When you buy a camper, no one really tells you ALLLLL the other things you need to buy to make sure that camper is running properly and to make camper life a lot easier. When we bought and renovated our camper in 2020, half of our budget went to things for the camper, not just renovation costs. Friends sent items here and there, but I could never find a comprehensive list so I thought I'd make one, for all the new camper and rv owners out there. Here's our list of camper products to buy to make operations easier, maintenance, and for organization. If you think of something I've missed, please leave a note in the comments!
Camper Products for Operations
Ok so this is not the most "fun" list of items to purchase, but these things will make camper life so much simpler and in some cases safer too!
We've had power go out at campsites, major storms, you name it. A surge protector is just a smart decision to protect your camper's electrical system. This is the one we have, there are many others available.
*Make sure you get the right size for your rig, the come in 30amp and 50amp.
The portable Tote Tank is totally optional but we've used it loads of times. If you're camping at a location that does not have a sewer hookup it comes in handy because that grey tank fills up quick. Instead of dragging the camper mid-trip to the dump station you can dump into this and take it to the dump station.
* We have a family rule, only grey water goes in this tank, no black water.
Holding Tank Deodorizer Tabs
Speaking of black tank, you are 100% going to want to get some holding tank deodorizer tabs. Pop one of these in your toilet and flush it down right after you hook up. If you forget to do it, you will remember after a few bathroom uses.
Camper Products for Maintenance
Another not so fun list but you 100% want all of these items in a handy tool bag, kept in your camper at all times. I promise you will thank me.
Duck Tape Brand Duct Tape
You just never know and having Duct Tape on hand can get you out of some tricky situations. I like the Duck Tape brand because I've found it lives up to the harsh storage conditions in the camper (hot and cold temps).
Camper Products for Organization
Camper organization is paramount to feeling comfortable in your small space. When you're working in limited square footage keeping things organized makes it easier when you need them and it also helps reduce clutter. Here are some of our favorite things we use to help organize the camper.
We have these hanging baskets installed just inside the camper door on the side of the kitchen cabinet. There we store our groove joint pliers, the level, flashlights, baby wipes, bug spray, sunscreen, dog poop bags, and basically anything we need to grab quickly. We also have a set hanging in our bathroom for extra towels, toiletries, toothbrushes and similar things.
I have a couple sets of the Jute Baskets. Two are on the floor inside a kitchen cabinet and store plastic bags, zip top bags, clorox wipes and other little items. The other set is on the floor in the bathroom cabinet and stores Zevo bug spray, WD40, and our holding tank deodorizer tabs.
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