5 Inexpensive and Useful Products RVers Need to Own

Updated on July 24, 2018
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I am an avid RV enthusiast who understands that my life and my safety depend on the condition of the equipment in my coach.

There are many things that RV owners need or would like to have but somehow never get around to buying, even though they may be inexpensive and useful.

These days there are all sorts of accessories available. Some are nothing more than a waste of space, while others have meaningful and enduring uses.

Years ago friends gave my husband and myself a lovely throw for Christmas. At the time, we thought it was a lovely gift, and I doubt they meant for us to use it in our travel unit.

However, it has become a staple that we take with us on every trip because it is exactly the right size and thickness to use as a lap blanket for me while we're on the move or for either of us on a chilly day when reading a book or watching TV.

The point here is that every single time we look at this throw, we think lovingly of the friends who were kind enough and thoughtful enough to give it to us. I doubt they even know that we still have and use it after all these years, but we certainly do!

You may think that people who are willing to spend thousands of dollars to buy a coach would avoid buying items like this, but the truth is that between the monthly payments, upkeep costs and expenses of travel, some people have little money left with which to treat themselves.

This undoubtedly may be the reason why they do without, but once in awhile, it's nice to add an item that makes life on the road easier or more pleasant.

Inexpensive products that enhance the RV travel experience.
Inexpensive products that enhance the RV travel experience. | Source

1. Plastic Glasses

When you’re vacationing in an RV, small luxuries are highly valued. However, they have to be conducive to holding up to road vibrations, and they should take up very little room.

Drinking glasses made of plastic meet these requirements.

There are many types from which to choose, but all are good to keep on board because they

  • serve practical purposes,
  • are generally unbreakable and
  • certain models, such as those that can be used as standard drinking water glasses, can be stacked for easy storage.

We use both water and wine glasses when we travel in our motor home, but especially enjoy our wine glasses.

Friends gave us two of them years ago Since that time we have purchased a few more which we have enjoyed using very much because they have made special occasions more elegant and fun, while at the same time relieving us of the worries of breakage.

There are many different types and styles of plastic wine glasses, but those we use are from US Acrylic, LLC. We like them because they are

  • thicker and heavier than many others which are on the market,
  • stack,
  • cost very little and
  • are quite durable.

Buy them once, and you have them for the rest of the time you travel!

These glasses can be used for any type of cold beverage and are really fun to have. We especially enjoy using them when company stops by for dinner because they make meals a bit more festive.

Most RVers don't expect to be treated to wine in fancy glasses! Usually people enjoy their beverages in foam cups, but the wine glasses add a nice finishing touch to a meal.

No throwaways here! Ours have never cracked, chipped or broken, which says a lot for this particular brand of plastic wine glass.

2. Refrigerator Bars

Years ago my large pill container fell out of our RV refrigerator when we stopped in a rest area to have lunch.. The contents went everywhere, and it took me hours to pick them up, sort them and put them back.

I swore after that that I would never have that problem again, so I began doing some research.

Like many RVers, I didn’t know that there was a product on the market that could keep things like this from happening.

Until I found the fix, this problem was continually creating messes and sometimes damaging my coach’s cabinets, upholstery and flooring.

Once I discovered refrigerator bars, my problems were over.

Refrigerator bars come in packs of three, are extremely sturdy, are expandable and are the best way to keep refrigerated food in place while traveling.

The ones I have always used are manufactured by Camco. This was the first company that produced them, but now there are others as well. Mine have held up beautifully for years, so I stick with this brand.

They are extremely easy to use because they are adjustable and have rubber tips on the ends.

You simply adjust them to the correct width and slide them into place. No RVer should ever travel without them!

No matter which brand you buy, one package of three is not quite enough, so buy two sets to make sure your refrigerated food supply is well protected.

While it’s possible to use short curtain rods for this job, they are not nearly as sturdy, bend easily and will rust over time. You won’t see these problems with Camco refrigerator bars.

This company also produces cabinet bars which essentially serve the same purpose. They come in brown or white and can be used to keep items you store in kitchen or bathroom cabinets in place.

3. Biodegradable Toilet Paper

If you travel often in your RV, you probably have discovered that keeping your sewer tank clog free is a problem.

People often assume that they can safely use standard toilet paper in their RV toilets, but doing this can and usually does create clogs.

If you've ever had a sewer tank clog, you already know that the few pennies you save by using standard toilet paper is not worth the grief a clog can give you!

