I have a few favorite and essential items that make my spouse John’s and my fulltime RV living more comfortable and pleasurable. First there is my Electrolux Ergorapido Ultra 12V vacuum cleaner. With a thirty-foot fifth wheel trailer, hauling around a home-sized vacuum cleaner was impossible. But having two dogs that shed made it critical to have a powerful vacuum that could keep up with once or twice a day vacuuming. We chose the Electrolux because of its power. We went through the 9V model in two years of fulltime traveling and replaced it with the new 12V version this past year. I love both versions equally.

Gingee and Dakota started our fulltime RV journey with us over three years ago.

Gingee and Dakota started our fulltime RV journey with us over three years ago.

Our 12V Electrolux fits nearly on its charger in the hallway closet of our thirty-foot fifth wheel trailer.

Our 12V Electrolux fits nearly on its charger in the hallway closet of our thirty-foot fifth wheel trailer.

The second niftiest item for our travels is a lightweight, compact and easy to clean Weber Q 120 barbecue grill. We have tried several grills over the past three years and have found the Weber to be excellent. During this cold, wet winter in Northern California, making a one-pot dinner and cooking it on the Weber is heavenly.

The twelve-inch long enamel-coated roasting pan that we use on the Weber and in our indoor gas oven is another one of our essential items.

Our handy dandy portable Weber grill.

Our handy dandy portable Weber grill and the black enamel-coated roasting pan.

I coat the pot’s bottom with vegetable oil, layer in some raw onion rings, then pop a two-pound pork roast or a two-pound cut of beef into the pot beside finger-sized potato pieces and a winter vegetable or two – carrots and brussel sprouts are my favorites.  I let the dinner roast for less than an hour on the lowest setting (which usually equals about 350 degrees). The result – a delicious and easy dinner for two!

Finally, I find that our light-weight relatively compact Rigid portable vacuum is great for getting the dog hair and outdoor residual of leaves, soil and gravel out of the car. Ours is the four-gallon model. There have been times when finding a car wash is impossible and the Electrolux, although it does great on the flat surfaces of the RV’s interior, is ineffective in taking care of the car’s curvy floors.

We use this shop vac for keeping the vehicles' interiors clean.

We use this shop vac for keeping the vehicles’ interiors clean.

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