RV’s come in all shapes, sizes, and ages. Picking up a used RV is a great way to get into a rig without breaking the bank but they tend to leave something to be desired when it comes to style and comfort.
Fortunately, there are many ways to upgrade your RV to modern times. Some cost more and are complex while others are simple and cheap. But all upgrades are supposed to make your life easier. With new technology being thought out and produced all the time, it can be hard to keep up with what’s latest and greatest.
Check out our list of the 5 best upgrades to modernize your RV.
Keyless Entry Locks
Imagine never fumbling with your RV keys again. RVLock can make that happen. Upgrade your rig’s standard lock to a keyless entry system to lock and unlock your rig with a push of a button. You can program a key fob to unlock your rig from a distance making it easier and more convenient to open your rig from your car or the campfire.
Most RVers do not realize that only a handful of keycodes exist in the RV market. This means your camping neighbor or someone at the campsite may be able to open your rig with their own keys. RVLock has solved that security flaw by developing thousands of unique key codes, greatly decreasing the odds of neighboring campers having the same key codes.
RVLock products are the highest quality and the latest technology in trailer security products on the market. As a family-owned and operated small business, RVLock has been the #1 best-selling premium handle upgrade for RVers for over 10 years. This is an essential upgrade for all RVers.
Adding solar panels to your RV greatly reduces your reliance on RV park hookups. Of all the upgrade installing a solar system is the most complex and one of the most expensive (tires probably win that title). You can definitely do it yourself but there are people you can hire out too, though this will add to the cost. In the long run, it’ll probably save you money by giving you the ability to boondock for longer and not be a slave to a power cable or generator.
If you like to camp without paying for hookups from time to time, a portable solar panel is a great investment. Solar in general is wonderful, but unless you dry camp more than you camp with hookups, it might not be worth it to invest in mounting a full solar system on top of your RV. A portable solar panel is perfect for anyone who dry camps occasionally and needs to keep their RV batteries charged!
Wireless Leveling System
For any RVer, just getting your rig backed into a site properly can be an exhausting ordeal in itself. When you have to follow that act up with all the shenanigans of manually leveling your rig, fuses can get short and tops can blow.
To avoid the stress, upgrade to a wireless vehicle leveling system. With this ingenious little device, you simply install the unit on a vertical wall in your RV, input your rig details and dimensions into the app, and connect via a smartphone or tablet to follow its guidance to get your RV perfectly leveled! This will save you a dozen (or more) trips in and out of your driver's seat to check your level readings.
GPS Backup Camera
If you’ve been RVing for any amount of time, you know how tough it can be to maneuver when trying to back in. There’s nothing better than an RV back up camera to assist you with this daunting task!
The GPS is also specifically for RVs, which is amazing. You enter in the dimensions of your rig, and the GPS will make sure your route doesn’t include obstacles your rig can’t handle, such as narrow roads or low bridges. You can buy an RV GPS and backup camera separately, but we like the Garmin RV 770 LMT-S because it combines both products, and gets great reviews!
What’s a road trip without some music?! Upgrading your RVs stock sound system is an amazing way to enjoy the drive, rocking out to your favorite tunes or soaking up an amazing audiobook.
Upgrading the deck in the cab to one with Bluetooth will keep you wireless and handsfree. If you can’t or don’t want to change out the sound system but still want to go wireless, you can pick up an inexpensive Bluetooth transmitter that connects to your auxiliary plug.
And that’s a wrap for our round-up of RV gadgets and technology you’ll love. We truly hope this list and the explanations helped you prepare for your next RVing adventure.
See you on the road!