50 RV Essentials You Should Consider in 2022 – Expert Buyer’s Guide

Last Updated on May 11, 2022 by Chris and Lindsay

Maximize RV living and ensure that you own all the RV accessories that will keep you safe and comfortable while you travel!

Whether you plan to full-time RV or just head out on weekends, filling your storage space with all the right RV camping accessories can seem overwhelming.

And while RVers are known for setting up some pretty amazing campsites with all sorts of cool camping gear, there are several key RV gadgets and camping accessories that you absolutely must have on the road. 

In this post, we will not only give you a list of the most important RV must-haves, but also we’ll share our personal experience from over 4 years of full time RV living in why they are important enough to add to your list.

We’ll also share links to our Expert Buying Guides for many of the products so you can see the other options we’ve considered as we have equipped our RV to be our full-time home on the road!

Every RVer has his or her own reasons for promoting certain items. We want you to be safe, enjoy your journey and trust us to help you make the most of your experience on the road!

Affiliate Disclaimer: This post may contain links to products we think you’ll like. If you purchase any of the products through the links below we’ll receive a small commission. As full-time RVers, we know our RV products well and only recommend those that we either own or would consider owning ourselves.

RV Must-Haves: Everything You Need to Equip Your RV For the Road

We’re giving you a snapshot of everything we carry with us in our newly remodeled Class RV and recommend that you consider packing into your before you hit the road. Whether you own a travel trailer, fifth wheel, motorhome or campervan, we’re confident you’ll find a use for most, if not all, of the items on our list.

While we are full-timers and believe in being completely self-contained, you may not need everything on this list. But we do recommend you consider each of these items and how they may be useful for your RV living.

We’ll start with the basics and take you through each topic of life on the road so you can feel confident knowing you have all the best RV accessories for your next adventure!

Our Honesty Disclaimer: In the course of living in our RV full time for over 4 years we have thoroughly researched all of these products before making the choice on our own. So we’ll give you honest information that allows you to make the best decision for which product is right for you.


The Basic RV Accessories


Starting with the basics. These are the true RV accessories that you really can’t do without.

As such we think you’re going to want to consider the following must-have RV items to handle your first and foremost priorities in life on the road. 


Water Hose // Camco 25ft TastePURE Drinking Water Hose

At the top of the list of RV must-haves is a water hose dedicated to drinking water.

Fresh water is a commodity on the road. When you refill your RV water tank you want to make sure you have a clean hose.

Sure, you can still use it to wash the dog. But you don’t want to mix this hose up with a hose used for cleaning your black water tank! 


In-line Water Filter // Camco TastePure RV/Marine Water Filter

We also recommend an in-line filter from the water source.

No, you don’t HAVE to filter your water before it comes into your camper. But it’s only a few bucks and a few extra minutes to hook up each time we fill up our holding tanks.

You’ll see a lot of RVers in every RV park using these standard blue filters at the end of their hose. 


Water Pressure Regulator // Camco Brass Water Pressure Regulator with Gauge

You would be surprised at the varying water pressure in campgrounds! Too much water pressure can damage your RV water system.

So we hook this water pressure regulator up and it takes any worry away about how high the water pressure will be when filling our water tanks!


Sewer Hose // Camco RhinoFLEX 20-Foot RV Sewer Hose Kit

If you have a grey and/or black tank you’re going to need a sewer hose to help you dump your holding tank.

It’s always better to have too much rather than too little when it comes to sewer hose length. We carry the maximum length we can stow (20 feet)! 

You can also add a sewer hose support like this one to help move your business along.

READ NEXT: Looking for more sewer hose options? Check out this post on the best RV sewer hoses on the market.


Leveling Blocks // Camco Heavy Duty Leveling Blocks

Leveling blocks are considered an RV must-have because they serve a variety of important purposes.

Parking level is important not only for comfort but also to protect your gas absorption refrigerator.

These are also good for helping to support and level a travel trailer or fifth wheel.


