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Monday, July 13, 2020

The Value of Tire Pressure Monitor System

In today’s high tech world, you may wonder from time to time if you need all of the things that are constantly marketed to you and to your friends. With respect to RVs, there’s no shortage of gear and accessories that you can bring along to make your life on the road easier; some of these are intended to enhance comfort, while others are truly necessary.

From a 5th Wheel Hitch to a Gooseneck: A Look at Some Popular Hitches

It’s no trade secret that camping is a ton of fun and half of the time doesn’t require specialized tools to enjoy, unlike other hobbies. Sometimes, all you need to have a good time camping is a bedroll and some outdoor skills coupled with a love of learning and the ambition to figure out a way to overcome obstacles.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Some Important Additional Motorhome Accessories

Going camping is a great time, whether you hook up in camp to a power and water supply or take what you have with you off the grid and find your own place in the wilderness to camp. It’s a great way to reconnect with important people and keep what matters in life in mind. However, being off the grid in a camper is kind of like being at sea in a boat. You need to bring what you need with you before you leave. Once you’re out there, you can’t always head back to port to pick up some essentials that might have only cost 50 cents. At RV Upgrades, we’ve already compiled some lists of essential motorhome accessories, and here are some more. As an RV owner, you may have seen some of these camper accessories mentioned already, but if not, add them to your collection of essentials. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Follow These Tips for RV Awning Care

Your RV awning just might be the definitive unsung hero of your camper. It’s always there when you need it and takes none of the praise for when a trip goes right. Imagine all of the times you have put your awning to use without even thinking about it, or appreciating the fact that it was there.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Which Style of RV Awning is Right For You?

Whether you are searching for a simple way to keep the sun out of your eyes and off your back while you’re relaxing at your campsite, or if you’re looking for a total solution to keep the summer bugs at bay, you will be able to address your needs with the right style of RV awning.

Make Sure to Keep a Spare of These RV Parts

Going out on the wide-open road to explore the far corners and reaches of the country is one of the greatest freedoms life permits. You can be as adventurous or as conservative as you want with the convenient reach of your motorhome or RV, as it allows you to take some of the comforts of life with you into the wilds. You can take a road trip and hop between cities, stick to the well-established campsites that offer power and other amenities, or get really adventurous and venture into some more remote areas.

Monday, April 27, 2020

You Need a Tire Pressure Monitoring System

With all the things for which you need to be prepared while you’re planning an RV or a camping trip, it sometimes seems like a hassle to tack more onto the list. You’ve already made provisions for extra batteries, wastewater storage and disposal, water softening, backup lighting and much, much more. The list could go on and on and fill up pages. Then, you come across something like a tire pressure monitoring system. You might think it’s just another thing to add onto the list, even some fat you could get away with trimming off but make no mistake about it, it isn’t. You need a tire pressure monitoring system, or TPMS, for your recreational vehicle.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Don’t Leave Home Without These Seven Essential RV Parts and Accessories

Taking the recreational vehicle out on the road to the far reaches of as-yet unexplored campsites and new territory is wonderfully liberating. There’s something very special about the freeing feeling of being out at a campsite.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The Importance Of Caring For Your RV Awning

Your RV awning is one of those features of your RV that, while not completely essential, makes camping and outdoor living just so much more enjoyable. Consider the weather. When you’re camping out in the south or southwest, or any other areas where the sun is unrelenting, your awning can make it so much more enjoyable for you to spend prolonged time in the great outdoors. Similarly, if you frequent an area like the northwest with incessant rain, your awning can make it that much easier for you to spend time outdoors that you’d otherwise spend inside- and then, what’s the point of camping? Moreover, for those intrepid souls, your awning can allow you to spend extra time outside in light snow. One of the most enjoyable experiences is to be in camp when the snow is piling up around you. In short, your RV awning protects you from sun and light rain and snow and can make days that otherwise would be unwisely spent in the outdoors much more amenable. With the right care to your awning and the equipment that you use with it in camp, you can enjoy many seasons of service from it without having to pay for undue replacement or repairs.

Here at RV Upgrades, we don’t just offer the tools, cleaner, and equipment you’ll need to care for your RV awning and make an outdoor living, we have the know-how to put into action to make it a reality. Like any other piece of equipment, your awning will require not only the proper use but also routine maintenance in order to continue functioning properly. Here are a few things to consider to keep your awning functioning as intended for many seasons.

