The 5 Most Useful Tech Gadgets for Your RV

RV technology has come a long way in recent years, so we’ve compiled a list of the top RV tech items that will make your travels easier!

1. RV GPS With Back Up Camera

If you’ve been RVing for any amount of time, you know how tough it can be to maneuver when trying to back in. There’s nothing better than an RV back up camera to assist you with this daunting task! The GPS is also specifically for RVs, which is amazing. You enter in the dimensions of your rig, and the GPS will make sure your route doesn’t include obstacles your rig can’t handle, such as narrow roads or low bridges. You can buy an RV GPS and back up camera separately, but we like the Garmin RV 770 LMT-S because it combines both products, and gets great reviews!

You might also be interested in: How to Back Up an RV

RV Dash Cam

2. Dash Cam

I recommend that EVERYONE have a dash cam, but it’s especially important when you’re pulling your HOME around with you! Accidents happen all the time and the more you drive, the greater your chances of being in one. A dash cam gives you the reassurance that you’re taking steps to protect yourself. If you’re involved in an accident, there will be challenges as to who is at fault. Dash cams are invaluable in clearing up questions, which will protect you and your RV from legal liability and help you receive insurance settlements quickly. They can also be used to capture great driving moments as you explore the country! We absolutely love our Rexing V1 Car Dash Cam. It has a sleek, low profile design and a 170-degree ultra-wide angle lens. It captures beautiful Full-HD 1080p video at 30fps, and even features accident auto-detection (GSensor). Having this item gives me such a peace of mind when we’re on the road!

3. weBoost Signal Booster

One of the first things we purchased when we set out to live on the road full time in our RV was a weBoost. We knew we’d be traveling through areas with weak cellular signal and heard from multiple people this would give us a boost in weak areas. The weBoost boosts your cell signal up to 32 times for fewer dropped calls, higher audio quality, and faster uploads and downloads. Cell signal is especially important for us, as we work on the road and get our internet connection from our cell signal using…. the next item on this list!

RV Photo Signal

4. Wi-Fi Hotspot

Sometimes people like to unplug during their RV travels. It’s a time to get away into nature and enjoy the great outdoors. However, for those that live full-time in their RV, unplugging isn’t usually an option. A need for reliable internet is a necessity for most due to their jobs, homeschooling kids, even streaming your favorite shows.

Many times, your cell phone plan can include a certain amount of hotspot data. For the infrequent user, this may be all you need. If you are consistently needing 50+ GB per month, finding the right Wi-Fi hotspot plan is vital. One of the best plans out there for full-time travelers is Verizon’s prepaid unlimited plan using their Jetpack MiFi 8800L. You can connect up to 15 different devices at a time over Wi-Fi, it offers truly unlimited high-speed data, and it gives us that home Wi-Fi network that we had in our brick and mortar home.

Portable RV Solar Panel

5. Portable Solar Panel

If you like to camp without paying for hookups from time to time, a portable solar panel is a great investment. Solar in general is wonderful, but unless you dry camp more than you camp with hookups, it might not be worth it to invest in mounting a full solar system on top of your RV. A portable solar panel is perfect for anyone who dry camps occasionally and needs to keep their RV batteries charged!

A generator can also be used for this, but generators aren’t always welcome in certain places! They can be loud, and you have to continuously refill them with gas. Solar is a much more economical and a quieter way to generate energy! We love our Go Power! PSK-120 Portable Solar Kit and highly recommend it. It’s 120 watts and has a 25-year warranty. Having this item has enabled us to save money on RV parks and stay in some beautiful, remote places!

You might also be interested in: How to Conserve 12-Volt Power When Boondocking or Want To Watch TV At A Dry Camp? Do An RV Inverter Installation

These tech items have really improved RV life for us and I hope they’ll do the same for you! Let us know what RV gadgets have improved your travel experience in the comments below!

