Holiday Gift Guide: RV Gear and Gadgets
Do you have an RV’er in your life, or are you one? I’ve put together a list of awesome RV gear and gadgets that could make perfect gifts for the nomad in your life.
Holiday Gift Guide: RV Gear and Gadgets
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We’ve tried a few of the products below including the Viair Compressor, Nest Smoke Detector, Coleman Grill, and the weBoost, just to name a few. We absolutely love them and would recommend them for any RVer. The other RV gear and gadgets on the list we’ve heard great things about, and have them on our wishlist. We hope the list below will get you pointed in the right direction.
We have the Viair Portable Compressor and can’t lie, it’s amazing! We’ve had our compressor for a few months and it has definitely made life on the road so much easier. We no longer stress about our tire pressure or where we’re going to be able to add air. That’s because we can check the tire pressure, and add or remove air right where we’re parked. If you’re curious about the kit or how it works we have a video you can watch where we show how easy it is to use.
They also have a really cool Winterization kit that works with the compressor. It allows for you to easily blow all of the water from your lines while eliminating the need for RV Anti-Freeze.
I’m not sure where to start with the weBoost RV Cellular Booster. It’s saved us more times than I can count. We’d heard before we started traveling that it was a good idea to have multiple options for internet service. We ignored that advice for a while, mostly because we had decent Wifi wherever we found ourselves.
That run of luck quickly ended once we were hit by a semi-truck and ending up staying at an RV repair shop for 3 months. While there we had zero Wifi and our cell service was rough. We could make phone calls, but using the data was pretty much out of the question. It was at that point we started looking more into weBoost, and I’m glad we did.
Not only did it help us get online for the remainder of the time at the RV repair shop, but once we pulled out it saved us again at our very next stop. We stayed at a place just outside of Estes Park, CO. While there we had zero service, I mean we couldn’t even make a phone call. That’s when we plugged in the weBoost and everything was ok. We were able to make calls and get online a little bit, I’d have to say going from zero service to making phone calls and doing a little browsing was amazing!
3. EEZTire-TPMS Real Time/24×7 Tire Pressure Monitoring System – 10 Anti-Theft Sensors and 3-Year Warranty
We go back to the topic of tires! That’s because tire safety can lead to overall RV safety while you’re driving down the road.
While we have the Viair mentioned above, we can’t wait to get our hands on this Tire Pressure Monitor setup. As of now, we can check our tire pressure before we leave and fill or release air accordingly, but as we’re driving down the road we won’t know if anything changes. That’s where this setup comes in handy, it allows you to keep a constant eye on how your tires are doing.
It’s such a great gift because it can help relieve a lot of stress while driving a rig down the road.
A surge protector isn’t a “fun” gift for an RVer but it can be an extremely important one. This little guy will help protect the rig against power surges and power problems. In turn, helping to prevent damage to the rig. This isn’t the exact one we have as ours is built into our rig, but it’s manufactured by the same company and we’ve been extremely pleased with ours.
We actually had a power flare up when some of our wires went bad, and I was extremely happy we had our surge guard in place to prevent that trouble coming into our rig.
5. King 0A8500 Jack HDTV Directional Over-the-Air Antenna with Mountain and Signal Finder in White or Black
This King Antenna has been on our wishlist for quite some time. We currently have an older model antenna on our roof. Which works fine at pulling in the signal however it can be difficult at times to know which direction to point it in order to pull in the best signal.
This antenna helps eliminate that problem by coming with a built-in signal finder. Which will alert you when your antenna is pointed in the right direction to pull in the strongest signal. I’m not sure how many hours I’ve spent turning our current antenna but it’ll be great when we upgrade to one that will eliminate that time drain.
We’ve had our Nest Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detector in place for about six months and we couldn’t be happier. Our old detector bit the dust and we needed a replacement. After shopping around we decided to go with the Nest mainly because we’d heard great things but also because of some of the added benefits.
One such benefit is you can get the Nest app on your phone, this allows you to check in when your not home to make sure everything is ok. At the same time if something does go array the Nest App will alert you, which is nice. Oh yeah, it also detects motion, so when you get close it will turn on a nightlight in order to help you see. I wasn’t excited about that feature until it came on one night when I was walking through the RV with no lights on.
The Maxxair MaxxFan is one of those items that can make life just a little easier in an RV. My wife and I aren’t the tallest people in the world, but for my wife it can be difficult to raise and lower the lids of the fans in our RV. In order to even turn it on she has to grab a stool. With this great gift idea she’d be able to just grab the remote and do everything she needs to with the fans. We haven’t yet upgraded to these, but we will be doing so in the future!
