Gear, Gadgets, And Gifts
Practical accessories and assorted goods designed to make life easier and more enjoyable for RVers.
By Linneah Deighton, Associate Editor
If you’re looking to be more environmentally conscious and make your dentist happy at the same time, consider Bite Toothpaste, a plastic-free way to replace traditional toothpaste tubes and keep your teeth pearly white. It is made with vegan-friendly ingredients and comes in four different flavors: fluoride-free fresh mint, mint charcoal, and berry twist, plus fresh mint with fluoride. These toothpaste bits tackle tooth sensitivity and include natural whitening and enamel-strengthening ingredients. Just put one bit in your mouth, bite down, and brush with a wet toothbrush. A refillable glass jar with 62 bits costs $12. A jar with 248 bits costs $32 and requires a subscription that the company notes can be canceled anytime.
Tastefully Simple’s Happy Camper Sampler was designed to save space and give campers the most essential seasonings for cooking. Whether you’re grilling a steak or want to add a pop of flavor to an omelet, nearly any dish could be enhanced with these select flavors. The set includes mini-sized spice shakers of Seasoned Salt, Seasoned Pepper, Ultimate Steak Seasoning, and Garlic Garlic Seasoning, all packaged in a camper-shaped box. The spices do not contain artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, or preservatives. Price is $19.99.
Pop a tire while riding your bicycle? Slime’s 2-in-1 Tire & Tube Premium Sealant helps prevent and repair flats in off-highway tires and tubes. It instantly seals up to 1/4-inch punctures in tires and 1/8-inch punctures in tubes and reportedly works for up to two years. The sealant can be used on bicycles, dirt bikes, ATVs, UTVs, golf carts, lawn mowers, small trailers, tractors, scooters, and any other vehicle that uses non-highway tires. Price for a 16-ounce container is $13.99.
Montague Corporation’s M-E1 is a full-sized electric bicycle that’s great for navigating rough terrain and features a compact folding design that allows it to be stowed in an RV’s cargo area. The M-E1 is equipped with a Shimano STEPS mid-drive motor for pedal assist and folds into a 38-inch-by-38-inch-by-13-inch package, even with its full-size wheels and standard components. It reportedly can handle the trails around campgrounds with the same ride quality as a non-folding e-bike but stows within seconds via a single quick release. Price is $3,995.
Folding like a burrito, the Defiance Tools Adventure Gear Roll is great for quick storage and utilizes minimal space. The tool pouch is made of 600D polyester material and has three large industrial-zippered pockets, seven wrench pockets, and an internal zippered pocket. When open, the Adventure Gear Roll measures 27 inches long and 14 3/8 inches wide. When rolled up, it is secured with a dual buckle system and has a web handle to carry it. You can use it lying flat; hang it vertically from its two metal grommets; or even deploy it as a sling for carrying bulky items such as firewood — the possibilities are endless. Price is $39.99.
Deciding what supplies are needed when you purchase a new RV or start a new RV season can be daunting. Camco aims to simplify that with its RV Starter Kits. The Premium RV Starter Kit includes a TastePURE 25-foot drinking water hose, a bayonet with elbow, a four-in-one quick-connect sewer fitting, a 10-foot heavy-duty hose assembly, a brass water pressure regulator, two rolls of TST two-ply toilet tissue, 10 TST Orange Drop-In holding tank treatment, and a 15-amp male to 30-amp female power grip adapter. Price varies by location.
The EZQuest UltimatePower 120W GaN Fast USB-C Wall Charger is compact but powerful and reportedly can recharge devices up to three times faster than traditional wall chargers. According to company literature, the device utilizes gallium nitride (GaN) technology, and the GaN technology chip allows for thousands of transistors in a small space. This versatile charger comes equipped with one USB-A port and two USB-C ports, which enables it to charge up to three compatible devices at once. The charger also comes with a USB-C to USC-C charge and sync cable reinforced with Kevlar. The Fast Charger supports QC4 +, PD 3.0, QC3.0, QC2.0, PPS, AFC, Apple 2.4A, FCP, and SCP charging protocols. The price is $79.99.
String lights have always been a great way to decorate a space — both inside and outside. MPowerd’s Luci Solar String Lights pack 100 lumens into 10 nodes, all on an 18-foot cord. The warm, white LEDs create a cozy atmosphere while camping and shine up to 20 hours on a single charge. You can either recharge the string by letting the solar panel sit under the sun or by using a USB. It’s incredibly portable due to its compact expandable unit design. Just twist open the unit, unravel the cord, and string the lights for a warm glow. Price is $49.95.