5 Things Under $100 Every RV Owner Needs to Have

Feb 3 2015

So you’ve pulled the trigger on a new RV. The tires are shiny, the cabin has that new RV smell – and you’re ready to hit the road, as you likely have been for months.

But before you hit the road, you’ve got to stock your RV up with the things you need. Food is key, and so is camping equipment, sheets and fresh towels. But there’s always more.

These 5 things have saved RV owners so much time and hassle.  For just a small investment of under $100, they can do the same for you.

SOLIO BOLT

Forget to charge your cellphone overnight? No problem. Let the sun do the charging for you.

The Solio Bolt is an easy-to-use solar charger specifically designed to power your digital gadgets. Stick it on the dashboard of your RV and it’ll charge while you’re driving.
Better yet, keep it on the dashboard (or anywhere where it’s exposed to sunlight), and the internal battery will store up power for you to use later, even when the sun’s not out.

BELKIN CONSERVE POWER SWITCHES

RVers know that battery power is a luxury. When you’re camping and plugged into shore power, using power isn’t that big of an issue. But when you’re running off a battery or generator, every little bit can cost you. Even when they’re not turned on, things like TVs, coffee makers and electric razors can still use power.

That’s where the Belkin Conserve Power Switches come in. They control the power going to the device, so your gadgets aren’t using any power, even when they’re plugged in.

MAGLITE FLASHLIGHT

Everyone needs a flashlight. The reasons for having one handy are innumerable, and there’s a good reason to have a dinky plastic one around: they’re ok to lose. So what’s the benefit of having a foot-long American-made steel Maglite?

Aside from being brighter than a hundred suns, they’re nice to have around when something goes bump in the night. Fingers crossed you never have to use it, but it’s sure nice if you do.

GLOVES

Every RVer needs two types of gloves: work gloves and latex gloves.

Putting stabilizing jacks down, changing a tire – it’s best not to do these sort of jobs without some sort of hand protection. Whether you choose leather or nylon mechanic gloves is up to you, but work gloves will save you lots of pain.

Latex gloves are reserved for the gross stuff. They’re perfect for emptying your holding tank or sewer hoses, and they’re thankfully also disposable. (If you’re allergic to latex, plastic versions are available.)

TIRE INFLATOR

When you’re towing around thousands of pounds on thick rubber balloons, it’s inevitable that one of those balloons (your tires) is going to lose a little pressure. This can result in flats, blow-outs – or worse.

By having a portable tire inflator with you and keeping up with the correct tire pressure as a part of your regular maintenance, you’re saving time, money and the lives of people on the road. Tires are nothing to fuss around with, and having a tire inflator is an easy first step to safety.