Checklist – RV Amenities

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Every amenity and accessory has a direct impact on RV sizeweight, and cost.

Use this checklist to determine which are a must and which you can live without. This process will help you balance the comforts of life against the size, weight, and cost of your RV.

To keep this list from growing unmanageably long, we have omitted very common amenities found in most RV’s. For example, we did not include things like bed, sink, roof vents, etc., unless they were noteworthy upgrades.


  • Awning over main entrance
  • Awning over large windows
  • Electric awning (not manual)
  • Slideout covers (awnings on top of slides)
  • Automatic entrance steps
  • Sliding storage tray in basement
  • Sliding porch
  • Electric storage tank dump valves
  • Electric leveling jacks
  • Automatic leveling system
  • Hitch receiver on rear bumper designed for platform or towing
  • Motor homes: Entrance near middle of vehicle (not near front)

Floor Plan

  • One bedroom, separate from main living area
  • Two bedrooms, separate from main living area
  • Large windows in the back of the RV
  • Opposing slides in main living area
  • Enclosed bathroom, including shower, toilet, and sink
  • Enclosed toilet area
  • Bathroom access not through bedroom
  • Washer and dryer space for stackable units
  • Washer/dryer space for combined unit

Electrical and Water Systems

  • Additional batteries for extended boondocking
  • Generator for making AC power
  • Inverter for converting DC to AC power
  • Solar panels for converting sunlight to DC power
  • Water heater operates on AC power and propane
  • Upgraded water heater to larger capacity
  • High pressure cleaning system for black tank
  • Heated basement and pipe compartments for freeze protection


  • High output propane stove for high elevation cooking
  • Four door refrigerator with freezer
  • Automatic ice maker
  • Filter for drinking water and ice maker
  • Upgraded counter top materials, such as Corian
  • Counter top extension

Living Area

  • Recliners
  • Sleeper sofa
  • Computer or office desk and drawers
  • Ceiling fan
  • Coat closet next to entry
  • Sun roof/sky light


  • Queen size bed
  • King size bed
  • Two beds
  • Bunk beds
  • Large closet spanning width of RV
  • Vanity


  • Day & night shades on all windows
  • Separate A/C controls for bedroom and living area
  • Automatic, temperature-sensing exhaust fan (Fan-Tastic Vent)
  • Upgraded insulation for cold weather and noise reduction
  • Double-pane windows for cold weather
  • Electric heater of fireplace


  • Large screen TV in living area
  • TV in bedroom
  • Stereo system
  • In-motion satellite system

Overall Design Q’s

  • Suitable for vacationers
  • Suitable for RV campers or weekenders
  • Trailers: All weights within tow vehicle’s manufacturer ratings
  • Can be operated on state and federal highways without a permit

Andy Herrick is a blogging nerd, #8 Enneagram, wannabe bread baker, INTJ, RV industry professional, and small business entrepreneur. He can be found hanging out with his lovely wife and family, skiing, cycling, climbing, hiking, and convincing anyone who will listen why dogs aren’t really that great of pets. Also, he runs this website.

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