RV owners love their gadgets. I know this because I love my gadgets. But this isn’t a post about all the fancy/techy stuff we can fit into our rigs. This is about the basics of maintaining sanity while enjoying our RV travels. These inexpensive RV items are cheap (which is just another term for inexpensive), effective, and will give you peace of mind along your journey.
Our Favorite Inexpensive RV Items
Not all hoses or hose bibs are created equal. This becomes glaringly obvious when you hook up your freshwater line, turn it on, and realize you’re putting more water on the ground than in the rig.
On our fifth-wheel, I need to put one in each of the water connectors (fresh and flush) to stop the leak. It was super simple, but frustration when I had to run to the store to pick them up.
For a couple bucks, you can get a bag of 10-12. These really are a no brainer.
Ants love RVs. Specifically, they love heat sources provided by RVs.
At every park we have been to, ants have built a mound around our AutoFormer (power regulator). I’ve even noticed a mound or two around our water hose and some of the leveling pads.
For some reason, I’m a little dense and avoided spending $5 on a bag of these granules until recently. I feel better about myself now that I have protect our expensive voltage regulator & surge protector . . . among other things.
Now when we get to a park, I routinely sprinkle some of these magical granules around the problem areas. So far, we have been ant free.
This is that little thingy that turns one hose bib into two. It really is quite magical.
Most RV sites have a water spigot to hook up to, but generally just one. Having a second hose at the ready is a must (hello designated hose for cleaning the stinky slinky).
No more disconnecting the fresh water connection every time you want to: wash the dog, wash the car/truck/RV, clean the sewer stuff, etc.
Do yourself a favor and pay the extra few $$ for the brass one. Sure, that plastic one for $1.97 will work . . . but not for long.Hose Y-Adaptor
I know, I know. Every RVer loves to sing the Command strip theme song, so I’ll keep this short.
These little buggers are darn near holding our entire rig together.
We use them for:
- Hanging pictures & decorations
- Coat hooks
- Towel hooks
- Securing random stuff electronics & bins on flat surfaces (i.e. desk for travel)
- Hanging measuring cups and spoons
- We even mounted our Dyson on the wall with these suckers
We’ve bought a couple few numerous variety packs from Amazon, and they work great.
Please, stop buying cases of water from the store. It just isn’t the most efficient way to do water in an RV. Get a decent filter system for drinking water (we use a Berkey) and fill your own bottles.
We actually snagged two sets of these Rubbermaid Water Bottles (yes, they are BPA free) at the RV Supershow in Tampa, for $4 a set . . . score.
Now we keep a few chilled in the fridge, and fill the others when needed. Water crisis averted!
Folding Step Stool
If you didn’t already know this, RVs have limited space. Shocker, right? That being said, the manufacturers have done a good job to placing cabinet that are just out of reach.
These folding step stools help our daughter reach the normal cabinets, and help us grab stuff for the high-up places.
Since “folding” is in the name, they tuck away nicely when not in use.
These bright bad boys are perfect for upgrading those halogen/incandescent bulbs in your rig.
The give off plenty of light, don’t produce heat, and save electricity when boondocking.
They come in many different shades/colors, so you can easily go crazy while customizing your lighting needs without breaking the bank.
The number one killer in RVs is head trauma. Ok, I just made that up . . . but I could be right . . . maybe. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve hit my head in/on our fifth-wheel, or how many things I’ve hit it on.
Just shy of wearing a helmet at all time (that has been my wife’s suggestion to me), pool noodles are perfect for covering the corners/edges of the higher slides. They even work on the kingpin on a fifth-wheel.
Just cut them to the desired length, and split one side with a knife. Your brain will thank you.
They also come in hand on the ladder if you have a rack installed. I pop a couple on the ladder and the forks of the bikes to keep them from beating each other up on travel days.
Getting the rig level is super important. Not only do you not want to feel like you’re in a funhouse, you also want to ensure level to protect the slide and keep that absorption fridge running right (look it up if you don’t know what I’m talking about).
We have two of these bubble levels: one on front of the fifth-wheel, right above the kingpin, which shows us our side-to-side level (roll); the second is on the side next to the door, this gives us our front-to-back level (pitch).
These two levels have made getting our rig flattened out much easier, despite the terrain we have encountered.
Square Head Bit (S2)
Rvers are a different breed. We crave adventure, movement, and being unique.
Guess what? RV manufactures are different too. They have conspired to put our rigs together with a screw that doesn’t use a traditional slotted or Phillip’s style bit. Instead they have come cobbled our RVs together with screws that require a square head bit . . . the S2 to be exact.
Trust me, don’t try and cram that Phillip’s head in there, hoping it will work. Spend a few dollars and pick up a variety of lengths of these goofy bits, you’ll thank me.
Twist-On Sewer Valve
The majority of RV owners, at some point in their travels, experience some form of sewage debacle . . . I know we’ve already had one or two.
This is the most expensive item on the list, at about $20. But, it pays for itself with peace of mind.
They attach at the sewer connection on your rig, and work as a secondary valve to stop anything that may have leaked by (fyi: a lot of rigs develop a leaky black tank valve).
From the moment I attached ours, I have been eternally grateful.
Get your heads out of the gutter people, I’m talking about good ol’ 3-in-1 household oil.
If you are anything like me, incessant creaking and squeaking is a sure-fire way to go insane.
I like this style oil for indoors, as it is less prone to making a mess like a spray. A little dab or two on the hinges is well worth it.
For exterior squeaks, I like a white lithium spray.
What Inexpensive RV Items Do You Use?
Hit us up in the comments. We’re always looking for inexpensive RV accessories that make life a bit easier.
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