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Top Accessories to Buy for a Trailer, Camper, or RV

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28 Top Accessories to Buy for a Trailer, Camper, or RV

If you like to travel and camp in style, then buying a trailer or RV is a good investment. All new RVs will include a basic kit of accessories, like a sewage draining hose and drinking water hose. To make the most of your RV or trailer, however, you will need to purchase some accessories. Modern camper accessories help you enjoy nature while still having the comforts of home. They also improve your safety and security while traveling. Since there are so many different options available when it comes to camper accessories, you need to carefully research the options to make sure you're selecting the product which matches your camping style.

Research Before You Buy RV Accessories

When you first start looking at accessories for campers and trailers, the selections can be overwhelming. You'll find a wide range of everything from gear to keep your vehicle running to luxury entertainment gadgets.

At first glance, some of these accessories may seem absolutely necessary or like they'd be a lot of fun to have. But, after getting them, you might find that they really aren't that helpful during your trip. Try not to be excessively enthusiastic when buying. Take your time to weigh the options, and ask people (whether friends or in online forums) about how they like a specific product. Otherwise, you could end up blowing your RV accessory budget on useless items and not having the ones which would improve your camper experience.

Top 28 Accessories for Trailers, Campers, and RVs

To make it easier on yourself when looking at RV accessory options, it's best to narrow them down by categories first. You will find dozens or even hundreds of accessory types for each category. Some of these are mandatory items to have on board, whereas others are helpful and can improve your camper experience.

Category

Must-Have Accessories

Helpful Accessories

Notes

Sanitation

  • Sewer hose
  • Elbow adaptor or rubber donut seal
  • Water hose for cleaning sewage tank
  • Sewage tank cleaning tablets
  • Rubber gloves

Buy higher quality products because these accessories need to last.

Electrical

  • Surge protector
  • Space heater
  • Portable generator
  • Solar panels
  • Cigarette lighter adapter

The more entertainment and kitchen appliances you bring, the more electrical accessories you will need.

Maintenance

  • Hydraulic jack
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Bubble level
  • Water pressure regulator
  • Tool set
  • Mini shop vacuum
  • Small throw rugs
  • RV maintenance book

Learn how to use these must-have items before embarking on your trip.

Kitchen

  • Cookware, plates, and utensils
  • Dish-drying rack
  • Trash receptacle
  • Portable camping stove
  • Water filter
  • Ziploc bags
  • Coffee maker, microwave, and other appliances

Look for stackable cookware and easy-to-clean appliances.

Entertainment

  • TV tie-down straps
  • TV
  • DVDs
  • Coaxial cable

If you bring entertainment appliances in your RV, then tie-down straps are a must.

RV Sanitation Accessories

Keeping your RV's sanitation system functioning doesn't have to be a dirty job so long as you have the right tools. New RVs will come with a sewer hose. However, this hose is usually very short and you will have to park your RV right next to the dump site to use it, so it's worth it to buy a long, high-quality sewer hose. Make sure you also get an elbow adaptor or rubber donut seal for the hose as these are required to make an air-tight seal with the hookup; otherwise, bad odors could escape.

To keep the sewage tank clean, you'll need to buy a separate water hose for flushing it out. You can also buy sewage tank cleaning tablets.
Don't forget to get a pair of rubber gloves which you only use for this job. Even if you're careful while emptying the sewage tank, the people before you might not have been.

RV Electrical Accessories

To protect your RV electrical system, you will need to have surge protectors. You will probably also need power adaptors in various amps. Many campers prefer to have a portable generator handy, and solar panels are also becoming popular as backups for the electrical system. For charging laptops and cell phones, you'll want a cigarette lighter power adapter . And for chilly night, a space heater is a definite must-have accessory for a camper or trailer, instead of using your propane. Be very careful with the space heater, though.

RV Maintenance Accessories

Your RV or trailer will require regular care and maintenance if it is going to be kept running smoothly. For tire blowouts, make sure you have a hydraulic jack that can support the weight of your RV. You will need to have a tire pressure gauge in your maintenance kit as well. Keeping tires inflated will reduce risk of blowouts and also help you get better gas mileage. RVs and trailers need to be kept level, so you will want to have some bubble levels and leveling blocks or boards handy. To protect your RV's water pipes, you'll need to have a water pressure regulator , and for any unexpected surprises, it's good to have a complete tool set within reach.

Because of all the in-and-out activity, campers can get dirty very quickly. You'll want to have a mini shop vacuum on board. You might also want to get small throw rugs for the floor, since they can be shaken out and washed easily.

There are a lot of small things on campers which need attention. It's a very good idea to have an RV maintenance book on board in case a problem arises while you are on the road.

Kitchen RV Accessories

You will need to have essential camping cooking supplies like plates, utensils, and cookware in order to use your RV kitchen. You'll also need items to help you clean up, like a small dish-drying rack. Most campers also take a portable camping stove because it's fun to cook outdoors as an alternative to cooking inside your RV or camper.

Some of the most useful RV kitchen accessories often get overlooked, though. For starters, you'll need a good water filter for drinking water. You'll also want to keep a large supply of Ziploc bags handy for storing food in your camper refrigerator/freezer , along with some snap-top lid containers. Depending on your personal habits, you might want to get a small RV coffee maker, an RV microwave, or blender for making party drinks. Many campers and most RVs come equipped with a microwave.

RV Entertainment Accessories

To keep yourself entertained while on the road or camping, you might want to stock your RV with a TV, although, most often, your camper or RV will come equipped with a television. Most RV parks have cable TV, but you will need your own coaxial cable to connect your TV to it. If you bring a DVD player, don't forget to bring the DVDs along, too.

Remember that your entertainment gadgets also need to be secured down, or they could fall during travel. TV tie-down straps and furniture straps are good for this.

Buying Trailer, Camper, and RV Accessories on eBay

Recreation vehicles have a very large following, so it's easy to find accessories for them at stores and online retailers. One of the best places to buy camper accessories is eBay, where you'll find a vast selection of accessories at reasonable price, including used camper gear. You can find accessories by selecting the RV, Trailer, and Camper Parts category. From there, you can narrow down the listings by brand, part type, price, condition, and location.

When buying used camper accessories on eBay, pay particular attention to the condition of the item. A used item probably isn't going to last as long as a new item. Look for items which are from major brand names rather than generic manufacturers. This way, if something breaks, you'll have an easier time finding replacement parts or a serviceperson who knows how to fix the product. Also, make sure that the item comes with the manual or that you can download the manual online.

Camper and trailer accessories can be very pricey, so, it is particularly important that you only buy from reputable sellers on eBay. Look for items which are covered by eBay Buyer Protection. This system guarantees that you will get the item as it was described in the listing, or you will be refunded the purchase price plus cost of shipping.

Conclusion

Having a trailer, camper, or RV can make camping a lot of fun. But, to ensure that you have the best experience, you'll need to invest in some accessories. There are numerous accessories available for every style of camping. Start by narrowing down the accessories by categories, and then research which ones best suit your camping style. A great place to find all sorts of different accessories which meet your needs and budget is on eBay.

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