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Fun RV And Camper Accessories To Make Life On The Road More Comfortable

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If this is your first time owning or<a href="https://fave.co/3fyrFnp" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:renting an RV" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"> renting an RV</a>, you might be wondering what you need. Here are some easy ways to upgrade your RV for a comfortable life on the road. (Photo: Counter via Getty Images)
If this is your first time owning or renting an RV, you might be wondering what you need. Here are some easy ways to upgrade your RV for a comfortable life on the road. (Photo: Counter via Getty Images)

So you bought an RV — now what? 

RV rentals and purchases have skyrocketed in recent months, as people search for ways to safely travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. But if this is your first time owning a home on wheels, you might be wondering about a few things — like what every RV owner needs, where to buy (or rent) RV equipment, and how to upgrade an RV experience in easy ways.

Hardcore RV-obsessives, (my uncle included), have tips they swear by, ranging from the practical (installing a cell phone-range extender and having extra food on hand) to the extremely prepared (taping the measurements of your rig to the dashboard because “you don’t want to be waiting in front of the Lincoln Tunnel wondering if you’ll fit”). 

Still, most motorhome enthusiasts agree that before hitting the road, you should cover the basics in a few ways: finding the right camper hoses for water and sewage, having reliable RV jumper cables, finding a sturdy spare tire, and a stocking up on a must-have set of tools for your RV that include wrenches, a tire pressure gauge for an RV and a flashlight. (And don’t forget a spare set of keys — because you never know.)

If you’re prepared on the functional front but are still looking for fun RV accessories and gadgets to upgrade your home on wheels, we’ve got you covered. We spoke with outdoor and travel experts from Arrive and Outdoorsy for their advice on the RV accessories that will make life of the road more comfortable.

Here’s what they had to say.

What does every RV owner need?

When it comes to the accessories every RV owner needs, you’re going to want to start with the perfect chair, cooler and lantern, according to Rachelle Snyder, CEO and Cofounder of Arrive Outdoors, a camping gear rental marketplace. 

Synder pointed to the Helinox Savannah Chair, the Yeti Hopper Two 30 Cooler and the Black Diamond Apollo Lantern as good everyday equipment for first-timers.

Every RV owner needs these essentials on hand: <a href="https://fave.co/31MZoUd" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:an RV GPS" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">an RV GPS</a>, which can give you customized routes to avoid things like narrow roads and low bridges; a <a href="https://fave.co/3gTF4H5" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Wi-Fi hotspot" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Wi-Fi hotspot</a> so you can stay connected wherever you go; a <a href="https://fave.co/2PKc8pj" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:water pressure regulator" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">water pressure regulator</a> to prevent busted pipes; an <a href="https://amzn.to/30RpBly" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:RV water filtration system" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">RV water filtration system</a>; and a <a href="https://fave.co/3gL0xCj" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Yeti Hopper Two 30 Cooler" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Yeti Hopper Two 30 Cooler</a> bag to use on the road. (Photo: HuffPost Finds)
Every RV owner needs these essentials on hand: an RV GPS, which can give you customized routes to avoid things like narrow roads and low bridges; a Wi-Fi hotspot so you can stay connected wherever you go; a water pressure regulator to prevent busted pipes; an RV water filtration system; and a Yeti Hopper Two 30 Cooler bag to use on the road. (Photo: HuffPost Finds)

A lesser-known item you might want is an RV GPS, which can give you customized routes to avoid things like narrow roads and low bridges, said Jen Young, CMO and co-founder of Outdoorsy, a global RV rental marketplace.

Beyond a GPS, a Wi-Fi hotspot will also prove useful so you can stay connected wherever you go. 

When it comes to your RV’s water setup, you might consider investing in a water pressure regulator, Young said. With it, you can adjust the flow of water into your rig, potentially saving you from busted water pipes and expensive damage. An RV water filtration system is also important.

“Never worry about funky drinking water again with a water filtration system, Young said. “They’re easy to install, will give you the crisp hydration you deserve, and won’t take up room in the fridge like a Brita pitcher.”

What about fun RV kitchen accessories?

