Gadgets to Add to Your RV Wish List
Fun research and face-time with several groups of full-time RVers helped us develop this list of cool gadgets. We’ve also included links to where you can find these items. Please add your favorite items to our list by commenting below.
Here’s our got-to-have list:
- Electrical Management System (EMS) Hard-wired or Portable – Surge protectors offer complete protection for any RV that uses 30 or 50 amp electrical service. Our faves are from Progressive Industries (hard-wired: EMS-HW30C / EMS-HW50C and portable: EMS-PT30X / EMS-PT50X).
- Freestanding stainless ice-maker by Igloo – No drain required for this plug-in model that can make up to 26 lbs of ice in 24 hours, perfect for an RV.
- Boil Kettle – Stop using propane to boil water when you have an electric kettle! We love Chef’s Star Borosilicate Glass Electric Kettle, 1.7 liter; it boils a quart of cold water in about 7 minutes.
- Portable Satellite Dish – We found the King VQ4500 Tailgater to be the most popular with the fewest negative remarks. Made specifically for RVers, you’ll love this luxury item.
- Instant Pot – Once you begin using this 6 quart, 7-in-1 multi-use pot, you’ll find it hard to do without it. This cooker will help you create some yummy meals on the road.
- Awning Shade – Whether you’re looking for a little extra privacy or a little more shade, you’ll love these new shades by Tentproinc. You’ll attach this to the front or sides of your awning.
- Trailer Hitch Stand and Hammaka Chair Combo – You’ll love lounging in these chairs that can be easily installed to a pick-up or RV.
- Wifi Connections – Really. All the time. All your devices. Check out WiFi Ranger.
- Water Pressure Regulator Valve – Renator makes the best and you’ll be glad you took the time to pack one of these devices. Hence, don’t start running the shower and kitchen sink faucets without it.
- Quick-Zip Sheets – It’s tough to put regular sheets on most RV beds, so we guarantee you’ll love Quick-Zip Sheets because they make bed-making hassle free!
As you meet other travelers at Stonebridge RV Park or on your road trips, you’re bound to be introduced to other awesome gadgets that make rving a little more comfortable, so be sure and check back in with us and let us know if you’ve found something you think others will want to hear about.
How to Hook Up Your RV
If you are going on an RV vacation for the first time, it’s essential to know that connecting to water, sewer and electric amenities is essential. Unless you’re a very experienced RVer, it’s not recommended that you go off the grid without access to these services.
Watch this brief video to learn how to hook up your RV at the RV park.
Before connecting your electricity, make sure your circuit breaker is in the off position.
Always check your cords and plug to ensure they are in good condition. Know what amps your RV or trailer requires, check to see how many amps the hookup is, and use an adapter if you need to. Using a surge protector is strongly recommended. Camp Addict provides some of the best advice on what surge protectors work best.
Store your fresh water hose and your sewer hose in separate bins.
Hook up your clean water using a hose that is clean and free of contaminants. This will allow you to have running water in your sink and shower in your RV. Additionally, it’s recommended to always use a flow restricter, because you never know what the water pressure is going to be like. Last, using a water filter will give you piece of mind regarding water quality.
Take precautions when connecting and disconnecting the sewer hose.
It’s recommended that you wear a simple pair of latex gloves when connecting and disconnecting your sewer hose. Sewer rings are required in some states, so be sure you have one on hand at all times. Ensure all your connections are tight and leak free.
If you’re renting an RV, always ask for a thorough orientation on all systems and operations as well as making all the connections. If you ever need help, just ask other RVers or park staff. The staff at Stonebridge RV Park and Resort are always ready to help guests.
Advice for Keeping Your RV Running Smoothly
If you’re the owner of an RV, you will want to pay attention to this advice regarding important preventative maintenance routines to keep it running smoothly.
As the spring approaches in Texas, you might be thinking about hitting the road in your RV with your family. One great place to make a reservation for a stopover is Stonebridge RV Park in Sweeny, Texas. Stonebridge is within an hour of beautiful gulf-coast beaches and the Houston world-renown medical center.
But don’t make the mistake the taking off on your road-trip without ensuring you’ve done all the preventative maintenance on your RV to ensure you’re travels are as hassle free as possible.
It’s not that unexpected things won’t happen, but by routinely caring for your vehicle, you’ll find trips to be more about having fun instead of having to deal with problems. Depending on where you’re traveling, parts and services are not all easily accessible.
Once you make sure that your RV is running perfectly, you and your family can depart on a short or extended road-trip and take advantage of all the world has to offer. Watch this video for some tips on keeping your RV running smoothly. Following this advice, you’ll be ready for your next long-term RV camping trip.
Let’s take another look at the advice and main highlights you want to be sure to include in your checklist:
- Check all the fluids regularly (oil, wiper, brake, power-steering, transmission and windshield washer);
- Tires should be checked before every trip (look for cracks, cuts, bulges);
- Check air filters routinely;
- Wipers should be changed every six months if you are on the road routinely and every year otherwise (wipers become brittle and won’t do the job);
- Many RVs have dual-batteries. Extend the life of your batteries by properly recharging. Check your batteries before each trip for leakage or crystallization, which may mean there is an issue.
- Radiator coolant should be checked before every trip. Antifreeze helps your RV in cold and hot temperatures.
- All hoses and clamps should be checked for cracks, breaks and leaks on a regular basis.
Another good resource for a PM checklist for your RV was put together by the creator of RV University. You’ll find lots of tips on his website.
No matter your source for implementing a consistent and thorough preventative maintenance routine, just be sure you keep it up on a regular basis.
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