Must Have RV Accessories

50+ Awesome RV Gadgets You’ll Actually Use (Updated 2023)

So, you just bought a travel trailer, 5th wheel, or motorhome and now you’re asking yourself: what do I need so we can travel?

RV gadgets and gizmos are probably one of our favorite topics to talk about because we love to share what we actually used when we were living full-time in an RV.

Travel trailer parked in yard near a house

From a pressure cooker to an RV mattress to a backup camera, there are a lot of accessories for full-time RVers. It’s fun to check out the top RV gadgets when getting yourself set up and ready to hit the road.

However, it can also be a little overwhelming. You want enough household items to be comfortable while you’re traveling. After all, just because it has wheels, it still needs to feel like home. You also want to carry all the tools and equipment you’ll need to maintain your RV and be safe on the road.

But, you don’t want to carry too much. Not only is it a small space, cargo weight is an important factor to keep in mind while RV’ing.

The good news is that we’re here to help! Todd did many hours of late night research for the essential must-have RV items. And now we’ve been on the road for a while so we get to update the list based on personal experiences.

Grab a glass of your favorite drink and get comfortable, because we’re going to go in-depth covering the best RV gadgets we actually used.

We’ll also list a few great camping accessories that make life on the road more comfortable.

And, of course, we used lots of kitchen tools to help us whip up tasty meals from the RV.

Even if you don’t (yet) have an RV, you may want to check out this list for a lot of the best gift ideas for RV owners.

Are you ready? Awesome. Here we go… Let’s dig into the best RV gadgets we can recommend.

Ultimate List of RV Gadgets Based on Our Personal Experience

We’ll start with some critical items. These are a must-have to maintain sanitary water, reliable electricity, and safe waste management.

Best RV Accessories: Sewer, Water, Electric

If you purchase your RV brand new, off the lot, it’s definitely not ready for you to hit the road.

Before we bought our fifth wheel, we had never lived in an RV.

As soon as we picked up our new home on wheels, we realized there were quite a few things we needed to buy before we could begin our grand adventure.

Todd did extensive research on the must-have RV accessories, tools, and equipment we needed. In fact, he wrote an in-depth article about Must Have RV Accessories for Sewer, Water, and Electric Connections.

If you’re just starting out on your RVing journey, we highly recommend you head over there and read up on the details of each gadget.

These are the items we used daily and would buy all over again with our new-found knowledge about RVing.

Here’s a comprehensive list of the must-have RV gadgets recommends for water and sewer connections:

Must-Have RV Sewer Supplies

A couple quick tips before you hook up your RV:

  • Check the ground water and electrical connections before setting up your rig. It’s a big disappointment to go through the work of leveling your RV and getting out all the hose kits only to find there is no water pressure or the electrical connection is down.
  • Make sure your holding tanks are closed before you hook up


This sewer hose kit includes a swivel fitting and translucent elbow with 4-in-1 dump station fitting. The storage caps are included.

Camco 20′ RV Sewer Hose Kit

  • Ready to use kit for grey and black water tank dumping
  • Kit includes two 10′ camper sewer hoses with bayonet and lug fittings, 1 transparent elbow, 4 storage caps
  • Black water hose, reinforced with steel wire, includes no-leak RV sewer hose fitting
  • 5 pounds
  • 9.6″ x 17.8″ x 11.3″


This elbow pipe connects to your RV sewer outlet. You will want to use it when you’re rinsing out the black tank and the sewer and main drain pipe. It also works with portable waste tanks.

The design includes a clear see-through elbow that allows you to see when the tank has been flushed clean.

It has a 45 degree angle to enable water to reach directly into the RV sewer outlet. That’s useful because then you can rinse out the dregs and sediment.

Camco Rhino Blaster Tank Rinser

  • Clear, 45 degree elbow
  • Direct jet water flow
  • Swivel bayonet fitting and lug fitting
  • On/off water valve
  • 12.8 ounces
  • 10″ x 5″ x 8″


A sewer hose rinser is used to rinse out the RV sewer hose before you put it back into your RV storage bays. The Camco rinse cap we recommend below fits RhinoFLEX as well as standard sewer fittings. It can be left in place as a hose cap during storage.

