If you use your RV to any great degree, you will start to notice things that could be better made for comfort, safety, or communication. Some of those things can be easily be updated in your RV eventually. But, there are other things that you will find are more of an immediate need than a want. Take a look at the list below and see if you agree with these RV upgrades.
Folding heavy-duty entry steps
The steps that come from the factory on many motorhomes, trailers, and campers are sufficient for occasional use. But, if you and your family use the RV more frequently, or if someone is a little heavier, then those entry steps can develop excessive wear and have their stability compromised over time. I’m a fat man. I knew the dinky little steps that came with my trailer were not going to work. So, I upgraded to heavy-duty folding ones even before I pulled my trailer away from the dealer. The new steps never shook under my weight, and the sturdiness gave me confidence every time I stepped on them. If your budget can afford it, there are even power optioned steps available.
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If the hook up for electric power to your RV fails for any reason, then your battery will kick in. But, it can only do so much for so long. Lithium batteries last longer, are lighter, and require less maintenance than traditional batteries. These are a great upgrade. However, when compared to other deep cycle batteries found on RVs, they are not as wallet-friendly.
Tire pressure monitors
How often have you seen an RV on the side of the road with a shredded tire? Tire pressure monitors can help you keep aware of the condition of your tires. If the tires are overheating or losing air, you will see it on a display on your dashboard or phone. This will help you limit the roadside blowout occurrences.
Portable backup camera
Portable backup cameras can be a lifesaver in a literal sense. Nobody wants to accidentally backup their RV over someone or something. A portable backup camera can be clipped on to the back of the RV, with the wire running to the driver’s position. This will give the driver more confidence in maneuvering their vehicle.
In this day and age, it is surprising that many travel trailers do not come with stabilizing jacks. Once at the campsite, even with wheel chocks, the trailer can still feel a little bouncy. Stabilizing jacks not only provide the feeling of being planted but also can make sure the trailer is level. My trailer had these, and they made a big difference. Some of them can be deployed at the flip of a switch. Others are manual. Shop around for what best fits your budget.
Some people travel in their RV to have a change of scenery, but not necessarily to disconnect. So, if having access to wifi is nice, or necessary, in order to communicate with work, or to let the family know that you have not been mauled by the local chipmunk, then a wifi booster is a wise thing to invest in. It will give a better opportunity to capture a signal when you are out in the middle of nowhere, by a lake, with a campfire gently crackling beside you.
The greater the RV usage, the greater the likelihood that the upgrades listed above will make sense to you. The items will provide comfort, safety, and offer better communication. The good thing is, they can easily be updated by RV dealers or purchased through aftermarket companies online. So, next time you are ready to go out for a vacation or long weekend, be prepared with them. You will thank yourself later.