All products have been purchased by my family and we continue to use them today. Click the title to each product to take you to a link to purchase.
This is probably my favorite recommendation to anyone looking to add to their camper. It’s not something you need to fill the kitchen or make storage easier, however I always look forward to recording our adventures in the journal. It has a log in the front to list each campground and then pages to keep track of campground details and memories. Etsy has lots of options! This is the particular one we use.
We have received many compliments on our setup with the kayak rack. Like everything else we have learned a system for getting it set up and have gotten better at it with time. This rack is great because there is still plenty of room to fit the coolers, firewood, or anything else in the truck bed. We have the clamp on rack, but it is also offered as a bolt on. We tow with a Chevy Colorado that has a short bed, little over 5 ft. Our kayaks are 10ft long and fit perfectly. The J-Bars were purchased separately from amazon. J Bars
Having kayaks delivered to the house sure was nice! We knew we wanted sit-on-top kayaks and after quite a bit of research we chose the sun dolphins and purchased from Amazon. They come with paddles and a back rest. We have been contemplating about buying seat cushions. In the back of the kayak is an option for dry storage. Update: Amazon only seems to be selling these through a third party seller for a price way higher than we paid. I am still including the link for your research.
We have used this wagon every beach trip (camping and not) and will most likely use it even more now that we have a baby. Huntington Beach State Park had a short walk to beach and we had a site in the back of the campground. This wagon did so well toting everything we needed and many people complimented it. It is different from many other wagons because it has four oversize wheels instead of three. You may notice the wheels at the front are close together. It collapses to take up less room in the back of the truck and has a fold out table with cup holders!
How in the world we found an outdoor mat that perfectly matched our camper? Not sure, but many Grand Design owners have bought it for that reason. It does come in other color options. Great for most campsites and dries quickly.
As the official navigator of the family, I am in charge of placing the Anderson levelers/chocks when we arrive at the campsite. In a perfect world you don’t need something like this, but not every campsite is perfect. These are easy to use and maneuver on and off. Be careful to place them center on the wheel.
We still use the regular chocks behind the wheels, however these will give you more peace of mind. No one likes a rocky camper either, this product will provide for a more stable camper. They take some practice getting use to installing them, however like everything with using a camper- it gets easier with time.
We bought this mattress after making it a year and a half on the terrible mattress that came with the camper. We did use a foam topper with the stock mattress, but eventually we found ourselves hitting the plywood. Spent nine nights on this mattress the first trip out and we love it! Not to mention it comes in a box, so it’s easy to get into the camper when setting up.
If you have pets and plan to leave them in your camper this is a MUST. It will send you a text message if your camper overheats. You can set the temperature for this and it is very sensitive – when it comes to our pups though we wouldn’t want it any other way. It does require a yearly membership fee, but does not require wifi to run. Lets be real – most campgrounds are not going to have wifi at your site.
We use these chairs every trip. They are light weight and fit in our under storage. The zero gravity chairs recline back to a great napping position and you can lock them into place. Best of all, they come with trays that include cup holders. I’ve heard the headrest can even be moved down for those that need lumbar support.
Ion Bluetooth Speaker
We have had this speaker since before we purchased our camper. Yes, the camper has great outdoor speakers, however you aren’t ALWAYS right by the camper. This specific speaker is splash proof, great for all of you boat owners! 50-hour rechargeable battery and has an input for your cell phone if you cannot connect via bluetooth. It comes in black as well, but if you haven’t noticed – we are big University of Tennessee fans. Update: Amazon no longer sells this model and I do not know enough about them to recommend something different.
Looking for a way to create a little bit more fun and add color to your campfires? These packets are so much fun for any age. This is for outdoor fires only. The pictures don’t do it justice. The colors are beautiful and you can’t be positive what will show up until the packet is in.
This particular ottoman works perfectly with our Grand Design chaise couch. It provides a place for feet, a seat for someone, or storage. We keep our camper dog toys in this ottoman. Update: Amazon does not currently have the square, but I was able to link the rectangular option.
Vent covers are a must to prevent any moisture or leaks that could possibly happen. It will also provide shade over the vented area. Watched the install video and took about an hour total to install.
When the camper is in storage (next to our house) we have to make sure that moisture does not get into the camper and cause damage. This can happen pretty easily in the south. We place three DampRids in the camper when it is not used. These last weeks to months, depending on the season and humidity.
Not sure how people dump their tanks without this. It attaches between the trailer and the hose. As gross as it is, the clear adapter shows us when our trailer is done draining. Always drain the black tank first and then the grey tank(s).
This isn’t a must, however if you like to be organizer- it’s awesome!
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