I remember back when we first picked up our travel trailer, we were new to the whole RV thing and while we have been campers for years this was a whole new ball of wax. Pretty much the only thing that remained the same was the fact that we were ‘camping’.
As we have gone through this process of becoming RVers, we have learned a thing or two about what we need versus what we want and what is just cool to have. As we watched and learned from what other folks were doing we quickly discovered that this could get out of hand real quick… but it is all part of the fun of RVing.
So we put together a list of 5 must have items for the Newbie RVer… It is not an end all be all list, just a list of what we know you need to get out and get camping without all the extra’s.. that will come.
Gloves. You need two sets of gloves. A pair of work style gloves for set up and hook up. The second pair for handling …well… the nasty hose.
The Nasty hose. I would highly recommend that you spend the little extra and get a good one. We use the Rhino Hose. It is super tough and takes away the worry of fluids being where they are not supposed to be.
Good Leveling blocks or Anderson Levelers. Don’t skimp on these either, they are an item that you will use over and over again. You want them to be durable and easy to use. There are lots of choices out there, just make sure you get good ones. If you are going to go with leveling blocks, get the “Lego” interlocking type. They are more versatile, durable, and will last longer.
Good Chocks. Go with the heavy duty rubber chocks. The nice cheap plastic chocks are good, but not great. The last thing you want is to have your trailer shift and roll.
In addition to regular Chocks, I would also recommend X Chocks. They keep the trailer from shifting and rolling and also takes the front to back wiggle out of the trailer.
Potable Water Hose. Make sure to get a hose rated for potable water or that you can drink from. We recommend the Zero G hose. We started with the standard white hose that the RV Dealer recommended, but soon got tired of kinking and hard to roll hoses. The Zero G hose comes is 25 or 50 feet lengths. We picked the 50 footer because not all camp sites are the same and we have had to stretch all the way to 50 feet in some cases, while in others we coiled 45 feet of hose under the trailer and used the other 5 for the hook up.
So there it is. 5 items to get you camping in your RV! The rest will come as you learn and grow into your RV.
What are some of the things that you MUST have when you hit the campground? Let us know in the comments section.
Have a Happy Day!