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First time RV Owners must haves – sure to keep things running smoothly.

When becoming a first time RV owner it’s exciting. But we need to remember that there is a lot of stuff that you need to keep your brand new RV running smoothly. That’s why there is a good amount of must haves for new RV owners. I know that when you get your new RV you can’t wait to pick out the dishes, linen and pillows. So here is a list of must haves for you new RV owners.



Your RV comes with a power cord. Most of the RVs with a 30 amp service have a 50′ power cord and the ones with a 50 amp service will have a 30′ cord due to the larger diameter and heavier weight of the cord. You’ll find at times that you won’t be able to reach your power pedestal with your cord so an extension cord is required. Both 50 amp and 30 amp extension cords are available in various lengths from any RV dealer or camping store. The EMS component of a surge protector protects your RV from over and under voltage by automatically shutting off your power to save your RV electrical system. Depending on your output will determine whether you need a 30 amp or 50 amp surge protector. If you have a 50 amp service in your RV you’ll be able to plug into any 50 amp RV outlet and run it. However, not all campgrounds have upgraded to 50 amp service. Some older ones are still have 30 amp service. A 50 amp cord has 4 prongs to supply power to both legs of your 50 amp breaker panel. A 30 amp outlet only has one single leg fed through a 3 prong outlet so you will not be able to plug your 50′ cord into a 30 amp receptacle. To overcome this you will need a short 2′ long adapter cord, referred to as a dog bone adapter. This adapter will have a 3 prong plug that plugs into a 30 amp campground pedestal on one end. The other end will have a 4 prong receptacle that your RV’s 50 amp cord will plug into. The dog bone adapter also feeds the single hot pole from the 30 amp to both hot poles on the 50 amp side so that both halves of your breaker panel will be fed power.

Black Tank

  • RV safe toilet paper (1 ply)
  • Cleaner/deodorizer (enzyme based)
  • High quality disposable rubber gloves
  • Long sewer hoseSewer hose
  • Standard garden hose (not white)
  • Clear elbow extension
  • Rubber donut (connection seal)
  • Standard garden hose

The first thing you want to buy is a sewer hose kit. Get the 20-foot kit. Most of the time, that is all you will need in terms of connecting to a sewer hook up. The only thing you may want to add, if you are often connecting to a campground that has a wider than normal or unthreaded connection is a rubber donut. A box of disposable gloves to deal with the sewer system. Once you are done, take them off and throw them away.

Fresh Water Tank

  • White RV/boat water hose
  • Water filterWater filter
  • Water pressure regulator

First things first, you will need a water hose. But not just any water hose. You need a food grade water hose. These are typically white or blue. I suggest at least 35 feet of hose. There are several different systems you can use for a water filter. There are some campers that have the filters built into their system. You don’t know what the water pressure is at the campground you are going to has. It could be 120 psi. Your camper, only needs 40-50 psi.


You want to get some type of outdoor rug to place under your awning to keep all dirt out of your clean camper. You are going to have to get some vent covers if you want to make sure the rain doesn’t get into your camper when you are trying to have fresh air flow through your vents. So, you just bought your beautiful new trailer and expensive hitch… Are you really going to leave them unlocked when you park it? You should get some kind of hitch locking system to make sure your trailer is still at the campsite when you return to it. Having a blowout while driving on the highway could be a lot more expensive and dangerous. That’s why you should get some type of tire monitoring system if your camper does’t already come with one. Every RV needs a basic tool kit. You don’t need to keep a ton of tools in the camper, but something like a small tool kit can solve most problems you run into. A tool that is usually missing from a small tool kit is a pair of vise grips.

To sum it all up, these things are going to make your first camping trip in your new RV run flawlessly. If you have and suggestions to add please let me know in the comments section below and I will add them to the list.








  1. CT Brown

    Hello fellow camper!
    FYI, I have the 50 amp with a 30′ extension and the exact black hose in your pic, along with the extension. I also have the according “thingy” that angles my sewage flow. So you can see, I’m an experienced RV man. Well… we’re always having dirt problems and it gets frustrating. We don’t have an outdoor rug! So much for Mr. know-it-all here.
    So Fred, somehow I’ve walked by those outdoor rugs and thought of them as just an up-sell when in fact they were my solution all this time. Thanks.

    • Fred Prasun

      Hello fellow camper, Thanks for your input. The outdoor rug is definitely not an up sell. You definitely won’t regret getting one.

  2. Erin Sands

    We camp every summer in a tent and are looking for a camper to go across the country on a longer trip while homeschooling. This was a great help as we get started.

    • Fred Prasun

      Hello Erin, Thanks for your comment. I hope you have fun on your cross country trip.

  3. Vesna Tomo

    Great ideas and pieces of advice! Your article reminded me of my unique camping experience long, long time ago…. I agree with you that there is a good amount of must-haves before your first trip. These preparations and collecting necessary camping equipment could be also fun. I’m sure that all campers enjoy them. I believe that camping is not only about enjoying your trip and staying at one or different places but also, about the excitement while planning and preparing for it.
    Thank you!

    • Fred Prasun

      I totally agree with you about the excitement about it all. It’s definitely not fun forgetting something or needing to fix something and you don’t have the tool or mechanism to fix it. You are most definitely welcome.

  4. Maja Hab

    Good ideas and advice for those who have not experience in camping. We are looking for a camper and it is good to know what we need for the equipment. Thanks for sharing.

    • Fred Prasun

      You are more than welcome. I hope you find what your looking for in a camper.

  5. Donald Chapman

    My wife and I have been shopping for our 1st RV. We are looking at the gasoline powered Class A’s. All the thing you discussed in your article we are learning as we go and shop.

    We are looking at the used market because it is good and most of the used RV’s come with the items you discussed. We can see now that you can be $100 to death if you don’t read articles such as yours. You need to understand what you are getting into.

    The 50 to 30 amp connector haven’t thought of yet. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

    • Fred Prasun

      Thank you for your comment. I am so glad that I could help you and your wife as you start your journey to becoming first time RVer’s. Just remember if you have any questions along the way I am always here to help in anyway I can. Best of luck to you and your wife! Happy RV hunting!


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