RV accessories are the most important part of any RV vacation. But, with so many options, it’s easy to buy the wrong stuff.
It’s even easier to spend more money than necessary on RV accessories.
Today we’re sharing 7 “don’ts” when buying the essential equipment for your RV adventure. (FYI – we published a comprehensive list of 101 Essential RV Accessories early this year.)
Let’s dive in!
Don’t Buy The Cheapest RV Accessories
We’re all about saving money. However, there are certain accessories you’ll want to spend a little extra money on.
For example, a high-end black water hose is super important. When you’re dealing with poop, you don’t want buy equipment that’s highly discounted. Camco makes many styles of hoses – we recommend the Rhino line.
It’ll set you back an additional $10 – a small price when the alternative can be very smelly!
Here’s s few other pieces of gear that are worth spending a little extra on:
- Fresh water hose (ideally a no-kink version)
- Hitch locks
- Outdoor Chair (even the nice chairs don’t last long, the cheap chair are awful)
Don’t Buy The Most Expensive RV Accessories
Spending a lot of money on some RV accessories isn’t worth it.
For example, water filters can be very pricey. The fact is, if you’re smart about where you source your water, a simple exterior RV water filter will serve its purpose.
We use three different filters. I can guarantee you, it’s overkill.
While it does give us peace of mind (especially when we fill our tanks in sketchy areas), it probably isn’t necessary.
Additionally, RV GPS routing systems can be hundreds of dollars. Instead of paying that steep price, you could simply use RV Trip Wizard (which offers a free smartphone based GPS routing system).
Don’t Forget the Safety Equipment
RV accessories aren’t all fun & games. It’s important to buy RV safety equipment, too.
This includes roadside cones, safety flares, air compressor and a spare tire.
Trust me – I know that it’s not enjoyable spending money on this stuff. I also know, from first hand experience, that it pays to have these items in your RV!
Don’t Buy The Most Popular Brand Out of Habit
I have a confession…for years I thought Honda was the only generator to buy. While it’s a quality brand, there are so many generator manufacturers building quality products with a lower price tag.
If you search for “2000w inverter generators” on Amazon, the price differences are amazing. Ranging from $375 to $1050, you have lots of options.
We recommend a quality mid-range brand like the Champion 2000w unit for around $500.
Don’t Think All RV Accessories Must Be Purchased at the Same Time
Take your time purchasing RV accessories. Of course, you’ll need the super-essential items first (like safety and utility). However, let your RV travel style show you what accessories are important.
Maybe you’ll realize the cell booster wasn’t as important as you thought. Additionally, you may find that an outdoor fire pit is actually an essential item for your campsite vibes.
If you let your travel style guide your accessory purchases, you’ll probably save quite a bit of money.
Don’t Forget to Watch Video Reviews
YouTube is a gold mine for researching RV accessories. Virtually any product you want to buy will have a video review online.
Keep in mind, not all product reviews are unbiased.
We’ve reviewed many RV accessories on our YouTube channel. Many of the reviews have been created on our own accord. Other reviews have been with free products given to us.
While we always share our true opinion, it’s easier to like a product that has been gifted. Additionally, if we’ve tested a free product that we don’t like, we don’t create a video review of it.
Overall, YouTube reviews can give you good insight (it’s always our first step in research).
Don’t Buy All Your Accessories From The RV Dealer
There are some items that have to be bought from a dealer. However, these guys aren’t cutting you any deals.
If you have a store credit from an RV purchase then shop away. Otherwise, hunt for the best deals online or buy from a local mom & pop shop to help your local economy thrive.
The biggest advantage from buying in-person, at a dealer is speed. You won’t have to wait for shipping!
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