RV Necessities

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RV Necessities

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.

RV Necessities

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.

RV Necessities

 

RV Necessities

All the stuff you need to outfit your new RV.

Camco RV Brass Inline Water Pressure Regulator- Helps Protect RV Plumbing and Hoses from High-Pressure City Water, Lead Free (40055)
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Camco RV Brass Inline Water Pressure Regulator- Helps Protect RV Plumbing and Hoses from High-Pressure City Water, Lead Free (40055)

Water pressure varies from campsite to campsite. Put a water regulator on your water hose to manage the flow into your RV and avoid damaging it.

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Camco 50ft Premium Drinking Water Hose - Lead Free, Anti-Kink Design, 20% Thicker Than Standard Hoses (5/8"Inside Diameter) (22853)
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Camco 50ft Premium Drinking Water Hose - Lead Free, Anti-Kink Design, 20% Thicker Than Standard Hoses (5/8"Inside Diameter) (22853)

Don’t use just any old hose to move water from the spigot into your RV. You need a hose made specifically for RVs that is drinking water safe, even if you don’t plan on drinking the water.

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Camco 20' Sewer Hose Kit 39625 Revolution Swivel Rv Kit-20'
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Camco 20' Sewer Hose Kit 39625 Revolution Swivel Rv Kit-20'

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.

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Camco 20ft Sidewinder RV Sewer Hose Support, Made From Sturdy Lightweight Plastic, Won't Creep Closed, Holds Hoses In Place - No Need For Straps (43051)
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Camco 20ft Sidewinder RV Sewer Hose Support, Made From Sturdy Lightweight Plastic, Won't Creep Closed, Holds Hoses In Place - No Need For Straps (43051)

Many campgrounds require the sewer hose to be lifted off the ground to keep things sanitary. This convenient hose support is angled so that gravity carries waste in the right direction.

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Camco Heavy Duty Dogbone RV Circuit Analyzer With Power Grip Handles, Integrated Surge Protection and Fault Indication (125V 30M/30F Amp) (55312)
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Camco Heavy Duty Dogbone RV Circuit Analyzer With Power Grip Handles, Integrated Surge Protection and Fault Indication (125V 30M/30F Amp) (55312)

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.

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Camco Heavy Duty RV Dogbone Electrical Adapter with Innovative 180 Degree Bend Design and Easy PowerGrip Handle - 15 Amp Male to 30 Amp Female, 12" (55165)
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Camco Heavy Duty RV Dogbone Electrical Adapter with Innovative 180 Degree Bend Design and Easy PowerGrip Handle - 15 Amp Male to 30 Amp Female, 12" (55165)

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.

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Camco 44414 Wheel Chock Without Rope, Helps Keep Your Trailer RV in Place (Pack of 2)
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Camco 44414 Wheel Chock Without Rope, Helps Keep Your Trailer RV in Place (Pack of 2)

These little guys prevent the RV from rolling while it is parked. That seems important, right?

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Camco Heavy Duty Leveling Blocks, Ideal For Leveling Single and Dual Wheels, Hydraulic Jacks, Tongue Jacks and Tandem Axles (10 pack) (44505) - Yellow
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Camco Heavy Duty Leveling Blocks, Ideal For Leveling Single and Dual Wheels, Hydraulic Jacks, Tongue Jacks and Tandem Axles (10 pack) (44505) - Yellow

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.

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Valterra 3-Volt FridgeCool Fan, Refrigerator Fan for RV and Camper
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Valterra 3-Volt FridgeCool Fan, Refrigerator Fan for RV and Camper

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.

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Camco Durable All Purpose RV and Camper Disposable Sanitation Gloves - Will Grip in Wet or Dry Conditions | Green Latex Gloves -  100 Pack (40285)
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Camco Durable All Purpose RV and Camper Disposable Sanitation Gloves - Will Grip in Wet or Dry Conditions | Green Latex Gloves - 100 Pack (40285)

The black and grey water tanks must be dumped eventually one way or another. Buy the gloves. You’ll thank me later.

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2 thoughts on “RV Necessities”

  • I just “found” you and have thoroughly enjoyed learning about your little family and 5th wheel adventures. We live in the pacific northwest (in a stick house) so the camping season hasnt begun yet, but. by March we will be out in our Class A RV. My quilting adventures mostly occur in my 10 x 10 sewing room where quilts, wall hangings, table runners abound. Many in the RV. I look forward to following along on your adventures

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