7 Things to Buy After Buying Your First RV
You did it. You bought your first RV! Now you’re ready to hit the road, right? Not so fast. Your RV may have the full amenities of bathroom, kitchen, and bed, but it's definitely not stocked with everything you need. Now you need to spend some time and a bit more money on buying some necessary supplies. While you may simply want to just reuse the things you keep in your home, keep in mind that it will take time to pack and unpack these items for every trip and some of your possessions may not be "camp-proof" - ready to deal with the rough and dirty life of camping. Some things must be RV-specific, too. Here are some camping veteran-tested tips on the 7 things you need to buy after buying your first RV.
#1 - Cleaning Supplies
First, stock up on cleaning supplies. You'll need dish soap, glass cleaner, toilet cleaner, a degreaser, all-purpose cleaner, paper towel, dish towels or sponges, a scrub brush, rubber gloves, and a bucket. You'll also need to purchase RV-specific toilet paper that is safer for your RV's black water tank, as well as RV-specific holding tank chemicals, which are designed to help with the unpleasant odors that come from the black water tank.
#2 - Sweet Dreams and Warm Showers
One of the best parts about RVing is that no matter where you go, you have the comforts of home. But before you can head out and test the bed, you'll need to outfit your RV with linens.
You'll need sheets, blankets, and pillows as well as bath towels and kitchen towels. But don't buy anything before you've measured the beds! That's because even if an RV is advertised as a deluxe queen bed model, the bed might not be a standard size. To be sure, measure each mattress. If they're standard sizes, you can buy linen anywhere. If not, you may need to purchase your bedding from an RV speciality store, online, or have linens custom-made.
#3 - Think of the Food
You'll probably be feeding your family pretty often at your campsite and you may occasionally have extended family and friends with you. That means you'll need some kitchen supplies. Again, while you could use items from your home, remember that with an RV kitchen you'll want to avoid buying or using anything that can easily break (for at least a portion of the time, your kitchen will be on the move). Also, remember that space is more limited in your RV kitchen. That's why multi-purpose items are awesome. For example, cast iron pans can be used inside the RV as well as on the campfire.
The minimum you'll need (unless you're a total minimalist) is the following: forks, spoons, table knives, plates, bowls, cups, napkins, kitchen knives, cutting board, pot, pan, strainer, and cooking utensils like a flipper, whisk, and a wooden spoon. Ice trays, to-go mugs and waterbottles are also handy.
As for food, it's good to keep a basic pantry with things like spices, oils, and vinegar. Other than that, it will depend on what you'll be cooking! Don't forget your outdoor items like foldable chairs, a table, and a tablecloth if you're eating outside. (Plus you'll want some smores sticks!)
#4 - Basic Toolkit
It's always a good idea to buy and stock a basic toolkit. You'll need screwdrivers, sockets, a hammer, pliers, and wrenches. Extra extension cords and fuses are also a good idea.
#5 - Levelling
While your motorhome will come with levelling jacks, it’s always a good idea—and good manners—to put boards under the levelling jacks so you don’t chew up the ground under your RV. You can buy boards, as well as wood blocks if your RV didn’t come with levelling jacks, at any RV speciality store. A carpenter's level can also help you ensure your RV is level.
#6 - Tire Accessories
It doesn’t matter what type of RV you have, you’ll need to take care of your tires. Carry a tire gauge so you can check the tire pressure and buy tire covers to protect your them whenever your RV isn't in motion. Harmful UV rays from the sun can damage RV tires, but these inexpensive covers can protect your them and save you a lot of money in the long run.
#7 - First Aid Kit
You'll also want to keep a well-stocked first aid kit. The Red Cross has recommendations on what you should include here. Don't forget insect repellent, after bite, antihistamines, sunscreen, and aloe vera.
Can RV supplies get expensive? Yes, but you can shop around. The dollar store is a great place to find decent but cheap RV stuff - if it breaks, you won't care too much, either! Also, you’ve got years of enjoyment ahead of you with your RV and the supplies you purchase make your RV experience that much more enjoyable. That's another reason to get RV insurance - protect your leisure time by making sure you can repair or replace your RV if it's damaged or destroyed.
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