Must-have motorhome items to be prepared for anything

Date Posted: 1 May 2024


Hitting the open road in your motorhome is one of life's great pleasures. Whether you're a seasoned traveller or new to the RV lifestyle, having the right RV supplies on hand can make all the difference. From ensuring your 12v battery is up to the task to keeping your fridge stocked, it's the little things that add up to a smooth journey. In this helpful guide, we'll walk you through some of the must-have motorhome accessories to carry with you so you're prepared for anything.


Is an RV well suited for New Zealand conditions? 

As you’re probably well aware, New Zealand has a reputation for unpredictable weather. It’s not uncommon to experience all four seasons in one day! That’s one of the reasons why travelling in an RV is ideal. With a 12V battery on board, you’re always powered up for any weather. If rain arrives unexpectedly, you’ve got a warm, dry home waiting to retreat to. Turn on your diesel or 12V heater, put the kettle on, and rug up until the sun comes out. With a home on wheels, you’ve got the option of bringing along your home comforts so that you’re always well prepared, whatever the conditions.

READ MORE: The benefits of motorhome travel.


Items to have on board your RV to be ready for anything 

Let’s take a look at some of the must-have RV accessories worth having on board for your next road trip.

1. First aid kit 

While we all aim for a smooth ride, it's crucial to be prepared for medical emergencies and minor accidents. With that in mind, a well-stocked first aid kit should be at the top of your RV supplies list. For those looking to be extra prepared, you might even consider taking a first aid course before setting off on your road trip. Knowledge is power, after all, especially when it comes to health and safety.

If you're in the market for a reliable first aid kit, RV Super Centre has you covered with our comprehensive 60-piece First Aid Kit. We also have a more compact Orca First Aid Kit for Outdoors/Vehicle with 42 pieces.


2. Levelling wedges 

Keeping level when you’re parked up is essential not only for comfort, but it’s also important to help your RV fridge and drainage system function well. If you’re staying at a campsite where the ground may be a bit uneven, levelling wedges under your motorhome tyres can make all the difference. RV Super Centre has levelling wedges in either a straight finish or with steps, which pocket the wheel at every height.


3. Torch 

When you're out on the road, especially in remote areas, an extra source of light is essential. A torch is one of those RV accessories that you don't realise how much you need until you're fumbling in the dark. Whether you're setting up camp, making a quick repair, or facing an emergency, a torch is indispensable. For those who want a simple, effective solution, our Companion X120 Led Spotlight is a great choice. If you're looking for something more advanced, the Golight Stryker LED Spotlight with Wireless Remote offers top-of-the-line features.


4. Portable fridge 

While your motorhome may already come equipped with a 12v fridge, having a portable fridge is a game-changer, offering extra flexibility and convenience.

If you decide to have a picnic by a scenic lake or go on a short hike, you can take your portable fridge along. It keeps your food and drinks chilled without being tethered to your RV. Plus, it's perfect for storing extra supplies or specific items that you want quick access to, like snacks or beverages.

The Challenger Portable Cooler/Warmer 12V 34L is a great option and offers both cooling and warming functions. If you're looking for something more advanced, the Companion Lithium Rechargeable Dual Zone Fridge/Freezer 75L comes with dual zones, allowing you to store items at different temperatures.

READ MORE: Your guide to the best fridges for camping.


5. thl Roadtrip app 

In today's digital age, there's an app for almost everything, and road-tripping is no exception. The thl Roadtrip app is your go-to digital companion for exploring New Zealand in your motorhome. Available for download on Google Play and the App Store, this app is packed with features that make your journey easier and more enjoyable.

One of the standout features is its real-time GPS location tracking, which shows you the nearest campsites, holiday parks, petrol stations, and even free Wi-Fi spots. The app also offers real-time road alerts, so you're always in the know if roads are closed or if there are any other travel disruptions. And if you’re not sure how to empty a toilet cassette or set up the dining table, no problem. We’ve covered off everything you need to know in our how-to video section.


6. Fire extinguisher 

Safety should always be a top priority when you're on the road. A fire extinguisher is one of those must-have RV accessories that can prevent a minor incident from escalating into a major disaster.

The Duratech Fibreglass Fire Blanket is an excellent option for smothering small fires. The Orca Dry Powder Extinguisher is designed specifically for auto and recreational use.


7. Diesel heater 

The cooler months in New Zealand can bring with it some pretty low temperatures. Especially in parts of the South Island and the central North Island. That's why having an onboard diesel heater or a portable fan heater is a must.

The Webasto Air Top diesel heater heats up your RV’s interior quickly and quietly with low fuel and power consumption.


