Top 10 Survival Items for Full-Time RVers
In 2015, I decided to sell my house and buy an RV. I did not know what to expect, however, I was excited about the new adventure and couldn’t just jump in and hit the road. Preparing for being on the road is important.
Making sure your RV has the essential items to run and function is valuable. Being survivalists, I came up with the Top 10 Survival Items for Full-Time RVers.
Having a tool kit with essential tools will help you when you need it most. Keep in mind, with limited space and capacity in an RV, choosing which tools to carry is important. Items I like to keep in a tool kit are:
- Multi-bit Screwdriver
- Duct Tape
- Allen Wrench
- Socket Set
- Wire Cutters
- Bungy Cords
- Zip Ties
- Tape Measure
- Utility Knife
- Flash Light
- Pocket Knife
- Thread Seal Tape
- Work Gloves
- Power Drill
- Tire Pressure Gauge
- Adjustable Wrench
First Aid Kit
A first aid kit that can take care of minor cuts and injuries can help until you can get to a doctor. If you purchase a ready-made kit, check to see it has items you would use often. Make sure these kits have the essentials such as sterile gauze dressings of all sizes, a tourniquet, bandaids, antibacterial cream, safety pin, sterile eye dressing, disposable sterile gloves and tweezers.
If you are looking to buy one, our favorite first aid kit can be carried with you as a survival bag. This survival bag is made by Gexmil. This kit is great for Full-Time RVers because it has medical supplies and SURVIVAL items like a flashlight, poncho, and a CAT tourniquet.
You may be somewhere and your power goes out. Stranded in the middle of nowhere with no light can be frustrating as well as dangerous. It is best to have a flashlight or lantern to help guide you when it is dark. I enjoy a flashlight that is made of strong metal and is USB rechargeable with multiple settings. Pick a flashlight that is simple with easy switches and has at least two settings: high output brightness and a strobe mode.
Knife or a Gun
Protection is crucial. Either of these two items come in handy when you live in an RV. It may be a personal preference whether you have both or just one. Think of it this way; if someone wants to get into an RV, they can as it is easy. Being prepared for the worst is always important when you are a full-time RVer. Besides having protection, also know where you place it and be ready to use in an instance.
Our go-to gun is a subcompact, Springfield Mod 2. It is small enough to carry CCW and very user friendly. When outside of the rig, a multi-tool swiss army knife is versatile. It can be used for opening cans, cutting rope, or a handy tool when you are hiking.
When it comes to kitchen knives, Henckels are the way to go. From a smooth grip to durability, these knives will last you a lifetime if you take care of them. Go ahead and invest in a good kitchen knife set. You’ll thank me later!
You can only go so long before you have to dump your grey or black tanks. The sewer hose of choice is by Camco and can be found on Amazon, in Walmart or Camping World. This is a very durable 20-foot sewer hose that is easy to store, has a flexible, swivel transparent elbow, and comes with many attachments making the dumping process a breeze.
RV Power Adapters
Having a 20, 30 and 50 amp adapters in your RV will allow you to plug into any electrical source. These adapters can be found on amazon or any RV supply website. They are small and can fit in the underbody of your RV for quick access.
Fresh Water Hose
You can’t live without water. If you are going to drink it, fill your water tanks or run a nice long shower, having a freshwater hose is a necessary survival item to have in your RV. Especially during this pandemic, having fresh running water to wash your hands or clean and disinfect items in your RV, will keep you and your family safer.
A must, especially if you are parking on rough terrain, steep inclines or declines. Placing wheel chucks behind or in front of each wheel will keep your rig stationary. You would not want your RV to roll away or cause harm to bystanders. Our favorite heavy-duty rubber wheel chucks are made by MaxxHaul and can be found on Amazon for less than $20 for the pair. These are a great find.
Medical File Box – Fire Resistant
Best to get in the habit of having a file box tucked away in your RV closet or cabinet. Keep medical records, RV paperwork, animal medical records and other important documents there. That way, all personal information is in one spot and easy to access. Another good tip is to put all your important information on a flash drive and carry it with you or in your vehicle. In fact, you could just have two copies and have both. You never know when you’ll need it. Better safe than sorry.
Generator or Solar Panels
A power source for the RV is important to recharge batteries, run the refrigerator, and power your lights. Having a generator or solar panels helps when you do not have electricity nearby. Our favorite generator is a Cummins Onan, (model 3.6KY-FA/26120 Microquiet LP Generator) because it is quiet, powerful, and sleek in design. The Cummins Onan has 3,600 watts and weighs over 217 pounds, it is pricey but worth every penny. Don’t forget this generator runs on gas, so you need to factor in the cost of maintenance and running this generator.
Solar panels are another route you can go if you find you will be boondocking or staying at a park that does not allow you to run a loud generator. Solar panels are very costly and run on sunlight, so think about and the type of camping you plan on doing (campsites, weekender, or boon docking) before you make this large purchase.
Through living in the RV for 5 years, we have learned a lot about survival items needed for full-time RVers. RVing is about trial and error. Do your research before you jump into any big purchase. Remember these essential survival items will give you peace of mind.