Use Your Awning Properly and Only In The Right Conditions
Using your awning properly and only in the right conditions, as well as closing it up under adverse conditions, will go quite a long way to keep your awning happy and healthy. While your awning is intended to provide and can provide, reasonable protection against the sun and light rain or snow, it should never be subjected to the forces of pooling water, heavy snow or high winds.

If your awning is unpowered, it can help to use a tool like our Camco 42544 Easy Reach RV Opener when you need to open it. It will free you from needing to carry along a ladder or a stool and make it much easier for you to open your awning. Once you’ve opened your awning, you should keep it secure and staked down. Preventing excessive movement due to wind can help prevent damage not only to the awning itself but to the awning arm. A slight breeze won’t destroy your awning, but staking your awning down will keep it secure and stable under light winds. We offer stakes such as Camco’s 42522 Awning Stake to keep your awning secure and cinched down. In addition, we sell helpful add ons like Camco’s 42251 Awning De-Flapper Max to help prevent your awning from flapping excessively in the wind. They offer a universal fit and help minimize the stresses, rips, and tears to awning fabric due to flapping in the wind. While not absolutely necessary, they’re a nice way to minimize the wear that will occur over time.

These devices make an awning more stable in the wind. Under no circumstances should an RV awning be left extended in strong, even moderately strong winds, and an awning should never be left unattended. Gusts of wind can cause immediate and lasting damage to awnings and should not be risked. Close up your awning any time you’re concerned about the power of the wind.

Additionally, although your awning is intended to protect against the rain and snow, it should never be allowed to collect water or allow excessive snow to accumulate on it. These stresses will damage not only the fabric but can destroy an awning arm. Some awnings will shed water on their own, but never allow it to pool, and don’t leave your awning extended in the rain if it isn’t being supervised. Be sure to drain any water pooling in your awning as frequently as possible. Even better, don’t allow it to occur at all.

As a general rule regarding the use of your awning, you should retract it at night, any time you leave camp, and in heavy rain or wind. Keep it secure and tied down (when practical) when in use and follow these prescriptions and you’ll be on the way to preventing damage to your awning. These precautions will prevent the majority of damage that an awning will sustain due to environmental conditions.

Keep Your Awning Clean and Dry

Since your awning will probably be used to protect you from the rain and snow, it’s going to get wet pretty frequently. Even though your awning may be in common contact with water, it’s important to remember that your awning should never be stored while wet. Storing a wet awning is inviting mildew and rot that will make quick work of your awning, almost regardless of what it’s made of. Make sure you thoroughly dry, and if necessary clean, your RV’s awning any time you store it. Here at RV Upgrades, we offer a multitude of treatments and cleaners that, when paired with the right practices, can add seasons to the life of your awning.

For general protection against the elements, we offer treatments like Camco’s RV Awning Waterproofer. This waterproofer is ideal for treating awnings but also useful on furniture, covers and any tents you might also bring with you on your trips. It not only waterproofs fabric to keep you dry but can help prevent moisture-related damage to treated fabrics, and the protection is intended to survive through several washes. Another powerful protector is 303 Product’s High Tech Fabric Guard Spray, which is useful on quite a wide range of fabrics and materials. It provides water and stain repellency to make your gear not only more useful but more resilient.

However, even an awning that was dried before storage can accumulate moisture in excessively humid conditions that can accelerate the formation of mold and mildew that will damage your awning over time, not to mention ruin any aesthetic it possesses. Therefore it is important to periodically wash your awning if you have always dried it before storage. Washing and cleaning your awning will act as a safeguard against damaging factors like mold that can gain a foothold even if you always store your awning dry.

