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djnott 02-19-2017 04:08 PM

There r a lot of gadgets for rv'ers, Tire monitoring, rear cameras, digital tire gauge, GPS, Google maps, hand held stick blenders. It's and endless barrage of stuff you can't live without. My question is what is it you wouldn't leave home without. What gadget is priceless? And what gadget was a total waste of $?

RV Wizard 02-19-2017 04:59 PM

Always travel with some tools.

momdoc 02-19-2017 05:01 PM

We would never leave with out our NOAH weather radio. Great for storm tracking
Useless gadget would be portable shelves for our kitchen cabinet.


Chuck_Hammer 02-19-2017 05:03 PM

backup camera.

Gary RVRoamer 02-19-2017 05:49 PM

And a credit card with a high limit!

Gary RVRoamer 02-19-2017 05:53 PM

Seriously, I can't think of any Must have gadgets, but high on my list of convenience items are my computer & phone, GPS, and TPMS on the tires. Now we traveled far & wide, so travel aids are great. If I were camping 50 miles from home on a familiar route & place. I would be more concerned about having the BBQ grill and lawn chairs.

wa8yxm 02-19-2017 06:01 PM

To take your list:
Tire monitoring,
Though I can live without it.. When I got mine the first trip out I found I'd been Screwed (Read on before doing anything folks) I was about 2/3 the way to where I was going when BEEP BEEP BEEP the alarm went off. Left Front on the Towed... Well I aired it up, and continued to air it up every day till I got home, Next Morning I aired it up once more and drove to the nearby tire store, where they kindly REMOVED said Screw and installed a proper patch (internal) at no charge thanks to road hazard warranty (See, I told you I'd been Screwed.. Sheet metal type). Another RVer did not install his right away, over 2,000 in damage to the car from the damaged tire, PLUS the tire itself.

rear cameras,
I drive a class A. Very handy for seeing what's behind me and keeping an electroinc "EYE" on the towed.

digital tire gauge,
That I do not have, Use either the Pressure Pro (Which is digital, TPMS) or a standard old fashion gauge.
GPS, Google maps,
Well. often I'm in a place I've never been before.. (not always) and ye old co-pilot.. Well let me put it this way, Cartography was not her strong point... GPS lets me tell at a gauge-scan of this laptop if i'm off course, and how to fix it. Google maps.. I use in the car on the 'droid.

hand held stick blenders. Those I use occasionally, not as often as I should, but I have multiple blenders, choppers, processers and mixers as it happens I like cooking. IN fact dinner in 3 minutes.

Radios.. I have an assortement here, Ham, CB and FRS, all used from time to time.. Had a GMRS license for a while but dropped it.

Ice maker (optional) There is one in the RV-Fridge, a common U-line but I found I like the addtional room I got when I "ripped" (removed gently) the unit after a water line failure.. Easier to stow it than fix it, Now using a "Counter top" unit, very pleased 26 pounds a day.

Additional freezer (ENGEL in my case, you can go Dometic if you like)

Induciton and traditional electric "Single burners" Why pay for Propane when ELectricity is included? Likewise space heaters (Electric)

Water Filters.. Some of the camp grounds I've been in even I could not drink the water. but one pass through a charcoal filter and it's good.

Mine is home made, uses granulated charcoal from the fish isle at the pet store. FOllowed by a PUR or Britta filter.

Robmat 02-19-2017 06:02 PM

Priceless - Keurig Coffee machine - nothing beats a good cup of coffee - gets used several times a day . . .
Total Waste - the bottled propane grill that a fellow RV'er told me was the first thing I should get and after getting it I used once in six years of RV'ing. Far easier to cook inside and bring outside if needed.

There is a load of stuff that I bring along and if needed would move up to the priceless category (kitchen items to make cooking easier, tools, meters, GPS, air compressor, weather radio, 6 foot ladder, etc.) but none of them are used as often as my Coffee machine.

petrel 02-19-2017 07:10 PM

Princeton tech headlamp and reading glasses. If I can't see it or read the manual, no amount of tools will help me fix it!

MSHappyCampers 02-19-2017 07:35 PM

Progressive Industries EMS

TireTraker TPMS

SteerSafe stabilizers



Lazy Lynn 02-19-2017 08:05 PM


Originally Posted by Robmat (Post 3466727)
Total Waste - the bottled propane grill that a fellow RV'er told me was the first thing I should get and after getting it I used once in six years of RV'ing. Far easier to cook inside and bring outside if needed.

That's the one thing I must have. If somehow I forgot it I would have to stop and buy another.

Unplanned 02-19-2017 08:22 PM

GPS :thumb:

monkey 02-19-2017 09:07 PM

If you are away from home,,, how about a paper map ??? Who carries those nowdays ? What if the "net" goes down ??? A "real" map might come in handy...... (along with a few other things to keep you safe) ...... Monkey

TonyDi 02-19-2017 09:19 PM

For me it's our TPMS. I don't travel without it. Next I find my I-Pad to be irreplaceable. Great for info, finding fuel, finding an RV park getting weather. The list goes on with it.

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