5 Must Have RVing Gadgets

One of the first things you will notice when you become an RV owner is just how many gadgets are available on the market today. If you stop by any camping and outdoors store, you are sure to find countless gadgets for sale that promise to do various things to improve your RV experience. Of course, most of these gadgets are unnecessary – and some of them are downright junk. However, there are a few that are worthy of your attention, such as the five on the list below.

colorful sunset at the sea shore#1 – A Cell Signal Booster

Most likely, your RV adventures are going to take you all over the countryside – including to places that lack a reliable cell signal. If you would like to be able to stay connected while out in these remote locations, consider picking up a cell signal booster for your RV. This type of device is actually pretty affordable, yet it can be a big advantage in the quest to stay connected while on your trips.

#2 – GPS for Your RV

At first blush, you might think of this as a gadget that is certainly unnecessary. After all, can’t you just use the GPS system on your phone to get where you need to go? You could, but your phone GPS is not customized to think about the needs of an RV driver. With an RV-specific GPS, you can keep track of information that is important to you, such as low bridges, steep hills, and more. Driving an RV can be a bit of a stressful experience, but you will find less stress along the way when you trust your RV GPS to get you to your destination with ease.

#3 – Solar Panels

Creating power on the go is always a challenge, which is why solar power is becoming a popular choice among RV owners. Rather than installing a full solar system on the roof of your RV, however, you could opt for a portable unit which you can set up on a temporary basis to pick up small amounts of power at just the right time.

#4 – Portable Ice Maker

If you plan on using your RV during the summer months, you are going to need to find as many ways to stay cool as possible. One of the best little gadgets you can pick up for these kinds of trips is a portable ice maker. Most RV freezers struggle to keep up with the demand for ice on your trip, so add a portable unit to your collection and count on it to keep your drinks cool day after day.

#5 – Tire Pressure Monitor

You certainly don’t want to have a tire blowout while you are driving to or from your destination, so consider adding to a tire pressure monitor to your rig (if you don’t already have one in place). By monitoring the tire pressure throughout your journey, you should be able to address any developing problems before they become a serious issue.



  1. I highly recommend #5. After 35 years of towing RVs we had our first blowout crossing Texas last year. I have always checked the tires for pressure every morning and visually at every stop. I carry a compressor for ease of making pressue adjustments. This tire failed due to a defect (the whole tire exploded and shed the entire tread) just after a stop. After replacing the other tires when we reached Florida, I decided to buy a TPMS, as tires aren’t cheap and ruining a new one wasn’t a chance I wanted to take. The peace of mind of knowing the continuous status of the RVs tires is priceless.

  2. Please do an article on tire pressure monitoring systems. We got one and it kept dropping off tires on the system and would go off on every bump in the road. Made for more stress rather than less.

  3. I second Bryant’s comment. Tire pressure monitoring is essential. Also need to manually check tit against the readings just to be sure. A blowout is not a good adventure and for the most part is preventable with simple monitoring.

  4. I would be curious to know I believe the monitor would tell the pressure but how can it tell you a tire is shredding.I checked my tire pressure before a trip and as soon as the tire warmed up I had a zipper blowout.No warning.
    Tom Moeller

  5. Do I need separate batteries to use solar and would the solar kit from harbor freight work. I believe it is a 45 what kit

    • No, you don’t need separate batteries but you do need the solar panels installed correctly. The 45 watt kit will not be enough for boondocking. Most people use 200 watts to fully charge the batteries in one day in the sun. There are a lot of variables to consider in knowing how many watts to get. There are some good articles to read that will help you figure out what you need. Good luck.