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So today I’m sharing all our favorite RV gadgets that we love. Some we’ve had for years, some are brand new, all are awesome.
One fateful day while cruising down the stretches of farmland along I-5 in California, we felt the RV shift.
“I think we just blew a tire,” Heath said.
We were towing my car on a tow dolly and the dolly tire blew while we cruised down the interstate. We pulled over, backed the car off the dolly, and began the very stressful process of figuring out how in the world we were going to get this fixed and chastising ourselves for not knowing the tire wasn’t able to handle the journey. (Another reason why we tow our car flat now!)
Learn from our mistakes!
We recently installed the TST tire pressure monitoring system on our Winnebago and I’m super proud to say Heath actually installed this all on his own! Heath isn’t handy, so if he can install it, you can too.
Our new tire pressure monitoring system (cool kids call it a TPMS, I’ve learned) measures the two most common causes of flat tires and blowouts: psi and temperature. And if the psi is too high or low or if the tires get too hot, an alarm will start going off.
The readout on the screen will cycle through each tire (we have it installed on 10 tires—six on the Winnebago, four on our tow car) telling you this information too. We keep it on our dash while we’re driving so we can see how the tires are doing. It eliminates so much driving stress to be able to see and know that all our tires are okay!
We got our TMPS from our friends over at TechnoRV who we met at our Summit in February. TechnoRV has a free guide on tire monitoring that I highly recommend checking out before you consider purchasing a system like this. That way you can learn everything you need to know about your tires before spending a few hundred dollars on a TMPS.
Since we have experience with a blown tire, I’d say this system is more than worth the cost to save you a day of dealing with roadside assistance and finding a new tire!
Okay, the official name of this device is “Winegard ConnecT 2.0 WF2 (WF2-335) Wi-Fi Extender for RVs” but that sounds really techy and overwhelming.
Essentially, this handy device extends the range of the RV park wifi (or whatever wifi you connect to) so you have a stronger signal in your rig. It does not make the actual wifi any better or faster, it simply gives you better signal access. So if you’re at a park with crappy wifi, you’ll still have crappy wifi. But if you’re far away from the wifi repeaters in the park, this will extend the signal so you can actually connect to the park wifi.
Using our extender, I’ve found that RV park wifi isn’t really as bad as its reputation. You simply don’t have the good access to the signal that you need, because you’re too far away or because there are a dozen huge metal RVs between you and the wifi router.
The Winegard extender has given us a significant boost at RV parks (and when moochdocking and connecting to friend’s wifi!). If you use wifi often, this is worth it. But we’ve found that we rely much more on our weBoost and cell data than we do on wifi.
The weBoost cell booster is by far the best gadget we travel with. It boosts our cell signal and is key for recording podcasts and uploading Youtube videos on the road. People ask us all the time if it’s good enough to Skype over. We record all our podcasts using Skype, so the answer is yes!
It’s got a hefty price tag, but if you work on the road, it’s well worth it. Especially if you like spending time in remote areas!
Installation does involve drilling holes in your RV, which was our major reservation with the booster. But the booster comes with everything you need to make sure water doesn’t sneak its way through your roof and after a year, we haven’t had any issues with ours.
You can see how Heath installed our weBoost in this short video:
weBoost offers many different types of boosters, but if you’re an RVer, you’ll want the Drive 4G-X RV model. If you’re an RV entrepreneur, this is a must-have for reliable internet on the road.
Related: For more RVing gizmos and gadgets, you can read about the 13 essentials we can’t RV travel without.
4. Mobile Table
Okay, so funny story. Heath did a Facebook live assembling this table and we shared the Amazon link on Facebook and Instagram and…the inventory instantly sold out on Amazon.
But they have more in stock now! Yay!
We picked up this table on Amazon after an overnight stay at a hotel that had a similar one by the couch. I was sitting on the couch working on the table when it hit us—this is perfect for the RV! Heath has been searching for another desk option in the RV, and instantly fell in love with this one.
We looked at a lot of options before choosing the one we have, which is almost the same shade of wood as our cabinets.
If you’re looking for an extra mobile desk, we chose this one for three main reasons:
- It’s super lightweight.
- It’s not on wheels.
- The height is adjustable.
Plus there’s a port for running your chargers and plugs through as well. So far Heath has used it for recording a bunch of podcast episodes and totally loves it. (He does put that pillow behind his back so that he doesn’t end up slouching on the couch while he works too!)
10/10 would recommend if you need extra desk space in the RV! We toss it on the bed during drive days to get it out of the way, but the feet are short enough that they slide under the couch as well.
While he refuses to admit it, Heath is terrible at starting fires. (Which is probably in my best interest since if we have more fires, I end up eating way too many smores.)
But since we’re heading to the cool temps of Canada this summer, being able to make a good campfire is essential. So we picked up a fire starter to make starting a fire—and lighting our charcoal grill—ten times easier.
And it is INSANE!
It’s huge, but extremely effective. It starts a fire in just a few seconds and when the fire dies down, you can light it up again easily. Now we don’t have to worry about buying fire starters or using nasty lighter fluid.
The only con is that Heath seems to think it’s a toy and gets that pyro gleam in his eye that tells me to hide the valuables before he lights everything on fire. Boys will be boys.
So if you’re looking for something to save you time and hassle when it comes to starting fires, this is the toy for you 🔥
6. Cobb Grill
And a classic. We love our little Cobb grill. It’s tiny. It doesn’t put off any heat, so you can move it if necessary. And it can cook so many things! Heath’s all-time favorite was the day we grilled bacon and eggs with our friends Kara and Nate. My favorite is roasting marshmallows over the coals after dinner, obviously. 😋
Those are our favorite RV gadgets right now! What do you love traveling with? Share in the comments 🙂
Note: Many of the products on this list were given to us for free. We don’t accept items for free in exchange for reviews, because writing reviews is super boring. Everything here is my honest opinion based on my own experience with the products. That’s why there are so many exclamation points!(!!!) These are the things I love! I don’t recommend any products that we don’t use or like.