Saturday, February 8, 2014

RV Add ons and Extras

There is so much information what is necessary when full timing, it is hard to know what is right. Weeding though blogs and forums we began to see common themes and who is a very informed full timer. Based on this information we started a "must have" and "nice to have" list of add ons for our rig.

Our list of "must haves" included; Double Pane Windows, Arctic Package, Bedroom AC, Custom Paint, Surge Protector (Progressive Industries EMS HW50C), Tire Upgrade (Goodyear G114 215/75R 17.5). We may never know if these items were really necessary but based on what we have read and these are items others say they cannot live without or had wished they installed on their rigs.

Our list of "nice to haves" included; Satellite System (Winegard SK-SWM3), screen porch that attaches to our awning (we plan on spending a lot of time in the Canada where the mosquitos will carry you away!). We also replaced the two recliners with a love seat and a solar system. We don't have the solar system installed yet but have an appointment the third week of March at AM Solar to get our solar set up installed. 

Of course there are the chairs, ladder, dishes.......and numerous other items that must be purchased when setting up for the first time. We found other blogs and forums invaluable in determining what we needed and what brands are the best. 

Then there are the items that we think we may need but are not quite sure. We are resisting the urge to run out and pick these up. Instead we are going to wait 6 months to a year to see if these items are really necessary. 

Over the next few weeks we will be continuing to move items from our rental house to the trailer, which is not a lot of fun with the below zero temperatures and snow that does not seem to quit! We are getting down to our clothes and items that we don't want to freeze. 

We would love to hear from you! What did we miss, what add-on's, extras and accessories would you recommend we add to our rig?

Less than 4 weeks and we will be one the road!


  1. Congrats on almost hitting the road! We hope to behind you in the summer! We've also been following others blogs and taking lots of notes!! I'll be adding yours so that I can do the same. Question, have you thought to add a "follow our blog" button along with the e-mail add? I really prefer to "follow" blogs so they all show up in order on blogger. My e-mail gets so full and it makes me have to go to more than one place to see blog posts.

    1. Thanks Debbie, I will look into adding that today. You must be excited for summer to come! We have had a countdown app on our computer for over 2 years add it is hard to believe that it is down to 22 days!

  2. Found your blog via "American Gypsy Gibberish." We are not full timers but half timers. Welcome.

  3. Our blog is but honestly we don't have any worthwhile advice. :)