Items we have around the RV, making life a little easier. We own 100% of the products below and can answer any questions.
- Verizon MiFi 6620L Jetpack 4G LTE Jetpack – We use this all the time to create a wifi signal for our devices. Additionally we add the large cell antenna listed below.
- SureCall 9.5″ omni cell antenna – In weak signal areas I’ve seen up to a 200% speed increase in LTE download speed.
- Pepwave surfer – A wifi range extender for the likely scenario of being too far from the campground router to get a good (or even any) signal.
- Garmin 770LMT truck GPS – Enter the length, height, width and weight of your rig and this GPS routes your appropriately, avoiding nasty surprises like low clearance underpasses.
- Canon Pixma iP110 inject printer – Alas, even in these digital times you’re occasionally forced to print something. This is the smallest and lightest printer I could find.
- Digital Multimeter – Electrical things sometimes go awry, this may help you find the problem.
- 12-volt Automotive Fuses – A good assortment of fuses never hurt.
Equipment for RV Hook-ups
- Progressive Industries 50 Amp Surge Protector – Many RVs have surge protectors built in, but few protect from over or under voltage like this external one.
- Progressive Industries Cheater Box – We’ve twice run into campsites that did not have 50 amp service, but did have two, independent (i.e., separate breakers) 30 amp outlets. This “cheater” box combines those two 30 amp, 120 V outlets into a single 50 amp, 240V outlet to “fool” the RV into thinking you have 50 amp service (of course, you now have 60 amps vs. the normal 100 amps with 50 amp service, so don’t go too crazy).
- Adjustable water pressure regulator – Does two things: 1) Ensures a spike in campground water pressure does not burst your pipes and 2) allows you to adjust the regulation level for your RV (newer RVs can easily handle 50 psi).
- Camco EZ Level – The automatic leveling system in RVs is not perfect. We typically start in auto mode and then fine-tune until this level is happy.
- RhinoFLEX 15′ RV Sewer Hose Kit – No muss no fuss when dealing with the business end of RVing.
- RhinoFLEX 10′ Sewer Hose Extension – Another 10’ just in case. I’ve only had to use it once.
- Aluminum 15.5′ Telescoping Ladder – The motorhome industry (or perhaps just Tiffin and Newmar) decided to stop equipping their RVs with ladders starting with the 2015 model year. So if you want access to your roof, you need to now carry a ladder with you. This folds nice and small and is easy to use.
Attaching tow car to the RV
- Blue Ox BX4325 Aladdin 7,500lb Tow Bar – This is how how we tow our Jeep. We’re going on 4 years and ~50,000 miles and no signs of wear.
- Locking receiver for Blue Ox tow bar – You paid $700 for that tow bar, might as well protect it.
- 8″ Blue Ox drop receiver – It may be called a drop receiver, but flip it and it becomes a lift receiver. Needed because we lifted our Jeep and added 35″ tires.
- BrakeBuddy Vantage Select Auxiliary Brake System – Your tow car is required by law to brake on its own, this is what we use and it works well. It’s a little clunky to install every time you flat tow (vs. compressed air from your motorhome based systems), but it requires no dealer installation.
- Go Power! GP-RV-160 160 Watts Solar Charging Kit + Go Power! GP-RV-160E 160W Solar Expansion Kit (x1) – As I detailed in this post, we made a mistake getting this system.
- Porter Cable 150 psi air compressor – With big RVs come big tires and high PSI.
- Accutire tire pressure gauge – I’ve been using this brand for years, always reliable.
- DeWalt Lithium ion 1/2″ Impact Wrench – I bought this for home use, but always throw it in the back of the Jeep before a trip. I pair it with this set of lug nut impact sockets.
- TireMinder Tire Pressure Monitoring System – Looks after six of your tire’s health. Order an extra 2 pack of sensors if you have a tag axle.