If you’re living in an RV, or just travel in one sometimes, you’re going to need some RV gadgets and gizmos.
We’ve rounded up our favorite RV gadgets for a smoother life on the road.
Everything from RV storage ideas, to kitchen hacks, to items for your black tank, to a few RV gadgets to make life outside your motorhome even better.
What can’t you live without?
Our favorite practical RV Gadgets and Gizmos
A camper leveler
One of the worst things about RV camping is when you're parked on a slope with no leveler in sight! This has happened to me many times in my campervan. We usually just shove a piece of wood under the tire, but a real leveler is a better idea.
This cool RV leveler works on any increment between 1/2 inch and 4 inches, and on trailers up to 30,000 pounds. An awesome RV gadget you won't want to live without.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Anyone knows a tire blow-out is dangerous business for an RVer, especially when trekking on mountain roads. In fact, a tire pressure monitoring system recently saved my parents while they were driving down I-5 and a tire blew out!
This EEZTire pressure monitoring system gets very good reviews on Amazon and is specially built for motorhomes. EEZTire accurately monitors tire pressure and temperature for up to 26 tires and tire pressures up to 210 psi.
Not only does this help prevent a blowout, but helps keep your rig’s fuel economy up to par. The price range on a tire pressuring monitoring system is so large due to the number and types of systems on the market.
RV Interior Dehumidifier
This small and compact RV dehumidifier is perfect for keeping your RV nice and dry. Mold and condensation build-up inside your RV is gross and unhealthy. Plus, trying to see the scenery through foggy windows is a drag.
This ultra-quiet dehumidifier can remove up to 9-ounces of water per day and gets great reviews on Amazon.
Definitely an essential RV gadget!
RV Walter Filter with a Flexible Hose
This Camco RV water filter reduces bad taste, odor, chlorine, calcium and sediment when you're filling up your RV water tank at a campground. You can attach it to any standard garden or water hose to give you cleaner and healthier water.
Say goodbye to gross-tasting campground water with this awesome little RV gadget.
This RV water filter uses a KDF Fluid Treatment to remove chemicals that give unpleasant odors and bad taste to water. Plus, it also prevents the growth of fungus, bacteria and mold when the filter is not in use.
Shower Head Kit with On/Off Switch
When you're out RV, especially boondocking, it's a good idea to conserve water. One way is to take "military-style" showers, where you turn the water off when you're sudsing up.
This showerhead kit by Camco includes a showerhead, a 60" flexible hose, a wall-mount and installation hardware.
You can choose from five different spray patterns and you can easily stop the wate flow when you're busy lathering up.
This is one of our favorite RV gadgets and gizmos for RVing off-grid.
RV Gadgets and Gizmos for your kitchen
RV travel means space is at a minimum, which means organization and storage are key. So are ways to make quick and convenient meals.
Here are our favorite RV gadgets and gizmos to make life easier on the road.
Double RV Cupboard/Fridge Bar
This handy double RV cupboard/refrigerator bar keeps your food from slipping and sliding all over the place when you're driving your camper down the road.
These spring-loaded bars extend from 10"-17" and can be used inside cupboards, closets or an RV refrigerator.
You can even use them to keep books in place on a bookshelf. A perfect RV gadget for fridge and cupboard organization.
Collapsible dish drainer with drainer board
Anyone who lives or travels in an RV knows how important it is to keep things collapsible. You simply pop this dish drainer open when you're ready to use it. This dish drainer collapses down to a height of just 1.8 inches, which can be stored anywhere in your RV!
This is perfect for draining dinnerware and glasses, and you can even use it outside on your picnic table!
A separate utensils area helps forks, spoons and knives dry even faster.
Compressed paper towels
Paper towels are known to take up tons of space. But not so for these super tiny compressed paper towels, which are 100% organic and biodegradable.
To boot, you can wring these out and use them several times before tossing. These towels are small enough to throw into a backpack or picnic basket for a meal in the woods.
This set comes with 500 compressed paper towels, which should keep you busy for months to come.
If you must have one larger RV gadget in your kitchen, I'd highly recommend a pressure cooker, whether you use a stovetop or electric version.
