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2017 RV Accessories Articles Tips, Tricks and Information
Here you'll find our most recent articles on RV accessories, as well as tips and information to use on your next RV trip. Over the years, we have collected a large number of articles to assist those new to RV'ing, as well as seasoned veterans. These articles cover all aspects of the RV lifestyle, from cleaning and maintenance, to camping supplies and outdoor living.
Camping & RV'ing Gift Ideas

by Julie T 11/30/2017
The 2017 holiday shopping season is officially here! Not sure what to do for the RV’er or camper in your life? Overwhelmed by all the possible options? No problem, we’re here to help! In this year’s gift guide, we’ll go over several items that would make great gifts. Whether you are buying for someone new to RV'ing, or a seasoned veteran, there's sure to be something for any camping enthusiast on your list.
Things to Think About When Winterizing Your RV

by Julie T 10/26/2017
Unless you live in a warmer climate, you will soon have to get your RV ready for winter storage. If you don't plan on taking your RV out this winter, now is the time to take some steps to prepare it for the cold weather. Once that last fall trip is completed, take a few days to make sure that your RV is refreshed and protected from the sun, wind, snow and cold. Here are a few things to keep in mind when it's time to winterize your RV.
The Benefits of RV De-ionizing Systems

by Julie T 9/28/2017
When it comes time to wash off your RV, you don't want to find spots left behind after spending all that time cleaning it. Towel drying it afterward can be even more time consuming and can even cause fine scratches on the surface. De-ionizing Systems are the perfect way to get your RV clean and totally free of all the water spotting without having to towel dry your rig. An RV de-ionizer, whether it is wall mounted or portable, high or low capacity, will provide a spotless finish when rinsing off your motorhome.
Being Aware of Overhead Clearances for Your RV

by Julie T 8/31/2017
Maybe you are new to RVing, without past experience at driving large vehicles. You may think the turning radius and the huge blind spots on your motor home might be the most difficult parts of driving your camper. After all, it takes practice to learn to drive it, back up, or park it properly. Just don't forget that besides driving mechanics, your RV is also a lot taller than most vehicles too. Not to mention all the rooftop RV accessories, like the air conditioner and roof vent covers that add even more inches to the RV's total height. Even if you are an experienced RV'er, you may be taking a road trip in an area you've never been to before, and you don't want to be caught unaware of a low clearance.
Why RV Bike Carriers Are a Good Investment

by Julie T 7/27/2017
There's no need to take up unnecessary storage space with your bicycles. Even if your RV is equipped with internal storage space for large gear (such as camp furniture or bikes) external Bike Carriers offer multiple benefits that make them a good investment. Perhaps you aren't certain which RV bike carrier is right for you. Choosing the right carrier that fits your needs is not difficult either.
Keep Your RV Air Conditioner Operating Efficiently

by Julie T 6/29/2017
If you have ever gone camping on one of those steamy summer weekends when it's just too uncomfortable to spend your entire trip outdoors, the last thing you want is an RV air conditioner that isn't working properly. A broken or inefficient air conditioner can make for an uncomfortable trip. With these maintenance tips, you’ll be able to prevent problems and better ensure that you and your fellow passengers stay cool and comfortable during road trips this summer.
RV Gift Ideas for Summer Celebrations

by Julie T 05/25/2017
While it’s not usually known as a prime gift giving season, summer can include all types of events and celebrations that may require you to buy a gift. This may include Father’s Day, graduation parties, weddings, or summertime birthdays. Gift giving can become a stressful situation if you have no ideas. If you are unsure what to do for the RV’er or camping enthusiast in your life, we’re here to help. We have a number of unique RV accessory gift ideas that would be ideal for almost any occasion
Trik-L-Start: Make Your Starter Battery Charging Problems a Thing of the Past

by Julie T 05/04/2017
Anyone who owns an RV has probably faced problems with starting it at one time or another. More often than not, this is due to battery issues. Most battery setups include two batteries, the house battery and starter battery. These are connected together via an isolator, which makes sure that one battery does not drain the other.
Why You Need an RV Dehumidifier

