Before you head out in a shiny new (or new to you) RV, you need to ensure you have everything you need. Otherwise, your relaxing vacation will quickly turn into a nightmare full of dilemmas in no time.
That’s why we came up with this guide that highlights all the essentials you need for a successful vacation. While there are plenty of gadgets out there that can make your life easier, this is the bare minimum of what you need for a successful vacation.
But since some of those gadgets make your life so much easier, we highlighted two that you should consider – and neither one will have you breaking the bank.
The truth is that you don’t need a ton of gadgets for a successful vacation, but those that you do need you can’t go without. We’ve highlighted eight different gadgets that can wreck your vacation if you don’t have them.
1. Drinking-Water Hose
It doesn’t matter how well you’ve planned your trip, if you run out of water, you’re going to run into problems. A drinking water hose allows you to fill up at any RV stop, which means you don’t need to worry about running out of water on the road!
2. Inline Water Filter
Just because there are tons of places you can fill up your RV doesn’t mean you should trust the water you’re filling up with. Water quality varies from place to place, so it’s best to get an inline water filter to ensure that you have clean drinking water.
3. Sewer Hose
It’s not fun to think about, but an overflowing sewer system will wreck any vacation. A sewer hose allows you to hook up at waste disposal points, which is good for everyone.
4. Water Pressure Regulator
There’s no saying how much water pressure the fill-up point is going to send through your system. Every station is different, and if they have too much pressure, they can burst lines and create a nightmare that will ruin any vacation.
A water pressure regulator is a cheap investment that protects the far more valuable and expensive pipes.
5. RV Leveling Blocks
Not every RV park gives you a perfectly level place for your RV. And while you might be able to grin and bear it through a small decline or incline, if you get to your parking spot and notice a big difference, that can be a problem.
RV leveling blocks are a must when traveling, and it’s only a matter of time before you’ll need to use them.
6. Tire Pressure Gauge
Nothing will derail your trip as quickly as a flat tire. The good news is one of the best things and easiest things you can do to prevent a flat tire is to keep track of your tire pressure.
A simple tire pressure gauge allows you to check your tires before you head out – and it can be the difference between a flat on the highway and safely reaching your destination.
7. Surge Protector
This is by far the most expensive component on our list, but it’s not one you want to go without. Ensure you get a surge protector with enough amperage to protect your entire system.
Keep in mind that while a surge protector is a little more expensive, if the electrical system does surge, you’ll be replacing almost every electrical component in your RV. So, yeah, that Costco battery warranty might bail you out a little – but it’s not going to replace every outlet and appliance.
8. Disposable Gloves
Alright, so technically, this one isn’t a necessity, but when you’re dealing with sewer waste, there are tons of bacteria and other contaminants you don’t want to get on your skin. While a set of reusable rubber gloves will work too, washing and cleaning them can be a bit challenging when water is scarce.
While we wanted to keep this guide focused on the essentials, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention these two gadgets that will make your life a million times easier on the road.
Sewer Hose Support
A sewer support hose helps get those last few bits of sewer waste out of the line before you disconnect anything. This means less sewer waste gets on you, which is something everyone wants.
Water Connector Y Valve
Most of the time, you’ll only get a single water spigot at your RV station. This means you’ll have to constantly disconnect something to use the spigot, a Y water connector valve is an easy way around this.
When you head out on vacation, the last thing you want is to need something and not have it. The good news is with just a little bit of research, you can protect yourself and get everything you need for a stress-free and enjoyable vacation!