12 Things You Totally Don’t Need in Your RV (But Be Glad You Have!) (2022)

Think you know all the RV Must-Haves? We came up with some of our favorite RV items, all that we use often, but ones you might not think of when shopping for camper supplies.

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2 years ago when we bought our camper at a local RV Expo, we were just minutes away from telling the dealer to draw up the sale papers. Before we could tell him we were ready to buy, our son made it abundantly clear that we were about 2 hours past lunchtime thanks to the wheeling and dealing over this new camper. We decided to take a break, get some lunch, walk around, then come back and sign on the dotted line. As we walked away from that camper, the salesman insisted on reminding us that we needed to purchasethat day in order to receive the SHOW SPECIAL. No, he wasn’t talking about a huge discount on the camper or anything like that. This dealership was giving away a free counter top ice maker with every camper purchase.

Long story made a little shorter, we got lunch and on our way to the bathroom, literally stumbled upon the camper we ended up buying. In reality we were trying to avoid letting the kids see that there was a bounce house at the Expo as we had neither the time nor cash to let them jump. We found a row of campers that looked interesting and fell in love with the first one we stepped into. The camper was exactly what we had been looking for and the price was right. We laughed the entire way home that we had missed out on the free ice maker.

It wasn’t until a year or so later that the ice maker in our freezer died. We came across a deal on a counter top ice maker and bought one for the kitchen. We loved it. Then we decided it might be nice to take on a camping trip to see if we really used it or not.We used it so much, we ended up buying a second ice maker so that we have one in the camper all the time! LOL!!

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It turns out, it didn’t just end for us with the ice maker. Oh no. Over the years, we have accumulated all sorts of “don’t really need it but boy is it nice to have” items that are completely unnecessary but welcome additions to our camper! Here are some of ours – what are yours?

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Our very favorite RV items! (These are great gift ideas for your favorite RV camper!)

Counter Top Ice MakerThere is something downright luxurious about having your own steady supply of ice right in your camper! From chilly water and soda drinks to that afternoon iced coffee, we love our ice maker.

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Instant PotHave you joined the Instant Pot craze yet? If not, we highly recommend getting one. The pressure cooker function makes it pretty simple to get a hearty and delicious meal on the table with minimal effort, even after a long day of driving. There are so many amazing RV Instant Pot meals! One of our favorite traveling meals is this Instant Pot recipe for Pot Roast.

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Electric Griddle – We have a rule in our camper: never ever ever cook bacon inside of it. The smell just never goes away! Electric griddles are flat and easy to store, they heat up evenly and quickly, and are perfect for outdoor cooking on a table or outdoor kitchen counter. Griddles are perfect for cooking many types of food and they keep the smells and splatters associated with those foods outside.

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Camco Deluxe Folding Grill Table – These tables are a great way to extend your prep space when cooking outside. The top platform fits a griddle or tabletop grill perfectly.

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Cordless Drill and 3/4″ socket with adapter – Drop those stabilizers in seconds flat! Instead of using a non-powered hand crank, use a drill to drop anchor quickly and effortlessly.

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RV Awning Mat – There is nothing more annoying that the sheer volume of sand and dirt that gets dragged into the camper! Grab one of these mats and stake it down under your RV steps. This area will give you a nice big spot to kick off shoes and knock excess sand off of your feet.

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Lightweight Stick Vacuum– Storage space is certainly premium real estate in a camper. These simple vacuums are light and won’t take up much room. They are incredibly effective at cleaning up dirt and sand that gets dragged into the camper!

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Screened Tent – You never know when you will find yourself parked at a campsite that offers zero shade from trees… or when you’ll end up in a mosquito or fly prone area. Keep a screened tent in your camper for those occasions when you still want to relax outside and take in the sights, but can do so in shade and free from most biting bugs.

