20 Useful Upgrades I've Made To Our RV


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This is a companion video to a recent blog post detailing the upgrades I’ve made to our Keystone Cougar Fifth Wheel Trailer Model 276RLS – http://www.loveyourrv.com/20-upgrades-we-have-made-to-our-rv/

The rig came with many great features but as we have lived in it for the last 4 years we have found many things lacking or needing improvements. Here are 20. Many of them help us enjoy our favorite type of camping, boondocking in beautiful locations.

To see any of them in more detail, check out the blog post for links to posts with more details on each upgrade made.

http://www.loveyourrv.com/20-upgrades-we-have-made-to-our-rv/

Products Mentioned (Note: Some Have Amazon Affiliate Links)
Starlights LED lamps – http://amzn.to/2rnflwb
200 Watt Renogy Solar Kit – http://amzn.to/2skDDw0
Fantastic Fan – http://amzn.to/2sU5sZ1
Trojan Six Volt Batteries
1000 Watt Inverter
Surge Protector – http://amzn.to/2stLI0U
Twist-on Waste Valve – http://amzn.to/2skNdi6
TV Antenna Addon – http://amzn.to/2sfe7rc
Thermostat
Storage Bay Locks
Headphone Jack
Towel Rack
Cup Holder – http://amzn.to/2sTMIbZ
Pantry Lights
Roof Patch Tape – http://amzn.to/2raQxbD
Shower Head – http://amzn.to/2rnqOMm
Wire Shelves
Paper Towel Holder
Propane Regulator

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25 replies
  1. Ray Troy
    Ray Troy says:

    Many good tips. I used the Eternabond tape to go over all the seams on the roof. Easy and does a great job of stopping leaks. Since RV's have so many different systems and types of maintenance that's required I now use a program http://www.automotivewolf.com on my computer to manage all the maintenance tasks and remind me when I need to do anything. It also keeps a fantastic maintenance log that tells me exactly when things were done and will be very useful to show a prospective buyer when I sell it someday.

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  2. WestMountain Adventures
    WestMountain Adventures says:

    Great roof upgrade with the tape over the original caulking. When/if I ever get time and no rain at the same time, I’ll have to get that done with our rig. There seems to be a small leak in the skylight over the shub. Hopefully, that will fix it until I get get it properly repaired/replaced.

    D.

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  3. WestMountain Adventures
    WestMountain Adventures says:

    I’m sure you have figured this out by now, but others may not, so I’ll throw it out there.

    The gate at the end of your black/gray water dump can be used to back flush your black tank with your gray. Empty your black tank and leave it open. Than shut the last gate and open the gray gate. The water sloshes into the black tank as the water finds level. Close the gray gate and open the last gate to empty the remains from the black. Then finish with emptying the gray. Close all the gates. <<<very important. :/

    I hope this helps someone out there. Enjoy the adventures.

    D.

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  4. Good Ol' RVing
    Good Ol' RVing says:

    Cool upgrades. Just a little off topic, what year is your truck? And what's the gvcw on your RV? JUST CURIOUS. You can email me at crusin73@msn.com , I am wundering how it has been working out for you. Gas or diesel? I have done ALOT of upgrades on our 5th wheel also. My most current upgrade that I am currently working on is our water softener system. I have really hard water here in southern California where we have been parked for a few years now. It has been taking a toll on our entire water system. After posting some video on a Facebook group, water softener was highly recommended. After research, I decided the cost and benefits are well worthwhile. The only issues I found with it was weight. Water gets heavy so I now I have to sacrifice something with a similar weight to remove from the RV. maybe with added filter, softener and plumbing total 100 lbs. I guess the wife's shoes have to go……LOL. The only thing I do not like about upgrading is adding the weight. Have you noticed, when you are doing simple improvements for personal comfort or ease of operation ( stuff not actually designed for the RV, like what you would get at home depot) it might weigh a couple lbs. Then you want to upgrade RV specific stuff ( ac unit, water softener, surge protector, solar system (batteries)) always weigh 20, 30,…..400 lbs. What is up with that??? I guess I picked this RV of ours right, I can load an additional 4500lbs without going overweight and that's with an additional 1000lbs for holding tanks. Total of 5500 lbs not bad "A". Still looking for the strongest and lightest solar system I can possibly find to install, ( tesla batteries I here are very light in comparison to the traditional 6vdc batteries) without selling my first born. Happy Hollidays and safe travels.

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  5. Cw Sayre
    Cw Sayre says:

    Great tips! BTW, I noticed that you had a bottle of delicious Jose Cuervo Tequila in your pantry; be careful in certain areas of the South, as many counties here still have Prohibition in effect — such as my very own county 🙁 🙁

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  6. Earl Miller
    Earl Miller says:

    Keystone is the worst and most lying back stabbing company for warranty. You did not indicate how much you had to repair that should have been covered under warranty. They would have lied to you anyway and told you there was no coverage.

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  7. Hugh Arrington
    Hugh Arrington says:

    Tow rig i am looking for a good idea for late model rig your rig looks good and while maintained what year is it i have a chevy Tahoe for my start rig i will be towing a travel trailer nobo 19.5 3500lbs dry like you video very well done and helpful newbies hueluvanyvone thanks

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