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33 Gift Ideas for full-time RVers – Gifts they will actually appreciate and use

Finding great gifts for full-time RVers can be difficult. They have limited space and typically travel often.  Not to worry, though, here is a list of 33 gift ideas that any full-time RVer would appreciate.  They may already own some of the items on this list, so put your investigator hat on to ensure you are not gifting something they already own.  The idea is to gift them something they would love to have but would not buy themselves or simply haven’t bought it.   **This post contains affiliate links, and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. 33 Gift Ideas for Full-time RVers Since full-time RVers have to get creative with their space, most of these gift ideas are practical items they would actually use and, in a way, would potentially better their RV lifestyle.  Outdoor Gifts Hammock – A foldable hammock can go a long way. I love to lounge around, read a book, or work on a new blog post with a great view and breeze from the comfort of our hammock.  Lounge chairs – Sitting outside and enjoying the view can be relaxing and a great way to spend quality time. Jerry and I love sitting outside when and having endless conversations.  We’re hoping to upgrade our current lounge chairs to zero gravity chairs. Now those are some comfy chairs!  Picnic Backpack – We recently got our picnic backpack through Amazon and have used it a few times already. It’s great to take with you to a park, a hike, or the beach.  Folding Wagon – Constantly moving from one location to another means there is a lot of setting up and putting away. I use our folding wagon to haul stuff in and out of the RV storage compartment.  It makes setting up easy and efficient.  Portable grill – Again, if you’re RVing, you’re probably grilling something. Cooking outdoors while you’re out camping or boondocking is inevitable.  A good quality grill that doesn’t take too much space would be a great gift.  Inflatable Kayak – Any adventurer would love a kayak! Portable Projector – This is an excellent gift for indoors or outdoors, and the whole family can enjoy it!  RV Travel Mat – You can’t go wrong with a good quality, easily foldable travel mat.  We use ours all the time. We usually use it as a hangout area with lounge chairs. It also helps keep the inside of the RV clean.  Fire Pit – This is one of those things that I really want, but I haven’t bought.  There have been so many instances where I wish we had a fire pit. The weather is just right, the daylight is starting to disappear, and all I want is to make smores on the open flame.   Inside Gifts Camping Decor  Camping decor can be fun, humourous, and adds personality to the RV or camper. There are many options available on Amazon and Etsy.  Welcome Mat – A creative or even personalized welcome mat makes a beautiful gift.    Kitchen Mat – Again, a creative or personalized kitchen mat can add some personality to their RV. We own the one below, and it makes me smile every time I see it. Sometimes it is the little things that bring joy to our hearts.  Shower Curtain – There are some funny and goofy shower curtains for RVers. A camping shower curtain is sure to get some laughs.  Camping Ornaments or Lights – During the holidays, it may be fun to add some RV or Camper ornaments and lights to appreciate the full-time RVer lifestyle.  They are cute and great conversation starters.  Instant-Pot – I am obsessed with our Instant Pot! There are so many recipes, and the clean-up work is more manageable than if I had cooked with pots and pans.  The fewer dishes we have to wash, the better, especially while boondocking.  Folding step stool – This one is for my fun size people. I am 5″ and need a step stool for almost all of our upper cabinets.  Seriously, it’s a lifesaver!      Nesting bowls – Any space-saving cookware is appreciated!  I don’t think I can say this enough, full-time RV living means you give up a lot of space, so you have to get creative!  Waffle Maker or Grilled Cheese Maker – Anything to spend less time in the kitchen and more time exploring.  Bluetooth Speaker – A starry night, a fire going, and some good tunes can be so relaxing!   Solar Power Bank with Torch and Compass – They’ll never have to worry about their phone or camera dying before finishing an outdoor adventure.  Splurge-Worthy Gifts If you really love (and want to splurge) on your RV loved one, any Jackery solar panel and generator will do.  This way, they can make their waffles and more in the outdoors!  Jackery Portable Power Station Jackery solar saga 100w portable solar panel for explorer 240 For the RV Backup camera – Game changer. This would be the perfect gift for anyone that doesn’t already have a backup camera.  Trust me, a backup camera makes a world of difference.  RV Step covers – Step covers make the space feel homier, and they help keep your RV cleaner. Hose and cord caddy – A hose and cord caddy can be invaluable to simplify setup and packing for each trip.  Having an organized RV makes life easier.  Stocking Stuffers The Adventure Challenge – This is a fun gift for anyone. The Adventure Challenge has an edition for everyone (family, friends, couples, solo, and in bed – wink wink ). Their adventures are such a fun, innovative way to create great memories.   National Parks Pass – One of the best things about living in an RV is traveling to different locations and experiencing the outdoors.  The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is your annual ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites across the country.  A pass covers entrance, standard amenity fees, and day-use fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person). You can purchase the park pass directly through usparkpass.com, or for the same price, you can buy it through REI, and they will donate 10% of the sales to the National Park Foundation. Bedside Caddy – I’ll say it repeatedly, space is gold when you live in an RV. Anything that helps you get organized and creative with your space is vital.  Travel Map: This is a creative way to track what National Parks and states they have visited.  I always feel a sense of joy and satisfaction when scratching off a new location we have seen.  RV Travel Journal – Another creative way to track their RV adventures.  Rechargeable Flashlight – A robust and reliable flashlight will always be needed. It’s a practical gift that will definitely be used.    Poo Pourri – While this is a funny gift idea, it is also practical.  Our restroom is located next to our bedroom, and Poo Pourri helps me use the bathroom without worrying that Jerry will make a smell remark trying to make fun of me.   Their nose will thank you later! Personalized Decals – You can create customized decals and stickers through Sticker Mule. Their products are great, and their customer service is fantastic!  Cold Hard Cash – While some people think giving money is impersonal, others really appreciate the cash. They can purchase something they’ve been wanting or something they may need.  You can’t go wrong with money.  Interesting Fact The brain releases dopamine during a shopping experience. That’s why it’s called retail therapy.  So, now that I’ve given you some gift ideas for full-time RVers, go do some shopping. Get your retail therapy on!!!  If you still need a few more gift ideas for full-time RVers, check out my post on RV Accessories Every RVer Should Have.   What are some fun RV gifts that you have received or would love to receive? 

