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Here Are 15 RV Accessories You Actually Need

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It's Not A Want, It's A Need

This article originally appeared on RVshare.com.


When you purchase an RV, there’s a lot to learn! You’ll need to know what type of RV you want. You’ll need to learn about how to operate and maintain it. You’ll want to learn about great RV parks and campgrounds you can visit. You’ll need to buy sheets and dishes and everything for the inside of your RV as well. 


But what accessories do you need for an RV? Were giving you the inside scoop share the 15 RV accessory must haves you’ll need for your trips.


Related: 38 Things New RV Owners Wished They'd Known Before Buying That RV

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All the Essentials

There are several areas of your RV that you’ll want to consider when you’re shopping for cool RV accessories. We’ll break down the various parts of your RV where you’ll want new gadgets, then share the accessories you need for each different zone.


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Kitchen

You’ll want plenty of kitchen implements, utensils, and other items to make sure you have everything you need for your RV trip. Before you purchase a lot of accessories for your kitchen, however, you’ll want to think about how you use the space. Do you, or those you travel with, love to cook? Will you be using the kitchen often or will you mostly be eating out? Will you be taking frequent trips, or living in your RV, or will your trips be more sporadic? In some circumstances, you may want to purchase separate appliances for your RV and keep one there and one in your house. In other circumstances, you might just bring yours from home.


Regardless, here are some kitchen appliances you will definitely want for your RV.

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1. Instant Pot

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As you purchase accessories for your RV, space should always be at the top of your mind. That means that any appliance that can do double-duty is a great find. An Instant Pot can serve as a slow-cooker, a pressure cooker, and a pan for sauteeing or other simple cooking tasks, making them a great option for your kitchen.


Related: 50 Simple, Cheap, and Delicious Instant Pot Recipes

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2. Unbreakable Stemless Wine Glasses

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Along with space, durability is an important part of any RV accessory. If you can avoid glass and breakable materials, that is best. These stemless wine glasses are plastic but look much more elegant and sophisticated. They’re the perfect vessel for your glass of wine as you unwind after a long day on the road!


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3. Spice Gripper Clips

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These gripper clips fasten to the inside of your cabinet door to hold spices, freeing up even more space and holding potentially fragile spice jars in place so they don’t break.


Related: 24 Easy RV Organization Tips

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4. Single-Serve Coffeemaker

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There are lots of great options for coffeemakers for RVs, depending on the way you like to brew your coffee and the number of people you need to make coffee for each morning. This Black & Decker machine is a great option for brewing up an individual cup, but there are plenty more options for a variety of different methods of coffee brewing.


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5. Collapsible Food Storage Containers

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These collapsible containers are great for kitchens where space is at a premium because they collapse when not in use. Store them flat, then open them up to store leftovers or pack a lunch for a day hiking or exploring a nearby town.


Related: 21 Creative Ways to Spice Up Leftovers

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6. Camco Decorative RV Awning Globe Lights

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Add a bit of festive cheer to your awning at night! These multicolor weather-resistant outdoor lights come with S-hooks for hanging, as well as integrated awning track hangers.


Related: The Ultimate Guide To RV Lights

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7. Camco Awning De-Flappers

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Protect your awning from damage and prevent annoying flapping in the wind with these nifty devices that clip to your awning! The soft grippers protect awning fabric and keep it from flapping and rustling in wind.


Related: How to Use a Camper Awning

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8. Thule Camp Chairs

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When the weather is nice, you’ll want to spend some time outside of your motorhome meeting people or just enjoying the beauty surrounding you! This Thule camp lounge set is the perfect answer. Relax at your campground in a comfy camp chair with a cupholder and lower back support or snuggle up in the two-seater around the fire.


Related: 10 Furniture Essentials for Your Camping Trip

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9. PetSafe Happy Ride Telescoping Dog Ramp

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If you can’t imagine traveling without your furry friends, this accessory could make their life (and yours) a lot easier! Save your back from having to lift your pet into and out of your RV with a non-slip dog ramp he or she can walk up and down instead.


Related: 16 RV Parks Your Pooch Will Love As Much As You

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10. Collapsible Pet Bowls

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If you bring your dog hiking, kayaking, or on other outdoor adventures with you, make sure he or she stays well-hydrated and fed with easy-to-pack water and food bowls. These bowls pack down small and can be tossed into a backpack or tote for a day out. Also, don’t forget a water flask for yourself.


Related: How to Travel With Your Dog

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11. First Aid Kit

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A basic first aid kit is a must, whether you’re out hiking and exploring all day or simply hanging out at the campground. Make sure you have a well-stocked kit with Band-Aids, aspirin, an emergency blanket, and the other essentials you’ll need to treat small injuries or keep someone safe and stable until more help can arrive.

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Tech Accessories

There are several tech accessories that may help you in your travels as well. Some will help you drive your motorhome with ease. Some will help if you work or roadschool from your RV. Try some of these gadgets to make life easier on the road!


Related: The Must Have Ultimate RV Gadgets

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14. Outdoor WiFi Antenna

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If you need to boost your signal so you can work or attend school from your RV, you’ll want to consider getting an outdoor antenna or WiFi reception booster. An antenna can increase the range of your WiFi and strengthen the signal. A WiFi booster, or repeater, is basically two wireless routers – one picks up the existing WiFi, then transfers the signal to the other router that boosts the signal.


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15. Portable Bluetooth Speaker

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Play music while you grill or relax outside your RV, or bring music along wherever you go with a Bluetooth speaker that connects to your phone, TV, tablet, or other device.

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All Geared Up

While you’ll likely find yourself purchasing more RV accessories, depending on your lifestyle and preferences when you travel, these suggestions will get you started as you begin to stock your rig. Happy trails!


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