Last Updated on 11/21/2023 by Glynn Willard
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What Are The RV Essentials For The New Owner?
Let’s break it down and keep it simple. Here we go!
What’s The Most Important Gear For A New RV?
You just bought a new or “new to you” RV and you’re bombarded by lists and suggestions of all the gear you need to equip your RV. Do you need everything on the lists? Absolutely not!
And I caution you to consider the weight of everything you purchase (regardless of the GVWR of your RV).
On our first go-around of the country, we took a lot of gear we thought we needed. Upon returning to the home-base, we shed a lot.
And, of course, we acquired a few things we didn’t realize we needed for boondocking fulltime while we were on the road.
I’ll repeat that… if you forget something, there’s ample opportunity to acquire it on the road.
Looking To Get Right To The Full List Of Essential RV Gear?
You can go straight to our Necessary RV Gear site that lists our selection of essential RV gear in a nice orderly fashion.
RV Essentials For The New Owner
But please start with just the necessities until you’ve spent some time on the road.
Knowing and understanding your RVing style will clarify what you do and don’t need from the other categories.
Anderson Leveler System
The Right Sewer Hose
Water Filters For Your RV
Additional Water Storage
Water Pressure Regulator
A Good Potable Water Hose
Water Heater Anode Rod
Heavy Duty Chocks
Lubricants To Maintain Your Slide And Seals
Hooks, Hooks & More Hooks
Power Adaptor Cords
It doesn’t matter what kind of RV you have, you’ll need a set or two in the rig all the time. And you will use them every time. No need to buy expensive, fancy leveling blocks.
Oh and how many times have we encountered a Class A with an auto leveling system that failed.
These have served us well and have been put through the wringer. In fact, we use them under the truck tires whenever we get stuck. Yes, it happens on occasion.
If you have travel trailer or fifth wheel, these are a must! But you have an automatic leveling system, you say? It doesn’t matter. I encourage you to have these as a back up.
On more than one occasion, we’ve crossed paths with RV’ers who’s automatic leveling system has failed. If they had had these as a backup, all would have been fine.
We use these almost every time we park the rig. And they’re so easy to use!
Dump after dump every week for years and this exact hose has held up great to an unbelievable amount of poo!
Make sure you have the additional hose attachment. On more than one occasion, I was a little too far from the sewer and it’s always easier to extend the hose than reposition the rig. Especially if ther are othes waiting!
We use two types of water filters. The first is always attached to our potable water hose regardless of the water’s flavor. It’s inexpensive and easy to replace.
I sample the water before filling our tanks and if it has an adverse flavor, I add this next filter to the other end of the hose.
It has yet to fail us in making the water we add to our tank palatable. This was less than the competition, but is better quality than I thought. Just drain it after each use (not difficult).
Overkill??? Never! Running out of water or figuring out your onboard water is contaminated is never a good thing!
We keep three of these full in the truck bed (which we cycle to keep them fresh). We’ve had to use them on more than one occasion.
If you connect to city water, always use this in case the pressure is too high for your rig. We keep one on board, but rarely use it since we live off our fresh water tank.
This hose is only for your drink water. It’s the one we keep the inline filter attached to and then it attaches to the secondary filter system and is used for nothing else.
Make sure you have 50 feet, not 25. We’ve needed almost all 50 feet on several occasions. Again, easier to have a longer hose than move the whole rig.
If you have a Suburban water heater in your rig, you will eventually need one of these.
Do yourself a favor and change it anually if you use your water heater on a regular basis. The old syaing, an ounce of prevention…. you know the rest.
Please don’t skimp on something that will keep your rig from rolling. We’ve found these exact chocks to do exactly what they’re supposed to do and do it well.
No need to get caught up in all the variety of lubricants for these applications. Maintaining the integrity of your seals and slide will save you on the long run. And everything will operate as it should for longer.
We show you how to use it in this video.
You can never have too many! They’re all over our rig and we still don’t have enough.
I assure you, if you place one or fifty up, they will get used.
Maybe you’re rig is 30 Amp or it’s 50 Amp. You’ll eventually show up somewhere with only a 15 Amp hookup or only the opposite of what you have.