Not sure what RV accessories you’ll need for your adventure? Wish you knew what worked well and those items that are a waste of money?
When Joan and I started our RV travel, we had no idea what RV accessories were needed to start RV life. We knew we needed a number of essential items just to get started, but then “What were the items to make RV travel more enjoyable?” There’s always the conversation with fellow RVer’s to see what works best. There were also items purchased that were simply a waste of money.
We receive so many questions from this site and our YouTube channel about what we use and why it works, that I thought I would continue the conversation providing a list of the RV accessories we use, a brief “why”, along with where they can be purchased. And if we have a blog or video about the accessory we share that too!
We currently use or have used every product listed below. You can take the following as a friendly suggestion from a fellow RVer, but as always, it’s still left up to the purchaser to make the decision as to what RV accessories will work best in their situation.
We have reviewed many of the products shown below and created associated videos and blogs. Search our complete blog listing here.
RV Surge & Electrical
RV Electronics & Appliances
RV Tools & Components
If you’re new to the RV lifestyle, there are those items you don’t want to be without. The basics to get started. We created this list of RV Essentials for those who may not know where to start. This isn’t an expensive list of RV products, but covers the basics for water, black and gray tank needs, and that ever important emergency weather radio.
25ft Drinking Water Hose
We have two, for those times when the water spigot is just in the wrong place. For closer distances, we don’t have a bunch of hose and one 25ft works best.
10ft RV Sewer Hose Extention
Once or twice a year we go to a campground with full hook-ups where our sewer hose will not reach the campground dump station. A sewer hose extension provides a quick fix for our stay.
RV Digest-It Liquid Tank Treatment
For those who prefer liquid tank treatments over powered. Liquefies blank tank solids and perfect for treating gray tanks ridding smelly grease and food particles keeping the tank sensors clean. Purchase >
Folding Step Stool
Inline Water Filter
We always use an inline water filter. This gives that extra safety factor along with much improved water taste. With our heavy use, we typically get 3 to 6 months use our of a filter.
Sewer Hose Seal
There are campgrounds where the sewer connection doesn’t have threads to screw in the bayonet adapter. A sewer hose seal between the dump pipe and bayonet minimizes leaks and those stinky smells.
Scott RV Toilet Paper
Household toilet paper isn’t designed to dissolve quickly and may cause a stoppage when you dump your tank.This is comfortable toilet paper and dissolves quickly in the black tank.
The Allstays subscription service yields many more benefits over the lessor costs phone apps. Perfect trip planner for locating campgrounds, fuels stops, dump stations, highway information and much more.
90 Degree Water Hose Elbow
This is that very helpful item that eliminates the stress and strain on your RV water intake hose fittings. Without, you can run the risk of cracking the water intake over time.
45 Degree Clear Sewer Adapter
Monitor your black tank waste to ensure the tank flows clear before you close the release valve. Helpful if you have a blank tank flush system allowing you to see when the water becomes clear.
The Perfect Camping Chair
Very comfortable, well made with convenient cup holder. The quilted seat and padded arms add to the comfort along with a slight tilt in the back makes this camping chair a favorite.
Water Pressure Regulator
Without a water pressure regulator we risk water leaks all over the RV. This model adjusts to a our desired pressure (we use 35lbs) and a gauge to ensure the water pressure is safe.
RV Sewer Hose Support
No one enjoys the “stinky slinky dance”. A RV sewer hose support provides the proper slope to your hose allowing liquids to flow from the camper to the campground dump station.
Midland FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radios
15ft RV Sewer Hose
We’ve used this hose in hot and cold climates and we’ve always had a solid connection. The handy elbow and bayonet adapter provide a tight seal to the campground dump station.
Happy Campers RV Tank Treatment
This treatment eliminates odors and provides a biodegradable, environmentally friendly solution to maintain your black tank. It eliminate odors and liquefies solid waste including tissue.
Rand McNally Road Atlas
This truckers road atlas is a handy tool when making your RV travel plans especially for Class A, Class C or 5th wheel owners. Use to avoid low overpasses, narrow bridges and challenging roads. Purchase >
General RV Accessories
As Joan and I continue our RV travels, we’ve found a number of “nice to have” items that either make travel from campground to campground easier or make the stay more enjoyable. Below are a number of RV Accessories we use on a regular basis.