In addition to considering a waterproofing treatment, you’ll want to make sure you wash and clean your awning periodically. Consider our Camco Pro-Strength RV Awning Cleaner, which is effective at removing mold, sap and road grime from your RV awning and is effective for treating a wide range of materials including acrylic, vinyl, and nylon. Cleaning your RV awning periodically can help prevent damage due to the accumulation of grease and grime and will help prevent damage due to mold. Treating your awning, making sure it is dry before storage, and cleaning it periodically will, just like the right practices in the use of your awning, add to its lifespan.
Keep Your Awning Secure And Covered

Even when your awning isn’t busy keeping you dry or out of the sun, you’ll want to afford it some extra level of care. When your awning is stored away, you can keep it secured with sturdy straps at least, if not completely covered. Let’s face it, even when your awning is rolled up and secure, it's still being bombarded by the elements, and that can result in a premature demise for your awning fabric. There are, however, ways we can help to mitigate those effects.

When storing your awning, after, of course, cleaning it and making sure it’s dry, you should at minimum secure the awning with straps. We offer durable awning straps by AP Products that are compatible with a number of awning makers such as A&E, Faulker awnings, and awnings by carefree. Cinch straps by AP Products will last significantly longer than ribbon straps and offer much more protection to your awning and awning arm than alternatives. They will secure the awning and arm, effectively securing them against damage due to wind or driving. That helps to eliminate stresses to the fabric and the arm, and all adds up to extra longevity for your awning.

Awnings, while rolled up, aren’t just being barraged with environmental stressors like wind and driving. Even when rolled up, your RV’s awning is still being rained or snowed on, and if not, the sun is likely beating down on it all day. Prolonged exposure to the elements, particularly to the sunlight, can wreak havoc on awning fabrics. We offer Awning Pro-Tech RV Patio Awning Cover Kits to keep your awning fabric safe and covered when not in use. They are easy to install and can accommodate most awnings, powered and unpowered. These covers protect your awnings from the deleterious effects of wind, precipitation, and sun which can have a profound effect on the lifespan of your awning. They can even be used to protect your awnings while driving with a transportation clip, offering a level and care and protection that goes far beyond routine maintenance.

Protecting your awning from adverse conditions like high wind and pooling water, keeping your awning secure, clean and dry, and covering it when not in use are some of the most important considerations you can make for a humble piece of equipment like your RV Awning. If you take this into account you’ll be well on your way to providing the proper care to your awning and ensuring it will last. Here at RV Upgrades, however, we don’t just understand the value of caring for your RV’s Awning, we also offer the accessories and replacement parts that you can use with your awning to make your experiences outdoors better.

Take a look here to see some of our awning accessories that you can use to store, tie-down, or repair your awnings. We offer many repair parts such as brace knobs, stop bolts, sliding arm locks, patch kits and more that you can use to perform the unforeseen odd jobs necessary to the maintenance of your awning.

As for outdoor living, we offer a full range of products so you can live in comfort in the outdoors under your awning. Consider getting an awning mat for your outdoor living room. Not only with an awning mat keep you comfortable and off of the ground, but many models will allow dirt and sand to pass through only one way. That makes them perfect for preventing mud and dirt from being tracked through the interior of your RV. Here at RVUpgrades, we offer RV mats that are not only practical but attractive from Prest-O-Fit, Faulkner, Camco, Carefree and more to keep you comfortable and your RV clean. You can find them in any color or pattern you like as well.

We offer Carefree Of Colorado Sunblocker Panels and Vacation’r Rooms so that you can really bring your outdoor living to the next level. A Sunblocker panel makes it easy for you to stay in the outdoors while keeping the sun out of your ‘outdoor’ living room, and a Vacation’r room makes it easy to convert the area under your awning into a tent. They’re just a few of the options we offer for converting your awning into extra living space so you can really enjoy the outdoors. Take a look here to see more offerings we have to customize your outdoor living space.

With the proper care and attention, your awning will give you many seasons of enjoyment alongside your camper, and with the accessories we offer here at RVUpgrades, you can get the most out of your outdoor living. Take a look through our product offerings to find what you’re looking for or give us a call today at 866-332-7881 to let us help. We are the RV authorities and can put our experiences to work for you.

Monday, January 27, 2020

RVupgrades Has the Camper Supplies You Need

Embarking on a camping trip with an RV is a little bit like taking a boat out on the water for an inshore trip. Sure, you’ll be able to head back to port for essentials like fuel and other supplies, but when you’re on the water you don’t want to get caught without the supplies and replacement parts and gear you need at the moment.

Sometimes when you’re really off the grid at primitive campsites with minimal facilities and no electricity, it really is like you’re out on the water. You’re only as prepared as you’ve made yourself, and the oversight of essential gear can quickly become an annoyance that everyone you’ve brought along on the trip will feel.

