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The Best RV Appliances For A Comfortable Road Trip

RV appliances can be a real lifesaver–or, at the very least, a major convenience. But which ones are worth your investment?

From refrigerators to dishwashers to recliners, these gadgets can keep you comfortable and entertained while you’re on the go.

RV appliances in a Voyage XLT Travel Trailer for a comfortable road trip.
Voyage XLT Travel Trailer “Courtesy of Winnebago Industries, Inc. Unauthorized use not permitted.”

Best RV Appliances For Full Timers

There’s a big difference between camping full-time and heading out on a weekend road trip. While some appliances may seem over the top, they are truly a lifesaver for those living the mobile lifestyle.

BEST WASHER/DRYER SET
Equator Washer/Dryer Set

Perfectly suited for RV travel, this washer/dryer set can be stacked or packed side-by-side. They're highly energy efficient and come with a 2-minute winterization cycle.

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A portable washer and dryer is one thing that many full-timers swear by. Not only is doing laundry on the road convenient, but it also saves you a lot of moolah.

Instead of stocking up on quarters and spending hours inside a laundromat, why not just buy one of your own?

These RV washers and dryers are highly rated and designed to conserve water and energy.

BEST BUILT-IN DISHWASHER
Vesta Built-In RV Dishwasher

Popular built-in dishwasher design that uses only 1.7 gallons of water for each load. It can clean up to 6 place-settings at once and has a quiet operation of just 49dB.

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Many campers are surprised to find that affordable RV dishwashers are even an option. But compared to hand washing, RV dishwashers use less water and are significantly more convenient.

Imagine finishing up with breakfast and hitting the trails without having to worry about cleaning up your mess and attracting bugs.

RV dishwashers are easy to install, energy efficient, and once you use one you’ll never go back!

BEST CENTRAL VACUUM
Dirt Devil Automotive Vacuum System

Designed for automotive use, the Dirt Devil Central Vacuum System is a favorite among RV campers. It is easy to install, comes with 35-feet of hose and has a large, 1-gallon capacity debris tank.

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People who are camping for a weekend generally don’t put much thought into keeping their RV clean. It’s easy enough to wait until you get home to tidy up.

But for those who live on the road full time it’s essential to clean as you go.

That’s where a great RV vacuum cleaner comes in handy. Automotive vacuum systems can be installed right inside your cabinet to keep debris out of sight.

They have a long hose that can easily reach every corner of your RV without taking up a lot of space. And you don’t have to deal with power cords!

RV Kitchen Appliances

TOP CHOICE
NewAir Portable Ice Maker

Highly efficient ice maker that can freeze up to 50lbs of ice per day. Includes an insulated ice bucket, one button operation, and produces the first cubes in 7-minutes.

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You might be wondering who the heck would need an ice maker in an RV?

But as it turns out, there are a ton of reasons to use one! These things are surprisingly efficient. They can produce the first cubes in under 7 minutes!

A portable RV ice maker is simply convenient. They can freeze anywhere from 25-50 pounds of ice per day and do it on demand.

No more trips to the gas station or soggy sandwiches.

When it comes to the kitchen, no appliance is more important than your RV refrigerator.

Camping refrigerators are designed to operate in a variety of ways so they can keep your food cold at the campsite or while boondocking.

They’re built to be jostled around, and switch automatically between electricity and LP gas operation.

BEST 12V COFFEE MAKER
RoadPro 12-Volt Coffee Maker

Designed for motorhomes and travel trailers, the RoadPro coffee maker can plug directly into your cigarette lighter or 12-volt battery system. Brews 20oz of cofee at once!

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If there’s one thing most campers can’t enjoy the road without – it’s coffee.

Sure, there’s plenty of different ways to make camping coffee, but why bother? An energy efficient RV coffee maker can get the job done in a fraction of the time with very little effort.

Most Comfortable RV Appliances

BEST WALL HUGGER RECLINER
ProLounger Wall Hugger Recliner

Most comfortable wall-hugger design with extra padding on the arm pads and leg rests. Uses an easy-to-grab car door lever for opening and closing.

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Just because you’re parked at a campsite doesn’t mean you need to sit in a flimsy camping chair. RV recliners are designed to be space savers.

How does it work?

