Equipment Links for RVing from the book

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, 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

Hughes Autoformer Watchdog 30 Amp


50 Amp RV EMS & Surge Protector

Progressive Industries EMS 50 Amp

Progressive Industries Surge Protector 50 Amp


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)

Simple Volt/Multi-meter

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

Polarity/GFCI Tester

RV Electricity book

This is the best book on the market for learning about RV Electricity, hands down.

Water/Dump Systems

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)

Electronic Level

To make sure your RV is level, if you have a propane/120V AC refrigerator, aka Absorption Type, this is essential.

Power screwdriver/drill

Tape Measure

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.

Infrared Thermometer:

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.

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

40 Amp fuses: Keep a couple of those fuses just in case you make the mistake of hooking up the wires backwards

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8


Chapter 9 – Section 0

Chapter 9 – Section 8

Chapter 9 – Section 11

Chapter 10

Sta-bil, fuel preservative


Gen-Turi generator Exhaust system

Generator and using an EMS

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

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


Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

RV Tech Course

Chapter 15 – Section 1

DeoxIT D5

Chapter 15 – Section 2

Face Mask



Battery Hydrometer

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


Bypass Kit

Tool to flush hot water tank

Chapter 15 – Section 9

Fire Extinguisher


Fire Blankets

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:

Toilet Seal:

Drain Valve:

Gauge Cleaner:

Tissue Digester:

Happy Camper:

Chapter 15 – Section 13

Chapter 15 – Section 14

Electronic Level

Chapter 16

Handheld Propane Detector

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

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

Cell Phone: <- blog post, direct link to booster ->

WI-FI: <- blog post, direct link to booster->

Chapter 21