If you've recently purchased your first travel trailer, congratulations! Owning an RV comes with a sense of freedom that few other luxury items can afford you and your family. However, as an RV newbie, there are a few things you'll need to make sure you pick up before setting off on your first adventure. Let's take a look at some basic travel trailer items that beginners should make sure are in their RV.
1. Emergency RV Repair Kits
Taking your travel trailer out on a trip always has the potential for fun, but you must make sure you're prepared for the unexpected. Before setting out, put together an emergency kit for any small repairs you may need to make while on the go. This kit should include a variety of common tools, such as screwdrivers, wrenches, and pliers. Also include a flashlight, road flares, extra batteries, and traction pads.
2. First Aid Kits
In addition to taking care of your travel trailer or motorhome, you also have to make sure you can take care of everyone along for the ride. You should always have a first aid kit in your RV. The first aid kit should include gauze, disinfectants, bandages, medical scissors, tweezers, and any medications or medical supplies based on who's traveling with you.
3. Toilet Paper
Toilet paper is one of the easiest –and most important – travel trailer essentials for newbies to overlook. If this is your first time owning an RV and perhaps you were not an avid camper before now, chances are you might not have had to remember to pack your own toilet paper for a road trip.
4. RV Holding Tank Chemicals
Having regular access to a bathroom when traveling is an amazing benefit to owning your own RV. Needing to empty the tank, however, is slightly less amazing. Fortunately, there are plenty of chemical treatments out there that can make the whole process significantly more bearable. Be sure you've stocked up on holding tank chemicals before heading out.
5. Sewer Hose
The sewer hose is another item you can't afford to forget. Emptying a full tank is no one's favorite part of owning an RV, but at least having the tools to properly handle it is critical.
6. Latex Gloves
Latex gloves go hand-in-hand with the last few items on this list. When it comes to hooking up your sewer hose and emptying your tank, you'll be happy you brought them along.
7. Tire Pressure Gauge
A tire pressure gauge should be included on all road trip checklists. Not making sure that your tires are properly filled before setting off on the road can be incredibly risky and lead to serious consequences.
8. Water Hose
Whether you're hosing yourself off after a muddy day camping or using it as a drinking water supply, having a water hose on your RV trips comes in handy far more often than you might expect.
9. Wheel Chocks
Wheel chocks are one of the most important things to remember on this travel trailer for beginners supply list. The last thing you want is for any rolling to happen when unhooking your travel trailer; wheel chocks will ensure the travel trailer stays in place.
10. Leveling Blocks
Leveling blocks are an incredibly handy tool to have at your disposal; especially when you're unsure of the terrain you're headed to. As their name implies, these blocks help keep your RV level even when you're on a slight slope.
11. Kitchen Utensils, Pots, Pans, etc.
Cooking in an RV, for beginners, doesn't always go how they might expect. Sure, you may have access to the necessary appliances, but what happens when you need to take out a hot pan only to realize there are no tongs or oven mitts? If you plan on preparing food in your travel trailer, make sure you have all the pots, pans, utensils, cooking supplies, and anything else you may need to do so before leaving home.
12. Extension Cord
RVs are filled with all sorts of luxuries like lights, fans, refrigerators, and more that can make traveling a far more comfortable experience. To power these things though, you're going to need electricity and there's no easier way to make sure you have enough than by plugging your RV into a power source with an extension cord while parked.
13. Power Adapters
In addition to your extension cord, be sure to remember the appropriate adapters. The campgrounds you stop at may not have the proper amp outlet you require and in these instances, it helps to have an adapter with you.
14. Fire Extinguisher
Fires can start just as easily in your RV as they can anywhere else. Always make sure that you have a working fire extinguisher in your travel trailer before going anywhere.
15. Duct Tape
It doesn't matter if you're a travel trailer newbie or a motorhome master, duct tape can always come in handy.