RVers in our RV Lifestyle community listed HUNDREDS of RV creature comforts they can't live without. Here's a summarized list with resources!…
Many folks believe that when you RV, you have to give up the comforts of home. But that is dead wrong!
Living the RV Lifestyle does not mean you have to give up your creature comforts. You can enjoy what brings you comfort AND travel.
One of our RV Lifestyle members, Leigh, recently posted in our Facebook group. She wrote:
“Can I hear from some “older” ladies, what are the creature comforts that you’ve found are must-haves when buying a 5th Wheel to begin our retirement adventures? Thanks for any serious recommendations!”
As per usual, our community answered this question loud and clear! We had over 400 responses about small comforts that make a BIG impact for RVers (regardless of their age!)
We have compiled the responses with a few minor edits and provided related resources wherever possible.
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100 RV Creature Comforts RVers Can't Live Without
Keep in mind every person is different! What might be a “must-have” for one person may seem excessive to another.
The purpose of this list is not to give you a gigantic shopping list. Rather, it's meant to get you thinking about things you may not have already considered. Then, you can decide what “must-haves” are right for you.
You'll notice that most of the items are great for ALL RVers, not just senior RVers. We've also provided links to helpful resources where applicable.
- An RV you can use even with slides pulled in
- A powerful AC (RV Upgrade That’s Worth It: A/C Soft Start Up)
- Comfortable camping chairs
- A comfortable mattress for the bed
- Bunk for grandkids
- Half bath
- 6-point leveling system
- Electric reel for electrical cord
- Fantastic fans for kitchen and bathroom
- Walk around bed
- Shower with a footrest (to sit and shave)
- Slide open windows vs. crank open
- All hardwood floors, not carpet
- Installed vacuum system
- Washer & Dryer (multiple commenters said separate units are best!)
- Good coffee maker
- Two bathrooms
- Broom closet
- Lots of drawers in the kitchen (more than three!)
- Lippert or MORryde entry steps
- A kitchen island that is not U-shaped
- Cloth seats vs. fake leather that peels
- Comfortable recliner chairs with a hand close feature and cup holders
- A couch in addition to recliners
- Adequate counter space
- Table and chairs vs. bench seating
- Regular-sized fridge
- Ice maker
- Slide toppers
- Tall ceilings for tall RVers!
- Microwave &/or multi-purpose appliances
- Outdoor handheld shower to hose off feet
- Patio (ramps on some toy haulers that can be fenced to turn into a deck. GREAT for keeping dogs enclosed outdoors.)
- Small stool to help with trailer steps (Don’t Fall! 10 Ways to Make Your Dangerous RV Steps Safer)
- A bedroom with a closeable door
- Tankless water heater
- Shower shoes for campground showers (Using the Campground Shower? 5 Tips You Need to Know)
- Linen closet for towels
- Motion-activated lights on RV stairs
- A Beddy's all-in-one zippered bedding that makes making the bed a snap!
- A king-sized bed
- Room for pets (ULTIMATE Resource Guide for RVing with Dogs)
- Bidet (forget the dreaded poop pyramid plug!)