In a small RV, space is a premium. Make the most of your motorhome’s space with practical and space-saving kitchen items that utilize your RVs wall space, like collapsible bowls and cups, a produce hammock, wall-mounted racks for spices and a magnetic knife holder, Young said.

Families might enjoy RV kitchen accessories like a retro-looking camping dinnerware set, an Instant Pot for easy dinners and cast-iron skillets for cooking indoors or over an open flame at campsites.

RV kitchen accessories to have on hand include things like a <a href="https://fave.co/3fLBKww" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:camping dinnerware set" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">camping dinnerware set</a>, a <a href="https://amzn.to/3fSt7jy" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:cast-iron skillet" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">cast-iron skillet</a> for cooking indoors or over an open flame at campsites, and a <a href="https://amzn.to/3fKtXPq" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:magnetic knife holder" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">magnetic knife holder</a> to save counter space. (Photo: HuffPost Finds)
RV kitchen accessories to have on hand include things like a camping dinnerware set, a cast-iron skillet for cooking indoors or over an open flame at campsites, and a magnetic knife holder to save counter space. (Photo: HuffPost Finds)

Whether or not your RV comes with a fully equipped kitchen, Snyder recommends the Wolf & Grizzly outdoor grill for cooking over an open fire. It’s adjustable in size and is easy to assemble.

Though you might eat a few of your meals on the road, you’ll usually be parked while you munch. In that case, you might also want a lightweight and collapsible table that can be used for meals, playtime for the little ones, and even “work from home” office hours.

And you can’t forget accessories to make coffee and tea in an RV. For your morning caffeine fix, grab an enamel percolator to try your hand at making campfire coffee in the morning. 

How can I make my RV more comfortable?

Getting some sleep on the road can be a challenge, especially if you’re not used to an RV mattress. In fact, RV mattresses differ from regular mattresses in a few ways, namely in that they might be shorter and narrower. You can find RV mattress replacements from places like RV Mattress, Camping World and even Overstock.

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RV beds don't have to be uncomfortable. Finding a <a href="https://fave.co/2PKka1r" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:good RV mattress" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">good RV mattress</a> and top-notch <a href="https://fave.co/2PPJ8wl" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:RV bedsheets" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">RV bedsheets</a> are good ways to start getting good Zs while you're on the road. (Photo: Alex Eggermont via Getty Images)
RV beds don’t have to be uncomfortable. Finding a good RV mattress and top-notch RV bedsheets are good ways to start getting good Zs while you’re on the road. (Photo: Alex Eggermont via Getty Images)

Young also recommends investing in better everyday essentials to use in your RV, like nicer linens and sheets.

“Upgrade your RV bedsheets and pillowcases to help you feel like you’re sleeping in your own bed, but better,” Young said. “Anything in a higher thread count, that is moisture-wicking and hypoallergenic, will help you get a good night’s rest. Most nicer linens are also wrinkle-free, which will help keep your set up looking nice and polished each night.”

In other RV decor ideas, Young recommends placing a small rug at the entrance of your camper to prevent sand or dirt from getting in the vehicle. You could also plug in a nightlight (preferably one that doubles as a USB phone charger) by your bed for some bedtime reading, add a diffuser to create a relaxing ambiance, and toss a bright-colored throw blanket to your couch to make the space feel more inviting.

More RV and camper accessories

Below, we’ve rounded up a complete guide to the RV and camper accessories that will come in handy while you’re on the road.

Take a look: 

An adjustable campfire grill

Snyder recommends this Wolf and Grizzly M1 Grill Kit. <a href="https://fave.co/2XP1HFb" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rent it starting a $3/day at Arrive." class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Rent it starting a $3/day at Arrive.</a>
Snyder recommends this Wolf and Grizzly M1 Grill Kit. Rent it starting a $3/day at Arrive.

An RV GPS

We found this Garmin RV 780 and Traffic RV GPS for $323 at <a href="https://fave.co/2XXTizv" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Walmart" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Walmart</a>.
We found this Garmin RV 780 and Traffic RV GPS for $323 at Walmart.

An RV water filter

We found this RV water filter for $20 on <a href="https://amzn.to/3izrUiV" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>.
We found this RV water filter for $20 on Amazon.

