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RV Accessories

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.

If you have a question about any of the products shown, feel free to drop us a line using our CONTACT page.

Camco RhinoFLEX 15ft RV Sewer Hose Kit

RV Essentials

RV Accessories

RV Maintenance

Southwire 34950 Surge Guard 50 amp

RV Surge & Electrical

X Chock RV Stabilizer

RV Stabilization

RV Tools

Winegard X2 and Wally Combo

RV Entertainment

GoPro Hero 8

Vlogging Cameras

RV Essentials

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. 

Camco 25ft TastePURE Drinking Water Hose

Camco 25ft TastePURE Drinking Water Hose – https://amzn.to/2GN5OLG This is one of those items you don’t want to purchase on the cheap. This 25ft hose usually run about $10. We have two, for those time 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.

Camco TastePURE Inline Water Filter
Camco TastePURE Inline Water Filter We always use a Camco TastePURE Inline Water Filter no matter where we travel. This gives that extra safety factor along with much improved water taste. We usually have one or two extra in the bay just in case something comes in the line and clogs the filter. With our heavy use, we typically get 3 to 6 months use our of a filter.
Camco 90 Degree Hose Elbow

Camco 90 Degree Hose Elbow – https://amzn.to/2HogSfc 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.

Renator M11-0660R Water Pressure Regulator Valve – https://amzn.to/2FBDYNw We camped in a park recently that had 90 pounds of water pressure at the spigot. Without a water pressure regulator we would have had water leaks all over the 5th wheel or worse yet, blown a water connection in a wall. We’ve tried a number of pressure regulators and this model has served us best. It provides an adjustment to allow you to set your desired pressure (we use 35lbs) and a gauge to ensure the water pressure is safe.

15ft RV Sewer Hose Kit – https://amzn.to/3g4HAta While not the most expensive RV sewer hose, the15ft RV Sewer Hose Kit had severed us well for several years. We’ve used 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.

10ft RV Sewer Hose Extension Kit – https://amzn.to/2JzsAUK It never fails. Once or twice a year we go to a campground with full hook-ups where our 15ft RV sewer hose will not reach the campground dump station. A 10ft RV Sewer Hose Extension is that perfect addition for those occasions providing a quick fix for our stay.

4″ x 3″ Sewer Hose Seal – https://amzn.to/2uv3S53 There are times when we stay at a campground where the sewer connection does not have threads to screw in the angled bayonet adapter. We use this inexpensive sewer hose seal between the dump pipe and bayonet to minimize leaks and those stinky smells from seeping from the sewer connection.

45 Degree Clear Sewer Adapter – https://amzn.to/2FvrVXD This simple item allows you to monitor your black tank waster to ensure the tank flows clear before you close the release valve. This is helpful if you have a blank tank flush system allowing you to see the black tank outflow until the water becomes clear.
Camco 20ft Sidewinder RV Sewer Hose Support – https://amzn.to/2GOtrziNo one enjoys the “stinky slinky dance” where you RV sewer hose is on unlevel ground. The Camco 20ft Sidewinder RV Sewer Hose Support provides the proper slope to your hose to allow liquids to flow from the camper to the campground dump station. A very helpful addition if you have plans to stay in a RV campground providing full hook-ups.

Happy Campers Organic RV Holding Tank Treatment – 130 Treatments – https://amzn.to/33r0eoZ There are a number of ways to treat your RV blank tank. We prefer a solution that doesn’t mask the smell with perfumes. We found Happy Campers Organic RV Holding Tank Treatment eliminates odors and provides a biodegradable, environmentally friendly solution to maintain your black tank. Not only does it eliminate odors, but liquefies solid waste including tissue. See our video about Happy Camper at https://ilovervlife.com/clean-rv-black-tank/

Happy Campers Organic RV Holding Tank Treatment – 64 Treatments – https://amzn.to/2YE8XGp Same product as listed above, just a in a smaller quantity of 64 treatments.
Unique RV Digest-It Holding Tank Treatment – 120 Treatment Powder | for Hot Weather Climates – https://amzn.to/2XSpdmZ Same product as listed above, but 120 treatments and a value at less than $.65 a black tank treatment.

