Welcome to the second installment of our "Full-Time RVing Essentials" list! We hope you found some inspiration from part one, and we hope part two is just as helpful.
When we first started on this journey, we were excited about the prospect of seeing the country, moving at our own pace, and learning new skills. But we, or at least I, had no idea what we were getting ourselves into, and quite a bit of on-the-spot learning occurred during those first few months. Of course, we're still making new discoveries every day, but now that we have a better idea of what is needed for full-time RVing, we want to share our acquired knowledge with you.
Outside Your RV
Sewer Hose and Accessories
Your sewer hose is a basic "must." We opted for the 15-foot hose, and so far it has been long enough for us. It is flexible and compact, allowing for easy storage.
The Blaster connects to the sewer hose and then to the tank valve to allow you to spray your black tank out. We clean ours out every other time we flush our black tank. The Blaster also allows you to see what's coming out of the tank, so when the water looks clear, you know it's clean.
Tip: Never use your fresh water hose to clean your black tank! We have a dedicated hose that is a different color so that we never confuse it with our fresh water hose.
The Sidewinder is also a "must" for us. It allows you to control the angle and direction of the hose as it flows into your sewer connection. It also keeps the sewer hose off the ground, which helps keep it from getting damaged. We didn't have it when we started out, and dumping the black tank was a bit of a wrestling match to completely empty the hose. Oh, AND it comes with a nifty carrying handle allowing for easy transport and storage.
Black Holding Tank Treatment
Gray Holding Tank Treatment
30 amp or 50 amp Extension Cord
At one RV park we stopped at, our standard power connection was not long enough to reach the pedestal, and we vowed never to be caught in a situation like that again.
Odds and Ends
Regular Extension Cord
Outlite Rechargeable Flashlights
Cobra Walkie Talkies
Part three is coming this week, so come back and check out the last of our basic must-haves! Also coming soon (hopefully before the month is out), Marvin's DIY projects for our tiny home!
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