Full-time RV Living

After moving into a townhome for a year, we knew we did not want to be renters. It was not for us. Our townhome lease was up for renewal. Rent was already expensive at $2500, and they were going to increase it by $300.  It seemed unrealistic to pay so much for renting a place rather than owning a home. It’s no wonder buying a house is so difficult – all of your money is going to rent rather than savings.  The townhome was lovely, and the amenities were great, but renting is just not sustainable. Would we have to move every year to avoid rent increases, or would we have to pay insanely high rent?  Buying our RV Jerry and I had a long conversation and came up with a plan to stay in one location, avoid expensive rent, and save for a home of our own.  In 2018, we decided to get rid of most of our belongings and move into a Grand Design Solitude fifth wheel full-time!  The goal was to do this for a few years until we paid off our “bad” debt and saved enough money for a down payment on a house.  It was not an easy decision, but to this day, we do not regret it. We made a few mistakes and have faced some obstacles along the way, but we continue to push toward our goals.  The Solitude was homie and spacious for a fifth wheel, but it was not the best purchase we could have made. The Solitude required a full-ton truck to tow it, and buying a truck like that would have been too expensive.  We found a site to rent and had the fifth wheel towed there. We did not move the fifth wheel for almost two years.  In 2020, we realized our mistake in buying a fifth wheel. It didn’t make sense to live in a home with wheels and not travel!  We decided to trade in the fifth wheel for a 2017 Coachmen Freelander RV. Now we can continue with our goals and even do some traveling. Woot! Full-time RV Living RV living is not for everyone. There are so many things we have had to learn and sacrifice.  Read our 10 things I wish I knew before living in an RV full-time.   The most significant sacrifice we have made is SPACE! We have been creative with our space and have had to put many of our belongings into storage.  Living in an RV teaches you that you can always have too many things! I considered becoming a minimalist, but I’m too much of a shopaholic. 🙁  I definitely miss my walk-in closet and the ability to walk into another room when I need alone time.  We do not plan to do this for the rest of our lives, but it has been fun. RV living helped us reach our financial goals and is giving us unforgettable memories.  What’s next? I officially quit my nine-to-five job in June 2021 and started my blog. This has been one of the best decisions we have made! I can spend more time focussing on my family’s well-being and happiness. I am less stressed and can pursue any interest I may have. Lately, my days have been filled with remodeling the RV, creating plans and budgets for our travels, learning how to do web development, and writing content for Ride Or Die Adventures – Blog.  Our “bad” debt is officially gone, and we can put all of our energy into buying a home and traveling across the country.  Appreciating what’s really important Anytime we think about living in a house, we wonder – what we will do with all that space!  We have decided to move our family to Nashville, TN. Ideally, we will find a home that is a driving distance to the downtown area but still far enough where we can find silence and greenery.  I have lived in Los Angeles, CA, for almost my entire life. Growing up in a fast-paced environment like Los Angeles can make you forget what is really important.  The most essential things in life have nothing to do with our job or materialistic items. The most critical thing in life is to truly live!  That’s why we want to slow down our way of living. We want to enjoy our adventures, friends, family, and most importantly, we simply want to enjoy life.  Living in the RV and traveling has allowed us to value each other and everything we have. Although we do not plan to live in our RV forever, we plan to continue taking extended RV trips even after moving into a house.  Have you considered living full-time in an RV? What’s holding you back? 

