All recreational vehicle (RV) owners know that it is the little things that make life on the road more enjoyable. So before you head out on your next adventure, check out this list of 10 essential accessories for RV owners.
1. RV GPS
No longer do you need to pore over a paper map to find your destination, nor do you need to be uncertain about whether a certain route has any obstacles (i.e., height or weight restriction) that will make it difficult for your RV to get past. RV GPS's are capable of calculating routes that are suitable for the specifications of your RV. For example, this Garmin RV 760LMT comes with pre-loaded maps of RV friendly routes in Canada and the US.
2. Mobile WiFi Hotspot
A mobile WiFi hotspot allows you to connect to the internet wherever you are, meaning that you can get on with the business of living, rather than worrying about when you will next have contact with the outside world. Most telecommunications companies can supply a mobile WiFi hotspot, including this reasonably priced Netgear AT&T Unite Pro.
3. RV Solar Charging System
It's not always convenient to find an RV park that offers power hookups, and even if you can in high season those hookups can come at a big price. An RV solar charging system gives you the flexibility to stop where you want to without having to worry about where to get power. There are different RV solar charging systems to suit a wide range of electricity needs and budgets.
4. Outdoor Propane Grill
There is nothing better after setting up a campsite, then grilling up a delicious dinner. And to be able to cook in the great outdoors is one of the best parts of the RV life. The Weber Q 2000 Portable Propane Grill has a space saving design that is perfect for the RV. The Weber Q 2000 is available at retailers nationwide.
5. Flameless Battery Operated Candles
Having a candle with an open flame in a confined space, such as in an RV, is dangerous. But candles are good when you don't have power or in emergencies. If you are looking for a light source without an open flame, then a flameless battery operated candle is a good option for you. Flameless candles come in a wide range of color, style and price. You can find a range of flameless candles, including this reasonable priced set of pillar candles.
6. Weather Radio
While you are on the road, it is important to keep up to date with current weather conditions to make sure the conditions are safe for you to continue traveling on a certain route. Having a weather radio can help to ensure you have up to date information on the weather in even the remotest locations, and because most of them have crank handles, there is no need to worry about worrying out of power just as you need it. This weather radio (that can also be used to charge your cellphone) recommended by the American Red Cross Association is a reasonable price and comes highly rated.
7. Insect Repellent
Nothing is worse than arriving at your location after a long days drive only to find you are being bitten by insects the second you get off the RV. Keeping a steady supply of insect repellant on hand will make life on the road a lot more comfortable. Insect repellent is available at retailers nationwide. If you are looking for a highly recommended brand, check out OFF!
8. Refillable Utility Lighter
Having a hot shower and warm water is a benefit of RV camping and most RV'ers leave the pilot lights off, so having a refillable utility lighter that you can use to light the burners consistently will come in handy. It saves on propane and it's an inexpensive solution. Check out the InfiniteLite utility lighters, as they are refillable with butane, wind-resistant, and comes in two different neck lengths.
9. Two Way Radios (aka walkie talkies)
When you are on the road, you can find yourself in situations where you need to talk to your traveling companions but are out of talking distance (for example, when you are parking your RV or when you want to let everyone know that it is dinner time). Two way radios are available from a number of suppliers nation wide. For example, this Uniden radio set that has a 40 mile range and comes highly recommended.
Although RVs can be a great vehicle for long distance travel, they can be difficult to navigate through congested city streets. If you want to save yourself the time and hassle of making short trips through busy areas in your RV, then why not use a bicycle to make quick trips to and from the RV park. Folding bikes are a great space saving option for RVs, for example this Adventurer six speed folding bike comes highly recommended.