MAXXAIR Vent Cover
This is one of the first accessories we purchased for our RV. Protects your RV’s interior from rain allowing vent to be used in any weather condition. Very simple to install. Purchase >
Carefree RV Awning Shade
We installed the Carefree RV Awning Shade after months with the rising sun heating up our casual space. The installation was very simple, taking about 30 minutes. Now just zip on and off!
Pet Travel Tube
For all pets – Spacious – Comfortable – Safe – Easy to install and store – Folds flat. Water resistant material for easy clean. No distractions while driving. Storage carrying case included.
Water Hose Quick Connector
Hooking and unhooking your water hose can place stress on your RV water connection. Made of soild brass as found on higher-end RVs. Simply screw on. Now snap your hose on and off.
Table Cloth Weights
Joan was tired of chasing the table cloth all over the campsite on breezy days. This is the perfect fix. 10 ounce weights clipped in the corners of the table cloth worked great. Easy to install and remove.
We’ve owned a number of lower cost camping grills, but they just don’t last. This easy to set up and store grill is great value – perfect for steaks, fish and vegetables – well built and good temps.
RV Awning Replacement
It’s not if, it’s when will the RV awning need to be replace. Sun over time deteriorates the awning cloth and stitching. Or the unforeseen tree limb leaves a hole or rip. High quality and a 1 hour task.
A simple yet effective product to minimize moisture in your RV. Requires no power. We in living area and the bedroom during the winter and apring months when moisture is highest.
Heated Drinking Water Hose
We use when camping late fall or prior to spring and temperatures often drop below freezing. This prevents the water in the hose from freezing. Reported to work below -40. This I’ll never test! Purchase >
Combination Pad Lock
This is our favorite padlock, a 4 number tumbler. Secures items at the camp site. Removes the fear of losing a key or just the inconvenience of not having a key when needed.
1lb to 20lb Propane Tank Hose
This 12 foot 1lb to 20lb tank converter hose adapts 1lb propane camping appliances to a standard 20lb propane tank. Perfect addition to the Char-Broil Grill2Go.
6 X 9 Camping Mat
This mat is great to use in closer areas near the entry of your camper. Helps minimize tracking dirt and when there’s minimum space, provides an area to place camping chairs.
Dry-Z-Air Refill Crystals
This is a low cost refill to use with the Dri-Z-Air Pot. Removes moisture from the interiors of RVs and campers. Crystals turn from solid to liquid. Fills approximately 5 of Dry-Z-Air pots.
Trash Bag Holder
This trash bag holder is made of polypropylene and is built to handle standard 13- gallon trash bags and larger. No tools are required to set up. Use inside or outdoors. Handy around the campsite. Purchase >
5th Wheel King Pin Lock
We use king pin lock when we want to secure our 5th wheel preventing someone from hooking to our 5th wheel kin pin. This lock would take a very substantial effort to defeat.
Grilling Pan With Handles
Made of stainless steel, this grilling pan is great for fish, sea food and vegetables preventing them from falling through the grate and adding that extra amount of heat control.
9 X 12 Camping Mat
If we have the space, we prefer this larger mat. This allows us to place 4+ chairs and a couple of small camping tables to enjoy the company of our fellow RV travelers.
Slim Shade Door Window
Update or replace damaged RV door windows with the Slim Shade Door Window. Improvements include tinted glass and a built-in shade to block the sun and adding privacy.
Aluminum Fold-Away Side Table
We love this table. Made from sturdy aluminum. It doesn’t rust regardless of the weather. We use at our camp site and the beach. Great for those evenings when you need a place to set a light, food or beverage. Purchase >
Car Mount for Tablets & Phones
This windshield mount is ideal for holding a phone or tablet. It’s universal and offers a custom fit if you prefer to use 7″ to 8″ tablet or cell phone. Perfect for map directions or quick access. Purchase >
Folding Grill Table
Oxygenics Hand Held Sprayer Kit
With low campground water pressure, we took “drizzles” not showers. The 5 minute install of the Oxygenics Hand Held Sprayer now provides a powerful residential style shower experience.
