In a recent blog comment, a reader asked about the availability of small trash compactors for RVs. We have seen them in several upper level diesel pushers, though they have never really appealed to us.
It is interesting what one person thinks is an essential item in an RV, while someone else would consider it a waste of space. It’s all about your personal preferences.
Many of the upscale rigs we have seen, including a lot of Prevost bus conversions and some of the big truck conversions, don’t have a stove. Instead they have only a two burner cook top, and sometimes a microwave/convection oven. Terry loves to cook, and would never be happy without a stove and oven. On the other hand, she has never liked microwaves, and we finally discarded ours because it was just taking up space she would rather use for storage.
Another kitchen accessory we have seen in RVs is a dishwasher. For us, that would just be a waste of space and absolutely worthless. Yet, for some RVers, it is very popular. Some people consider an RV washer/dryer combination a must have, while others think that their small capacity and limitations make them more trouble than they are worth and just go to a laundromat. We have had two of the Splendide combos and were never happy with them. We upgraded to separate apartment sized Whirlpool washer and dryer units and Terry would not be without them. We have seen RVs with huge flat screen televisions in the front living area, a nice TV in the bedroom, and even a third TV in an outside bay that pulls out to watch under the awning. We have a 20 inch LCD TV in the living room, and eventually we may put one in the bedroom, but after eight years without one, would we even watch it?
Lately I’ve wanted to replace our old portable tripod satellite TV dish with one of the automatic rooftop domes. The tripod unit has served us well, but there are many nights when we pull into a roadside rest area or a parking lot someplace where setting up a dish would not be possible. And in some campgrounds, it’s been darned hard to lock in on a signal. With a rooftop dish we could catch the news wherever we park, as long as we have a clear view of the sky. I’ve also considered the new VuCube portable automatic dishes. I talked to a trucker that hangs his VuCube off his side view mirror and can get a signal just about anywhere. Has anyone used one of them?
We have also seen many rigs with pullout barbecue grills in their bays. Why? I guess that would be fine if you’re into tailgate parties and such, but for fulltimers, that space is much too valuable to waste. Our small portable grill does the job just fine and uses much less space.
One thing that we see more and more RVs coming with these days is a computer desk. Not that silly pullout tray on the dashboard that some motorhomes have, but an actual desk where you can comfortably use your computer. In our first motorhome we took out a recliner that never got used and replaced it with a desk. Even if we were not working RVers who use the computer for hours a day, I’d still want this upgrade.
My buddy Ron Speidel has a macerator hooked up to his sewer dump system and really likes it. I bought a macerator a couple of years ago, and have not found it very useful up to this point.
Again, it’s all about your own needs and wants. Some people do a lot of boondocking, and find an array of solar panels invaluable. Others would never spend a night without hookups, and to them that would be a waste of money.
So what accessories do you find important in your RV, what do you have that you could do without, and what do you wish you had?
Thought For The Day – Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.