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2017 RV Parts & Accessories - Articles Tips, Tricks and Information
Here you'll find our 2017 archive on many of the RV accessories we carry, 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.
Things to Keep in Mind for Winter RV Travel

by Julie T 12/21/2017
Planning to take an RV trip this winter? Maybe you want to take a trip over the holidays. Going on a holiday sightseeing trip in your RV is a great way to see some of the seasonal traditions that take place. Maybe you want to take an RV trip after the holiday rush. You don't even have to stick to warm climates either. When the weather allows, winter is still a great time to check out places you have never seen or places you’ve only been to in the summer months. The key for enjoying winter or holiday travel is to be sure you have the right RV accessories for the winter weather.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.