Follow these 9+ brilliant ideas for outfitting a new RV for the outside

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There are few things in life more exciting than getting a new set of wheels –especially when those wheels are attached to an RV. Tricking out the RV's inside is exciting, but don't forget to pay attention to the outside of your vehicle or trailer.
Numerous accessories are available that enhance the RV experience, from wheel covers and bike racks to LED party lights to keep the fun going after dark. Check out the products below for a sample of things you might want to purchase to outfit your new RV.
1. RV leveling system
No one can control the weather, and rain happens whether you want it to or not. It can put a damper on roasting marshmallows outside, but it shouldn't sink your RV. These RV levelers from Tri-Lynx keep an RV from sinking into soft dirt and keep it level on a slope so you don't list while walking to the bathroom. "We have now purchased two packs of 10 Tri-Lynx Levels and they are awesome," one reviewer raved. "No cracks or breaks, solid, come in their own carry bag so neat and easy to store." Purchase a set here.
2. Wheel covers
It's a basic fact of RV life that wheels get dirty and suffer from sun damage. These wheel covers from TCP Global are waterproof and fit 27- to 29-inch tires. Make sure you measure your tire's diameter before ordering. "Well-made, useful, sturdy items for necessary tire protection from the multitude of environmental elements," a reviewer wrote. Purchase a set of four at this link.
3. Sewer hose support
Just like with water through a regular hose, you want whatever is flowing through the sewer hose to make it to its destination without incident. This is where Camco's winding sewer hose support kit comes in handy. The lightweight plastic supports hold the hose in place up to 20 feet. The best part is that no assembly is required. A reviewer wrote, "I love that this accordions into itself for compact storage." Purchase this item here.
4. Step rug
RVs aren't as big as houses, so every bit of dirt stands out like a sore thumb. Keep RV steps clean with this wraparound rug by Camco. The rug is adjustable, fitting steps with treads 8 to 10.5 inches, and it works on manual or electrical steps. "Installation is pretty easy and these rugs are actually quite sturdy and do not move around much, even under heavy traffic," said a reviewer. Purchase the rug at this link.
5. RV awning kit
Yes, this awning kit is a bit pricey, but it really does the job to keep you and any companions from roasting in the sun. From Tentproinc, this awning blocks a significant amount of UV rays and acts as a break for crosswinds. The mesh is high density and anti-mildew, comes in four colors and ranges from 7 to 22 feet wide. One reviewer raved, "We love our shade! It helps with the temperature, sun, and adds privacy in a crowded campground (or in this case, our site facing the road). Easy to put up and take down. No complaints at all!" Purchase the awning kit here.
6. Air compressor kit
Whether it's a bike, car or RV, no one likes a flat tire. Even worse is when you are miles away from a gas station with an air pump. VIAIR's portable air compressor kit comes with a tire inflation gun and gauge, built-in pressure switch, air hose, RV accessories and a carrying case. The compressor works by attaching the alligator clamps to the RV's battery. The engine must be running for the compressor to work. As one reviewer wrote that users can calculate the pressure while inflating the tire right from the hose without having to employ a separate gauge. "It doesn't vibrate all over the place like most of them. It is relatively quiet. OK, it is a little heavy and it doesn't plug into the cigarette lighter, but easy to work with on my house batteries. Every RV person should have one of these. Seriously." Use this link to purchase the kit.
7. Shower kit
If you're cool with taking a shower outside, this handy kit by Dura Faucet has your name written all over it. It contains a shower faucet, shower hose and shower wand. You can lock the box to prevent human tampering, and it is resistant to fading. "This is a very nice outdoor shower unit. It mounted easily in the side of my RV and the hookup was quite easy," one reviewer stated. Purchase the kit here.
8. Bike rack
If you're hitting the trails on two wheels, a bike rack is a necessity. Made from heavy duty steel and powder coated to resist corrosion, this rack by Swagman can handle one or two bikes up to 30 pounds each. "I like this better than the receiver type hitches because there's less bouncing. Just get into the habit of checking it when checking your tires and axles at stops," a reviewer recommended. Purchase the bike rack at this link.
9. LED party light
Keep the party going well after the sun sets with RecPro's 12-volt blue LED awning light. This is a direct-wire light, and available lengths are 12, 16 or 20 feet. The waterproof light also is offered in white and red. "These are a great light set. I added these to my RV and they look great," one review wrote. "You need to add your own switch and be willing to run 12V to connect them (they give you more than enough lead to get into the RV)." To buy the party light, click on this link.
10. Tote tank
Available in 15-, 21-, 28- and 36-gallon capacities, Camco's portable holding tank is a convenient way to transport waste to a dump station. It contains an integrated tank rinser and a removable steel tow adapter so you can pull it along like you would luggage at the airport. One reviewer wrote, "The large wheels make travel over bark, gravel and dirt easy." Purchase this product here.
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