Also, check out Lauren’s video on this topic, Best RV Tech: A Guide To Gadgets On The Road:


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About the Author: Lauren is a wife, mother of two, photographer, blogger and lover of nature and adventure! Currently traveling around the U.S. in a fifth wheel, Lauren and her family seek to live life to the fullest and continue to look for ways to simplify their lives in order to live larger with less. Follow along on their journey by visiting their family travel blog.

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21 Responses to “The 5 Most Useful Tech Gadgets for Your RV”
  1. lafirecapt

    RV Make: Montana, RV Model: 3850fk, RV Year: 2018

    I am trying to decide what type of generator/generators to get for our 5th wheel. I am currently looking at either one Honda eu 7000, or two of the Honda eu 3000 generators, connected in series. I understand some of the differences between the two options. I was wondering what thoughts and considerations you would have with either of these two options? Or do you have any other ideas?
    Thank you
    Michael LaBarge

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Michael,

      Thank you for your patience. In response to your question-

      Either system would work fine, most of the differences would be personal preference. If it were to me I would go with just the one larger generator. It has all of the power you need to run everything at once, you only have one generator to carry around (even though larger in size) and only one thing to put fuel into. With a two generator parallel set up, you would have to carry two with you whenever you want to use everything at once, two things to fuel up and more wiring and set up time. Some advantages to the parallel system is if you only need half the power (example not using the air conditioner) and just need it for a light load to power a few things, you could just take one of them with you or hook one up. It is usually more fuel efficient and quieter too. If you decide you need more power, you can always connect the other one. I typically only recommend the parallel system if you already have a generator and just want to add more power. If you don’t have one, I recommend getting one big enough to power the whole RV. A lot of it is personal preference so it is really up to you, either of those systems would work fine. I hope this helps!

      Sincerely,
      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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  2. Doug

    RV Make: Holiday Rambler, RV Model: Imperial, RV Year: 2003, Brand: Onan, Model Number: 7500

    Just purchased this MH. It has been in storage for several years, this generator has only 320 hrs of run time. Gets its fuel from the main diesel tank, which has been drained and refilled with fresh two weeks ago. The MH engine runs great but this generator won’t start. After going through it’s programed cycle, it cranks but will not fire. Air filter is like new.
    Any help would be appreciated.

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Doug,

      Thank you for your patience. In response to your question-

      I would first check the battery that starts the generator and all of the connections. A lot of times it is something simple like that but if it has been in storage for a long time without getting used there could be a lot of build up in the system. If you are low on oil it won’t start but since it has been sitting that long I would just replaced the oil anyways. Since you got the tank flushed there could still be some bad fuel in the line to the generator and it could be a while to get that out before the fresh fuel is reached too. Could also be a problem with a clogged fuel filter or problem with the pump sending fuel as well. When it has been sitting that long a good tune up can really help. Especially if fuel was left in the system, it could be really hard to start without taking things apart and cleaning them.

      Sincerely,
      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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  3. smithmichael2192

    RV Make: Winnebago, RV Model: Aspect, RV Year: 2014

    My window shades will not roll back up after I pull them down

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  4. Sarah

    Does 1 solar panel work for powering everything in your RV? Or do you find you need more than 1 if you’re wanting to use your outlets and AC (and fridge, because let’s face it, propane is WAY more expensive than plugging in the electric!)? I want to be able to dry camp. Many of my state’s campgrounds (especially the free or <$40/night) do not have power.

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  5. Eva Marie Tudino

    RV Make: Ardon, RV Model: 40 foot 5th wheel, RV Year: 1977

    I have a electric generator do I need to keep it plugged in all the time or can I unplug it I have Eletric hooked up and was just wondering

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Eva,

      Thank you for your patience. In response to your question-

      If you are talking about the inverter for the fridge then I do recommend keeping it plugged in. Even with being plugged into electric, it can be used as a backup if there is a power failure. It will automatically switch to run off of battery power when you loose shore power so your food doesn’t go bad. Most of the newer models have this feature. Really old ones typically you only want to be on when using the battery power but many models out today have the auto switch mode so keeping it plugged in is actually a good thing. I hope this helps!

