Many people refer to the RV full time lifestyle as “Living the dream”. After 6 months, I have to say I agree. Even the challenges have been okay as I’ve learned a lot. Not only have I learned a lot about my travel trailer and how things in it work, I’ve learned a lot about extras that make life easier too. So I thought for my holiday edition I would list my top 10 favorite things. These are items I either had installed before I left or things I’ve picked up along the way
The first thing I had installed was a Compost Toilet by Nature’s Head. The more pictures I see posted of sewage hoses leaking and stories I hear of people having trouble with their RV toilet, the more I LOVE my compost toilet. Nature’s Head makes their toilets so they will fit into the small space of RVs and boats. It’s very easy to maintain and doesn’t smell. I never have to worry about having water to use my toilet or electricity or emptying a sewage tank. They have come down a lot in price. I got mine for under $1,000 and it’s worth every penny!
My next favorite thing is my Solar Panels and Inverter. I love being able to park anywhere and still watch TV, use my microwave, use my sleep machine, ect. I have a panel inside where I can monitor how much I’ve used. I also upgraded my batteries before I left. I have 2 AGM, 12 volt batteries. My panels are mounted on the roof too so they charge while I’m driving to my next destination. I looked at getting a a panel that you set up once you arrive but I decided that one more thing to lug in and out wasn’t a good idea plus I’d be worrying about it being stolen all the time.
Next on the list is a Twist on Sewer Attachment. This handy attachment allows me to use both my black tank and grey tank for grey water. This allows me to go twice as long before I have to find a dump station. Also, since I only have grey water (dish and shower water) it’s much easier to find places to empty my tank. Another perk of having a compost toilet.
I now have 2 Honda Generators the 2000 and the 2000i companion. After much trial and error over the summer, I realized I needed two to run my AC. They worked great and kept my trailer nice and cool during the hottest parts of the day. Once the sun set and it cooled down, I was able to turn on the fan and open the windows.
My Pepwave Mini Surf on the Go is my newest favorite thing. It is an internet signal booster. So if you’re somewhere where they have internet but you’re so far away that you can barely pick up a bar, the Pepwave will boost it so you will have up to full bars. It’s been working great, it’s allowed me to take advantage of free internet and makes it strong enough that I can watch movies and TV shows.
This next item seems simple but I’ve found a great use for it other than helping
me get into the trailer. My assistance Door Handle folds in when not in use. It took me 3 months to figure out I could use it as an extra lock for the screen door. This allows me to leave the door open when it’s nice outside and I don’t have to worry about the dogs pushing the screen door open and getting out.
Some may remember the ordeal with getting my Mega Massage Chair into my trailer. I took it up to the dealership and they were having a heck of a time getting it in. They called and said it wouldn’t go in and I told them it had to! So they said they were waiting for someone else to come in that might have another idea. They did get it in and I have been ever so grateful for their efforts. There’s nothing better after driving and towing my trailer for 8 hours than to recline back and let my massage chair work out all the kinks. It massages everything from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet, even your arms and hands.
The Dog Ramp has been a necessity and the Fencing has been perfect to let the kids stretch their legs, enjoy the nice weather and be off of their leashes. It’s 50 ft. of plastic chicken fencing with pvc poles attached. It’s lightweight and rolls up easily for transport.
Last but definitely not least is my Trailer Tray. I installed this myself (not an easy feat I must say) and it’s been such a help. I was having to load and unload my generator, bike, fencing and gas cans every time I parked. The gas fumes were getting in my trailer and it was just a pain in the butt all the way around. Now everything rides on the back and it’s there when I need it. I have everything locked up with bike locks so nothing can walk away.
I was going to make this a top ten list with a count down to number one. The more I looked at all the items, the more I realized they’re all equal in their importance and helpfulness in making life on the road a little easier and enjoyable. If you have any questions about any of the items on my list, please let me know.