A magnetic knife bar

Young recommends getting a magnetic knife bar for your RV. <a href="https://amzn.to/3fKtXPq" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:We found this Magnetic Knife Holder for $18 on Amazon." class="link rapid-noclick-resp">We found this Magnetic Knife Holder for $18 on Amazon.</a>
Young recommends getting a magnetic knife bar for your RV. We found this Magnetic Knife Holder for $18 on Amazon.

Cast iron skillets

Get this three-piece set of pre-seasoned cast iron skillets for $30 on <a href="https://amzn.to/33Yb3lV" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>.
Get this three-piece set of pre-seasoned cast iron skillets for $30 on Amazon.

RV water pressure regulator

We found this RV water pressure regulator for $9 at <a href="https://fave.co/2Cm64A6" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Home Depot" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Home Depot</a>.
We found this RV water pressure regulator for $9 at The Home Depot.

A camping dinnerware set

We found this camping dinnerware set for $44 at <a href="https://fave.co/3fLBKww" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Wayfair" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Wayfair</a>.
We found this camping dinnerware set for $44 at Wayfair.

These compact cups that won’t break

We found these Silicone Wine Glasses for $19 at <a href="https://amzn.to/2ZvnYci" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>.
We found these Silicone Wine Glasses for $19 at Amazon.

A battery and USB-powered lantern

Snyder recommends this Black Diamond Apollo Lantern. <a href="https://fave.co/3afvQ5r" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rent it starting a $2/day at Arrive." class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Rent it starting a $2/day at Arrive.</a>
Snyder recommends this Black Diamond Apollo Lantern. Rent it starting a $2/day at Arrive.

Toilet paper that’s RV friendly

We found this Scott Rapid-Dissolving Toilet Paper for RV &amp; Boats for $50 on <a href="https://amzn.to/3eBiReV" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>.
We found this Scott Rapid-Dissolving Toilet Paper for RV & Boats for $50 on Amazon.

A fruit hammock

Young recommends getting a fruit hammock for your RV. <a href="https://amzn.to/2PG3Y0X" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:We found these Reusable Hanging Storage Mesh Bags for $10 on Amazon." class="link rapid-noclick-resp">We found these Reusable Hanging Storage Mesh Bags for $10 on Amazon.</a>
Young recommends getting a fruit hammock for your RV. We found these Reusable Hanging Storage Mesh Bags for $10 on Amazon.

An easy-to-carry cooler

Snyder recommends this YETI Hopper Two 30 Soft Cooler. <a href="https://fave.co/3gL0xCj" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rent it starting a $10/day at Arrive." class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Rent it starting a $10/day at Arrive.</a>
Snyder recommends this YETI Hopper Two 30 Soft Cooler. Rent it starting a $10/day at Arrive.

A range extender for phone calls

We found this Linksys AC750 Boost Range Extender for $60 at <a href="https://fave.co/3j2HzZr" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Best Buy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Best Buy</a>.
We found this Linksys AC750 Boost Range Extender for $60 at Best Buy.

A enamel percolator

Young recommends getting an enamel percolator for your RV. <a href="https://fave.co/2F3wfwm" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:We found this GSI Outdoors Enamelware 8-Cup Percolator for $28 at REI" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">We found this GSI Outdoors Enamelware 8-Cup Percolator for $28 at REI</a>.
Young recommends getting an enamel percolator for your RV. We found this GSI Outdoors Enamelware 8-Cup Percolator for $28 at REI.

A cozy hammock

Snyder recommends this ENO Doublenest Hammock. <a href="https://fave.co/2DW4oh1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rent it starting a $2/day at Arrive." class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Rent it starting a $2/day at Arrive.</a>
Snyder recommends this ENO Doublenest Hammock. Rent it starting a $2/day at Arrive.

A solar powered flashlight and charger

We found this Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight for $70 at <a href="https://fave.co/2WmTffO" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:REI" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">REI</a>
We found this Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight for $70 at REI

Collapsible cups and bowls

Young recommends getting collapsible cups and bowls for your RV. <a href="https://amzn.to/3fJovwf" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:We found this Ecoart Silicone Expandable Collapsible Bowl for Travel Camping Hiking for $7 on Amazon." class="link rapid-noclick-resp">We found this Ecoart Silicone Expandable Collapsible Bowl for Travel Camping Hiking for $7 on Amazon.</a>
Young recommends getting collapsible cups and bowls for your RV. We found this Ecoart Silicone Expandable Collapsible Bowl for Travel Camping Hiking for $7 on Amazon.