Power Adapters (15/30 AMP, 30/50 AMP) // Camco Heavy Duty RV Electrical Adapter

Not all power is created equal. Depending on the size of your RV electrical setup, you will want to have several power adapters on hand to step up or down the current that your RV requires. 

We recommend that you have both the 30/50 amp power adapter and a 15/30 amp power adapter so that you can use any power source an RV park provides. 


Shore Power Extension Cord // Camco 25′ PowerGrip Extension Cord

Sometimes your RV power cord will reach the power source on its own. Other times you will need a power cord extension. 

We always try to park as close to the power source as possible. But when it is not possible, our 25′ foot RV power extension cord more than does the trick. 

Remember to buy the 50 amp cord if your RV electrical system runs on 50 amps instead of 30.


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RV Clubs and Memberships // Harvest Hosts Membership

A unique recommendation on our list of RV must-haves, Harvest Hosts is by far our favorite and most recommended RV camping club to join.

With over 2,500 unique locations on which to camp – farms, distilleries, vineyards, museums and golf courses – you’ll find yourself passing Harvest Hosts virtually anywhere you travel across the US. It is incredibly affordable and pays for itself in just 2 or 3 nights on the road.

SAVE 15% on your membership through this link.

READ MORE: Check out this post for other great RV clubs and memberships that will save you lots of money when you travel.


Portable Jump Starter // NOCO Boost Plus

A portable jump starter is a great way to ensure that you can be self-reliant in the event you need to jump-start your RV.

One like this is also ideal because you are able to use it to power other electronic devices you may need in the event of an emergency or breakdown.

We used to just carry jumper cables until we stumbled across this compact portable jump starter and we haven’t looked back since.


Multi-port USB Charger // Anker 60W USB Wall Charger

This multi-port USB charger is a game-changer when it comes to charging multiple devices at the same time. Instead of having a block charger for each device simply connect the wires for each device to this multi-port charger and let it do its thing.

This is a space saver and one of the most practical RV gadgets out there.


Headlamp // PETZL Tikka Outdoor Headlamp

Another great overlooked RV gadget is an LED headlamp. They are versatile enough that you can use them for the same purposes as a flashlight and yet you can keep your hands free to do what you need.

Whether you’re just walking around the campsite at night or need to illuminate dark areas you’re trying to reach inside your RV or engine bay, a good headlamp like this will earn its keep in no time at all.


Water-Saving Shower Head // Oxygenics Shower Head

Swapping out your standard RV showerhead for one of these by Oxygenics will be a game-changer when it comes to being frugal with your water.

You don’t want to waste precious water in your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel when it comes to showering because you only have so much water and grey tank storage.

These showerheads are ergonomic and you can control the flow of water with the click of a button.


Handheld Vacuum // Shark UltraCyclone Pro

While some people consider a vacuum nonessential for RV life, we wouldn’t travel without one. Whether you are traveling with dogs, have kids or just want a quick way to clean up the camper – a handheld vacuum solves all of this for you.

We’re fans of this vacuum because it charges quickly, is lightweight and stows away easily.

READ NEXT: If you’re interested in shopping for other RV vacuums, check out our buyer’s guide for our other top RV vacuum options.


RV Mattress // ZINUS 10 Inch Ultima Memory Foam Mattress

Whether you’re buying a new or used RV, one of the first things you’ll want to consider is replacing the existing RV mattress.

We’re big fans of these memory foam mattresses and recommend the thickest one you think will fit in your RV.

We add a foam mattress topper to ours for the perfect night’s sleep!


Air Compressor + Tire Gauges // VIAIR 300P Portable Compressor

An air compressor is one of those RV accessories that combines safety and recreation into one.  

Whether you’re reinflating tired from going offroad, topping off your tires from time to time, or simply filling bike tires and water toys an air compressor will add value to your life on the road.

We used to carry a larger pancake compressor until we discovered Viair.

READ NEXT: If you’re interested in a different air compressor, be sure you read the best RV air compressors in our Expert Buyer’s Guide before you buy an air compressor!