Things to know before DIY RV Remodel 

We are currently full-timers in a 2017, 26ft – Coachman Freelander. We decided to remodel our RV for aesthetics and functionality.  The idea came after reading articles about how your home’s color, layout, and cleanliness can affect your mental well-being.  My husband (Jerry) was working from home and would spend most of his days indoors, so after reading a few articles about your home’s influence on your mood, I jumped at the opportunity to DIY remodel our RV. (It turns out Jerry is naturally grumpy, and it had nothing to do with our home!) Our RV is not very old, so all of its bones are still good, which has been helpful. However, I have said it before, RVs are not meant for full-time living. The majority of them are dark, unwelcoming, and not very functional.  First Things First – Research This may seem like a no-brainer, but DO YOUR RESEARCH!!! If you have not remodeled an RV before, I strongly recommend learning from other people’s mistakes.  RVs are made differently than homes, so it won’t be a normal remodel, and you won’t use the same materials as you would in a house.  Inspect your RV to determine the materials used, to identify any needed repairs, and any aesthetic changes you would like to make.    You can also get some of your inspiration from other RV remodels. I got my inspiration from other RV remodels, and home renovation shows.  Make a Plan Once you have done some research, you can start making a plan.  Making a plan will help you stay organized, create a budget, and determine if you need professional help during your remodel.  Our RV renovation is taking months to complete because we keep adding things to our list. So, make a plan and try to stick to it.  What to include in your plan: Budget The time you can commit to the remodel  Which project will you start first?  Tools you will need (do you have them, or will you need to purchase them) Materials required for each project Any building plans/drawings  Make your plan as detailed as you can to help reduce your trips to the hardware store. Home Depot became our second home because of the remodel.  Remember to expect the unexpected and leave some wiggle room for your budget.  Practice Patience Whether you are DIY or using a professional contractor, renovations in your home cause a lot of stress!  Doing your research and creating a plan will help alleviate some of the stress.  DIY is meant to be fun—practice patience with yourself and those around you.  Remember to take some time to walk away and do other fun activities. Do not let the remodel and the stress of getting it done consume your life.  Have fun with your DIY RV remodel! Check out our DIY RV remodel before and after pictures! Share some of your DIY RV remodel stories in the comments below. 

RV Renovation Reveal (Before & After)

I am beyond excited to share our RV renovation before and after pictures.  We have successfully remodeled our restroom, bedroom, kitchen, and added solar!  We still have our living room and top bunker to tackle, but I think we need a break. We will take some time away from the remodel to explore the outdoors.  Don’t worry, though; we will share our adventures with you!  Restroom The entire restroom renovation was approximately $250, including all decor and tools needed for the remodel.  The most expensive item was the sink. We searched and searched until we found the perfect sink. The sink is small, which allowed us to increase the space between the sink and the toilet. (Jerry is 6.3″, so he always appreciates more legroom)  We replaced the shower doors with a curtain for the same reason. Jerry is too big for the shower, and he kept bumping his elbows on the glass doors. Jerry called me tacky for adding some diamond blink in the restroom, but I really like the way it came out. I guess I’m tacky, LMAO!  Bedroom The bedroom renovations were under $200.  It’s incredible how much of a difference a little paint can make. My favorite part of the bedroom is Cat’s step/hiding place and the additional storage next to the bed. We added a cushion to it for Kiko to use as a napping area.   Kitchen The kitchen renovations cost approximately $450.   Similar to the restroom, the majority of our budget went into the new sink.  I can’t deny the sink is AMAZING. However, I wish it hadn’t been so pricey.   Solar Panels Our solar was installed entirely by Jerry.  I think installing the solar was the best part of the entire renovation because it is the one thing that will allow us to boondock and enjoy traveling to remote areas.   RV Renovation Before & After (part-2) Stay tuned for part-2 of our RV renovation before and after reveal where we will add countertop space, additional storage, and some sort of entertainment system.  Let me know if you would like me to provide links to some of our decor. We got most of everything from Home Depot and Amazon!  Comment below if you would like us to do a video walk-through.