RV Digest-It Tank Treatment 32 oz Liquid – https://amzn.to/2IfMrbJ This is another RV black tank enzyme we use. This is a good alternative for those who prefer liquid tank treatments over powered. The liquid treatment is also perfect for treating your gray tank. An ounce a month rids the tank of smelly grease and food particles, and helps keep the tank sensors clean. No perfume and good results. See our video abut RV Digest-It Liquid at  https://ilovervlife.com/rv-digest-it-for-rv-holding-tanks/

Scott Rapid-Dissolving Toilet Paper It probably goes without saying, but not all toilet paper is the same. This really holds true when it comes to an RV and managing your black tank. Household toilet paper isn’t designed to dissolve quickly and may cause a stoppage when you dump your tank. We found the Scott Rapid-Dissolving Toilet Tissue to not only be a comfortable paper to use and reasonably priced, but dissolves quickly in the black tank. We purchase a case at a time providing the best savings. See our video about this product at https://ilovervlife.com/rv-safe-toilet-pape/

Allstays Pro We have found the minor investment for the Allstays subscription service to yields many more benefits over the lessor costs phone apps. With the ease of locating campgrounds, fuels stops, dump stations, propane, highway information and so much more we use Allstays for our trip planning and as while we travel from campground to campground.   Learn more about Allstays from our blog at https://ilovervlife.com/making-rv-trip-planning-easy/

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. 

Haloview 7 inch 720P Wireless Range Dominator 4-Camera System RD7 Ultimate

Haloview 7 inch 720P Wireless Range Dominator 4-Camera System RD7 Ultimate When dealing with long RV’s, there’s a challenge when considering a backup camera solution. The team at Haloview have a solution for long RVs with a system capable of operating up to 80 feet in length using their new Haloview Range Dominator 7 camera system. See more in our blog and video. https://ilovervlife.com/haloview-rd7-backup-camera/

Haloview MC7109 7 Inch 720P HD Digital Wireless Rear View Camera System

Haloview MC7109P 7 Inch 720P HD Digital Wireless Rear View Camera System A simple to install system providing a 7″ inch screen that supports up to 4 cameras. The system includes a wireless back-up camera for your RV. This system is best suited for rear camera installations under 33 feet.

Haloview RD10 RV Rearview and Dash Cam all wireless

Haloview Wireless Rearview Observation Mirror Dashcam RD10 A simple to install system providing an integrated dash cam and back-up camera for your RV. This system is best suited for rear camera installations under 80 feet. See more in our blog and video. https://ilovervlife.com/haloview-rd10-rv-rearview-and-dash-cam/

Haloview Wireless Rearview Observation Mirror Dashcam MC10 Same mirror/monitor as shown above without the wireless amplifier and supplying a wireless back-up camera. This system is best suited for rear camera installations under 33 feet. See more in our blog and video. https://ilovervlife.com/haloview-rd10-rv-rearview-and-dash-cam/


ODBLink MX+ Bluetooth ODB2 Reader – https://amzn.to/2Wv1giB The ODBLink MX+ provides an ideal presentation and excellent performance with a clear presentation of the engine and transmission meters we preferred along with the added benefit to quickly diagnose engine warnings if needed. A low cost application to ensure our engine and transmission are operating properly when towing our heavy 5th wheel. See more in our blog and video. https://ilovervlife.com/obdlink-mx-monitoring-your-rv-tow-vehicle/

black + decker brew n go

BLACK + DECKER Brew ‘N Go Coffeemaker – https://amzn.to/2UHfU5j The 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.  Learn more in our blog at https://www.ilovervlife.com/10-great-rv-gift-ideas/

stainless steel tumblers
Stainless Steel Tumblers – https://amzn.to/3lSTJos We’ve broken more glasses in our RV travels than I can count. These wine tumblers are made of stainless steel, which can keep beverages hot for 3 hours and keep cold for 9 hours. Also the sweat-free design is good choice for you to hold favorite beverage. Learm nore in our blog at https://www.ilovervlife.com/10-great-rv-gift-ideas/

Char-Broil Grill2Go – https://amzn.to/36zMU4t We’ve had a number of viewers ask for an grill in the $100 range that that would be good for weekend trips as well as extended stays. We’ve owned a number of lower cost camping grills, but they just don’t last or have low heat for that nice sear on the steak. We recently purchased the Char-Broil Grill2Go to see if a low cost until met our needs. For the value, it’s perfect – well built and good temp.