We use our pressure cooker all the time for soups and stews. Plus, you can even use it to bake breads and cakes! You'll be shocked by just how quickly food cooks. You'll use less propane and enjoy food that tastes like it's been cooked for hours.
This is an absolute essential for an RV.
Nesting pots and pans
These Magma nesting pots and pans come highly reviewed from sailors and RVers alike. These stainless steel pots and pans store in less than 1/2 cubic feet of space and are made out of mirror polish marine-grade stainless steel.
You can't go wrong with Magma products to save space in your RV kitchen!
This set comes with three sauce pans, a stock pan and a sauté pan with matching lids. The perfect space-saving RV gadget for your kitchen!
Over cabinet waste or storage basket
This over cabinet storage basket will really save room in your RV. This is a top pick among RVers and a favorite RV gadget.
Use this basket either as garbage can or for storage in your RV kitchen or bathroom. It can store things like cleaning supplies, plastic bags, bathroom supplies and even dry foods.
This over cabinet wire storage basket features non absorbent foam backing to protect your cabinets and is easy to install with no extra hardware needed.
A spice gripper is a top RV gadget
Want to prevent those spices from rolling around your countertops when you drive? This spice gripper is the perfect solution.
Just add this spice gripper to the inside of your cupboards and you'll be amazed by how little space it takes up.
Secure adhesive lets you mount these spice grippers to nearly anything. They are also easily trimmable to fit the space available - a wonderful RV gadget for keeping those spices organized.
Many RVs are notorious for the lack of counter space. A board like this goes right over your stove, giving you more counter space for cutting, chopping and laying out dinner items.
This oak board from Camco comes with a flexible cutting mat, and can also be used to reduce stovetop rattles when you're driving.
A non-stick mat keeps the board securely in place. This oak board fits most 2-3 burner RV stoves.
RV Gadgets for outside your rig
Yep, even though you might live and travel in a beautiful RV, you're also going to be spending tons of time outdoors. Whether that's sitting around a campfire, cooking outdoors, or just lounging under the stars with a glass of wine.
Here are our favorite RV gadgets and gizmos for when you're sitting outside in that beautiful fresh air.
Foldable canvas table
Who's ever heard of a table that folds down into a small bag that you can swing over your shoulder? Pretty cool if you ask me!
Obviously, you won't be eating a large dinner off of this folding canvas camping table, but its great for drinks and card games when you're out camping or tailgating. Plus, it opens up and is ready to use in under a minute.
Outdoor fire pit
There are going to be times when you're RVing that you just won't have access to a good fire pit. Or, sometimes there are campground restrictions that don't allow you to have a wood fire.
That's why many RVers, including my parents, choose to bring their own. This portable outdoor fire pit is small enough to fit in your RV, and even comes with a cover and carry kit.
Light it up using a matchless auto ignition, and you'll enjoy the clean and smokeless flame. It's warm like a wood-burning fire, too!
Nothing is more romantic than an evening by your RV with a cozy fire.
Comfortable hammock for lounging
Imagine a lazy summer day when you're RV camping, reading a book in this comfortable outdoor hammock. The Winner Outfitters Double hammock is big enough to fit you and your sweetie.
This lightweight, durable, machine washable hammock can support up to 500 pounds and is easy to set up. Perfect for at the beach or in the trees.
Camping Dutch Oven
Nothing is better than getting outside your RV to cook dinner, and this dutch oven does just the trick. This Lodge portable “camp stove” does everything – the lid holds hot coals and inverts to use as a griddle.
The stocky pot also has legs so you can set it right over hot coals in the fire to roast meats, veggies, stews, or even to make a dessert.
Cast iron is naturally non-stick and even gets some good iron into your food. This dutch oven even comes with the Camp Dutch Oven Cooking 101 book.
Check out this list of 13 campfire cooking tools you're sure to love!
Unbreakable stainless steel wine glasses
Use these outdoor portable, lightweight wine glasses when you're sitting outside your camper, or throw them into a backpack for a beautiful picnic.
You can also use them for coffee, tea or cocktails. These outdoor, portable, stainless steel glasses each come with a plastic mouthpiece as well to combat spills.
