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Table of Contents
Vehicle & Towing: Essential RV Gear
Safety & Security: Must-Have RV Accessories
Want to learn more about RV safety and security?
Freshwater: Accessories for First-Time RVers
Replacement Shower Hose
Most OEM RV showerheads are cheap pieces of junk. Oxygenics has long been the market leader for aftermarket RV showerheads, increasing water pressure while minimizing water use. Full-timers swear by Oxygenics. They have just about shower head and wand combination you could ask for.
Wastewater & Plumbing: Essential Gear List
Want to learn more about RV wastewater and holding tanks?
Electrical: Must-Have Amenities for Beginner RVers
Surge Protector EMS
Arguably the most important accessory you can purchase to protect your RV! EMS surge protectors shield your electrical system from voltage surges, spikes, blackouts and brownouts, as well as miswired pedestals and other dangerous electrical conditions. Never leave home without one!
Fuse Assortment Kit
The 12V circuits in your RV are protected by blade fuses in your power distribution panel. You may also have inline fuses in any solar charging lines or other accessories. Also, your 7-way trailer connection is protected by fuses in your tow vehicle as well. Don’t get caught unawares!
Comfort: RV Essential Gear List
The typical RV mattress is a 4-5 inch thick piece of cheap foam. Want an upgrade? Invest in a breathable, soft mattress topper. Pay close attention to your actual bed size! For instance, a “queen” may only be a short-queen, about 75 inches long, and maybe just 58 inches wide rather than the full 60.
Organization: Required RV Amenities
Maintenance: Essential RV Gear List
You should inspect your exterior sealant every 90 days and replace at least once a year. Non-sag sealants are used around windows, doors, wall vents, and other thru-wall penetrations. Crystal Clear Geocel Proflex is an easy-to-apply clear sealant that can be tooled with a soapy finger.
RV Roof Repair Tape
If you thought duct tape was cool, check out this stuff! RV roof repair tape can be used to seal roof penetrations, emergency fix water tanks, hold wires, etc. EternaBond is the brand leader, but Quick Roof Extreme and Dicor Seal-Tite are worthy competitors.