Generator // Honda 2200

If your RV comes with an onboard generator, great! If not, you’re going to want to consider a generator for backup power particularly if you plan to spend any amount of time boondocking. 

Generators will give you the extra energy you need to run larger appliances such as air conditioners and microwaves.

But more commonly, a generator is a great way to keep your battery bank topped off especially if you do not have solar installed.

READ NEXT: Check out our expert buyer’s guide on the best RV generators on the market.


RV Kitchen Essentials


Although your RV kitchen will likely be many times smaller than what you’re used to, you can still turn it into a fully functional space where you can cook your favorite meals.

These are our top recommendations for your RV kitchen based on our years of trying to make the most of our love for cooking food on the road.


Pressure Cooker // Instant Pot

An Instant Pot has recently become one of the top must-have RV kitchen items for RVers of any level. It is a great crossover kitchen appliance you can use at home and in your RV.

Cook all sorts of meals in your Instant Pot and keep it clean with minimal effort. There are also several Instant Pot sizes from which to choose. We opted for the smallest 3-qt size to save space.

Of course, be mindful of the fact you’ll need quite a bit of electricity to power it.


Coffee Maker // AEROPRESS Coffee and Espresso Maker

The Aeropress is our absolute favorite travel coffee maker. Check out this post for all of the reasons why we think you should invest in one for your RV.

It is a unique coffee maker in that you do not need to have electricity to use it. Combining the functions of a french press and a percolator, all you need to do is add hot water and you’ll have delicious coffee instantly.

It’s easy to use and packs away in a small space to travel with you wherever you go.

READ NEXT: Check out our Expert Buying Guide for the best RV coffee makers if you want to research other great options!


Magnetic Knife Rack // SimpleUsefulThings 16 inch Wood Professional Magnetic Knife Strip

We call this a magnetic “knife” rack, but really it’s simply a magnetic bar that you can attach anything metal to. We use it for our knives, but also for magnetic spice holders.

Save space, add another layer of texture to your kitchen and, of course, make your knives easily accessible.


Blender // Magic Bullet Blender

One of our favorite RV gadgets, the Magic Bullet blender is a great addition to your kitchen appliances because it is small, yet packs a punch, and is easy to clean.

Whether making fruit smoothies in the morning or crafting a delicious pesto sauce, the Magic Bullet leaves no regret for adding it to your RV kitchen.


Cast Iron Skillet // Lodge 10-1/4-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet

Cast iron skillets have long been praised for their versatility in indoor/outdoor kitchen settings.

This is what makes it a great addition to your RV kitchen as you will find yourself cooking in both places – sometimes at the same time! Some of your favorite RV recipes likely call for cast iron skillets.

And while anything cast iron is bulky, just know it’s worth the investment and weight in your RV!

READ MORE: You can find every RV kitchen essential in THIS POST. See what you need and why we consider each item essential to your RV life on the road.


RV Campsite Setup Must-Haves


One of the joys of RV camping is setting up your “home away from home” at the campsite. Having the right gear makes hanging out at the campsite comfortable and setting up and breaking down quick and easy.

These are our top recommendations for your campsite.


Foldout Camping Chairs // Amazon Basics Zero Gravity Folding Chair

You can’t camp anywhere without camping chairs! We find that these foldout chairs are the best overall value.

From comfort to convenience they pull out and pack away easily and are some of the most comfortable camping chairs you can find.


Foldout Table (Small) // Sunnyfeel Folding Camping Table

While some camping chairs include a small foldout table for holding small things, we absolutely love this small foldout table that is quick to set up and break down.

It can be easily moved around the campsite and holds just enough of the things we use the most.

From coffee cups and plates to tablets and books, you’ll find you likely start and end your day using this table.


Sandless Mat // CGEAR Sand-Free Mat

Don’t track sand around your RV. A sand-free mat like this is literally the foundation of your campsite. Unroll this mat at the foot of your RV door and set up the rest of your campsite around it.