12 Foot 1lb to 20lb Propane Tank Converter Hose – https://amzn.to/2ZEp3zft Tired of fooling around with those expensive 1lb propane tanks?  Me too.  This 12 foot 1lb to 20lb tank converter hose adapts 1lb propane camping appliances  to a standard 20lb propane tank.  Less cost to operate.  And this is a perfect addition to the Char-Broil Grill2Go listed above.

Oxygenics Hand Held Sprayer Kit – https://amzn.to/2kxQ1pY This is one of those RV accessories where you ask yourself: “Why did I wait so long!” With the typical 30 to 40 lbs of water pressure and our factory shower head, we took “drizzles” not showers. The 5 minutes install of the Oxygenics Hand Held Sprayer now provides a powerful residential style shower experience using less water.

Stainless Steel Portable Propane Gas Grilll – https://amzn.to/3gvtnr1 The grill has stainless steel construction, Piezo electric starter, folding legs, and 10,000 BTU/HR burner. The compact design with locking lid, folding legs, and a large front carry handle makes this grill very portable and easy to transport or store.

Stainless Steel Grilling Pan with Handles – https://amzn.to/2pQF5me This is a great addition to our grilling needs. Make 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.

Camco 25ft Heated Drinking Water Hose – https://amzn.to/2GOjypv There are times we camp in areas late Fall or prior to Spring and the temperatures drop below freezing. This hose has worked well to ensure our water connection does not freeze. Reported to work below -40F, but I’ll never be in a place to test that fact.

Dri-Z-Air Pot – https://amzn.to/2SwaGG2 This is a very simple product to minimize moisture in your RV using the refill below. Requires no power. We place one in the living area and another in the bedroom during the Winter and Spring months when moisture is highest.

Dry-Z-Air Refill Crystals – https://amzn.to/2BVZMDL This is a low cost refill to use with the Dri-Z-Air Pot above.

AP Products Slim Shade Door Window – https://amzn.to/2LfxvM9 We replaced out door window with the AP Products Slim Shade Door Window after the outside plastic bezel cracked causing water to enter the door. The Slim Shade was a slight increase in price over the basic frosted glass replacement, but offer improvements with tinted glass and a built-in shade to block the sun and adding privacy. See our blog here for the install.

Carefree RV Awning Shade EZ ZipBlocker – https://amzn.to/2IJXQR8 We installed the Carefree RV Awning Shade after months with the rising sun heating up our casual space. The Amazon rating were very good and we were able to find a size that fit our camper awning. The installation was very simple, taking about 30 minutes.. You can learn more here https://ilovervlife.com/installing-an-rv-awning-shade/
6 x 9 Camping Mat Green/Beige Reversible – https://amzn.to/2qmCnos This mat is great to use in closer areas near the entry of your camper. Helps minimize tracking dirt and provides a small area to place camping chairs.

9 x 12 Outdoor RV Camping Mat – https://amzn.to/2KAV9Bf We take both this 9 x 12 mat and the smaller mat listed shown above. If we have the space, we use 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.

gci freestyle outdoor rocker

Portable Folding Rocking Chair – https://amzn.to/3kPc5pc This portable folding rocking chair delivers a smooth rocking action on any surface in the outdoors. The Freestyle Rocker is constructed of lightweight and sturdy powder-coated steel, and supports up to 250 pounds. Learn more at our blog https://www.ilovervlife.com/10-great-rv-gift-ideas/

Core Camping Chair – https://amzn.to/34XXHV7 Tired of that cheap bag chair hurting your back? Me too. We found the Core Camping Chair to be very comfortable, well made with convenient cup holder and side accessories pocket. The quilted seat and padded arms add to the comfort along with a slight tilt in the back to make this camping chair our favorite.

Aluminum Fold-Away Side Table – https://amzn.to/2KDIMEb 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 to have a couple for those evenings when you need a place to set a light, food or beverage.

RV 12 Volt Portable Fan – https://amzn.to/3fcsmCl We use this RV 12 Volt portable fan often in the warmer months when we need that extra air movement while sleeping, especially when we’re overnight parking at a Walmart or truck stop or stopping for lunch in a rest area. Fits in a standard 12-volt outlet.