Camco RV Sewer Hose Rinse Cap

  • Locks into RV sewer hose bayonet fitting and connects to a garden hose
  • Shut off valve
  • 0.3 pounds
  • 5.8″ x 4.6″ x 4.3″

Incidentally, we recommend purchasing large clear plastic bins or hose bags that you can use to store the hoses. You can easily find bags specifically made for storing RV hoses. They are color coded and/or labeled to ensure you put the black, grey and fresh water hoses in the appropriate bag each time.

If you buy plastic containers to use for storage, I recommend labeling those (simply mark a large piece of duct tape with Black, Grey, Fresh Water). Also, wash them frequently.


Support your RV sewer hose and protect it from rubbing on sharp rocks or other debris. Look for a hose support that is lightweight, flexible and made of durable material.

The Camco Sidewinder is made of lightweight plastic and folds easily for convenient storage.

Camco 20′ Sidewinder

  • Fits up to 20 feet of RV sewer hose
  • Works with any 3″ diameter hose
  • Flexible to curve around obstacles and designed with a downward angle to encourage better drainage
  • Includes handle for easier carrying
  • 1.1 pounds
  • 240″ x 3″
Man's gloved hand is setting up the RV sewer system at a campsite


Remember to wear sanitation gloves to protect your hands when working with the sewer hoses and equipment.

Durable Disposable Gloves

  • Heavy duty gloves that grip in both wet and dry conditions
  • 1 Size; Fits all
  • 100 pack


Treat the holding tank and eliminate the odor of RV toilets. We recommend Happy Campers, which somehow does not have the chemical smell you often find with other brands.

Happy Campers Organic

  • Odor neutralizer
  • Water-activated mineral blend
  • Effective in extreme hot and cold temperatures
  • 18 Treatments

For a more in-depth article on sewer hoses, be sure to check out our guide titled ‘Ultimate Guide for Buying the Best RV Sewer Hose and Sewer Accessories‘.

If you’re new to RV living, watch this fantastic video that describes how to hook up your RV at the campsite.

Hoses and Accessories for RV Water


The heavy-duty, plastic-free, hose by Camco made all the difference for us. It’s 20% thicker than other standard drinking water hoses on the market.

Camco 25′ Drinking Water Hose

  • No-kink design
  • Machined fittings for extra strength
  • Lead-free, BPA-free, Phthalate-free
  • 3.5 pounds
  • 300″L x 0.63″W”


You don’t want to use the same hose for drinking as you do for rinsing the sewer hoses, for obvious reasons.

Buy a basic garden hose that is lightweight, no-kink, and flexible.

25′ Garden Hose

  • Lightweight and tangle free
  • Weather resistant
  • 0.5″ diameter
  • 25′ length


A connection elbow prevents hose crimping to reduce unnecessary pressure on RV water connections at the hookup point. Once again, we recommend Camco.

This elbow is made of solid brass and the rings are durable. There are less expensive plastic elbows, but we have witnessed too much breakage or leaking with that material.

Camco 90-degree Brass Hose Elbow

  • Swiveling easy grip connector
  • Fits 3/4″ to 11.5 NH hose connections
  • 3.2 ounces


A regulator helps to protect your RV plumbing from high pressure city water.

Camco Water Pressure Regulator

  • Regulator with easy-read gauge
  • Attaches with 3/4″ garden hose threads
  • 6.4 ounces


A heated drinking water hose was one of the new RV gadgets (new to us anyway) we hadn’t considered. Thankfully, someone recommended it after we dealt with a freeze.

We used this hose in Utah and Colorado when the temperatures declined to 10 degrees.

Camco Heated Drinking Water Hose

  • Self-regulating heating cable to protect against water line freezes to -40° F/C
  • Includes adapter for connection at either end of hose
  • NSF-61 certified drinking water safe
  • 25 foot length
  • 8.3 pounds

There are DIY options for heated RV hoses. Our heated hose froze because we forgot to double check the outlet was on (wow, what a mistake – you can read more about that here).

We didn’t want to spend nearly $200 on a replacement heated hose. So, Todd watched this video, then made his own heated water hose. It worked really well for us.

Electrical Adapters for RVs


Our Camco Surge Protector was well worth the investment! It helps protect your electrical equipment from improperly wired electrical boxes and power surges.

