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Camper trailer essentials

There is a special kind of freedom that comes with owning a camper trailer. With a camper trailer, you can hit the open road and explore new places at your own pace. In this article, I'll discuss 20 things you need for a camper trailer, from the basics like a first aid kit to the extras that will make your trip more comfortable.

  1. Bring a first aid kit that's well stocked and up to date

  2. A first aid kit is a must-have for every camper trailer. Make sure your kit contains all the basics, such as bandages, antiseptics, painkillers and antacids. You should also ensure that it is up to date with medications specific to your type of travel (e.g., colds and flu or sunburn).

  3. A basic tool kit is simply essential

  4. A tool kit is an important part of home ownership. It is a compilation of basic tools that every homeowner should have on hand for general repairs and maintenance. A tool kit should include items such as a hammer, screwdriver, and pliers.

    While the items in a tool kit may vary depending on the individual, there are some essential items that every kit should have. A basic tool kit should include a hammer, screwdriver, and pliers. These items will allow you to perform basic repairs and maintenance on your camper. No matter what job or home improvement project you're taking on, having a trusty tool kit at your side will make things a whole lot easier. Even if you're not a handy person, having a few basic tools on hand can come in handy for all sorts of tasks. From hanging a picture frame to fixing a leaky faucet, having the right tools for the job can make all the difference.

  5. Tarpaulins are the investment

  6. A tarpaulin is a large, waterproof sheet of fabric that can be used for a variety of purposes. Tarpaulins are commonly used to cover and protect outdoor equipment, vehicles, and structures. They are also often used as temporary shelters or as ground coverings.

    Tarpaulins are made from various types of fabric, including PVC, polyester, and canvas. PVC tarpaulins are the most common type of tarpaulin, as they are the most waterproof and durable. However, PVC tarpaulins are also the most expensive type of tarpaulin. Polyester and canvas tarpaulins are less expensive but are also less waterproof and durable.

    No matter what type of tarpaulin you choose, you can be sure that it will be a while investment in many different situations.

  7. Keep your food fresh and cold with an insulated cooler or mini fridge

  8. A cool box is an essential item in any camper trailer. Keeping your food fresh and cold will ensure you don't run out of supplies halfway through a trip, or worse, spend hours driving back home to pick up more groceries. When buying a cool box, look for one with sturdy handles and thick insulation that will retain the cold longer. Your best bet is to go for something that's at least 5 inches deep, as this will help keep your food items chilled for longer periods of time.

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  9. Headlamps or torches are a must when you're camping

  10. Headlamps or torches are a must when you're camping. They make it easy for you to get around your camper trailer at night, and they can be used for numerous purposes. If you prefer reading in bed, then a torch will work better than a headlamp. Torches also allow you to cook easily while in the kitchen area of your camper trailer. If there's no power outage and everything is working perfectly on the inside, then having both would be ideal.

  11. A decent quality compass is invaluable

  12. The best place to start is with a compass that has been designed for use in the outdoors, and it’s often investing in one from a reputable brand if you're going to be using it regularly. It should also have a luminous dial so you can see what’s written on it at night, along with a degree scale that gives accurate readings when necessary (the cheaper compasses tend not to have these).

    If you're new to using compasses then here are some basic tips:
    • There are two basic types of bearings: true north and magnetic north. True north is where all lines of longitude meet; magnetic north varies according to where you are on earth because it's subject to the influence of magnetic forces emanating from our planet's core. If your compass directs you due south but nothing looks familiar then check whether your reading refers specifically for true or for magnetic directions.
    • One of the first thing you need to do is make sure your compass is level. To do this, place the base of your compass flat on the ground and rotate it until the bubble in the center of the base is centered. Then you can use it like any other compass.
    • You'll also want to know how to tell what direction you're facing at all times. This can be done by simply finding north and then following a line straight down from there until it hits another line. The place where these lines intersect is south, west is at 90 degrees from north, east is at 270 degrees from north, and south is 180 degrees from north.
    • Before using a compass, make sure that it is accurate by testing it with another reliable source of direction such as an actual landmark or map (if available). If your compass seems off by more than 20 degrees from true north, then make adjustments accordingly before proceeding with your journey.
    • Make sure that your compass has been stored properly after each use so that there is no chance of its accuracy being compromised over time due to changes in temperature or humidity levels. You can do this by storing it away in its own protective pouch or box until needed again later on down when you plan your next trip outdoors.
    • Find North: Hold your compass flat in front of you with its dial facing away from you and open so that both sides of the housing are visible. The top edge of the compass has a long index line where most orienteering maps are drawn with north at the top (because maps are usually drawn vertically).
    Basic parts of a compass

    Here are two parts of a compass you will never miss.

