Whether you are a seasoned traveler or a newbie, these accessories are handy tools for camper and RV owners. The tools are not must-haves, but they definitely come in handy. Discover four ideal gifts for any owner of an RV or camper trailer.
If you are only planning to buy a camper or RV, here is a tip: check its history via trailer VIN lookup online. The full report highlights red flags like accidents, recalls, and defects. You can negotiate a better price if the vehicle is safe. Equip it with these fun accessories and set off on your next adventure.
1. Sewer Support
Dumping tanks is easier when gravity works for you! First, the support provides ideal protection, and it can go around any obstacle. The hose remains lifted and cradled throughout the process, away from abrasive surfaces. No need to worry about accidental punctures!
Secondly, the product is made of light but heavy-duty plastic. Choose a length between 10 and 20 feet — the tool is compressed for easy carrying. There are no metal elements, and your hose is kept in place without straps. Use the support straight out of the box.
2. Cell Phone Signal Booster
Low-speed Internet is an issue that befalls many RV owners. Heck, we still don’t have cell service in many parts of southern West Virginia. A cell booster has helped many of my family and friends back home get better service on top of the mountains at least.
Cell boosters are a great tool for RV and camper owners. You can work from many locations across the country. Top models are compatible with all local carriers with a few exceptions. They boost both 3G and 4G LTE and 5G is probably available by now in many areas of the country. Audio quality, upload, and download speed will all be enhanced. Performance is up to 32 times better with some models. Cell boosters are expensive, usually running between $200 to $600 or more. This one has the most favorable reviews (but that doesn’t matter much since I just read that most of the reviews on Amazon are either fake or bought).
3. Extension Ladder (Telescopic)
Sooner or later, every RV owner has to get on a roof – usually for solar panel installation or maintenance. These ladders are compact, yet its weight capacity is impressive — up to 330 lbs. Enjoy smooth full retraction up to 12.5 feet at the push of a button.
Choose a model made of premium aluminum alloy — it is sturdy but light. The end caps should be non-slip. Such ladders are perfectly safe thanks to intelligent locking pins — no more pinched fingers!
4. Infrared Thermometer Gun
No, this tip has nothing to do with COVID-19! Overheating of tires may cause serious issues. A thermometer gun with a built-in laser provides an accurate reading at the click of a button.
The device gauges temperatures between 58 and -1,382 degrees Fahrenheit, and you can switch to Celcius if needed. The gun may be also used for ovens, air conditioning systems, refrigerators, and more. The best models have a distance-to-spot ratio (DSR) of 16:1.
5. Solar Panels
Going for a hike in the woods might be a welcome respite from the stresses of everyday life. There’s nothing much irritating than the sound of a gas generator running nearby.
Portable solar panels for RVs may be a good option if you seek a peaceful journey while camping. As a bonus, they keep your pollution levels down as well.
Boondocking has taken us to some very spectacular locations in the Appalachian Mountains that wouldn’t have been possible without our solar system.
Using portable solar panels is an alternative that requires an upfront investment that can range from a couple hundred dollars to several thousand, depending on how big a system you want. Installation is ususally best handled by a pro so that’s another sizeable cost you’ll need to consider.
The Bottom Line
All these tools are functional but compact, and they offer great value for money. There is no shortage of fun accessories! Use these ideas if you need a gift or handy gadgets for your own RV or camper.