Broken, lost or forgotten items can put a damper on or even end an RV trip. After more than six years of full-timing, there are a few spare items we always carry in our RV. Extra weight should always be taken into consideration, but there are a few things that are showstoppers if we don’t have an extra or something to fix the one that broke.
- Sewer hose – We started keeping an extra after we found some very thirsty critters in the hot desert sun who had chewed through the sewer hose. Thank goodness we were only dumping the gray water.
- Water regulator – The adjustable one stopped working and we had a spare non-adjustable one on hand. Good thing, as water pressure was well over 80!
- Water hose – This is good when a broken or damaged hose just can’t be repaired or the faucet is too far away.
- Sewer hose elbow – Cracked is not good! We carry an extra one now!
- Spare water pump – While this is usually not needed when hooked up to city water, the water pump is essential when dry camping.
- Washers – They get old and fall out!
- Toilet water valve – This one is in waiting for the existing one to fail… again.
- Soap pump dispensers – After searching and returning several built-in soap dispenser bottles from Amazon, once I finally found the right one I bought two!
- Hose menders – The little critters that chewed through our sewer hose also tried to refresh themselves on the water line. Connector ends leaking? No need to toss the whole hose.
- Several hose quick-connect ends – We use these all the time for the water hoses but sometimes they just get worn out and leak.
- Pipe tape and pipe adhesive – For all those easy and not-so-easy repairs along the way.
Electrical spare items
- Adapters – We carry an extra 30 amp to 50 amp, 30 amp to 110v, and 110v to 30 amp.
- LED bulbs – Unfortunately, our factory-installed ones flicker and when I can’t stand it anymore, we change them out.
- Heavy-duty extension cords – These are useful when our electric pedestal went kaput in 101-degree temps. We could at least plug in a fan from an adjacent pedestal until fixed.
- Fuses – We haven’t needed them (yet), but we are ready in case we do!
- Electrical tape – Oh, we have fixed more than electrical connections with this tape!
- Coaxial cable and connectors – For satellite and RV park connections. It is amazing how often they are lost or the cable just doesn’t work.
- Plastic leveling blocks – We use these for everything from leveling the RV to leveling sewer hose.
- Extra wood blocks – Having extra is useful when we have driven off and left them or they crack in half.
- Extra awning pole – We keep one on each side of the motorhome. Good to pull out leveling blocks, fish stuff out from under the RV as well on the awnings. Several have been left on a campground picnic table more times than I would like to mention.
AC and heat pump
- Interior air filters – I keep an extra set so one can be installed and one set washed.
- Squirrel cage – Unfortunately, the AC squirrel cage shatters at the most inopportune times.
- Mosquito, fly, ant and rodent spray – Just needed to run out of bug spray once when assaulted by a mass of flies and mosquitos. We learned our lesson!
- Tow pins – We’re not going anywhere if we can’t hitch up the car. Found that out the hard way…
Fix it up
- Gaffers tape – We have taped up, held down and patched more stuff than I would like.
- Glues, caulk and velcro– Just like the gaffers tape, we have used these more times than I could have imagined. I particularly like the Gorilla glues, especially this slender tip, micro precise Gorilla Super Glue. That glue is currently holding our rear motorhome lens cover on and has held over some of the worst highways and gravel roads in the country!
- White removable artist’s tape – I use this for marking propane tanks, casserole dishes at a potluck, labeling spices and medicine bottles.
- Screws, nails, nuts and bolts – We have an assortment of purchased ones and also ones that fall out and we have no idea where they came from.
- Way too many tools – Self-explanatory!
There are a few items we have collected along the way that we are hauling along, just in case, to replace/repair parts that may never give out but I don’t have the courage to toss. Remember Murphy’s Law?