The RV life is a careful balance of being prepared and being efficient. You want to enjoy your RV vacations to the fullest, but you don’t want to be lugging along extra items that will just be a burden on the road. We’ve collected a list of 11 of the best RV accessories, gadgets, and apps that will enhance your trip and pull their weight in benefits!
Essential RV Accessories
1. Maxxair MAXXFAN Deluxe Roof Vent Fan
Sometimes you just need to open your vent, even when it’s raining. Whether it’s just a little too muggy inside or whether you need the fan on while you’re cooking, the Maxxair MAXXFAN Deluxe allows you to access fresh air without getting wet — and circulate it throughout the RV.
This vent fan features an integrated cover that lowers when not in use. You can run it with the cover closed for “ceiling fan” mode. The 7000K and 7500K models also come with an LCD screen remote that allows you to open the lid and control the room temperature. Learn more »
2. ADCO RV Cover
Nearly everyone who’s been an RV owner for a while knows how nasty mildew can be. This fungus is tough to get rid of once it starts growing. A cover will safeguard your RV from not only mold and mildew, but also pests and UV damage, while you’re not on the road. Whether you’re parking your RV for a few days or a few months, a cover will help make sure you don’t encounter a mess when you’re ready to roll again.
ADCO RV travel trailer covers are some of the highest quality in the industry. They offer UV protection and are fade-resistant. They’re also water-repellant and mildew-resistant while remaining breathable to allow moisture to escape. Learn more »
3. Fifth Wheel Storage Skirt
When your Fifth Wheel is parked, keep things tidy with a storage skirt. You can store outdoor furniture or recreational equipment like bicycles under your Fifth Wheel’s overhang and not worry about what the neighbors will say!
This storage skirt features zipper doors for easy access on all three sides. A Velcro cutout provides plenty of space for extra large tongues. The skirt comes with everything you need for installation, including screw-in snap fasteners and tent spikes. Learn more »
RV Gadgets to Make Life Easier
4. Progressive Industries Portable RV Surge Protector
Not all campgrounds have top-notch electrical systems. You probably don’t need us to tell you this! Progressive Industries created a portable surge protector that’s specifically designed for RVs, to protect them against voltage fluctuations, power surges, and incorrectly-wired shore power.
With this surge protector, you won’t have to worry about the severe and costly damage to RV appliances and electronics that can result from these issues. It features an all-weather cover, a rugged pull handle, a secure locking bracket, and a built-in scrolling digital display. Learn more »
5. Instant Pot
This cult favorite is perfect for RVers as well as home cooks. The Instant Pot can do it all — steam, warm, saute, and cook. It’s a slow cooker, rice maker, pressure cooker, steamer, and even yogurt maker, all in one. One reason it’s so great for use in RV kitchens is that it uses less power than these other devices. You’ll save cooking time as well as expense on utilities. And it’s easy to clean, too.
Another nice thing about the Instant Pot is that you can go from one cooking method to another, without needing to transfer ingredients from one place to another. You can saute your onions, then add the rest of your soup ingredients directly to the pot and turn on the slow cook function, for example. Learn more »
6. HomeLabs Portable Ice Maker
RV ice makers are notoriously painful to use. They take forever to generate ice, leaving you with warm drinks while you wait. A portable ice maker will fix this recurring problem. HomeLabs’ ice maker is only 9.5” x 12.9”x 14”, making it a convenient size for your RV.
This ice maker creates ice cubes in less than 8 minutes, up to 26 pounds of cubes per day. And it can store 1.5 pounds of cubes, freeing up space in your freezer. It has an auto shut off function that triggers when the storage space is full. Plus, it’s simple to use, and it’s quiet. You’ll definitely want to get one of these gadgets before summer arrives! Learn more »
7. VIAIR Portable Compressor
When you’re in the middle of nowhere and your tire pressure warning light pops on, the last thing you want to do is try to find a gas station that has enough clear space next to the air pump to fit your RV. Make life easier with a portable air compressor.
VIAIR’s 300P model can handle inflating up to 31-inch tires. It’s easy to use — simply clamp the power leads to the battery terminal, connect the lever-style tire chuck to the tire valve stem, and turn the unit on. You can monitor the tire pressure using the 5-in-1 inflator/deflator inline pressure gauge. Learn more »
8. BearExtender Outdoor RV & Marine Wi-Fi Extender Antenna
RV park WiFi doesn’t always extend as far as it needs to. A Wi-fi extender antenna will get you connected quickly. BearExtender is a popular favorite for both RVers and boaters because it’s made for outdoor use. It’s built to stand up to nature, with a case that’s IP65-certified water and dust resistant and pre-treated with an anti-UV and anti-corrosion protective coating. It combines a high power internal Wi-Fi amplifier and a high-gain, Bi-directional antenna. Learn more »
Must Have Apps for RVers
9. CoPilot GPS
No mobile connection? No problem. This app uses offline maps, so there’s no risk of getting lost in mobile dead spots. The basic version of this app is free, and it’s pre-loaded with thousands of points of interest to help you find ATMs, restaurants, hospitals, vets, or gas stations when you need them. You can get live traffic reports with the paid version. Also a big plus is that the app minimizes driver distraction with clear driving views, turn-by-turn instructions, and 3D maps. Available on Google Play or iTunes.
10. GasBuddy App
This free app allows you to see which fuel stations have the cheapest gas, saving you money. The app works as its 70 million users report pricing data in their various locations. It covers the U.S. and Canada, and you can look up prices in different cities and towns if you’re on the interstate in search of cheap fuel. Available on Google Play or iTunes.
11. Allstays Camp & RV App
This app has a comprehensive database of places to park your RV — parking lots, rest stops with propane stations, even casinos with RV parking. You can find and filter places and services, including fuel, rest areas, repairs, tunnels, and inclines, and you don’t need an internet connection. The app is $9.99, but after initial purchase, there are no additional fees and you get free updates. You also won’t have to deal with ads. Available on iTunes.
With these RV accessories, gadgets, and apps, you’ll be ready for anything as you roll down the road or enjoy a stay in your favorite park.Next Article: 12 Quick and Easy Tips to Keep Your Car Clean