RV Must Have Accessories : Next Steps

You've got a few trips under your belt. You're loving the RV life and you're ready to make your adventures easier and even more enjoyable. You know there is a whole bunch of accessories you can purchase, but which ones are worth the money? Our Must Have list is your guide to the next steps in your RV journey. From convenience to comfort, we've got all you need that's worth every penny!

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After you've got the basics down, it can been hard to navigate which additional accessories you need to make your RVing experience easier. Are they worth the money? Which ones are right for you? We'll cover some of the most common add-ons, discuss why they are worth it, and help you figure out which ones you need...and which ones you don't!

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There are a lot of great products out there designed to make RVing easier and more enjoyable. From towing, to backing up, and setting up camp, there are gadgets for just about everything. You can spend a fortune outfitting your camper, if you choose. Here we'll cover the most popular upgrades to help you decide what you want to add.

  • X-Chocks: What's the big deal with X-Chocks? X-Chock stabilize your rig while you're stationary to add a layer of comfort. The bouncing and squeaking you experience while stationary can be eliminated with a set of X-Chocks. Many travel trailer owners swear by them to make their trailer feel like a home away from home and not a home on wheels.

  • Rocking Levelers: Only for those with rigs that do not self-level, rocking levelers take the back and forth out of leveling your camper. You simply slide the levelers under the wheels, back up until you are level and chock the wheels. With leveling blocks you might have to pull forward, add a block, and try again until you reach level. Rocking levelers make it so easy the driver can level without help!

  • RV Snap Pads: It's not much fun running around putting leveling blocks under your RV stabilizer jacks each time you set up camp. It's even less fun if it's pouring down rain or extreme weather. Snap Pads eliminate the need for leveling blocks! You install them one time on your stabilizing jacks and they stay permanently attached. They make snap pads for all different kinds of stabilizing jacks that are easy to install.

  • LevelMate Pro: Easily some of the best money you will spend on your camper if it doesn't have auto leveling. With a couple of screws, you install the LevelMate Pro box in your camper that transmits to your phone. When you're ready to level (using your handy rocking levelers), you open the app and you can see when you are level right on your phone. Measures levelness front to back and side to side.

  • Zero-G Hose: It might seem silly to have a drinking water hose listed on an RV Accessories checklist, but this hose really is superior. In an RV, storage is limited, so carrying around a 50 ft hose can be a pain, just because of it's size. The way the Zero-G hose shrinks down when not in use makes it a hot item on RVer's lists. If you don't travel with a lot of stuff, you might not need to worry about saving space. But, if your camper is short on space, the Zero-G hose is worth the investment.

  • Black Tank Clean Out Hose: If you have a black tank flush, this really isn't an optional item. You should NEVER use your drinking water hose to flush your black tank (back flow can cause fecal matter to make it's way into the hose, not to mention you should never hook up your drinking water hose to anything at the dump station), so having a separate hose is essential. The good news is, it doesn't have to be drinking water safe. However, we still recommend a Zero-G hose to save space!

  • RV Step: Let's face it, campgrounds are rarely level. Often times there can be a large step between the ground and the first step from your RV. Having an additional collapsable step can really be beneficial. It can help children and elderly family/friends to more safely navigate entering an exiting the RV. Not to mention, how many times have you come out of the camper with your hands full? A good quality RV step has adjustable legs so to make the step as stable as possible and to adjust the height.

  • Pressure Regulator: Some rigs come with a pressure regulator built in, but most don't. Adding a water pressure regulator to your tool box can help prevent damage to your water lines by limiting the water pressure coming into your rig. If you never hook up to a city water connection (a hose directly connected to your camper) and only fill the water tank, you won't need a pressure regulator. But, if your site has water hook ups, a water pressure regulator is a must to avoid expensive repairs.

  • Surge Protector: There are a lot of expensive components in your rig that run off the electrical system: the fridge, TVs, microwave, the list can go on and on. The best way to protect all of your appliances and components is to install or have a surge protector. Surge protectors can save your camper from electrical issues at the campground, which happens more often than you'd think.

  • Fridge Fan: RV refrigerators are notorious for poor cooling. They offer great convenience because they can run on propane or electricity, but aren't known for their excellent cooling abilities. If your camper has a residential fridge, you may not need an additional fan. But, for those with RV fridges, a rechargeable fridge fan can help circulate the air flow and cool the fridge more efficiently. It can be the difference between worrying if your fridge is cold enough, and being certain it's working well!

  • Tire Pressure Monitor: Some drivable campers have built in tire pressure monitors, but towable don't. A tire blow out or flat tire can mean disaster when towing and tire pressure monitoring systems help you keep an eye on the health of your tires while driving. Most are easy to install and hook up wirelessly to a receiver in the tow vehicle. It's a priceless piece of mind!

  • Back Up Camera: If you ever need to park the camper solo or need