If you’re anything like use, you love buying new stuff for your camper.
(It’s a running joke that I can’t stop buying new stuff… sorry, not sorry!)
Luckily, because I’ve bought so much stuff and have so many friends who are also into RVing, I was able to make this list of the best RV accessories.
But don’t take my word for it… we also interviewed other RVers to get their opinions, too!
So whether you live in your RV or just vacation once in a while, these RV gadgets, RV supplies, and camper accessories are sure to burn a (hopefully small) hole in your wallet! Let’s dive in!
Table of Contents
- Our Personal Top 5 Picks
- General RV Essentials
- RV Kitchen Accessories
- RV Temperature Control Gadgets & Hacks
- Outdoor & Camping Accessories
- Boondocking & Dry Camping Accessories
- Camper Space-Savers
- Essential Internet Connection Accessories
- Miscellaneous RV Accessories
- Frequently Asked Questions
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Our Personal Top 5 Picks
We personally use and love these five camping supplies:
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General RV Essentials
Before we talk fancy camper accessories that make life better, let’s quickly talk about the essentials – like an RV sewer hose to drain your holding tanks and drinking water hoses without chemicals that can harm your body.
Recommended by: Heath & Alyssa Padgett
Heath and Alyssa have been featured on CNN, CBS and more for their documentary, “Hourly America, about how they traveled to all 50 states in their RV to try a different job in everyone!
Next up, we have a whole slew of RV supplies recommended by Doug and Harmony from Fummin Family Fun Trip (follow their daily vlogs on YouTube):
Here are all the items they recommend for your travel trailer in their video:
Finally, we have something both practical AND makes for fun RV accessories…
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Recommended by: Nancy Walters
Nancy Walters runs the blog at RV-A-GOGO, which was ranked one of the top 100 RV blogs by Feedspot!
“We use these every time we back into a site and put slides in and out.”
Besides providing utility to stop you from accidentally taking out the water pump, they have a lot of other uses.
For example, you can play all kinds of fun games with walkie-talkies or use them to scare the crap out of each other. Fun times!
RV Kitchen Accessories
RV kitchens are incredibly small. For anyone that likes to cook (like us), they leave a lot to be desired.
That’s why we love things that are small and do more than one thing, like the first RV kitchen accessory on our list:
Recommended by: Heather & Chris
Heather and Chris run their blog 4 Radical Road Schoolers and a Fat Cat (great name, right?).
Instant Pot is an all-in-one kitchen device: a pressure cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker, rice cooker, steamer, and more.
Because it does so much stuff with one device, this thing is an absolute must-have RV gadget! It makes your limited space seem just a tad bigger, which is great.
Here are some cool recipes you can make with it.
Collapsible Kitchen Accessories
Heather and Chris also recommended a few collapsible accessories. If you live in a small travel trailer, these are a godsend!
We already shared how amazing collapsible items are in our list of RV storage ideas. They make it so much easier to organize your cupboards and save space.
Note: If you’d prefer something a little sturdier, stackable bowls also make great space savers.
Bialetti Coffee Maker
Recommended by: Robert & Jessica
Robert and Jessica blog at Exploring the Local Life. Follow their travels on YouTube and Facebook.
“When we first started out, we had a Keurig. It was fantastic, but it took up a lot of room. Our little Moka Pot takes up about the same amount of space as a hot/cold beverage tumbler.
Plus it doesn’t use electricity. This a good thing in case you find yourself without electricity (and if you RV long enough you will eventually find yourself without electricity).”
But in case you’d rather feel like a scientist or an alchemist, we also received the next recommendation:
Chemex Coffee Steeper
Recommended by: The Roamans
Vanessa and Marissa run The Roamans Blog, where they chat about yoga, travel, and their awesome dog Penny (who happens to love organic peanut butter).
“As far as our Chemex is concerned, we use this every day.
We tried a few different coffee-brewing methods along the way on the road, and even initially lugged around our Keurig for a while! But the Chemex has to be the simplest way for us to brew on the go. We love our pour-over coffee method.”
