5 RV Essentials: The Ramblr Edition

We’ve lived on our RV for just over one year now + a LOT has changed in that time. We’ve adjusted to living with less and have gotten rid of many things we originally thought as “necessities”.

On the other hand we have found several products that we now can’t live without! Things that make our day-to-day in an RV that much easier.

we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites to share with you!


Nature's Head Self Contained Composting Toilet with Close Quarters Spider Handle

We opted to remove our blackwater tank and go COMPOST toilet! It’s one of the best things we did. We love our Nature’s Head composting toilet because we no longer have to deal with the messy, smelly normal RV toilet! It’s easy to maintain and we never have to worry about finding a dump station!

Thermacell Patio Shield Mosquito Protection

The best part of RV life? Enjoying the great outdoors, DUH! ;) This mosquito repellant has SAVED us - especially in the the mosquito prone Florida! It gives us 15ft of protection and no need for messy bug spray. It uses repellant “mats” that are heated up + deter those BUGS! It’s a must have for any RVER!

Collapsable Pet Fence

If you follow us on Instagram (@the_ramblr_rv) you’ll undoubtedly notice that we have 2 chihuahuas that we ADORE. It was important for us to give them a yard to roam around in. Fencing can be expensive, so when I came across this affordable (and collapsable!) option I was thrilled! It’s only 24 inches tall, but for our tiny fur babes, it works perfectly. And when it’s time to move the RV, it easily breaks down! 10/10 recommend for any pet mamas or dads!

Swiffer Dry + Wet Mop

Nothing fancy here. Just the easiest solution we’ve found for keeping our RV sparkling clean. The Swiffer is great for dog hair, dirt + dust and it’s something we use weekly (sometimes daily!). It makes perfect sense in an RV because it’s small, compact and easy to store!

STOK Gridiron Portable Gas Grill

If ya know us, you know we love grilling outside on our patio! We’ve had this grill for over a year and we absolutely love it. The best part? It folds down for easy travel and uses small propane tanks that are easy to transport.

We hope these recommendations are helpful to you! - Leah + Brennan

RV Cushion Hack: How to recover old RV cushions with NO sewing!

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When we bought our RV we immediately made a list of renovations and a budget. On that list was new dinette cushions. But after spending some time on Google, we quickly realized that in order to get new cushions for the dinette, they'd have to be custom (AKA very pricey!) and not within our thrifty budget.

My sister and her husband had recently bought a pop up camper and she was in full reno mode. So I asked her how she made her cute new dinette cushions and she let me in on this super easy cushion hack! Thanks Jo! Seriously though, we get so many questions about our dinette and I owe it all to her hack!

With a few inexpensive materials, a little elbow grease and time, you can transform your dingy old dinette into your dream dinette!

This step-by-step guide will tell you how we cleaned our old cushions (hello musty 1980's cushions), the materials you will need and how to assemble your new dinette cushions with absolutely no sewing!

We'd love to see your final product, so remember to tag us in your photos on Instagram!

Find us by clicking here ---> @the_ramblr_rv

Downsizing from 1000 to 280 SQFT!

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When we first got the idea of RV living into our heads, we knew we’d have to downsize, but the reality of it was very much in the waaay back of our minds. We already lived in a small 2/2 in Jacksonville and we thought we’d just get rid of some furniture and dishes and VOILA, be all set for RV life.

Oh boy, were we wrong! As our deadline to move into the RV approached, reality set in - we had a lot of stuff.

The first step, we decided, was to have an estate sale. On top of that we also planned a “pre-estate” party for friends and family, to shop our stuff and have some beers with us before we left. This was a great idea in theory, but getting the entire house ready, priced and organized for an estate-sale was a lot of work. And throwing in a party on top of that was bananas. But we survived and we are glad we did it. Our friends and family bought a lot from us, which made us feel happy that our “stuff” was going to a good home.

We ended up having the actual estate sale for 2 weekends. What we didn’t sell we listed on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. And let me tell you; if you plan on doing this, it’s a full time job answering questions, organizing times to meet and showing the furniture. After countless hours of messaging, meeting and haggling (UGH), we eventually got down to just a few pieces of furniture, which didn’t sell and are now in storage.

Next up: our closets… my most dreaded task. We painstakingly went through our closets, dressers and shoes, weeding out what we thought we’d need on the RV (that’s a whole ‘nother post!). Our RV closets are small, but we did have 2 hanging closets, 2 drawers and 2 cabinets. We took the clothes and shoes we didn’t want to Plato’s Closet (a resale clothing store) and we actually made a few hundred dollars from them. What they didn’t take, we donated.

After our clothes were done, we tackled the kitchen. Probably Brennan’s most dreaded task, because he is the cook of the family and over the years had acquired every kitchen gadget known to man. We have pretty decent sized kitchen storage on the RV, so we narrowed it down to the essentials. (Pro tip: I highly reccomened bringing a crockpot!) A lot of our bakeware wouldn’t even fit in the oven, so we just kept one or two pieces that would. I am *very* prone to breaking things, so between that and living on a moving vehicle, we opted to buy enamel plates and bowls to use on the RV. Another RV purchase we made was a microwave/convection oven. It’s a great addition to the RV, because it’s easy to heat and bake things in without messing with the propane stovetop or oven.

As we’ve lived on the RV for the past 6 months, it becomes very clear, very quickly, what you need and don’t need. We’re continually getting rid of stuff and adding items into our lives that make RV living easier. All in all, it feels good to have less “stuff”. I can proudly say that I know, pretty much, what and where everything is on the RV. Something I couldn’t say living in a home that was stuffed to the gills with belongings.

xo, Leah