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Thursday, December 30, 2021

9 RV Accessories for Safety, Convenience, and Happiness

Owning your own RV is never short of its trials and tribulations. The experience itself is second to none, as you can simply take your entire life on the open road with you whenever you see fit. However, there are a lot of mishaps that can occur and an abundance of precautionary steps are necessary to take.

While you need to properly stock your RV with the appropriate gear and tools for seamless riding and living, you aren’t granted much room for everything you need. That is precisely why you need to make sure that everything you have in your RV is extremely practical and serves an applicable purpose.

RV accessories can do just that. We have compiled a list of nine accessories for your RV or motorhome that are not only convenient but also highly functional to provide you with optimal RV living.

1.Extend-a-Shower Shower Rod
When it comes to showering in your RV, you shouldn’t have to feel cramped or uncomfortable. Showering is your personal time and you deserve to relax while doing so. That is precisely why the Extend-a-Shower shower rod has made it to our list. It provides about 30% more elbow room while showering, but can neatly inverse when it isn’t being used.

2.Rope Lights

Lighting is a vital step in making for a comfortable and enjoyable home. Plus, who doesn’t love being able to see in the dark? When decorating the interior (or exterior, even) of your RV, be sure to add some rope lights to your decor.

While these may not seem like “necessary” RV accessories, we believe that they are. When you are camped out in a dark location, getting around your RV or even outside of it entails convenient lights so you can appropriately see your surroundings. Not only that, but they also provide you with an unbeatable ambiance!

3.RV Air Conditioner Baffle
During the warmer months, you know that you depend on your air conditioning unit to keep you cool and comfortable while indoors. However, what about when you’re trying to sleep and the noise from it is simply driving you nuts, causing you to have trouble sleeping at all?

That is where the RV air conditioner baffle comes in. The baffle is extremely convenient, as it dampens the aggravating noise of the unit while also controlling its air flow. Having an RV air conditioner baffle is not only extremely convenient for you but also even necessary for your AC unit. Definitely don’t skip this accessory!

4.Mini Dish Drain
When you have your own RV, chances are you lack a dishwasher. Or, rather, you are the dishwasher. In order to ensure that your dishes dry properly after washing them, you should utilize a dish drain by placing it on your countertop. You could take this a step further by opting for a mini dish drain instead of a standard one in order to save you the most space possible.

5.Cupboard and Refrigerator Bars
Whilst driving around on the open road, you will no doubt occasionally hit some bumps and swerve a bit from time to time. When that happens, you need to focus solely on your safety and not on the breakable goods in your rig.

That is why we cannot recommend installing cupboard bars and refrigerator bars enough. These bars will efficiently keep both your dishes and food safely kept in their places instead of shattering all over the place, causing damage and even dangerous conditions!

6.Motion-Proof Clear Gel
Cupboard and refrigerators bars are all well and good for the items in those specific locations, but what about other more delicate items you have displayed in your mobile abode? Items such as glass vases and knickknacks on top of your cupboards, tables, and other flat surfaces?

Not to worry because we have the answer: motion-proof clear gel. Just a smidge of this clear and non-toxic gel can be placed on the bottom of these types of objects and voila– your glass decorations are safe and secure in your RV!

7.Cabinet Knife Safe
On the subject of things bouncing around and falling while you’re driving, the objects that make the top of the list for things you really don’t want to do are knives. Having knives flying around your rig while you’re on the interstate is the definition of a bad time.

That is precisely why we highly recommend you add a cabinet knife safe to your RV. These are seamlessly mounted to the inside of your kitchen cabinet. There, they will stay stationary while you’re driving but also will be kept out of reach of children, too. Plus, they’ll conveniently be located in your kitchen for easy access while cooking!

8.Expanding Broom and Dustpan
No matter where a person lives, they will undoubtedly accumulate dust, dirt, and other nuisance-like particles on their floors. When that happens, you need to, of course, sweep them all up and toss them out.

But, when you live in an RV, it can be difficult to have such a large, awkward object and find a convenient place to store it. In comes the expanding broom and dustpan. Easily expand it when you need it, then contract it when you don’t. Have the convenience of a broom and dustpan while finally being able to place it somewhere out of sight (and out of mind!).

9.Add-a-Drawer Under Cabinet Kit
Let’s be frank: the kitchen is nearly always too small in an RV. You could always use another cabinet, another drawer, or another space of any kind to store your kitchen accessories. Well, if you’ve ever felt this way, then behold your saving grace: the Add-a-Drawer.

You can conveniently and easily install the Add-a-Drawer under your cabinet. This will provide you with another location to store anything you need to in your kitchen without adding to any clutter or taking away any of your much-needed kitchen space. How do you like them apples?

Now that you have seen some of the best RV accessories for vastly improving your RV life, now you need to know where to get them. Be sure to visit our seemingly endless catalog of all things RV and motorhome. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call or text us at 866-332-7881. Happy road tripping!

Friday, December 10, 2021

Best Motorhome Accessories for Your Mobile Abode

When you have your own motorhome, it is imperative that you not only stock it full with the appropriate and necessary safety equipment but also with accessories to make it optimally comfortable and homey. You need to decorate every area of your motorhome in order to make your mobile abode comfy, inviting, and convenient all at once.

That’s where we come in at RVupgrades. We proudly supply all of our customers with the highest quality of products for their mobile homes, from necessary equipment to aesthetically pleasing decorations.

Looking to perfectly adorn your house on wheels? Let’s take a look at some of the best motorhome accessories for each area so you can finally feel completely at home.

Living Room
Most motorhomes’ doors and stairways lead to one main room: the living room. That is why you should add the most appropriate accessories to this first and foremost in order to properly welcome guests into your home while also providing you with a cozy place to decompress and relax.

