7 Must Have RV Gadgets (2018)

When you just starting your RV journey, it hard to know what RV gadgets you should buy. We know we had the issue of choosing which would we need now versus what we can wait to get later. We have compiled a list of the top RV accessories that we think you should purchase early in your RV journey. These don’t include the essentials you need to hook-up your RV.

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RV Gadgets:

Water pressure regulator

Renator M11-0660R Water Pressure Regulator Valve. Brass Lead-free Adjustable Water Pressure Reducer with Gauge for RV Camper, and Inlet Screened Filter
  • 2016 Improved Version. We have upgraded our brass regulator after examining other reviews; Our new lead-free regulator...
  • Lead Free. This regulator was modified to contain lowest amount of lead of any regulator on the market. Each batch of...

This tiny piece of metal can save you from a world of pain. This valve brings down the pressure to a safe level before the water reaches any plumbing fixtures inside your RV. We recently upgraded from the basic water pressure regulator to the variable one with a gauge above and it is a world of difference. I love being able to see if any water pressure issues are in the RV (clogged line) or just low pressure coming from the campground.

Power surge protector

Progressive Industries 50 Amp Portable RV Electrical Management System Surge Protector (1 MIN), EMS-PT50X , Black
  • Surge Protection: 5-Mode / 3,580J / 88,000A. Ratings: 50A / 120V/240V / 12,000W. Operating Temperatures: -40C to +105C
  • Weather Resistant/designed for Outdoor Use

These aren’t cheap but neither is replacing the electrical items in your RV. This bad boy lets us know if there is a power surge or low voltage coming from the electrical box. You may think this is something to pass on initially but don’t. In the first three months of RVing full time, we’ve already had three power outages in campsites that could have caused damage to our rig. We know it is expensive but we would never plug-in without it. If there was a massive surge (think lightning) the power surge protector would sacrifice itself for our RV. The great thing about the one listed above is it has a lifetime warranty and is made in the USA.

Tire pressure monitoring system, or TPMS

This is another must buy. The tire pressure monitoring system lets us know if any of the tires on the truck or fifth wheel are low, leaking, or overheating. If you know about these issues beforehand you can prevent a serious accident. Knowledge is power. Most accidents can be prevented with a little bit of foresight. Would you prefer to be traveling down the road unaware before you had a blowout or have at least a little bit of foresight so you can slow down or even pull over before something happened?

Pan Liners

ASSIS Divider Pads Pot and Pan Protectors, Set of 6 – Gray, 2x15-Inch-by-2x11-Inch-by-2x7-Inch
  • THE BEST PROTECTION FOR YOUR COOKWARE - Set of 6 soft yet durable protector pads for your pots, pans, or bowls and more...
  • YOUR BEST COOKWARE GUARDS - Perfect protection when storing your pots, pans, bowls, cookware, bakeware and more. Prevent...

These pan liners are the lazy man’s solution to organizing your kitchen. Not the most fun or unique RV accessory. They are cheap. They are sturdy. I literally use them to line everything in our cupboards. No rubbing or scratching on any of my dishes!

Clear Sewer Elbow

Camco 39857 RhinoFLEX Clear 90 Degree Sewer Hose Swivel Fitting
  • 90 degree swivel fitting
  • Clear fitting to see if holding tank is empty

Let’s talk dirty for second… This clear elbow lets us see what is coming out of our tanks. When you’re cleaning your black tank, you really should be interested in seeing when your water runs clear. Not the most glamorous rv gadget, but very practical for keeping things clean.

Cell signal booster

weBoost Drive 4G-X RV (470410) Cell Phone Signal Booster for Your RV or Motorhome
  • COMPATIBILITY: The Drive 4G-X RV Signal Booster is compatible with all US carriers including: AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon,...
  • SIGNAL BOOSTER: The weBoost Drive 4G-X RV (470410) Cell Phone Signal Booster boosts your 4G LTE and 3G signal up to 32X...

This is key for us when we camp in more rural areas. If you still work this is 100% a must have. We would not have been able to stay in some of the places we have without our cell signal booster. It makes cell service magically appear.

Weather monitoring system

AcuRite 01123M Weather Station with Temperature, Humidity and Weather Forecaster White Display, 8 inch round
  • Check current indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity, including trend arrows to indicate how conditions have been...
  • Patented self-calibrating technology creates a 12 to 24 hour personal weather forecast

We love knowing the exact temperature of our rig inside and out. The forecast helps with planning the day’s activities or on those colder days, a reminder to fill up on propane! The best part though is the humidity gauge. Humidity in an RV can be a real nuisance so it’s good to know what it is at all times. We didn’t have one for the first 2 months but once we got one as a gift, we knew we should have had it the whole time.


So those are our 7 RV gadgets and gizmos we won’t travel without. We highly recommend if you consider at least the first three on this list. They will protect you and your RV from any headaches in the future. Did we miss anything? Do you have a gadget that you can’t live without? Let us know down below!

Last update on 2021-08-03 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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