Midland 36 channel two way radios

Midland 36 Channel FRS Two Way Radio Sure, you can yell at each other as you’re backing the RV into your camping space. Your neighbors always enjoy the entertainment. But, on the positive side, these Midland GMRS walkie talkies make communications simple as you’re getting helpful guidance dodging tree limbs or threading into that tight space.

Water Hose Quick Connector – https://amzn.to/3aG1Z6a This one of those “nice to have things” on your camper. Similar connections are found on most of your higher-end RVs. Moving from campground to campground, hooking and unhooking your water hose can place stress on your RV water connection. This devices provides a quick connect to snap your hose in place.

Hurricane Wall Mount Fan – 18 Inch – https://amzn.to/2JFBEXI Another of the “nice to have” items. 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. We’ve had very good success with this unit. See our blog here for the install.

Rand McNally 2021 Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas – https://amzn.to/3kSYVYQ This truckers road atlas is a handy tool when making your RV travel plans, especially for those who own a large Class A, Class C or a 5th wheel. If the roads are marked suitable for a tractor trailer rig, we’ve found it’s safe for our 5th wheel. Using the Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas, we avoid low overpasses, narrow bridges and roads that may be challenging for a large RV. Great map to have when a GPS just won’t work.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8″ Wifi Tablet The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8″ Wifi Tablet has been a great purchase. A good value for the features offered for this well designed tablet. Fast, easy to read, reasonably priced, and a built-in GPS chip, it’s perfect for our long distance RV travel navigation needs using Google maps and a WiFi cellular hot spot. Also works great as my entertainment device to catch up on the news or watch YouTube during our stay at the campground. See our blog and video for more information using a tablet and Google Maps for RV travel. https://ilovervlife.com/google-maps-for-rv-travel/

windshield car phone mount
Windshield Dashboard Car Mount for Midsize Tablets & Phones On our long RV travels from city to city, we use a Samsung Galacy Tab A 8″ tablet. This car mount is ideal for holding the tablet, making is very easy to view as we travel down the road. It’s universal and offers a custom fit if you prefer to use another 7″ to 8″ tablet such as a iPad Mini or one of the other Andriod style tablets and phones.
tow ready 5th wheel pin lock

5th Wheel King Pin Lock We always use a King Pin Lock when we want to secure our 5th wheel. This lock offers that extra insurance to prevent someone from hooking to your 5th wheel kin pin. This lock is well built and would take a very substantial effort to defeat.

Master Lock Padlock – https://amzn.to/2uxTs46 Every camper needs a couple of good quality locks to secure the camper or items at the camp site. One of my fears with a lock and camping is losing a key or just the inconvenience of not having a key when needed. This is our favorite pad lock, a 4 number tumbler.

king jack hdtv directional antenna

King Jack HDTV Directional Antenna With Signal Meter Our older “batwing” antenna finally bit the dust. Making several repairs over the years, we decided to retire and replace with the King Jack HDTV antenna. Easy install and great reception. See more in our blog and video. https://ilovervlife.com/installing-the-king-jack-antenna/

king jack antenna mounting plate

King Jack Antenna Mounting Plate This is a great add-on when replacing an existing RV antenna with a King Jack HDTV antenna as shown above. Provides a solid base and covers other holes used by the old antenna and not used with the King Jack. See more in our blog and video. https://ilovervlife.com/installing-the-king-jack-antenna/

RV Maintenance

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. 

Camco 40074 Flexible Swivel Stik We use this handy tool to clean dislodge and flush those stubborn waste deposits and odor-causing particles left in the black tank after it’s emptied. For our needs, the flexible section is perfect for use with holding tanks that are offset from the toilet. Visit our blog more black tank maintenance information https://ilovervlife.com/clean-rv-black-tank/

Water Heater Tank Rinser This is a very inexpensive tool that is essential to maintaining your RV water heater tank. 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. For more information see our blog at https://ilovervlife.com/maintaining-your-rv-water-heater/

RV Antifreeze If you’re storing your RV and expect freezing temperatures, then winterize the water system. 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. Learn more at our blog https://ilovervlife.com/easy-steps-winterize-rv/

Soft Car Wash Brush With Extension Handle Our RVs get dirty in our travels. This car wash brush has a soft bristles to help prevent scratching and extends keeping you on the ground and off the ladder.  Great for cleaning the RV roof too.  See our blog and video at https://ilovervlife.com/rv-roof-inspection-cleaning/.

