- About a year ago I started a list of the things I would need to buy for RVing. Early on this was an exercise to get me thinking about how much the lifestyle would cost up front and see if it was feasible for me. Once I got serious about it, the list grew at a rapid rate. Some things were obvious, like the truck, hitch, and RV. Then there were things that weren’t items that I knew I needed to have, like a mail forwarding service and mobile internet.
But the most difficult list to manage is accessories and what I wanted to have inside the RV. With the best of intentions, I peeked at forums and blogs and made notes of what other people said were “must-haves” for RVing, and soon had a ginormous list. Not only would all of this stuff that people say they can’t live without cost a respectable sized fortune, it wouldn’t all fit in the Casita.
The conclusion I came to is everyone’s idea of what is necessary is different. Since I’m going to be traveling small to save on money, time, and hassle, my needs are different than many other RVers.
If you are also in the process of getting ready to go full-timing, whether it be in a large or small rig, here’s my advice: Go ahead, and make the list. Keep it handy, but don’t buy everything on it. Instead, when you get started RVing, buy only the basic necessities first, the stuff that will obviously be needed. Start taking trial runs in the RV not far from your home base, preferably months before your planned departure date for full-timing.
This will give you time to figure out what you will really need, and time to compare prices as you shop around. If it’s something that needs to be ordered, you still have a home address to ship it too, and if you really forget something that is absolutely necessary, you won’t be far from home.
On a somewhat related subject, this also lets you discover any quirks or issues with your new RV before you need to be in it all the time, it’s much easier to make repairs or modifications when you aren’t living in it yet.
For Christmas this year when my family asked what I wanted, I wanted to ask for things that would be handy for RVing. But since I don’t know what exactly I’ll end up needing, I asked for Amazon gift cards from them. Some of the money will go towards buying e-books for my Kindle, and some will go for those random RVing things that I find I need.
Putting my whole list of possible RVing needs down here would take up a lot of space and would only be useful to some people. Here is an abbreviated version, and at some point in the future perhaps I’ll dedicate a page to the full list – probably once I have the RV and a clearer idea of what the necessities for me actually are.
A list of common things that people say are necessary to have:
- water pressure gauge
- leveling blocks
- wheel chocks
- electrical adapters and extension cord (the Casita will have a 30 amp hookup, so 15/30 and 30/50 adapters would be handy)
- water and sewer hoses and the couplings to connect them
- basic tool set
- Non-fragile dishware
A few things I’m pretty sure I’ll want for boondocking
- Portable propane heater
- Solar setup
- Collapsible water jugs
If you’re already on the road, where did you fall along the spectrum when you started: More stuff than you later found you needed? Not enough? Just right? For those of you not on the road yet, do you have this kind of list started?
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