Whether you are using your RV for cross-country adventure or weekend camping trips, you want to be as safe and comfortable as possible. Here are some easy and relatively affordable upgrades and add-ons that you can do yourself!
Backup Camera System
Driving in reverse for parking, maneuvering around tight corners, or because you need to back out of a tight access road, can be a challenge at the best of times – and doing it in an RV can be even more difficult. For safety and ease of driving, a backup camera is a very useful upgrade to consider. There are lots of RV backup camera systems you can install yourself without requiring a professional tool kit or a lot of knowledge.
Batteries and an Inverter
Although most RVs come with enough battery power to keep the lights on for a few days of camping without a charge, the devices and gadgets that we tend to travel with these days can put some additional pressure on the battery supplies. For this reason, a very useful upgrade to consider is an additional 12 volts of battery power. The addition of an inverter allows you to convert that extra power into AC power that can be used to charge devices or run small appliances.
Especially if you are planning to be on the road night after night, you might find that the sleeping set-up is a priority upgrade. There are any number of options available to make sure you get a good night’s sleep, from specialty RV mattresses to trim-able memory foam, or gel foam toppers.
With RVs can come the twin problems of both too much, and too little water pressure. Too much can be a problem when you are hooking up to a water system that has very high pressure. This could literally burst your pipes unless you have a water pressure regulator installed in your RV – typically, this does not come with your RV. On the other side of the spectrum, the water pressure within your RV’s system is likely to be low, which can be an annoyance in the shower or sink. Consider investing in a water-saving showerhead compatible with your RV’s plumbing system to both reduce the use of water and increase the pressure of the water that gets used.
While the light of incandescent bulbs is great when you have lots of power, if you are dry camping without an electrical hookup the last thing you want to do is drain your batteries unnecessarily. LED lighting is great upgrade to consider because they use significantly less power than conventional bulbs. This is a very easy upgrade to make and one that will pay for itself in no time.
These are just some of the upgrades that can be carried out on your RV. Each of these upgrades is affordable and easy for the do-it-yourselfer to carry out – perhaps most importantly, they will increase your RV’s comfort, efficiency and safety.