Stainless Steel Tumblers
No more broken more glasses in our RV travels. These tumblers are made of stainless steel, which can keep beverages hot for 3 hours and keep cold for 9 hours.
Folding Rocking Chair
Chill out with this portable folding rocking chair. Experience a smooth rocking action on any surface. Constructed of lightweight and sturdy powder-coated steel, and supports up to 250 pounds. Purchase >
The various tools and products we’ve listed below are essential in maintaining our RV. Some are handy to simplify a task while others help prolong the life of the RV.
Flexible Swivel Stik
We use this handy tool once a year to clean, dislodge and flush those stubborn waste deposits and odor-causing particles left in the black tank after it’s emptied. Perfect for holding tanks that are offset from the toilet. Purchase >
Meguiar’s Marine/RV Wash
Meguiar’s Marine/RV Boat Wash safely removes grime and dirt without stripping wax protection. The non-streaking formula conditions and brightens your RV’s surface. Purchase >
Water Heater Tank Rinser
This RV water heater rinser allows you to reach the back of the tank and flush out the harden minerals that can build up over time. This is part of my yearly maintenance tool kit.
Soft Car Wash Brush & Handle
This car wash brush has soft bristles to help prevent scratching and extends keeping you on the ground and off the ladder. Great for cleaning the RV roof too.
Slide-out Dry Lube
We use this every 6 months to keep our sideouts working properly. This lube leaves a dry and waxy film, inhibiting dust adhesion, and protecting the slide mechanisms from road elements and salt.
Dicor Lap Sealant
Important for yearly maintenance to ensure all seals are water tight. Use along a roofs edges, air vents, vent pipes and screw heads.
Slideout Rubber Seal Lube
This lube is used every 6 months to prevent cracking and deterioration of our slide out rubber seals. Conditions, keeps flexible, and prolongs seal life.
EternaBond Tape RV Roof Repair
Permanent repairs for that accidental roof snag or the fallen limb leaving a hole in your RV roof. EternaBond Tape sticks and is virtually impossible to remove once applied.
303 UV Protectant
When it comes to protecting your RV, the sun and UV rays can be a beast. We use 303 UV Protectant on our tires and awnings. It protects against fading, discoloration and cracking.
Burst protection down to -50F when properly diluted. 100% biodegradable, GRAS, non-toxic, non-hazardous, safe with pets and kids. Cheap insurance to protect your RV.
RV Surge Protection & Electrical
We have had a number of instances where our RV surge protection saved our electrical appliances and air conditioners. Also, electrical adapters are a must for RV travel to ensure whatever electrical connection provided will serve your camper.
OUPES 1100 Watt Solar Generator
A great addition allow us to keep our batteries charged at home or for those occasions we are driveway surfing at a friend or family members home.
30 Amp Surge Protector
Provides the similar protection as the 50 amp unit, except this is for RVs equipped for 30 amp electrical service.
15 foot 30 Amp Extension Cord
If your RV has a 30 amp RV electrical service, this is a simple fix for those times when the RV exceeds the distance for your regular service cord to reach the power pedestal.
194 LED 12V Light Bulb T10
We use these LED bulbs for our RV marker lights. Draws less than a third of the power used by a standard 12V t10 bulbs. These bulbs are extremely bright white.
OUPES 1100 Watt Power Station
15 foot 50 Amp Extension Cord
At least a couple of times a year we arrive in a campground where our 50ft power cable will not reach the power pedestal. This 15ft extension cord saves the day.
Twin 30 to 50 Amp Adapter
A great adapter for RV campgrounds that may not offer a 50 amp connection, but two 30 amp in the same pedestal. This provides double the power over a single 30 amp connection. Purchase >
Big Blue 500 Watt Power Station
30 Amp to 50 Amp Adapter
Converts a 30 amp connection to a 50 amp. Event though much lower amperage, we are able to visit those beautiful state and federal parks only offering a 30 amp connection.
