It’s been ONE full year of living in a RV!! This week, Joe shares some of the things he has discovered to make life more efficient, comfortable and fun while living in a RV. You can click on the images below to go to Amazon and learn more about each of the items mentioned in the video. (*These are affiliate links. If you should choose to make a purchase, a small percentage will be forwarded to Doing Life Deliberately at no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support!)
#10: an Electric Kettle
We never considered the need of an electric kettle prior to RV, but this little gadget has been awesome! We use it every morning for making our pour over coffee. And we it to boil water for pasta, hard boiled eggs, etc. It works much more quickly than using the gas stove top and keeps us from going through propane too quickly!
#9: a Large Level
We use our level every time we setup the travel trailer! We can either lay it horizontally across the tongue of the trailer to level side to side OR we will use it vertically on the side of the trailer to adjust the leveling blocks from side to side. Joe also uses the level to make sure that his smoker is laying flat when grilling the perfect cut of meat!
#8: Work Gloves
After tearing down and setting up our travel trailer a few times, it was painfully obvious that we needed good work gloves! Grease, oil, dirt and grime are all par for the course as RVers- so if you want to keep your hands clean, a good pair of work gloves is definitely worth the small investment!
#7: Curved Levelers with Chocks
Santa brought these levelers for Christmas and it was one of the best presents ever!! The grown-up Lego leveling blocks we were using to level our trailer were JUNK!! They are cheap, but not the most user friendly. Over time, they get crushed and no longer snap together. This means it takes even longer to level the trailer than usual. With these curved levelers, it is a smooth ramp up to a level platform and the gray chocks slip right behind/under them to hold the trailer at the right height. You NEED these! They are awesome!
#6: VIAIR Portable Air Compressor
This air compressor is PEACE OF MIND. This convenient air compressor connects to your RV or car battery so that you never have to worry about your tires having low air pressure. This is also a great tool for keeping bike tires and balls inflated and ready to use anywhere!
#5: Midland GXT Walkie Talkies
We LOVE these walkie talkies! They make setup and tear down of the travel trailer a smooth process. Backing into campsites or pulling through tight spots is easy. It is common to hear couples shouting at each other in frustration through these different scenarios (all the memes attest to it!). But with these walkie talkies, we can not only communicate with ease, but our kids can also keep in touch with us as they head to the shower house, camp store or playground.
#4: Plantronics Advanced NC Bluetooth Headset
Joe recently purchased this headset when co-workers complained that they couldn’t hear him over the background noise at a coffee shop. It was well worth the money spent! Whether in a coffee shop, outside when it’s windy or with kids in the background, this headset cancels background noise and makes it easy to communicate regardless of your environment. This is also great for taking business calls when driving.
#3: Zero Gravity Lawn Chairs
One of the things Joe misses most about a sticks-and-bricks home is his La-Z-Boy recliner! We don’t have recliners in our RV. But with these zero gravity lawn chairs we have another space where we can kick up our feet, relax and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. These definitely make RVing more enjoyable!
#2: Cradlepoint Wireless Router
This Cradlepoint Wireless Router has been a God-send for us on the road! It accepts up to two sim cards from different wireless companies so that you can access the internet in most places. When our cell signal is lacking, we can slip the sim cards from our cell phones into the Cradlepoint and it will boost the signal to give us better reception. From that point, we can make voice-over-internet calls. And if our AT&T service is lacking in an area, we can use a pay-by-month sim card from Verizon to get a signal in most places. Of course, there are areas where no service will work. But this Cradlepoint Wireless Router has been of great benefit to us in areas where our cell coverage would otherwise be very weak.
And finally…. #1: Weber Smokey Mountain
Anyone who knows Joe well knows that he LOVES to smoke meat! This Weber Smokey Mountain fits convienently in our outdoor kitchen (we replaced our outdoor fridge with the smoker). We use it about every other week to smoke large cuts of meat that we will then consume over the next week. It’s a delicious way to feed the family while traveling full time!
Again, if you are interested in any of these items, click the picture to access the Amazon affiliate link. We hope these items will make your RVing experience as enjoyable as it has made ours!