Thinking about all the must have travel trailer accessories can be overwhelming. But no worries, we made this RV camping resource guide to help you out.
Reality is, it’s impossible to prepare 100% because you learn so much about which travel trailer accessories you need and don’t need with each RV camping trip.
However don’t stress out, if you are new to RV camping, I put together this guide to help you at least get started with your must have travel trailer necessities.
In a hurry? Here’s my quick list of the Must Have travel trailer accessories you need right away.
What Do You Need In A Camper Trailer?
First, let’s talk about essential “must have” travel trailer accessories. I know what you are thinking but, no, I’m not talking about stuff like portable travel coffee maker or the favorite things on your Amazon wishlist.
Here are the essential items you need for your travel trailer.
Power source & accessories
Water source & accessories
RV Camping Gear and Technology
Waste disposal necessities
The Quick Checklist of Must-Have RV Travel Trailer Accessories*
Here’s a quick checklist of what you must-have for your RV camper. Keep reading for details on the purpose, reasons, and uses of each of these items.
While many private campgrounds do have a sewer dump at your campsite, most state and national park campgrounds will only have a central dump site for the entire campground.
Unless you only plan to camp for 1 or 2 days, you definitely need to purchase an easy-to-use and easy to transport waste holding tank.
It doesn't take very long to fill up your RV black and gray water tanks and without a waste holding tank, you will have to hook up your rig, pull it to the dump site, dump your waste, and then set up your camper all over.
This is NOT how you want to spend your relaxing camp time!
With a waste holding tank you can easily dump your RV tanks into the holding tank and simply pull the tank to the central dump station for disposal. Granted this is still a less than fun job, but it definitely beats tearing down your whole rig.
If you purchase a tank that includes a removable steel tow adapter, you can even pull the tank slowly with your tow vehicle or golf cart to the central dump station. Investing in a waste holding tank will lengthen the amount of time you can be in your camper or dry docking so it's well worth getting one.
This is something you may not know about until you have your first RV, but you should never use standard household toilet paper in your RV waste system.
There have been a few debates about whether you have to buy specifically "RV toilet paper" or an off brand of "septic save paper" and I'll leave that up to the experts. (You can read about how to do the Toilet Paper Breakdown Test here)
Whatever you decide, be sure your paper is biodegradable septic safe toilet paper so you don't clog up your black water tanks and lines. Aqua Soft RV Safe Tissue & Scott RV Safe Tissue are both good options and available on Amazon.
The "shore line power cord" is designed to ground the RV electrical system through the external power source located at your campground.
It is designed to carry 30 amps at a nominal 120 volts. If you have a 50 amp system.
Purchase a shore line power cord that accommodates 50 amps.
NOTE: You can use a 30 amp external power cord in a 50 amp plug and not overload your system, you will still only receive 30 amps of power.
You cannot plug a 50 amp power cord into a 30-amp plug without an adapter so you may wish to purchase an adapter (Dogbone Electrical Adapter) as well.
Please note that mishandling and careless behavior around electrical components (as with any electrical sources) in your RV can be fatal and you should always take proper safety precautions when working around your RV electrical systems.
Familiarize yourself with all the information in your RV owner's manual.
Most RV factory-installed smoke alarms will take a standard 9-volt battery, but check your specific owner's manual and RV to be certain.
The smoke alarm will not function if the battery is missing, disconnected, dead, or the wrong type.
Most smoke alarms will emit a low beeping sound when the battery is weak, but we recommend you replace your smoke alarm battery every season and check it before every camping trip.
Carbon Monoxide Alarm- It is very important to ensure that your Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm is properly functioning and has good batteries. Check your owner's manual for the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) page.
Many RVs will have CO monitors with a dual battery 12 volt hookup and a 9 Volt battery backup, but consult your OEM to be certain.
**If you have any concerns that your CO monitor is not working properly, do not remain in your RV but exit immediately and contact a service technician.**
Trust me when I say, this is one area not to go skimpy on!
For years we have used inexpensive wheel chock and blocks of wood, but with three kids bouncing around in the camper, we have suffered tremendously from bouncing and rocking and shifting of our travel trailer.
We finally broke down and purchased a nice set of RV stabilizers and are in the market to replace our chocks with this set of wheel chocks.
The trailer is already so much better and I can't wait to try it again with our new chocks combined with these stabilizers.
As I already mentioned, there is nothing more frustrating than an unlevel travel trailer, unless you enjoy feeling like you are in a carnival fun house on your way to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
Be sure to purchase a set of good leveling blocks and a level.
PRO TIP: Keep a level IN YOUR TRAVEL TRAILER.
Don't rely on remembering to pack the one you use in your home.
Are you looking for new RV camping destinations? Check our post on the best Pigeon Forge Campgrounds that will take you right to the heart of the Smokies. And to keep the fun going even when it’s raining at camp, here are some fun camping activities for rainy days that you can enjoy with friends and family.