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RV Basics: Accessories, Towing & Campsite Set-up

RV Accessories

Check out these resources & articles to get you out on the open road in your RV stress-free! A quick guide on the “must know” things to RV which covers accessories, towing, and hooking up at RV sites.

There are a lot of cool gadgets and things to make your RV experience more fun, but here are the basic essentials that you need for your RV. These items will get you ready for camping with full hook-ups at an RV park.

  • Sewer hose
  • Power cord (if not integrated)
  • Surge protector
  • Water hose
  • Black tank hose (to rinse sewer hose)
  • Chocks
  • Levelers
  • Water pressure regulator
  • Holding tank waste digester
  • Rubber gloves

If you are looking for specific brands, check out our Amazon Shop for the items and brands we recommend.

Towing

We have found these resources in determining your towing requirements for your particular set-up particularly helpful:

How to tow your trailer – we found these articles and videos to be some of the best in helping us learn how to tow our trailer:

Additional accessories that may be needed if you are towing a travel trailer:

  • Sway control
  • weight distribution hitch

Check out this article “Common Weight Distribution and Sway Control Questions”

Hooking up your RV at your campsite

Simple and easy to follow steps to hook up your sewer, water and electric at campgrounds!

BLACK TANK BONUS: Check out this video for an extra tip!

Disclaimer: We are not RV or travel experts. We share our opinions and what works for us, but you should do your own research.

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Energizer Inverter Generator Review

Please note: this article contains affiliate links

We receive a lot of questions asking which generator we used when we were living in our Little Guy Max. This can be a daunting task and we did a lot of research before our purchase. Below is what thought process went into our purchase, what we purchased and our honest review of the product as well as a video so you can see/hear it in action as well as a special offer at the end of this post if you decide to buy one yourself!

Identify your needs

After much deliberation, we came up with five things that our generator had to have:

  • the ability to easily run our 13,000 BTU air conditioner
  • it had to be affordable
  • provide clean power for our computers and other sensitive equipment
  • quiet
  • great customer service if/when something went wrong

Do your research

Now that we had what we needed from a generator identified, we started to look at what was available. Having our list greatly simplified the entire process as we were able to eliminate many right away.

There are many brands out there, but if you are unfamiliar with generators, a good place to start is to see the brand names listed at Lowe’s, Home Depot and Amazon and read the reviews. Visit the manufacturer’s website as well. Ask questions – this is an important purchase!

Make your decision

We ultimately decided on the Energizer eZV3200P. Let’s take a quick look as to how it stacked up against our list:

  • Could it handle our 13,000 BTU air conditioner

Easily! We could run our air conditioner while working on our computers in our Little Guy Max trailer without any issue.

  • Was it affordable?

We understand affordability is relative, however we consider the eZV3200P a very affordable option at $949.00 USD. There were only two generators that we decided fit our needs (the other was a Honda) and the Energizer came in less than half of what the Honda would have cost.

  • Does it provide clean power?

Yes! We have a lot of sensitive equipment, so this was a must. All Energizer inverter generators come with Smart Device Protection – which means it won’t fry your devices with microprocessors. In addition, Energizer inverter generators will only deliver clean sine wave power or cut power entirely to prevent any damage. This feature is only available through Energizer and Honda Inverter Generators.

  • Is it quiet?

Yes! National Parks as well as many others, require generators to operate at 60db or less from 50 ft away. The Energizer eZV3200P comes in at 56db. Make sure to check out our video where you can hear it for yourself!

  • How is Energizer’s customer service?

Fantastic! Energizer is a well-known and respected brand for a reason. They stand behind their products and have the staffing to support your questions and concerns should an issue arise.

An added bonus

Beyond these have-to-haves we were delighted to discover the eZV3200P is equipped with auto choke and auto-throttle that enables a truly seamless remote start. 

Other brands with only manual choke claim to be remote start but require customers to pull the choke first and then press the button while standing beside it, which defeats the purpose of remote start!

Speaking of remote start, the eZV3200 has a 48 hour timeout window and 100ft range allowing the remote to be used seamlessly for the whole weekend from inside. Big plus for those rainy/cold weekends!

It weighs about 95 lbs. but it is equipped with a handle and rugged wheels that make it easy to move it around. It comes with 2 remotes for remote start-up, a push-button electric start and a back-up pull start. In addition, it has a low oil alert function that will automatically shut the unit off if your oil is low.

Our thoughts after 6 months of heavy use

After 6 months of heavy use, we never ran into an issue. Not once. We have been incredibly happy with our purchase and recommend it to anyone looking for a great inverter generator.

Special offer

We purchased and used our eZV3200P with no affiliation whatsoever with Energizer. That being said, we have recently been in contact with them and they have been generous enough to offer the following:

Receive a FREE generator cover with your purchase of any of the following at www.energizergenerators.com using the code TheRoadsWeRoam at checkout:

Energizer eZV3200P

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