In this recent post, 10 Necessities for the First Time RV Owner, we covered the basics needed for RV living.
In this one, we will cover the extra things you can buy to make life easier while living in a RV (especially if you full-time). While none of these items are absolutely needed for a good time in a RV, they are definitely helpful. Here are the 10 items we have found helpful for the RV lifestyle
Good for when you want higher water pressure than an outdoor (or indoor!) shower can provide. (Don’t install while someone is trying to use the water in the RV; ends in unhappiness!)
2. Shower Faucet
Stock shower faucets aren’t great. Up your water pressure and extend your hot water with an upgrade.
3. Cover for Roof Vents
To keep water out so you can have airflow even if it rains.
4. Aftermarket Towel Hanger
Great for when you need to hang more than two towels.
5. Racks for Kitchen Cupboards
Doubles your cabinet space.
6. Storage Containers
We have deep storage areas under our benches in the bunkhouse (we have a dinette that can be converted into a bunk bed). It was not really practical to store anything under them. Two plastic storage bins that fit the space and we’re good to go! Easy access to all we need (we store toys under one and extra kid linens and dress-up clothes in the other).
7. Hangers with Wire Hooks
We originally started with cheap plastic hangers. I was surprised to discover that the hook part was so thick that they barely went over the bars in our little closet. We have since upgraded to coated wire hangers from Ikea. The wire hangers are about twice as thin as the plastic ones were and have made accessing our clothes much easier.
8. Command Velcro Picture Hangers
These have been invaluable for hanging our pictures and artwork around the RV. Nothing has ever shifted in our moves, yet I can still access our picture frames to change our family pictures. Plus, If I ever decide to change something, I can remove the hangings from the wall with no damage.
During the winter time, water condensation collects like crazy throughout the house. We learned this the hard way. With showers being taken, dishes washed, water boiled, food cooked and no ventilation, we had water collecting everywhere. I was wiping down exterior walls constantly and cleaning up mold and mildew on the underside of the couch, the kitchen cabinets and the window sills. If you’re going to live in a RV during the winter, a dehumidifier is so helpful! We bought this one and we love it!
10. Compact Cleaning Supplies
With no place to store full sized brooms, mops and vacuums, how were we going to keep things clean? This was solved slowly, with lots of research and looking. Most RV supply stores have compact brooms, so that was easy. Next was a vacuum. We finally found a hand vac that also had a head and arm extension to make a tiny vacuum cleaner that you could stand up straight and use. Last was a mop. My goal was to find one with a re-usable cleaning head, as we were mopping often!
In the end, these 10 items are very helpful to living full time in the RV. Each and every things is being used constantly and I’m glad to have them!
What items do you feel are useful to make full time RV living easier?