A comfortable camping chair
There will be many a night when you aren't sitting inside your rig, but outside enjoying well.....the great outdoors. That's why people RV, right?
You'll definitely want to keep some comfortable camping chairs on hand for those balmy evenings and crisp mornings.
These Portal camping chairs come with a padded hard armrest, making it easier to get into and out of your chair. This chair also features a swing-away cup holder so you can enjoy a beverage while relaxing.
Outdoor Camping Rug
An outdoor camping rug is perfect for setting up right outside your motorhome for a comfortable hang-out area.
This rug is made out of a breathable material that won't damage grass, and is UV coated to protect against fading and sun damage. We also love that it's mold and mildew resistant.
It also easily folds up into a bag you can carry to your favorite picnic spot.
An inflatable kayak is a wonderful item to have on hand if you're into paddling on pristine lakes while out RVing. This 2-person inflatable kayak gets great reviews and is meant for lakes and slow-moving rivers.
This kayak includes adjustable inflatable seats with backrests, and a cockpit designed for comfort and space. Perfect for anyone who loves water.
It's affordable, can carry 400 pounds and is super easy to inflate and deflate.
The best RV gadgets and gizmos for your black tank
Dealing with your RV's black tank might be one of the worst parts about RVing. But these simple RV gadgets for your toilet and holding tank may make it all a little easier.
Getting some durable gloves to deal with doo-doo duty is a must-have RV gadget when you're living and traveling in an RV. These one-size-fits-all gloves are good for both wet and dry outdoor conditions.
You'll get 100 green latex-free gloves in this package. A double-sided adhesive lets you mount the package anywhere for easy access.
Sidewinder RV Sewer Hose Support
These sidewinder sewer hose supports come in a variety of sizes: 10, 15, 20 or 30 feet. This support system lifts and cradles your sewer hose while connected between your RV black tank and the dump station, which prevents damage or punctures to your sewer hose.
This RV sewer hose is super easy to set up and use - no assembly required! Plus, it's lightweight and durable with a sturdy frame, meaning it's weatherproof and long-lasting.
RV Black Tank Cleaning Wand
This swivel stick for your RV black water tank is essential for dislodging stubborn deposits that just won't ooze out of your tank when you visit the dump.
Powerful rotary cleaning action removes those odor-causing particles so your RV doesn't smell like an outhouse. Cleaning your tank with one of these swivel sticks keeps your black tank sensors working properly.
RV Toilet treatment drop-ins
Keep your RV black water tank smelling like daisies with RV toilet treatment drop-ins. Those of us living in tiny spaces need clean and odor-free air to breathe.
These RV toilet treatment drop-ins are specifically-formulated to break down waste. All you have to do is drop the packet right into the toilet and flush at the beginning of your trip. These are biodegradable packets.
RV Gadgets to organize your RV
Want the inside of your RV to look like this? Sparkling clean without clutter in sight? Then check out our top RV gadgets and gizmos to keep your rig beautiful and organized.
Stick-on under-cabinet lights are a great RV gadget!
Cubbies and cabinets inside an RV can be super dark, especially mornings and evenings! These stick-on under cabinet lights shed some serious rays into your motorhome's darkest holes.
This RV gadget automatically senses human movement and turns on right when you're grabbing your favorite game or pair of shoes. You can place them in a closet, drawer, cabinet or any other dark place
Large white utility hooks
Here's another of several RV gadgets that keep your rig more organized. These big white hooks stick right on your wall and can hold everything from jackets to kitchen utensils.
If RV organization isn't your strong suit, you may want to invest in some of these hooks for your motorhome. These white hooks stick on a variety of indoor surfaces including painted walls, finished wood, glass, tile, metal, and other smooth surfaces.
I am totally addicted to packing cubes and use them in my campervan and on my sailboat. These packing cubes are a very handy RV gadget for keeping your stuff organized when you travel. I can't imagine storing my clothes any other way!
You can also use packing cubes to store your shoes, belts and laundry.
Over the Door Hanging Organizer
Keep your crap off your RV's floor with an over-the-door hanging organizer. This is perfect for shoes, belts, sweaters, coats, you name it. Or, if you have kids, use it to store toys and games.