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Walkie Talkies – When camping in the mountains or other remote areas, cell phone signal is not always guaranteed. Keep a set of walkie talkies in your camper so that you always have a line of communication available between the RV and whoever is exploring the campground.

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Throw Pillows – Pick up some cute outdoor pillows that fit your particular decorating style. Not only do these pillows look nice on the couch and chairs, but it’s very convenient to have extra pillows at night! I only have one pillow for my spot on my camper bed, but I usually take a throw pillow or two off the couch each night and use them under my pillow.

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Retractable Laundry Line – These laundry lines make a great addition to your camper (we have ours installed over the bathtub). It’s nice to have an extra space to hang wet towels after a shower or swimming.

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Upgraded Mattress– We wrote an entire post on how to upgrade your RV mattress. If your factory RV mattress doesn’t give you a great night’s sleep, consider upgrading. It’s easy and not super expensive.

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BONUS ITEM: AIR FRYER!! Listen, we started out with our Instant Pot and figured that was good enough. Then we added the griddle. I need to tell you – our air fryer is now probably used in our camper EVEN MORE OFTEN than the other two items!! Whatcan’tthis amazing machine do?! Check out some of our popular air fryer camping recipes:

  • Air Fryer S’mores
  • Easy Cajun Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipe
  • Air Fryer Cornish Hen Recipe
  • Homemade Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

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Recap of these RV Must-Haves

What would our readers add?

It probably won’t surprise you when you I tell you that this – but this post is by far, the most popular one on our site to date. Not only do thousands of people read through our list each and every day, but many readers leave comments below with THEIR favorite must-have RV items. The comment section below has some excellent ideas and suggestions.

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FAQs

How can I make my RV more cozy? ›

Adding soft textures like velvet plush can be a touching element to make your RV feel cozy. Elements like plush throw blankets, warm cozy rugs, and soft pillows can set a cozy and inviting atmosphere you'll want to stay in for hours. Adding textiles can also be a great way to invite a pop of color to your home decor.

What are the most common problems with RVS? ›

Today we're discussing the top three RV problems you're most likely to encounter and what you should do about them.
  1. Leaky Roof. Water leaks are pretty much inevitable when RVing. ...
  2. Electrical Issues. Just like your actual home, your RV is likely to run into electrical problems from time to time. ...
  3. Slide Out Problems.
22 Jan 2021

What toilet paper can you use in RV? ›

If you wish to stay with an RV-approved toilet paper, Thetford Quick Dissolve, Camco RV, Thetford Aqua-Soft and Scott's Rapidly Dissolving (with claims that it breaks down 4X faster than other brands) are well-known for dissolving and moving quickly through the RV black tank.

What should you not bring in an RV? ›

What Not To Pack For Your RV Vacation
  • Canned food. Seriously, you'll never eat all the emergency supplies you're tempted to hoard in your RV. ...
  • Electronic items. This includes laptops, tablets and video game consoles. ...
  • Kitchen appliances. Keep your meals simple. ...
  • Fresh water. ...
  • Firewood.

What should you not pack in your RV? ›

RV Packing List: What Not to Bring Along
  • Don't stock the kitchen with bulk foods. ...
  • Don't outfit (everything) with storage enhancers. ...
  • Don't bring appliances and kitchen tools that are one dimensional. ...
  • Don't bring every form of entertainment. ...
  • Don't think everything from home will work in your RV.
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How should I decorate my RV? ›

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Can you hang pictures on RV walls? ›

In an RV or motorhome, adhesive hangers and hooks are your friends. They make organizing easier, but they also work wonders for hanging pictures or wall art. There are all sorts of different hangers and RV wall hooks available out there. 3M is one of the best companies for command strips.

What does it mean when an RV park has a 10 year rule? ›

The ten-year rule at RV parks. “The Ten Year Rule” is a code that's enforced at many upscale RV parks around the country. The rule implies that RVs older than 10 years are too weathered and worn and should be prohibited.

