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So, you got a RV. Whether it’s new or used, there are some things you’ll need to make everything functional, namely important things like electricity, water and the toilet. These items are necessary no matter what kind of RV you have – motor home, travel trailer, 5th wheel, etc.
You’ll need these RV necessities if you live in the RV or are a weekend warrior. They aren’t glamorous but need to be purchased BEFORE your first trip. Trust me. Just order everything now, and get it over with. It will make your first hook-up go a lot smoother.
A sewer hose is necessary to dump the holding tanks. These don’t last forever. They tend to crack from sun exposure, so make sure you buy a new one if you’re purchasing a used RV. It’s not worth the risk.
Similar to the water regulator, electric current varies from campground to campground. Sometimes it even varies at the same campground from time to time. Protect your electrical system with a surge protector. You can never be too safe when it comes to fire safety and the RV.
An RV can be connected to either a 30 amp or 50 amp electric source. Obviously 50 amps provide more power. This is particularly helpful during the summer when you might be running the air conditioner. Examine your electric cord to determine how many amps it should be connected to. An adapter is needed if you’re hooking up a 30 amp cord to a 50 amp connection and vice versa.
All campsites are not created equal. In fact, it’s rare to find one that is completely level. Leveling blocks can be used under the tires and/or jacks to even things out. You don’t want the inside of your RV to look like a fun house.
It can be tricky to keep an RV refrigerator at the proper temperature. If it’s hot outside (or inside), it will work overtime which leads to frost buildup. A refrigerator fan keeps the air inside moving to avoid this. Without it, you may find yourself defrosting the refrigerator with a hair dryer.