RV Accessories Every RVer Should Have

RV Accessories One of the things I love the most about traveling in an RV is that you have your entire house with you. I literally have everything I need with me, and I am prepared for whatever the road throws at us.  To be prepared in an RV there are a few accessories you will need to get. I compiled a list of 20 RV accessories that every RVer should have.  Some of the accessories are for everyday living, routine maintenance, or just to be prepared.  We got all of our RV accessories on Amazon and I provided an image link for each product to facilitate your search for them.  Whether you’re a full-timer or only take your RV out for weekend trips, you will need these accessories.  Everyday Use Accessories Surge Guard – This identifies faulty power and provides surge protection. Windshield Cover – A windshield cover helps control the temperature and adds privacy to your RV.  Wheel Covers – You will want to protect your tires from the sun, especially if you are stationary for an extended time.  Battery Maintainer/Trickle Charger – You want to make sure to take care of your battery. If you are stationary for a while or in case you kill your battery this trickle charger is a great RV accessory to have. I recommend this Noco 10amp charger because of the features it has. Like being able to handle different battery types.      Inline Water Filter – (You can get the kit. or buy the items individually.) You want to protect your RV plumbing when connecting to the city water. Who knows what’s in the city water nowadays and our RVs were not built to handle the city water pressure.    Freshwater hose Water Pressure Regulator  Leveling System with Wheel Chock – This leveling system has made our RV leveling super easy!  We can easily adjust the height and drive up the ramps to level the RV. The only downside is having to buy the wood separately to assemble it.  Standard Level  RV Vent Insulator – Vent insulators help control the temperature of your RV and can reduce the light coming in when you want to sleep in late. Sewer Hose – Your RV may already have one, but if it doesn’t I recommend you get the one with the clear elbow. This will help when you are cleaning your tanks!  Sewer Hose Support – Some RV sites require that you have sewer hose support. This support also helps your tanks empty smoother.  Maintenance Accessories RV Toilet Treatment TST – Believe me your black water tanks and your noses will thank me for this one.  Flexible Swivel Stik – a lot of the newer RVs come with a system like this already built into the tanks, but if your RV doesn’t have this you risk clogging your tanks or simply not cleaning them properly, which in the long run will cause problems.  Water Heater Tank Rinser – This helps remove sediments from the bottom of the water heater. Routine maintenance will help extend the life of your RV water heater.  Being Prepared Accessories Air Compressor / Tire Pump    AMP Adaptor – Some RV sites will have a 30amp plug, so if your RV is 50amps you’ll need this adaptor.  Roadside Emergency Kit    First Aid Kit – If your fur babies come along for the adventure, they should have a first aid kit as well. The last time we went to the dessert our dog snagged and ripped off his entire nail. The kit helped us be able to get the bleeding under control and clean his wound properly.  Updated (10/1/2021) Shovel – This item was added to the RV accessories list after we found ourselves in a bit of a pickle. We drove into some sand that we should not have driven on and got stuck! I am adding a shovel as a must-have item because it can come in handy for multiple reasons while you are boondocking. Jerry purchased one with multiple uses because that’s just what he does, but a simple camping shovel would also get the job done. The shovel is also most helpful when you boondock.    Updated (10/1/2021) Emergency Traction – This traction aid would have been helpful the first time we got stuck in soft dirt. The best part about it is that it works in snow, mud, or sand. It works well in all seasons.    Comment below if there are any other “must-have” accessories we should include on the list.  I know RVs have limited space, and you may think that you don’t need all of these accessories, but you do! The RV accessories on this list are a MUST unless your RV already comes equipped with it.  The links I included are for the products we bought and tried. I’m sure there are other brands, but I wanted to add only products that we have personally tried. 

