There are some things in life that are just meant to be; strawberries and cream, dogs and bones, motorhomes and road trips…you get the picture. We’re not much into motorhome gadgets but this is a list of stuff that for us, is just meant to be. These eleven motorhome gadgets to change your life are mostly simple and inexpensive but make motorhome life on the road so much easier. All have been tried and tested by us during our 18 months of full-timing.
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Eleven Motorhome Gadgets to Change Your Life
Belkin Car Charger
The daddy of all car chargers! It took us a while to click on to charging on the move rather than using our leisure batteries once stationary (a bit thick, I know!). Since then we have tried a few; they wobble around in the cigarette lighter hole, lose connection when you go over a bump and charge your devices at a snail’s pace, especially when it’s a tablet or charging brick. This model (and there are many Belkin models to choose from) is sturdy, feels well made and fits the hole perfectly (said the actress to the bishop 🥴🥴).
Silentnight Airmax Mattress Topper
Motorhomes can be stuffy at night, especially if you’re travelling in Europe in the height of summer. We had cheap toppers for comfort which were ok but when the time came to change them, we stumbled upon these. OMG, it has literally changed my life…I’m usually quite cynical about product claims but this Silentnight topper really does do an amazing job of providing comfort and not causing overheating in bed (I could make another innuendo here, but it’s a serious post, so I’ll refrain).
These type of storage boxes are great, we have loads in the van; they do not mark or chip at your cabinetry or crash around when you’re on the move and keep everything together and in the right place. Ikea also do a great range called Knallbage, which are the perfect size for motorhome cupboards and come in a range of sizes.
3M Command Tape
How did we not know about this wonder product for nine months of our motorhome life?? It was only when we were bemoaning not being able to fix things without screws that some wise old travellers told us about Command Tape. This is another product which really does work and leaves no trace; as a neat freak this makes me very happy!
Huawei Wifi E5577
This nifty little device (which needs a data only SIM) will pull in all the 3/4g around you and create a wifi signal for up to ten devices…a motorhome hotspot if you like! We have been able to get signal with this when our mobiles have the dreaded ‘no service’ and as it creates a wifi zone, you can use it to download where wifi is required. For more information about internet in your motorhome, click here.
The following post may also help when kitting out your motorhome; if you’re already fully loaded, read on for more motorhome gadgets…
Sistema Water Bottle
We started motorhome life with gorgeous Chilly bottles; they look great but are useless when driving as you need to unscrew the lid when drinking. We drink so much water that there is no need to keep it cool, we just top up from a bottle in the fridge regularly (which is refilled from wherever, we’re not fussy!). We then bought fancy Jack Wolfskin bottles but after three days of hiccuping we realised the spout was too small and drinking from the bottle involved taking in air causing hiccups (we did extensive research here!). So, we settled on these basic but oh so functional bottles, which have an easy flip-top lid and a spout large enough to drink from whilst allowing air into the bottle, which creates an even flow…even when the driver heads for every bump in the road when you’re having a drink.
Ratchet Washing Line
Bose Around-Ear Headphones
A definite must-have for motorhome life, in our opinion. The space is just too small if one wants to listen to music or watch tv and the other wants to work or read. These have saved many a potential divorce situation in our motorhome and have given us space to retreat and ignore each other! There are so many brands to choose from, but we think you need the around-ear type for a successful ignoring process!
Plastic Butchers Hooks
These little beauties are worth their weight in gold! We have used them for so many things; hanging bananas, tea towels and utensils in the motorhome kitchen, washing from the awning when it’s raining, swimwear in the shower when on the move. I could site dozens of examples but don’t want to bore you! Try these instead of suction hooks (which always fall off) and wonder why you didn’t get some before!
Apple Lightening Digital AV Adaptor
This clever little device lets you mirror what’s on your iphone/ipad screen to the TV, through an HDMI cable. So you can stream or download and watch later from all the UK terrestrial services, Amazon Prime, Netflix etc via your iphone or ipad. Android devices are also available. For more information about how to watch TV in your motorhome, click here.
Foam Ear Plugs
And last but not least, for those nights when you have no choice but to sleep at a truck stop surrounded by refrigerated lorries, these babies will help you get a good nights kip. We have trialled many of these over the years, so far these are the ones we have bought more than once; from experience you probably need to change after about ten uses as they start to get mis-shapen and stop expanding to fill your ear…nice!!
These motorhome gadgets have all been tried and tested by us over 18 months of full-timing and years of camping and motorbike road trips before that. Let us know what you think if you already use or do purchase any of them; if you subscribe we’ll keep you updated when we find new motorhome ‘wonder’ gadgets!