You are now the proud owner of a Recreational Vehicle or RV as the abbreviation goes. You are ready with plans about all the wonderful places you are going to be travelling to. Rein in the enthusiasm a little bit, you still need to stock your RV with the basic appliances that will make your RV a perfectly cozy home.
Things to consider before you invest in RV appliances:
A basic web search will throw a lot of options, but the key is to understand what you plan to use your RV for and for how long? What are the weather conditions you anticipate? How many people are going to be with you in the RV?
What would make sense for a simple weekend in the woods may not be the right thing to carry during a longer trip. A family, especially one with children has different needs than that of a couple and if you have pets, you may want to re-think certain purchases.
Another thing to take into consideration is your lifestyle. If you are someone who cannot function without your morning cup of magic coffee, you cannot overlook a coffee machine, even though it may not feature in the 'must-Have list of appliances for a RV'. Another rule of the thumb is listened to advice but always ask yourself, will you use it? For example, a rice cooker may be an absolute necessity according to your friendly neighbourhoods RV veterans, but what if you do not even eat rice? That’s one space gobbler you do not want to invest in.
Space is not your friend on an RV. When investing in an appliance, look for things that will fit in limited space. Foldable or collapsible items are a great idea. Things that can double (or triple) up are absolute gold. Look out for appliances that can be handy in more than one way.
This brings us to the other golden rule - make a budget and stick to it. It is very easy to get carried away and buy gadgets you don't need. The best way to stick to a budget is to make a list of things you will need. Also, it is always advisable to splurge a little extra and get the best quality products. You don't want sub-standard appliances giving up on you in the middle of nowhere.
Here is a list of some appliances that we think are imperative for every RV:
1) Water purifier - Let's face it, we can live without food, but it is near impossible to survive without potable water. If you want to travel without the worry of finding a reliable water source at every juncture, this is the appliance for you. Without it, there can be no showering, cooking, or camping.
It would be ideal if you could fit in one of the bigger ones as they tend to be more effective. Nevertheless, if you are travelling alone or as a couple, you can choose to invest in a smaller one.
2) Coffee Maker - Notice how we wrote about this one immediately after the water purifier. For a coffee lover, this is a must have. The right fit can only be decided by you. Do you prefer the traditional drip-brew machine or do you like the manual AeroPress? Just remember to stock the appropriate coffee beans/ pods or capsules, so you can really begin your day with a cup full of joy.
3) Crock-pot or a Slow Cooker - This is the appliance for you if you like low effort cooking. Just throw in the ingredients, give it a good stir occasionally and in a few hours, you can have yourself a good, hearty meal. The crock-pot has been in existence for decades and are popular for a reason.
4) Pressure Cooker - If you want an appliance that can work as a rice cooker, sauté, warm, steam, and slow cook, look no further than the pressure cooker. It saves time and saves space; no wonder people swear by it.
5) Washer + Dryer - Clothes are going to pile up and washing them and then finding spots to dry them may not be a very easy task. A front-load washing machine that can wash and dry clothes is a very appealing buy.
6) Blender - Perfect for your smoothies and shakes and if you invest in a model with enough power, you can bag yourself a brilliant multi-functional gadget that will chop and blend making meal times extremely happy. Remember to choose a blender which is relatively compact and comes with multiple storage jars and chopper bowls.
7) Portable Ice Maker - A continuous supply of ice plus your RV freezer space gets freed up = win-win. A cold brew always makes for a fun trip. With this appliance, you can wave goodbye to bagged ice.
When buying appliances for the RV, think great quality and good design. They need to last you for a long time, be simple to clean and easier yet to store.
Have we covered all the important appliances? Have we missed any that you think are absolute must-haves? Do let us know.
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