Dear Dr. R.V. Shrink:
My husband is a sucker for every pitch that comes down the pike. He is always buying some gadget that is going to save us money in the long run, save our lives in an emergency, or save our equipment from impending doom.
Since we bought our RV it's always something. A chemical for the toilet that will kill the smell and save the valves, gadget for the refrigerator that will keep it from exploding into a fireball, a water filter and pressure gauge to save our plumbing, or a surge protector to save our electrical system.
Last week we needed a tire monitoring system to let us know we have a flat.
Do we really need all this stuff?
If it is so important, why didn't it come on our brand new motorhome. It costs more than our first two houses. Seems like they could have included all these gadgets if they are so crucial.
--Pitchy in Palm Springs
Many of these things can be purchased with a new rig. Some are personal choices you might want to think of as insurance policies. It is no different than deciding if you want to purchase the extended warranty on a new electric toothbrush.
People that have never owned an RV often do not realize what they may need or want. After you get a few miles under your belted tires, you start making decisions on items that may help you monitor your equipment, make your environment safer, or give you some peace of mind.
I agree that some seminars are geared toward sales. I have been to many that tend to exaggerate the possibilities of problems in an effort to convince the audience to make a buying decision.
There are enough RV forums online that can give you first-hand experience with all these problems. Use this resource to get a second opinion on any options, gadgets, or solutions that come across your radar.
Some things you can live without, but I would give cautious thought to safety items.
Some equipment monitors are designed to protect you from situations that are not at all common. These are items that you will have to decide on an economical basis whether the cost outweighs the risk for you personally.
You probably don't need the doorbell that plays 34 different songs, but then, who knows, your husband may go to that seminar too.
Just don't let him get satellite TV. He will spend all day watching QVC.
--Keep Smilin', Dr. R.V. Shrink