By Mark Polk, RV Education 101®
When you go camping there are nice-to-have-items and what I refer to as essential items. Here are my top 5 RV essential items you need when you arrive at your favorite camping destination.
1. Surge Guard™ for RV
To help protect the RV’s electrical system, use some type of surge protector. I use a product called Surge Guard™ from Southwire™, designed to protect the RV’s electrical system and all your sophisticated appliances and electronic equipment. You never know what type of electrical service you might encounter during your RV travels. (Editor: Surge Guard is available on Amazon. Here are other surge protectors to check out.)
2. RV adapter plugs and cords
I keep a variety of electrical adapter plugs and cords in the RV for any camping situation. These include electrical adapter plugs and cords that go from 50-amp to 30-amp and from 30-amp to 20-amp. TIP: If you plug into an electrical service rated under your RV’s electrical system you are limited in what you can use in the RV. You should keep an extension cord in the RV too. Make sure the extension cord you buy is designed for your RV’s electrical system.
3. Universal RV sewer adapter – definitely an essential item
Another common problem after arriving at the campground is discovering you don’t have the correct adapter for the campground sewer or dump station drain outlet. To solve this problem, I keep a universal RV sewer adapter on hand. This is designed to work in nearly any situation you encounter, including various size smooth and threaded drain outlets. I also take extra lengths of sewer hose. You never know how far you will be positioned away from the campground sewer drain outlet.
4. Potable drinking water hose
Next on my list of essential items is a potable RV drinking water hose long enough to get me out of any jam. For example, I always keep a 4-foot, 10-foot, and 25-foot drinking water hose in the RV. I keep a black- or green-colored garden hose in the RV for maintenance purposes like flushing the holding tanks or washing the RV. The color distinguishes it from the drinking water hoses. In addition to the potable RV drinking hoses, I highly recommend using a water pressure regulator. You never know what the water pressure is at a campground. RV water regulators help protect your RV plumbing system from high water pressure common at many campgrounds.
5. RV water filters
Last but certainly not least, I recommend some type of water filtration system. There are several types available designed for use in RVs. You can install an under-the-counter water filter directly to a faucet, just for drinking water, or you can use a filtration system designed to filter all of the water going into the RV.