A collapsible table

Snyder recommends this Helinox Table One Hard Top Large. <a href="https://fave.co/3kzPaPA" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rent it starting a $6/day at Arrive." class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Rent it starting a $6/day at Arrive.</a>
Snyder recommends this Helinox Table One Hard Top Large. Rent it starting a $6/day at Arrive.

A comfy camping chair

Snyder recommends this Helinox Savanna Chair. <a href="https://fave.co/2Fcpjx9" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rent it starting a $6/day at Arrive." class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Rent it starting a $6/day at Arrive.</a>
Snyder recommends this Helinox Savanna Chair. Rent it starting a $6/day at Arrive.

A diffuser

Young recommends getting a diffuser for your RV. <a href="https://amzn.to/30LpO9y" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:We found this InnoGear Essential Oil Diffuser for $15 on Amazon." class="link rapid-noclick-resp">We found this InnoGear Essential Oil Diffuser for $15 on Amazon.</a>
Young recommends getting a diffuser for your RV. We found this InnoGear Essential Oil Diffuser for $15 on Amazon.

A cool camping backpack

Snyder recommends this Deuter Speed Lite 26L Men's Backpack. <a href="https://fave.co/31FiJH6" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rent it starting a $4/day at Arrive" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Rent it starting a $4/day at Arrive</a>.
Snyder recommends this Deuter Speed Lite 26L Men’s Backpack. Rent it starting a $4/day at Arrive.

A nightlight that charges your phone

Young recommends getting a nightlight that charges your phone for your RV. <a href="https://amzn.to/2PIMEbE" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:We found this Macally LED Desk, Nightstand &amp; Bedside Lamp with USB Port for $30 on Amazon." class="link rapid-noclick-resp">We found this Macally LED Desk, Nightstand &amp; Bedside Lamp with USB Port for $30 on Amazon.</a>
Young recommends getting a nightlight that charges your phone for your RV. We found this Macally LED Desk, Nightstand & Bedside Lamp with USB Port for $30 on Amazon.

Hiking shoes

Snyder recommends these Adidas Women's Terrex Free Hiker GTX shoes. <a href="https://fave.co/3isivtt" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rent them starting a $6/day at Arrive." class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Rent them starting a $6/day at Arrive.</a>
Snyder recommends these Adidas Women’s Terrex Free Hiker GTX shoes. Rent them starting a $6/day at Arrive.

A mug that keeps drinks hot and cold

We found this YETI Rambler Mug for $25 at <a href="https://fave.co/3gXO5ys" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:REI" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">REI</a>.
We found this YETI Rambler Mug for $25 at REI.

Reuseable ziplock bags

We found these Reusable Storage Bags for $17 on <a href="https://amzn.to/38YHykt" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>.
We found these Reusable Storage Bags for $17 on Amazon.

A cute camping table that folds flat

We found this REI Co-op Kingdom Low Table for $65 at <a href="https://fave.co/2WmFQ7r" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:REI" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">REI</a>.
We found this REI Co-op Kingdom Low Table for $65 at REI.

A compact camping grill

We found this Coleman Gas Camping Stove for $60 on <a href="https://amzn.to/3070ARu" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>
We found this Coleman Gas Camping Stove for $60 on Amazon

This first-aid kit

We found this Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series Hiker Medical Kit for $25 at <a href="https://fave.co/2CCi4xi" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:REI" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">REI</a>.
We found this Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series Hiker Medical Kit for $25 at REI.

A comfortable camping chair

We found this REI Co-op Camp Stowaway Low Chair for $40 at <a href="https://fave.co/2Wn7SiW" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:REI" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">REI</a>.
We found this REI Co-op Camp Stowaway Low Chair for $40 at REI.

A mini coffee maker

We found this Keurig K-Mini Plus Coffee Maker for $53 on <a href="https://amzn.to/32s8MyR" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>.
We found this Keurig K-Mini Plus Coffee Maker for $53 on Amazon.

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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.