Good Gifts For RV Owners
As A New RV Owner, I Need A LOT Of Things....
With the recent purchase of my Shadow Cruiser RV camper, I've found that outfitting this trailer for travel means doing a lot of shopping. We're just today completing our first trip in the camper, coming across country from Tucson, Arizona to our home base, Boyds, MD. It's be 7 days of pure joy and a whole lot of fun - there's something very satisfying about having your trailer home behind your truck.
During the trip though, we've had to stop at a few Camping World and Walmart stores along the way to purchase items which we needed but hadn't though of. That's how this Squidoo article came to be. I'm going to give you ideas for needed items that any new RV or camper owner will love you for (forever!). Some of the simpler items, like a can opener (duh) might not be through of my your travel trailer friend. So, come along and see what my suggestions are for good gifts for RV owners.
Note: I've found so many items that are working well for us in the RV that I've started my own website. Please come visit me at: GoodGiftsForRvOwners.com. You also might find some wonderful gifts for an RV owner at my other website: GoodGiftsForBoatOwners.com. After all, boats are only RVs on the water!
Travels with John and Lori - Tales from the Road
During our 8 day inaugural trip in the RV from where we bought it in Arizona to our home in Maryland, I kept a blog. I mostly wrote right from the front seat of our tow vehicle, the Toyota Tundra, while plugged into an inverter. So, come see some of the tales of the road - some of them are pretty funny. Just click that green link below:
First things first - stock the camper kitchen
John and I fell short on thinking about the items we needed for the RV kitchen, like, um, say, a can opener. We had to borrow one from a nice couple in Texas and promptly broke it. So, note to self: we need to purchase all of the below items and, if you have a new RV owner friend, they'll need these things too.
It's best to have a manual can opener just in case your RV owner friend doesn't have electric (and, that will be the very moment the RV battery fails too).
With an old fashioned can opener, we can live off the grid easily - as long as we don't mind franks and beans for dinner.
These collapsible bowls are perfect for RV owners as they take very little storage space.
I finally bought one of these green fry pans. It is absolutely perfect for campers or trailers as it's so easy to clean.
This pan is touted as being one of the best fry pans for cooking items without a lot of oil or butter. It really works! Fried eggs slide right out of the pan onto the waiting plate. And, bacon fries up crisp and flat!
This the perfect way to keep the paper towels stored in a small RV kitchen. We have our paper towel holder mounted vertically next to the kitchen sink so it's out of the way and takes up less space than mounting it horizontally by the stove.
A Sight An RVer Can Appreciate
Every RV camper or travel trailer owner needs comfortable chairs
I bought cheap chairs from Walmart for this first trip in our RV as I have great chairs at home that we'll use, but we rued the decision as, after a long day on the road, we just wanted to kick back with a cocktail at the campsite. These cheap chairs were just that - cheap.
The first time we were out in the RV, I noticed that these cheap chairs were pretty uncomfortable, especially for someone like me who likes to sit cross legged in the chair as I type on the laptop. They just weren't wide enough to be accommodating.
So, that's how I landed on the Picnic Time Portable Reclining Chair you see there to the right. This very sturdy chair allows you to sit upright or recline slightly for a quick snooze. And, this particular chair holds up to 300 lbs so, no matter how many hot dogs and hamburgers you down on that camping trip, you're probably still within its weight zone.
Whatever type of camping chairs you buy for your RV friend, just make sure there's no front bar - that becomes uncomfortable on the back of the thighs about halfway through a good happy hour.
Advice to new RV owners from a travel trailer gal:
Make sure you put the steps up before you move your trailer.
(voice of experience speaking here....)
Storage Is At A Premium On Every RV
These cabinets are the 'entertainment system' of my Shadow Cruiser travel trailer. It was the best place we could find to use as a bar and, well, that's entertaining! So, I've used a system of bungee cords and cardboard to make sure that the bottles don't shift while the camper is on the road.
Bungee cords come in very handy in almost every needed capacity - I just today got out a small bungee cord to hold up the mirror in the passenger side of our tow vehicle (the spring broke). I've also used them to put up small bird feeders when we're camping for a few days.
RV Campers Owners Need Space Saving Storage Options
Space Bags To The Rescue!
Like bungee cords, an RV owner can never have too many space bags for making the most of small storage spaces.
Even though my Shadow Cruise S260BHS has more storage space than most travel trailers, I still find myself looking for ways to save space within my cabinets. That's why Space Bags, the vacuum compression bags, are a great gift for an RV owner.
But, if you don't have a vacuum handy, here's a hand operated compression pump that, with a slight amount of effort, works just as well as a vacuum for compressing the items inside a space bag storage bag.
Note: I keep a small handheld vacuum in the camper for picking up the dog hair and debris that seems to accumulate by the moment. It works well to suck the air out of a spacebag also.
Good Sam's Travel Guide & Campground Directory - A wonderful gift for a new camper owner
A friend of mine gave me the 2010 Good Sam's Travel Guide as she had a newer version. I am happy to report that the 2010 guide was as comprehensive as we needed. You'll also see ratings for each campground which include a rating on the bathroom facilities - that's very important to me....
We used the Good Sam RV Travel Guide to to help select our next campground for our travel trailer.