Once you’ve purchased an RV, you have a lot to think about! You’re basically taking care of both a vehicle and a house, so you need to make sure that it not only runs well but that it has all the necessary RV parts and supplies to live comfortably also. This post will help you determine how to get the RV parts & supplies you need to keep your home on wheels running smoothly.
Where to buy RV supplies and parts
You can purchase RV parts supplies from several places. It’s very likely you can get them from the dealer where you purchased your rig. If they don’t have the exact RV supplies parts you need, they should know where to get them. You can also look at camping stores like Camping World – they have a wide variety of the RV parts and supplies you’re going to need for your rig. You can also look at big stores like Walmart and Home Depot, which carry some parts for your RV. Finally, you can look online to find RV parts and supplies. Places like Amazon have a variety of the items you’re going to need to operate and outfit your rig.
What RV supplies do you need?
You’ll need a few things for your RV once you have it. Here are a few RV supplies you should check to make sure you have before heading out on your grand adventure.
- Bedding – Make sure you have sheets and blankets for all the beds in your RV. You can certainly use your home sheets, and just load them up every time you head on a trip, but it’s easier to have separate sets of bedding to store in the RV and use. Also, RV mattresses are different sizes than most standard mattresses, so if you’re getting new bedding, consider getting bedding that has been sized for RVs.
- Bathroom supplies – make sure you have your bathroom stocked with things like toilet paper (they make special RV toilet paper that won’t clog your sister) and hand soap. Stock RV holding tank chemicals to help with any odor from the RV black tank, and to help break down the waste.
- Kitchen supplies – you’ll need to stock your kitchen so it’s equipped for cooking when you’re on the road. Keep in mind that things may shift or fall when you’re traveling, so try to keep hardy supplies that don’t break easily like plastic or melamine dishes. Also, try to have dishes and other things that pull double-duty so you can save space. Try to stock things like cast iron pans that can be used on the stove as well as over an open flame like a campfire.
- Games and movies – Stock some board and card games to play – part of being on a road trip is getting to spend time with your travel companions! You may also want some easy games to set up outdoors like cornhole or horseshoes. A beach ball or football is also great to have on-hand, so when you stop for the night, everyone can get their blood flowing a bit after a day of travel. You may also want a few movies on-hand to unwind at the end of the day.
- Parking helpers – you’ll want to make sure you have leveling jacks so your RV isn’t parked lopsided. Don’t forget to bring along some boards to put under your jacks so you don’t tear up the ground under your RV. Also, if you didn’t get leveling jacks with your RV, bring some wood blocks so you can raise your tires if you need. You’ll also want some extension cords and plug adapters for things like too short electrical cords, or plugs at campgrounds that don’t fit your cords.
- Hoses – you’ll want to make sure you have a sewer hose (plus an extra!), and a white non-toxic hose for filling your water. You may also want a garden hose to rinse out your sewer hose, and to rinse off your rig if it gets messy.
- Cleaning supplies – you’ll want some common cleaning supplies on-hand to help keep the dirt, mud, and other byproducts of a life of adventure at bay. For the most part, you can use your regular household cleaning supplies. You’ll want dish soap, glass cleaner, toilet cleaner, and a degreaser. Disinfecting wipes are also useful (and keep you from using precious water!). You may also want a smaller-sized or handheld vacuum and a small broom and dustpan.
- Tools – you’ll want some basic tools for quick RV fixes. Have a toolkit with screwdrivers, sockets, a hammer, pliers, and wrenches. You may also want a y-splitter so you can split the water service at a campground, so you can have water inside your RV as well as outside for rinsing. Plumber’s tape is also a good idea.
- Tire covers – once you’re parked and set up, you may want to cover your tires so they’re not exposed to constant sun. Tire covers can help your tires last longer and can be a good purchase!
Depending on how you travel, or where, or with whom, your RV parts and supplies list is going to be a little different than everyone else’s. It helps to take a few hours to take inventory of your RV and what’s already in it, to think about how you’re going to use it, and to write down the things you’ll need to make sure your home away from home (or your permanent home!) has everything you need.
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