Camco Power Grip RV 30-Amp Protector

  • Protects camper and RV from high and low voltage levels as well as power surges
  • Integrated surge protection up to 2,800 Joules
  • 30-Amp male / 30-Amp female
  • Weatherproof
  • 4.9 pounds
Must Have RV Accessories

The RV surge protector and circuit analyzer we covered above is similar to one of the first items that Todd purchased (pictured) when we bought our travel trailer home


This product is essential for those situations where the only shore power available at an RV park is 50-Amp. The design includes handles on each end, which make plugging and unplugging easier.

Camco RV Dogbone Electrical Adapter

  • 50-Amp to 30-Amp
  • Converts electrical connection at campground to fit your RV 30-Amp system
  • Heavy-duty 50-Amp male and 30-Amp female
  • 90-degree heads reduces pressure on adapter
  • 1.5 pounds


Yep, you got it, another dogbone adapter.

This adapter allows you to connect to a standard household 15-Amp power supply in order to run the basics on your RV.

Camco RV Dogbone Electrical Adapter

  • 15-Amp to 30-Amp
  • Converts electrical connection at campground or home-base to fit your RV 30-Amp system
  • 90-degree heads reduces pressure on adapter
  • 1 pound

RV Gadgets for Setting Up Camp

During our time of full-time RVing, we set up and tore down a lot. Probably too often. We traveled at a pace we wouldn’t recommend to others considering an RV lifestyle.

But, one perk that came from moving every few days to a week was we got really, really good at setting up and tearing down camp.

These are the products that made setting up camp a lot easier.


Todd considers the Andersen Levelers the king of travel trailer gadgets. The set saved our sanity. In our opinion, it’s one of the coolest RV accessories!

We’d also put this under the unique RV accessories category because we haven’t seen another product that levels a travel trailer as well as this does.

You will be able to level your motorhome, trailer, or camper on the first try – for real!

Andersen Leveler Blocks

  • Works on trailers up to 20,000 pounds with tires up to 32″ diameter
  • Drive-on and place chocks
  • 2-pack
  • Includes rubber mats
  • 6 pounds
RV Camping Accessories for Setting Up Camp

The king of RV gadgets – in our opinion anyway

If you’re curious about how these RV levelers work, watch this video from Anderson Hitches


We used Lynx Levelers in two different ways:

  • As a stable pad for the trailer tongue jack (normally 3-4 blocks)
  • As a solid platform to support our four stabilizer jacks (normally 3-4 blocks per jack)

These are lightweight and very durable.

Lynx Levelers

  • Set into pyramid shape to desired height
  • Can be used as a support base for other stabilizing equipment
  • 10-pack
  • 8.5″ x 8.5″ x 10.5″

For more details about the Andersen RV levelers and the Lynx levelers, read our overview about the Top RV Camping Accessories for Hard-Core RVers. It provides in-depth detail for why we like these products so much.


If you have a travel trailer and need to manually lower your stabilizer jacks, a cordless drill comes in real handy.

Using a drill improves the setup and tear down process in multiple ways. For one, the process is much faster using a tool with 750 RPMs. Maybe even more importantly, it reduces the manual effort by eliminating the need to crank the jacks by hand.

When our drill battery was dead, I could hear the guys groaning as soon as they realized they’d have to lower the jacks with their own elbow grease. It’s the little things, right?

Cordless Drill and Driver

  • Battery powered with an average battery life of 1 hour
  • Variable Speed
  • 20 Volts
  • 3.15 pounds


Before these handy little RV gadgets came into our lives, we stored the weight distribution hitch and the spring bars on the ground under our travel trailer.

That setup required Todd to lift both heavy items from the ground with each move and place them back on the ground when we arrived at a new location.

That is, until we discovered the Hitchport storage kits!

Hitchport Hitch Bar Storage Kit

  • Stainless steel mount that can be installed above or below trailer tongue frame
  • Used to store weight distribution hitch bar when not in use
  • Fits 1-1/4″, 1-5/8″, and 2″ hitch bars
  • 4″ x 4″ x 0.5″

Hitchport Spring Bar Storage Kit

  • Stainless steel mount that can be installed above or below trailer tongue frame
  • Used to store weight distribution spring bars when not in use
  • 5 ounces
  • 4″ x 5″ x 1″
Hitchport Spring bar storage kit

If you’re looking for travel trailer accessories to save your back, this is it.

Watch this video Todd put together explaining the product and the easy install.


We both heard about and watched YouTube videos regarding the horrors of tire blowouts on travel trailers. Yikes. Also, no thank you.

