RV Mods and Hacks | #1

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LED Light Strips: These can be found on Amazon. They worked perfectly for our RV because they have an adhesive backing that isn’t strong enough to damage a wall. So no screws or nails were required to mount them. The lights come with a remote that can change the color to many different options. This is a great way to cheaply add accent lighting to your home or RV. Also, because they’re LED, they draw very little power. So if you’ve been wanting to upgrade the lights in an older RV this is a much cheaper option.

RV Water Filter Store: They carry very high quality fresh water hoses and water filtration systems for a fair price. We opted to go with a three filter system that uses a 1 micron filter, a 0.5 micron filter, and a charcoal filter. This system ensures that no matter what water source we plug into it will be potable. The Charcoal filter improves taste as well.  On another note, the people who run the company are incredibly nice and knowledgeable. We’ve called them a few times with different questions and they were great every time.

RV Lock 4.0: We changed our lock quickly after seeing the YouTube videos of how easy it is to break into RVs because they are all master keyed. The RV Lock 4.0 allows keyless entry with a key fob, keypad entry, and keyed entry. The deadbolt also seems stronger, than the original lock.

Cam Bolt Lock Replacements: We immediately swapped out the cam locks on the compartment doors since they are also master keyed. We ordered a set from Industrial Lock and Hardware. We replaced ours with circular locks instead of standard keys. The standard RV key that says “CH751” is a master key across all RVs. This means that anyone with that little silver key, including dealerships and other RVers, can unlock your compartment. It is easier for dealers but not very good for the consumer.

Fridge and Freezer Remote Thermostats:imageimage We chose a two monitor system that will wirelessly report information to the monitor.The monitor displays the current, high, and low temperatures for each sensor. The monitor also displays the temperature of wherever it’s placed. It will even allow you to set high and low alarms in case the fridge or freezer are not working properly. When we purchased our rig we had some battery issues, and to make a long story short, this alerted us to the fridge not working. It more than paid for itself by saving a few hundred dollars of food.

LED Puck Lightsimage We added push (or remote) lights to cabinets and under sinks that can easily be touched to allow us to see better. In small spaces the shadows are large. The tall ceilings also play into this. We have more lights than a five bedroom home, but still shadows in corners.

 


Induction Cook Top – We chose the NuWave single induction cook plate. When we bought it the plan was to use it while plugged in, this saves us from using propane. Most RV parks don’t charge for electric unless you’re staying for at least a month. So it made sense for us to use that free power to cook with. Now that we’ve installed a large solar system we can even use it while boondocking. Of course we have to watch our battery percentage as it has a large power draw. Either way, it has been very beneficial saving our propane.

Amazon Fire – When we moved into the RV our TV was downgraded from a Sony 4k UHD we had purchased just a few months before we decided to go full time, to a Jensen 1080p non smart TV. The Sony wouldn’t fit sadly. The quality change wasn’t a big deal, but we lost our precious Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime apps that allowed us to binge into oblivion. Now, the Fire stick allows us to watch these through our new not so smart TV. While traveling we’ve found that some RV Parks will block streaming sights. To remedy this, we just use our phones as hot spots. This does use a lot of data, but T-Mobile allows us unlimited data.

WiFi Ranger Elite– When we were younger we weren’t as reliant on the internet as we are now. However, now our work requires it. There are several groups who have researched how to obtain reliable internet while traveling. To anyone looking for information on this subject I would suggest looking for information from TechnoMadia. They have written a book, and created a web page, that explain all of the various ways that travelers can get internet. At their recommendation, and several others, we chose the WiFi Ranger Elite to capture WiFi signals. Just a note to those who think this is all free after they purchase an antenna, it should not be. It is our responsibility to make it advantageous to businesses to keep allowing the usage of these signals. If you are using a businesses WI-FI, ask for permission first.  Maybe even offer to purchase something or pay for using their bandwidth. This maintains the willingness to supply a free signal that is open for other travelers. This signal is not free for their business. If you don’t ask permission, or offer to buy something, how can you expect them to continue providing a free service?

Tire Pressure Monitoring System wp-1484412290796.jpgTire Pressure monitoring is extremely important. While you are towing large trailers you don’t necessarily feel issues with tires like you would in a car. Adding sensors to the tires ensures that we’ll know if there is a rapid loss of pressure (blowout or flat) and not drive for miles waiting on someone to flag us down after we’ve damaged our trailer. Setup and operation are both pretty simple. I had them installed and operating in a half hour. This system tracks temperature and pressure in real time numbers. We opted to purchase the TST TM-507 model because you can put air in the tires without removing the sensor and replace the batteries yourself.

 

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10 thoughts on “RV Mods and Hacks | #1

  1. Richmond of Richelieu says:

    Great article. I plan on applying every single mod idea to my own RV this summer. Keep up the great work, concise and clear blog entries. You just got a new fan for this site. Thanks for sharing it on my FB page.

    P.S. To John thanks for your service. Maybe we met as I was on in Afghanistan also. You two look like you have it together and are having a ball travelling even before you both went RVing. Safe travels! Happy travels!!

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    • Hebard's Travels says:

      Thank you!! We have really enjoyed learning and being able to share what we’re learning with everyone! We like making the videos but the blog posts are sometimes more fun! Thanks for your feedback too, it’s very encouraging!!

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    • Hebard's Travels says:

      Thank you Hennie! We finally figured that out and forgot to update the post! It does work really well 🙂 originally we thought that was a fake app on the fire stick because it was blue instead of red. Thanks for commenting!

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  2. Tom says:

    You talk about how people should ask permission and/or make purchase to use wifi then talk about kodi and stealing HBO and Showtime….

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    • hebardstravels says:

      Tom, we have not used Kodi, we actually couldn’t even find it. We don’t have HBO or Showtime either or even watch them. Thank you for your concern. We did not know anything about Kodi prior to the posting. We do use our Amazon Fire, Amazon Prime for probably 99% of our TV entertainment. Sometimes we will watch the local weather.

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  3. Adam says:

    Hey check into Kodi…it can be downloaded into amazon stick..and other streaming devices. I paid for someone to put it on mine. Its amazing any tv show including on hbo..showtime etc… is in the kodi app next day. The app is good has little apps inside it and exodus is the best for streaming. Also movies can be streamed anything digital is on there and some still in theaters. Old movies and shows are on there as well. Check it out its free.

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