Power management Southwire SurgeGuard 34951 EMS We chose this over the other brands because of it's warranty for INSIDE the coach if it should fail. Many others warranty their device, which is great, but we wanted the extra protection. An EMS handles both power surges AND dropouts. Sometimes when campsites have power issues a loss of power can cause more damage to sensitive electronics than a surge can. At about $350 this is cheap insurance for our RV. Towing Blue Ox for our 2105 Jeep Cherokee We started out towing a 2017 Mini Cooper convertible on an American Car Dolly, which we loved, but the Mini Cooper began to cost a lot of money to maintain when it got over 75k miles. So we went with the tried and true Jeep option, this time flat towing on all 4 wheels, making things much easier for both of us to set up and disconnect. We went with the whole Blue OX system for the tow bar and baseplate, opting for the slightly heavier Avail tow bar, but I wanted the extra safety margin on tow weight, even though we'd never come close to it's 10,000 limit. RVI Trickle Charger Our Cherokee has the infamous "Death Wobble" recall installed which keeps the power steering on while towing, which can drain the battery on a long driving day. I added the RVI Trickle Charger to make sure that draining ghe battery never happens, Tire Management TST (Truck Systems Technology) 507 Tire Pressure Management System Ten (10) sensors, 6 for the RV, 2 for the tow dolly and 2 for the rear wheels on the Mini Cooper convertible. All feed into a full color monitor that sits on the doghouse between the driver and passenger front seats. Takes about 15-20 minutes for a novice to program low and high pressure thresholds on all 10 sensors, then it's just screw them on and you're good to go. There is an option for flow-thru sensors which allows you to check pressures without removing the sensors, but we went with the standard ones. Comes with a repeater for units that are long, but we have no problem with signal from any of ours, so I didn't install it. ViAir 450 RV Air Compressor Tires don't inflate themselves, and we needed something small enough to store, but robust enough to produce the pressures needed for these big truck tires. And you also never know when you'll need to inflate your tires to the proper pressure, because nothing is more important than proper tire pressure before heading down the road. Clips onto the RV (or Mini) battery, and has an air hose extension to handle the full length of the RV all the way to the back of the Mini when hooked up. Leveling / Jacks Snap Pads We had heard about these just before purchasing our 36LA, and had them ready to install the day we picked our unit up. They help a little bit in distributing weight on soft surfaces (keeping us from using boards a lot of the time), but they really work at keeping the metal pad from marring cement or paved sites. Bubble Level App Great free app for iPhones and Android devices. Throw it on the floor as you are leveling, and if your jacks are off a bit it will help you to center that bubble easily. Recreation Montague Urban Folding Bikes Camp bikes are fine for many people, but we wanted something with a bit more distance to them, but could still be stored in the basement bays of our 36LA. Montague makes a whole host of folding bikes, and the Urban model was perfect for us. Tires that can handle pavement and rougher surfaces, 21 speeds to give us some flexibility on short hills and long straightaways. Remove the front wheel and seat, undo one clamp in the center, and it folds in half and slides neatly in one of the center bays of the motor home. A bit pricey than some other bikes, but well worth it in our view. Advanced Elements Lagoon2 Kayak This comes in handy when we want to spend some time on the water, whether a lazy river, a lake or a small ocean inlet. It's a 2-person tandem inflatable kayak that stores in a carry bag about 2 ½ feet by 2 feet by one foot deep, and it's built strong. The bottom is a flexible PVC material that protects from rocks and submerged trees, has multiple chambers covered in heavy-duty ripstop material. We added a foot pump to help inflate it,which allows us to be in the water within about 5 minutes from taking it out of the bag. Very stable, which is important for Barbara. Again, a bit pricey at $650, but we didn't mind paying the extra for the higher quality and durability. Grilling / Propane Use Weber Q 1200 Gas Grill The go-to gas grill for many RVers, and we're no different. Small, lightweight, and easily stores in one of our basement bays, along with Weber's folding stand for the Q. We pair it up with the . . . Camco Propane Brass 4 Port Tee Attaches right between the valve on our propane tank and the regulator, and allows us to connect right off of the tank to the Weber Q for easy grilling using the supplied 12 foot hose. No little green bottles for us! It also comes with a 5 foot hose to attach propane bottles to the main tank so that you don't have to move the unit to fill the main tank. About $70 on Amazon. Water Filtration Our 36LA already has a standard water filter coming into the system, but we add the Camco heavy duty external filter at the campground spigot to double filter the water we use. But we don't stop there: Big Berkey Water Filtration System Berkey makes many sizes of water systems, from individual use to disaster-relief sizes. We went with the Big Berkey. It sits in the sink during travel days, and on the counter once we're set up at a campsite. It filters about 1 ½ – 2 gallons of water in about a half hour's time. This way, our cooking and drinking water is as clean as it can be, because it's the third time (and most effective method) our water is filtered for our use. About $120 to replace the two filters in the Berkey, which they say can go for a couple of years, but we do annually. We paid about $275 for the unit itself. Cooking / Kitchen We have the standard 3-burner propane cooktop and Sharp Carousel Microwave / Convection Oven that comes with our Tiffin Open Road, but we really only use the propane when we are bookdocking. We added a couple of things to make cooking easier. NutriChef 2-Burner Induction Cooktop If you're going to be plugged into 50A service, let the campground pay for your cooking. Thin enough to slide between our couch and recliner when traveling, this just sits on top of our countertop once we get to a campsite. A bit temperamental when trying to balance temperatures between both burners (it sometimes has trouble giving you 260 degrees on both, so it lowers one burner down to zero when you're not looking), but otherwise it's really great for the money. Magma 10-Piece Nesting Cookware We bought the stainless steel version of this product. Induction capable. Contains 3 pans of various sizes with an associate cover that handles all three sizes, a stock pot, 2 removable handles and a braising pan. Stacks inside of itself into something less than a foot tall, which makes it perfect for storing in one of the overhead bins inside. Breville Fast / Slow Cooker No, unlike many RVers who do, we do not have an InstaPot. We do have something better, however. Longer lasting than the average InstaPot, with dual settings to slow cook something while we're traveling down the road, or to whip something up quicker once we're parked for a while. DeLonghi Toaster Oven We like redundancy and backup, and we also like things toasted. The DeLonghi does both very well, so if the microwave is already in use as a convection oven, we have the Delonghi to fall back on. We did not order our motor home with the traditional oven, because we really wanted the extra drawer space. Miscellaneous Genturi Exhaust System To be nice neighbors while boondocking, we carry a Genturi exhaust diverter which quickly attaches to our generator's exhaust pipe. It redirects the exhaust up and over the RV instead of dumping it in our neighbors campsite, and quiets the noise a little bit as well. Stores in three separate pieces, and packs away in a small-ish bag that stores in the pass-through portion of my basement bay. Weboost Cell Phone Booster Cell signal in many areas out west and in remote areas like COE campgrounds we enjoy can be spotty at best. Running this blog can be challenging, if not downright impossible, without decent signal when there is no campground WiFi available. In addition, being able to access critical weather apps on our phones is neccesary for our safety. We had this added professionally in Red Bay by Nick Brewer, and you'd never know it was added post-build. He's that good. Sometimes we get an extra bar on our phones or tablets, but many times it's not a stronger signal, but a higher quality one. We really see the difference in most areas. Aukey Dash Cam Too many crazy drivers out there, and there is also a need to show footage out our front window on occasion so you can experience in some small way what kind of majestic views this country has to offer. The Aukey is small, has a 170 degree view, and just installs to the bottom of our windshield to stay out of the way. Apple Play Device This can be used for many things, but our primary use is to mirror our iPad that is running our GPS program up to our front TV for better sound and easier viewing when going down the road. It's just as easy for me to glance up as it is to glance down, so safety isn't an issue, and everything is much more readable in large format. CoPilot GPS About $20 per year for their subscription, and maps are updated regularly over any internet connection. Settings for height, weight, length and width are available to customize your profile, and you have a choice of languages already loaded on the unit to make things interesting. Also settings to avoid toll roads, and for shortest route by miles or by time. Lionheart 15' Collapsible Ladder Comes in very handy when doing things along the front, rear and sides of the motor home, including the all-important washing and waxing. About 18" wide, it holds more than 250 lbs and shrinks itself down to about 2 1/2 feet in height and stores easily in one of our pass-through bays. NoCo Boost HD Jump Starter I had intended to buy this at the beginning of our full-time journey back in September of 2019, but it kept getting put on the back burner. After a 3-day drive without having to detach the Mini, we pulled into a campground and attempted to back the Mini off of our tow dolly. No go. Battery dead as a door nail. Something had been turned on by a tie-down strap hitting a button inside, and it drained the battery for a great deal of time. Took a friendly work camper and his truck to get us going again. I bought the NoCo HD model so that I can also use it to jump start the big motor home engine as well, if needed. Upgrades Safe-T-Steer This takes out virtually all the play on our Ford F-53 chassis steering wheel. No longer does it feel like I'm wrestling with an angry snake when driving. We added this before our first trip, and it has been amazing! Keeps me centered, and protects us from veering off the road into a ditch if we experience a front tire blowout. Vroom Slide Systems Our bedroom slide was beginning to fail after just 2 years on the road, due to the poor engineering on the Schwintek system that most RV manufacturers use, and the fact that as full-timers, we take our slides in and out much more frequently than most. Vroom is head and shoulders better than Schwintek and we're confident that it will last for years to come.