Behr vs. Beyond Paint Review

Best RV Remodeling Paint We decided to remodel our RV (our home) after reading an article that suggested that a home’s appearance can affect your mood and motivation. The goal was to make the RV less dark… more welcoming… more adventure-ready.  The painting was the least expensive, and it made a significant immediate difference. Also, we were living in our RV while we were remodeling, so I needed paint that required minimal work, would be convenient, and would give me more bang for my buck. I was looking for the best RV remodeling paint.  Beyond Paint Beyond Paint was highly rated and recommended for RV painting because it is an all-in-one paint. That means very little prepping is needed. I bought a 1-gallon and a pint of Bright White Beyond Paint. Beyond Paint can only be found online, has a limited variety of colors, was out of stock for weeks, and is more expensive than other brands. Overall, it was good, not excellent. The instructions recommend you do two coats of paint, but I had to do more than two coats to cover the area entirely. I probably did up to four coats in some areas. I am not sure if it was my painting skills or the paint itself, but it did not impress me.  I painted cabinets and walls in the RV and did minimal prep work. I cleaned the surfaces, and that was all. Beyond paint did cover everything and the finished product looks pretty good, but overall I was not a happy camper. Having to wait for the paint to be back in stock, then waiting for it to be mailed was a bit frustrating. I ran out of paint and still needed to do a few touchups, which meant waiting for more paint to be mailed. I would have rather the convenience of picking it up from a store when I needed it.  BEHR Paint BEHR Paint is exclusively sold at Home Depot and online, which can be limiting. However, they have a large selection of colors and even have a few specialty options. They have the all-in-one paint (highly recommend if you want to reduce your prep work), Scuff Defense, and Marquee – one coat guaranteed.  BEHR was more affordable than other brands, and in regards to its performance, it did a great job. I used two or three coats, depending on the surface. Again, I did minimal prep work and painted cabinets as well as walls. Having to do fewer coats definitely sped up the process and allowed me to finish painting faster. Let me remind you that we were living in the RV while trying to renovate – I loved that BEHR made it an easier and faster process.  I used the Scuff Defense to help with maintenance and even managed to find a color that matched my toaster! I used a total of three different colors by BERH and they all managed to cover the unsanded cabinets and walls.  Bottom Line – Which is Better When it comes to painting the interior of your RV, you want something easy to apply and durable. Between BEHR and Beyond Paint, BEHR is the best RV remodeling paint. BEHR requires fewer coats, sets faster, has a wide variety of options, and is less expensive. It gives you a better result for the price you pay.  Full disclosure, the comparison of BEHR and Beyond paint is coming from my personal experience. I am also not a professional. It was my first time using either of the brands. I’m learning as I go and sharing my opinion.  A detailed blog post about RV painting tips and tricks is soon to come.  What brand paint have you used and would recommend? 