So the first thing Todd did was purchase a brand new set of tires for our brand new travel trailer. Yes, it had new tires on it already, but they weren’t made for the amount of weight we would be carrying around the country.

In order to protect our brand new tires and to hopefully add one more preventative measure from getting a blow-out, Todd also purchased tire covers.

We covered the tires on our travel trailer when we were in a warm location with the sun beating down on us and the tires.

We also use them when the travel trailer is in storage. It’s always best to protect the tires from the hot Texas sun.

Tire Protectors for Camper, RV, Trailer

  • Various sizes availble to fit tires 23″ – 42″ diameter
  • Durable water resistant coating with UV treatment
  • 4 covers per set

TV & RV Internet Equipment

Working remotely is what allowed us to RV full-time. It’s a freedom we’ve enjoyed for several years and feel very grateful for the opportunities it offers.

While we would never venture to claim we’re RV tech experts, we do have real life on-the-road experience. So what we do here is share with you what worked for us.

These are the tools that enabled us to continue working from the road, sometimes from very remote locations. We used these almost daily on our travels:


For most of our internet connection, we used our mobile hotspot connections through our Verizon wireless plan, which included 15 GB of 4G LTE hotspot data per device, per month.

We chose the Verizon Jetpack hotspot as a back up because we often exceeded the amount of hotspot data offered through our wireless plan (15 GB per phone per month).

The Jetpack gave us an extra 15 GB of high-speed hotspot data each month. It was really nice having this device as a backup when we needed it, which was often.

Verizon Jetpack Mobile Hotspot

  • Connect up to 15 wi-fi devices
  • 4 GB
  • 4G, Wi-Fi


This booster is designed for use while driving.

After departing on our RV trip, we quickly figured out that there were spots along the way where our cell signal was very weak. When the cell signal is weak, our internet connection is dire. That doesn’t work well for us because then it’s too difficult to get work done.

So we purchased a weBoost Signal Booster. This device amplifies the signal received by the exterior antenna on your RV.

weBoost Drive Reach RV Signal Booster

  • Compatible with all US carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and others
  • Strengthens signal on all devices near interior antenna
  • Designed primarily for use while driving

The weBoost model we purchased is no longer available. It worked well for us, but it only boosted one device at a time because the phone needs to sit in the cradle to work. The newer model recommended above is similar, but it works on all devices inside the RV.

We used the booster for the first six months of our trip, then realized we needed something with a little extra oomph and something that would boost more than just one cell signal at a time.

This is where the next product came to save the day…


This booster is designed for use when you are staying in a remote area.

This device was perfect for our 26 foot travel trailer and it definitely helped boost our phone signals when we were in remote locations with poor service.

It boosted the signal for more than one device, which is good when you have several people needing to complete school assignments and other work.

weBoost Destination RV Signal Booster

  • Compatible with all US and Canadian carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Telus, Rogers, and others
  • Strengthens signal on all devices near interior antenna
  • Designed primarily for use during longer stays in remote areas
  • Works well in any RV class, from Class A, to trailers and toy haulers, to campers

It often seems like RV parks are in this weird dead zone. You can get a decent signal right outside the park, but when you pull in, that signal disappears. Before our boosters we spent more time than we would like at the entrance gate just to catch a cell signal.

We also ran into situations where our spot would have a weak signal, but the one right next to us was fine. Eventually, we learned to drive around and find a campsite with the best signal. Of course, that only works at parks that allow you choose your spot.

Having the right internet connection allows us to work remotely while traveling to amazing destinations. If you’re curious to learn more about what we do for work while on the road, check out these two posts:


While this product doesn’t fall under necessities, it sure is a nice-to-have!

Since we had an unlimited Verizon data plan, we could stream Netflix and other services with no problems all month long, as long as we had a good signal.

When we wanted to watch PBS Masterpiece shows on the bigger screen (I’m talking about you Poldark), we connected one of our phones to this adapter, which in turn is connected to our TV.

Voila, we could stream shows and movies to the large screen display.

Apple Lightning to Digital AV Adapter

  • Compatible with iPhone and iPad models with iOS 9 or later
  • Used to project media content from phone or touchpad to larger screen TV or projector


A lot of RV parks have cable and you will need your own coaxial cable to hook up to it. Make sure you get one that is at least 25 foot in length so you can reach the cable connection.

