RVing For Newbies – The Manual
These are mostly Amazon affiliate links, which means I make a small amount of change from anything you buy from my links but the added expense is not passed onto you. As things come and go, this page will be updated.
I put the links in here to correspond to each chapter and I can change them here as things change on Amazon.com, I get notified when a link goes bad so they are not in the book.
Not in a chapter
4 inch memory foam topper, short queen, made the bed WAY MORE CONFORTABLE. (you can click on other sizes from the link)
Chapter 1: Introduction to RVing
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 Watchdog 50Amp https://amzn.to/3e4bJuv
Hughes Autoformer Watchdog 30 Amp https://amzn.to/2TBGNKV
50 Amp RV EMS & Surge Protector
Progressive Industries EMS 50 Amp https://amzn.to/3gZiJZk
Progressive Industries Surge Protector 50 Amp https://amzn.to/3p7GVi7
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)
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 do not 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, do not hesitate to contact me.
40 Amp fuses: Keep a couple of those fuses just in case you make the mistake of hooking up the wires backwards
Chapter 9 – Section 0
Chapter 9 – Section 8
Chapter 9 – Section 11
Sta-bil, fuel preservative
Gen-Turi generator Exhaust system
Generator and using an EMS
Stabilizing plastic blocks
Temporary Stabilizer Jack (this one will support up to 6000 lbs, need a different ask me I will see what I can find for you).
Permanently Mounted Stabilizer Jack
RV Tech Course
Chapter 15 – Section 1
Chapter 15 – Section 2
Battery Fill Tube:
Battery Terminal Cleaner Tool
Chapter 15 – Section 3
Chapter 15 – Section 4
Chapter 15 – Section 5
Chapter 15 – Section 6
Chapter 15 – Section 7
Chapter 15 – Section 8
Tool to flush hot water tank
Chapter 15 – Section 9
Chapter 15 – Section 10
Chapter 15 – Section 11
Chapter 15 – Section 12
Here are links to Amazon for the tank chemicals I use:
Grey Water Odor Control: https://amzn.to/30geR0f
Toilet Seal: https://amzn.to/2zNRHU8
Drain Valve: https://amzn.to/3gOvINb
Gauge Cleaner: https://amzn.to/2XtLqWw
Tissue Digester: https://amzn.to/2zO43LZ
Happy Camper: https://amzn.to/2RYBG2Y
Chapter 15 – Section 13
Chapter 15 – Section 14
Handheld Propane Detector
Drinking water hose
Water FIlter (if you do not have one built-in to your RV)
Zero Water Filter
Water Pressure Regulator (with gauge)
Water Pressure Regulator (withOUT a gauge)
Wrench to help remove sewer hose
Dual Flush Pro (for those of you WITHOUT black tank flush)
Rhino Flex sewer hose
Chapter 20 – Internet
WI-FI: https://rvingfornewbies.com/wifi-at-the-campground/: <- blog post, direct link to booster-> https://amzn.to/3B6oKxO