Gift Ideas for RVers

Have an RVer on your Christmas gift list, but have absolutely no idea on what to get them?

Following are 7 gift ideas that would be appreciated by newbie and seasoned RVers alike.

Remote Temperature Monitor – If the RV enthusiast on your gift list loves to take their four- legged friends with them, consider giving them a remote temperature monitoring system.

These wireless monitors allow pet owners to monitor the inside temperature of their RV remotely via their smart phone while they are away from the RV. Pet owners will get a text and e-mail alert when the temperature becomes potentially dangerous for the pet. This is the perfect gift for those that leave their pet unattended in the RV during hot summer months. If for some reason the air conditioning stops working due to; power grid failure, a tripped circuit breaker or air conditioner break down, the owners will be immediately notified. Some of the systems are even GPS enabled and will track the RV (and pet if inside) if the unit is ever stolen.

Remote Temperature Monitor

There are two types of systems available, ones that send the message via cellular signal and others that use WiFi, so know which option will work best for the gift recipient and buy accordingly. Click here for a review of the different systems available.

Portable Power Pack – If the person you are looking to buy for prefers camping off the grid, consider giving them a portable power supply. Dometic, a well-known name by RVers everywhere, has harnessed the latest in Lithium Iron Phosphate battery technology in its unique and innovative PLB40 portable battery. It is lightweight, compact and able to deliver stable power for an extended period of time via 12-volt outlets or USB ports. It is rated at 40-amp hours and delivers 12.8 volts of DC power until the battery is totally exhausted. It can be recharged in as little as five hours using 12VDC or 120VAC. Your RVing gift recipient can use this to charge their cell phone, operate 12-volt appliances and other items keeping them from having to drain their house batteries.

Dometic Portable Power Pack

Electrical Surge Protector – On the other side of the coin, if your RVing friend/family member only camps where electricity (shore power) is available, consider giving them a surge protector. Many consider a surge protector a critical piece of safety gear to protect their RV against voltage fluctuations, power surges and incorrectly wired shore power which can cause severe and costly damage to RV appliances and electronics. To make certain you purchase the correct one, know the electrical requirement of the RV which will be either 30 or 50 amp. Take a look at the male end of the plug on their RV to see which of the two receptacles shown below it would mate with.

30 or 50 Amp?

Surge Protector

Stove Top Espresso Maker - Seattle and the greater Pacific Northwest are ground zero for RV coffee drinking aficionados. If you have one of these on your gift list, they will be ecstatic with an espresso maker that will work on their RVs stove stop or camp stove. Since they are stove top operated, they are perfect when camped without electric hookups. Click here to view one of the more popular units.

E-Bike – Pedal assist bicycles (e-bikes) are the perfect gift for aging RVers that used to enjoy bike riding, but no longer do so because of health reasons. E-bikes serve as a way to flatten hills, reduce grades and lengthen the distance as to how far one can pedal during a daylong adventure (see our previous article on e-bikes). In the Pacific Northwest you may want to consider PIM Bicycles located in Seattle.

Electric Bicycles

TPMS (Tire Pressure Management System) - The purpose of a tire pressure monitoring system is to warn the driver that at least one or more tires are significantly under-inflated, possibly creating unsafe driving conditions. Most new passenger vehicles are equipped with a TPMS from the factory, but rarely found on new motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, etc. While not the most glamorous gift, the recipient will appreciate the peace of mind while traveling down the road without worrying about tire troubles on their motorhome, trailer or dinghy. Many TPMS’s will also monitor tire temperature and in many instances can alert the driver to problems involving overheated brakes, bearings, hubs and/or drums. Another side benefit the recipient will enjoy is increased fuel mileage as under-inflated tires correlate to wasted fuel. When shopping for a system as a gift, remember to purchase a system to handle the number of tires on the towed RV, motorhome and dinghy. While a dinghy will likely have a factory installed system, it won’t display on the dash of the motorhome thus requiring separate sensors.

Tire Pressure Monitor System

RV Show Tickets - Tickets to an upcoming RV show make great stocking stuffers. In the Puget Sound region, we recommend purchasing tickets for the Seattle RV Show in February. It is the largest RV show in the region and offers a plethora of informative seminars and exhibits that the RV enthusiast on your gift list is sure to enjoy. Online tickets are available here and come with a free parking pass!

For more gift ideas, see our lists for 2016 and 2017. With all of these gift ideas you should be able to find something for the RVers on your list!

Wishing you and your RVing friends a very Merry Christmas and a trouble-free New Year traveling the nation’s highways and by-ways.

Dave Helgeson
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Dave Helgeson is the MHRV Show Director. He and his wife love to travel across the west in their RV. Dave writes about all things RVing but loves to share destinations and boondocking advice.

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