Treat your favorite RVer (or yourself) to some of the best camping gear from the Campendium Community Shop this past year!
“We loved our french press coffee maker but it required a lot of water to clean up and coffee grounds would always go down the drain. We found the Melitta pour over 10 cup coffee maker with stainless steel carafe makes great coffee and is easy to clean up with regular cone filters. The carafe keeps the coffee hot so no need to use the microwave to reheat.”
“We love our ground deploy solar. We currently have 2 of these units (w/o the built in charge controller) wired to a Victron Smart Solar 100/30. Having 400 watts on the ground that you can aim at the sun is great. It’s nice to be able to park the rig in a more shaded area if needed, or have plenty of power on the overcast days (we also have 4 100 watt Renogy Eclipse panels on the roof into a separate Victron controller.”
“When we get to a new campsite, we like to be as efficient as possible when we setup so we have more time to enjoy the area. That is why we have the Level Mate Pro on our rig. It helps us get our rig level every time without any trouble. We just flip the switch on, pull up the app and we know exactly what we need to do to get it level. It also helps us find the more level spots before we even start the leveling setup.”
“I used to use the very common Lynx Levelers blocks for leveling. I still do on occasion, but the wedge shaped Andersen levelers are way easier to use. I use the Andersens now almost every time. It’s a matter of not having to “guess” how many blocks to use. You only have to either drive a little forwards or backwards on the wedge to get it right. If the Andersen isn’t high enough, I then will use my blocks, but this is rare. You can potentially also use the Andersen wedge to get up onto high stacked blocks. Winning.”
“The overhead lighting in our trailer is blindingly awful; we absolutely hate it. Add to that fact, we’ve always preferred table and floor lighting, we were in love with the Fatboy lamp at first sight. Yes, it’s a bit pricey, but it’s an awesome little lamp and it being cordless (micro USB rechargeable) allows us to use it in/outside.”
“Over the years, we’ve tried a few different water storage methods, and have found that in addition to being BPA-free, the Reliance Rhino Water Jugs are sturdy, the easiest to hold while emptying into our tanks and have a nice slim profile for storage.”
“As full-time RVers and regular boondockers, we rarely have traditional campfires. When you’re trying to conserve water in the middle of nowhere, you don’t get to shower every day and campfires can leave your hair and clothing quite smokey.
Last New Year’s Eve, we fell in love with our friend’s propane fire bowl. It’s an instant fire that actually puts off heat as well as providing a cozy ambiance. We loved it so much, that shortly after that visit we ordered our own and use it all the time.”
“The number of outdoor mats we have gone through in our 6+ years of living in an RV is frankly embarrassing. We tried all the cheap plastic versions. They would last a few months before inevitably starting to shred and fall apart. Finally, about a year ago we broke down and invested in a CG Gear Mat. There is no going back! Not only does this mat allow sand to filter through, but it does the same for water. After spending a month on the Olympic Peninsulas this summer where is rained 3 out of every 4 days, we are singing the praises of this wonder mat.”
“For years we relied on gas stations for filling the air in our trailer tires, and as a result, we rarely checked and filled the air in our tires. This is not a great safety practice considering they say you should check your tire pressure before every trip. Had we realized how small and reasonably priced a portable air compressor was, we would have bought one before we ever hit the road. Oh, and it’s also nice to have after you air your tires down when driving on sand.”
“Gone are the days that my stuff falls out of the fridge or INTO the door shelf. I had plenty of spills before I got these refrigerator bars. Now when I open the door, there are no surprises. Being a very careless person when it comes to taking care of my physical “stuff,” (including putting tops on leftovers properly) these are a cleanup/time saver!”
“We cannot recommend this piece enough. It’s the perfect size to really make use of a large awning, looks nice, and has been incredibly durable. One of its best features is that you can lay it directly over grass or any type of foliage for that matter, and it will still be alive and well after weeks of sitting there. It’s nice to be able to have a great spot out in the forest and know you are not killing everything outside your front door.”
“Though we once lived the van life in luxury with a Camp Chef stove/oven combo (it was great to have the option to bake, and it made a good bread box when — most of the time — the oven was not in use), we ultimately opted for this sleek, lightweight and powerful Primus Tupike stove. The 2 x 7,000 BTU burners bring water to a quick boil but also maintain a perfect simmer. And (though no portable stove manufacturer will recommend indoor use) it goes effortlessly from indoor to outdoor use.”
“When it gets cold outside our Mr. Heater Big Buddy propane heater heats up our rig quickly without sucking down our batteries and propane tanks like our RV furnace. Bonus – it’s like having a cozy little fireplace in the living room. If you use the small one pound propane tanks the cost can add up. This handy adapter lets you refill for a fraction of the cost. Just invert the large tank and use forceps on the pressure relief valve for best results.”
“The Scrubba Wash Bag is great for washing a few items when you’re dry camping without having to use a public sink or if you just don’t want to go to the laundromat. Just pour water in it up to the fill line, roll and clip it shut, open the valve to let the air out, then rub and shake and rinse. It has “an internal washboard” (scrubby plastic bumps) inside to help loosen dirt on extra grimy items.”