If your house had wheels, then you’d be able to move it wherever you want. This is what RV living offers adventurous people – a taste of home living on the roads.
However, full-time RV living is only fun and comfortable when you have the right things needed for the experience.
Here are 8 essential things you need for a memorable and comfortable full-time RV living.
1. A Quality Sewer Hose
Traveling to various destinations in your RV sounds like a dream for many but it comes with some unpleasant task.
That said, the number one item on your kit should be an RV sewer. This doesn’t sound like a very interesting item to make it to the top of the list.
However, you will be thankful to have one when the need arises.
Buy a quality sewer hose and be ready to change it when it’s time to change. It’s a dirty obligation to have to dump the black and grey tanks on your RVs. If you’re a first timer, it’s normal to feel anxious when the time to dump your tanks come.
Many people are afraid of doing it wrong or something wrong happening. Ask any experienced RVer if they ever had an RV sewer dump horror story, and they will confirm your worst fear.
Does this mean there is no ‘safe’ way of dumping the waste? You just need a good RV sewage hose that is unlikely to leak or have awkward attachments. The worst nightmare is for the waste to spill and then spend time cleaning and repairing the sewer hose.
2. Potable Water Hose
Do you want the water in your RV tank to taste fresh and clean? Then you must have a potable water hose that doesn’t make your water have funky tastes or odor. They are usually white in color.
Don’t try the garden hose. You will regret. The garden water hose is not meant for potable water. This type of hose releases heavy metals that contaminate the water. You might end up sick.
Invest in the best quality water hose for your RV. Apart from making you sick, a substandard hose might twist or king all of a sudden. This makes it difficult to dispense the water.
A quality water hose isn’t prone to leaks and remains untwisted. A quality water hose will have an anti-kink design. This design is very durable and the ends come with machine fitting and strain-relief.
These ends are made from nickel plating and high-quality brass. This helps in resisting corrosion, meaning you can travel for months without any worries.
Portable water hoses are available at reasonable prices. Hence, you shouldn’t risk your health by using any other water hose.
RVs have so many moving parts. These parts must be kept functional. It’s necessary to keep all slides and seals lubricated. Is there any recommended product for lubrication? Yes, there are RV-specific lubricants.
However, it doesn’t mean other lubricants won’t work. Just ensure your preference is safe for the parts you’re using it on. Be it fiberglass, silicone, aluminum, or something else.
There are so many brands of lubricants and you’re free to pick any. However, for your chassis, consider picking a top brand lubes. These are lubed that can easily be bought on the road. You don’t have to worry about running out of stock. Therefore, there’s no need to stock them.
For regular maintenance, research the best lube products and always keep them handy.
There are new lubes in the market which provides good lubrication and significant mechanical life. This goes for every part of your RV: axle lube, engine oil, power steering fluid and even chassis grease. All this will ensure your RV will run squeak free.
Lubrication doesn’t only save you money but also reduces the probability of component failure. It’s a secret to keep your RV functioning for so many years without costly repairs.
4. A First Aid Kit
No matter your destination, safety must be prioritized. This is why a first aid kit is a very necessary item on the RV list.
While the content of the first aid kit might differ depending on your destinations and the number of people on board, there are some things you should never lack.
Some of them include disinfectant ointment, bandages, and hydrogen peroxide. Ensure your kit contains some over the counter medications for stomach troubles and for headaches.
There are items that are not directly considered as part of the first aid kit but they are important. An example of such is the emergency heat blanket. If you end up stuck somewhere in cold weather and the RV’s furnace isn’t functioning, an emergency heat blanket will keep you warm.
You should invest in warning triangles or some red flares just in case you get involved in an accident or end up pulling by the roadside to deal with a repair issue. A similar to the red flares is a reflective wearable item. This makes the passers-by able to see when you’re on the road fixing a problem.
Carry a window breaker or seatbelt cutter should you by accident drive into a huge body of water.
5. Instant Pot
An instant pot seems like a very strange item to add on this list but every full-time RVer must include this accessory. Why carry an instant pot? An instant pot can be used to cook different things.
Depending on the type you choose, an instant pot has an average of 10 functions. Well, and if you’re wondering how to utilize its many functions, worry not. An instant pot is very easy to clean. It is made up of different parts all which you can easily hand wash or use a dishwasher.
You need a gadget that is multi-purpose when it comes to cooking to avoid carrying many utensils.
Not because you’re lazy, but because of the limited RV counter space. The storage space is also minimal, and you must be very creative to fit everything you need into the small fridge.
Not all RV’s come in with an in-built generator to power 110 V AC appliances. However, this shouldn’t worry you since Able Sales provide external generators that have the same capacity as the inbuilt ones.
6. RV Antifreeze
The antifreeze is used to winterize your RV. To winterize your RV means to prepare it to withstand the winter conditions. This is interesting since RVs are considered both a vehicle and a house.
As you winterize the RV plumbing system, you should also protect the RV’s chassis, and exterior and interior components against the extreme winter conditions.
With that mentioned, the plumbing system is the most sensible part to protect during the cold condition. The plumbing system is likely to cause a big problem during winter if not protected. Any water in the RV tanks can freeze, expand, and destroy fittings and line. The water in water lines also freeze.
It’s important to winterize your RV a month or so before freezing temperatures set in.
If you store any water before winterizing the RV, then you might have future repairs to deal with. The amount of anti-freeze you need depends on the layout of your plumbing lines. In most cases, 3 gallons are sufficient.
Before you start the winterizing process, make sure you are armed with water heater bypass kit, a cleaning wand, water pump converter kit, and basic tools to remove drain plugs.
7. Holding Tank Treatment
You need an RV holding tank treatment to maintain a clean and properly functioning bathroom.
The chemical in the tank breaks down toilet paper and waste, thus keeping your plumbing flowing properly. It’s possible for your RV bathroom to harbor unpleasant odors. This is a common problem in small bathrooms.
A holding tank treatment helps to prevent such odors. This product is a 3-in-1 solution since it acts as a detergent, waste liquefier, and a powerful deodorant.
Make sure you have enough treatment and use it every time after dumping your tanks. Buy treatments that come in pre-measured bottles. This is to avoid messy spills.
8. Roof Sealant
Leaks are the worst enemy for full-time RV living. Even just a few drops seeping through your coach can cause a big problem. This is why you need a roof sealant in your RV.
You can also use the roof sealant around air conditioners and venting systems, along with other services that need rubber roof patching.
Always have your sealant replaced if you notice any voids, cracks, peeling, looseness, gaps or any significant deterioration.
Reseal at least twice a year. Be keen to replace with the same type of sealant. When not on the road, park your RV in the outside garage to avoid damage by weather elements.
A Touch of Home Is What You Need for Your Full-Time RV Living
When you are on the road, carry small physical comforts that will give you an anchored feeling.
Bring your favorite music, comfy cozy blanket or a candle whose scent reminds you of home. This way, you’ll feel truly at home during your full-time RV living.
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