Whether you RV full time like we do or take your RV out part time, there are some items that are essential for RVing. We put together a list of our Top 10 Must Have RVing Gadgets. We hope you find it helpful in your RVing journey. These also make for great RV gifts for the camper in your life.
Top 10 Must Have RVing Gadgets
1. Garmin RV GPS
Having an RV specific GPS is an essential for RVing. We can’t imagine driving our Class A motorhome without it. There are several options on the market, we ended up with the Garmin RV 760LMT Portable GPS Navigator. It’s easy to use, convenient and plugs right into the 12v cigarette lighter. Full review of the Garmin RV GPS.
2. Progressive Industries Portable EMS
This is a must have product we suggest for every RV owner. Progressive Industries made this box to protect against high and low voltage, accidentally plugging into a 220v outlet, reverse polarity, AC frequency and open neutral. RVs are an expensive investment and this is good insurance to have against something that is a known problem in campgrounds with overloaded or antiquated electrical systems. Full review of Progressive Industries Portable EMS.
3. Fan-tastic Roof Vent Cover
We never realized how much we needed a roof vent cover until we installed one. Now we can leave the vent open when it’s raining outside. The most important part is we can run the fan during the rain while we’re cooking. We ended up with the Fan-Tastic Ultra Breeze Vent Cover, but there are other vent cover options available . Full review of our Roof Vent Cover.
4. Shower Shut-Off Valve
The shower head in our motorhome came with a “pause” switch, but it was difficult to use especially with soapy hands. We installed our own shower shut-off valve, which has worked like a charm. This RV gadget is perfect for saving water especially when we’re boondocking.
5. Spare Tire Carrier
Did your motorhome come with a spare tire? Ours didn’t. Before we discovered the Roadmaster spare tire carrier, we talked about getting a roof rack for the Jeep to carry a spare along with a few other options. Then we discovered the Roadmaster Spare Tire Carrier. This hitch mounted carrier works on almost every type of RV with tire sizes ranging from 16” to 24.5”. If you’re in the market for a spare tire carrier for your motorhome, read our Roadmaster spare tire carrier review.
6. Sewer Valve
Avoid the messy drippings from your black and gray tank and install a waste valve. We have the Valterra twist on waste valve that keeps things clean during the dumping process. Read about how we use this valve when we dump our RV tanks.
7. Leveling and Jack Pads
Before we found out about Hosspads, we were on our third set of Lynx plastic level blocks. Now, our plastic leveling blocks sit on top of the pads and are protected from gravel or anything else that can damage them. We also use the pads under our jacks when we are parked on gravel or dirt. Full review of RV jack pads and leveling pads.
8. WiFi Booster & WiFi Repeater
A WiFi extender and repeater allows us to park further away from the WiFi tower and still be able to pick up the signal. The setup we have is by Alfa Network sold through TechnoRV. Read our full post on How to Extend WiFi Range.
9. Allstays Camp & RV App
Whether you’re a full time RVer or a part time RVer, this app is great for planning your next trip and when you’re on the road. Read our full review of the Allstays Camp & RV App.
10. GasBuddy App
On the list of must have mobile app for RVers. This free mobile app displays user updated gas prices to help us find the cheapest gas in the United States and Canada. The best part is you can look up gas prices in other cities to compare prices. We learned this money saving lesson early in our full time RVing journey.
Check out more lessons learned in our post Full Time RV Costs for One Year.
We hope you found this list of Must Have RVing Gadgets helpful. Feel free to leave a comment and share your favorite gadgets.