Coaxial Cable

  • Use to connect TV, cable modems, or satellite receivers
  • 25 feet

If you’d like to dig a little deeper into the world of RV internet solutions, be sure to check out RV Mobile Internet.

RV Kitchen Accessories and Gadgets

Gadgets and gizmos for your RV kitchen is a topic I could talk to you about for ages.

Figuring out how to whip up meals in a tiny kitchen was definitely an adjustment, but I had a lot of fun finding solutions to determine what worked and what didn’t.

You will have your own learning curve based on your RV kitchen. Mine included cooking with essentially no counter space, learning that the oven temperature settings were never accurate, and juggling which appliances could be simultaneously plugged in without tripping the breaker. Fun!

But when 5 o’clock rolled around, just like in my very large house kitchen, I would pour myself a glass of wine, sometimes put on some music and enjoy preparing dinner for my family.

It was my favorite time of the day while RVing full-time. It’s still my favorite time of day in our new apartment.

As you may have seen in my post 57+ Useful RV Kitchen Accessories, a lot of what you need for your kitchen depends on your cooking style, the amount of space in your kitchen, and which built-in appliances are installed in your rig.

Since we have cover this topic in detail in other posts, we have narrowed this section down to my absolute favorite RV kitchen accessories:


This small table ended up being one of the best purchases for our RV. It easily folds closed, which allows me to store it behind our couch.

When it’s time to cook dinner, I simply pull out the table, unfold the legs, and use the table as extra counter space. That one additional flat surface, albeit small, made a world of difference for my sanity.

When I wasn’t using it in the kitchen, we sometimes set it up outside as an end table between our chairs.

It holds a glass of wine or a little s’mores buffet quite nicely.

Folding Table

  • Small folding table
  • Adjustable height, foldable, and lightweight
  • 8.6 pounds
  • 18″D x 26″W x 28″H


This was another item that (a) saved my sanity, and (b) served more than one purpose.

I used this large cutting board probably more than any other item in my kitchen. Did I mention the lack of counter space? When I wasn’t using the stovetop, the cutting board sat on top of the burners and served as extra counter space.

Large Cutting Board

  • Plastic
  • Rectangular: 30.5″L x 18″W x 0.5″Thick

The cutting board also fits perfectly over the kitchen sink, which created another flat surface where I could place meal prep ingredients, plates, or other items while I used the stove.

And yes, I even used it as a cutting board, it’s intended purpose. It is the perfect size. I can slide a pizza straight out of the oven onto the board, slice the pizza, and serve.

Mmmmm…homemade pizzas taste so good while traveling in an RV.


This is such a basic item, but it was used every single day both as an alarm and as a, well, a coffee maker.

Every night Todd would get the coffee ready and set it for a few minutes before we wanted to wake up. The coffee maker beeps when the coffee was ready, which meant it was time to crawl out of bed. Plus, the aroma, ahhh.

Programmable Coffee Maker

  • Programmable
  • Digital controls
  • 2-hour auto shutoff
  • 8.25″D x 12.25″W x 11″H

We love those first sips of coffee and if we are in a warmer climate, it’s a perfect time to enjoy the first cup of the day outdoors.

If it was darn cold and I would stick my head outside to take a peek and breathe in the brisk fresh air. Then, I would slip back inside and savor a hot cup of coffee surrounded by our warm RV.


The Instant Pot is a must-have for RVers (in my opinion). Especially when you’re in a place like Utah, Montana, or Colorado. It can get quite chilly as the sun sets. It was almost magical to enjoy a hearty soup or stew made easily in the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot

  • Available in 3QT, 6QT, 8QT
  • One touch cooking
  • Cook fast (pressure cook) or slow cook
  • 12 pounds

I prefer the Instant Pot to the Crock Pot because of the short amount of time it takes to cook something. A crock pot didn’t make sense for us and our schedule, but it might work for you.

I also didn’t use a crockpot because I didn’t trust the consistency of the electrical service at most RV parks.

I could just imagine us returning from a long hike to find the electric was shut off and whatever was simmering in the crockpot was cold to the touch (and raw). That would have been a disaster.


If you’re traveling in an RV like ours – one without a dishwasher – then check out my simple hack for washing dishes.

I had to figure out a way to wash and dry the dishes with such limited counter space. While the space may be free, using the bed isn’t really ideal for drying dishes. So, remember that large cutting board I mentioned above?