Usually, lacking a few essentials or just redundant copies of them is a minor hassle, and all it requires is for you to take a note of what you’re missing and just remember to stock up on it before your next outing. At other times, the lack of essential camper supplies can make itself much more pronounced. Without some essentials, you could set yourself up for a much less enjoyable trip than you’d otherwise have had.

Here at RVupgrades, we understand that sometimes we’re all human and sometimes you can forget a thing or two. But we also love the satisfaction that comes with setting up camp and making new memories, and we have a lot of experience in it. Therefore, we’ve put together a list of some of the essential camper supplies and RV accessories that you can find right here on our site to make your next trip as enjoyable as it can be. Though this is not a comprehensive list, it will get you well on your way to the makings of a successful and enjoyable journey.

Towing and Stabilizing Essentials
Probably the most visible of the essentials you’ll need for just about any RV trip is a suite of hitching equipment and essentials for setting up camp. Naturally, these will be directly tied to the equipment you’re using and some may not be applicable to your specific situation, but we offer a full suite of hitching necessities to make your trip not only possible but as comfortable as can be. Camper supplies such as jacks and levelers help to make it much easier to get your camper hitched and unhitched and in many situations it’s a matter of necessity to level your camper. On top of the fact that it’s a mild (to a major) inconvenience to be going about your day on a slant, you run the risk of permanently damaging your absorption refrigerator, if you have one.

Jacks make it possible for you to hitch and unhitch your trailer, which will make it easier for you to pick a campsite and then to set up. We offer powered jacks to make it easier to handle the load of raising or lowering your connections on your camper. We offer stabilizing jacks from Ultra-Fab and BAL as well as hydraulic jacks from BigFoot to give you a little extra power when you’re working with your camper. We even offer you your choice of levels so you can check the actual level of the camper and get the perfect set.

For towing and mobility, we offer receiver hitches, fifth wheel hitches, hitch couplers, adapters and more. You can also find hitch pins and locks right here on our site, and it never hurts to double up on some of the smaller parts. Smaller parts have an odd habit of disappearing at the most inconvenient of times.

Awning Care and Awning Accessories
Your RV awning probably gets a lot more use than you think, and it certainly takes it on the chin from the elements. When you’re outside but still in the comfort of the camp, your RV awning keeps the sun out of your eyes when the weather is clear, and the rain off your back when it isn’t. It takes a whole lot of radiation from all the sunlight it gets subjected to, in addition to any weight it has to carry in snow. If it gets windy, that awning and the awning arm have to put up with all those stresses too.

Over time, awnings get terribly worn and might not offer the same protection that they did when they were new. We offer the care products and accessories that you can use to prolong the life of your awning with the right love and attention. For ongoing care and protection, we offer 303 Fabric Guard to help your awning repel dirt, grease, and water. It helps keep your awning dry and creates a barrier against the elements. We also offer Camco Awning Cleaner and Awning Waterproofer, both of which will add to your awning’s longevity. Keeping your awning waterproofed doesn’t just keep you comfortable and dry when you’re under it. It helps prevent premature decay of the fabric too. We also offer awning cover kits and cinch straps to keep your awnings properly stowed and stored, and awning hardware like knobs, locking pins, springs, and tensioners.

By the way, for those times when you’re enjoying the outdoors under the cover of your RV awning, we offer awning mats to help keep the interior of your RV clean and dry. Many of our awning mats allow dirt and sand to sift right through, keeping you clear of the ground and also helping to prevent you from tracking it through your RV.

Freshwater Products
Some of the most essential camper parts and accessories are the ones we use to treat and handle water, including drinking water. Regardless of where your campsite is and what type of access it offers you to potable water, water is something you’re going to need on a daily basis, and not just to drink. You’ll be using water to clean your dishes, keep your camper sanitary and maybe even to wash your clothes, depending on your stay.

