You’ve just purchased your first RV, and you’re ready to head into the dealer shop and grab every RV accessory you can find to get started on your adventure. The papers are signed, and the keys are in your pocket. Now it’s time to do some shopping.
Hold your horses! Don’t even enter the dealer shop unless you’ve done thorough research. You’ll be tempted to spend more money than necessary on accessories you don’t need.
We’re looking at what RV accessories are essential and how to avoid spending too much money.
Let’s dive in!
What Does Every RV Owner Need?
Whether you’re a Class A motorhome owner or a travel trailer owner, or somewhere in between, there are a handful of essential items you need to purchase. But there are only a few. Don’t get caught up in the latest, coolest gadgets. Buy the must-haves initially and then wait to buy more. You’ll learn what you need or want as you camp and travel.
A few essentials to get started are a quality water hose, a quality sewer hose, a water regulator, and wheel chocks. Depending on the type of RV you have, you may need anti-sway bars, a fifth wheel hitch, or a trailer lock.
But seriously, besides these few items, you don’t need much to get started. These are items you don’t want to skimp on. Don’t cut corners and try to save money on essentials. Get quality products because you’ll use these every trip, and you want them to last.
5 RV Accessories to Avoid
Here are five RV accessories to avoid after purchasing your new RV. These aren’t specific items but general suggestions to help you save money and get products that suit your needs.
Even if you do your homework, there’s no guarantee that the product you buy won’t fail two weeks later.
But you certainly have less chance of doing so. Let’s take a closer look!
1. The Cheapest RV Accessory
Don’t skimp on essential accessories. If you buy a cheap key holder, that’s one thing. But if you buy a cheap sewer hose, you’re dealing with another matter.
Save money on non-essentials that are easy to replace if broken. Don’t try to find cheap must-haves for camping, like trailer locks and wheel chocks.
2. The Most Expensive RV Accessory
On the other hand, don’t buy the most expensive accessory either.
If you do, you’re just throwing away money. There are always options. Don’t go with the cheapest or the most costly. A middle-of-the-road balance will save time and money because you won’t be replacing it often, and you won’t be wasting money.
If you research, you’ll find the middle-ground gear that will do the trick.
For example, a Honda generator probably won’t be better than a Champion generator. Yet, you’ll save 100s on the Champion.
3. Brand Names Only
Brand names are acceptable. Every RVer knows the names Camco and WiBoost. But sometimes, you can find a better, more affordable option with an off-brand.
Do your research and check user reviews. Don’t just buy a brand-name product because it’s a brand-name product.
Smaller companies can produce quality gear, too. And often, these are less expensive and still work just as well. If your research leads you back to the brand-name product, go with it.
But don’t eliminate off-brands just because of the label.
4. Dealer Accessories
Dealer prices are high, and you won’t find many options. They might have one particular water hose instead of several different brands and lengths.
Don’t fall into the trap of walking into a dealer shop and buying every RV accessory you see.
As previously mentioned, research to find the best product for the best price to suit your needs (and find the best deal online).
Our only exception to this rule is if you want to support your local mom-and-pop dealership.
5. Unreviewed Items
As mentioned above, always research reviews, watch videos, and read blogs before making a large purchase. On the other hand, thorough research may not be necessary if you’re spending $10-15 on an RV accessory.
But when considering essential items like a heated water hose during winter travel or high-dollar items like a tire pressure monitoring system, never purchase unreviewed items.
Use the feedback and experience of others to help you make a well-informed decision.
What Are the Don’ts of RV Accessories?
It’s so easy to want to get online and watch YouTube videos of the popular RV influencers and go to Amazon and order every single item they mention.
But the truth is, you don’t need all of those accessories, especially not initially. You’ll waste your money from the outset and potentially be stuck with unused gear. Get going on your travels or weekend adventures, then decide what accessories you truly need.
Keep in mind the cautions mentioned above when it’s time to shop. Compare prices and reviews.
Then you can purchase with confidence knowing that you’ve made an educated, thought-out decision. Have you started an RV accessories wish list? If so, have you compared prices across brand names and off-brands?
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