Dec 16, 2016

The Ultimate Gift Guide for Every RV Lover Out There

Happy Holidays, RV Trader family!
Check out these gift ideas for some of our favorite picks this holiday season!

Home, Hearth & Camper

Outdoor & Adventure

2 - Rainbow Firepit Flame Sticks
4 - Bushnell Trophy 8x32 Binoculars
5 - Commenga Phosophorescent Compass

Cooking, Grilling, Brewing

6 - Outdoor Popcorn Popper
7 - Undersink Drinking Water Filter

Glassware & Kitchen Decor

Kitchen Gadgets, Coolers & Appliances

5 - Compact RV Spice Rack (Wall Mounted)

Pets & Animals

1- Collapsible Dog Bowls

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Featured Article: Top 10 Must-Have Gadgets from LoveYourRV

Here at RV Trader, we're always on the hunt for the latest updates from fellow RV'ers on what they think this year's "Must Have's" are. A blogger that we follow recently posted this list of 10 necessary gadgets that they consider the gold standard of things RV'ers should never go without- 

check it out! 

My 10 Must Have RV Gadgets

Since we bought our RV 5 1/2 years ago I’ve tried out all sorts of RV gadgets or add-ons of one type or another. Some have proven to be extremely useful while others end up in a drawer or buried in a storage bin.
To save new RVers some trial and error time, I’ve decided to list for you what are in my opinion the must-have gadgets and add-ons. These are items I use the most, and I would require if I were to buy a brand new RV. Maybe it will give you some ideas for your RV.

1) Screen Door Bar

After damaging the flimsy plastic hardware on our RVs screen entrance door a few times when pulling it shut, I wised up and installed a simple grab bar. A second use we have found for it, a perfect spot to dry a towel.
Screen Door Grab Bar

2) Twist-On Waste Valve

Most RVs, including ours, have their tanks waste gate valves buried inside the underbelly. That is an excellent feature to prevent freeze-ups in cold weather but has a drawback. Any nasty wastewater that leaks past the valves ends up at the end of the sewer output pipe and dribbles out when I remove the cap. Yuck! The Valterra Twist-On Wastegate solved the problem and is one of my favorite RV gadgets I’ve purchased.
Valterra Twist On Waste Gate

3) Roof Vent Covers

We are from coastal BC so have extensive experience camping in cool, wet weather. The first thing I get for any RV is roof top vent covers. After they are installed the vents stay open all the time to help keep our RV ventilated against moisture damage.

Fan-Tastic Vent Cover
The best vent cover I’ve found is one put out by the same company that produces my Fan-Tastic Fan. Though more expensive, I like it for two important reasons. One, the cotter pinned attachment hardware that makes removing it for cleaning a breeze. Two, it has a larger volume of air flow than most competitors. 

4) Roof Gutter Drip Extenders

Another one for us wet weather campers is a set of RV gutter extenders. The OEM gutter spouts are so short so roof water just streams down the side of the RV leading to ugly black streaks. With a little bit of extension, the problem’s solved.
Camco gutter extender spouts

5) Water Regulator

In my mind, a water regulator is an essential item. It helps prevent damage to either your water hose or worse case the RVs internal plumbing from those campgrounds with excessively high water pressure. Some are over 100 PSI! I’ve witnessed the results of not using one with my own eyes. Last summer I observed three hose blowouts and one guy had a new rig ruined when a plumbing pipe burst while they were away.
Valterra Brass Water Regulator
Our Valterra brass water regulator has worked well going on about four years now. I set it at about 55 PSI. Beware the cheapie regulators, they often times won’t supply adequate flow.

6) Stabilizer Jack Socket

As I get older, I appreciate this inexpensive little RV gadget more and more. With the stabilizer jack socket, my cordless drill does all work and speeds up the tedious task of lowering and raising our rear stabilizer jacks. 
Camco jack socket

7) Awning Protection Ball

RV awnings are expensive, mmkay. RV door edges are sharp, eh. This little rolling plastic ball gadget is cheap. Enough said. 🙂
Camco Roller ball

8) EMS Surge Protector

As RVs pack in more and more electrical circuits and expensive electronics, I think some type of surge protection is a no brainer. Even though we are fully insured, I can just imagine the pain in the rear waiting around to have a rig full of burnt out electrical parts replaced. Not to mention always wondering if something was missed and may fail down the road.
EMS-HW30C surge protector with remote display
I went with the Progressive Industries model EMS-HW30C and haven’t regretted it. They are a quality unit built by a reliable US company who stand by their warranty. I particularly like the remote digital readout.

9) Storage Bay Locks

Once I learned that anyone with a CH751 key could open my locked storage bays, I was inspired to change out the locks. The deal was sealed when the crap OEM locks began to get flaky to open only two years into owning the trailer.
Storage bay locks
Since replacing them with a uniquely keyed, higher quality cylinder style lock, I’ve been a much happier camper.

10) Rubber Wheel Chocks

My latest RV gadget purchase is a pair of heavy rubber chocks. For years I’ve put up with those standard yellow cheap plastic units. Wow, what improvement. They have sufficient heft to them to stay in place where I put them, whether that’s on the ground or in the truck bed. And, they stick much better to smooth surfaces.
Rubber RV Chocks
I’ll never go back. Bonus, I won’t crush them the next time I have a cranial cramp and drive over them.

What are your top 10 must-haves? Comment and let us know!

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'Tis the Season to RV: Some of the most impressive RV holiday setups we've ever seen!

If you need some RV decoration inspo, you've come to the right place! These RVers do not mess around when it comes to holiday spirit. Check out a few of our favorite setups.

Placerville, California

We know Santa's jolly, but this one seems pretty huge...


Who says Santa never took vacations?


This one is classic - lights + snowmen + Wildwood 

= golden!

The Fun Times Guide

Don't want to decorate the entire unit? 

Why not just dress up the dash with some carolers and festive characters? 

Add a few lights, and you're ready to go.


These people literally had the drive and determination to put a blow-up ON TOP of their unit.We're not saying it's impossible, but that sure does take a ton of unrelenting will and dedication.More power to the family who accomplished this!


Remember, no one ever said you'd have to sacrifice the timeless feel of your camper for the season. Already like your color scheme? Build around it - a few accent colors that don't crash with the colors of your RV (plus a small, compact setup right outside the doors) will leave a heartwarming impression your motorhome neighbors won't soon forget!


Have your motorhome parked next to your home base, but aren't going to be using it this season for travel? Take these folks' advice and turn it into a full-blown holiday spectacular, complete with the transformation of a regular tree or bush into a glistening ball of light. Great creativity here!

Folks, don't ever let anyone tell you that you can't celebrate the holidays the same way in an RV that you can in a solitary home. The trees may be smaller, and the lights may be a hassle at first, but the memories of traveling and family togetherness that RVing brings will last you a lifetime.

From all of us at RV Trader, Happy Holidays, and here's to an even more adventurous journeys in the new year!

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