Here at RVupgrades, you’ll find hoses you can designate for use with the freshwater that you’ll need for cooking and drinking, as well as hoses that you can designate for wastewater. We offer hose fittings and regulators that you’ll probably want to keep on hand to ensure that you will be able to fit your hose to the water source and protect your plumbing from any excesses of pressure. We offer water pumps to make it easier for you to get access to water, as well as plumbing necessities and sinks and faucets. For those times you need to make repairs to any portion of your plumbing or to swap out parts when you have time back home, we offer Hardware Express and Lasalle Bristol pipes and fittings to make sure that your plumbing flows smoothly.

For your drinking water supply, we offer water filter systems and cartridges that will render water safer for you and your family to drink during your trips. Our filter cartridges and systems from Aqua-Pure can help minimize particulate matter, lead and unwanted flavors or odors from your water. We also offer faucet aerators to reduce your water usage while you’re in camp.

Another consideration you want to make to improve the quality of your water supply for consumption is the need for an RV water softener. Hard water, which is prevalent throughout much of the United States, doesn’t only offer unwanted flavor. Allowing hard water to run through your lines and appliances will result in a buildup of scale over time, which can damage the performance of your plumbing and fittings, compromise the function of your appliances and overall have a negative effect on the value of your RV or RV trailer. We’re proud to offer not only the testing equipment you might want to check the chemistry of your water but also water softener systems from On The Go and replacement resin refill. They are incredibly efficient and are a very economical way to prevent unnecessary damage from prolonged exposure to hard water.

Wastewater and Sanitation Supplies
You don’t only need access to fresh water for drinking and cleaning, though. You’ll need access to water to handle your sanitation needs, and you’ll need the tools and accessories to manage and dispose of your wastewater. Here at RVupgrades, we offer the tanks, hoses, adapters, and treatments you’ll need not just to manage your wastewater, but to be comfortable in your campsite.

Every camper needs to have a holding tank that not only fits within the camper comfortably but offers the capacity you need. It’s helpful when your tank makes it easy for you to empty it and offers other user-friendly features. Here at RVupgrades, you can find everything from Barker’s 5 Gallon Tote-Along RV Waste Tank to their 42 Gallon Tote Along Portable Holding Tank. On the one hand, you have easy portability in a convenient profile that will be easy to stow out of the way. On the other, you have an extremely rugged holding tank with great capacity that is easy and comfortable not only to transport but to empty. We offer options for holding tanks on these ends and for every need in between. We offer tank rinsers that are clear so you can see if your tank is actually empty, sewer hoses and fittings to make sure that you’ll be able to easily empty your tank as well as repair parts for when you need to make a quick fix or two.

We also offer you the chemicals and treatments you need to make sure that your system is healthy and doesn’t present undesirable odors. We have treatment to help your system digest the tissue you use, keep the tank from smelling, and facilitate decomposition.

Electrical Accessories
If you want the convenience of electricity at your campsite, and you probably do, you’re going to encounter one of two situations. Either your campsite offers you access to electricity, or it is a primitive one that does not. You’ll probably need a shore power cord, either way, to hook yourself up to the camp’s power source or to a generator if you need to provide your own. Here at RVupgrades, we offer power cord sets and adapters to make sure that you never need to go without the comfort of power.

We offer battery chargers so that you never need to experience the inconvenience of dead or dying batteries, and generators so that you can power your setup even in an unpowered campsite. In addition, we offer solar power systems so that you can really go off the grid. In addition to being useful, solar power gives you the freedom to go your own way, especially in areas that get a lot of sunlight. You can also find adapters and replacement parts for electrical accessories here at RVupgrades to make your trips more comfortable and to cover you in the event that a part breaks, goes missing, or is incompatible.

Lots of Other RV Supplies and Camper Accessories
Here at RVupgrades, you’ll find these camper supplies but also so much more. We offer appliances for the interior of your RV like ranges, furnaces and washing machines so you can bring the comforts of home on the road. We offer covers for your RV and tires to protect them from the elements as well as cleaners for the inside and outside of your camper. We even offer lighting and outdoor living accessories to make your stay in camp more enjoyable. You’ll be in good hands when you come to RVupgrades to find your necessities like electrical accessories and water treatment, but you can find just about anything you’ll need for any trip or for repairs in homeport right here on our site. Don’t forget - we offer all this because we know about it. We’ve lived the life, so if you aren’t sure what you need or what you’re looking for, call us at 866-332-7881 to talk with a representative. We’ll help you get to the bottom of what you need.