When you decide to live the RV lifestyle, be it a weekend RVer, or a full-time RVer, there is no getting around it. You’re giving up a lot! You do not have much room, so, you have to make the most of the items you choose to keep. Whether they are essential or serve a dual purpose. But, you want to make sure it not only makes your life easier but helps in keeping you entertained. I am not currently living the RV lifestyle, but I am doing my research and can’t wait! With camping weather coming up, here is my selected list of the 10 must haves for your RV lifestyle. (I’ve edited this list based on feedback received. Please note, these items are MY must haves. They may not necessarily be yours!)
Water Pressure Regulator – The regulator is a great idea that can help you in the long run. Most campsites have water pressure that may be too high. While this is good because it’s not taking forever to do dishes or wash shampoo out of your hair, it can possibly cause leaks and/or burst hoses.
Frozen Drink Maker – You cannot tell me that you go camping without a drink maker. Who doesn’t like a nice cold one at the end of the day? Whether you’ve been driving all day, or out seeing the sights of your new temporary hometown?
Bicycle – This is a great way to get around town if you have an all in one RV and no separate car. The only thing your spending is your energy peddling the bike. And there’s nothing wrong with that, especially after sitting at the wheel all day. But, this one serves a dual purpose. If you break down? You won’t have to walk to the nearest town.
Hoses and Cords – With RV living, things break, come loose, or just wear out. Hoses and Cords were popular ones from the people in RV groups that I asked. These include the Ultimate Sewer Kit, a Drinking Water Hose and 50′ 30 Amp RV Extension cord. If you have a composting toilet, obviously the sewer kit is not a need. If you do have a sewer line, it was brought to my attention (sorry, total newb here) to make sure and have a separate hose, from the drinking water hose, to clean out the sewer hose! Makes sense and I’m sure I would have figured that out after I got the RV lol.
Music – There are many ways to have access to music, but I will always go with my new standby. The Alexa Echo Dot is a dual purpose device. You can get your news, the weather and play music. Add things to your shopping and to-do lists. I honestly can’t say enough about this device. And you will find it on just about every list I put out there :). If you’re afraid of it sliding around while you’re driving, you can also purchase the FitSand(TM) Wall Mount for Echo Dot to keep it attached to your wall or underside of your cabinets. Some may not consider this a must have as the echo dot does use wifi. If you’re on an unlimited plan, there would be no worries.
Data Storage – This one I view as one of the most important items in your keeping. Having hard copies of your documents is important, but what happens if you have a fire? I scan my documents into my computer as well, but also take it a step further and transfer the information to an encrypted flash drive. This is something that you can keep on hand, whether in your pocket, your pocketbook or on your Keychain. But, I cannot stress this enough. Have your back up! And this is actually good for everyone. Not just those living an RV lifestyle.
Mobile Wifi Hotspot – There are many options for this out there. From what I’ve gathered from other RVers, Verizon seems to be the most reliable. At least up to 8,000 feet! After that, it may get a little spotty.
Solar Panels – Yes, I’m coming back to Solar Power. It’s free! So why wouldn’t I? And if you are an RVer who prefers to boondock, instead of going to RV Parks? Why waste your own money to keep your power going? Let the sun do it for you. But, I’m not going to lie, this is a higher start up price. The smaller your RV or the more frugal you are with your power use, the fewer panels you will need. Larger RV’s? On the road full time? Like to Boondock or dry camp more often? You’re going to need more panels. You get 60 watts of power for every square meter.
So, depending on your needs and/or habits, you may need up to 800 watts of power, and you can spend anywhere from a couple hundred, to a few thousand dollars. Some panels do not include the inverters and controllers. This Complete Solar and Inverter System would be powerful enough to power all your appliances and devices.
GPS – Some RVer’s prefer the old fashioned method and pull out the paper maps. Me? I’m all for going fully modern where I can lol. Sometimes it wouldn’t be bad to get lost, but you’ll eventually need to get unlost, right? You can choose to get a regular car GPS, or spend a little more and get the RV GPS. The RV GPS provides RV-specific services and vendors, repair shops, truck stops and a comprehensive list of nationwide repair and tow facilities (including those offering after-hours road service). Not bad features to have! It also gives specialized RV routing based on customizable restrictions including height, weight, width and length. Cautions and advisories include the risk of grounding, lateral wind, narrow road, sharp curve, steep hill, tree overhang and state borders.
Memory Foam Mattress – As this is your new bed, you want to sleep comfortably. Having a Memory Foam Mattress can help with that since it will conform to your body and help you settle in much easier. Puffy Mattress is also a good option for a good night sleep! And right now, they are running a special of $100 off! They ship it in a box to you and you have a 101-night free trial period to try it out :).
So, there’s the list that I put together on must haves for your RV lifestyle from my research and listening to others in Facebook groups that I’m involved with. Again, please keep in mind that this is MY list of what I consider must haves. Not everyone has the same list. Some may not view electronics or a bike as a must have. Since I’m only researching it at this time, what would be on your list? Why would something I have listed not be on your must-haves list? Share in comments below!
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