When it’s time to wash dishes I put the cutting board over the stove top and the drying mat on top. Wash, rinse and set the dishes in the rack to dry. With a small RV kitchen, this is a perfect set up for us.

Dish Drying Rack

  • Microfiber mat is super absorbent and machine washable
  • Foldable for compact storage
  • Customizable peg placement


You don’t realize how much space items take up in your kitchen until you try to squeeze them into an RV kitchen. Even small kitchen tools like measuring cups, measuring spoons, and a colander tend to take up a lot of space.

That is why I think these collapsible everyday kitchen items are an incredible invention.

Measuring Cups and Spoons

  • Collabsible to save space
  • Longer handles are also attachable to allow you to set with key ring for hanging
  • BPA-free silicone


When your RV is on the move, nearly everything inside shifts and moves around like crazy.

You know what I’m talking about. When you open the cupboard or refrigerator after being on the road and something falls to the floor and splatters. This happened to us with pesto! Well, at least it smelled yummy. It’s important to secure your items – especially glass jars – before your is rig is in motion.

The best solution we found is the Camco Double RV Refrigerator Bar. It doesn’t take up extra space and it helps to keep everything in place. Plus, it only takes a few seconds to install.

Refrigerator Bar

  • Great for use in RV refrigerators and cupboards during travel
  • 3.5 ounces
  • 15.94″ x 3.4″ x 0.64″


I mean, what’s a camping trip without a cast iron skillet? In all seriousness, this is an important RV gadget for the kitchen, both indoors and outdoors.

I use our cast iron skillet on the stove top inside the RV to sear meats and crisp up bacon. I love the versatility of a cast iron skillet. It can be used in the oven (don’t forget oven mitts) and on the stove top of our outdoor kitchen. We even use it to cook over the open fire.

Needless to say, it gets used a lot!

Cast Iron Skillet

  • Great cookware for all cooking skill levels
  • Pre-seasoned
  • Available in various sizes, from very small 3.5″ to 15″


If your RV sink doesn’t already have a swivel faucet, I highly recommend you install one. This is one of those add-on gadgets you’ll wonder how you ever went through RV life without it. The swivel action and increased water pressure will help you keep your sink clean with a simple switch from single stream to powerful jet.

Swivel Faucet Adapter

  • 360 degree rotation
  • Aeration diffuser to increase water pressure
  • 1.58 ounces

Fun RV Accessories and Gadgets

We’ve covered what you need for sewer, water, and electrical connections.

We’ve covered a few cool RV gadgets needed for your RV set up process and we’ve talked about RV kitchen accessories that are my favorites and get used daily.

Now it’s time to chat about those fun RV accessories and gadgets that aren’t really a necessity but help make RVing a lot more fun and relaxing.

This is the Fun RV Stuff!


One thing we were all looking forward to when we made the decision to full-time RV was how much more we would be outside.

I think we all had visions of sitting by the campfire every night, with our favorite drink in hand, looking up at the stars, soaking in the silence of the night. This scenario does come true. But, only on occasion and certainly not as often as I anticipated.

One reason is due to burn bans set by many campgrounds. Another common reason is when there was no fire pit at the site. Of course, there are also times when we simply don’t want to wake up smelling like campfire smoke.

A great solution to this little dilemma is a propane fire pit. Some campgrounds allow the use of a propane fire pit, even if they prohibit a wood fire. Check with the ranger station.

Portable Propane Campfire Pit

  • Alloy Steel
  • Foldable legs for compact storage
  • 22.2 pounds
This propane fire pit is a fun RV gadget

While staying with our friends in San Diego, they gifted us this Camp Chef fire pit and it was the gift that kept on giving. We used it a lot. And as you can see, it’s set atop an outdoor rug. That’s because with propane, you don’t need to worry about flying sparks created by wood fire.

This is one of our favorite non-essential RV accessories. It’s very cool and we think RVers will be glad they have one.

RV Living Tip

A good way to meet other RVing friends on the road is to invite them over to your campfire. We both invited people over and were invited over, making some lifelong friends in the process.


We wanted something that would expand our living space, while also protecting us from insects.

If you’re in a similar situation – searching for a little more elbow room – consider a mini-splurge on a pop-up portable gazebo. It’s amazing what a little bit of extra space can do for a family or couple traveling together.

It’s also a great space to sit with your dogs while camping. Many of these are made with UV resistant fabric and insect repelling mesh.