25ft 10-Gauge Extension Cord
For those times you need to driveway surf or parked at home. A large 10-gauge, heavy duty 110-volt extension cord to keep your batteries charged or run basic electronic devices in your RV. Purchase >
BigBlue 100 Watt Solar Panel
The SOLARPOWA 100 solar panel has 24V/4.16A maximum output charging power specially designed for the BigBlue Cellpowa 500 portable power station
15 Amp to 50 Amp Adapter
A great addition allow us to keep our batteries charged at home or for those occasions we are driveway surfing at a friend or family members home.
12 Volt DC 921 Wedge LED Bulb
Reduce power consumption and heat. These offer a 3000k warm white light and fit the T10 socket. These are rated at 12-24 volts and will not burnout while the batteries are charging.
50 Amp Surge Protection
Protect your RV from violent electrical storms. Simple to use, no special set up. Continuously monitors for voltage, amp draw and reverse polarity (miswired pedestal, open neutral, open ground). Purchase >
15 to 30 Amp Adapter
For RVs equipped with a 30 amp electrical connection. Perfect for keeping power to the RV at home for basic needs such as batteries charging or driveway surfing at a friends house.
12 Volt DC BA15S 1156 1141 LED bulb
We use these LED bulbs in all of our outside RV fixtures that call for this style of bulb. Very low power consumption and extremely bright. Purchase >
RV Electronics and Appliances
Even in our RV travels, we want the comforts and amenities of home. The use of certain electronics and appliances add to the convenience for driving, work, play and the kitchen. Below are items we’ve found that work well in an RV.
King Jack RV Antenna
Our older “batwing” antenna finally bit the dust. We decided to retire and replace with the King Jack HDTV directional antenna. Easy install, handy signal finder and great reception.
12 Volt DC Portable Fan
A RV 12 Volt portable fan is a necessity in the warmer months when overnight parking at a Walmart or truck stop or stopping for lunch in a rest area. Fits in a standard 12-volt outlet.
ODBLink MX+ Bluetooth ODB2
Using free phone app, the OBDLink MX+ provides a clear presentation of the engine and transmission meters we prefer when towing and the added benefit to quickly diagnose engine warnings if needed. Purchase >
King Jack Antenna Mounting Plate
Use when replacing an existing RV antenna with a King Jack HDTV antenna. Provides a solid base and covers other holes used by the old antenna and not used with the King Jack. Purchase >
Haloview RD7 4-Camera System
For long RVs up to 80 feet in length. The Haloview Range Dominator 7 wireless camera system has a rear, front and 2 side marker cameras. The 720 wireless monitor provides HD quality video. Purchase >
Samsung Tab A 8" Wifi Tablet
Easy to read, reasonably priced, Android tablet with a built-in GPS chip, perfect for our long distance RV travel navigation needs using Google maps and a WiFi cellular hot spot. Purchase >
Igloo Portable Ice Maker
We could not be happier the Igloo Portable Ice Maker. Produces a set every 7 minutes. It’s quite operation keeps us in plenty of fresh ice. Purchase >
Haloview Rear Camera System
Simple to install system. A 7″ inch screen that supports up to 4 cameras. Replace existing rear marker light with wireless back-up camera. Best suited for rear camera installations under 33 feet. Purchase >
Brew ‘N Go Coffeemaker
Fast, no-hassle way to get your perfect cup of coffee! This single-serve coffeemaker brews directly into the included travel mug so you can get started with your day.
Mirror Dashcam & Wireless Camera
An integrated rearview mirror dash cam and wireless back-up camera for your RV. The RD10 system is best suited for rear camera installations under 80 feet.
Hurricane Wall Mount Fan
Fans in a bedroom, especially a 5th wheel front bedroom and be a challenge. Low ceilings and cramped space limits where and the type of fan to use.
Mirror Dashcam & Wireless Camera
An integrated rearview mirror dash cam and wireless back-up camera for your RV. The MC10 system is best suited for rear camera installations under 33 feet.
These are great products to remove that shake and wiggle experience when you park the RV. These work best for RVs that are not equipped with a 6-point leveling system. Some are 5th wheel specific, others work well with any 2 or 3 axle camper.
