I’ve been RV’ing for a few years now and, just recently, began to think about what would be my top 10 must have RV accessories/supplies to have in my trailer. When I talk about accessories I mean stuff like TP and Black Tank Deodorizer or specific tools, things I think are important.
In my mind, I could come with a list of a few staples like toilet paper,(TP), paper towel, deodorizer for the black water tank and garbage bags for the kitchen. So, I went to the internet, to do some research in an effort to figure out what would be the best SUPPLIES/ACCESSORIES to have in an RV and, this is what I came up with.
I hope these make sense to you as well. The main titles of this list of products are linked to the product so just click on the title and you can learn more about them or purchase them if you choose.
- EternaBond RSW-4-50 Roofseal Sealant Tape – This tape is great for repairing roof leaks, holding down flexible solar panels and the wiring that goes with them. It can be used directly over the Dicor Sealant used by the trailer manufacturer. This tape is apparently quite sticky, (make sure you read some of the reviews), so use caution when applying and make sure the area is clean. This product also comes in 2″, 4″, and 6″ widths. The 4″ is the most popular and costs just below $52 US. There are also YouTube videos available that will give one a better idea of how to install this product.
- Awning Repair Tape – this is good for repairing accidental tears in your RV awning. It is clear and comes in 3-inch and 6-inch widths X 15 feet long and costs between $18 and $21 US not including taxes. One roll will probably last quite a long time. Be sure that the surface you’re repairing is clean and dry before you make the repair.
- Velcro – This stuff has all kinds of uses. It is available in various widths, shapes, sizes, lengths, with stick-down backs, Industrial strength, cable ties, and much more. It can be used for hanging pictures, securing remotes so they don’t get lost, putting coverings on windows or vents or any other small item you want up and out of the way. and if you have trouble keeping track of the children, it might help there as well, LOL.
- Wheel Chocks – You don’t want to be without these for your RV whether it’s a trailer or a Motorhome. They will save your RV from unnecessary damage. They come in plastic, rubber and metal in various shapes, as indicated by the pictures. There are so many different types, in the end, I think it comes down to personal preference. They range in price from a low of about $12 US up to about $80 US.Put one behind/in front of at least two tires or, if you have a double axel, you might choose to do all four wheels.
- RV Sewer Hose – If you were given a sewer hose as part of your RV purchase, the chances are that it’s not going to hold up for more than a season or two and, in some cases, it will be too short, (they only give you about 10 feet). I would recommend purchasing a better quality hose such a Camco RhinoFLEX 20″ Sewer Hose Kit with swivel fittings. The cost for this particular hose is about $38 US. The Rhino system comes in two sections so, if you need more, then you have it. Of course, you could just buy another 10′ hose and join the two together but, still, it’s nice to have extra when you do need it and, believe me when I say, you will need it.
- Plastic Sewer Hose Support – Although there are other ways to support your sewer hose, (I have tried a couple), I think this is more convenient and easier to store, plus, when taken care of they last a very long time. I would get one that is 20 feet long, when fully extended, to go along with your 20-foot drain hose.
- Porta-Pack Black Water Tank Deodorizer – Some people use half a bar of Irish Spring soap as an RV hack when it comes to deodorizing their black water tanks. I, however, believe something like Porta-Pack is a better option that no RVer should be without. It’s very easy to use. It is the #1 portion control deodorizer in the world. It comes in pre-packaged portions, some breakdown paper and waste, are Formaldehyde free and has unbeatable odour protection. Don’t worry, it won’t overpower your RV. Just add a gallon or two of water to your tank, drop it in and you are good to go, (no pun intended).
- Socket/Combination Wrench set – You will need these from time to time and they are handy to have aboard for connecting and disconnecting battery terminals and other jobs around the trailer/RV. Cresent’s 170-piece tool set sells for about $200 regular price but you can get on Amazon for a little over a $100 and it is shipped free.
- Assorted Bungee Cords – Who hasn’t needed one or more of these from time to time. They come in various sizes with different end designs. I’ve even seen some that come with carabiner type ends on them, some that have knobs that pull through a return loop and new varieties as well.
- Paper Towel and Toilet Paper – I have grouped these together and they really should be in the number one spot in this post because it goes without saying that you DON’T want to be without these, E V E R in your RV. The only other thing I want to say here is, when you purchase toilet paper, make sure it’s a brand that is “Rapid Dissolving” and don’t use a lot at once. DO NOT USE regular household toilet paper. It dissolves very slowly and will clog up your drain and make it very hard to unplug.
So…..there you have it. This is my top 10 list and they are by no means the be-all to end-all of what you “Absolutely” need in your RV. Other websites may have different lists and that just means the there are other items that others might think are just as, or more, important and they might be and that’s ok.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this and, more than that, I hope this has been helpful. If you have any questions, comments or additions, please leave me a note and I would be very happy to hear from you and will respond to everyone.
As always, thanks for reading and have a safe and happy camping trip. And above all, drive safe.