Having a small broom or handheld vacuum near the door helps us get rid of any sand that happens to escape this mat.


USB Speakers // Anker Soundcore Waterproof Speaker

Your RV or travel trailer may have an outdoor entertainment center. But many do not.

We love these USB speakers because they are portable, last a long time between charges and are loud enough to fill the ambiance if the sound of crickets and campfires isn’t your thing!


Propane Fire Pit // Camp Chef Portable Fire Pit

A new addition to our RV must-haves list, this portable propane fire pit is one of the best RV gadgets that comes in handy virtually anywhere.

Whether you travel to areas with fire bans, don’t want to pay for expensive firewood or simply enjoy the convenience of ending the campfire with the turn of a propane nozzle rather than waiting for the ashes to burn out, this fire pit is for you!

READ MORE: We have lots of other great campsite recommendations. Check out our comprehensive list of campsite gear and tips and tricks for your RV Campsite setup in THIS POST.


RV Outdoor Kitchen Must-Haves


An important part of your campsite setup is an outdoor kitchen. Whether you keep it simple and stick to grilling on a fire pit or enjoy a more comprehensive outdoor kitchen setup, we recommend you consider these camper accessories as the basics to your kitchen setup.


Propane Grill or Griddle // Blackstone Griddle

The secret is out of the bag among RVers when it comes to the Blackstone griddle. This one is by far our favorite RV grill and the centerpiece of your RV camping kitchen.

We’ve had a few propane grills in our years of full-time RVing and the Blackstone quickly became the best. It is the right size to both pack away and cook an entire meal on.

You can cook a variety of meals on the griddle and it’s quick and easy to clean and stow away.

READ MORE: Interested in other grills to take on your next camping trip? Check out this RV grill buyer’s guide we put together to help you find the perfect one!


Grill utensils // Grilling Accessories BBQ Grill Tools Set

Having a good set of grilling utensils makes the difference between struggling to cook on the grill or having a good time enjoying the experience.

This set is pretty much all you’re going to need in one concise package.


Foldout Table (Large) // Camco Aluminum Roll-Up Table

While you want a small foldout table to keep next to your camping chairs, a larger foldout table will be the cornerstone of your outdoor kitchen.

This one is large enough to fit most grills and griddles, plus allows you the space to prep your food and keep all of your grill utensils in one place. It’s hardy but lightweight enough to pack away easily.


Water Container & Water Dispenser // Brio 5 Gallon Reusable Water Bottle Container & CHIVENIDO Drinking Water Pump

Setting this water container and water dispenser on your outdoor kitchen table makes drinking water simple and convenient.

Plus it’s always nice to have water nearby for cooking and cleaning.

READ MORE: Check out this post for our complete list of outdoor kitchen must-haves.


Essential RV Power Items


Next, consider the fact that, while unpleasant, it is possible to live for extended periods of time as long as you have enough water and food. What makes this time unbearable would be also going without power. 

Understanding your RV power and electrical system is hugely important when you live out of your RV or travel trailer for any amount of time.

NOTE: Many of the power products we recommend can be purchased directly through Renogy in addition to the Amazon links provided. We encourage you to find the most competitive prices. Use coupon code “CALLEDTOWANDER” at checkout for a 10% discount when shopping directly with Renogy.


Solar Panels // Renogy 100 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel

Although you don’t necessarily need solar panels, we believe that no RV should hit the road without them, especially if you plan to go dry camping.

At this point in time, they are so reasonably priced, efficient and easy to install that there is really no reason to go without. We’ve never gone a day worrying about power.

READ NEXT: Want to shop for other options? Learn more about the best solar panels for RVs in this post.


Solar Charge Controller // Renogy 40A MPPT Solar Charge Controller

Solar charge controllers like this MPPT controller reduce the energy captured by the solar panels to levels that your batteries can handle.

You have various options for these. Depending on whether you purchase a solar panel package or buy components piecemeal, you may end up with a “good-better-best” controller.