Plus, the thing looks like something an alchemist would have in their shop. Pretty cool!
RV Fridge Fan
Recommended by: Heather & Dave
Heather and Dave run the Happiest Campers blog. They recently totaled their RV, so go give them some love!
“We typically park in warm climates, and the fridge fan makes a huge difference to maintain a steady temperature in the fridge. It uses less energy to keep things cool while preventing frost buildup. No more emptying all the contents and defrosting! Food stays fresher longer too.”
Camco Stack-A-Plate Bowl Holders
Recommended by: Marie & Josh
Marie and Josh share their adventures at Ardent Camper.
“The only time we’ve broken a ceramic plate after 2.5 years on the road was when I dropped one washing dishes. These holders keep everything secure as we bounce down the road. :)”
Note: They originally recommended stacking plate and bowl holders from IKEA. However, these are no longer available, so we found a suitable replacement on Amazon.
Cast Iron Pan
Recommended by: Tim & Amanda Watson
Tim and Amanda run Watsons Wander, where they tell their stories about working and living full-time in an Airstream.
“A well-seasoned cast iron pan is a must-have in any RV.
When we first started out, I thought cast iron was far too heavy to be part of the RV kitchen. I’ve since learned that cast iron is great because it’s so versatile. We actually carry around less cookware because our single 10″ cast iron pan serves so many purposes.
Not only is it perfect on the stovetop for things like seared meats, crispy bacon, and even eggs, but it also transitions easily to the oven for dishes like pizza, quiche, and casseroles.
Any cast iron pan will work in an RV, but if you’re in the market for an affordable American-made pan I would highly recommend Lodge brand cast iron.”
That’s all for RV kitchen accessories! Next up we have magical temperature control.
RV Temperature Control Gadgets & Hacks
Keeping it cool or warm in an RV can be tricky. The insulation isn’t great in these things and running the AC requires a lot of power.
This section is dedicated to RV gadgets and hacks to keep it toasty warm or comfortably cool, regardless of outside temperatures.
Dyson Air Multiplier Table Fan
Recommended by: Liz Wilcox
Liz Wilcox is a funny full-timer who blogs about her travels. Follow her on YouTube and Facebook.
Liz moved into her RV without a clue about 8 months ago. It didn’t take her long to realize that $20 fan in the corner of the bedroom just wasn’t going to cut it.
With warm weather approaching, she’s committed to buying the Dyson Air Multiplier before the summer solstice. A cheaper option may be this Bladeless Tower Fan and Air Purifier in one
Recommended by: Paul & Becky Kortman
Paul and Becky blog about how to travel as a family at Home Along the Way. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Reflectix is a reflective insulant you can put in all your RV windows to reflect sunlight away from your camper. It keeps the inside temperature lower on those brutally hot summer days. You can use velcro strips to easily place it on the window.
Plus, it costs less than $20 a roll – how’s that for an RV hack?
Outdoor & Camping Accessories
Just because you’re in an RV doesn’t mean you’re not camping! Why not update that RV awning of yours with something that showcases your personality?
From propane fire pits to hiking gear, these RV accessories will help you get the most fun from the great outdoors.
Related Reading: 40 Unique & Cool Camping Gifts Any Camper Would LOVE!
Portable Propane Fire Pit
Recommended by: Heather and her family of six
Find Heather and her big family of six full-timers at Faith Takes Flight.
“I can’t underestimate how lovely it is to produce fire within moments and enjoy a warm evening outside smoke-free. Knowing that I won’t need to do a load of laundry and anticipate showers after a campfire means that we enjoy them much more often.
Hauling or finding local firewood is no longer an issue. Want smores? No problem!
Our kids love that they don’t have to give up their favorite fireplace pastime. Plus, we find that offering an evening around the fireplace is a great way to enjoy time with new friends we’ve met along the road.”
You can’t talk about camper accessories without adding hammocks. These are one of my favorite parts of RVing! Nothing like an afternoon nap or reading in a hammock.