Portable Pop Up Gazebo

  • Portable and designed for instant set-up
  • No assembly
  • 102 Sq Ft of interior space
  • Clearance: 5’8″ side and 7’1″ center
  • 30.2 pounds
A Gazelle pop up gazebo is perfect for RVers to up their living space

Although we were at first hesitant to purchase it because storage space is so minimal, it actually packed up small enough to store in the pass-through of our travel trailer. It worked out perfectly.

This is definitely another one of the best RV gadgets we bought while on the road. It has allowed us to spend countless hours soaking up the outdoors.


We realized pretty quickly into RVing that having access to our travel trailer roof was incredibly important.

Since travel trailers don’t have a built-in ladder like motorhomes or a place to store a ladder on the back of our rig, this telescopic ladder was exactly what we needed.

Telescoping Ladder

  • Available in various sizes, from 8.5′ to 12.5′
  • The 12.5′ ladder has an optional one button retraction to ease the process of putting the ladder away
  • Compact (unfolded condition) for easy storage
  • 12.5′ weight capacity: 250 pounds
This telescopic ladder is a must-have RV gadget for travel trailer owners
The ladder is lightweight and stores easily our pass-through.

Todd used this ladder over and over to check on the roof, brush off the slide out before pulling it in, repairs and more.


The boys immediately set up the outdoor area, which included an outdoor camping rug, as soon as we arrived at the RV park.

It helps personalize our space and make it feel more homey. Its also a practical RV accessory because it reduces the amount of dirt, dust, and rocks that are trekked inside.

Outdoor Camping Rug

  • Made of PP Tube Plastic
  • Foldable, lightweight, easy to clean
  • Includes four ground pins to flatten the corners once unrolled outdoors
  • 9 pounds


Right before we left on our trip, Todd injured his back. He purchased a zero gravity chair, which helped ease the pressure on his lower back.

After the outdoor rug went down, our Zero Gravity camping chairs were next. I would move these chairs up to the “must-have RV accessories” section after a long road trip.

Zero Gravity Chairs

  • Steel tube frame
  • Maximum hold capacity: 350 pounds
  • 65″D x 39.9″W x 44.9″H
As you can see, Todd kinda likes his zero gravity chair!


Not all RV parks will allow you to attach a hammock or anything to their trees, so be sure to ask before you do so. Whenever we camp at sites where hammocks are allowed, we take full advantage of it set up a nice little lounging area. (Hint: remember the outdoor rug and propanie fire pit.)

Camping Hammock

  • Lightweight and portable
  • Single: 9′ long x 4.5′ wide holds 400 pounds
  • Double: 10′ long x 6.5′ wide holds 500 pounds
  • Includes 9′ long tree straps and carabiners
  • 24 ounces
  • 65″D x 39.9″W x 44.9″H

Must-Haves for Safety and RV Maintenance

Here are a few RV must-haves that fall under the safety and care of you and your rig category:

  • Electric Mini Dehumidifier – RVs hold a lot of moisture, which can cause all kinds of unwanted things to happen. Use a dehumidifier to prevent costly repairs.
  • Headlamp – A headlamp is really useful when looking for something outside the RV after dark. It’s great to have for inside the RV in the event of a power failure. The headlamp is also a great accessory if you’re doing work under the camper or in small dark spaces. We have used headlamps while camping and for night hiking.

Accessories for RV Interior Decoration

Whether you’re a full-time RVer or a weekend warrior, decorating your rig and making it feel like a home is important. Here are a few of my favorite accessories for sprucing up your space.

  • Peel and Stick Tiles – Our friends who we traveled with to PEI and Nova Scotia introduced me to these. They are perfect for brightening up and modernizing the kitchen and bathrooms in your RV
  • Collapsible Ottoman – This collapsible ottoman is used every single day. It adds extra storage, gives us a place to kick up our feet and makes the place look and feel like a home
  • Over the door hook – Having a place to hang towels or coats helps make your space look and feel less cluttered. We hung our winter coats on ours in the winter and lightweight jackets in the summer and spring
  • Large Command Hooks – These hooks came in handy and stayed put to hang our towels in the bathroom
  • Battery Operated Fairy Lights – I hung these on our curtain valances and had them programmed to come on at around 4 o’clock every afternoon. Ours were on a 6-hour timer, so they went off at the perfect time every night. Once I added these, it really stepped up the cozy factor of our travel trailer at night.
RV gadgets that step up your RV decor game