    • The needle (also called the indicator or pointer) : This is a magnetized piece of metal that "points" towards magnetic north. It is usually made out of brass or steel, with some type of pivot point at one end that allows it to rotate freely around an axis. The pivot point is usually marked with an arrow so that you can see which way it faces when it's not being moved by magnetic forces (like when it's hanging still in your hand).
    • The capsule (also called housing): This is the protective case that surrounds the needle and other components of the compass. The capsule should be transparent so that you can see your bearings through it. Some compasses also have additional features like magnifiers or mirrors inside their capsules so they can be used without opening them up every time you want to check your bearings or look at something closely nearby.
  13. Never travel anywhere without spare batteries for your torch, GPS, etc

  14. When you're on the road, spare batteries are an absolute must. You don't want to be caught in the middle of nowhere with no power for your GPS or torch, so it pays to have a few spares in your glove box.

    It's also noting that you could use the same batteries for both devices, make sure you read the instructions before using them.

  15. Insect Repellant

  16. Insect repellant is an absolute must. It's easy to forget about applying insect repellant because it can be a hassle, but you'll thank yourself later if you remember to use it.

    To apply your bug spray properly: Spray from about 6 inches (15 centimeters) away from your skin and rub the product in quickly with the palms of your hands until dry. This is important because if the spray dries on itself, it won't work as effectively against bugs.

    You will have to reapply this product every few hours or after swimming or sweating heavily especially if you're camping during warmer months when there are more insects around.

    Choose a brand that suits your needs; some are stronger than others and some have more of an odor than others do (the stronger ones tend not to smell quite as much). You may need different amounts depending on how far away from home base your campsite is located as well.

  17. Get an RV Sewer Hose

  18. When purchasing a sewer hose, there are several things to consider:

    • Will the hose fit my camper?
    • Sometimes, the hose comes in two pieces that can be joined together. If so, make sure you have enough room inside your camper to accommodate both ends of the hose when they're connected together and stored away from site. Most common sizes are 5/8" x 10' or 5/8" x 15', but some campers may use larger hoses as well. If you’re unsure about what size you need, it's best to check with your manufacturer before buying one, they should know exactly what size works best for their particular model of trailer.

    • Is my current sewer hose working properly?
    • If so, then great! But if not (or if it has been years since it last worked), then make sure it's actually time for replacement rather than just repair (which may end up costing more). Running into issues like small clogs or poor flow could indicate an issue with either its internal structure or material composition; keeping an eye out for these problems will ensure that any potential replacements come with enough durability to last through multiple seasons without needing repairs again soon after installation.

  19. RV Water Tank Filler Valve

  20. The RV water tank filler valve is a convenient way to fill your RV's water tanks without having to remove the cap each time. This valve is designed to fit any standard RV sewer hose and can be easily installed in minutes. With the RV water tank filler valve, you can fill your RV's water tanks quickly and easily, without having to remove the cap each time.

    If you're looking for a convenient way to fill your RV's water tanks, the RV water tank filler valve is the perfect solution. This valve is easy to install and use, and it will make filling your RV's water tanks a breeze. Order your RV water tank filler valve today and start enjoying the convenience of quick and easy water tank filling.

  21. Bring a whistle to alert others

  22. Whistles are an excellent way to alert others in an emergency. You can also use them to let people know where you are when lost, or if you've been injured. Whistles come in many different shapes and sizes. Some are made for everyday use, while others are more rugged and may be used by professional rescue workers or hikers who frequent remote areas of the forest.