We recommend this controller at the least to go with your Renogy panels. Again, everything is easy to understand and mostly plug-and-play. 

If you have multiple solar panels or are willing to spend a little extra on a more efficient controller you should consider purchasing an MPPT controller.

READ NEXT: Check out this buyers guide to learn about other solar charge controller options.


Power Inverter // Renogy 2000W Pure Sine Wave Inverter

Like solar panel systems, inverter options are limitless. We recommend having at least a 1000W inverter because it allows us just enough energy to power pretty much anything we want without requiring a substantial battery bank. 

Do mind the safety suggestions and installation advice concerning the distance, gauge and connections of the wire between the battery bank and the inverter. 

Every time we go “off-grid” we rely exclusively on our inverter to power the essentials. Small appliances like cell phones to larger appliances like our computers can be powered through our inverter. 

READ NEXT: If you are interested in other great inverter options, read our Expert Buyer’s Guide HERE.


Various Fuses // EPAuto Assorted Blade Fuse Set

Sometimes what seems to be the most difficult of electrical issues can turn out to be a simple blown fuse.

It’s good to have fuses of various sizes on hand. You are not likely to end up in an emergency if a fuse does go out on you before you can find a place with spares.

But these are so affordable and small that it just makes sense to keep them handy. 


Surge Protector // Progressive Industries 30 Amp Surge Protector

Having a surge protector like this one from Progressive Industries can provide peace of mind when it comes to keeping your electronic appliances in working order.

While most formal campgrounds in the US and Canada have reliable and steady shore power connections, if you travel south of the border you definitely want to consider adding a surge protector to your RV.


Automatic Transfer Switch // Xantrex PROwatt SW Auto Transfer Switch

If you’re just getting started with RVing you may not fully understand how power works or does not work, in your RV. When we were new we knew enough to have an inverter to power our devices when we were boondocking.

But we didn’t realize that this automatic transfer switch would allow us to use our power outlets even when we weren’t plugged into shore power.

It blew our minds and think it will be a game-changer for you too!


RV Must-Have Tools


Things break quite frequently when you RV. So whether you can make it to an (overly priced) RV repair shop or have to make a few quick fixes on the road, these RV must-haves will keep you safe and allow you to get where you can make proper repairs as necessary.

Whether you RV full time or only on the weekends, it’s advisable to keep the following tools handy.


Multi-bit Screwdriver // CRAFTSMAN Ratcheting Screwdriver Set

Almost everything these days is assembled using screws of some kind. Having a screwdriver with multiple heads will allow you to manually remove/replace screws of all types.

This is easily our most-used tool and why we consider it an RV must-have in your tool kit. 


Ratchet Set // DEWALT Socket Set

Aside from screws, nuts and bolts of various sizes hold your life together when you are on the road in your RV. From this standpoint, having a good ratchet set and/or a few different pliers will come in handy. 

Because we used bolts as we custom-built our flatbed truck camper ensuring that we could tighten/loosen them at times is imperative to the general operation of our truck and camper. 


Wrench Set // Craftsman Ratcheting Wrench Set

While ratchets can get the job done quickly most of the time, sometimes you need a flatter-profile wrench to help tighten down a hard-to-reach nut.

We keep a set of both standard and metric size ratcheting wrenches just for that purpose.


Eternabond Tape // EternaBond RV Sealant Tape

Eternabond is the best heavy-duty tape to count on if and when you need to stop or prevent leaks in your RV.

We primarily use it preventatively to cover up the screws and holes prior to resealing our roof with Henry’s Tropi-Cool roof sealant. We have even used it to patch our awning.

But it comes in handy for sealing up leaks pretty much anywhere.


Duct Tape // Gorilla Black Duct Tape

Duct tape is great for short-term repairs and holding things together until you can make a more permanent fix. But it’s not good for long-term solutions – especially outside where the sun can cause it to stick to the paint/roof of the camper.

