The following is a list of equipment purchased additional to our used Travel Trailer.

The items on this list were compiled using a combination of web and personal resources, and include both must haves and nice to haves. Many of these items were secured online prior to us taking possession of our used RV, as we weren’t sure how varied the selection would be at the RV dealership (or what the markup would be despite the discount provided). It actually felt great to be able to let our tech know that we had already obtained most of the items he was recommending…reinforcing our research had been done well!

While we typically prefer to shop local whenever possible, our aggressive timeline meant that the Amazon selection and shipping benefits would be necessary to finding everything we needed so that we weren’t burning days running around  town and coming back empty-handed.

This entry will be updated with additional details, but for now, MVPs shown in blue text. 

Whether you’re another newbie beginning your own list, or one of our friends/family who are simply curious, here it is:

Category: Exterior New (Exterior Items purchased specifically for the trip)

  • Tow Package / Weight Distribution Hitch with Brake Control  (RV Dealer installed)
  • (2) 6 Volt Marine Batteries (RV Dealer installed)
    • In hindsight, we should have had an inverter installed for broader dry camping options. This will be a future enhancement!
  • Fresh Water Hose (RV Dealer)
  • Water Pressure Regulator (RV Dealer)
  • Progressive Industries EMS Surge Protector, 30 amp (Amazon)
  • Camco 30/50 Amp Dog-bone Electrical Adapter (Amazon)
  • Camco RhinoFlex Sewer Hose Kit & [lots of] Gloves (Amazon)
  • Set of Leveler Blocks (Amazon)
    • In rare cases, 2 sets would be preferred, but we’re making due with 1
  • Chocks (Amazon; We have both regular and X-chocks)
    • The verdict is still out as to whether the latter make much of a difference!
  • Feline Flea Collars – Used to deter insects from camping in exterior compartments
  • Outdoor Rug from Recycled Plastic Bottles (Amazon)
  • Hitch Lock* (Billings, MT local shop)
  • Trailer Tongue Lock* (Billings, MT local shop)
  • Step stool (because even Mike cannot reach the top of the awning unassisted)
  • 1 Small Outdoor Mat (sits under steps to catch most dirt/debris)
  • 1 Broom (Local Ace Hardware)
  • 2 Zero Gravity Lounge Chairs (Clearance!)
    • While super comfy, these take up more room than we’d like in our limited storage area. Would recommend getting a padded set of regular “lawn” chairs instead.

* We did not originally realize these components were necessary, but after having our hitch stolen somewhere in Billings, we replaced the stolen parts and ordered locks to secure both the trailer and hitch. Expensive lesson, but hopefully one theft we are now guarded against!

Category: Exterior Recycled (Exterior Items we already had and re-purposed)

  • Toolkit (contains miscellaneous tools but Mike says the two below are his most used)
    • 3/4 Socket Wrench
    • 7/16 Wrench
  • Cordless Drill with Scissor Jack Socket
  • 2 Pairs Work gloves
  • Miscellaneous Extension Cords
  • Miscellaneous Tape (Duct, Plumber)
  • Coaxial Cable Cord
  • Convertible Side Table (LL Bean)
    • This is an awesome piece of our original camping gear. It folds completely flat and stores in its own bag…highly recommend.
  • Miscellaneous Cleaners/Sprays
    • Simple Green
    • WD-40
    • Meyer’s All Purpose Cleaner
    • Windex (those exterior windows get filthy after towing several hundred miles!)
  • Rubbermaid Storage Bins
    • Used to organize the “loose” items kept in the exterior storage compartment
  • Foreman Grill
    • A “real” grill is on Mike’s upgrade list, but space/weight was limited, so this gets the job done when we want burgers.
  • Grill Tongs

Category: Interior New (Interior Items purchased specifically for the trip)