Wood Pellet Grill
Traeger wood pellet grills work by igniting wood pellets (or “wood chips”) using a hot rod, followed by an induction fan stoking the fire and pushing the hot air around the inside of the grill.
What’s so great about pellet grills is that you can set the exact temperature you need with the digital control unit!
It’s a blisteringly hot summer day. You don’t want to stand in front of a hot stove or run the oven in your RV.
What do you do?
Pull out the solar oven! This thing can cook stew, mac n’ cheese, and even Indian dishes by sitting in the sun. It comes with a full recipe guide as well. An alternative on Amazon here!
Boondocking & Dry Camping Accessories
Not everyone wants to hook up at an RV park. Sometimes, the best spots are those in the middle of nowhere next to a lake or in a desert.
To help fill out this section, we have boondocking lovers Jason and Nikki Wynn from Gone With the Wynns.
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Recommended by: Jason & Nikki Wynn
Jason and Nikki Wynn are full-time travelers. First an RV, then a sailboat!
“The items for us that help extend our time wild camping are by far the most important. Composting toilet, Solar and Lithium Batteries took our week-long wild camping adventures and turned them into 2-3 week off-grid vacations.”
Another interesting item is the solar attic fan, which you can learn about here. They’re meant for attics, but you may also install one on your RV roof!
Collapsible Dish Pan
Recommended by: Marissa & Nathan
Marissa, Nathan, and their daughter Hensley run Less Junk More Journey, a blog about minimalism and full-time travel!
“The pan above (or any cheap pan that fits your particular sink) is awesome for dry camping. The water can be dumped or flushed into the black tank to save on grey water storage while boondocking.
We also use it to catch the water while our shower heats up and we wash the dishes with that water so there is no wastage. Simple, but effective.”
Lithium Jump Starter
Also recommended by Marissa and Nathan is this jump starter.
“We also have this jump starter that has been very handy. It can charge devices and jump start a vehicle when needed. Very portable.”
There’s nothing worse than boondocking and getting stuck in the middle of the woods. This can help prevent that.
Note: You may also want a good battery charger to fill up your RV batteries.
Because space in an RV is so limited, items that make organization easier are a must. Luckily, there are TONS of RV storage ideas floating around.
To help us with this section, Hudson and Emily gave us their two must-have space-saving gadgets.
Recommended by: Hudson & Emily
Hudson and Emily blog about their full-time travels with a unique twist: It’s really a blog about marriage!
“The Higher Hangers allow clothes to hang higher, so we were able to add a second bar to hang our clothes on. Doubling our closet space has been great!
Plus the drawer organizers can be fit to any drawer. We now have a place for everything.”
Essential Internet Connection Accessories
One of the biggest complaints of full-timers (and people vacationing in an RV) is having a hard time getting online.
Campground wifi is usually no good; and even if it is, if you happen to get a spot far away from the office, you’re screwed.
Luckily, with these gadgets, you’ll stay connected (almost) all the time!
(Note: This article isn’t meant to be a comprehensive guide to mobile internet. If that’s what you’re after, check out Technomadia’s incredibly thorough guide. Chris and Cherie know their stuff.)
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Recommended by SO many RVers, it’s hard to give credit.
This nifty contraption allows you to pick up wifi up to two miles away! It serves as a wifi signal booster so you won’t have to worry about being parked a mile from the campground router. Even better, it allows you to “tether” multiple wifi signals together to create an even faster wifi.
The best part, however, is that it encrypts your connection. With the massive number of unsecured wifi signals you’ll be connected to, this is what I’d be concerned about. You’ll be nice and secure!
Note: Get the “Sky2 Pack” or above. The “Core” and “GoAC” are indoor solutions that won’t pick up a signal by themselves. The more expensive packages have a longer range (2500 ft up to 2 miles) and a faster speed (650 MHz to 720 MHz).
Here’s a video by the RV geeks on how to install the WifiRanger:
Mobile Hotspot & Signal Booster
Almost all phones and plans include a built-in hotspot to stay connected without wifi. Combine that with a signal booster like the WeBoost 4G to get a signal almost anywhere.