      Sincerely,
      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

      Reply
  6. Linda Krannich

    RV Make: Jayco, RV Model: 212qb, RV Year: 2019, Brand: Furrion, Model Number: FRCBRKTBL

    Our trailer came with Wiring installed for a Furrion back up camera. Do you have a wiring systematic so we can install an Istrong back up camera in stead of the Furrion camera?

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Linda,

      Thank you for your patience. In response to your question-

      There are only two wires on the back of the Furrion camera mount. A positive and a negative that are tied into the running lights. The Furrion cameras are a wireless system, so they use a wireless monitor. The only thing that needs to be powered is the camera on the mount and it just has a positive and a negative. As long as the camera you have to install only needs this, you should be fine. If it needs other wiring you would have to run more wires through the wall which is usually not easy. The Furrion cameras have a built in transmitter so there is no wiring for this. If the camera you purchased has a transmitter separate from the camera, you would have to have the wires and the transmitter in the wall or have the wires and transmitter mounted outside of the wall with the camera. I hope this helps!

      Sincerely,
      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

      Reply
  7. TOM

    RV Make: Newmar, RV Model: King Aire, RV Year: 2015

    What type of slide outs do I have

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  8. arnold bishop

    RV Make: dutchman/keystone, RV Model: coleman lantern series, RV Year: 2019

    2019 coleman lantern series says prewired for wineguard 2.0&4g so wheres the prewire located

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Arnold,

      Thank you for your patience. In response to your question-

      I would assume the prewire would be on the roof since the Winegard 2.0 has to be roof mounted. There does need to be a power switch as well. Being prewired I would assume there would be a switch installed already or at least the wires for it. If it is not located by a sticker inside you might want to contact the manufacture and ask them where they will be located. On the roof, you want to look for a wire mount or housing that could contain the power supply. Sometimes they have a plug that is capped off as well. I have not seen what Coleman is using for the prewire but they should at least have a power wire on the roof and a place for a switch to be installed too.

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      Sincerely,
      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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  9. Thomas Saucer

    RV Make: Winnebago , RV Model: View Profile 24g , RV Year: 2011

    Best backup camera for this rv

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  10. ROGER McGlen

    RV Make: Fleetwood , RV Model: Bounder , RV Year: 2008

    My slides only extend or retract when the engine is running. It does not work with the auxiliary power unit is this normal .

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    • Customer Service

      Roger,

      This is common for certain manufactures, they set it up as to the slide and leveling system have to be run when the engine is running and safety brake is activated. There are some out there that don’t need this but may have other safety devices being used. Most likely yours is set up for the engine to be on to operate the slides on purpose.

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

      Reply
  11. Ray Killipss

    RV Make: fleetwood southwind, RV Model: 32v, RV Year: 2006

    Do you have any information on removing back up monitors and cameras?

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    • Customer Service

      Ray,

      It depends on what you want to know? Typically the cameras and monitors are just held in place with a few screws and can come off of the mount. Behind the camera there will be a few sets of wires depending on your camera, less if there is no mic and video only. There are many different cameras out there and some are manufacture specific so there are various types of mounts and installations but they are usually the same in that they attach to a mount that is secured to the wall and can typically be removed by taking out a few screws. The monitors can be attached directly to the dash or enclosed in a compartment or hanging from the ceiling. There are many configurations but they should be able to be removed. We don’t really have any information on how to remove them but again there should just be a few screws or bolts holding it into place. Sometimes you might have to remove other components to gain access but most of the time they are easily accessible.

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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  12. Dan Wills

    RV Make: Grand Design, RV Model: Imagine, RV Year: 2020

    video on hooking up a backup camera

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Dan!

      Currently we do not have videos covering this topic but I will forward this suggestion to our team for future video creation!

      Sincerely,

      Jessica
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

      Reply