This organizer is super easy to hang and has a subtle polka dot print.
Every RV needs one of these as a space saving RV gadget!
Wall-mounted bathroom organizer
You’ll never have clutter littering your bathroom counter and drawers again with this wall-mounted bathroom organizer. Big enough for family use with 3 cups, which works for six electric toothbrushes or nine regular toothbrushes.
Also keeps your toothbrush covered and protected.
Interlocking drawer organizers to declutter RV drawers
These handy interlocking drawer organizers can be used all over your RV. Try them out in the bathroom for your toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and hairbrush. Or for your kitchen knives and utensils.
Or use them in your utility drawer for pens, paper clips, post-it notes and nails.
RV Gadgets and Gizmos to stay connected
If you're traveling in your RV for any length of time, you'll most likely need to stay connected. This is especially true for digital nomads. Here are our favorite RV gadgets for internet.
WeBoost Drive 4X
We've tested this WeBoost Drive signal booster and I can say it works well when you're in a remote location. There have been times when I had barely a signal before I plugged this RV gizmo in. My signal immediately went up, and I was able to send text messages and check my email.
One RVer I spoke to said she can even stream YouTube videos using this cellular signal booster.
A portable power station
Need to keep your CPAP running all night, or have an easy way to charge cameras and laptops? The Jackery portable power station is an awesome solar-powered box that keeps your devices charged when you're on the road.
This device is especially good for RVers who love boondocking and need to conserve power. The Jackery Explorer 500 is powerful enough to even run a Nutribullet blender!
We have a Jackery and love it!
Hotspot from Reliable Internet Solutions
I use an unlimited, unthrottled AT&T hotspot from Reliable Internet Solutions, which provides me with fast WiFi on the road. I need an unlimited hotspot for my work on The Wayward Home. It's also fast enough to stream Netflix shows!
To read more about WiFi on the road check out this article: Van Life Internet Options
Google Fi Phone Plan
I’m a HUGE fan of the Google Fi international phone plan, which is a pay-as-you-go service. The base rate for this phone plan is just $20 for unlimited texting and phone calls. Plus, texting remains FREE anywhere in the world! You also get billed $10 per gig of data used, no matter where you go.
Google's plan works with both iPhones and certain Androids.
My referral link gives you $20 credit when you join: https://g.co/fi/r/T4D05X
You can also use your phone as a hotspot if you don’t want to buy a separate hotspot device. The only problem is that Google uses several different cell phone companies to give you service, and doesn’t have amazing coverage like AT&T or Verizon.
This is why I combine my Google plan with an AT&T hotspot.
Just for fun RV gadgets
Having a Kindle Paperwhite in your cramped motorhome is way better than hauling a bunch of books around, right? Plus, you'll never run out of books with a Kindle, which can store thousands of books. I use my Kindle to download free library books. An e-reader saves space and is really cheap!
Kindle's newest Paperwhite is waterproof with twice the storage. You won't feel like you're looking at a computer tablet, either. It's more like reading a paperback book!
iPads are super affordable now and can be used for a lot of things when you're out traveling in an RV. I use mine to download a bunch of free, color, beautiful magazines from my local library.
We also download our Netflix and Amazon Prime shows so we have entertainment wherever we are.
This is also a fun way to surf the web and get a little work done without hauling out my laptop. Some people even enjoy them for books, although I prefer my Kindle with a non-glare screen.
Cute RV Cutting Board
If you're living or traveling in an RV, might as well deck it out with cute motorhome decorations. This cutting board shaped like a vintage travel trailer is just too cute to pass up.
This bamboo cutting board is perfect for cutting all sorts of things for your meal, and is a gorgeous, wood-burned design.
That was a lot of RV gadgets!
I hope you enjoyed our list of RV gadgets and gizmos to make your motorhome trips even better.
What are your favorite RV gadgets? What did we miss?
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Kristin Hanes is a journalist who founded The Wayward Home as a place to learn about alternative living. She currently lives on a sailboat and in a Chevy Astro van, and has written articles about alternative living published in Good Housekeeping, Business Insider, Marie Claire and SF Gate. Read more about Kristin here.