RVing season is in full-swing! Newbies, full timers and part timers are all hitting the road to the best summer RV destinations in the US – and most of us are doing it with our favorite RVing accessories. Before you hit the road on your next RVing trip, take a look at this list of the most popular RVing accessories of 2019 and be sure you have everything you need to make the most of your time on the road!
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Save your cell phone battery life and lower your travel-day stress levels with a dedicated RV GPS. The Garmin RV GPS is an incredibly worthwhile investment: you can get a customized route based on your RV length, weight and height – ensuring you won’t be caught off guard at low bridges or other obstacles. It also integrates TripAdvisor and Foursquare features to show you all the new and top-rated attractions, along with a comprehensive directory of over 30,000 RV parks and service sites. Google and Apple Maps can’t do that!
For those of us without a built-in washer and dryer, having a portable washing machine can be a lifesaver! Check out any RVing Facebook group and you’ll find people raving over these handy little machines. The portable washing machine is space efficient, quick, and saves you from expensive laundromats and hundreds of dollars. It only uses 1.5 gallons of water per load, saving your precious fresh water when you’re dry camping. It spins clothes to almost dry – hang them to dry in your RV or couple with the clotheslines in the “Outside the RV” section for a perfect RVing laundry solution.
Another item you’ll frequently see RVers raving about in RV forums and Facebook groups: the Portable Ice Maker! This compact and sleek looking machine can make up to 25lbs of ice per day – all the cold and blended drinks you could ever dream of! Us RVers know that there isn’t much space in an RV freezer – and practically none of them have an ice maker. This machine is the perfect portable solution to having great ice wherever the road takes you. Pair it with the Portable Ice Maker Carry Case for storage and transport.
If you’ve ever spent much time in an RV, you know that countertop space is limited, if not non-existent. This can make getting a load of dishes done an interesting task! There isn’t much room for a countertop dish drainer, and if there is then there won’t be much room for anything else. Introducing: The Over the Sink Dish Drainer! It’s handy, collapsible and adjusts to fit many differently sized sinks.
Most RV showers are incredibly small and have no shelves to store your toiletries. If you install a shelf – things just fall off it while you’re in motion! This 3 chamber dispenser is the perfect solution for the whole family – fill it with your favorite soap, shampoo, and conditioner and leave the bottles at home. This push button dispenser can be mounted in a corner or on a flat wall for the best use of your shower space.
Let’s face it – stock RV mattresses aren’t the most comfortable things to sleep on, and not all of us want to buy a whole new mattress for something we just use for camping. A memory foam mattress topper is a great solution for a less-than-stellar RV mattress, and is much more cost efficient than buying a whole new RV mattress. This 3 inch memory foam mattress topper comes in regular AND RV sizes – no matter what size mattress you have, you can add a layer of comfort.
This frying pan is so awesome you’ll want to get one for your home, too! The 10-inch stainless frying pan by GSI outdoors is lightweight, compact, has a nonstick surface (that actually works!) and heats food evenly every time. I personally picked up one of these pans after a recommendation from another camper, and it’s the first pan I reach for every time I prepare a meal while camping. If you forget your cooking oil, cleanup is still a breeze!
The Mr Heater is perfect for chilly nights sitting outside the RV or for heating up a space quickly without using the furnace. The Mr. Heater runs off of 1lb camping propane bottles, or can be retrofitted with a hose to run off of bigger propane tanks. This is an awesome little heater popular with RVers and tent campers alike, is compact and produces a lot of heat with a high and a low setting.
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Another one of those super popular RVing items you may have seen in use at a campground or talked about online – the Zero Gravity Reclining Camping Chair. These chairs are perfect for relaxing at the campsite after a long drive or day of activity. They are super comfortable, recline for ultimate relaxation and fold flat for easy storage and transport.
