The Must-Have RV Accessory Of 2020

The New RV Toy You Need

Let’s face it — kayaks, canoes, and epoxy paddle boards are not ideal for transporting or storing inside your RV when you’re traveling. In fact, these paddle vessels are too big to store anywhere inside your rig and require you to purchase bulky rack systems to secure them to the back or roof of your RV. While you desperately want to bring your RV accessories and toys with you on all your adventures, they just aren’t convenient for cross-country travel. There has to be a better way!

What if we told you that there was a new type of paddle vessel that you could store in a space as small as a closet inside your RV? Well, it’s time you knew about the inflatable stand up paddle board (iSUP). With an iSUP, you can now fit a paddle vessel inside your RV, pop-up camper or travel trailer without taking up too much of your precious storage space. However, their compact size is not the only outstanding perk.

Below, we list the top five reasons why an inflatable SUP is the new must-have accessory for RVs. It’s time to enjoy the many benefits of paddling during your RV adventures without the hassle of a giant kayak, canoe or epoxy paddle board attached to the roof or back of your rig. 

What Is An Inflatable SUP?

An inflatable stand up paddle board is a type of paddle board that you inflate with a pump before use. Inflatable SUPs are great for all skill-levels and ages because they are extremely stable and easy to learn on. All you have to do is inflate your paddle board with a hand pump or electric pump to the suggested 15 PSI and you’re ready to explore the country’s amazing bodies of water with your entire RV crew, even your pets and young children can hop on board.

Top 5 Reasons Why Your RV Needs An Inflatable SUP

iSUP deflated
The lightweight and easily portable Explorer iSUP

1. They’re Easy To Store Inside Your RV

When deflated, inflatable SUPs roll up to the size of a sleeping bag and fit inside their included carry bag with all of your paddling accessories to boot. Despite their large size when inflated, they take up far less room than your holding tanks during transport. This makes an inflatable SUP super simple to transport in the smaller storage spaces inside your RV without taking room away from your other RV camping accessories. If you’re not partaking in a full-time cross-country adventure and want to go for a paddle, inflatable SUPs are compact enough to fit in your car’s backseat or trunk. Ultimately, inflatable SUPs are great for those who have minimal storage space and are always on the move. 

iSUP fishing
Fly fishing mastermind @SvendDiesel making memories with the family’s Megalodon

2. They’re Extremely Versatile

Inflatable paddle boards have become popular over the last few years because of the many benefits they offer. One of those benefits being their versatility. Today, there are inflatable SUPs designed specifically for fishing, yoga, multiple passengers, and even taking your dog on board with you. Even better, there are inflatable paddle boards that are versatile enough to handle all of these fun SUP activities you’ve been reading and hearing about.

If you love fishing during your RV adventures, you no longer have to cast from land or tow a small boat behind your RV. Fishing inflatable paddle boards come with all the bells and whistles you need for your day on the water. Inflatable fishing SUPs are decked out with Scotty brand fishing kits with mounts to attach rod holders, fish finders, downriggers, bait trays, and any other paddle board accessories you fancy. Also, there are super-sized inflatable SUPs like the 15-foot multi-person Megalodon that allow enough room for you and your fishing buddies. 

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Henry + Baloo loving their ISLE Sportsman iSUP

3. They’re Great To Ride With Your Pets

Did you know that dogs love stand up paddle boarding? Even better, learning how to paddle board with your dog is simple. In fact, more people are paddle boarding with their dogs than ever before. Inflatable paddle boards are the best SUPs for dogs because they offer excellent grip for their paws and sit high enough off the water to make them feel secure. There are inflatable paddle boards specifically designed for your pup like the Scout. However, most boards will accommodate your dog just fine. Therefore, you’ll never have to leave Fido inside to eat your RV supplies when you go paddling. 

iSUP durability

4. They’re Super Durable 

Inflatable SUPs feature multiple layers of super durable, military-grade PVC. This makes them extremely durable and difficult to damage. For example, if you drop an inflatable paddle board on the pavement, it will not be damaged. Also, these SUPs use military-grade drop-stitch technology, so when your board is inflated to 15 PSI, it will feel just as rigid and perform to the standards as a rigid SUP. Since inflatable SUPs are so durable, they will have a longer lifespan compared to other stand up paddle boards, making them perfect for outdoor adventures and RV camping trips. 

ISLE explorer

5. They’re Affordable

We all know that RV gadgets and toys are expensive. If you aren’t looking to break the bank on a new stand up paddle board, inflatable SUPs are generally the most affordable. This makes these paddle boards an awesome choice for beginners or anyone shopping on a tight budget. Inflatable paddle board prices can range from $500 to $1,200. Be aware that there are currently some cheaper inflatable paddle boards on the Amazon Marketplace that are low-quality and will not have a long lifespan. Consider this rule of thumb, if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. 

Wrapping Up: The Must-Have RV Accessories Of 2020

Inflatable SUPs should be high on your list of RV accessories because of their convenient, on-the-go features. Their many benefits like easy storage and transportation make them ideal for RV travel. With an inflatable SUP, you no longer have to secure a large paddle vessel to the outside of your RV when you’re traveling. Now, you can enjoy some quality time on the water near your favorite RV campgrounds or boondock sites without the hassle of transporting larger vessels like kayaks and canoes. 

Posted in Gear Guides, Paddle Board Lifestyle
Douglas Robichaud - Doug is a content writer at ISLE Surf & SUP who has been surfing and paddle boarding for over 10 years. With a degree in English/Journalism, Doug has been an outdoor adventure content writer for over four years. Since joining the ISLE team, he has become a paddle board expert in all topics ranging from products, basic tutorials, tips and tricks, SUP safety, and new trends.