We have used duct tape to secure a tarp over our camper when hail destroyed our vent covers. And we have attempted to use tape to cover our refrigerator vent when we lost ours on the highway. 

You can’t go wrong adding a roll of duct tape to your camper accessories.


Zip Ties // Cable Matters 200 Self-Locking 6+8+12-Inch Nylon Zip Ties

Zip ties belong on the list of RV must-haves because they are so simple and versatile (and affordable). Most of the wiring in your RV is likely to already be zip-tied and neatly tucked into crevices.

But if you ever have to work on any part of your electrical system (which is likely, if not inevitable) you will likely want to bind the wires together again using zip ties. 

You can also make handy items from zip ties, such as key chains. Or you can connect loose items together, such as tools and kitchen utensils. 

READ MORE: A good RV tool kit is important for your safety and convenience. Check out this post for everything you should include in your tool kit.


RV Safety Essentials


While you may or may not think about the importance of having (properly functioning) safety equipment in your RV, we’d recommend you put it near the top of your list of things to buy.

Do a quick inventory of your RV and check the date, batteries and/or other power sources and general condition of each of these items.

First and foremost you need to make sure you have the following 3 alarms installed, powered up and working correctly before you even leave your driveway.


LPG Alarm // Safe T Alert 40-442-P-WT Propane/LP Gas Alarm

Your liquid propane gas alarm is required by law and typically located at a low point in your RV. Usually, they are hard-wired to your battery so they are always functioning.

Having a working LPG alarm is important since most of your major appliances run on propane and over time they may be prone to leaking.


Smoke Alarm // First Alert Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector

Smoke alarms are incredibly affordable for the peace of mind they provide in knowing that you are safe in your tiny home.

We have multiple smoke alarms in our Class C RV to ensure that we have the warnings in place regardless of where we’re spending time.


CO Alarm // Kidde Carbon Monoxide Detector

A carbon monoxide (CO) alarm is essential to your safety. As CO is odorless, without a CO alarm you won’t know you’re exposed to it until you pass out – which can lead to death.

You can often find combination alarms where the CO alarm is part of either the propane alarm or the smoke alarm.


Fire Extinguisher // First Alert HOME1 Fire Extinguisher

Fire extinguishers are also required by law. But ones like these are affordable and tuck away nicely in your RV so they are accessible but out of the way.

We have 2 of these in our RV within reach no matter where we may be.


First Aid Kit // Essentials Soft-Sided First Aid Kit

First Aid kits can have all sorts of bells and whistles. The important thing is to make sure they include the basics – antibiotic cream, bandaids/bandages, antiseptic and Tylenol.

We like this kit because it has everything you need in one spot.


Dash Cam // Rove R2-4K Dash Cam

While we love using our Dash Cam to capture memories of the road, these are also great investments in your safety because they can keep track of the world around your RV.

Whether you’re driving and have an accident or you use it for additional anti-theft security when you park – a good dashcam gives you all sorts of reasons to add it to your list.


Tire Valve Stem Extenders // 2pcs Valve Stem Extension Adaptors

If you have a dual-rear-wheel axis (“dually”) you’ll want to add these valve stem extenders to your rear tires. Reaching your rear inner tires is difficult.

And since you want to check the tire pressure regularly and fill up as needed, accessing your dually tires is important for your safety.

READ MORE: We have lots of other great RV safety recommendations as well as tips and things to consider about RV safety in this post.


RV Emergency Roadside Kits


While being mindful of your RV maintenance is important for your safety, there’s always a chance you’ll break down somewhere along the road.

These are our top recommendations for items we suggest you pack in your RV emergency roadside kit.


20-ton Bottle Jack // Torin 20 Ton Bottle Jack

Depending on the size and weight of your RV, you’ll want to consider having at least a 20-ton bottle jack to help you in a bind.

They are easy to use and heavy-duty enough to be reliable and safe when you need to change a flat tire or do any other routine maintenance on the road.


Jumper Cables // Cartman Booster Cable

Jumper cables are one of the classic items found in any emergency roadside kit.

