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Whether in your driveway or at a campground.
If you are going boondocking that is a different thing and more things are potentially required, like generator or solar panel setup, etc.
Ok this what I consider starter set of items, you will find more as your journey of RVing continues, got any questions, don’t hesitate to ask, think I missed something, either way send an email to info@RVingForNewbies.com or text 740-206-8522
Dog Bone Adapters
If you have a 50Amp RV, you need a female 50A -> male 30A adapter for those times when you are at a 30A ONLY electrical pedestal. Keep in mind you cannot run your entire 50A RV on a 30A pedestal receptacle, see Advanced Course on Electricity for explanation.
If you have a 30Amp RV, you need a female 30A —> male 50A adapter for those times when you are at a 50A ONLY electrical pedestal.
If you have a 15 Amp RV, you need a female 15A —> male 30A adapter for those times when you are at a 30A ONLY electrical pedestal and have a 15Amp plug, normally found on popups and small teardrop trailers.
Electrical Management Systems (EMS) & Surge Protectors
I recommend an EMS but if you choose for less protection at least have a surge protector. An EMS protects you from high AND low voltage whereas a surge protector only protects you from high voltage. Pick one of the EMS below or one of the surge protector based on your RV needs.
Combo Surge & EMS: Hughes Autoformer – Electrical Management System (EMS)
Hughes Autoformer 50Amp
Hughes Autoformer 30 Amp
50 Amp RV EMS & Surge Protector
Progressive Industries EMS 50 Amp
Progressive Industries Surge Protector 50 Amp https://amzn.to/3h1yG0Y
30 Amp RV – EMS & Surge Protector
Progressive Industries Electrical Management System (EMS)
Progressive Industries Surge Guard Surge Protector (30A)
NCVT (Non-Contact Voltage Tester)
Used to check campground pedestal before touching it, see Chapter 3: Introduction to RV Electricity 120 Volts Alternating Current (AC), Checking of Campground Pedestal (Basic)
One of the most important things you can purchase after the RV, it is indispensable when trouble shooting electrical issues.
Heavy Duty Volt/Multi-meter
Fuses 12V DC
Be sure to pick up a couple 40A fuses also, will discuss why in Chapter 9 Electricity: Advanced
RV Electricity book
This is the best book on the market for learning about RV Electricity, hands down.
Potable Water Hose
Water Filter (assuming you don’t have an on-board water filter)
Water Pressure Regulator
Stinky Slinky, aka Sewer Hose
Black Electrical Tape
Flashlight (these ones last a long time and are rechargeable,
I use them for my RV Inspection Biz)
To make sure your RV is level, if you have a propane/120V AC refrigerator, aka Absorption Type, this is essential.
Tire Pressure Gauge
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) by Tireminder
Various sockets/wrenches, this just an example of one, you might have all the tools you need already but if not, look at this one.
Various type of pliers (channel locks, regular pliers, wire cutters), this is an example set, you might have everything you need already.
Ok this what I consider starter set of items, you will find more as your journey of RVing continues, got any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.