Luxury Items We Recommend
September 9, 2019
Many people think that when living in an RV, you have to be a full-on minimalist. I am not going to lie to you, it is, but it’s not that bad. You have to allow yourself some leeway. In this blog, we listed some of the luxury items we recommend in an RV. We define luxuries as items we don’t really need, but having them makes the journey a bit more joyful.
Life is way more fun when you are traveling with joy, happiness, and comfortable accommodations.
Those two radios are a lifesaver for us. They allow us to communicate when we need to, without having to scream over the engine sound and all the other noises surrounding us.
We use them when we put the slides in to ensure that nothing is getting caught on the outside or the inside. We use them when coupling the 5th wheel, we use them all the time without exception. It was one of the small investments we had to keep us sane and away from screaming.
It is always fun to watch couples backing the trailer with no communication, especially in blind spots. The banging on the trailer or the screaming is a bit ear-shattering sometimes. We mentioned using radios to a few couples, they liked it so much that ordered radios that same night.
We have written many times about LevelMatePro In a different blog (Link Here), and we can’t get enough of talking about it. It is one of the products that we debated purchasing for four months. But let me tell you this, as soon as we got it, it was very obvious that we missed out on this.
Imagine this, we level the trailer in seconds, we don’t need to pull out levelers, or watch bubbles or even figure out which side to lift and how much to level the 5th wheel front to back.
LevelMatePro gives you all the information that you need to make an informative decision when leveling the trailer, therefore, reducing the time spent to get the trailer leveled.
When Kate and I decided to switch to full-time living, we had to consolidate our things. While I had already minimized all the items that I use, Kate was still in the process of weeding through hers. When she was not sure what to do with this mattress heater, I said let’s try it and see how it works. And let’s be honest here, I fell in love with it. See our bedroom is in the front portion of the RV, so under it is empty, and heat retention is not a big thing. So having the mattress heater has made all the difference in sleeping cozily on cold nights.
Plus, the mattress heater is not too taxing on our solar, so we are able to turn it on for at least an hour before bed to warm up the bed. Then, I have Kate whose body temperature when sleeping is close to boiling, to keep me warm at night.
Let’s agree on one thing, RV mattresses are not the best on the market. In our case, we have an RV queen size mattress. In other words, it’s not actual queen size, it’s shorter. Combining both of those challenges together we had to upgrade to a mattress topper to add more padding and cushiness to our bed.
I know, I know, who would have thought that an older rig like ours would have such amazing luxuries? Not any luxury, but hotel-style luxury. Well, we do! Now this one is dual purpose.
We all know that moisture is a killer to RVs so by having this we eliminated most of the moisture coming from damp items in our rig, towels, clothing that we can’t use the drier for and stuff like that. On the other hand, this item also produces heat, which keeps our bedroom warm.
Now, this towel heater is ok to be used with our solar and power bank for at least an hour, but we generally only use it when we are plugged in.
When Kate decided to introduce this item into our rig, my main concerns were, where are we storing this in the summer? And how much electricity does it use?
We planned to store this in our Space Bags under the bed during the summer but it uses such a small amount of electricity that using it in the summer on a solar power system is absolutely the best.
By using this blanket we don’t always have to have the heater on. I know the RV heater uses propane, but why not save a bit of that propane for other times?
I also realized that I do like the idea of having that blanket, yep, you heard it, as much as I was against this luxury, I am embracing it right now.
Kate and I spend a lot of time reading. In order for us to read everywhere, we decided to purchase two Kindles to access to many books on the road. We used to keep actual books in our rig, but due to limited space, we had to shift over to a cloud-based storage system. Kindle delivered a great system for us.
Two subscriptions that we can’t imagine living without are:
With Kindle Unlimited, we are able to check out many books without having to purchase them. They loan you three books at a time. You can read them and once done, you can return them and get more.
So essentially there’s no limit to the number of books you can read every month.
Audible is a great way to listen to books as we are traveling. We always try to pick light humor books on our trips to break the monotony on the road. We enjoy it and try as much as we can to learn and have humor along the way.
We love cold water and the ability to get enough cold water in the fridge was always a challenge for us. We tried many different options, but to our surprise, this water jug fits perfect in the fridge and had enough capacity to fill two 32 oz bottles before we have to refill it again.
Even though we have a filter for our kitchen sink, this jug has helped us consume less water from our fresh tank when boondocking and use the water we get from Walmart in our reusable 7-gallon jugs.
We hear it all the time, “Why would we need a GPS for our RV? Google maps get us there for free.” Well, there are a few things Google maps does not do. Google maps DOES NOT allow you to enter the height, width, and weight of your rig to ensure you can fit under bridges and can go over small bridges in rural areas.
We also use this GPS to track information about our rig maintenance, so that we can have it all in one place.
One of the main reasons we love this GPS is the fact that you can choose your rig icon, Ours is a red truck and a white trailer. So what would your GPS icon look like?
This is one of the main ways we keep our water consumption at a minimum during our boondocking.
But think of it this way: it has great pressure, uses less than the average RV shower head and is made of sturdy material that prevents it from breaking like all the other RV shower heads we had before. All and all this is the best shower head we have to yet own in an RV.
has been the most expensive luxury that turned into a necessity really quick. Living on the road and staying connected has been a limiting factor in our exploring.
See, many of the RV parks are in cities and we wanted to be away from cities. All the things we want to see are in the middle of nowhere, so getting the solar made sense.
What are some of your luxury guilty pleasure items in your RV? Are there any items that you want to add to your RV, but consider them luxury and can’t bring yourself to purchase them? What do you think of the luxury items we recommended?
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