Love Your RV Mods and Upgrades

RV Modifications and Upgrades

Over the course of the last two years RVing in our Keystone Cougar Fifth Wheel Trailer I have made a fair number of improvements. I like to call these “Mods”. Here is a list of all my mods I’ve made so far. The more time we spend in it the more I start to come up with things I can change to improve it. I’m sure this list will grow. Have a neat mod idea? Why not share it in the comment section below.

  • LED RV Pantry Lighting Install

    Adding LED Lighting To My RV Kitchen Pantry

    I love the large RV kitchen pantry in our Keystone Cougar fifth wheel. It is quite tall and has nice deep shelves. It’s a great spot to store all our dry grocery goods and heavier items like books, beverage bottles, cans, etc. Being that it is…

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    StarLights Brilliant Light LED RV Fixture

    Upgrading a 12 Volt RV Lamp Fixture Recently I updated our Keystone Cougar Fifth Wheels lighting systems to new LED bulbs. While installing the new bulbs one of my fixtures was damaged. Due to the heat produced by the 12 volt incandescent bulb the…

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    Ripping Out My Fifth Wheels RV Carpet

    Why Rip Out My Fifth Wheels RV Carpet? I was doing the spring cleaning of our RV after another great snowbird season down south and got to work tackling the carpets. For carpet cleaning I use a Bissell portable steam cleaner, great little unit and…

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    Install and Review of StarLights LED lamps for the RV

    Introduction I’ve been looking to swap out our fifth wheels OEM incandescent light bulbs to the more energy efficient LED lamps for a while now. As luck would have I got an email from a high quality LED lamp manufacturer asking if I would like to…

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    RV Install and Review of the Mr. Heater Big Buddy MH18B

    Big Buddy Indoor Safe Propane Radiant Heater Introduction While snowbirding in the US South West last winter we got the chance to do a substantial amount of dry camping out in the desert. I quickly discovered how much juice it took to run the big…

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    Update RV Thermostat Tip

    Using Lux DMH110A to Update RV Thermostat I  previously wrote a blog post describing my upgrade mod to my RV heating/cooling thermostat and posted a video on YouTube detailing the install. I used the Hunter brand model 42999 and it works great in my…

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    RV Waste Tank Valve Replacement Keystone Cougar 276RLS

    RV Waste Tank Valve Replacement A little while ago when running some wiring to install a headphone jack in the Cougar I decided to have a peek inside all areas of the underbelly. As I inspected the area where the gray and black tank valves are…

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    Hunter 42999B Digital RV Thermostat Install

    Our Keystone Cougar 276RLSWE Fifth Wheel came equipped with a Coleman-Mach Analog Thermostat to control temperature when using either the Airxcel Air Conditioning or the Suburban LP Gas Furnace. I noticed a problem right away with trying to maintain…

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    Keystone Cougar Fifth Wheel Shoe Storage Mod

    One thing that was lacking in our 2011 Keystone Cougar Fifth Wheel was a place to put our shoes. Generally they get placed by the entrance door in a heap. The other day I was exploring the space under the kitchen counters and noticed a large void…

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    Installing Hard Start Capacitor into my RV Air Conditioner

    Why do I want a Hard Start Capacitor? When dry camping there are times I would like to run the roof-top air conditioner to cool the camper down. I have a pair of Champion 2000w inverter type generators that I can parallel together for 4000 peak and…

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    Installing Headphone Jack in my Keystone Cougar Fifth Wheel Trailer

    Living full time in the trailer in such close quarters using the headphones becomes essential. Like if I want to watch some annoying guy stuff and my wife is busy writing on her computer. So we have been using the existing headphone jack but I wanted…

  • RV mattress topper

    Make the RV Mattress more Comfortable

    OEM RV Mattresses are notoriously uncomfortable, especially after some use. The springs soon poke through and stick into your body. A new deluxe mattress would be ideal but expensive. A cheaper solution is a memory foam topper. Since we added ours…

  • Convex Auto Mirror for RV

    Add Fish Eye Mirror to The RV

    For a better view of the road behind and a decreased blind spot area add a convex “fish-eye” mirror to your regular RV mirrors. The more you can see the safer your RV adventure will be. Also aids in backing up the rig or trailer into your…

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    Help Vent Smelly Sewer Odors from the RV