Surge protectors are more of a necessity than a luxury accessory, in my opinion, but I see many RVers without them! A surge protector is like insurance for your RVs electrical system. These little powerhouses will let you know if you plug in to an ungrounded RV pedestal and will protect your RV’s electrical system from power surges due to an electrical storm or shoddy campground electricity. You never know what you’re going to get at a campground when it comes to your electric pedestal – some are in pristine condition, and some look terrible! However, you can’t diagnose electrical issues just by looking at it – which is where this little device comes in handy. You can get them in 30amp and 50amp, and there are a variety of different kinds with different features. The most important feature is that the surge protector will sacrifice itself in the event of a power surge, potentially saving you thousands of dollars in RV electrical repairs.
A simple but super popular campsite addition is the RV Patio Mat. A review from one RVer said having a patio mat is a necessity for her because it makes her feel like she is at home with a porch wherever she goes. RV patio mats come in many sizes and designs and are easily cleaned.
Hang your clothes, towels and swimsuits up to dry on your RV ladder with this hanging clothes dryer. Perfect for swimming days or after you wash your clothes in your portable washing machine, this rack hangs right on your ladder and folds up easily when you’re done with it!
Not every campsite has a picnic table – so many RVers prefer to bring their own! A folding table is a great addition for your campsite whether you’re picnicking or using it for outdoor crafts. This table is compact and can easily fit in your RV storage bins when not in use.
Campsite lighting is important for hanging out after dark and LED rope lights are the most popular choice among RVers for lighting up the campsite at night. You can get LED rope lights in many lengths and colors for your own unique campsite lighting effects.
The Thetford Portable Waste Tank, ‘Honey Wagon’ or ‘Blue Boy’… whatever you want to call it – it’s a worthwhile accessory for your RV. Perfect for boondocking or staying in state parks or other campgrounds without a sewer connection, you can connect to this exterior tank to drain your gray and black water and wheel to the dump station instead of moving your entire RV. Breaking down camp just to go dump can be a pain, especially when you plan on staying several more days at the campsite! With a portable waste tank, you’ll never have to worry about that again.
If you’re still in the market for a great sewer hose kit (or are tired of your current one) the Rhino sewer hose and accessories are a great choice. These hoses are sturdy, easy to work with and come with many different connectors and accessories. The days of fighting with your sewer hose are over – this kit has everything you need for setting up at camp or dumping at the dump station.
If you’re the type of camper who wants to stay connected while traveling or while camping, there is no shame in that! The WeBoost RV Cell Signal Booster is perfect for those campsites where you get a little signal but not enough to do anything with. This booster has an outdoor antenna that amplifies existing cell signal inside your RV. A very worthwhile investment for those RVers who need to get work done from the road or simply like being connected to Social Media and Netflix.
Hand signals can get confusing when you’re backing in or loading up your camper. Walkie Talkies are a great solution for setting up and breaking down camp.
Your RV or Trailers tires are what get you from place to place safely every time. Your contact with the ground is very important – and so is monitoring the overall condition and pressure of your tires. It can be difficult to find air compressors that are powerful enough for RV and trailer tires while traveling, and regular air compressors are way too big and bulky to bring along on an RV trip. The Viair 450p Air Compressor solves all of these issues – it is compact, can provide up to 150psi, has an automatic shutoff function and can run off of your RV house batteries. With a gas station style tire gun and 200 psi gauge, this compact air compressor is a great accessory to have while traveling.
Even if your RV has a leveling system, you may occasionally encounter terrain where they just don’t cut it! RV Leveling blocks are a great accessory to use in addition to your existing leveling system, to place underneath your leveling jacks or use with a trailer or RV that doesn’t have a leveling system. Keep your RV fridge operating properly and enjoy your campsite with a level camper – these blocks stack together for compact storage when not in use.
Whether you’re RVing part time or full-time, these are the best and most in-demand RVing accessories of 2019. No matter your preferences or RVing style, we’re sure you’ll find some of these items handy! What is your favorite RVing item? Let us know in the comments below.