Last Updated on 05/09/2024 by Glynn Willard

What Are The Best RV Accessories For The New Owner?

 
This list can be applied universally to any recreational vehicle whether the RV owners are part-time RVing or living the full-time RV life.

Let’s break it down and keep it simple so you’re prepared for your next RV trip.

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 and specific needs to equip your RV.

Do you need everything on the lists?

Absolutely not, but it’s a good idea to be prepared before your first road trip!

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 with our first RV, we took a lot of gear we thought we needed.

Upon returning to the home base, we shed many items and opened a lot of storage space.

And that was good news for the overall weight of our first travel trailer.

And, of course, we acquired a few things we didn’t realize we needed for boondocking full-time while we were on the road.

If the joys of the boondocking lifestyle are foreign to you, learn more about boondocking full-time here.

I’ll repeat an important point. If you forget something, there’s ample opportunity to acquire it on the road.
 

Looking To Get Right To The Full Lists Of Essential RV Gear?

 
The box below contains all of the essential gear we’ve narrowed down to save you time and effort before your next camping trip.



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The Most Important Items For Your RV

 
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.
 
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The list Of Best RV Accessories:

 

  • Leveling Blocks

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    It doesn’t matter if you have a small travel trailer, motorhome, or campervan, you’ll need a set or two in the rig all the time.

    And you will use them every time you camp. There is no need to buy expensive, fancy leveling blocks.

    On a side note, we’ve encountered several Class A’s with an auto-leveling system that failed. They were not happy campers.

    The ease of use and low cost make these leveling blocks a must-have, even if you’re car camping.
     

     
    These have served us well and have been put through the wringer.

    In fact, we use them under the tires of our towing vehicle whenever we get stuck. Yes, it happens on occasion.
     

  • Anderson Leveler System

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    If you have a 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 backup.

    Again, on more than one occasion, we’ve crossed paths with RV’ers whose 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!
     

  • The Right Sewer Hose

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    Dump after dump of our gray and black tank every week for years and this exact hose has held up great to an unbelievable amount of use!
     

     
    Make sure you have the additional hose attachment. On more than one occasion at a dump station, I was a little too far from the sewer and it’s always easier to extend the hose than reposition the rig.

    Especially if others are waiting to dump their sewer water!
     

  • Water Filters For Your RV

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    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 source before filling our fresh water 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 it is better quality than I thought.

    Just drain it after each use (it’s not difficult).
     

     

  • Additional Water Storage

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    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 tow vehicle (which we cycle to keep them fresh). We’ve had to use them on more than one occasion.
     

  • Water Pressure Regulator

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    If you connect to city water for your water use, always use this in case the pressure is too high for your rig.

    We keep one onboard but rarely use it since we live off our freshwater tank.
     

     

  • A Good Potable Water Hose

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    This hose is only for your drinking water.

    When we had plenty of storage space in our small travel trailer, we used this one.

    The inline filter remained attached and was used exclusively for drinking water.
     

     
    Once we acquired our campervan, we switched to this drinking water hose. So far, it works great!
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    It’s a good idea to have a 50 foot hose if you live full-time in your RV. We’ve needed almost all 50 feet on several occasions.

    Again, it’s easier to have a longer hose than to move the whole rig.
     

  • Water Heater Anode Rod

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    If you have a Suburban water heater in your rig, you will eventually need one.
     

     
    Do yourself a favor and change it annually if you use your water heater regularly. The old saying, an ounce of prevention…. You know the rest.

    If your RV is newer, you’ll likely have an instant hot water, which does not have an anode rod.
     

  • Heavy Duty Wheel Chocks

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    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.
     

     

  • Lubricants To Maintain Your Slide And Seals

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    There is no need to get caught up in all the variety of lubricants for these applications.

    Maintaining the integrity of your seals and slides will save you in the long run. And everything will operate as it should for longer.
     

     

     
    We show you how to use it in this video.
     

  • Hooks, Hooks & More Hooks

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    You can never have too many! They were the most used of all our travel trailer accessories.

    Now they’re all over our campervan.
     

     

     
    I assure you, if you place one or fifty up, they will get used.
     

  • Power Adaptor Cords

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    Maybe your 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.
     

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    Each dog bone adapter is light, inexpensive, and will make the difference between electricity and no electricity in some locations.

    Make sure you purchase the correct one for your rig’s amperage.
     

  • Gas And Or Diesel Can

  • Always, always have extra fuel for your vehicle and generator. The Scepter brand is rock solid!
     

     
    We always love the signs in Nevada stating “200+ miles until the next service!”

    As I said, always have additional fuel on board.
     

  • Speaking Of Generators…

  • As we’ve well learned, proper maintenance of this portable generator will keep it running forever. Whether you prefer Yamaha or Honda, they both make amazing generators.
     

     
    We can attribute that two of these put out 30 Amps and run our entire rig, including air conditioning all day on less than a gallon of gas. And they are super quiet!
     

  • Trailer Coupler Pin

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    If you have a bumper pull travel trailer, there’s a chance you will lose this by forgetting to put it back when unhitching.

    It’s almost happened to us on several occasions.
     

     
    So, we keep a few extras in the “spare RV parts” bin.
     

  • Camco Camper/RV Vent Insulator and Skylight Cover

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    When it came to temperature control for the interior of our RV, this was crucial for our skylights.

    Once we obtained our campervan, it also deadened the whistling from the skylight when driving over 60 mph.
     

     

  • Dirty Laundry Storage And Transport

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    The key here is it’s lightweight, folds up, is durable, and holds a lot of laundry. The basket rides in the tub on moving days and anywhere it fits on stationary days.
     

     
    But, it’s not so good to take laundry to the laundromat. So, we use two of these bags to transport dirty laundry.
     

     
    They also get washed, so they’re clean when packing the clean laundry back into them.
     

  • A Brush For Washing Your RV

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    Unless you plan on outsourcing your rig’s detailing, keep one of these on hand.

    You don’t need anything fancy, just sturdy. It makes washing every part of the trailer a whole lot easier!
     

     
    Also, there is no need to attach the hose. Just dip it in soapy water, scrub it, and spray it off.
     

  • Easy Clean Up

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    We use these to clean the inside of the entire rig including floors, sink, toilet, walls, and surfaces before travel days.
     

     
    They work well, we finish everything in under thirty minutes and they burn easily when we’re boondocking.
     

  • Baby Wipes, Not Just For Babies

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    We boondock most of the time, which means fewer showers. We use wipes on the “hot spots,” neck, arms and legs.

    When we’re in the desert, it’s amazing how much dust comes off us.
     

     
    These also burn well when boondocking. Gavyn gives you his impression of wipes in this video.

 

Additional RV Accessories

 
It’s a great idea to review the list below and make sure you have the appropriate items for your RV.

You likely already have many of the items stashed somewhere in your home.

If not, I went through and found only the items we would order for our RV.
 

  • Specific spare RV parts for your rig.
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  • Small portable grill if you like to cook outside your camper.
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  • Tire pressure gauge. We use ours a lot even with a TPMS system.
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  • Duct tape. Need I explain?
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  • Surge protector for your electrical system if you stay in campgrounds. Make sure to purchase the appropriate amperage for your RV.
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  • First aid kit
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  • A long power cord (extension cord) in case you’re at a Boondockers Welcome and their shore power outlet is far away.
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  • Bungee cords. Again, no need to explain.

 
If there’s anything else we eventually find to be essential, we’ll add it to this list.
 
If you take anything from this article, only start with the necessities. Then acquire what you need/want after you figure out your RVing style.

Happy and safe travels!
 
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