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We've been living full time in our 1989 Toyota Dolphin RV for the past year, and there are a few camper accessories that we could not live without. Our top 10 essential motorhome accessories are the items that we absolutely feel were money well spent because we either use them on a daily basis OR they are essential to a specific need in our motorhome.
A comfortable bed is a definite essential in such a small space. When you live in a motorhome you use the bed for reading, writing, working on your laptop, etc. For us, having a super plush, comfortable bed is a luxury that helps to make our motorhome feel like home.
Combine this with soft sheets, a big fluffy comforter, and our next essential RV accessory:
Again, a comfortable bed makes an RV feel so much more cozy. We have upgraded our bed with soft sheets, a big, luxurious feeling comforter, and these amazing memory foam pillows.
Knowing we will always get a good night's sleep makes our regular long drives so much easier, and it is such a great feeling to crawl into our comfortable bed at night. In fact, since it's an over cab bed it feels like climbing into a cloud to sleep. NOTE: You may have to fight your dog for the super fluffy bed you've created! Memory foam is one of our top RV accessories!
We boondock frequently, and our solar power is what allows us to go off-grid for weeks at a time. These 100 watt panels provide us all the electricity we need to run our lights, water pump, and other appliances. Plus we have enough power to charge our electronics! Solar panels have become one of the top RV accessories, especially now that they've become so affordable.
We prefer folding solar panels because we can park our motorhome in the shade, and set these panels up in the direct sun so we always get the power we need! We consider our solar panel essential motorhome equipment!
This is such a simple and USEFUL RV accessory. We are rarely plugged in, so electric appliances don't make much sense in our motorhome. But everyone likes toasted bread, right?? Enter the amazing camping toaster. It sits over a burner on our stove, and can toast 4 slices of bread at a time. Discovering this toaster made our breakfasts SO much more enjoyable! This toaster is a must have motorhome accessory!
This one may sound strange, but having a tent in the motorhome has proven to be very useful, and often fun! We like to have friends visit us on the road, and traveling with a high quality tent makes that possible. Since our RV is very small, it's pretty crowded with 3 people sleeping in there. When we have friends visit we give them the RV bed, and we set up this super-comfortable tent for ourselves. One of the features we love about our tent is that it is extremely easy to set up and take down, which means we have a private sleeping area in minutes!
Another awesome feature of our tent is the mesh material that makes up the top. In warm, beautiful places (like Mexican beaches!) we will set the tent up, leave off the rainfly, and sleep right under the stars. Sometimes going on a camping trip outside the motorhome is a fun change!
6. Car Stereo
Our motorhome is a 1989 Toyota Dolphin, which means it came with a tape player!!! This obviously was not going to work for us, and with the long hours we spend driving it was essential that we upgraded to a car stereo that will play audio off of our phones.
The great news is that car stereos have gotten very affordable, and we were able to snatch this one for under $30!! This is one of our favorite RV accessories.
For nearly 6 months we used wooden boards stacked in all kinds of funny configurations for leveling our motorhome. This often resulted in cracked boards and foul language. In fact, we like to joke that leveling a motorhome is the truest test of a relationship hahaha!
So we finally decided to purchase a set of leveling blocks, and oh my goodness we should not have waited! Leveling blocks are considered an RV necessity for a reason; they make leveling a much easier process. These are an absolute must-have, cannot-live-without RV accessory!
We replaced all of the old school, incandescent light bulbs in our RV with LED bulbs, and we highly recommend you do the same. The LED bulbs use only a fraction of the power that incandescent bulbs use, which means our battery lasts much longer! This is a huge plus for us, since we frequently camp off the grid using solar power. LED light bulbs are one of our must have motorhome accessories!
This is such a simple item that makes our kitchen so much easier to manage. We don't generally use it as a dish drying rack. Thanks to the tray top on this drying rack we can turn our sink into more counter space, which we always need in such a small space! We also will stick dirty dishes inside the rack to be carried outside for washing. Note: We do most of our dish washing outside using a two-basin system that makes RV dishwashing MUCH easier!
This table is such an essential for when we set up camp! What makes this different from other card tables is the ability to adjust its height from coffee table to regular dining table height. This is super convenient because we are often sitting on low camp chairs (or even on towels in the sand!) at our campsites. A small table comes in handy for all sorts of things- washing dishes, eating dinner outside, or an off the ground spot for snorkeling equipment to dry! This table has become one of our must have camper accessories!
Okay, it's not a true essential, BUT this inflatable kayak has quickly become essential to our fun while traveling! We often find ourselves camped near water, and until 6 months ago we had to borrow or rent a boat anytime we wanted to get out on the water since kayaks and canoes are BIG and very difficult to haul around when you live full time in your camper.
Luckily, Tom's dad sent us to Sea Eagle to check out their high quality inflatable boats (they make kayaks, canoes, and standup paddle boards that are ALL inflatable)!
We purchased their 3-man sport kayak, and we're SO pleased with it! Now, to be fair, I wouldn't put three adults in it, but we have had two adults and two small children ride in it comfortably. It's plenty of space for Tom, me, and Indy to all go out paddling!
The best part is that the kayak deflates and folds up into a carrying bag that we stow in our RV closet while we travel! Inflating it again is easy since it came with a high quality foot pump.
We hope this top 10 guide has given you a starting point for supplying your camper, RV, or van! If you would like to browse more camper life gear we recommend click here!
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