When you go camping there are nice to have items and what I refer to as essential items. Here are my top 5 RV essential items you won’t want to be without when you arrive at your favorite camping destination.
To help protect the RV’s electrical system use some type of surge protector. I use a product called Surge Guard, designed to protect the RV’s electrical system and all of your sophisticated appliances and electronic equipment. You never know what type of electrical service you might encounter during your RV travels. I keep a variety of electrical adapters in the RV so I am ready for any situation. There are electrical adapters that go from 50-amp to 30-amp and from 30-amp to 20-amp. But remember, if you plug into an electrical service rated lower than your RV’s electrical system you are limited in what you can use in the RV. In addition to these various electrical adapters you should always take an extension cord along on your RV trips. Purchase an extension cord designed specifically for your RV’s electrical system.
Another common problem, after arriving at the campground, is discovering you don’t have the correct adapter for the campground sewer or dump station drain outlet. To solve this problem I keep a universal RV sewer adapter on-hand. It is designed to work in nearly any situation you encounter, including various size smooth and threaded drain outlets. It’s also good idea to take an extra length of sewer hose. You never know how far you will be parked away from the campground sewer drain.
Water Filtration System
Last but certainly not least I recommend some type of water filtration system. There are several types available that are designed for use in RVs.
You can install an under the counter water filter directly to a faucet, just for drinking water, or you can use a filtration system designed to filter all of the water going into the RV.
Potable RV Drinking Hose
Next on the list of essentials is a potable RV drinking water hose long enough to get you out of any jam. I keep a 4-foot, 10-foot and 25-foot drinking water hose in the RV at all times. In addition to the potable RV drinking hoses I highly recommend using a water pressure regulator. You never know what the water pressure will be at a campground. RV water regulators help protect your RV plumbing system from high water pressure that is common at many campgrounds. I also keep a black or green garden hose in the RV for maintenance purposes like flushing the holding tanks or washing the RV.
To learn more about how everything on your RV operates check out our RV Orientation DVD
Mark J. Polk
RV Education 101
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