to stop using your water or toilet any time soon. It can also help you reach those epic boondocking locations you’re always hearing about.
  4. RV Washer Machine/Dryer combo. Yes, RV parks generally have laundry facilities. But the convenience of being able to do your laundry in your own space is taken for granted when you are in a house. You can carry this convenience over into an RV with a Splendide Washer/Dryer combo. We’ve added one to our travel trailer and it did not come with factory hookups. It can be done with a little creativity and willingness to re-purpose a space.
  5. Blackstone Griddle. The coveted Blackstone griddle may just be a required purchase for me. It allows you to cook so many meals outside from hotdogs to pancakes. We cook on ours at least two times a day, but often three times! It is so versatile which is the big reason it is favored by full-time RVers all over the country.

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