Are You Already Planning Your RV Christmas List?

Start building your 2016 Christmas List now!I know, I know. It is still October. But it is never too early to start thinking about your RV Tailgating Christmas List! After all, this is probably when you are using the RV the most – and you know what is working and what is not. And what needs an upgrade. And oh, look at the tailgating gear that your neighbor has! This is definitely the time to be on the lookout for new things to add to your setup!

All the shiny things!

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Why Start Planning Now

We all know that the RV and tailgating lives are not necessarily cheap. If you start thinking about what you want now, you can search for the best deals – Black Friday and Amazon Deals being your best bets. But to get the best deals, you have to carefully plan and watch for sales.

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And if you are like me, your family never knows what to get you. So let them know (hint, hint family!)

Early Thoughts on the Christmas List

Safety First!

if you don't already have one, the Genturi Generator Exhaust should be on your Christmas ListIt’s not a lot of fun to get safety items for Christmas but they could be the most important things you can ever get! First, if you use your RV for tailgating then you MUST have a Genturi or similar generator exhaust system. You are probably tired of me saying so, but 1) it is that important and 2) it is mandatory at many tailgate lots.

You should also look into a 10 year battery operated carbon monoxide detector to make sure your Genturi is working. I like the versions with temperature and PPM display. And check the status of your fire extinguisher. Did you know that they loose their charge after awhile?

RV Upgrades

So far, I’m thinking about some of the normal RV upgrades:

  • Inverter I currently don’t have a working inverter on my RV, so no AC power for me unless I’m plugged in or running the generator. Especially as things cool off, I don’t need the generator as much (you know, for the AC). So a working inverter would be awesome.
  • Charger If I’m going to be using more power with the inverter, I want the batteries to charge as fast as possible and will probably need to upgrade the charger.
  • Water Pump, Shower, Filter Ugh. Showers in my RV when I’m boondocking are just not what one would desire. And fresh drinking water is always a plus. Time to upgrade!
  • Upholstery I would love to get rid of the ugly blue couch and repair the driver’s chair. Some blackout drapes over the blinds would also be nice.

Sure, I would love a fully solar energy system, but that will probably just wait until the next RV. I’m not quite ready to put it on the 2016 Christmas List just yet.

I’m also closely watching that generator to make sure that there are not any new issues with it. I may have to scrap all the upgrades to do a replacement on it. (Crossing fingers that it is not needed)

Entertainment Options

Have you upgraded the RV TV? If not, it should be on your Christmas List!

Have you upgraded the RV TV?
If not, it should be on your Christmas List!

Right now, most of the high ticket tailgating items relate to outdoor entertainment – TV and DISH satellite service. I upgraded the interior TV earlier this year to a flatscreen that actually works with an HD antenna. But I can’t get ESPN on that. And WiFi is spotty so I can’t stream it unless I want to use cell data. And that is still too expensive. I’m thinking the monthly RVer package would work great since most of the TV use is limited to football season.

The stereo in the driver’s cabin area is pretty much done. It gets power and all, but is constantly scanning for a radio station. Remember, Starter RV is a 1990 model, so things are not all fancy on it. The stereo also has a cassette tape and no mp3/aux/Bluetooth input! So that would be really awesome to have on the long road trips. Or while sitting in traffic on Friday afternoons to go to home tailgates. Hopefully, if I turn this project into a DIY project, I’ll have better luck the first time than RVJedeye had on his first try at upgrading his RV stereo!

I’m also on the lookout for new and better camera equipment to better document all our tailgates and roadtrips! Any recommendations from others?

Smaller Things

OK, everything doesn’t have to big and expensive for the Christmas List! Some of the smaller (read less pricey) items that I am thinking about and/or might be good for the RV Tailgater in your life:

  • Costco Membership I’ve already got one, but my renewal will be up soon. I use Costco to gas up the RV (best prices around here and it is easy to get the RV in and out of), tailgating chairs, food, liquor, and beer. I think my main tailgating table even came from there. Well worth the cost of the basic membership!
  • Crockpot My crockpot is of unknown years old and doesn’t have the latches to keep the top on while traveling. Since we often prepare food ahead of time at home and use the crockpot to heat things up, a new one would be useful. This particular crockpot has a locking lid that would make transport easier!
  • Dyson cordless multi-floor vacuum This is still on the pricey side, but well worth it! The Dyson vacuums always get great reviews and I would love to have one to help control the dog hair in the RV. Perhaps this cordless version to pickup the dog hair would be a welcome addition to the RV gear.

Ultimate Wishlist Item

Of course, if you want to go really expensive, I wouldn’t turn down a new RV with all the bells and whistles! You know, things like slides and exterior TV and working stereos.

And if you are here looking for ideas for your favorite RVer and still don’t have a clue on what to get them – how about a gift card to the local RV mechanic? There’s always something that needs to be fixed on an RV. Or an oil change. Or a non-DIY upgrade to be done. You can never go wrong with such a gift!

What’s already on your Christmas List? Comment below!

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Kimberly is the owner of a Tiffin 34PA and the former owner of Starter RV, a 1990 Winnebago Chieftan.Kimberly is based out of Atlanta, Georgia, and frequently travels to football and baseball games, NASCAR events, music festivals, and RV campgrounds all across the southeast and beyond!She can be found cheering for Georgia Tech, traveling the world, or working on the RV (because there's always something to do on the RV). Don't ever underestimate what she can whip up in the kitchen or accomplish on no sleep.Find out the latest from Kimberly by signing up here.

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5 Responses

  1. Lara says:

    An automatic soap dispensor! I’m not kidding, this will be so useful in my small RV kitchen! I just ordered a 20ft string of solar lights to put outside or under the RV at night when I’m parked somewhere it’s ok to do this and I ordered a new interior fridge fan. I really am excited about all the “little” things that make living in my RV home easier and more comfortable.
    I have a cassette to MP3 adapter since my RV has CD/Tape/Radio.
    Also, have you considered a thermal cooker instead of a crockpot? I have one and it really works well.

    • Kimberly says:

      Hi Lara. Instead of an automatic soap dispenser, I’ve got the soap bottles like normal. But I did use a Command medium size caddy to corral them. Since we move 2x every weekend (home to game, game to home), I like to keep things accessible/out but secure for transport. The fewer things I have to take down/put up each time is a big factor in what I do. But I totally get why you’d want this. It is probably useful in all kitchens, RV or brick.

      I’ve got the solar lights too! With awning hooks. Nice ambient light for a tailgate! Highly recommend!

      I’m just starting to see the thermal cookers but I haven’t looked into them yet.

      • Lara says:

        Hi, You know, I hadn’t realized but I think a normal handsoap pump container would be fine. I’ve been using a dish/hand soap that doesn’t have a pump so I need to handle it more to use. I could use the usual pump container and that’d be just as good! lol.
        I store it in the sink when I drive.(I’m in a class B so small space.) The flat grip mats work well, too to keep things in place. I keep a stainless steel spoon/lid holder on one all the time and it stays put. I rarely hook up places and like to be able to turn the key and go whenever so totally get that the less to have to put away, the better!
        I like the thermal cooker a lot. Less power needed, no concerns leaving it, and super insulated. I’ve even used it to keep things cool!

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