What is the life expectancy of a travel trailer? ›

What is the average lifespan of a travel trailer? At a minimum, your travel trailer needs to be able to last for 10 years. You might be able to prolong its longevity and add about two to five years by taking good care of it. However, some travel trailers can last up to 30 years with proper usage.

How long does an RV last for? ›

The short answer is that the average lifespan of an RV is around 20 years or 200,000 miles, whichever comes first. But the answer isn't quite that simple. That number can vary depending on the class of your motorhome, how well you take care of it, and a few other factors.

What can I put in my RV toilet to make it smell better? ›

If your RV toilet smells when flushed, try putting a little scent or essential oil in the water flush. (NOTE- do NOT do this if your toilet uses your fresh water!!!!)

Is it OK to use regular toilet paper in an RV? ›

Many new RVers wonder whether it's really necessary to use RV toilet paper. The truth is yes. You do indeed need to use quick-dissolving RV toilet paper. If you don't have tissue that's safe for RV use, you shouldn't flush it into your RV's sewage system.

Can you use regular toilet bowl cleaner in an RV toilet? ›

It's important to use a cleaning solution that's both reliable and safe. Many toilet bowl cleaners have high bleach concentrations. Although this is fine in a regular toilet, these harsh chemicals will damage the soft rubber seals in your RV plumbing system. Choose a non-bleach natural cleanser.

What food should I bring on an RV trip? ›

Here is a list of some of our favorite foods to bring when camping:
  • Granola.
  • Cereal with milk.
  • Bagels, muffins, or other breakfast pastries.
  • Oatmeal.
  • Premade smoothies.
  • Fresh fruit.
  • Premade breakfast burritos.
  • Hard-boiled eggs.
24 May 2019

How do you not overpack on a camping trip? ›

Aim to leave home with bags only slightly more than half full if at all possible. Tip: If you travel annually, make some simple packing notes at the end of each trip. List items that weren't used so that you can remember to leave them out for the next trip.

Do you need special dish soap for RV? ›

One of the best parts about using Dawn dish soap in RV black tanks is that it's an environmentally-friendly soap. It doesn't contain phosphates and can be broken down by bacteria. This means that it's a safe and biodegradable soap to use, even if you're cleaning/dumping your tank in a strict or natural environment.

What should I pack for an extended RV trip? ›

RV Gear and Safety
  • Surge protector.
  • Electrical adapters.
  • Toilet chemicals.
  • Sewer kit.
  • Water pressure regulator.
  • Drinking water hose.
  • Leveling blocks.
  • Tire pressure gauge.
6 Jun 2022

How do you pack clothes for an RV trip? ›

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How much does it cost to maintain an RV yearly? ›

Maintenance Costs

Just as with a car, your RV requires annual and seasonal maintenance. To keep your RV in tip-top condition, you'll probably need to spend somewhere between $1,000 to $2,000 a year, less if you perform some of the maintenance yourself.

What do you need to stock a camper? ›

To set up camp, you'll need the following items:
  1. Chocks.
  2. Leveling boards.
  3. Sewer hose (the stinky slinky)
  4. Potable water hose.
  5. Water pressure regulator.
  6. Surge protector.
  7. Electricity converters (to move between 20, 30, and 50 amp)
22 Oct 2018

What food should I bring on an RV trip? ›

Here is a list of some of our favorite foods to bring when camping:
  • Granola.
  • Cereal with milk.
  • Bagels, muffins, or other breakfast pastries.
  • Oatmeal.
  • Premade smoothies.
  • Fresh fruit.
  • Premade breakfast burritos.
  • Hard-boiled eggs.
24 May 2019

Do you have to use RV toilet paper? ›

Many new RVers wonder whether it's really necessary to use RV toilet paper. The truth is yes. You do indeed need to use quick-dissolving RV toilet paper. If you don't have tissue that's safe for RV use, you shouldn't flush it into your RV's sewage system.

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