    If you’re having problems with smelly sewer odors in the RV a tip is to install a special inexpensive fan on the roof top sewer/waste tank vent. The fan will draw odors and sewer gases out of the rigs waste tanks. Super easy to install. Camco…

  • RV Fridge fan

    Place Small Fan in RV Fridge to aid cooling

    By placing a small battery operated fan in the RV Fridge it will cool more efficiently and odors are reduced. There are several types available, some come with a small charcoal filter.  …

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    PVC Pipe Holders for Hair Appliances

    Cut 2-3” PVC tubes into 4” lengths and adhere the pipes to the inside of cabinet doors. These work great to store coiled cords and hair appliances   Photo Credit: Homemakingtoday.com…

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    Cork board on RV cupboard door

    Use a Cork board on the inside of your cupboards or pantry door for recipes or little notes. Found this little gem of a tip making the rounds on Pinterest…

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    Better RV Shower Tip

    Replace your OEM shower head with one from Oxygenics and enjoy a more powerful spray and save water. Ideal for boondocking. Even with low campground water pressure you’ll enjoy a better shower. I have recently installed this unit and very…

  • Hunter Thermostat Model 42999B

    RV Thermostat Upgrade

    Our RV came with a basic manual slider type thermostat. By installing a digital model I get much more precise temperature control. Also the furnace maintains a more even temperature. Check…

  • Cupboard

    Utilize RV space with wire storage baskets

    In our RV there is a lot of high cupboard space. So we can use it, I have installed various sizes of wire storage baskets. This lets us use the otherwise wasted space and they hold items secure during transit.…

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    Led Replacement Lights save Power

    Replacing your regular incandescent lights in the RV with LED type can reduce power consumption dramatically. Some LED lights use 1/10th the power. This means when camping without hookups you will get longer battery life and need to recharge less…

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    Cup Holders

    Need a cup holder in the RV. My wife likes to have water at night or hot tea at bedtime and needed a secure place to keep it. I picked up this great cup holder which works great, is right next to the bed and folds out of the way.  …

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    Help prevent Black Streaks on the RV

    Wash your roof often, most black streaking is caused by dirt and grim from on the roof. Clean roof equals less black steaks. Also buy gutter spout extenders or attach a cloths peg to the gutter spout to cause the water to drip further from the RV…

  • 6 Volt Trojan battery

    Trojan 6 Volt Batteries RV Install

    I added to the standard 12v deep cycle battery that came with the RV with 2 of the T-105 Trojan Six Volt golf cart type batteries. This update more than tripled my amp hour capacity from 85 ah to 310 ah and gave me a very robust dual battery bank…

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    Progressive Industries Model EMS-HW30C – RV Surge Protector

    This Xmas I got a wonderful present, especially for a tinkerer and do it yourself person like me. I opened up a Progressive Industries Model EMS-HW30C Electrical Management System. It is a RV Power Surge Protector and much more.  AHHHH!  Gadget…

  • True Sine Wave Inverter

    1000W Pure Sine Wave Inverter

    I purchased a 1000W Pure Sine Wave Inverter to be able to run our IMAC computer and LCD TV while off grid. I wanted a Pure Sine Wave Inverter to give our sensitive electronic items clean , stable power. The unit has performed well for 18 months now…

  • O-Grill Review

    O-Grill 1000 Gas Barbecue

    This is our compact O-Grill  Gas Barbecue we use for our RV BBQ.  I like many things about the O-Grill 1000 Gas Barbecue 1. It easily folds down into a compact size which fits nicely in my RV storage compartment. 2. Comes with its own storage bag.…

  • Vent Mate

    VentMate – Vent Covers

    First thing I would want on any RV is vent covers.  Being from the pacific coast of Canada they came already included from the dealer. They allow the top vents to be open even when it is raining.  With the ones from Vent Mate I’ve been able…

  • Wingman RV-WING UHF Add-On

    Wingman RV-WING UHF Add-On

    We added the Wingman RV-WING UHF Add-On to our Winegard Antenna that came with the RV and immediately notice a big difference in the number and quality of stations we were able to pull in.  We received many more HDTV stations.  The installation was…

  • Jefatech RV WiFi Repeater

    Jefatech Long Range WiFi Repeater Kit for RVs

    Finding it tough to pick up the campground WiFi in many parks I was looking for a solution.  I ordered the Long Range WiFi Repeater Kit for RVs What a pleasant surprise when I was able to pull in weak signals.  As an example I was camped at the Rio…