10 Things I wish I knew before living in an RV Full-time

Things I wish I knew before living in an RV Full-time The main reason we decided to live in an RV was to save money. Our goal was to pay off any bad debt with the cash we would have used for rent. We did some research on RV-living, but I’ll admit it was not extensive research, and not everyone will tell you about the following ten things I wish I knew before living in an RV full-time.   Cleaning I thought cleaning would be easier since the space is smaller, but boy was I wrong! Less space does not mean you clean less; it means you’re cleaning less space more often.  Everything in your RV should have a place, and it should always be kept in that location or placed back when it is not in use. If you don’t follow this rule, your RV will start to look cluttered and dirty.  Rocking Even with stabilizers, there will be some rocking. Strong winds or walking around can cause rocking. Even our dog running around can cause rocking at times. It can be frustrating if you’re trying to sleep or focus on a task while the RV is just rocking away. You get used to it for the most part, but there is always a time or two when the rocking will get on your nerves.  Maintenance There is a lot of routine maintenance to be done. You have to complete all recommended vehicle care as you would on a car. You also have to stay on top of the routine maintenance for the generator and your general living area. Since we live in the RV and are traveling, we track and complete the engine maintenance ourselves. We can’t just take it to a mechanic because that would leave us homeless.  Generator maintenance is a requirement. Making sure you stay on top of this is essential, mainly when you rely on it for your power. You’ll want to make sure your generator is running smoothly. Your RV should have a handbook with information on generator maintenance. If not, you can Google the make and model and get some information. Lastly, your general living area has to be cleaned and prepped for travel. The gray and black water tanks must be cleaned, the propane gas must be filled, the awnings and slideouts must be inspected, and the list goes on and on. There is always something that needs to be taken care of, whether it’s cleaning or some type of repair. Maintenance has become part of our routine, but it’s still one of the things I wish I knew before living in an RV Full-time No Privacy Our little family was always in the same room when we lived in our townhome, so we figured privacy would not be an issue. Well, it’s not an issue, but we do miss some privacy. Our RV is 26ft and has one slideout. It’s a relatively small place. This means you can’t just leave the room if you need some silence. There are no secrets in the RV. The restroom is next to the bedroom, so there is some invasion of privacy even when using the bathroom. You have to be comfortable with sharing and being open about everything because there is zero privacy. Storage Capacity RVs look like they have a lot of storage, but they are actually limited in storage capacity. This is even more true when moving into an RV from a bigger home. You will always have too many belongings. I recommend living a minimalistic lifestyle or getting used to routinely purging out any items you do not use. Like I said previously, everything in an RV should have its place, and if it doesn’t, it does not belong in the RV because it will become clutter. Inconvenient Storage Compartments Some storage compartments are in the weirdest places, like under a couch. While adding storage under the sofa makes sense to maximize storage, it can also be inconvenient to move the entire couch to get into that area. Make sure to place your items in a logical place. If you use your pots and pans every day, putting them in that hard-to-get storage place probably doesn’t make sense. Also, most of the storage compartments are placed above shoulder level. That may not matter for tall folks, but it can be annoying for shorter people like myself (I am 5ft tall). Insulation Many RVs are manufactured with minimal insulation. Minimal insulation means that the heat is extra hot, the cold is extra cold, and noises are not muffled. Prepare to have a loud air conditioner during those hot summers, and sometimes you’ll still be sitting there wishing it was cooler. Refrigerator Temperature The temperature is not always accurate. The refrigerator temperature can be affected by the temperature outside. If it’s hot out, it will have a more challenging time keeping things cold. Sometimes the freezer will seem like it should be colder, but the fridge will be freezing things. I like to keep a thermometer inside the refrigerator at all times to make sure the temperatures are within limits for the food. We’ve had other annoyances with the fridge, like periodically defrosting the refrigerator because the freezer builds up a lot of ice in the back. This comes back to maintenance as well… you want to make sure you do checks on the temperature sensor inside and make sure the back is cleaned out. Appliance Size Appliance size sounds like a weird one, but it’s something to consider. The refrigerator and the stove are much smaller in an RV. I have to think about what I will buy for groceries because not everything will fit. I also had to buy new baking sheets, because my regular ones were too big for the oven. Further, the stove temperature for baking is never correct, so we have a thermometer in there as well. Again, this is something you can get used to, but it can also be annoying.  RVs Are Not Made for Full-time Living I love living in our RV, and it has helped us lower our cost of living – which is fantastic – but RVs were not made for full-time living. RVs are manufactured fast and cheaply. They have little insulation, are not everyday living functional, will wear and tear easily, and you should be ready to do some DIY repairs and updates. It’s the little things that things I wish I knew before living in an RV Full-time. I would have been able to better prepare.  Would anything on my list be a deal-breaker for you?   

3 Ways to Help Reduce The Temperature In Your RV

Reduce the Temperature in your RV Is it just me, or does it feel like this year has been hotter than previous years? We live full-time in our RV, and like most RVs, the insulation is horrible. We found three easy and affordable ways to reduce the heat inside our RV.  Vent Covers Adding some insulation is the first thing that came to mind. I got three Camco RV Vent Insulator And Skylight Covers with Reflective Surface on Amazon, but you can also find them in Walmart, Home Depot, or any RV parts store. The only skylight we did not cover was the one in the restroom – for obvious reasons.  I love the skylight insulator covers. They do a great job at reducing the direct sun heat, and if you want some natural light, you can easily remove them. They will also work great when winter comes along.  Heat Control Window Film  I’ve seen many people use reflective foil to help reduce the heat coming in from the windows. While I’m sure that works great, I didn’t want to block off my windows completely. So, we opted for a window film. It took me about 20 minutes per window, but I’m sure it can be done even faster by someone that is handier than me.  I used the Gila Platinum Window Film. It is meant to block up to 72% of the sun’s heat, blocks 99% of UV rays, and helps retain winter heat. The best part is that I still have a full view of the outside!  Blackout Curtain Linear   I am in the middle of decorating our RV, which means I get to experiment with our decorations’ looks and functionality.  I found the cutest sheer curtains, but they don’t prevent people from looking into the RV. So, I added a blackout curtain liner that helps block out over 99% of outside light. It reduces heat and unwanted noise. The curtains look good and work great.   Dividers The heat control window film and the blackout curtains are similar, so here is another trick that helps reduce the temperature in our RV.  While we are stationary, we block off the cabin area. We use a windshield cover and a curtain to divide the cabin area from the rest of the RV. The curtain divider helps the heat from the cabin stay there, and it reduces the square footage the AC has to cover.  Do you have other tips on how to reduce the temperature in your RV?