Having a longer rig with a gas truck means I can't always drive in and out of gas stations with ease. Gas stations with RV Islands quickly became favorites because of their stress free nature. This site is meant to be a collection of stress free stops that can accommodate longish rigs with gas engines.

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Know of any good stops? Next time you're on a trip take a picture and email the details so I can add it to the site. rvislands@gmail.com or leave me a comment in the box to the right hand side.


Please, tell everyone you know with a RV about this site.The more users we have adding locations the better the site will be for everyone.

What are some "must have" items to get that make RV living so much better?




Things that come to mind are:

Extra propane tank(s) - this way if you run out in the middle of the night and/or it’s just not convenient to run to the store to have it refilled you have a backup or two to use until you can get to the store (pro-tip Tractor Supply often has the cheapest propane prices)

Furnace mesh protectors and all the other mesh protectors you can find - I wrote a blog post on this one and how not having one on our furnace nearly cost us a new furnace…at $5000! 

Command hooks - Having a place for everything (including your towel) that’s not on the floor is a wonderful thing

Stick on motion detector lights - coming home to a RV door in the complete dark (because you forgot to turn on the porch light) is not fun.

Autoformer, surge protector - A surge protector will protect your unit from too high electric but an autoformer from too low. With too low it’s miserable as your AC etc will keep cutting off. An autoformer is expensive (over $500) but well worth it when you consider the damage that can be done by the constant disruption that too low can cause. Here's the company's website that had a lot of information about how they work (but Amazon is sometimes cheaper...) The Original Low-Voltage Boosting Solution

Chalk board or white board to put your current address on every time you move. Having your address in the same place every time is comforting in itself, but knowing in an emergency where to look for it could save minutes, which could save a life. Bonus - you can then take a picture of it and text to your family, so someone always knows where you are.

LoJack - On your vehicle or on the RV itself. Give your relatives the information on it. If suddenly you stop returning phone calls it’s nice to know, they will know how to find you. If you come home and your rig is missing it’s comforting to know how quickly things with LoJack are found. (The quicker things are found the less damage they typically have done to them). Here's a DIY version I found on Amazon.

A lock - don’t make it easy for someone to back up and tow away your RV. They sell locks for 5th wheel as well as trailers and yes, every once and a while we get a message to be on the look out for this or that rig because someone stole it.

Washer/Dryer - going to the laundry mat does get old after a while. Just be sure to not only measure the space where you'll put it, but also all the door ways to get to that space...We ended up having to take the trim off our bedroom door to get the thing in there... (not a nice surprise to have on the day we went to install it.)

RV GPS - These allow you to enter your height and weight so (hopefully) they never take you on a road that can’t handle your weight or under a bridge that’s too low for your height (Google “the can opener bridge”)

Warm shoes/socks - even with good heaters the floors always seem cold in the winter. Keeping your 
feet warm makes all the difference in feeling comfortable

Black out curtains (or the fabric for them) - There are often a lot of windows and the amount of light and heat they let in can be unwanted at times. Being able to close black out curtains for complete privacy and heat/light protection is game changing.

Facebook - There are a few groups you can join for RV newbies where you can ask questions and get several answers within seconds. It’s been a back up support to us whenever we couldn’t quite figure things out on our own and an invaluable tool. Facebook even has RV brand specific groups too.

Those flexible thin plastic cutting boards. I lined my freezer walls with them. Now when it’s time to defrost I just pull them down, clean up the ice they pulled out with them and done in 5 minutes or so. I also put a few at the bottom of the freezer to catch the ice.

I mention it in my about section (but of course) some of these links are affiliate links and I will get a percentage of the sale if you purchase via my link (thank you!) but I wrote this article before I became an affiliate and do really have all these items myself.