Before setting out for the open road, you’ll need to outfit your motor coach with the best motorhome dash accessories and cockpit gear you can find. From RV GPS and dash cams to dashboard steering wheel workstation desks, you’ll be stylin’ and ready to roll to your next RV destination.
So, before getting in the driver’s seat and putting her in drive, let’s check out these innovative dashboard essentials that are made for Class A and Class C motorhomes (Caravans too!).
25+ Must Have Motorhome Dash Accessories for the Cockpit
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Motorhome Dashboard Essentials
Motorhome Dash Cover
Especially if you have pets who climb up and sleep in the windshield, you’ll want to protect the dash in your motorcoach. The Shade Pro Motorhome Dash Cover has a ShurGrip unique non-slip backing that allows the dash cover to stay securely in place with no glue or velcro. Your pets won’t slide off when you brake quickly or make sharp turns. And, the velour fabric is easy to clean.
Dashboard Trinket Tray
This cool non-slip Dashboard Trinket Holder keeps sunglasses, coins, keychains, pens, cellphones etc. accessible within easy reach. It’s non-slip, silicone gel bottom makes it stay put on your motorcoach dash when driving. Your phone sits tightly in the holder when taking a sudden turns or slamming on the brakes. When it gets dusty or dirty, simply remove, wash and reinstall.
Motorhome cockpits can get really warm, especially when driving through the summer months. This is where having a couple of dashboard fans for the driver and passenger will make your drive much more pleasant and comfortable. You can get them as dashboard mount fans or clip mount fans.
Who needs big bulky eyeglass holders that only clutter up your motorhome cockpit. These BENEKIY Eyeglasses Holders are perfect to hook your sunglasses, prescription glasses or your reading glasses into. No screws or tool needed to install. They’re strong 3M adhesive sticks to any flat surface.
The Cartisen Visor Tissue Holder will help keep your RV or car organized. No more storing bulky tissue boxes or your passenger getting out of their seat to go fetch tissues. The tissue holder clips right to your motorhome cockpit flip-down sun visor. It’s also perfect for storing disposable face masks in it as well.
If you don’t have the LevelMate Pro, this handy little Camco RV T Level provides front-to-back or side-to-side leveling. It can be mounted with screws or adhesive. Simply install it on your motorcoach dash dead center between the left and right side. You can also install one in the back of your RV, inside or outside.
Motorhome Cockpit Lights
Gooseneck Map Reading Light
The Obeaming 12v Gooseneck Reading Light is equipped with independent dual color LED lights. Its’ neutral daylight is for reading and soft red light preserves night vision when checking your paper maps, handwritten notes or guide books. This 12volt cockpit light also has a USB port that can charge smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices. It will continue to charge even when the lamp was turned off
Decorative Cockpit Dash Lights
Light up your motorhome cockpit with these bright and colorful plug and play LED Motorhome Dash Lights! They are a fun accessory to add to your motorhome cockpit giving it a little fun appeal. They have a wireless music control that’s sound-activated; allowing you to enjoy the fun with the color changing following your motorhome’s stereo music rhythm as well as your voice. You can also change the colors, brightness and 4 music modes.
There may be times when you need a powerful compact flashlight to step outside in the dark to check those tires. The GearLight LED Flashlight 2-Pack is perfect to keep in the driver’s side and passenger side organizers. These tactical flashlights are zoomable with high lumens with 5 lighting modes for emergencies or outdoor use.
Motorhome Electronic Accessories
Multi-End Charging Cord
If you’re like me, you hate having tons of charging cords that all have different ends to charge your digital devices. They end up getting into a big tangled mess. And, it never fails, you can never find the specific charging cord that has the end your looking for. However, this 4′ Multi-End Charging Cord supports dual iP, micro USB and type-C digital device plugs. Be aware though, it is just for charging, not to sync data.
No matter what type of vehicle you drive, you need a cellphone holder that allows you full access and view of your smartphone while driving. There are several different types; cup holder cellphone holders, dashboard phone holders and window suction cup cellphone holders. Whichever you choose, make certain it’s where it doesn’t impair your view out the windshield or block your mirror views. Just make certain to order a phone holder that fits your particular smartphone.
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Motor Coach Cockpit Area Tables
360° Rotatable Laptop Table Leg Bracket
The Crtkoiwa RV Table Leg Adjustable 360° Rotating Desktop is perfect for working or trip planning from the motorhome passenger seat. Or when your motor coach is parked, it can swing around along with your cockpit seats. The lightweight table leg can freely rotate and retract to adjust the height, and table leg is suitable for Class A and Class C motorhomes. It swings and can rotate a full 360°. It’s easy to install, disassemble and assemble, easy to store, and saves space in the RV.
Motorhome Steering Wheel Laptop Desk
Unlike those flimsy plastic steering wheel trays, the Wheeldesk Mobile Office Steering Wheel Laptop Desk is much sturdier for working on your laptop. This portable driver’s seat tray can be easily attached to the steering wheel or taken off in seconds. It’s ergonomic design features more leg room as it hooks onto the steering wheel and positions directly in front of you at a natural level to avoid neck strain. “DO NOT use this product while driving!”
Adjustable Car Tray Table
When you’re on a long trip, a snack and a beverage are nice to have within arms reach. This cool Macally Adjustable Car Cup Holder Tray Table is perfect to set your little charcuterie snacks on. It also has a slot for your cellphone. It’s designed with 360° swivel capabilities and a jointed arm that allows you to adjust the table to the perfect position or swivel the tray back and forth between you and the passenger. This motorhome cockpit table mounts easily in most cup holders.