Unfortunately, you face the problem of limited data.
If you’re a Netflix binger (or a gamer, like us), you’ll chew through half a gig of data in one 30-minute episode. If you have 10 gigs, that’s just 10 hours of Netflix. One or two binges per month.
Of course, Verizon does offer an unlimited plan, but they do throttle your data after a certain point.
Miscellaneous RV Accessories
Last but not least, we have a few cool gadgets that just didn’t fit in any of the other categories.
Without further ado, here they are:
Portable RV Fridges and Coolers
Recommended by: Do It Yourself RV
Do It Yourself RV is a blog dedicated to helping RVers do everything from modding their RV to fixing it all by themselves
While paper maps are still very prevalent among RVers, an RV GPS makes everything easier. They’re designed to keep your motorhome or camper from going anywhere under its height clearance. Otherwise, things like this happen.
Also, RV covers are excellent to store your RV in the winter or keep it out of the sun!
RV GPS Tracker
An RV GPS tracking device, such as this one made by WhereSafe, can help you keep your RV protected while it’s in storage.
It’s also great to keep tabs on your RV if you rent it out or let a friend or family member borrow it!
Roof Gutter Drip Extenders
Recommended by: Ray & Anne
Ray and Anne run Love Your RV, a site with RV tips, tricks, and mods.
If you own an RV trailer, you’ve dealt with those ugly black streaks from water dripping down the side. With these gutter drip extenders, that won’t happen anymore! Yay!
Portable Folding Propane Grill
Recommended by: Eric and Brittany Highland
Eric and Brittany are full-time RVers turned overlanders who are driving across the world (literally) in their Jeep Gladiator. Learn more at their blog Hourless Life.
Eric wrote a post discussing his top things to have in an RV for TrustedSource, an RV insurance provider. This came in at number two, and I had to add it to the list.
Remember, my biggest gripe about RVing is the limited cooking space! When you can cook outside easily, that eliminates the problem.
Recommended by: Ross & Amber
Ross and Amber run Nerds On the Road. Amber also runs Lost Kat Photography (check out her amazing photography skills!).
Nerds after our own hearts! Having an Xbox One means games, movies, and fun times even when it’s raining.
When they don’t have the internet, they rely on their library of over 500 songs and 200 movies to keep them entertained!
Other RV Supplies You’ll Probably Want
Here are some other RV accessories you’ll probably want for your camper:
- RV covers (for RV storage)
- RV wheel covers (to protect your expensive wheels from the sun and when in storage)
- Holding tanks treatment (for cleaning your RV toilets)
- Blue Ox tow kit (if you don’t have a travel trailer or fifth wheel and want to tow a car)
- Roof repair tape (leaks are bad, m’kay?)
- Bike racks (having bikes on the road is AWESOME!)
- Folding and outdoor chairs (specifically, this zero-gravity lounge chair – or this rocking chair)
- Insect repellents (do yourself a favor and get this – lots of it)
- RV water filters (Park RV water isn’t always the best…)
- Water softener (to protect your travel trailer or motorhome)
- Power Cords (you can never have enough power cords!)
- A Traeger Grill (these things are AMAZING)
- Folding Camping Tables
RV Product Reviews
We’ve reviewed almost every kind of product you can buy for your RV! Here are links to all our buying guides:
- RV Refrigerators
- RV Air Conditioners
- RV Water Pumps
- RV Antennas
- RV Recliners
- RV Roof Coating & Sealants
- RV Leveling Blocks
- RV Batteries
- Best Portable Grills
- RV Water Filters
- RV Surge Protectors
- RV Generators
- RV Mattresses
- RV Backup Cameras
- Portable Toilets
- Portable Camp Sinks
- Camp Chairs with Canopy
- RV Covers
- RV WiFi Boosters
- RV Tire Covers
Frequently Asked Questions
Before we end this long piece, here are some FAQs about RV supplies we’re commonly asked:
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