Meguiar’s Marine/RV Boat Wash – https://amzn.to/2UaPycy Let’s face it. We’ve all made a big investment in our RV. We want it to look nice and protecting the outside finish is important. Meguiar’s Marine/RV Boat Wash safely removes grime and dirt without stripping wax protection. The non-streaking formula brightens your RV’s surface, conditions and leaves a great looking finish.

Meguiar’s Marine Wax -https://amzn.to/2Uu3Ww9 Waxing your RV on a regular basis is an important task. We want a wax that can handle extended periods of time on the road. Meguair’s Premium Marine Wax offers long-lasting polymer protection and incredible deep gloss to fiberglass and gel coat surfaces

303 UV Protectant – https://amzn.to/2rsxPyq 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 from those harmful UV rays.

Slide-out Dry Lube This is one of those “ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” tasks. We use this every 6 months to keep our sideouts working properly. This lube leaves a dry and waxy film, inhibiting dust adhesion. An important maintenance item to protect your slide mechanisms from road elements and salt.

Slideout Rubber Seal Lubricant – https://amzn.to/2IGrGok We use this 2 times a year to to prevent fading, cracking and deterioration of our slide out rubber seals. We found the lubricant to condition, improve slide out function and prolong the life of the seals. It’s not greasy or oily and is absorbed quickly into the seals.

Dicor Lap Sealant – https://amzn.to/2B562bN Important for yearly maintenance to ensure all seals are water tight. Use along a roofs edges, air vents, vent pipes and screw heads. Formulated for EPDM roofing but also offers excellent adhesion to aluminum, wood and vinyl.

EternaBond Tape RV Roof Repair – https://amzn.to/2VFJDLp This is one of the more important products everyone should have in their RV. Permanent repairs for that accidental roof snag or the fallen limb leaving a hole in your rubber roof. EternaBond Tape sticks and is virtually impossible to remove once applied. Hope you never need it, but if roof damage occurs, this tape will save your RV.

Canvas Wheel Tire Covers for RV – https://amzn.to/2ru6Em2 When we have the camper parked at home or at a a location for a week plus, we cover our tires. Wheel covers protect your expensive investment in tires and wheels from sun damage, rust and dirt.

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.

50 Amp Surge Protection This unit has saved our electronic appliances on multiple occasions from faulty RV park power to the most violent electrical storms. Simple to use, no special set up. Continuously monitors for voltage and amp draw and reverse polarity (miswired pedestal, open neutral, open ground). See our video about this product at  https://ilovervlife.com/digital-voltmeters-surge-protection-and-rv-travel/

30 Amp Surge Protection Provides the similar protection as the unit listed above, except this is for RVs equipped for 30 amp electical service. See more from our blog and video at https://ilovervlife.com/digital-voltmeters-surge-protection-and-rv-travel/

30 to 50 amp rv adapter

30 Amp to 50 Amp Adapter This is adapter converts a 30 amp connection to a 50 amp. Although a connection with much lower amperage, we still are able to visit those beautiful state and federal parks only offering a 30 amp connection. See our video about this product at https://ilovervlife.com/rv-surge-protection-essential-electric-adapters/

15 to 30 amp rv power adapter

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. See our video about this product at https://ilovervlife.com/rv-surge-protection-essential-electric-adapters/

15 Amp to 30 Amp Adapter This adapter is similar to the one shown above, except this is 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.

2 - 30 amp to 50 amp adapter

Twin RV 30-Amp Plug to 50-Amp Adapter  A great adapter for those RV campgrounds that may not offer a 50 amp connection, but two 30s are found in the same pedestal. This provides double the power over a single 30 amp connection. See our video about this product at https://ilovervlife.com/rv-surge-protection-essential-electric-adapters/

15 foot 50 Amp Extension Cord – http://amzn.to/2ufWVDA It never fails, 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 and prevents us from having to move the 5th wheel often times, loosing space to park the truck or placing us too close to the campground access road.

15 foot 30 Amp Extension Cord – https://amzn.to/327SQic If your RV has a 30 amp RV electrical service, this works the same as the extension cord above. It’s a simple fix for those times when the best place for the RV exceeds the distance for your regular service cord to reach the power pedestal. Simple fix, 15 additional feet usually does the trick.

