There are always new products coming to the market that are helpful for full and/or part-time RVers. We’ve rounded up a little list of some space-saving, handy, essential gear we think Thousand Trails members and Encore guests would like! Tell us about products you’re raving about in the comments!
Whether you and your hiking partner have parted ways, or you’re simply out of cellphone range, walkie talkies are a great item to have while on the road. Look for walkie talkies that have good range, are weather proof, and don’t boast too many bells and whistles. With transmissions up to 37 miles, the Cobra CXT 1000 Series is especially handy for when you’re in remote areas. This walkie talkie set is also waterproof, has a bright orange color scheme and floating design so it can be easily found if dropped in water. It has rechargeable batteries, multiple preset channels, LED lighting that flashes brightly if you need a bright light for emergencies, and an automatic recorder that allows you to replay the last 20 seconds of transmission if you miss it the first time.
Buying your coffee from a café can get pricey, and much of the coffee equipment on the market can take up more space than necessary in an RV. If you’re a coffee lover but have been sacrificing money or counter space, then take a look at the Aero Press coffee maker. Not only does it boast a very tasty cup of coffee, but the slender design is also lightweight so it can be easily packed away or stored almost anywhere.
Hammocks are a fun and easy way to literally sleep under the stars. Many campers find that the nylon or parachute fabric hammocks are most comfortable, this author included! Hammocks now come in a plethora of colors and weight allowances. This hammock, by Fox Outfitters, can fit up to two people or 400 lbs, and it’s extremely compact, folding up into its own pouch for neat and easy storage. The pouch also doubles as a small storage space when the hammock is out.
Staying at Thousand Trails for a while and looking for a better lighting situation outside your rig? Install this lighted roller tube from Dometic. It’s easy to install on your roller overhang, and the lighted roller tube is a great way to save space since you won’t need any lanterns to light up your outdoor space in the evening!
The LifeStraw®, Time Magazine’s “Invention of the Year” in 2005, still holds up strong today. While living the outdoor lifestyle, you might find yourself in remote places, faced with the need for clean water. Every RV traveler should grab one or two as part of your emergency travel kit, as traveling around to remote places could have you faced with needing water from potentially unclean places. It filters up to 1,000 liters of contaminated water without the use of iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals.
What products are you picking up for the new year? Tell us your favorites in the comments!