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50 Essential tools\accessories for the RV

Updated: Mar 5

In order for your trips to go well you need to have the right tools and accessories to support your RV. This is our list. If you are new to camping with an RV this is a good list to consider in your budget. If you've been camping for years you may find something in here that you haven't thought of. We've put links in for some of the hard to describe or our recommendations where we felt it was appropriate.

What do you need for your Electrical needs in an RV?

  1. additional power cord supply - we've been to a few sites where our cord isn't long enough. Having an extra can mean the difference between a good vacation and a complete bust. We chose the Camco 50amp 30' extension cord here is the comparable Camco 30amp 25' extension cord

  2. power surge protector - Our first trip with our current motorhome had us blowing 5amp fuses. It took me four hours on our best day to learn the fuse was blowing and preventing our slideouts from working. We chose this economical Surge Guard 44270 50amp surge protector. After 3 years I recommend this protector over the more expensive types. Here is the Surge Guard 44260 30amp surge protector.

  3. extension cord - We always find use for a 20amp extension cord. I mainly use it for cooking and also for topping off the battery in our truck with a battery tender

  4. power strip with multiple outlets - just to plug in multiple electrical tools/appliances/phone chargers, etc.

  5. three-way electrical plug adapter - for plugging in multiple electrical tools/appliances/phone chargers, etc.

  6. 50-30amp adapter - for me this would be a 30amp male end that goes into the electrical mast of the campground. The other side would have 50amp female that would take the surge protector. Then the RV would be connected with the 50amp power cord.

  7. 50/30 - 15 amp adapter - Currently I don't have a 50amp outlet at my house so we are just using a 20amp outlet to charge the batteries and run lights and the refridgerator. Therefore we need to step down to 15amp. I chose to buy the Camco 50-30amp adapter and then the Camco 30amp-15amp adapter for my solution. I've had no trouble plugging this into a 20amp outlet with an extension cord.

  8. Battery Tender - I find it necessary or just comforting to top off my towed vehicles battery when driving long distances. I have 3-4 battery tenders at my house. The Battery Tender 3amp is what I take with me on the road because it charges a little faster than the smaller tenders I own.

  9. volt meter - when troubleshooting electrical in your RV a volt meter is required. I've been on calls with the manufacturer and they ask specifically to test for volts throughout the coach. I'm not an electrician but I can use a volt meter reasonably well and it is a small tool that is nice to have. I like my Klein Multimeter kit

  10. extra fuses

  11. jumper cables

  12. batteries - AA, AAA, 9 volt, D, C, we have a variety for toys, flashlights, smoke dectectors

What do you need for your Plumbing in an RV?

  1. water hose - the Camco 25' hose has been long enough for us every time. Although, on a couple of occasions its been close. These hoses have been setup to be drinking water safe and the camping industry does not recommend using garden hoses.

  2. water coupler with shutoff - I don't like the fill connector on my RV so I use a coupler to accept the water hoses to limit premature failure of the RV connector.

  3. water hose pressure regulator - a must for any trailer or motorhome. I use the Camco plastic water pressure regulator. I got mine from a campground store after I left my good one, with a gauge, in Minnesota. It works great and there is no need to pay more for the fancy regulators.

  4. water Y with shutoffs - we always need water outside of the RV for dogs, etc. so we always attach a Y with shutoffs to the campsite water then add our hose. I added this Y splitter link for context. Any that you like will do.

  5. sewer hose - A must for Camping. We carry a kit like this Camco Rhino 15' hose.

  6. Water line blowout plug: The Camco Blow Out Plug is used with an air compressor to clear your lines of water so that you can winterize your plumbing properly to prevent freezing pipes. I keep this part with my other air compressor accessories. One end quick connects to your compressor hose and the other end is a male garden hose thread

What caulks do you need for your RV?

  1. dicor self leveling sealant - These are for roof leaks. You may be able to find it cheaper elsewhere but here is the link for reference.

  2. dicor non-self leveling sealant - These are for other leaks where self leveling isn't necessary. You may be able to find it cheaper elsewhere but here is the link for reference.

  3. silicone - for tubs/showers, sinks, and general small patches to the outside of the RV

What Lubricants do you need for your RV?

  1. Slide lube - We are using CRC Power Lube for our Schwintek slide out systems. Check with your RV dealer or manual for what you should be using.

  2. Lube for your power step:

  3. Lube to protect your seals and gaskets:

What Tools do you need for your RV

  1. tool kit - We have a toolkit similart to the Dekopro 128 piece tool set. These motorhomes and trailers just fall apart going down the road. A toolkit is priceless when you need to turn a screw or tighten a bolt. It won't solve all of your problems but will take care of many. I keep it in the RV in the Summer and when I'm not traveling I use it in our house.

  2. headlamp

  3. flashlights

  4. caulk gun - don't forget the caulk gun for the sealant.

  5. 3 or 5-gallon bucket

  6. windshield squeegee with sponge

  7. tape measure

  8. rope

  9. cordless drill\batteries\charger

  10. axe - we heat our house with wood and this Fiskars Axe is my favorite.

  11. shovel

  12. hatchet - I also really like this Fiskars Hatchet.

  13. miscesllaneous screws, nut, bolts

What Other Supplies Do you need for your RV?

  1. leveling blocks 2x12-36" - Our RV requires it be level and all 6 tires on the ground. So, we carry 3 foot 2x12 boards and Camco Leveling Blocks to make sure when we have unlevel sites we are able to level the coach and extend the slideouts.

  2. air hose, tire inflator/gauge-Our motorhome has an air compressor that I can tap into. So, we keep hose and a tire inflator/gauge in case we have a flat.

  3. tire inflator

  4. Toy/bed inflator - We go to the beach a lot. So, this Intex Quick Fill Inflator is great for the inflatable zoo we take to the beach and for air beds.

  5. coax cable - we don't watch a lot of tv but this was great to have during our trip to Disney to connect to their cable tv

  6. rubber gloves

  7. leather gloves

  8. duct tape

  9. electrical tape

  10. extra windshield wipers

  11. windshield repair kit - Thankfully, we haven't had to use this yet. However, with the tow vehicle and the big RV windshield it may be nice to have in the RV in case we need it.

  12. electric space heaters

  13. towel

  14. Mouse traps and ant bait - ughhhh we routinely get mice and ants. its good to have these available when you see traces of either.

  15. Air Conditioner Filters - We've recently bought extra. our trip to Utah showed us that we need to have filters we can swap out every few days. Our Dometic's take these filters. Now we clean or replace filters weekly while camping.

Did we get everything? What do you have in your RV that we might want to travel with? Links go to Amazon where we earn a small commission on qualified purchases.

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