Motorhome Electronics and Safety Accessories
Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Motorhomes oftentimes don’t have great dashboard music systems. So, our answer is the Doss SoundBox Touch Bluetooth Speaker is what we use in our Winnebago View. The great thing is they’re portable. When we’re done driving, we’ll move it to the dinette table or outside picnic table. It’s built-in lithium ion rechargeable battery can power up to 20 hours of playtime at 50% volume. And, it recharges in less than 4 hours with the included micro USB cable. Oh, and it comes in 9 different colors too!
If you don’t know how you’re going to get there, how will you get there? Your journey should start with the Garmin RV 890 GPS. It’s an electronic RV navigator with high-resolution 8” edge-to-edge touch display. Its’ custom routing takes into account the size and weight of your RV then finds the best route for your vehicle. It provides road warnings to keep you aware of steep grades, sharp curves, weight limits and more. And, it includes a directory of RV parks and services, TripAdvisor® traveler ratings plus integrated content from Ultimate Public Campgrounds, KOA®, iOverlander™, PlanRV™ TripAdvisor®, Foursquare® and more.
Whatever you do, don’t cheap out on your dash cam because if your motorhome is involved in an accident, you don’t want to find out after that your dashboard camera failed to record. This is why we recommend the Rove R2-4k Dash Camera can record videos up to a resolution of 2160p. The ultra HD video recording quality is so good that you will notice much more clarity and quality difference than all other car dash cams. Its’ revolutionary super night vision technology helps to get comparatively clearer footage and images from the recording in low light condition.
Another dash cam we recommend is the Garmin Dash Cam 47. With its’ wide 140° field of view it captures the environment, including most cross traffic. And it includes detailed time and GPS location data, pinpointing exactly where and when events occurred. It records nonstop in a continuous loop, saving any incidents if they occur. Play back the footage right on the dash cam display or review on your phone using the Garmin Drive app.
Tire Pressure Monitor System
In my opinion, the most important electronic devices you can have for your RV is a Tire Pressure and Temperature Monitor System. After trying a few different brands, we found the Truck System Technologies TST 507 Tire Pressure and Temperature Monitor System the most reliable and easiest TPMS to operate. It’s super easy to install and sync up the sensors to the monitor. The monitor sits on the dash or you can use the included suction cup monitor mount to use on the windshield or side window or on your dash using the rubber dash pad mount pad. You may want to check out our product review of the TST 507.
MORE RV Safety Tips: RV Tire Safety and Maintenance
In conjunction with using your TPMS (above), you’ll need a good quality, reliable air compressor to air up your tires when needed. On both of our previous fifth wheels and now our small Class C motorhome, we’ve been happy with our VIAIR air compressor. Of course, depending on what size your RV or motorhome is will depend on which air compressor you get.
Tire Pressure Gauge
It’s a good idea to have an easily accessible tire pressure gauge to regularly check your RV tire pressure. In fact, you should keep one in your motorcoach dash area, in your air compressor kit (above) and one in your toad’s glove box.
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Motorhome Cockpit and Dashboard Cleaning Supplies
Every motorhome needs a good 12v Car Vacuum Cleaner powerful car vac to suck up those granola, sesame seeds and crumbs from your sandwiches after you eat while driving down the road. This little car vac is a great detailing tool that helps keep your cockpit clean and tidy. It plugs into your 12v cigarette lighter and coms with integrated LED light and a washable double filter.
Want to know more about some cool car vacs that are perfect for motorhomes? 5 Best Handheld Vacuum Cleaners for RVs, Boats & Cars
Leather Cleaning Kit
If you don’t take care of the leather or vinyl in your RV, it’s going to peel and crack. This Aero Cosmetics Leather Cleaning Kit is everything you need to clean and care for your leather and vinyl motorhome’s cockpit chairs and dash area in your RV. It works great on your interior sofa, recliners and even padded vinyl ceiling. It also includes a small bottle of Wash Wax ALL Waterless Wash to clean your windows, mirrors and shiny things in the cockpit area of your motorhome.
Motorhome Cockpit Cleaner
Another cleaning product that we trust is Aero Cosmetics Interior Cleaner. It gently cleans the carpets, fabric upholstery and leather on the driver’s and passenger’s seats, dashboard, trim panels, headliners in your motorhome. It’s strong but safe to use. The interior cockpit cleaner removes beverage spill stains, body oils, lotions and even makeup stains.
Read “why we love Wash Wax ALL products”: Waterless Wash Wax ALL for RVs, Boats and Automobiles AND RV Waterless Wash Wax ALL – For Small RVs and Caravans
Dashboard Cleaning Gel
TICARVE Dashboard Cleaning Gel is just what you need to get dust and dirt, crumbs and pet hair off of hard-to-reach louvered vents, buttons, crevices and corners of your dash. Car detailing gel is ideal for cleaning gaps and cavities. Simply push the gel cleaner into any little cracks and the crud literally sticks to it and pulls back out.
Wrapping up our recommended motorhome dash accessories and cockpit gear
While you can’t possibly fit every one of these dash accessories in your motorhome cockpit, you should consider at least a few driving essentials. They will make the driver and passenger more comfortable while enjoying your RVing adventure.
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