25ft 110-Volt 10-Gauge Extension Cord – https://amzn.to/3h0Hxj9 For those times you need to driveway surf or parked at home. This is a large 10-gauge, contractor grade 110-volt extension cord with that extra carrying capacity to keep your batteries charged and run basic electronic devices in your RV.

12 Volt Replacement 921 Wedge LED Bulb – https://amzn.to/37C3jFb Inexpensive upgrade to reduce power consumption while dry camping. 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.

BA15S 1156 1141 LED bulb 11-24V DC 4W High Bright Warm White – https://amzn.to/2RBItjL 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.

Marsauto 194 LED LIght Bulb T10

Marsauto 194 LED 12V Light Bulb T10 – https://amzn.to/37LdrL9 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.

RV Stabilization

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 Camper Stabilizer

EPOARTIST Camper 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. See our blog and video at https://www.ilovervlife.com/epoartist-camper-wheel-chock-stabilizer/.

king pin stabilizer

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. See our video about using a king pin stabilizer at https://ilovervlife.com/camper-stabilizer/.

RV Levelers Make leveling your RV fast. Easily level your RV any increment from 1/2 inch up to 4 inches in minutes. See our blog and video about using these levelers at https://ilovervlife.com/rv-leveling-blocks-making-it-easy-to-level-your-camper/

X Chock RV Stabilizer The X Chock RV Stabilizer is a great product for anyone using a 5th wheel or pull-behind camper that has a minimum of 2 axles. This wheel chock minimizes the amount of forward and backward motion often experienced from movement within a camper. See our video about the X Chock RV Stabilizer at https://ilovervlife.com/rv-wheel-chocks/.

RV Tools

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. 

smiths jiffy pro sharpener
Smith’s Jiffy Pro Sharpener – The sharpening is simple to use. This tool is quick, easy and safe to be used during camping, outdoor treks and other activities that require you to use sharpen your favorite knives. See the tool in use at our blog https://www.ilovervlife.com/10-great-rv-gift-ideas/
Titan wire lug crimping tool
Titan Wire Lug Crimping Tool – Perfect for RV wiring projects. Steel jaw contains color-coded wire size markings for red (22-18 AWG), blue (16-14 AWG), and yellow (12-10 AWG) terminals. Simple to use with ratcheting mechanism for precise, repeatable crimps. See the tool in use at our blog https://ilovervlife.com/haloview-rd7-front-and-side-rv-cameras/
connector lug kit
Connector Lug Kit These lugs work great with the crimper above. The kit includes Forks, rings, hooks, quick disconnects, and butt connectors perfect when creating that factory style RV wiring project. See the tool in use at our blog https://ilovervlife.com/haloview-rd7-front-and-side-rv-cameras/

Digital Multimeter I almost listed this as an “Essential” item. I used this every time we plug into a campground. I check the electrical connection before I plug in the RV to make sure voltage is correct and the connection is safe. See more from our blog and video at blog at https://ilovervlife.com/digital-voltmeters-surge-protection-and-rv-travel/

Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor If you bookdock or just need to know how much power a standard AC device requires from your batteries and inveter, this is a low cost, simple to use, measurement took to 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. See more from our blog and video at blog at https://ilovervlife.com/digital-voltmeters-surge-protection-and-rv-travel/

Kline 11-in-1 Multi Tool – https://amzn.to/2JPLM3x It would be great to have a toolbox filled with every tool I may possibly need, but space becomes a premium. This is one of my favorites that not only has a flat and phillips bit, but 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. Well made and a good quality product.

Channellock 12-Inch V-Jaw Plier – https://amzn.to/2M22KJ7 One of those “never leave home without it” items. Great for removing those stuck hoses or tightening a loose plumbing fitting.

Black and Decker Cordless Drill – https://amzn.to/2wVlCUX This is a very handy drill for those quick fixes – a loose drawer, replacing cabinet screws or just minor maintenance where a good quality, price conscience cordless drill is needed.  Comes with 30-piece accessories with bits, drills and drives to handle most basic repair needs. 

Mechanics Socket Set – https://amzn.to/2wQ7yvF 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 repairs and maintenance such as replace the battery in your tow vehicle, tighten a bolt on the jacks or levelers.