Gift Ideas for RVers

If you’re looking for some fun gift ideas, here are a few items your RVing friends would love:

  • State Sticker Map – A fun way to track and show all the states you’ve visited
  • Portable Gas Grill – This is the perfect grill for RVers because it can be used on a table. Or, because it has a telescoping stand, it can also be used on the ground. This alternative setup is great because a lot of RV parks do not allow grills to be used on top of the picnic tables.
  • Portable Propane Fire Pit – As we mentioned above, this was gifted to us from friends. It’s one of our favorite items in the RV.

And that’s a wrap for our list of favorite RV Gadgets, Supplies, and Equipment. These are the items we actually use and would not want to do without.

We truly hope this list and the explanations helped you prepare for your RVing adventure.


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    1. Hi Vickie,

      To be completely honest, I have not been through the dewinterizing and full sanitizing process with our travel trailer. The best thing that I can do is point you toward a good video that walks you through that process:

      I hope that video will give you the knowledge and confidence you need, but if it doesn’t quite fit your situation just do a bit more searching for your specific situation on YouTube and you should find exactly what you need. If you have further questions let me know.

      All the best!


  1. You posted suggestions about earning money while full time RVing. One was starting a blog. I’ve read other folks talking about this but none ever talk about actually where or how to post it. I’m actually started writing my first post after opening my first ever Facebook site? File? Page???… whatever your supposed to call it. But I have no idea if this is the place to post it or some other site or if all the sites are needed… anyway just figured you would explain where you posted besides Pintrest, or maybe they picked you up…

    1. Hi Dan, glad to hear you are taking some steps forward! The best I can do is point you in the right direction for some “blogging basics” to help you understand what it actually is and what steps you need to take next:

      From there, as you progress, you should consider taking a look at Elite Blog, a resource that helped us build a full-time income and hit the road. The freedom is there for the taking, but it does take plenty of focus and effort to get things off the ground. It can be overwhelming, so remember to take it one small step at a time.

      To address your Pinterest question, we post eye-catching images there related to the blog posts we publish on this site. It’s the same idea with Facebook: we post items to promote engagement with our brand. But all of those details are down the road a bit for you. Start with those basics up above first and get the ball rolling.

      We wish you nothing but the best!


  2. Yes I totally agree with the tires on the rv. We recently bought a used rv which just had four brand new tires on it. We headed out this summer on a trip and I had repacked the wheel bearings, checked brakes and adjusted them. I actually took two spares for my truck and an extra loose tire which would fit both the truck rim and trailer rim. I like to be prepared, well we blew two tires on the trailer and they blew totally apart. I wasn’t travelling that fast, 60mph, I like to see the sights also. I checked the net and checked the tires I needed and found the last owner cheated out and bought tires too light for the trailer. So, we now have four new proper rated tires for the size of trailer we have, don’t trust what you are told !

    1. Hi Ken, thanks for your comment! I think it is extremely important that as many RVers as possible understand this critical issue with tires on so many towable RVs. Your experience will help others hopefully avoid the same kind of mess and stay safe on the road. It’s great having more safety, and peace of mind, on the road. Thanks for sharing!

      I wish you the best in all of your (safer) travels!


  3. The Camco-brand Surge Suppressor does not have a weatherproof feature. We had a bad rain storm and lost all power. Camcorder would not make good on it or repair it. If you have one as shown here, protect your connections using either a gallon zip-lock bag or a RubberMaid-type container, say for half gallon ice cream container. The Progressive Industries, Inc suppressors include a clear plastic cover to kept water out.

    1. Hi Gary, thanks for pointing that out about the Camco product and for sharing your experience. While we were full-timing for 18 months, we saw plenty of rainstorms but luckily never had our surge protector fail on us, even without the clear plastic cover or our own added protection. But I don’t think I would press my luck and try that again!

      Appreciate your comment and happy travels to you in 2021! Peace.

  4. Great article! Thank you. My family and I are second year neophytes to rv-ing and I have to say that every one of the items you’ve listed have come in handy. Happy trekking and maybe we’ll see you out on the road!

    1. Hey Kevin, that is so good to hear! Feels great to be adding a little something of value to the RVing world. 🙂

      Hope to see you out there this year. Happy trekking!

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