Top 4 Appliances for RV Living

Whether you’re planning to spend one week or the rest of your life in an RV, the quality of your experience is going to be largely affected by the appliances you have handy. “Different strokes for different folks” definitely applies here; some people are going to want to cart around an all-in-one washer-dryer, others don’t mind stopping at the laundromat but can’t feel at home without filtered water. The key is to notice your tendencies while you’re living in your stationary home and figure out the best way to translate those habits into a more nomadic setting. Here’s some info about your options so you can choose what’s best for you:

Filtered Water

Depending on where you’re traveling, your drinking and washing water may have tastes, smells and sediment contents that make you uncomfortable. If you opt into ensuring your cleanliness and save=ing on bottled water, you have multiple options when it comes to investing in a water filtration system for your RV.

Filter all the water-

You can process all your water before it enters your RV by purchasing a water filtration system that attaches to your RV’s hose. You can get one of these handy devices along with brass hose fittings for under $30 (Omnipure K5667, 3/4″ brass hose fittings).

britaFilter only your drinking water-

Here you also have a variety of options. You can either get an under-sink system installed so that your kitchen tap provides filtered water or, if you don’t mind washing the dishes with unfiltered water, you can just buy a standard water pitcher with a filter built in and keep it in your fridge. The Brita White Everyday Pitcher is highly rated and holds up to 10 cups of water for under $20. The only real issue with that option is the sacrificed fridge space.

Stove Topper

With proper organization, an RV’s kitchen can be spacious enough to accommodate most culinary needs (although an oven tends to be out of the question). That said, if space is not properly utilized, the kitchen can be not only cluttered and claustrophobic, but legitimately dangerous.cutting board

That’s why so many RV owners opt into a stove topper, which is generally a durable slab of polyethylene or cutting board material with a matted bottom that allows for grip and quiets stove rattling. Lay that sucker down and you can cut up carrots in the space generally reserved for stir frying.

Stove toppers are handy but surprisingly expensive; a good one like the Camco 43753 will cost you around $30. Still, for the ease and space it provides, it might just be worth the cost.

Fridge Bars

fridge barKeep these from being an afterthought- you’ll save yourself some time and Tapatio. Fridge bars are rubber-tipped, spring loaded plastic bars that can be installed alongside the shelves of your RV refrigerator doors. They’re a low cost ($3.99 on adventure.net) way to avoid spilled and wasted condiments.

Outdoor Grill

When RV living makes the world your backyard, you’re going to want to barbeque. You’ve got a lot of options in the portable grill department, ¬†with prices ranging from $60 to $3500. For the RVers traveling on a budget, I’d recommend the Coleman RoadTrip Portable Gas Grill ($95). It’s a highly-rated grill that has all the most important amenities without forcing you to splurge on the bbq lover’s bells and whistles.

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