The List of “Extras” You’ll Need After Buying Your RV

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The List of “Extras” You’ll Need After Buying Your RV

We found there is a pretty significant list of “extras” you’ll need after buying your RV. While each persons list may vary, I’ll share our list with you here. This list isn’t meant to scare you away from full-time RV’ing but rather to give you a realistic idea in case RV’ing is in your future. We are Amazon Affiliates and the products we have purchased through Amazon are linked in this article. We never link to any items that we do not personally recommend. Please know that if you purchase through our Amazon links there is no extra cost to you, however, we do make a nominal fee as Amazon Affiliates.

The Outside “Stuff”

Barbecue ~small because you don’t have much storage, but large enough for easy cooking.

Toaster Oven ~ because when it’s 113 degrees in the shade, it’s nice to have an oven that can be used outdoors and doesn’t further heat up the RV.

Lawn Chairs ~(collapsible) We have 2 recliners and 2 regular chairs.

Barbecue Table ~ folding ones work well and take up very little space.

Picnic Table ~ not a necessity but sure nice to have when you find yourself in a park that doesn’t provide tables or if you are boondocking.

Ladder ~ we got the collapsible style to save space. It’s sturdy and has been so useful.

Bicycles ~ optional but they come in handy for short runs to the store and also fun for the exercise.

X-chocks ~ to stabilize the RV and eliminate it bouncing when people are moving around inside while parked.

5th wheel hitch lock ~ eliminates anyone else hooking up to your home and driving off. Never a good thing says the Retired Washington State Patrol Trooper Husband.

Generator ~ not a necessity if you plan to always be in an RV park but nice to have if you plan to boon dock at all.

Carpeted step covers ~ to alleviate slick entry stairs when wet.

Tire Covers ~ to lengthen tire life by eliminating sun damage.

After market handle for the screen door~ to alleviate people pushing directly on the screen and pushing it through.

Surge protector ~ for incoming power. Absolutely a MUST!

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All Things Water, Gray And Black Tank Related

Hose for your water intake

Heated hose for your water intake if you plan to be in a colder climate ~ this eliminated any frozen line issues for us during our first winter which was spent in Northeastern Washington State.

Splitter ~ to be able to run two separate hoses – one fresh water hose and a black tank clean out hose.

Water pressure regulator valve ~ because some RV parks have water pressure that is way too high and it will damage your water lines.

Large Tote ~ to be devoted to holding all things related to the black tank in your storage compartments.

Disposable gloves ~ lots and lots and lots of disposable gloves to be worn when dealing with all things related to the black tank.

Extra sewer drain hoses  ~ because some RV parks have hookups well behind the RV parking pad.

Sewer hose support ~ to have everything at the correct angle for proper drainage.

The “Inside” Stuff

Space heater ~ not mandatory but sure nice to have some supplemental heat at times.

Extra fuses ~ because they seem to go out at the most inconvenient times.

Extra RV led light bulbs ~ because they are specialty bulbs and can’t be found by just dashing into your local WalMart.

Toilet Paper ~ either marine grade or Scott’s because all others seem to cause RV toilet clogging issues.

Heavy duty rubber bands ~ we found these are helpful to hold cupboards shut when traveling on bumpy roads.

TankTechsRX~ the only toilet additive we’ve found that actually works to keep the toilet flushing and drain lines clean.

Dehumidifier ~ to alleviate condensation buildup if you are in a cooler/cold climate.

Berkey Water Filter ~ because the water in so many areas tastes wretched. This way we have plenty of good filtered water without having to invest in bottled water.

And The List Goes On

Shark Vacuum ~ Our RV came equipped with a central vacuum system but the Shark does a much better job, is easier to use and takes up very little space.

Portable drying rack for dishes ~ for all those RVs out there without dishwashers.

Small portable clothes drying rack ~ for the items that can’t be put into a dryer.

Washer and/or Dryer ~ we bought only the washer for the RV and use the RV park dryers. This was our personal choice after reading reviews for both RV washers and dryers.

Replacement furniture ~ bed, couch, recliners. Again, this was our personal choice and you may be completely comfortable on the furniture that came with your RV.  We found that apartment sized furniture at LA-Z-Boy would fit nicely.


So there you have it.  These are the things that have made our lives more comfortable and workable in our tiny traveling home. We didn’t have a list like this when we started so we are hoping this list will help some of you.  How does our list differ from yours? We’d love to hear from you. Leave us a comment or subscribe to follow us. We’d love to have you join our tribe.

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    • Margaret R
    • January 25, 2017

    Really good list. The only thing I would add is a grill to be used to cook over an open fire. We have one because I have owned my fifth wheel for over 15 years and have never cooked in it. We use an electric fry pan and a grill over the fire.

      • NoniKay
      • January 25, 2017

      Thanks for your comment. That’s great that you’ve been able to do so much outdoor cooking!


    • Bonnie
    • January 25, 2017

    I love your list. We aren’t full time yet, but as soon as our house sells, we will be on the road. We bought a 40ft. fifth wheel and can’t wait to move in.

      • NoniKay
      • January 25, 2017

      Thank you Bonnie. Glad it helped. Hope to hear from you again as you proceed with your move to full-timers!

    • Pat Reynolds
    • February 9, 2017

    Nice list. I would add command hooks for hanging so many things, too numerous to list here. Also bungee cords to keep things from shifting.

      • NoniKay
      • February 10, 2017

      Very good suggestions Pat. Thank you for your comments.

  1. Reply

    This is a great list! We bought a trailer last year and hope to do more camping this year. I will remember this list when I get ready for the camping season!

      • NoniKay
      • March 30, 2017

      Thanks for your comment. Good luck with this year’s camping season. Hope to hear from you again.

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