They use a track system to move the chair portion forward before leaning back. These are called “wall-huggers” and they are perfect for a tiny camper.

Not only that, but RV recliners are lighter than a standard recliner. And they’re built to be anchored to the floor.

RV DEHUMIDIFIER
ProBreeze Mini Dehumidifier, 1200
  • Quiet, thermoelectric cooling
  • Removes up to 9 oz of water daily
  • Effective up to 150 SQFT
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Most people don’t think about how important a dehumidifier is until they actually need one. If you’ve ever tried to camp in Florida, then you’ll know what I mean!

Not only will an RV dehumidifier make your trip more comfortable, but it can prevent mold from growing in your walls over time.

Add a dehumidifier to your list of must-have RV appliances if you plan to spend a significant amount of time in the south!

TOP CHOICE
Dometic Brisk II
  • Durable, built with quality materials
  • Easy to install, compatible with most RVs
  • All-New Base Pan
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The best camping takes place during summer! Unfortunately, that also makes it the most difficult time of year to cool down at then end of the day.

An RV appliance that you cannot camp without is an AC unit.

Top Choice
MaxxFan 07500K

Our top-choice vent fan for a camper van or RV. It has a built-in rain cover, 10 speeds, and the lowest Amp draw on the market.

SMOKE GRAY WHITE

Whether you have an air conditioner or not, a vent fan is another must-have RV appliance.

The best RV vent fans serve multiple purposes, to cool you down and circulate the air. That can eliminate smells, moisture, and create a comfortable crosswind throughout your camper.

Many RV travelers prefer to install two vent fans because they are so effective at making a comfortable environment. Vent fans are also much more energy efficient than an AC unit and they work well off battery power while boondocking.

RV Bathroom Appliances

TOP CHOICE
Girard 2GWHAM

Can be retrofit in place of any existing water heater cut-out opening.

  • Maintains water temperature up to 124°F using 42,000 BTUs
  • Quiet, Brush-less Motor
  • 12V power that operates at less than 3 AMPs for high efficiency.
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Long hot showers may seem like an impossible luxury if you’re living in an RV, but they don’t have to be. Tankless water heaters are a practical way to get on-demand hot water to your faucets with an unlimited supply.

These units are retrofit and easy to install. They’ll allow you to get unlimited hot water with no recovery time. And you won’t waste propane heating water in a tank that may never get used.

CRANK HANDLE DESIGN
Nature's Head Dry Composting Toilet With Standard Crank Handle

Portable composting toilet with an easy-to-turn crank handle. Eco-friendly, easy to install, minimizes odor, and allows you to travel weeks without emptying.

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Having to break up your trip and head to an RV dump station is one of the most annoying parts about travel.

Regular RV toilets are notoriously bad for filling up your waste tank and wasting precious cargo space. Enter the composting toilet.

RV composting toilets can allow you to travel for weeks without stopping by a dump station. They use no chemicals and they can free up your black tank to use as a secondary gray-water tank.

Needless to say, this RV appliance is perfect for people who want to travel far off the beaten path.

Must-Have RV Appliances

FLOW-THU SENSOR
Truck System Technologies
  • Flow-thru sensors
  • Color monitor
  • Auto-scrolling monitor
  • Customize each axle for high and low alert parameters
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Whether you are driving a Class A motorhome, or a 5th wheel trailer, every person should have a tire pressure monitoring system installed in their camper. In fact, it’s required.

TPMS sensors will let you know when the tires are running low on air so you can pull over before you can pull over before a major accident.

These little appliances can be installed right on the valve stem of your vehicle and let you know if there’s too-little or too-much pressure in realtime.

BEST FOR RVs
NOCO Boost HD GB150
  • 4000A Jump starter
  • Rated for gasoline and diesel engines up to 10 liters
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While we’re on the subject of safety and convenience, why not throw a portable jump starter into your glove box?

These little devices can quickly get your motorhome RV started in the event that you’ve worn the battery out.

Not only are they helpful in a pinch, but they’ll also provide excellent peace of mind during your travels.

That’s A Wrap!

If you’re in the market for a new RV, or just need to replace some old appliances, be sure to check out our top picks. Not only are they some of the best on the market, but they’re also affordable and easy to install.

Happy travels!

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