- Magnifying light-up mirror
- Double-pane windows
- Nice showerhead! (The 5 Best RV Shower Heads)
- Lots of bedroom or closet drawers (5 Space-Saving Tips for RV Closets & Drawers)
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- Good TV to watch your favorite shows or movies (Want a Portable Theater?! (Best Projector for RV 2023)
- Roll out drawers under the bed
- Auto leveling
- A backup plan in case your A/C breaks or you're off-grid (10 Ways to Stay Cool If Your RV A/C Breaks)
- Bathroom for late-night needs or when campground bathrooms are dirty
- RV Vacuum
- Authentic glassware/wine glasses (How To Store Glassware in an RV)
- Ceramic mugs
- Trade out the jack-knife couch for a comfy couch
- A down comforter with a soft cover and extra pillows
- Bathroom caddy for using campground showers
- Spring tension rod in the shower to hang clothes that do not go in the dryer
- Walk around bed (another one that was mentioned many times)
- Convection oven
- Large enough RV oven to fit the pans and dishes you will cook or bake (CampingFoodRecipes.com)
- A homey floorplan
- Oversized windows
- Pantry with automatic light
- A full-length mirror on the bathroom door
- A large sink in the kitchen
- Backsplash in the kitchen
- Solar panels (to be able to boondock)
- Security system
- Glow steps
- Hands-free lock
- Leveling chocks
- Hitch lock
- A hanging spice rack (7 Great RV Kitchen Gadgets to Save Space)
- Pocket shoe organizer for RV shoe storage
- Battery-powered or rechargeable fan
- Screen tent for outdoors
- Cloth napkins
- Shower caddy for RV shower
- Nice handsoap container for the restroom
- Cute RV throw pillows
- Nice sheet with a high thread count
- Soft towels with a high thread count
- Sleeping mask to block out light (Tips to Sleep Better in Your RV)
- Independent suspension
- Heavier axels to help stabilize while driving
- Durable dishes (5 Best Dishes for RV Camping & Living)
- A set-up with a couch straight across from the television
- A space that can convert into an office (6 essential tips on how to work remotely from an RV)
- Automatic awning (Types of RV Awnings)
- Large outdoor storage basements
- A portable grill (Best Portable Grill for Camping & 20 Nifty BBQ Tools for Camping)
- A portable smoker (10 Best Portable Smokers for Camping & 35 Best Smoker Accessories)
- Comfy mattress topper for dinette bed (5 Tricks to Take Your RV Dinette Bed from Lumpy to Comfy)
- Privacy features (5 RV Privacy Products to Make Your Campsite More Private)
- Ottomon to turn your couch into a recliner
Never Too Old to RV
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In this interview from episode #213 of our RV Lifestyle Podcast, you meet Loren Phillips, 87, a solo RV traveler who reminds us that we are never too old. Let's tell the world we agree with Loren.
Both retirement and becoming an RVer are big steps in our lives that can come with a lot of uncertainty and even guilt. So, we've written an article on how to embrace being a senior RVer.
We've learned much of the article's advice from others, including members of our RV Lifestyle Facebook group and readers like you. All of it applies to being a senior, in general, but we’ve found it particularly helpful for life on the road.
In another article, we introduce you to some RV safety products that will help make any RV safer for people with disabilities or mobility issues. Heck, some of these accessories are great for anyone!
If you have a tow vehicle, this nifty accessory is for you.
This ingenious item looks like a broken bicycle grip, but it slips into the metal door latch to help you get in and out of your vehicle. It safely supports up to 300 pounds.
Easily store it in the vehicle's door pocket, center console, or your purse.
Some RV toilets are so low, they’re difficult to get up and down on. This raised toilet seat adds 5”, which makes a big difference for your achy knees.
This model is adjustable, so it should work on most RV toilets, but double-check the measurements before you purchase. Quite a few other options are available if this one doesn't fit.
Whenever someone asks us, “Where is one of your favorite places in the US for RVing?” Our answer is unquestionably, in unison, “The UP of Michigan.” The “UP” means Upper Peninsula, of course.
That’s why we decided to write our first “7 Stop RV Adventure” to help you explore Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
This ebook is a seven-stop guided exploration of the Michigan UP. We provide a suggested route and itinerary, links to multiple campgrounds and boondocking spots, and the best spots to see along the way. Don’t plan your trip to the Upper Peninsula without it!
Official RV Lifestyle QUICK Links to ALL our eBooks
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And MANY of these are BUNDLED together:
New England Bundle
Coastal Maine, Adirondacks
Ultimate Michigan and Great Lakes Bundle – 3 ebooks –
Upper Peninsula, Lower Peninsula, and the Great Lakes Tour
Upper Peninsula, Lower Peninsula
The Great Lakes Adventure Guide Bundle
The Great Lake Shoreline Tour & JUST the Upper Peninsula Guide
Florida Adventure Guide Bundle
Gulf Coast, Atlantic Coast, Keys
Southwest Adventure Guide Bundle
Arizona, Colorado, Southern Utah)
Ultimate 7-Day RV Adventure Guide Bundle
Collection 1- our first 10 ebooks (does NOT contain Great Lakes Shoreline or Natchez Trace)
We also have a nice collection of ebooks that will help you navigate the RV Lifestyle.
The Beginner’s Guide to Boondocking ebook and Ultimate Guide to Free Camping Sites
And ONE PRINT book 🙂 and yes, before you ask, we have plans for MANY more print books.
The Complete Guide to Boondocking – PRINT VERSION
This is the same as the ebook titled The Beginner's Guide to Boondocking but in print.
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