As a new travel trailer owner, you’re probably itching to get on the road and break in that new vacation home on wheels! But before you drive off into the sunset, be sure you’re prepared for all the basic RVing needs ahead of time, or you may end up having to buy second-rate travel trailer accessories at the exorbitant prices of tiny campground stores.
Skip the cheap sewer hose that your trailer came with because in reality, it’s too short to be useful. Get a 20 foot accordion-style expandable sewer hose with a rotating elbow that screws into the sewer drain. Many RV parks require that your connection to their sewer be “sealed.”
You will also want a nice long fresh water hose. The white, lightweight RV style is about 20-25 feet long and makes life easier. Another essential accessory is a water pressure regulator. Some parks have very high water pressure, which can potentially blow out your trailer’s PVC pipes, leading to catastrophic water intrusion. Spend $5-10 for a regulator and avoid thousands of dollars in damage.
You will also want an another hose, such as a garden hose to be used only for rinsing out your sewer hose and nothing else! Keep it away from your white fresh water hose to avoid cross-contamination.
Extra Cords and Adapters
If you plan to access the cable TV in RV parks, you will need your own coaxial cable. You also may want to consider a special extension cord for your travel trailer’s electrical cord, as well as a variety of adapters because not every park has the outlet style you need. “Dog bone” adapters are a popular, heavy duty adapter style.
Communication and Directions
Some people consider a GPS navigator unit to be indispensable, but you should also have a road atlas as a back up in isolated areas. A walkie talkie with at least a two-mile range and multiple channels will come in handy to communicate between two vehicles in transit and can also be used to when someone is guiding you into a back-in RV park spot.
Having your travel trailer at a level angle is important to the proper functioning of the RV refrigerator, as well as for your own comfort. A bubble level laid on your counter or the floor will help you tell if you’re listing too far one way or the other. Resin leveling pads, used by driving the trailer wheel up onto the them are an inexpensive way to get things adjusted right.
Leveling jacks or stabilizers are essential if you travel with children or you may find yourself getting “seasick.” If your travel trailer didn’t come with them, they should be on your list of must-have accessories.
RV toilets require special chemicals to keep your black water tank working well and relatively odor-free. When it’s time to clean the toilet itself, be sure to use cleaners that are safe for RV tanks or you’ll cause some unpleasant problems.
For the exterior, use only RV fiberglass-compatible cleaners and waxes that will keep your exterior surfaces clean and shiny.
There are many other travel trailer accessories that can make life on wheels more convenient and enjoyable, but these basic necessities should get you started. Keep these items on hand and you will have an easier and more convenient experience when you hit the road.