Whether you’re boondocking in the wilderness or staying at a 5-Star RV resort, sometimes you just want to cook out. What’s great about these Coleman traveling grills is that you can fold them down to a much smaller size. Ours folds up nice and stores right in one of our basement storage bins. This makes it easy for us to have a burger or veggie burger in Katie’s case. It’s also nice that you can get the small propane tanks they run off of from pretty much any grocery store.
Back on the subject of the internet again!
As mentioned above with the weBoost it’s important to have multiple internet options when traveling. For Katie and I it’s essential we’re able to get online.
This is the setup we use in order to increase our Wifi strength, while also created a secure connection. When you’re at an RV park or even a Burger King parking lot, you can pull in the Wifi from the source via the antenna. Which then sends the signal to the R36A (basically a mobile router) once the R36A has the signal it creates a new signal which you can set up with password protection. Meaning if you’re doing work or just don’t want anyone secretly jumping in through your signal you can create a secure network just for your RV. We love our setup and have been using it for years.
10. Mr. Heater Buddy
Staying warm in the winter months can be difficult in an RV, mainly because they aren’t always insulated the best. We’re currently using electric space heaters in order to help heat our RV, and while they work well they can also make the electric bill climb. The Mr. Heater Buddy runs off of propane which can generally lead to a less expensive heating source. We haven’t pulled the trigger on one yet but have heard great things. If you already have a Mr. Heater Buddy or get one make sure to let us know what you think.
You may have noticed a trend with a couple of these items. Items that are large but shrink down in order to store are of great importance when traveling in an RV. As you may know, space can be at a premium when traveling, so if some of your everyday items can be made smaller it’s a major plus.
So this one can be extremely important especially if the RVer you’re looking for a gift for does a lot of hiking or traveling in the National Forest.
The Spot GPS Messenger will allow for the individual to send out messages relaying their GPS coordinates, it can also send out an S.O.S. signal if needed.
The other day Katie and I were cruising through the Olympic National Forest looking for our Christmas Tree when things got a bit dicey. We’d gotten pretty deep into the forest and realized it would be better to keep going and come out the other side rather than turn back. After driving another couple of hours on the top of snowy mountains in our front wheel drive jeep we came to an impassable section of road that a rock slide had taken out. I wasn’t sure we’d be able to make it back the way we came, so this little guy would’ve come in real handy.
We ended up making it out but it was white knuckled, cliff edge, snow-covered driving, not fun in our car, once I get that Wrangler Unlimited I think we can make an experience like this one fun.
We’ve had our Ring Stick Up Cam for a couple years now, and have to say we’ve been extremely pleased with the way it’s worked. With that said they’ve made some changes to the design and functionality since we purchased ours. Though after looking through everything they’ve changed I have to say they just keep improving it. So if your looking for a little extra security or just want to check in and see how things are going at the rig when you’re gone this could be a good option for you.
If you want a little more information about our Ring setup you can check out our post.
14. Garmin RV GPS
The Garmin RV GPS is on our wishlist for sure. We’re currently traveling in the Pacific Northwest and we’ve found there are some low bridges around. We’re currently using a combination of different apps on our phones in order to plan our trip based on the size of our rig. Which can be a bit time consuming and sometimes confusing. By using the Garmin RV GPS we’d be able to plug it into one system based on our specific rig and hit the road.
We recently picked up the Canary All In One Indoor camera to be able to keep an eye on the pets while we’re away and monitor the temperature in the RV. Knowing what’s happening inside the RV while we’re gone releases a ton of stress while we’re out and about. What’s funny is we had this camera shipped to Katie’s mom since we were in the middle of traveling and snagged it at a great deal. Now we’re just waiting for her to ship it to our current address so we can try it out. If you want to be able to give your pets treats while you’re gone you can also look into the Furbo.
The GoPro is a great tool for getting out and capturing what you love to do. There are many different options within the camera that can help to create great shots. We love to use ours when traveling or hiking. It’s small and lightweight which makes it easy to take anywhere. Ours is the Hero5 Black so this one is a couple versions newer, meaning they’ve only made it better.
The RV gear and gadgets in this kit have been at the very top of my wishlist! There are so many times that we’ve been out and about and I wished I had this bad boy to send up in the air. Being stuck on the top of the mountain while Christmas Tree hunting would have been a great time to send it up in the air. I like the idea of this kit specifically because it comes with three separate batteries, giving you a lot more airtime.
What’s on your RV wishlist this year? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
Looking for more gift ideas? Check out our RV Holiday Gift Guides here! We’ll be sharing gift ideas that take up zero space this weekend, so be sure to check back!