We’re enjoying another great year of RV travel, news & product reviews at LongLongHoneymoon.com. Here are 10 of our favorite items we’ve got around the RV.
Gaffer’s Tape (http://goo.gl/O3UhyC)
This is the “secret” tape used in Hollywood by lighting technicians. Everyone should have a roll in his or her toolkit. Why? It’s like masking tape and duct tape had a baby. It tears, yet is strong and durable. It’s easily removed and leaves no residue behind. Quite simply, it’s probably the most amazingly versatile tape on the planet. It even fits inside a stocking. Heck, you can probably use it to hang the stocking.
Power Inverter (http://goo.gl/0ihkK9)
We use power inverters both inside the RV and in our tow vehicle. They come in handy for a variety of purposes, from recharging electronics to powering television sets. Of course, if you want to run appliances you need to favor one of the more powerful “mac daddy” models. If you just want to juice your phone, the smallest of these devices will do. Some even fit inside cupholders (just don’t try filling them with hot coffee).
Carbon Monoxide Detector (http://goo.gl/Y5YoAi)
One of the most feared threats to RV campers is death by king cobra attack. But a close second is carbon monoxide (and CO is actually much more common in North America than the king cobra). Since most (all?) RVs have a compact living space, interiors can quickly fill with silent but deadly gas – and you can’t blame this one on the dog. Carbon monoxide leaks can originate from many different sources, from on board generators to neighboring vehicles. A new carbon monoxide detector is always a wise investment. It’s not the most fun gift, but you’ll sleep better with this peace of mind.
RV Vent Insulator
Oh yeah, about that hole in your roof… An RV vent insulator keeps interiors warmer in winter. It also blocks sunlight from sleeping eyes. This is one of those handy little RV camping accessories that makes life easier. (Editor’s note: this one may require some folding to fit inside an actual stocking.)
If you have an RV and also have a head, you really need a head lamp. (If you don’t have a head, you have bigger problems to address than outdoor lighting.) Headlamps are incredibly useful when you are working on your RV or campsite at night, a scenario that happens to us on a daily (hourly?) basis.
Drop Stop – The Original Patented Seat Gap Filler
“As seen on TV!” This is one of those no brainer inventions that’s simultaneously silly and brilliant. Pretty much every vehicle has an annoying gap between seat and center console, a crevice that sucks up everything from car keys to French fries. These clever devices eliminate that gap, also known as the Carmuda Triangle.
Extra Keyless Remote
Most tow vehicles come equipped with one keyless remote. Dealerships are awfully proud of these keyless remotes, and they like to charge a small fortune for extras. Thankfully, we now have the Internet and can pick up spares at reasonable prices, without any bloodshed or loss of firstborn children. Just don’t tell your dealership.
Emergency Escape Tool
Everyone needs an emergency escape tool in the glovebox. These tools cut seatbelts and shatter windshield glass. They can be lifesavers in the case of an automobile accident. They could probably crack walnuts in a pinch, although I don’t recommend using them for such a frivolous purpose. Unless you’re really hungry.
The humble tire gauge is another “must have” tool for any RV camper. For a special treat, consider getting an upgraded “racing” model with a more professional build quality. Hey, I may not own a Ferrari, but I can own the Ferrari of tire gauges.
Sanyo Eneloop Rechargeable Batteries
These are the best rechargeable batteries available today, yesterday, or any day. It’s a remarkable concept: rechargeable batteries that actually work the way rechargeable batteries are supposed to work. Eneloop deliver satisfying amounts of power, hold a charge nicely, and offer excellent longevity. Over time these help your bank account and Mother Earth, and are a much wiser investment than throwing away cash on disposable batteries. You can stuff our stockings with Eneloop any day (just be sure to remember the charger if you need one).