EPOARTIST Wheel Chock Stabilizer
EPOARTIST has created a camper wheel chock stabilizer scissor that applies pressure between the tires of two axles. The unit stabilize the movement experience due to tire and axle shift.
King Pin Stabilizer
Our king pin stabilizer has served us well. Our unit it good quality construction and has severed us since purchased on 2014 years. It helps to minimize the bounce often felt from movement over the king pin area of a 5th wheel. Purchase >
X Chock RV Stabilizer
This wheel chock minimizes the amount of forward and backward motion often experienced from movement for any RV or camper that has a minimum of 2 axles.
Rubber Wheel Chocks
Before you unhook your 5th wheel or pull behind camper, always chock both sides, front and back axle wheels to prevent the RV from rolling. Even if the site looks level, take this important safety step. Purchase >
Things are going to break in our RV travels. Most are small, general maintenance tasks, while others may require a specialty tool for RV upgrades. The tools below range from basic, “never leave home without”, to nice to have items for that special RV project.
I used this every time we plug into a campground to check the electrical connection before I plug in the RV to make sure voltage is correct and the connection is safe. Perfect for RV electrical repairs.
Wire Lug Crimping Tool
Perfect for RV wiring projects. Contains color-coded wire size markings for red (22-18 AWG), blue (16-14 AWG), and yellow (12-10 AWG) terminals. Simple to use for precise, repeatable crimps.
A favorite tool that has a flat and phillips bit, and the square head for most of the screws found in RVs. I keep this multi-tool screwdriver in the RV for those times when you just need to tighten something or for quick repairs. Purchase >
Connector Crimp Lug Kit
These lugs work great with the crimper tool. The kit includes forks, rings, hooks, quick disconnects, and butt connectors perfect when creating that factory style RV wiring project.
Black & Decker Cordless Drill
12" V-Jaw Plier
40 Piece Mechanics Socket Set
I don’t need this often, but when I do, I’m so glad it’s part of my tool kit. This small set has most of the sockets needed for basic truck and RV repairs and maintenance.
Smith's Jiffy Pro Sharpener
This sharpener is super simple to use. The tool is quick, easy and safe to be used at the RV, on outdoor treks and for other activities that require you to sharpen your favorite knives.
Electricity Usage Monitor
This is a low cost, simple to use, measurement tool will help with you power demand calculations. Just plug in the Kill A Watt monitor, plug the AC device into the monitor and you have the power requirements. Purchase >
Joan and I travel for months on end in our RV and we want the entertainment options just like we were at our “sticks and bricks” home. From satellite TV, to video streaming, to reading a good book, the RV entertainment accessories below continue to serve us well.
Dish Wally HD Receiver
Works great using any of the following portable satellite antennas. Provides high quality HD programming and builting set up software required to easily set up at your campground.
Satellite Tripod Mount
Compatible with all Winegard, Pathway and DISH Playmaker portable satellite antennas. Adjustable height and level from 14.5″ to 22″. Quickly disassembles for compact storage.
Sandisk 500MB SSD External Drive
Add the DVR function to a Wally Receiver with this portable Sandisk 500MB SSD. In addition to the purchase of the drive, a one time fee of $40 is paid to Dish to turn on the DVR service. Purchase >
Roku Premiere Streaming Player
The Roku streaming player is snappy and responsive. Streams your favorites movies and series on Apple TV, Prime Video, Netflix, Sling, and YouTube along with free TV on the Roku channels.
Winegard Pathway X2
Kindle Paperwhite E-reader
Lessor cost automatic Dish portable antenna. This has the smallest satellite dish of the portables and may be more susceptible to rain fade. Uses the western arc satellites and works exclusively with the Wally HD Receiver. Purchase >
Kindle Unlimited Membership Plan
If you are an avid reader and purchased the Kindle E-reader, this plan is hard to beat. Unlimited reading of over 1 million books! And better yet, you get to try the first month for free.
Dish Playmaker Roof Mount Kit
Converts the Dish Playmaker portable satellite antenna into a permanent roof mount antenna. Includes 4 mounting feet, a cable entry plate, hardware package for installation. Purchase >