  23. Portable RV Hand-Held Vacuum

  24. One of the best things about having a camper trailer is that you can clean it anywhere. Whether it's inside or outside, you'll always be able to use your vacuum to make sure everything stays spotless. If you're looking for a new handheld vacuum, we recommend checking out some of these hand-held vacuums online.

  25. Bring pepper spray

  26. Pepper spray is a non-lethal weapon that can be used to deter an attacker. It's also great for self-defense, and it's a good idea to bring pepper spray on camping trips. If you're traveling with friends or family members, make sure they know where the pepper spray is so they can use it in case of an emergency.

  27. A soft pillow to lay your head on

  28. A comfy pillow is one of the best things you can have in your camper trailer. It helps you sleep better, which means more energy for the rest of your day.

    How to find a pillow that's comfortable:

    There are two main factors when it comes to comfort—the size and shape of the pillow itself, and how well it fits into its cover. If you're buying just a pillow, take these considerations into account:

    • Size: Think about whether or not you want something firm or soft; try out different kinds as you shop around until you find one that feels good against your face and neck. For example, if your head moves around a lot during sleep (like mine does), then firm pillows may be best for preventing pain later on. On the other hand, if there's no movement at all (which has never happened before), then go with something softer.
    • Shape: Not all pillows come in regular rectangular shapes; some are shaped like squares while others resemble triangles or even cubes! Think about which type might suit best here again depending on what kind of sleeper YOU are :)
  29. Toilet cleaning accessories and supplies

  30. A quiet generator

  31. A quiet generator is essential for any camper trailer, and they can save you a lot of headaches. Unfortunately, generators tend to be loud, and those without the proper insulation are even worse. The good news is that there are plenty of quiet options out there, but they cost more than regular generators (which isn't surprising when you consider how much noise they make).

    They'll also last longer because their design is different; instead of using a simple engine like most portable generators do, these have sophisticated electronics that regulate the power output. This lets them run at lower RPMs for less vibration and noise.

  32. RV Water Hoses

  33. RV water hoses are made from a special type of rubber that can withstand the pressure of water. They are very easy to install and remove, which makes them ideal for people who camp in different locations and want their camper trailers to look exactly like they left them when they came back. In addition to being available in different lengths and colors, RV water hoses also come in varying diameters so you can find one that fits your needs perfectly.

  34. RV Water Pressure Regulator

  35. A water pressure regulator is a device that helps to stabilize the flow of water into your RV. This can help prevent damage to your system, and keep it operating smoothly. Water pressure regulators are especially important because they regulate the amount of pressure put on a pressurized tank and pump. If your system is not properly regulated, you may experience problems with high or low levels of water pressure which can cause damage to many parts of your camper trailer including:

    • Water Pump
    • Water Tank
    • Pipes
    • Lines
  36. Tire pressure gauge

  37. One of the most important tasks in maintaining your camper is keeping the tires inflated properly. To help with this, you should have a tire pressure gauge at all times.

    A tire pressure gauge is easy to use, affordable and small enough to be easily portable. The gauge will tell you if your tires are over or underinflated based on the recommended PSI rating for each tire size; beyond that, it won't do much for you other than being an indicator that something might be wrong with one of your tires, if there's a leak somewhere or something like that.

  38. Surge protector

  39. It is a good idea to get a surge protector for your camper trailer. The surge protector will protect all of your electronic devices from power surges, which can damage them. Surge protectors are also a good investment because they are cheap and easy to find in stores or online.

    You can choose between two types of surge protectors: external or internal. If you want something easy to carry around with you wherever you go, then an external one would be best because it can be plugged into any outlet that has an open slot available (even while driving!). An internal one needs to be installed into the wall so that it doesn't move around when you're moving around inside the camper trailer itself but on the plus side if anything happens along those lines at least there's no chance of losing any parts.


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So if you're still considering whether to buy a camper, or what things you need for your camper, hopefully this can give you an idea of the different things you should be looking for. If you're interested in buying a camper, of course you'll want to take plenty of time testing it out, and getting comfortable with it. It may take some time, but really it's the best way to ensure that you're making the most informed choice possible.

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