Every once in awhile I decide to make this blog useful to other people. I turn from my usual rants about life and try to provide practical advice. Seeing as I have spent the past three summers in a 27 foot travel trailer, I think I can safely give some advice on a few of the necessities of trailer living.
Here are a few things I absolutely recommend:
A shop vac. Maybe it is just my kids, but our floor seems to be constantly covered in crumbs. Sweeping doesn’t cut it folks, and a dust buster? Ha! Go, buy a $30 one gallon shop vac at Wally World, you’ll thank me.
A funnel. Our first summer was spent boondocking on the Kaibab National Forest. This meant all our water had to be brought in via five gallon water bladder and dumped in manually into our freshwater tank. It took us well over a month to figure out we needed a funnel to get that water into that tiny hole. Don’t buy those fancy special hose looking ones at Camping World, just get a simple collapsable one from the auto parts store.
A diffuser. I won’t harp on essential oils here, but if you want to have a fresh smelling rv I highly recommend you get a diffuser and a few of your favorite scents. Pro tip: Get some lavender and knock out the kids.
Multi-plugs. Unless you’re living in some new fancy rv, you probably don’t have enough outlets to charge all your devices. Way back in 2005, phone batteries lasted millions of hours apparently. Or maybe they just think you don’t need your tablet while camping. Well, I’m not recreating. So, to charge all my stuff (and the kids) I got some power strips.
Sleeping mask. Even with aluminum blinds (that can slice and dice through any fingers) our trailer is still blindingly bright at 6 am. This is not ideal and the best way we have found to circumvent this is a sleeping mask. Not only will it keep you from ride awakenings, it’s super fashionable.
Bins of various sizes. Trailer space is fairly limited, and what little storage they give you tends to be impractically designed. Basically they give you large spaces with no shelves. Instead of shoving everything loose into these cavernous cavities, I recommend getting plastic tubs and bins to keep your items organized. It’s quicker and easier than trying to build shelves. And less weighty.
That little cutting board that fits perfectly over your sink. I do not know if these come standard in all rvs, but that little cutting board makes a huge difference when you only have 3 square feet of counter space.
Cell booster. Now, this one doesn’t work as well as it ought. Our service where we are is pretty limited depending on the wind. But if you are somewhere that actually has a weak signal a booster is usually enough to push it into usefulness. Be sure you are getting an actual booster though, and not just something which takes a signal from one area to another.
I’m sure I will think of some more as the months go by, but for now I’ll leave you with those. Feel free to comment with anything you’ve found to be particularly useful in your rv.