All the essentials you need to hit the road.
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Power Extension Cords, Adaptors & Surge Protection
Your RV hopefully came with a 30amp or 50amp power cord, if it didn't, grab one of those stat. These extras will make sure you're hooked up wherever you go.
30 or 50 Amp Extension Cord
Some campgrounds put their hookups in interesting places, juuuuuust out of reach. Having an extra 25 feet of cord comes in handy.
30 or 50 Amp Surge Protector
Power supply can spike and sag, both of which can damage your system. A basic surge protector is a smart investment.
You'll want hoses and equipment just for your water supply. Even if you don't plan on drinking water straight from the RV tap, it's smart to get lead free, drinking safe hoses so you can shower and wash dishes with clean water.
Get two so you have a backup in case yours springs a leak or breaks, and because you will occasionally need to double up to reach awkwardly placed water hookups.
External Water Filter
Campground water can be funky. This filter attaches easily to your drinking water hose to reduce mineral content and eliminate odors and bad tastes.
Water Pressure Regulator
Your RV's system is built to handle water at a certain pressure. Go way over it, and you could bust a pipe ($$$). A pressure regulator is a cheap way to prevent this.
Sewer Hoses & Tank Cleaners
It's no one's favorite part of RV'ing, but having everything you need to dump your grey and black tanks and keep them fresh will make the task a little more pleasant.
15' Sewer Hose Kit
This kit has everything you need to connect from your rig to a sewer hookup or dump station.
10' Sewer Extension
For times when your sewer hose isn't long enough to reach the hookup. (Trust us, carrying an extension is a lot easier than looking for a different dump station.)
Sewer Hose Stand
Useful for full hookups spots, and when you need to create some slope for hoses to empty properly.
Black Tank Enzymes
Drop one in your toilet along with 3-5 gallons of water after emptying your black tank. It helps break up waste and prevent odors.
Grey Tank Deodorizer
Surprisingly, grey tanks, which hold your dish and shower water, often smell worse than black tanks if left to their own devices.
Septic Safe Toilet Paper
We're not suggesting you order your TP online, but you do not need any special "RV" or "Marine" versions, which cost more. Regular old Scott 1-ply is fine for your black tank.
You don't want to use your drinking water hose to flush your black tank for obvious reasons. We keep a different colored hose in our truck bed exclusively for flushing. We like blue for water and green for cleaning for easy color coding.
Keep a box in your car to keep hands clean at the dump station.
A lot of dump stations aren't near a bathroom where you can wash your hands, keeping a small bottle of hand sanitizer in the glove box is a must, and you can pick one up at a most pharmacies.
Leveling, Stabilizing & All Things Tire
Wherever you plan on camping, you'll want at least a basic set of tire chocks to keep your trailer from rolling away. If you plan to boondock, visit State Parks or National Forests, you'll wind up encountering some beautiful, but slanty sites, and for the sake of your refrigerator and your comfort, you'll want to level your trailer.
Basic Wheel Chock
Nothin' fancy, but we still use these all the time when we're in a pretty level site, and if you're just starting out, it's a great, cheap pair.
Like Legos for adults. We have 2 packs of these, and we use them all the time to level the Airstream, under our stabilizer jacks in gravel sites, and under our tongue jack in front.
These fit onto the lynx levelers so you can make a ramp to back onto or pull onto. Like we said, Legos for adults!
For double axle trailers — if you spend any time wondering if your trailer is going to roll down a hill while you're sleeping, these will put those fears to rest.
Digital Tire Inflator
Total lifesaver on the road. Set the tire pressure you want, hook it up to your car's 12V outlet, and bam — you're good to go.