9. Solar panels 

When you're out exploring New Zealand's stunning destinations, it’s great to have the freedom of not having to be plugged into a power source. Having solar panels on board lets you do exactly that.

Even if you're the type of traveller who usually plugs in at campgrounds, having a solar setup is a smart move. It serves as a reliable backup source of power, giving you peace of mind. If you ever find yourself in a situation where mains power isn't available or reliable, your solar panels will keep you going.

At RV Super Centre, we offer a variety of solar solutions to suit your needs. Our range includes fixed, flexible, folding, and portable panels. Many of our newer products feature monocrystalline panels, which provide a better electricity flow and are more efficient.


9. Smoke, LPG, and carbon monoxide detectors 

Equipping your motorhome with smoke, LPG, and carbon monoxide detectors is like having a personal safety net while you're on the road. Each of these devices serves a unique and vital role in keeping you and your loved ones safe. Here are a few that we recommend:

  • If you're travelling with gas bottles, you'll want to have an LPG detector like the GK 601 LPG Detector. These detectors can sense gas leaks, helping you avoid dangerous situations.
  • The Firehawk Carbon Monoxide Alarm can sense deadly carbon monoxide gas – which can be produced by faulty RV appliances that use gas such as cooktops or gas fridges. Because it's odourless and colourless, you can’t detect it yourself, which is why having an alarm is a must.
  • For those looking for a two-in-one solution, we also offer the Safe-T-Alert Slimline LPG/CO Detector, which detects both LPG and carbon monoxide.


10. Generator 

Generators are perfect for those times when you're far from a mains power source but still need to run your RV appliances, charge your devices, or run your 12V water pump. They're especially useful for extended trips where access to electricity is limited.

The GT Power Inverter and Generator is a popular choice, known for its compact size and efficiency. Another excellent option is the EcoFlow Delta 2 Portable Power Station, which is not only powerful but also portable, making it easy to carry around.


11. Outdoor mat 

When you're out exploring New Zealand's natural beauty, the last thing you want is to bring the great outdoors inside your motorhome – especially if it's muddy or wet. When it rains, the ground can become slippery and muddy, increasing the risk of slips and falls. A good-quality outdoor mat provides a stable surface to step on, reducing the likelihood of accidents. Beyond its practical benefits, an outdoor mat can also add a touch of comfort to your motorhome setup.

RV Super Centre has a range of premium floor matting, continental carpets and outdoor flooring to help create a cosy outdoor living zone.


12. Emergency food and water 

If you find yourself stranded due to a mechanical issue or extreme weather, having an emergency supply of food and water can be a lifesaver. Aim to have at least a couple of litres per person per day. For food, think non-perishable items like canned goods, energy bars, and dried fruits. These can sustain you until help arrives or you're able to move on.


13. Spare tyre 

New Zealand's varied terrain can be tough on motorhome tyres. From gravel roads in the countryside to potholes on the highway, your tyres are constantly exposed to potential damage.

Driving on a damaged tyre is dangerous. It can affect your vehicle's handling and increase the risk of an accident. A spare tyre ensures you can quickly replace a damaged one and continue on your journey without significant delays.


14. Jump pack 

An unexpected dead 12V battery can throw a wrench in your travel plans, but with a jump pack on board, you can get back on track in no time.

A jump pack is a compact device that can jump-start your motorhome's battery without the need for another vehicle. It's a must-have RV accessory, especially if you're travelling in remote areas where help might not be readily available. The Schumacher Lithium Jump Pack 12V/1200A provides up to 1200 peak amps of jump-starting strength. It also comes with a range of features like a 2.4A USB port for charging devices, an LCD display, and built-in 3-mode LED light.


15. Extra toilet cassette 

Having a fixed toilet will be a legal must-have from December 2023 if you wish to freedom camp in New Zealand. Rather than a portable toilet, you’ll need a toilet that uses either a cassette or a black water tank. RV Super Centre has a range of cassette toilets as well as extra toilet cassettes and black water tanks. If you like to travel to remote areas for extended periods, you may like to consider having an extra toilet cassette. This will double your holding capacity before you need to head to a dump station.

READ MORE: Everything you need to know about RV toilet cassettes.


Feeling prepared for your New Zealand road trip? 

With our list of must-have RV supplies and motorhome accessories, you’ll be well-prepared for your next road trip. From safety essentials like first aid kits and fire extinguishers to comfort items like a 12V heater and outdoor mats, these are the items that will make your motorhome feel like a home away from home.

Remember, you can find all these essentials and more at RV Super Centre. Whether you prefer to visit us in-store or browse our extensive range online, we've got everything you need to make your next road trip safe, comfortable, and enjoyable.