You just bought a new camper or new-to-you RV. However, before you turn the key to your new or new-to-you motorhome or hitch up that fifth wheel or trailer, you’ll need a basic RV accessories starter kit. By having the right RV gear, you’ll have less stress and you’ll look like you actually know what you’re doing when setting up your RV.
We’ve laid out a great RV gear and camper accessories kit to help you get your camper or RV ready to hit the road.
RV ACCESSORIES – ELECTRIC COMPONENTS
Electrical System Surge Protector
Some campgrounds are known to have dirty electricity or spikes that could damage all of the electrical components inside your RV or camper. This protection system provides not only line side protection from the pedestal, but also provides protection on the load side. This means that if you have power faults occurring from wiring issues or equipment failures, this system will protect your RV’s electrical system. Any elevated ground current issues in the RV will be detected and your RV’s electric system will be cut off instantly. This unit also protects you from frequency issues.
Because we’re a large RV, we use the 50amp Surge Guard portable total electrical surge protector. If you have a 30amp RV or camper, then you’ll want a 30amp Surge Guard instead.
Both surge protectors above have a lifetime warranty that includes connected equipment coverage. This mean that if this unit fails and damage occurs to equipment in your RV that Surge Guard will pay for those damages. (See warranty information for more details).
So, before plugging your motorhome, fifth wheel or travel trailer’s electrical cord into the power pedestal, plug this in first!
RV Tip: For a great article by our affiliates TechnoRV, you’ll want to read their RV Surge Protectors: Are You Covered?
Electrical Cord Adapters
Some RV parks and campgrounds may not have the exact electric pedestal setup needed for your specific RV. So, it’s a good idea to keep one or two RV electrical adapters (aka dog bones) to convert power to your RV.
For a 30amp RV: This is durable 50 amp male to 30 amp female adapter. You may need this to convert from 50amp to accommodate your 30amp RV.
RV ACCESSORIES – WATER COMPONENTS
Drinking Water Hose
Those white and blue water hoses are specifically color-coded for drinking water (aka potable water). Your potable hose will be used ONLY to connect to your camper or RV’s water connection. We chose this 50′ RV, Boat & Camper drinking water Hose because it’s long enough to reach the potable water spigot should we be parked further away from a potable water source.
RV Tip: ONLY procure water from POTABLE WATER sources only. Do not use the water spigot located at the dump stations unless there is a separate spigot labeled “Potable Water”.
Water Pressure Regulator
A water pressure regulator attaches to the campground water spigot. It reduces incoming water pressure to 50-55 psi that feeds through your RV potable water hose into your RV. It protects and prevents both the hose and your RV’s pipes from high pressure and bursting. The screened washer prevents debris from running through your camper water system and is easy to clean.
Before we connect our potable water hose and water pressure regulator (above) into our motorhome, we also add a water filter system to our hose. This larger capacity RV water filter lasts an entire season. This 100 micron fiber filter greatly reduces bad taste, odors, chlorine and sediment as well as prevents bacteria growth in drinking water. Plus, it helps to eliminate hard water spots. Our mantra is “don’t leave home without it!”
And, don’t forget, if you’re looking for a more comprehensive water filter system, check out our Clear Source RV Water Filter System Product Review.
RV Tip: Before hooking up your RV water hose to any water source, we recommend spraying the spigot threads and handle with straight bleach and wiping with a clean cloth to remove anything you don’t want to ingest.
RV ACCESSORIES – SEWER COMPONENTS
Sewer Hose and Connectors
You’ll need a sewer hose and proper fitting connectors whether you’re hooked up to sewer at your site or when you have to empty your tanks at the dump station. We use this 20ft RV Sewer Hose Kit which includes a swivel fitting, translucent elbow with 4-In-1 dump station fitting, and storage caps.
By the way, if you’re looking for a place to store your RV sewer hose, check out our RV sewer hose storage tube we mounted on the undercarriage of our motorhome.
Disposable Nitrile Gloves
Anytime you deal with your black tank and sewer chores, you need to stock a box of protective gloves. They are nice to have if you have to repack wheel bearings or do messy maintenance tasks. They are good to have them on hand to clean out the fire pit or pick up trash before you pack up to leave. Make certain you get the correct size.
RV Tip: Keep a few nitrile gloves in your toad or tow vehicle glove box or door pocket to use at fuel stations.
Black Tank Treatment
This particular black tank treatment is what many RV owners use because they say it works to eliminate the odors from your RV black tanks. They say it’s also formulated to prevent clogging and uses a concentrated formula to liquefy waste and break down toilet tissue.
However, we use a different method I think you’ll be interested in watching our YouTube video on How to Clean Your RV Holding Tanks and Water System. In the video, you’ll see we use the ‘Bio Method’.
Single Ply Septic-Safe Toilet Paper
Laugh all you want because I put this in this blog post but this is important! All bath tissue is not created equal. You want to purchase toilet tissue specified as septic safe. The last thing you need is clumps of toilet paper clogging your crapper or making your black tank sensors lie.
Septic Safe toilet paper breaks up almost instantly. While you can spend a lot of money on “RV Toilet Paper”, this is actually the same stuff. It just doesn’t have “RV” on it making it less expensive.
Since you’re not going to be needing large quantities, you can usually find this at your grocery or big box stores in single rolls or four-packs.
RV Tip: NEVER flush anything other than septic safe toilet paper into your black tank. Do not allow feminine products or personal hygiene wipes to be flushed.
RV ACCESSORIES – MECHANICAL COMPONENTS
Basic Tool Kit
We talked about this in one of our previous blog posts. We put together the ideal Top 10 RV Tool Bag Must Haves.
OTHER IMPORTANT MUST-HAVE RV GEAR
Broom and Dust Pan
Trust me when I tell you that you’ll use a broom and dust pan daily! And even several times a day depending on where you park your RV. While you’re at it, get one with a dust pan too. We have an angle broom with dust pan because the angled bristles makes for easier access under slides, RV furniture, corners and edges.
A bucket is an important necessity for RVing or camping. Washing your kids dirty feet before entering the camper or cleaning up your RV camper are just a couple reasons why you’ll need one. They are also a must-have for fetching water, adding water to your black tank, keeping your fishing catch or even just toting supplies around. We won this collapsible bucket with storage case at an RV Rally and Dan loves it because it collapses flat for our tiny storage compartment!
Clean RV Shop Rags
We always keep a good supply of microfiber cleaning cloths for all of our chores inside the RV or outside. When we order, we try to get a multi-color pack to divide into our specific chores. These soft and lint free cloths are perfect for dusting, window wiping, multi-surface cleaning, etc. If they get soiled or oily from Dan’s mechanical maintenance, we just toss them in the trash as to not get any chemicals on other surfaces. However, our light-use cloths are simply thrown in the washer to clean.
So that wraps up our RV Accessories Starter Kit that you’ll need for your new or new-to-you RV or camper. I’m sure there’s more you can add to your own list but this is enough to get you started on your RV adventures.
Don’t forget to visit the following pages for more extensive RV information:
If you’re looking for more great additions to your RV accessories starter kit to equip your RV with, we’ve put together a collaboration video with some of our favorite full-time RV friends who talk about their favorites:
Lastly, here’s a video we put together with 10 other experienced RVers on what RV accessories they DON’T recommend! Check ’em out!