by Julie T 05/03/2017
Ever detect a hint of mustiness in your RV? That’s a result of extra humidity. If this humidity is left unattended for too long, especially in small spaces that are used less frequently, mildew and mold will set in. You can expect the quality of air to decrease further.
RV Fire Safety and Prevention

by Julie T 04/27/2017
When you are on the road with your family in your RV, fire safety should always be a priority. Are you prepared in the event a fire breaks out? Have you taken adequate steps to prevent a fire from happening in the first place? Accidents happen all the time, but if you are not prepared and don't have the supplies necessary to safely deal with it, the outcome can be horrific. Fires can spread in an RV quickly due to the way they are made. Fires can stem from leaking fuel or gas, electrical shorts, or overheated wheel bearings. Here are a few things to keep in mind during your RV travels that may mean the difference between a good or bad outcome
The Importance of Leveling Jacks for Your RV

by Julie T 04/18/2017
You can’t overlook the importance of leveling jacks when it comes to your RV or motor home. Making sure that your RV is level is not only important to you and your family’s level of comfort, but it can also be critical to the smooth operation of some appliances.
Your One Stop Shop For Any and All Camper Parts

by Julie T 04/14/2017
For anyone that owns an RV or camper, you understand exactly how many products, pieces of equipment, and accessories go into owning and operating a camper. And if you're just starting out, or considering purchasing one, it can definitely feel overwhelming. But, lucky for you, that's why RV Upgrades is around. Whatever you need, you can find it on our site.
Why Choose Hydraulic RV Leveling Systems

by Julie T 04/01/2017
When you go out and buy a RV these days, most of them come ready-fitted with a hydraulic leveling system. This is particularly true for the newer models, but you can have a leveling system installed separately for almost any model of RV too.
RV Parts & Accessories Your RV Needs Right Now

by Julie T 3/31/2017
Whether you are the proud owner of a motorhome or a travel trailer, you need certain parts and accessories to make your RV camping experience worthwhile. Here are a few essentials that you should look into getting a.s.a.p.
Ways to Keep Your RV Secure This Camping Season

by Julie T 3/30/2017
Security is also a good thing to keep in mind with your RV, just as with your home or car. It’s important to take precautions against theft and other types of crime, both during travel and while your RV is in storage. It's always best to be prepared, especially if you are in an unfamiliar area. There are several steps you can take to help protect your family and your belongings. After all, owning an RV is a big investment, and you'll want to do everything you can to protect it. This will give you greater confidence and peace of mind during your travels this camping season.
Why A Portable RV Waste Tank Will Make Your Life Easier

by Julie T 3/14/2017
Anything that may be taken for granted in a house with normal plumbing can suddenly become an obstacle in an RV. Waste tanks are no exception! Figuring out a way to easily and cleanly dump your waste tanks can become a stressful process, and that can take some of the joy out of your RV. At RV Upgrades, we are determined to make your RV experience the best it can be. That’s why we have a large variety of portable RV waste tanks that will enhance the ease and comfort you enjoy in your RV. Our portable waste tanks allow you to enjoy your time at whatever campsite you’re situated at for longer, without having to go through the process of moving your campsite and your RV in order to dump the tanks.
Now is The Time to Switch to a Digital RV Thermostat

by Julie T 3/10/2017
Your RV has been in storage all winter long, but now that the snow is melting, the open road is calling. Last fall you did all the minimum preparations to winterize your RV, but if you are like most people, you left a list of unfinished projects on your RV to-do list. As you pull that RV out of storage, it’s time to get those projects done so you can have the most comfortable RV season possible.
Get Ready For RV Season With Eternabond RV Roof Tape

by Julie T 3/09/2017
Spring is just around the corner, and with that comes RV season. If your RV spent the winter in storage, there is a list of things that need to be done to make it ready for the road this spring. Start with a thorough cleaning of your RV, and continue with a quick inspection. Look for anything that may need replacing or repairing.
Choosing the Right Surge Protector for Your RV

