It’s time to go pick up your new RV. Here are the RV accessories that you NEED to buy before taking it on your first trip. These aren’t ‘oh, I’ll pick it up eventually’ accessories. There is a separate page dedicated to those. These are the ‘SHIT! I really wish that I had listened because I’m handling my poop hose with bare hands right now’ accessories.
The research in finding the the best bang for your buck on the items listed below has already been done, and a link for each is included below. So, without further ado…
Yup, the poop hose. The one that you get from the dealership with your new rig will suck. It’ll be too short, and likely won’t have a fitting that securely connects to the dump station. If you’re buying a used RV, you’ll definitely want to get your own for obvious reasons. A 15′ Camco hose is the go-to for many people; and is readily available at just about any Walmart in the RV accessories section, as well as on Amazon.
The first time that you use your new poop hose, you’re golden. The second time, you’re going to wish you had some gloves. Skip reusing the same pair of rubber gloves because they get gross and you have to store them somewhere. Go straight for a box of disposable ones that you can throw away each time. Get something that’s somewhat thick like these; you will appreciate that extra thickness.
Fresh Water Hose
The hose that you get from the dealership is probably a 10′ hose, and you’ll quickly learn that it’s not long enough. Many campgrounds have the water and electric hookups spaced far apart, and you’re going to need a longer hose. It’ll also help for those times that your driveway surfing at your friends and want to fill up. 30′ is a good length. Make sure it’s a ‘Potable Water’ hose.
Water Pressure Regulator
It’s common for some cities to have bat-shit-crazy water pressure. If it’s strong enough, it can blow out the plumbing in your RV. Before you EVER hookup at a campground, you want to get a pressure regulator to protect yourself. This guy is a cheap and easy fix, but in situations where you DON’T have really high pressure, it’ll still reduce the pressure. Also, it will come out of your faucets under-powered. For that reason, get a recommended adjustable one like this.
Don’t be that idiot that lets his trailer run away down the hill. Get yourself TWO good sets of chocks (4 total) so that you can stop it from rolling forward and backward. This is one of those RV accessories that is most important for the 5th-wheel crowd.
RV Toilet Paper
Yes, you need special toliet paper. If you buy from a dealership they’ll probably give you a roll or two to get you started. Now, it doesn’t actually have to be ‘RV toilet paper’. What you really need is ‘septic-safe’ toilet paper. It’s cheaper and easily found at just about any grocery store. Basically, both are made with single-ply paper that breaks down really easily.
You need this for two reasons. 1) Because it helps break down your poo and 2) because it stops it from stinking-up the whole RV. Buying it in liquid form is the cheapest route, but pods are better because those bottles have a tendency to leak when the RV is bouncing down the road. You only use these once for every time you empty your black tank so it won’t break the bank spending up for the pods.