There’s nothing more exciting than embarking on your maiden voyage in your new motorhome, cruising down the road knowing that everything you need for your trip from snacks and drinks to your very own bathroom is right along with you.
A motorhome trip is the ultimate in traveling fun. But as any experienced RV owner can tell you, there’s a lot more to owning a motorhome than just turning the key. Having the right motorhome accessories along with you can make these tasks a breeze.
Water and Sewer Accessories
You’ll need a fresh water hose for hooking your motorhome up to the water connections, and filling your fresh water tank. It must be a white hose meant for RV fresh water. They’re lightweight, coil easily and fit into your underbay compartments with ease. It is also easy to tell its purpose by its color.
You’ll also need a sewer hose. These can come in multiple colors, but they are usually black and expandable. Be sure to get one with a rotating connection that screws into the sewer drain. A box of disposable gloves are another invaluable item to have for sanitary purposes, and you may want to consider disposable shoe covers as well.
To keep the exterior clean, you’ll need an extendable scrub brush/squeegee combination, meant for RVs (you need them to extend really long to reach everywhere). You may also want to invest in some special cleaners for the fiberglass exterior, tires, and chrome—check your manufacturer’s manuals to make sure you’re getting the right products for your motorhome.
For the bathroom, you will need special RV toilet tank chemicals, which will keep any unpleasant bathroom odors from building up. They also come in biodegradable options. Some people also use an RV tank enzyme additive, especially if they are having any residue build up in their black water tank.
Many RVs have a bottom entry step that is a little higher than is comfortable, so a folding metal step to place below the bottom step is a popular accessory. If anyone in your traveling party has physical limitations, adding extra handles and grab bars for the entry door, and the tub/shower area may be a good idea.
Make wise use of your space by buying as many collapsible items as possible. Nowadays, you can get collapsible silicone strainers, dish drainers, measuring cups, mixing bowls, pet bowls, and drinking cups, plus large collapsible storage containers for use in your underbay and collapsible water buckets. Collapsible mesh laundry baskets can sit inside the shower when not in use and after laundry day, you can fold them and stick them in your closet.
Use shoe pocket organizers on walls, inside closet doors and on bathroom doors. You can store toiletries, craft items, socks, first aid supplies, and more in these handy pockets. A wall-mounted wine rack becomes a holder for rolled-up towels. Install extra shelves in your closet and pantry to make extra space and organize items inside in clear plastic bins with labels to make everything easy to find.
A little extra planning will ensure that you will not only have all the essential motorhome accessories that you will need on the road, but that you will also be able to find them when you need them!