Alright, you have your new rig and you’re ready to hit the road for your first camping trip in the great outdoors, right? Well, not so fast! There are a few new RV owner must-haves you will need before you start out on your first adventure. We are going to break this down into several series so it is not ‘overwhelming,’ after all, you just spent a small fortune buying your dream home on wheels.

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In our opinion, all of these are new RV owner must-haves, but let’s start with the absolute necessities – like don’t even think of hooking up and taking off until you have these packed away and ready to go! Depending on the type of rig you have, some of these may vary, but for the most part they are the essentials you will need before setting out. Also, most RV dealers will provide a “starter” kit – while this will have a few items, it is not necessarily everything you will need for that first trip.

So, without further ado, here we go!

10 Must-Haves EVERY New RV Owner Needs

1. Roadside Assistance Plan– Seriously, nothing is worse than packing up the family and having a tire blowout on the way to or from a trip. Worse than that, not having the proper tools to change a flat on the side of the road! Sure, you have a spare tire, but what about a jack big enough to handle the height and weight of your rig? Save yourself the stress, trouble, and not to mention safety concern by having a reputable roadside assistance plan like AAA or Good Sams. These plans are inexpensive and pay for themselves quickly if you must use them, which you probably will at some point. (Many new RV’s will come with a complimentary plan for the first year)


2. RV Sewer Hose Kit – Hey, it is not as dirty as it might sound (unless you forget to shut the trap before disconnecting). Look for the kits that provide the hose, swivel elbow adapter, and storage caps. With the swivel elbow adapter, make sure it’s clear or translucent. Yes, it’s quite nasty to see the “remains” leaving your camper, but it’s better to know that it’s gone than have some left in the RV!


3. Sewer Hose Standoff/Support – Things just don’t flow uphill. Tiffany calls this our “sewer ladder.” These kits are lightweight and position your sewer hose to stay in place so you have proper flow to dump your holding tanks. It also gets your sewer hose off of the ground where it’s more susceptible to ants or other creatures, as well as rub and destruction from concrete or gravel.


4. Pack of Heavy Duty Latex Gloves – Yes, yes and yes again. There are too many uses for these around your trailer or motorhome, but specifically for the item above – you will thank me later if you have any spillage!


5. RV Holding Tank Treatment – Nothing is more disturbing than a stinky holding tank, especially when you are in areas of high heat! Yuck! To avoid the unpleasant stench of the holding tank, simply use the treatment to keep things nice and fresh. (NOTE: We use a Bio-Pak EACH time we flush our tanks. Some choose not to. Believe us though, once you smell “the smell,” it will be worth it to you to use one each and every time that tank is flushed!)

New RV Owner Must-Haves, Essentials You Need Before Your First RV Trip


6. RV Water Filter & Water Hose for Drinking Water – No matter if you are at a upscale RV resort or a state park, you are better to have a water filter to use for your fresh water hook up. Make sure that you are not using just any water hose. Purchase a hose that is specifically designed for drinking water (although many of us did grow up drinking from the hose after working/playing outside and seem to be okay). We take it one step further and use a PUR Refrigerator/Counter Water Purifier rather than purchasing bottled water when we travel.


7. RV Water Pressure Regulator – The last thing you want to do is blow out the water system in your new rig. For a less than $8, this inexpensive little device will keep your plumbing, pipes, hoses safe from damage of high pressure city water hook-ups.


8. RV Leveling Blocks – Unless you have automatic leveling on your rig you will want at least 2 sets of leveling blocks. If you have auto leveling, sometimes your spot might be so unlevel it will be just a few inches from allowing the auto leveling system to fully reach the ground.  You may think we are crazy for recommending two sets, but when you pull up in a spot you were told was level and it’s way off, these will come in handy! Added bonus: they act as adult size Lego’s for some added fun.

9. Wheel Chocks – If you are pulling a fifth wheel or travel trailer that you will be unhitching the tow vehicle from, make sure you have a set of 2 wheel chocks to keep your rig from, well, leaving you.


10. Level, or Stick-on Level Kit – Having a level or stick-on level will make set up much faster and easier. Plus, “eyeballing” it doesn’t always work out so well. If your rig is not level, then you open up opportunity for draining issues, uneven distribution of weight, and just feeling like you are drunk trying to walk around inside.

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