8 Smart RV Essentials for Happy Trails

Ready to take your RV out for an adventure? Make sure you are prepared for the unexpected by bringing with you these essential tools and supplies.

Tools and Repairs

  • Water Pressure Regulator: Not every RV campsite has normalized water pressure, sometimes the pressure is very high. Unchecked, this can damage your RV’s water system and create leaks or water hose explosions that may result in significant water damage and leave you with an exorbitant water bill.
  • Extra hoses and electric cord: Some campsites are not ideally situated for faucet and power access. Bring along two 25’ 30-amp electric cords, three 25’ drinking water hoses and you should be ready for any set-up.
  • Repair Kit: Depending on your level of fix-it knowledge, you’ll want to keep on hand the tools and materials essential to repairing small issues that arise in your RV. This can include WD-40, JB Weld, duct tape, safety wire, roof repair tape and roof sealer, volt-ohm meter, spare fuses, soldering gun, electrical connectors, and similar supplies.


  • 12-Volt Battery Charger: Things happen. If you kill your chassis battery, this will be a lifesaver. You can also acquire jump starter chargers that include USB charging ports for keeping your electronics alive.
  • Battery-Free Flashlight: Whether you shake it, crank it, or squeeze it to get it going, have at least one portable light source that doesn’t require batteries to operate.


  • GPS: Don’t rely on your phone’s included navigator, it will be sketchy once you get outside of data coverage range (which RV’ers frequently do).
  • Weather Radio: Always tuned to the right station, with regular weather alerts to keep you safe. RVs are not well equipped for handling nasty weather, so it’s best to avoid it entirely when possible.
  • RV Insurance Paperwork:  Make sure you have the coverage you need to protect the investment you’ve made in your RV. Keep insurance paperwork accessible so you can contact your agent quickly in an emergency. Before you leave, contact The Select Insurance Agency to discuss your coverage details to make sure you have the best possible insurance to meet your needs.

When Is An Umbrella Insurance Policy A Good Option?

There are many kinds of insurance policies available for purchase. They are not all perfect for everyone and most of the time, people know when they need a plan. For example, when someone buys a home, they already know that homeowners insurance is an option. Unfortunately, not all insurance policies are as easy to understand. One of these is the umbrella insurance policies. If you are unsure whether you need one or not, continue reading to find out when it is a good idea to purchase.

  • Umbrella insurance policies are great ideas when your current policies do not provide enough coverage. Something many people do not know is that all insurance policies have maximum coverage limits. If you have a home or vehicle of high value, you should check your current policies to see if they cover everything you need. If not, an umbrella insurance policy is a good supplement to take over where your other policies stop.
  • It is a good idea to get an umbrella insurance policy when you are in the public eye in some way. In today’s world, there are constantly people looking for a quick payday. If you happen to be in the public eye in your community or if you are a business owner, you will want an umbrella insurance policy so you can protect yourself from lawsuits. You do not want to get sued and then not have the insurance to pay for the bill. Umbrella insurance can provide you with this coverage to better protect yourself no matter what.

If you are interested in learning more about umbrella insurance, contact The Select Insurance Agency serving Coppell, TX. You can get a quote for a policy and discover if you really need one.