New motorhome or camper owner? Looking for the essential motorhome accessories you need for your new van? Here's a list of the most important things.
I know, I know. You find a motorhome to buy and all of a sudden your wallet is open and you're buying STUFF.
So. Much. Stuff.
Sometimes, it's hard to know what the essential motorhome accessories you actually NEED are and which ones are just… nice to have.
What accessories do you need for a motorhome?
So here's a list for you. These are the essential things we believe EVERY motorhome and campervan should have asap.
Some of them are important for life in the van. Some are important for safety. We're not concentrating on travelling abroad- if you'd like to see the 15 essential motorhome accessories you need for Europe- click here
Essential motorhome accessories you need
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You need a hosepipe, in order to fill your water tanks. We highly recommend at least 10-15m in length. Food grade hose is preferable. We prefer a proper hose to a flat hose, but a flat hose is a lot easier to store.
You'll also need connectors- we like the Hoselock connector and use brass adaptors for Europe for different size taps. REMEMBER to take the connectors with you!! (I've lost so many all over Europe- oops!) And the cap for the water tank is brilliant- just attach your hose and leave until the tank is full.
240v Electric cable
A long (25m) 240v electric cable is good, but don't leave it coiled up when in use as it can cause a fire. Spread it out on the ground outside the van. We prefer not to have it on a reel as it's easier for stowage and also means we don't get lazy and leave it coiled up on the reel- that's how fires start!
You can have either refillable or exchangeable bottles. If you're staying mostly in the UK, stick to exchangeable (remember to get a spanner for tightening/ loosening the bottles. 30mm is the usual size.) Refillable are cheaper if you use them a LOT, but it's getting harder to find LPG in the UK (it's easy in Europe, so we highly recommend them then). This is the refillable gas system we use
Talking of gas, if you don't already have a 3-way fridge, get one. The ability to run on battery, gas or 240v power is so useful- you won't regret it.
You'll only spend one night at an unholy angle before you agree that levelling chocks are a motorhoming essential.
We highly recommend these Jumbo ones– take up a bit more storage room, but they're so much more useful than the smaller versions. The storage bag is useful too for when they're wet and/ or muddy.
Essential motorhome Safety Kit
Other essential safety kit includes:
Tyre Repair Kit
We don't like to think about it, but sometimes things go wrong. Often, it involves a flat tyre. Many motorhomes do NOT have a spare tyre- they have a tyre repair kit. Make sure it's a heavy duty system suitable for large vehicles.
You NEED a proper sat nav in a motorhome. No question about it. It's too big a vehicle to mess around with.
Motorhome Wing-mirror protectors- ESSENTIAL accessory
These are one of the best things you will ever buy. Trust me- worth every penny. There are long arm and short arm versions- be sure to buy the correct one for your motorhome or camper.
Essential Motorhome accessories for living
Once you start using your motorhome, there are several things you'll need, even just for one night.
Toilet Paper & Toilet chemicals
You do NOT need expensive ‘motorhome' toilet paper. In fact, the cheapest stuff you can find in the supermarket is PERFECT- anything which dissolves quickly.
But we DO recommend toilet chemicals. We've tried a lot of different types, including detergent tabs, which were ok but didn't stop the smell. This stuff is very good and lasts a long time. Sadly, we can't find anything similar in Europe.
The Thetford spray is also nice for keeping everything ‘fresh'.
Also, if it's a ‘new' van to you, you might want to freshen up the toilet cassette using this pack.
Bedding & mattress topper
Decent bedding. We aren't a fan of sleeping bags, preferring proper duvets and pillows. A mattress topper is also essential if you want a good night's sleep.
If you spend much time in the motorhome, it's going to need cleaning. We have tried several different brands of 12v vacuum cleaner and conclude that Dyson is worth every penny. Get the one with a 12v charging option. You'll also want a small dustpan and brush to get in the corners.
Essential motorhome accessories- Plates and cutlery
You have a LOAD of options here. We have melamine, which are tough and can stand being dropped by accident. I love both of these, but Amazon have LOADS of options. Same for cutlery.
(Also, you DON'T need to buy huge amounts- just enough for one each. Guests or people you might want to invite for coffee can bring their own mugs/ plates.)
Other essential motorhome accessories
A couple of random tips for you. Change as many interior lights to LED as you can- your battery power will thank you- especially if you want to go wild camping with your motorhome.
Also, make sure to buy a way to charge your phone/ ipad using the 12v sockets at the front.