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.
- RV safe toilet paper (1 ply)
- Cleaner/deodorizer (enzyme based)
- High quality disposable rubber gloves
- Long sewer 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 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.
- Outdoor rug
- Vent covers
- Hitch lock
- Tire monitoring system
- Tool box
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.