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15 RV Must-Haves: What RVers Can’t Live Without!

| Updated Feb 14, 2023

We asked our RV Lifestyle community what is the ONE thing they couldn't live without. Here are the RV Must-Haves according to REAL RVers…

Recently, we posed a thought in our RV Lifestyle Facebook group: The ONE thing in my RV I can’t live without is…_________!

And boy, did we get a lot of responses! Over 700, in fact! We were honestly surprised by how much the answers overlapped, especially for #1 on the list below. It turns out RVers are quite like-minded when it comes to their RV must-haves!

Of course, we couldn't include everything listed but we do highlight the most popular must-haves people shared. Some items are practical, while others bring comfort or entertainment.

Let's see if you agree with this list…

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15 RV Must-Haves According to Real RVers

Since the following are widely agreed-upon must-haves for RVers, it's no surprise we have a lot of related articles and resources. So, we've included helpful links for you to learn more or find the best must-haves from this list.

1. Comfy Bed & Bedding

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People often choose to become RVers rather than campers for one key reason: a comfy bed! A good night's rest can make all the difference in enjoying the day ahead, especially when you're traveling.

Jennifer and I have really done our homework on sleeping comfortably in an RV. So, here are some helpful articles:

2. A Travel Companion

mike and jennifer wendland rv must haves

Many respondents said their spouse is their most important “must-have” on a trip. A good partner, friend, or family can make or break a good trip. 

While having “stuff” is essential, the people that make up your community can be even more critical. Here are some related articles you might enjoy:

You can share stories, go on adventures, and laugh together. What is better than making memories with those you love? 

BUT not all travel companions have to be human…

5. Pets

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Many Rv Lifestyle folks said they do not want to travel without their pets. Most people included photos of their beloved dogs. But other people bring their cats or other pets. 

There are a lot of great perks of traveling with a dog or other pet. Here are some helpful resources to enjoy those perks to the fullest:

3. Air conditioning 

How Do I Make My RV Air Conditioner Quieter (7 Helpful Tips)

Air conditioning is a “must-have” that some folks cannot live without while traveling. And this one makes perfect sense to me!

Let’s face it; some places are HOT! Especially if you are traveling through the southern states during summertime. 

Many RVers note that they can't sleep in the heat. The downside to an A/C at night, however, is the noise! RV air conditioners often thunk and rumble every time they turn on. Here's how you can address that issue…

4. Heater

Just like air conditioning, a heater can come in handy when it comes to feeling comfortable when traveling. 

Many places in America can get very chilly. Even if spots are warm during the bulk of the day, they may dip into shallow temperatures overnight. 

Here are some helpful tips to keep you warm:

6. Kettle

Are you a tea drinker? Or do you like oatmeal or soups like Top Ramen? If so, a kettle is a great item to bring along!

Whether it is an electric kettle or one that you heat overheat, they can be instrumental. They quickly make hot water for your favorite drinks or food items. 

It can be one the RV kitchen gadgets for beverages you always bring along.

7. Electric Griddle

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Another great tool to take on your trip is an electric griddle or frying pan. You can quickly cook food without the hassle of propane. 

Some RVers mentioned griddles you can put on the grill or over the campfire, too. So, here are a couple of related articles:

8. Toilet

This “must have” is quite humorous. But it is also why many of us have turned into RVers from tent campers. 

One excellent thing about a rig is that there is an actual toilet that no other strangers use. Nothing is worse than needing to use the restroom during the night or first thing in the morning and having to do the long, cold walk to the public bathroom. 

And guess what? We have lots of articles about RV toilets, too! Here are a few

9. Fridge

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RV Lifestyle member Pam said she could not live without her fridge when camping. And I completely understand!

Having a fridge is certainly a perk of RVing, especially compared to tent camping. Even the best camping coolers can get messy. The ice melts, and sometimes food can leak into the melted water. 

10. Washer & Dryer

Many people emphatically said a washer & dryer are their RV must-have, which certainly makes sense. An RV washer and dryer allows for greater independence and flexibility, as you don't need to plan your laundry around your travels. This is especially important for long trips or off-the beaten path adventures.

But, if you don't have a washer & dryer in your RV, many campgrounds have laundry facilities. Just remember these Campground Laundry Etiquette Tips & Tricks.

11. Generator

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This is the 3/6 KW LP Onan generator

Another “must have” mentioned is a generator. This is, of course, a popular RV must-have for boondockers.

A generator is great to use at locations that do not have hookups. It is also a necessity if you are camping off the grid. 

Just be aware of generator rules and hours at the locations you stay. You do not want to annoy your camping neighbors by failing to follow the rules. 

12. Microwave

A microwave is also handy if you have enough counter space in your RV. Quickly heat drinks, snacks, or other food items. It is a great way to keep your trailer cool by not using the stove during the hot summer!

One RVer, Sandra, also mentioned a Microwave/Convection Oven combo. It is like a mini oven on the countertop. It uses less electricity and can cook small oven-baked meals. 

We actually have lots of RV microwave recipes on our blog you can check out!

13. Fuel

paying for gas

Of course, another “must have” is fuel. Especially these days with the cost of gas soaring sky-high! 

But in the world of RVing, fuel is something you need to be able to travel. Check out our story on tips to save on RV fuel costs!

14. Countertop Ice Maker

best ice makers for camping

Many folks love to have ice when traveling. They love having ice so much that I have written about the top 7 ice makers!

A countertop ice maker can make different types of ice for you quickly at that. So if you love having ice in your drinks, don’t hesitate to take one with you on the road!

15. Coffee Pot

13 Best Coffee Makers for RV Travel

I have said this many times before, and I will repeat it. What is better than that first cup of piping hot coffee while camping? 

So, it is no surprise that coffee pots also made the list of fellow RVers. 

Many folks bring traditional coffee pots, while others take along Kuerigs so they can brew their drinks one cup at a time. They make small brewers that will not take up too much precious space on your countertop. 

We've compiled a list of the 13 Best Coffee Makers for RV Travel. Plus, to make the best coffee possible wherever you go, check out this Big Berkey Water Filter.

Our Number 1 Must-Have?

What to use for the Internet?

That said, we get asked a lot about what we do for the Internet while RVing. And I can tell you this – it has changed a lot over the years. 

We used to just use a hotspot on our mobile devices, and then we used cellular boosters, and then we tested out systems for a variety of providers, and now – without Nomad – we use a mix of things. 

If you only need to check your email and get caught up on your social media, you only need a good cellular service from any of the major providers. Use your cell phone or tablet as a hotspot.

If you need to power up your laptop and do some work, check email, maybe watch a few youtube videos, then you need something more, like a Jetpack or Mi-Fi card from your Internet Service Provider.

If you are online content creators like us, and need to edit long videos and upload them to Youtube, or are very heavy online users, you’ll need a more robust service like Internetonthego or Starlink (if you are out west and are not covered by trees). 

If you want to read through a few posts we’ve done on this topic, here are a few to get you started… RV Lifestyle Internet

We are always searching for and testing out Internet solutions for RVers so watch for more articles and videos here as we come across things that catch our attention. But I will be very careful in ever again recommending another service after our experience with Nomad.

If you want truly expert technical reviews of the latest technology, check out the RV Mobile Internet Resource Center from our friends Cherie and Chris.

They keep track of Internet offerings aimed for travelers better than anyone we know and they are totally objective. They accept no third party advertising and are not sponsored by any Internet service or company.

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2023-02-12

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

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