Whether we like it or not, it’s getting to be that shopping time of year. If you’re stumped about gifts to buy for RV friends, here are four great space saving camping gadgets for every budget.
Clip-On Space Saver Cup Holders by DCI DrinKlip
Space is a premium in most rigs, and these European-engineered, indoor/outdoor clip on cup holders will add a few more inches of precious table space when you need it most. Measuring 4 by 8 by 2-1/2-inches and made of hard plastic, the Clip-On Cup Holders by DCI DrinKlip grip to a standard desk or dining table surface and will hold just about any size cup or other small items.
Stay Cool with Tilt Chilling Spheres
Tiny RV refrigerators have little room for keeping adequate ice on board, but that doesn’t mean you have to forgo the pleasure of an ice cold drink. Sure, you can make ice but as all RVers know those tiny ice trays are a messy hassle and bulky ice makers aren’t the solution for small rigs either. Instead, consider the Tilt Chilling Spheres, a nifty drink chiller made of stainless steel that keeps drinks ice cold for up to 45 minutes. Another bonus: they save a ton of freezer space. Just $29.99 for a set of two complete with Two (2) Metallic Stirrer/Garnishing Sticks and Two (2) Silicone Bases.
Chef’s Planet Clip & Drain Collander
Pasta is the de-facto meal for many RVers but keeping a colander on board is a real space waster. Although collapsible colanders have become popular, the Chef’s Planet Clip & Drain Collander just clips onto the side of a pot or pan and allows you to tilt it enough to drain water. Made of stainless steel, silicone and ABS plastic, the Clip & Drain measures 6 x 6 x 7 inches.
Save on Fuel with NuWave Portable Induction Cooktop
If you’re staying in a RV park with free electricity, the NuWave Induction Cooktop is a great way to save your propane. It’s not the most inexpensive stocking stuffer, but think of how much you’ll save in fuel costs! The NuWave Induction Cooktop has 52 temperature settings in 10-degree increments with a maximum temperature of 575 degrees. Uses up to 90% less energy than a traditional gas or electric stove and plugs into any standard outlet. Cook with induction ready cookware such as cast aluminum enameled iron and steel, stainless steel with a magnetic bottom, or cast iron.
Never Run out of Fuel with a Propane Meter and Leak Detector
You never think you’ll need one of these propane readers – until you run out. . . on a Sunday . . . After 9pm . . . In the California desert. Don’t let that happen to you. This little $19.98 Camco Propane Meter and Leak Detector gadget has a glow-in-the-dark dial that will tell you how much propane is left; so as long as you remember to look at it occasionally, you’re golden. Also features a built-in emergency flow controller and shut-off valve and will work with any gas grill, RV or boat.
RV gadgets keep getting more creative as people learn the pleasures of living lightly in a tiny space. If you have other innovative gift gadgets for RVers that we should know about, do tell!
Often called “The O.G. of full-time RVing,” Rene Agredano and her husband Jim Nelson hit the road in a fifth wheel trailer in 2007, after their dog Jerry lost a leg to terminal cancer. Sixteen years later they are still traveling and sharing their nomadic adventures at LiveWorkDream. As a self-employed wordsmith, Rene shares her expertise for many RV industry videos, publications such as the Escapees RV Club Magazine, and has authored numerous books, including the Essential RVing Guide to National Parks, and Income Anywhere, a guide to earning money on the road. She has been featured in global media outlets including the PBS documentary “NATURE: Why We Love Cats and Dogs,” The Guardian Sunday Edition, and the Dan Pink book Free Agent Nation.
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