Fortunately, there is a better option!

Marine grade toilet paper is expensive. It’s a product that RV travelers use quite a bit. Regardless of cost, people should use this product because it will help to prevent the types of RV plumbing problems that are so common these days.

If you watch the attached video, you will see why this is. The video compares regular toilet paper to RV toilet paper and shows you what happens to each in similar experiments.

Since recreational vehicle toilets work differently than those you see in houses, it’s important to use toilet paper that degrades easily.

If you use the standard type, it will clog your pipes and cause major problems that can be very expensive to fix.

All brands that I have seen do a good job. However, the product we have always used and are happy with is Aqua Soft. It is a bit more costly than other brands, but is manufactured by Thetford, which is a leader in the RV toilet products industry.

Because it is 2 ply, it chafes less easily, yet still biodegrades beautifully. We have never had a toilet clog, which has made us very happy campers!

Biodegradable toilet paper is not only good for RV travelers to use, but it is good for the environment. So buying and using t is a win-win for everybody.

4. Expandable Garden Hose

I absolutely hate having to wrestle with hoses when I'm vacationing in my motor home.

They are heavy, hard to store and can really get dirty. More often than not, I end up watering myself rather than the things I'm trying to wash because standard hoses are so awkward to use.

This is especially true if you are an older RVer or have health problems that keep you from having the strength to lift, clean and store heavy items.

One of the best products I've ever seen, which is an expandable garden hose, eliminates all of these issues.

This is a product I absolutely love. We bought one last year and are so happy that we did so that now we have two of them; one for the RV and another for our house.

We also make it a point to buy them as gifts for loved ones because we know that having this type of product makes life much easier for them.

These expandable hoses are very light weight, are easy to use and store and take up much less space.

There are many brands available, but we wanted to make certain that the type of expandable hose we purchased would be sturdy enough to withstand the rigors of travel. The Pocket Hose has more than met this goal and has done a great job for us during our RV vacations.

Many of our friends bought theirs after seeing ours, and people we've met along the way during our vacations also think expandable hoses are great items for RVers to own.

The attached video review shows you how it works and the results it got when tested by Consumer Reports.

I don't know how we ever got along before we found our Pocket Hose, and think you'll love having one, also.

5. Small, Folding Step Stool

Many years ago my husband and I came across the EZ Foldz Step Stool. It is likely the handiest thing one can have when traveling. It was the first one of its type that we had ever seen, and we still use it today.

Now there are similar designs of step stool available, and although I have not personally seen any of them (didn't need to...didn't need another step stool!), I'm sure any of them would do the same job.

There are also many styles of small step stools on the market, but this one folds up flat, is unbelievably stable and sturdy and serves many purposes. These things make it perfect for RV use.

  • I use it to put my feet on when we’re on the move.
  • My husband uses it to stand on when he’s washing our RV windows or to sit on when he is using items from our basement bins.
  • It’s great to stand on to reach upper kitchen shelves, too.

I honestly don’t know what I’d do without it.

After using it for awhile during RV trips, we decided to buy this product to use at home. We quickly found that it is just as handy there as it is in our motor home.

This is another product we give as gifts to our loved ones because we know it is safe for them to use and also very easy to handle and store.

You can actually hang it on a wall hook or slide it in beside a cabinet in the kitchen for easy access.

Some step stools are large, heavy and awkward to handle, but not this one. As a person who suffers from Arthritis, I always prefer to buy products that are smaller and lighter, and my EZ Folding Step Stool meets those requirements.

Take Your Pick!

You should remember that when you're on the road,your recreational vehicle is your home.

You spend a good deal of time in it and often are inconvenienced in a number of ways.

There is no reason to avoid treating yourself to producdts that will enhance your travel experience.

So if you can find something that costs $10 or less that will make life a little better for you, why not buy it?

If you travel in an RV, which one of these items would you most like to own?

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    • TIMETRAVELER2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sondra Rochelle 

      8 months ago from USA

      Kari Pulsen: Thanks. Even though it's too late for them, you may have friends or other relatives who RV who would like to have some of these things. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      8 months ago from Ohio

      These are great ideas! I wish I had read this while my parents were still rving. :)

    • TIMETRAVELER2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sondra Rochelle 

      8 months ago from USA

      Hi Shyron, I only know that as an RVer myself, I love having these items! Nice to see you again. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      8 months ago from Texas

      Hello Sondra, some neat ideas for RVers.

      Blessings my friend

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