Fancy (or simple) set of campfire sticks for roasting marshmallows or hot dogs. Starting around $5.00.
Flyshooter bug gun. Like that old adage among frogs: "Time's fun when you're havin' flies," you can make time fly while you zap flies with this great improvement over the old-time flyswatter. Attached retrieval cord means you don't even have to get out of your chair! Around $6.
Water thief. Not something you think much about until you get somewhere and find there aren't any threads on the water faucet, or the threads are "boogered" and you can't get your hose to thread on -- and you've got an empty tank. Less than $10.
Dress up your awning at night with colorful awning lights. There's a wide range of these accessories, starting at a little over $10 to nearly $100.
12 volt blow dryer (hair, windows, doors when frozen shut). Look for reviews when shopping – not all of these are created equal. Around $20 to start.
"Campsite occupied" sign. Tired of sticking a lawn chair in your campsite when you pull the motorhome out for a quick trip, returning and find somebody stole your lawn chair? Now you can put out a $20 "campsite occupied" sign, drive away, and find on your return that somebody stole your $20 "campsite occupied" sign!
12 volt to USB charge outlet. With all the geegaws we have today that charge up on a USB port, having a couple of "12-volt outlet to USB" chargers is really getting essential. Our experience with electronic tablets tells us we want to buy the highest output available. This one has some of the highest output we've seen, comes with "smart technology" to keep it from overheating, and comes with a three-month warranty. Around $20
12-volt crock pot. Great deal after a long day on the road – a meal ready to eat. Just make sure you have power going to the batteries you're drawing from. If you're a "towable" owner, consider setting your crock pot in a box and plugging into the outlet when the engine's running. Motorhome owners won't have as much a worry about running the battery down. Starting in the $20 range.
Cash card for fuel. You pick your price.
Remote weather station: Start easy and cheap indoor and outdoor temperature, add humidity and barometric pressure. Go "whole hog" and add a wind and rain gauge. Low-end temperature-only systems start at a little over $10, and low-priced "whole hog" systems can be had for around $100. Add even more features, like "talk to my computer" systems rise as quickly as the temperature in Death Valley in July.
Quick levelers. With the innovative Camper Leveler you can level your RV or trailer on the FIRST try - every single time! No more guesswork! No more hassle! Simply drive up until you are level and then chock - it's that simple. The Andersen Camper Leveler provides 'dead-on' leveling at any increment from 1/2 inches to 4 inches - no other leveler is this precise - or this easy to use! About $45.00.
"EZ Open Handle," an accessory that lets you open the RV door without having to step up to reach the factory door handle. Around $45.00
Got a real techy handyman? How about a non-contact infrared thermometer? Great for checking just how cold the air coming out of the a/c vent is. Or check how hot your tires or wheel bearings are. There are plenty on the market for less than $20, but accuracy can be questionable. Here's one with relatively high ratings from users – and costs less than $50.00.
Camping club memberships. Get a discount on campground rates, some as much as half-off. Starting around $50.00
Binoculars. The art of RVing is enjoying the trip, right? How many times do you see things while heading down the road that are "just out of reach?" A set of binoculars can really make wildlife and landscapes come alive. You can pick up a set of binoculars for the grandkids to maul for a little over $10; an entry level pair of binoculars for yourself for around $25; and really blast the budget with super high-tech night vision binocs that can set you back up to and more than $10,000 a pair.
Save time, and Bengay – try an electric tongue jack for the travel trailer owner in your life. Our last rig came with the old "Armstrong" tongue jack, and one of the first upgrades we made was on an electric tongue jack. Mid $70's upwards to $300 range.
GPS system. We would really have been lost on our last trip without one. RVers will find the dedicated "RV friendly" GPS systems allow you to plug in height and weight, and have specific databases with helpful information. Don't be put off by the "around $300" price range – you may find the company will sell you a "refurbished unit" for way less than $100.
Rear view camera. Not just for motorhomes, a wireless rear view camera can really help when backing into a tight spot. If you're purchasing for a travel trailer, make sure you account for the distance between the driver's seat and the rear of the trailer, and know there are "obstructions" in the way. Our first wireless system that works in conjunction with our GPS unit wouldn't work at the back of the trailer – a distance just too far. Prices start in the $50 range and can shoot up to $1,000 for fancy ones with multiple cameras.
One of the nicest gifts we ever received came to us nearly 20 years ago. We're still using it – right now, as a matter of fact. What is it? A big wool blanket! Keeping us warm and cozy, and keeping LP fuel costs down, it also gives us warm thoughts about the couple who gave it to us. Starting at about $35 to more than $100.
Tired of dragging around your rig's 50-amp cord? A powered cord reel may be just the ticket to reeling that heavy cord back into your rig. For a bit over $100 you can hand-crank your cord back in; or go BIG and for less than $500 have an electric motor reel it back for you.
Chassis storage system. What's a matter – got too much stuff and no basement storage? Now with these clever add-on units, you too, can have basement storage. Starting at about $250.
Tire pressure monitoring system. Yes, these can be a little on the spendy side, but if you save yourself a blown tire and associated "collateral damage," it'll probably more than pay for the system. A four-tire monitoring system can be had for about $150, and expect to pay more for more tires covered.
Feeling really flush? How about a new flooring upgrade? Chuck out that old "shows-every-speck-of-dirt" carpet with some easy-to-care-for laminate flooring. You may be able to do the install yourself. Prices are all over the map – but your best bet is to buy your laminate from a 'big box' store like Lowe's or Home Depot. Starting at around $1.00 a square foot.
Electric inverter generator: Quiet, lightweight, useful. Honda comes with rave reviews, but we opted for a lesser-priced Yamaha. Enough kick to fire our roof air conditioner, small enough to stash away securely under our pickup canopy. Starting around $1,000 for the better ones.
A winter vacation. Some place warm and sunny. Priceless.