We like these jumper cables because they are heavy duty enough for large engines and versatile for helping out anyone else you may come across who needs a jump.

READ NEXT: Check out this post to learn about other great RV air compressor options.


Emergency Roadside Kit // Car Roadside Emergency Kit

Having a pre-packaged emergency roadside kit is a good idea for any occasion.

Kits like these include all of the things you’ll want to rely on in the event you find yourself on the side of the road.


Good Sam Roadside Assistance

Emergency Roadside Insurance // GoodSam Roadside

We had a pretty major breakdown once and had to rely on our auto insurance company to tow our truck camper a short distance to the nearest mechanic.

While the company is one of the top national insurance companies, unfortunately working with them on our towing claim was difficult because they didn’t really understand RVs.

GoodSam Roadside fills in the blanks for all things related to RV breakdowns and is incredibly affordable at that.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Tire Safety

Because every RV is different, we can’t recommend one size to fit all. However, we keep a full-size mounted spare tire in good condition at all times (We rotate it when we have our tires rotated and balanced). You also want to keep a mindful eye on your tire pressure and check it regularly.

In addition to our standard-issue bottle jack, we also carry a 20-ton hydraulic jack capable of doing its own heavy lifting. 

Both of these came in handy when we had a flat tire on the Dalton Highway at the very top of Alaska! 

You should never travel without a mounted spare tire (that you inspect from time to time) or a jack. So even if you do not know, or are unable, to change a tire – it is likely someone will stop to assist you. 

For added insurance, consider joining an RV club such as Escapees or GoodSam Roadside where you can purchase very affordable roadside assistance tailored to the RV community. 

READ MORE: Check out everything else you need for your Emergency Roadside Kit in THIS POST.


RV Boondocking Essentials


We love boondocking. So pretty much all of the items we’ve recommended above are part of our planning to be able to dry camp anywhere.

But in particular, we recommend that you consider the following items if you plan to spend any amount of time boondocking.


Reliable RV Batteries // Renogy Deep Cycle AGM Battery 12 Volt 100Ah

Having the best RV battery bank is one of the first investments you should make in your RV. When we started out we had mediocre Flooded Lead Acid (FLA) batteries.

We later upgraded to more durable and affordable AGM batteries. But now that lithium batteries are much more affordable and efficient we recommend these batteries at the minimum.

READ MORE: Be sure to check out our Expert Buyer’s Guide when shopping for the best lithium ion RV batteries.


Fantastic Fan // Fan-Tastic Vent RV Roof Vent

An overlooked part of boondocking is simply creating airflow in your camper. This Fantastic Fan is our favorite rooftop fan for either pulling in or pushing out air from the camper.

They’re affordable, easy to install and run on very little energy – which is important when you’re boondocking.


Cell Phone Booster // Weboost Cell Phone Signal Booster

You don’t need a cell phone booster. You’ll find that you will have cell service in most places across North America.

But we think it’s a great idea to have a WeBoost cell phone extender especially for boondocking so you can stay connected/reconnect in the event of an emergency.

We had to rely on our WeBoost when we were stranded in Glacier National Park and were able to get just enough cellular service to call for help.


Portable Power Bank // Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 240

Energy storage and use is one of the top priorities in boondocking. So while you want to have the best RV batteries, solar panels and a generator for powering your RV, this portable power bank is another great way to store energy that you can use to charge your cell phone, laptop or other USB devices when you’re boondocking.

READ MORE: Find out all of the things you need and lots of tips and tricks about boondocking in THIS POST.


The Bottom Line About RV Must-Haves

RVers of all walks of life will have his or her own list of RV essentials and RV gadgets. But what they often fail to keep in mind is that not every RV is created equal.

The items you pick and choose to keep as your RV must-haves must fit your circumstance – not ours or anyone else’s.

That said, we wish you safe and happy travels as you head out on your RV adventure! Let us know which items we may have left off and we’ll add them to our list!