  • 3″ Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper (Amazon; Trimmed to Fit RV Queen)
    • Much better than mattress alone would be and a budget conscious choice. Not as supportive as Mike’s back would like, but it isn’t doing any harm (that we know of).
  • 1 Additional Set Queen Bedding (sheets/pillowcases)
  • 1 JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder (Amazon)
  • 1 OXO Good Grips No Spill Ice Cube Tray (Amazon)
  • 4 melamine plates (light & shatterproof)
  • 2 melamine bowls (light & shatterproof)
  • 1 Magma Stainless Steel Nesting Marine Cookware Set (Amazon)
    • Got this at the recommendation of my seafaring little sister and it gets the gold in my book for the most versatile, easy to clean, light cookware set. We took 3 out of 5 pieces with us and packed the other 2 for the move. It took a little adjusting to learn the heat adjustments needed, but these babies have done well with everything we’ve attempted in them.
  • 1 Stainless Steel Tea Kettle (Amazon; Our old one was glass, which wouldn’t fare well)
    • We use this for hot water for our morning java more than we do for tea, but couldn’t do without it. Very audible whistle and easy to fill and clean.
  • 1 Norpro 16″ x 18″ Microfiber Dish Drying Pad (Amazon)
  • 3 Turkish Peshtemal Towels (Amazon)
    • Lightweight & fast drying but take some getting used to. For example, I love them and Mike has reverted to a regular towel…
  • 3 Bags Walex Treatment Packs for Black & Grey Tanks
  • Art3d Aluminum Tile sheets (Sourced from Amazon, Assists with keeping wall clean)
  • 2 Cork Tiles (Amazon; Posting RV readiness checklists and emergency info)
    • We mounted these with 3M tape in each corner and haven’t had to reapply yet
  • 1 Amteker Brushed Stainless Mini Trashcan (Amazon)
  • 4 Pantry Bins to contain loose items (IKEA)
  • 2 Magnetic Knife Strip (IKEA)
  • 2 Sets of 3 Magnetic Spice Containers (IKEA)
  • 6 Collapsible Closet Bins for under bed/bench storage (IKEA)
  • 1 30 lb capacity Vittles Vault (Chewy; Airtight dog food storage container)
    • This baby holds a 25lb bag of Acana and keeps it fresh, dry and most importantly, pest free. Caira has never been one to get into stored food, but she would need opposable thumbs to get this vault open.
  • 1 Adjustable Height Feeder with 2 Collapsible Silicone Bowls
    • Caira doesn’t seem to like these as much as her old stainless ones, but they make setting up and taking down a breeze, are easy to clean, and are very quiet when she’s eating.

Category: Interior Recycled (Interior Items we already had and re-purposed)

  • 1 Queen Bedding Set
  • 1 Throw Blanket per Person/Catahoula
  • Several miscellaneous baskets to contain loose items in upper cabinets
  • 1 Wool Kitchen Rug
  • 2 Over Door Hooks (one each side of bathroom door)
  • Multiple packing cubes keep our quick grab clothes organized on the shelf above bed
  • 1 Extra Stainless Steel Tension Rod (used in bathroom on “free” wall)
    • We use this to hang our damp shower towels and dopp kits
  • 1 REI Camping French Press
  • 2 Stainless Steel Water Bottles
  • 2 Turvis Tumbler 24oz Cups (hydration/libation!)
  • 3 Dishtowels
  • 8 OXO Pop Top Pantry Containers (light & stackable)
  • 1 Stainless Steel Suction Sponge Holder (say that 10x fast!)
  • 1 Stainless Steel Pen Holder (now holds a small supply of silverware)
    • 2 Steak Knives
    • 2 Butter Knives
    • 2 Mike-sized Forks
    • 2 Jael-sized Forks
    • 2 Mike-sized Spoons
    • 2 Jael-sized Spoons
  • 2 Small Microwaveable Plates
  • 4 Collapsible Silicone Measuring Cups (used intermittently to cushion plates above)
  • 2 Lightweight Casserole containers with plastic lids for storing leftovers
  • 1 Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Stainless Steel Kitchen Utensil Holder (still kicking from our wedding shower!)
    • 1 Bamboo Wooden Spoon
    • 1 Favorite Spatula (When it dies, I will mourn its passing)
    • 1 Whisk
    • 1 Peeler
    • 1 Manual Knife Sharpener
    • 1 Kitchen Shear
    • 1 Silicone Basting Brush
    • 1 Stainless Steel Tongs
    • 1 Zester (used as both zester and cheese grater)
    • 1 Wine Opener (these items are clearly not listed in priority order)
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