I love buying stuff for camping. I’m including my favorite things in a few categories to save you the trouble. Some of these links are scattered through my articles, so I figured they’d be easier to see all in one place.
The Klein 11-1 Screwdriver has everything you need, including a #2 square drive “Robertson” bit for Casita screws.
You need a 6 point, 1 1/16″ socket (plus a 1/2″ socket wrench and 6″ extension) to remove and replace your water heater anode. For the half the price of an “RV” brand, this Tekton is the way go.
The Arrow RH200 is the best hand held rivet gun for your Casita. It fits everywhere and is heavy duty. I use it for most of my work.
If you have room to use it, the Astro 1423 hand riveter is a beast. Lots of leverage so it’s easy to use and it collects the broken off stems. Perfect for big jobs like window awnings, working up on the roof, or pulling tri-fold “exploder” rivets. If it fits, I reach for the Astro.
This flushing wand is the tool you need to clean out the hot water tank while changing the anode. Insert it all the way in, turn on the water, and twist left to right as you slowly pull it towards you. This will get all the sediment out of the tank.
This plug in voltmeter is essential for monitoring battery levels.
The Camco surge protector checks the power post for proper wiring and can save your Casita from a power surge. This compact affordable version “hides” under the electric box door so it’s no visible to others.
Power adapters- you should have a 115 to 30 amp to plug into a home outlet. I like this dog bone version, but they have different styles. You can also get a 50 to 30 amp adapter in case you have to plug into a big rig spot and the 30 amp doesn’t work or isn’t there.
The Alps Mountaineering Sidekick table is perfect as a camp chair side table, foot stool, or in a pinch, a visitor can use it as a stool. Lightweight, heavy duty, and they fold or deploy in a could of seconds.
The Alps Mountaineering dining table is great for cooking and serving. The roll top is aluminum so it’s heat proof for stoves and offers easy clean up. Folding it up for the storage bag takes a little practice, but it’s quick once you figure it out.
This mirror works great in the bathroom. It attaches with removable adhesive 3M “command” strips.
The 3M organizer is perfect for holding toothbrushes in the bathroom.
This magnetic paper towel holder works great on the stove vent hood. You can smoosh them tight against the roll for travel to keep the towels from unspooling.
This OXO silicone drying mat fits perfectly on top of the stove cover.
These woven RV rugs are made from a plastic strand material that doesn’t hold water and the dirt can be shaken off before storing. They’re not the heaviest-duty thing out there, but for under $30, we got 3 years of use out of one.
My favorite wheels chocks aren’t cheap, but these made in the USA, Race Ramps rubber chocks are the best.
These McGard super quality chrome lug nuts add a custom touch to the Casita. They look so much better than the rusty Dexter nuts. The set does both wheels.
The Camco Sidewinder holds your sewer hose on a gentle slope for better draining without needing to “milk” the hose, which is kind of gross.
This is a much better solution for the emergency break away cable. It replaces the long cable the Casita comes with.
Bug Screens! Furnace, hot water heater, and fridge:
The Camco water filters are critical to keep sediment and particles out of your water system. If it’s your first purchase, get this one with the strain relief included. If you need refills, get a pair cheap here.
For the toilet tank, I really like these Porta-Paks. After dumping the tank, drop one down the toilet and add some water. No bad odors and no mess.
The best wax I’ve found is McGuire’s marine cleaner wax.
Geocel Pro-flex RV caulk is far superior to silicone. It’s a little harder to work with as it is very gooey, but it’s strong and will last long long time.