12 Things You Totally Don’t Need in Your RV (But You’ll Be So Glad You Have!)
Think you know all the RV Must-Haves? We came up with some of our favorite RV items, all that we use often, but ones you might not think of when shopping for camper supplies.
2 years ago when we bought our camper at a local RV Expo, we were just minutes away from telling the dealer to draw up the sale papers. Before we could tell him we were ready to buy, our son made it abundantly clear that we were about 2 hours past lunchtime thanks to the wheeling and dealing over this new camper. We decided to take a break, get some lunch, walk around, then come back and sign on the dotted line. As we walked away from that camper, the salesman insisted on reminding us that we needed to purchase that day in order to receive the SHOW SPECIAL. No, he wasn’t talking about a huge discount on the camper or anything like that. This dealership was giving away a free counter top ice maker with every camper purchase.
Long story made a little shorter, we got lunch and on our way to the bathroom, literally stumbled upon the camper we ended up buying. In reality we were trying to avoid letting the kids see that there was a bounce house at the Expo as we had neither the time nor cash to let them jump. We found a row of campers that looked interesting and fell in love with the first one we stepped into. The camper was exactly what we had been looking for and the price was right. We laughed the entire way home that we had missed out on the free ice maker.
It wasn’t until a year or so later that the ice maker in our freezer died. We came across a deal on a counter top ice maker and bought one for the kitchen. We loved it. Then we decided it might be nice to take on a camping trip to see if we really used it or not. We used it so much, we ended up buying a second ice maker so that we have one in the camper all the time! LOL!!
It turns out, it didn’t just end for us with the ice maker. Oh no. Over the years, we have accumulated all sorts of “don’t really need it but boy is it nice to have” items that are completely unnecessary but welcome additions to our camper! Here are some of ours – what are yours?
Our very favorite RV items! (These are great gift ideas for your favorite RV camper!)
Counter Top Ice Maker – There is something downright luxurious about having your own steady supply of ice right in your camper! From chilly water and soda drinks to that afternoon iced coffee, we love our ice maker.
Instant Pot – Have you joined the Instant Pot craze yet? If not, we highly recommend getting one. The pressure cooker function makes it pretty simple to get a hearty and delicious meal on the table with minimal effort, even after a long day of driving. There are so many amazing RV Instant Pot meals! One of our favorite traveling meals is this Instant Pot recipe for Pot Roast.
Electric Griddle – We have a rule in our camper: never ever ever cook bacon inside of it. The smell just never goes away! Electric griddles are flat and easy to store, they heat up evenly and quickly, and are perfect for outdoor cooking on a table or outdoor kitchen counter. Griddles are perfect for cooking many types of food and they keep the smells and splatters associated with those foods outside.
Camco Deluxe Folding Grill Table – These tables are a great way to extend your prep space when cooking outside. The top platform fits a griddle or tabletop grill perfectly.
Cordless Drill and 3/4″ socket with adapter – Drop those stabilizers in seconds flat! Instead of using a non-powered hand crank, use a drill to drop anchor quickly and effortlessly.
RV Awning Mat – There is nothing more annoying that the sheer volume of sand and dirt that gets dragged into the camper! Grab one of these mats and stake it down under your RV steps. This area will give you a nice big spot to kick off shoes and knock excess sand off of your feet.
Lightweight Stick Vacuum – Storage space is certainly premium real estate in a camper. These simple vacuums are light and won’t take up much room. They are incredibly effective at cleaning up dirt and sand that gets dragged into the camper!
Screened Tent – You never know when you will find yourself parked at a campsite that offers zero shade from trees… or when you’ll end up in a mosquito or fly prone area. Keep a screened tent in your camper for those occasions when you still want to relax outside and take in the sights, but can do so in shade and free from most biting bugs.
Walkie Talkies – When camping in the mountains or other remote areas, cell phone signal is not always guaranteed. Keep a set of walkie talkies in your camper so that you always have a line of communication available between the RV and whoever is exploring the campground.
Throw Pillows – Pick up some cute outdoor pillows that fit your particular decorating style. Not only do these pillows look nice on the couch and chairs, but it’s very convenient to have extra pillows at night! I only have one pillow for my spot on my camper bed, but I usually take a throw pillow or two off the couch each night and use them under my pillow.
Retractable Laundry Line – These laundry lines make a great addition to your camper (we have ours installed over the bathtub). It’s nice to have an extra space to hang wet towels after a shower or swimming.
Upgraded Mattress – We wrote an entire post on how to upgrade your RV mattress. If your factory RV mattress doesn’t give you a great night’s sleep, consider upgrading. It’s easy and not super expensive.
BONUS ITEM: AIR FRYER!! Listen, we started out with our Instant Pot and figured that was good enough. Then we added the griddle. I need to tell you – our air fryer is now probably used in our camper EVEN MORE OFTEN than the other two items!! What can’t this amazing machine do?! Check out some of our popular air fryer camping recipes:
- Air Fryer S’mores
- Easy Cajun Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipe
- Air Fryer Cornish Hen Recipe
- Homemade Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks
Recap of these RV Must-Haves
- Counter Top Ice Maker
- Instant Pot
- Electric Griddle
- Camco Deluxe Folding Grill Table
- Cordless Drill
- RV Awning Mat
- Lightweight Stick Vacuum
- Screened Tent
- Walkie Talkies
- Throw Pillows
- Retractable Laundry Line
- Upgraded RV Mattress
- Air Fryer
What would our readers add?
It probably won’t surprise you when you I tell you that this – but this post is by far, the most popular one on our site to date. Not only do thousands of people read through our list each and every day, but many readers leave comments below with THEIR favorite must-have RV items. The comment section below has some excellent ideas and suggestions.
Here is a list of reader faves:
- Thermacell Products (lanterns and more that help keep the biting bugs at bay!)
- Immersion Hand Blender
- Bread Maker
- Pie Irons (for campfire cooking!)
- Oscillating Fan (creates a nice breeze plus helps keep bugs out of camper when you aim it at the door, or set it up outside to deter bugs from sticking around)
- RV Step Stabilizers (I didn’t even know they existed!)
- Shaved Ice Maker
- Toaster Oven
- Electric Ice Cream Maker
- 3M Command Hooks (for hanging things inside like dog leashes, keys, etc)
- Suction Cup Hooks (for hanging wet towels, etc outside)
- Refrigerator Divider Bars (helps keep items from moving while you’re driving)
Tell us – what are your favorite RV items?