The Must Haves For A RV - Blog

If you’ve spent any time at all looking at motorhomes at our Lethbridge RV Dealership you’ve probably discovered that these mechanical marvels offer most, if not all, the comforts of home. Adding a few items to your RV only enhances your enjoyment on the road, and adds to your peace of mind.

Complete RV Paperwork

RVs, just like cars, must have registration and insurance papers on board. But driving an RV is more like driving a house. There are so many appliances and systems to keep track of and trouble shoot in case of problems. Each appliance, such as the refrigerator, stove or microwave, should come with an owner’s manual. The same goes for the fuse box, heater and other systems on the rig. These manuals tell you how they operate and what to do if there is a problem. Having all of this information onboard, especially in a binder and/or in one designated space will make them easier to find in case of an emergency or if you simply forgot which switch goes where.

Repair Kits

There is nothing worse than being stuck in the middle of almost nowhere and have something go wrong on your motorhome. Carrying simple fix-it kits along on your travels can save you time, money and headaches.

Roadside repair kits should have a jack, lug wrench, and of course you must have a spare tire. (Changing that spare tire on your own, if you are a novice, is not the best idea. Join an auto club that has emergency service and let them deal with what is a very heavy vehicle, if at all possible.) Add fuses for both the house and engine/cab systems. Jumper cables come in handy; just make sure you know what you are doing. Couple the roadside repair kit with an electrical repair kit. Ready-made kits are usually available at RV or auto stores. Make sure you have quality flashlights along with extra batteries. It also helps to have some spare fuses for your RV house and the cab.

Plumbing repair kits can help you make emergency repairs on leaking joints in your new motorhome as well as help with that radiator hose. Find out what type of sink connectors, fittings and other pipes are used in your radiator system. Carry a spare length or two, just in case. A water hose repair kit, along with a few washers come in handy, useful for a quick fix on that campground water connection. Hose clamps and that miracle of quick repairs, duct tape, are a must.

Portable Electric RV Heater

Using a portable electric RV heater can cut down on your propane costs. You won’t have to fill the tank as often, which comes in handy if you are at a campground that doesn’t offer propane onsite. If you are plugged into campground electric, why not use it? These heaters come in all sizes, some also offering air conditioning and/or a fan. Small thermostatically controlled heaters are the most useful, fitting either on a table or countertop. Find a model that automatically turns off if the unit tips over.