by Julie T 3/08/2017
RVs today come equipped with all sorts of state-of-the-art electronics ranging from flat screen TVs, refrigerators and water heating systems to lighting fixtures, etc. Just a small surge in power, and you could be looking at costly damages to any one of those electronics. With that said, it is up to you take the appropriate precautions to protect yourself.
Getting Your RV Ready for Spring

by Julie T 2/23/2017
Though it is technically still winter, and the snow may be flying where you live, now is the perfect time to make sure you have everything you need to get your RV ready for spring. Making sure your motorhome is ready for this year’s travel season goes beyond just de-winterizing the plumbing system. It also involves checking the condition of appliances and parts, and even cleaning the coach inside and out. Here are a few things to keep in mind when it’s time to take your RV back out of storage, along with a few accessories you might need.
Characteristics of a High-Quality RV Extension Cord

by Julie T 2/3/2017
A high-voltage extension cord is a necessary piece of equipment that every RV needs to have. Whether you’re adventuring around the country or just parking in the driveway, you need a reliable source of power for your RV while it’s parked. To help you find a first-rate extension cord, we have put together a list of attributes to look for when choosing a cord.
Take Advantage of Digital RV Thermostat Scheduling Programs

by Julie T 2/3/2017
Whether you want to stay cool all night during the summer or need to stay toasty on a cold winter morning, a reliable thermostat is essential to keep your RV comfy all year long. Many older RV’s are equipped with simple dial thermostats that poorly regulate ambient temperatures and cause unwanted climate fluctuations. By upgrading to a digital thermostat, you can use its programmable functions to set your desired temperature for every time of the day and be confident that your RV will actually stay at that setting.
Best Practices for Using RV Stabilizer Jacks

by Julie T 2/2/2017
Anyone who has walked around the inside of a recently parked RV can attest to how wobbly they can be. Most RV's are built with lightweight economical towing in mind, over rock-solid construction. This is smart trade off since RV stabilizer jacks can be used to offset any structural weak points once the vehicle is parked. RV stabilizer jacks are essential pieces of equipment to keep your RV from rocking back and forth, but they only work if properly setup.
BatteryMINDer Chargers Maintain the Condition of Your RV Batteries

by Julie T 1/26/2017
Maintaining the condition of your RV batteries helps to prevent problems brought on by damaged or dead batteries. It may even help to prolong their lifespan. The average lifespan of an RV battery is a few years, however proper maintenance can extend that. Just like the battery in a laptop or mobile device, RV batteries will still continue to discharge even while the RV is not in active use. There is another potential hazard for RV batteries that are left to sit for a long time, called sulfation. Sulfation happens when crystallization forms inside the battery, leading to poor performance or no charge. Using chargers and maintainers such as those from BatteryMINDer can help avoid this issue.
Why You Need an RV Water Hose Protector

by Julie T 1/19/2017
Water hoses are a critical piece of equipment that every RV needs to have. They are needed to fill the fresh water reservoir and to use the water from a campsite spigot. Protector extensions ensure that your hose is always flowing when it should be and lengthen its overall lifespan.
Save Your Back With Hydraulic RV Leveling Jacks

by Julie T 1/18/2017
The most stressful aspect of parking your RV is the leveling process. It needs to be done properly or your RV will be off-center and can rock back and forth as you move inside of it. Not to mention that some of your appliances might not work unless they are perfectly level.
Upgrading Your Motorhome Accessories: RV Stereo System

by Julie T 1/3/2017
When it comes to playing music inside (or outside) your motorhome, it's important to have a good RV stereo system to go along with it. The addition of something so simple as a stereo system can always improve the environment of any home, including a motorhome. And when you’re goal is to enjoy the great outdoors, it’s great to have an excellent speaker and stereo system to accompany you.
Save Energy and Money With a Digital RV Thermostat

by Julie T 1/2/2017
An efficient digital thermostat has the ability to ensure everyone in your motorhome is comfortably heated or cooled, and it can make you even happier by keeping your wallet full. A digital replacement for your outdated dial thermostat is an often overlooked accessory that is both a fiscally and environmentally responsible upgrade for your motorhome.