Our travel plans changed this year, as I am sure it did for many. We found ourselves parked out front of our house in Florida for over two months (since family lives there while we travel), but at least we had a place to shelter with Covid-19.

When we had a chance for safe travel, we were off. Heading first to Indiana, we spent a month visiting with our daughter Katie, her husband Bryan, and our three grandkids, Zach, Alex, and little Jack. Then we were on our way to Colorado, always mask in hand. We enjoyed our travels there, along with a visit from our daughter Rachel, her boyfriend Mark, and their three puppies. Finally, we had an opportunity to be a campground host at Ridgway State Park in Ridgway, Colorado, where we experienced spectacular views of the San Juan Mountains. We had fun working with a great team of volunteers and park staff while meeting campers (within a social distance) from all over the USA.

As campground hosts, we discovered that 2020 was the year for new RVs; everyone sought a safer mode of travel and accommodations.  Frequently, a newer RVer would forget an essential item to make their trip safer and more comfortable. When we could, we lent out our water hose, jacks, and wheel chocks, but we carry just what we need for ourselves in most cases. The items below are what we consider “essential,” with a few “nice to have” things to get you started on your RV adventures.

Setting Up Camp

Midland Walkie Talkie Better than hand signals. Just remember to push the button.

Level Mate Pro Fastest way to see if your RV is level. Connects to your smartphone.

Andersen Leveler Chocks Quick and easy when using with the Level Mate PRO.

X-Chock Wheel Stabilizer Secures your trailer from moving before you unhook.

Camco Leveling Block We use these under our stabilizing and tongue jacks. Easy to store.

Proven Industries Trailer Hitch Lock Great to have if you are boondocking! Available in different sizes, depending on your hitch manufacturer.

Tongue Jack Cover Keeps your electric tongue jack dry and protects it from the weather.

Trailer Hitch Ball Cover After cleaning a few pairs of shorts from brushing up against the greasy hitch ball, we have found this cover indispensable.

Hitch Ball Lube Not exciting but a towing essential to prevent corrosion and friction on the hitch ball.

Water Essentials

Teknor Apex Zero-G 1/2″ x 50′ We just purchased this new flexible hose, always looking for items that store easily and take up less room.

Renator Water Pressure Regulator Best insurance for keeping your plumbing safe.

Valterra Hose Saver Helps eliminate the strain on the water inlets into the RV.

Camco Water Filter Even if you are only using your water for showers, some type of filter is important to keep the water system in your RV free from sediment.

Beech Lane Dual RV Water Filter We upgraded to this dual water system, which filters both large and smaller particles. Filters can be replaced by any universal filters of the same size.

Beech Lane Replacement Filters Always nice having a spare, and we prefer this brand.

Camco 25ft Drinking Hose More than once, we have needed the extra hose in older state parks to reach the water supply.

No Fun But Necessary Essentials

Happy Camper Holding Tank Treatment We’ve tried them all, but this one works the best!

Camco RhinoFLEX 20ft Sewer Hose Kit Do not go with one that is too short.

Camco Sewer Hose Support We like how this one is secured for travel.

Disposable Gloves Large Must have for the dirty work like gassing up the diesel truck.

Camco RhinoEXTREME 20ft Sewer Hose Kit What we have but is currently out of stock.

Electrical Essentials

Portable Surge Guard Very important to protect your electronics in your RV. Basic 30 amp model.

Portable Surge Guard with EMS Electrical Management System (EMS) protects your RV against voltage fluctuations, power surges, and incorrectly wired shore power, which can cause severe and costly damage to RV appliances and electronics.

Progressive Industries Surge Guard with EMS This is what we have. Works the same way as the portable EMS unit but wired directly into the RV, always there, ready to protect.

Didn’t Know We Needed It Until We Needed It

Viair Portable Compressor Kit Compact little workhorse for maintaining safe tire pressure for both the RV and the truck.

Meadowlark XL Back Seat Cover We all love our furry travel companions. Found this seat protector that fits our truck’s back seat perfectly.

Portable Induction Cooktop When we are on shore power or can spare the solar, we enjoy using our induction cooktop outside to prevent the inside’s cooking odors.

Anything Collapsible

Collapsible Salad Spinner Just the size salad spinner for the two of us.

Colander Set Love anything collapsible, and this is no exception. Excellent for rinsing fruits and veggies.

Portable Dishpan Fits our RV sink nicely.


Turner, Spatula, & Tongs Set Size is important, and these fit perfectly in our RV drawers.

Grate & Slice Set What no food processor? Compact set that works great!

Brush & Dustpan Set Dust, dirt, and sand are inevitable, and this is ideal for a quick pick up.

Shower Essentials

Oxygenics Handheld Shower We’ve had this shower head in both our RVs. It amplifies pressure and conserves water.

Two Chamber Shower Dispenser Again we have used this dispenser in the showers of both of our RVs. Eliminates shower bottle clutter. Also available with three chambers.

Over the Door Hangers They work well for extra towels, robes, and clothes.

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