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!

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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

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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!

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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!

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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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Woman in a canyon with a camera smilingAbout 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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27 Responses to “The 5 Most Useful Tech Gadgets for Your RV”

  1. DAVID

    Prior to going on a trip, we like to put our food in in the refrigerator and freezer the night before. What's the best way to charge the house batteries from our residential 110V outlet. I am looking at a 2/10/50A 12V Manual Charger. Is that appropriate and would you have a recommended product? Thanks.

  2. Keith Lillis

    One of the things that I have found is by using the regular 3 inch sewer line is messy and hard to keep clean. A macerator is a power unit that hooks into the drain line at the RV and as the black water tank is emptying it goes through the macerator and pulverizes the sludge so that it comes out through a garden sized hose as liquid. The hose is easier to clean as you follow the sludge with your gray water and then fresh water. An RV Macerator is costly (approximately $350 to $375 and well worth the money but if your on a tight budget and like to be creative you can do as I did and purchase a good used garbage disposal and mount a 3" sewer end to it and a 3" hose to the drain line and it will do the same thing. One thing about a garbage disposal it has an additional line that you can hook up to the gray water line and run it through at the same time as the black water sludge and it helps keep the sludge that is being ground up by the garbage disposal more liquid. I paid only $15.00 for my Kenmore garbage disposal and don't have more than $20.00 invested and it works great. Well that my little tidbit of information. Happy RVing and keep safe.

  3. Thomas

    Looking to install inverter and solar controller to Zamp prewired unit, wiring located in pass thru

  4. Kimmons Christine

    Should my back up camera show power when the coer isunplugged from my vehicle

  5. Mary Ward

    The link to the dash cam is not working?

  6. Mark Simons

    How do I replace a glass pain in a frameless kitchen window. One pain was opened when backing out and it hit a fence post and shattered.

  7. mike kozel

    My 7th RV. Had class A and C previously and will be buying a new one in a year or two.

  8. Dale Lucas

    installing a dash cam

  9. jboylstein

    my am&fm radio does not have a signal boost like my tv has. is there any thing i can do to boost my am fm antenna?

  10. Michel Lemmtke

    Thanks for the Weboost tip but I cannot figure out which one to get. There's one that says Drive X RV: There's another one that says Drive Reach RV: They are both made by Weboost but look totally different with drastic difference in cost as well. Any clue which to buy?