RV Entertainment

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. 

anker soundcore bluetooth speaker

Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker The Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker delivers great sound from a lightweight,portable speaker with high build quality. An impressive 24-hour battery life to play your favorite music from your phone all day long.   Learn more in our blog at https://www.ilovervlife.com/10-great-rv-gift-ideas/

Dish Wally HD Receiver This device works great using any of the portable satellite antennas shown below. A single tuner unit offering HD programming and the set up software required to easily set up at your campground. You can turn on the DVR function which requires an external hard drive and a one time fee of $40 paid to Dish. The hard drive must be 2TB or less in capacity and use a an external power supply. See the example below.  Learn more about our RV entertainment options at https://ilovervlife.com/rv-tv-and-internet-entertainment/

sandisk 500mb external ssd

Sandisk 500MB SSD External Drive   To add the DVR function to a Wally Receiver, you’ll need a external USB drive between 500Mb and 2TB in capacity. To side step the need for an external powered drive along with removing the need to store and protect a spinning hard drive, we use 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.

Fantom 2TB External Drive  Another option to add the DVR function to a Wally Receiver is a portable hardrive between 500Mb and 2Tb in capacity, and one that is external powered. This Fantom Drive has these options. In addition to the purchase of the drive, a one time fee of $40 is paid to Dish to turn on the DVR service.

Winegard Pathway X2 We have owned the Pathway X2 over 4 years and is our favorite.  Uses both Western and Eastern arc orbitals offering 2 options where trees may block access.  Works exclusively with the Wally HD Receiver shown above. Fully automatic, finds DISH HD satellite orbital locations making it easy to set up. Dual Output supports two satellite receivers.  Learn more about our RV entertainment options at https://ilovervlife.com/rv-tv-and-internet-entertainment/

Dish Playmaker The lightweight Dish portable antenna requires minimal space. There is also an optional RK-4000 RV roof kit available. This has the smallest dish in portable set up and may be more susceptible to rain fade.  Uses the Western Arc satellites 110/119/129. Works exclusively with the Wally HD Receiver shown above.

King One Pro Satellite Antenna – https://amzn.to/36Yenix This satellite TV antenna for all providers: DIRECTV, DISH or Bell (Canada). Easy set-up as a portable and is roof-mount ready. Works right out of the box with a compatible receiver (sold separately).

Winegard TR 1518 Satellite Tripod Mount This stand is compatible with all Winegard, Pathway and DISH Playmaker portable satellite antennas. Cross functional mount for maximum versatility. Adjustable height and level. Adjusts from 14.5″ to 22″. Quickly disassembles for compact storage. Built to withstand the harsh outdoor environments.   Learn more about our RV entertainment options at https://ilovervlife.com/rv-tv-and-internet-entertainment/

roku premiere streaming player

Roku Premiere Streaming Media Player – https://amzn.to/2UJQNPb We are a fan of Amazon products, but the Roku has become our favorite streaming device. If you have an unlimited data cellular data plan or a campground with very good bandwidth, this streaming player is snappy and responsive, streams your favorites movies and series on Apple TV, Prime Video, and Netflix, Sling, along with free RV on the Roku channels. Learn more in our blog at https://www.ilovervlife.com/10-great-rv-gift-ideas/

Amazon Fire TV Stick – https://amzn.to/341w39T If you have an unlimited data cellular data plan or a campground with very good bandwidth, this a great entertainment alternative for TV entertainment. Used with the Amazon Prime service, there’s a large catalog of free and pay video options.

Kindle Paperwhite E-reader – https://amzn.to/2zIjx07 We enjoy reading – the camper in the evenings, at the pool or the beach – having print entertainment is a great way to pass the time. We don’t have the storage for our favorite books or adding to the amount of novels we consume in a months time. The Kindle Paperwhite E-reader has been a welcome addition replacing our RV print library. Plus Kindle books as less expensive. The unit can store 100’s of books, battery power last weeks on a single charge and its easy to read indoors our out.

Kindle Unlimited Membership Plan – https://amzn.to/37DazAK If you are an avid reader and purchased the Kindle E-reader, this plan is hard to beat. Unlimited reading from over 1 million books! Plus unlimited listening to 1,000’s of audiobooks. And better yet, you get to try the first month for free.

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