Whether you are new to driving a camper or a seasoned pro camper, all will agree that there is some equipment that you just can’t do without. The reason these equipment are so indispensable is because of the usefulness and the purpose they serve. Here we have compiled a list of the equipment that will help new and up-coming campers to prepare a checklist of the items they will need and what kind of expenses they need to be prepared for.
Wheel lock or wheel clamp has been designed to obstruct the vehicle from moving. In its basic form, the wheel lock comprises a clamp. This clamp surrounds the wheel of the vehicle in a manner that prevents the removal of the wheel and the lock itself. Though primarily involved with parking violations and other forms of law enforcement, a wide range of wheel locks have now been made available for consumers, to act as a theft deterrent or an alternative to using the lock mechanism of steering-wheel. Why will you need a wheel lock for trailers and campers when you drive your camper, you ask? Well, imagine parking your RV by the beach (with your belongings in it) and going for a dip in the sea, only to come back and find out that your RV is missing! To prevent such scenarios and worse, it is ideal to use a wheel lock to ensure the safety of your vehicle and your belongings.
If there is an incident of an RV fire, needless to say, you will need to use an RV fire extinguisher to put it out. Only having a fire extinguisher around in the RV is not sufficient. Each person traveling in the RV must know where the fire extinguisher is placed and each of them must know how to operate it. Ideal location to place the fire extinguisher is in the kitchenette, or in a compartment that is unlocked to facilitate easy access. Fundamentally, there are five types of fires. Namely A, B, C, D & K. to put out the fire, there is a fire extinguisher, corresponding to the type of fire. However, fire extinguishers for an RV have various class ratings like A:B:C, A:B and B:C that can prove useful to extinguish different types of fire.
Mini Jump Starter:
A wise person once said, don’t judge a book by its cover and don’t judge a mini jump starter by its size. Though mini jump starters may appear compact in size, they pack in a lot of power. A mini jump starter can easily power a V8 (eight-cylinder battery). It can be used to revive the batteries of cars, trucks and RVs alike. mini jump starters are a must-have in your RV, as they are a great source of power to not only get your RV up and running but they can also power the various electronic devices you may want to charge. Most mini jump starters will usually feature four ports – a power outlet (19 volts) for laptops, another power outlet (12 volts) for powering accessories, USB ports (2 – each of five volts) for charging devices compatible with USB.
A tool Bag/Kit/Box:
So you say, you are driving a camper, then what would you require tools for? Consider this, you are on the way to someplace and your vehicle breaks down, ruining your driving experience. Or some electronic device needs tinkering. In scenarios like this, you will require tools to open the outer casing and tend to what needs fixing. Some essential tools that you will require are claw hammer, multi-bit screwdriver, tire pressure gauge, adjustable wrench, zip ties, wire cutters, tape measure, etc. If you have space, a cordless power drill will come handy too. It would serve well to keep all the tools together in a bag or box for easy access. Also, keep the said bag or box handy in case of an emergency.
Bonus tip: Find out if the RV has a metric or SAE size and curate your toolkit accordingly to avoid hassles.
Swiss Army knife or Pocketknife:
Swiss Army knife is a type of pocketknife with various attachments. The attachments are tools such as can opener, screwdriver, spear point blade, etc. These various attachments are stowed neatly inside the main handle of the pocketknife using a pivot mechanism. A regular pocketknife will usually not have as many attachments as a Swiss Army knife. It would be a great idea to stock up 2-3 of these as they can come handy in a lot of situations. Ensure the blades on all the attachments are sharp so you don’t injure yourself while using the knife.
Here’s a bonus list of some other miscellaneous items that you are likely to require while living your adventure to the fullest:
Really loud whistle:
Whistle is great if you are looking to attract attention in case you are stuck somewhere or if it is an emergency. These also work wonderfully well if you want to scare off raccoons, bobcats, and any other small animals you may encounter. Whistles are not the best option if you want to scare away snakes though.
You are very likely to underestimate the use of magnifying glass until you need them. A magnifying glass can come handy when you are looking to remove a splinter or a nasty bee sting. These are also great if you are looking to search for tiny items such as a small screw from the eyeglasses.
You can fashion a lot of items using duct tape in case of an emergency. For instance, you can use duct tape to make a bowl or a plate to eat a snack. Duct tapes make for a great quick fix when you are tending to a leaky awning or tent. In a dire situation, like a snake bite, you can use duct tape to make a tourniquet. Or you can use it to stop bleeding. Duct tape can also help close and protect a wound. Duct tapes are water-resistant. If you need to keep a wound dry, well, you know what to do!