Congratulations! You have an RV!
Your very own home away from home. Your house on wheels. Your rolling abode.
It’s just…it looks a little empty, that’s all. You’ve got the motorhome, sure, but you’re going to need some RV supplies to put in it if you’re actually going to hit the road. Some of them are fun accessories to buy, some are necessities that are essential to the functioning of your rig. Read on for advice on all of them!
Get some rest
If you’re planning on sleeping in your RV, you’re going to need some RV bedding supplies. Sure, you could bring along bedding from home, but there are a few reasons to buy bedding just for your RV.
- You’re not going to want to haul your linens back and forth when it’s time to go. One of the biggest advantages of having a motorhome is the fact that you don’t have to pack and unpack everything each time you travel
- RV beds aren’t always the same size as standard beds. The most common mattress sizes are:
- the ¾ or antique size – 48”x75”
- RV twin mattress 38”x75”
- RV Regular queen 60’x80”
- RV Full 53”x75”
- RV king 72”x80”
- Bunk beds use truck mattresses
You may also want to consider a mattress topper – after a busy day on the road, or exploring your surroundings, the topper can make your mattress a beautifully comfortable place to land at night.
You’re going to want some RV kitchen supplies as well if you’re planning on cooking and eating in your kitchen. Small appliances that do double-duty are ideal in such a small space. An Instant Pot gets meals quickly on the table or can be set in the morning to cook all day while you’re out. A 12v coffee maker is essential for many people, and an RV stovetop cover means you can use your stovetop for more counter space when it’s not hot. You’ll also need dishes – look for unbreakable ones like plastic or melamine. You’ll find you can do most cooking using just a few pots and pans, and don’t forget utensils.
Keep it clean
You might be looking forward to exploring the unknown in your new rig. Getting off the beaten path…finding exciting adventures…blazing new paths…and not to be a downer, but your RV’s probably going to get kind of dirty while you do this. You need some RV cleaning supplies.
Because space is at a premium in campers, it’s helpful to have cleaning tools that are compact or collapse for easy storage. A compact vacuum, collapsible mop, and small broom and dustpan get things clean without taking up too much room. Also, save space by using multipurpose cleaners that work on several surfaces.
Also, don’t forget your tanks! Bring along some bleach so you can dilute it and use it to clean and sanitize your water holding tanks.
Shine the light
You’ll need some light if you want to read or do anything else after dark. RV electrical supplies and lighting are essential for that task. You may want some extension cords to help you reach shore power and a power converter. Stock extra light bulbs for your rig, and consider LED lights for longer lasting bulbs that are better for the environment.
After a long day of driving, you still need to park and set up camp. The first thing you’re going to want to do once you’re in your spot is to make sure your rig is level. Make sure you have some leveling jacks, and some boards to go underneath to keep from destroying the ground. If you don’t have leveling jacks, you’ll at least want some wood blocks so you can raise your tires if you need. You’ll also want an extension cord in case your electrical cord isn’t long enough, as well as some plug adapters in case you have a different plug size.
Once you have your electrical power in place, you’ll need to set up the sewer system. For RV plumbing supplies, make sure you have a sewer hose and that it’s in good shape, and have a backup hose just in case. A sewer hose support is also a good idea to prevent wear and tear on your hose.
Once your rig is set up, you’ll likely want some shade. RV awnings come in all sizes – there are some to shade your front and side windows and offer you privacy inside. There are also awnings you can stretch out to form a shaded porch area where you can relax in front. Once you have your awnings, don’t forget a few camp chairs to set up underneath them!
Part of the fun of owning an RV is figuring out how to outfit it! Think about how you’re going to use your rig when you’re out and spend money according to your priorities. The things you buy or make for your own motorhome might be very different from the things someone else chooses – the fun part is seeing how the different tastes and personalities of your fellow travelers are the same…and different…from yours!
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