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Old 05-18-2019, 09:12 AM   #1
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A friend of mine recently purchased a used RV. He's a single guy, nearing retirement age (mid 60s) and plans to do some long driving trips in the coming years, possibly even selling his house and living in the RV full-time eventually.

My question, to the RV owners and enthusiasts of the forum, is what would be a good gift for my friend now that's he joined the world of RV ownership? He seems to prefer function over form, so I think tools, gadgets, or things that provide interesting utility would be right up his alley. Also, FYI, looking for something I could pick up at a local Walmart or Target for about $50 or less. Thanks!
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Old 05-18-2019, 09:26 AM   #2
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What kind of an RV is it? Maybe a folding rake, ground mat, weather station.
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Old 05-18-2019, 09:26 AM   #3
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Used RV? Prefers form over function? Buy him 5 tubes of high-quality caulk.


Maybe more giftworthy:
- If he doesn't have one, he might like a membership in Good Sam Club. a 1 yr membership is $29, 2 years for $50 and it comes with a $25 certificate. More on what comes with it: https://www.goodsam.com/club/why-join/
- We joined Passport America and got some good discounts on RV campgrounds (usually 50% off). Their site. Restrictions apply. It is worthwhile if he is on a budget.

- There are LOTs of little things an RVer needs, but you won't know what they are in his case: Leveling blocks, toilet chemicals, a big mat to go outside the door, outdoor table and chairs, etc, etc. You could get him a gift card to Camping World (a bit overpriced, but all RV stuff) or even Walmart.
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One of those new battery powered vacuums from Dyson. They are not cheap, but we love ours! Keeps our RV clean no matter where; the beach with it's sand, the mountains with pine needles. A single charge of it's batteries should last several weeks in an RV environment.
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What kind of an RV is it? Maybe a folding rake, ground mat, weather station.
It's a Class A, I'd say around 30 feet long. Not sure about the specific model/year.
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Cash.
Lots and lots of cash.
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Old 05-18-2019, 01:03 PM   #9
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Cash.
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Not exactly helpful ideas for my "RV warming" gift, but yeah... I have a feeling he's going to need lots of both.
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If he's the social type, a flag or sign to put in front of the RV when in a campground to introduce himself to the neighbors would be nice (example: https://www.flagsandgifts.com/person...me-garden-flag). People in campgrounds are generally very friendly and this is a nice way for folks to know he's a solo traveler and he won't get asked all the time where his spouse is.
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. . . perhaps a pair of solar powered Luci lanterns? In many ways, they're better than flashlights in campgrounds.

. . . or a large patio-sized outdoor RV mat? These are very popular among RV owners.
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Iím still an RV dreamer, but Iíd suggest an App Store card. There are a handful of travel apps that Iíve heard good things about.

All Stays $10 - database of all travel needs from gas stations, rest areas, camp grounds (public & private), weigh stations, dump stations, food....

Apps by the developer Two Steps Beyond. You can buy a 3 app bundle for $9. It includes 1. US Public lands, 2. Coverage? - Cell phone coverage maps by carrier and 3. State Laws - DMV and other state law info so you donít get surprised when you cross state lines.

Iím sure there are many others as well.
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Good Sam Roadside Assistance, in place of AAA. I have it and used it once when my trailer parts were frozen. https://www.goodsamroadside.com
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If he's the social type, a flag or sign to put in front of the RV when in a campground to introduce himself to the neighbors would be nice (example: https://www.flagsandgifts.com/person...me-garden-flag). People in campgrounds are generally very friendly and this is a nice way for folks to know he's a solo traveler and he won't get asked all the time where his spouse is.
This is a great idea... thanks. My friend is a bit introverted (or, perhaps, just socially complacent), and this would be a great way for him to roll out the welcome mat, so to speak.
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Thanks for all for the helpful ideas and suggestions, folks!
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A year of Coachnet road side assistance. Much higher rated than Good Sam. Portable BBQgrill. Lawn chairs. Portable hammock. There is a new RV book called Living the RV life that is at some Costco's Sams or could order online.
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We enjoy our anti-gravity folding lounge chairs. They can be had for about $50, but a nice one will be a bit more, maybe closer to $70-80.
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Good Sam Roadside Assistance, in place of AAA. I have it and used it once when my trailer parts were frozen. https://www.goodsamroadside.com
+1. Towing a class A 50 miles will cost many years of the Roadside assistance fees.
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Having an RV is an exercise in minimalism, where storage is very limited. Maybe a thought towards non-material possessions would be good.

Possibly a personalized welcome sign to hang outside.
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A year of Coachnet road side assistance. Much higher rated than Good Sam. Portable BBQgrill. Lawn chairs. Portable hammock. There is a new RV book called Living the RV life that is at some Costco's Sams or could order online.
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