To best relax, you will need a recliner. Our Euro recliner chair is made with padded leather vinyl upholstery and a wooden base. It has 360-swivel capabilities and a footrest. Not only is this a great place to sit back and relax, but it is also a stunning fixture to admire and to assist in creating that homey feel.

Another great addition to your living room could be something both exceptionally practical and relaxing: an electric fireplace! By having one of these in your living room, you are vastly improving your R&R at home with warmth in those colder evenings and an unparalleled aesthetic element.

When you find time to sleep between your road-tripping and other excursions, you’ll need a bedroom that lets you slumber in peace and tranquility. That’s why having a high-quality bed sheet set is ideal. With one of our custom sheet sets, you’re bound to find optimal comfort in your bed, leading to seamless and enjoyable sleep.

You could also opt for an RV superbag that will provide you with a cozy bed anywhere you desire one! Our options are ideal for any season as well so you’ll find comfort in your sleep no matter what the temperature is outdoors.

When it comes to your kitchen, you need motorhome accessories that will both provide the room with practicality and unique aesthetics. Fortunately, we have plenty of options for you to choose from that could bring out the best in your kitchen.

We have quaint dishware that is perfect for decorations and everyday use. One prime example of this is our camp casual bowl and serving set. Another practical accessory for your kitchen is a cabinet knife safe, which keeps your knives looking tidy and organized in your cabinet while also keeping you and anyone in your moving home safe from injury.

One of the rooms in your motorhome that really requires the most inviting and comfortable ambiance is your bathroom. No matter what you are using your bathroom for, you deserve a space that is private, clean, and comfortable.

One way of obtaining ultimate comfort in your bathroom is by having an ample amount of room in the shower. This can be achieved with our expanding shower rod. Normal shower rods in motorhome bathrooms can make you feel cramped and uncomfortable. With our extended rod, you’ll be supplied with 30% more elbow room while you shower!

Looking for a place to store your toothbrushes that is convenient and saves you plenty of room? Then opt for our pop-a-toothbrush holder. This product mounts to your wall and has a vented cover for quick and easy drying. All you need to do is pop your toothbrush in and it’s as easy as that.

Outdoor Space
While your indoor space is extremely important for decorating with practical and aesthetically pleasing elements, it’s also vital to equip your outdoor space with the same! This is so you can enjoy the luxury of the great outdoors whenever you see fit.

When you are outside with guests, you should make an outdoor garbage bag holder easily accessible for all. This is important in order to greatly reduce litter and land pollution that unfortunately befalls many campgrounds and other shared outdoor areas.

Looking to enjoy the great outdoors at any time regardless of the weather? Then you should consider investing in one of our one-person pop-up tents. These tents allow you to enjoy the great outdoors while protecting you from the elements, as they are waterproof and have zippered sides with transparent plastic.

Plus, each one of these tents pops right up so you can place it outside your RV quickly and enjoy the sound of rain or wind from your personal tent.

Are you excited to freshen up the look, feel, and convenience of your home with the help of motorhome accessories? Then be sure to browse our many RV accessories and even our newest released motorhome accessories. Give us a call or send us a text at 866-332-7881 with any questions you may have!

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

DIY Campervan Conversions, Camper Parts, & More: Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you are hitting the open road with your own campervan or RV, the excitement and thrill you feel are unequivocal. The feeling of your foot on the pedal, your life being pulled along with you, the open road unfolding and changing before you with every passing moment, and even the sun warming your face through the windshield is indescribable.

Almost every moment on the road can be romanticized, as road tripping is a truly enlivening experience, but this is especially true when you intend on doing so forever in your very own, self-designed campervan.

The trend of building your own campervan has exploded in recent years as more people are working remotely and the desire for exploration and travel has skyrocketed. Since the emergence of COVID and applicable restrictions, a lot has changed on both the national and international levels, including the explosion of #VanLife.

If you are curious about if or how you can indulge in such a unique, exciting, and rewarding lifestyle, you have come to the right place. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the most commonly asked questions about repurposing your own campervan, from costs to camper parts.

Is it cheaper to build your own campervan?
If you were to put all the work into converting a van into a campervan yourself, you would indeed save money. Not only will you end up with a new mobile abode that is particularly catered to your needs and preferences, but you will also accomplish this at the fraction of the cost of buying a completed and brand-new campervan.

This is because you can save money on hourly wages, but also save by using cheaper gadgets, appliances, and other RV parts (second-hand items on eBay or even scrap yard camper parts!).

How much does it cost to convert a campervan?

As you might have already imagined, the cost to convert your own campervan can fluctuate in price. This is because of a wide variety of reasons, such as the size of your van, if you are including a bathroom/running water or not, electrical capabilities, accessories, and other such parts.

However, the average price range for doing so is $5,000 to $15,000. One of the largest expenditures included in this figure is electrical related, which, depending on what you get done, can cost anywhere between $1,500 to $4,000. These costs include providing electricity for items such as a refrigerator, blenders, chargers for laptops and other electronics, televisions, etc.

You will also use a good deal of wood for various design features, like the bed frame, kitchen counter and cabinets, bench for the sofa, and other such areas. Therefore, the wood will be quite a large price as well, but this will depend on how much you will use and which species of wood you opt for.

There are plenty of other items that you’ll need to purchase, which can add up, such as solar panels (ideal for electricity), vents, insulation, an awning, decorations, bedding, mattress, mosquito nets, batteries, propane, and so much more.

What are the steps to convert a campervan?

While you have a lot of freedom in your own DIY camper project, it’s imperative that you follow the appropriate steps when doing so. In doing so, you’ll have your new home-on-wheels set up just right and you’ll save yourself from headaches and unforeseen expenditures in the future.

Here are the steps you should take:

Step 1. Strip and Clean: strip the interior of the van, but be careful to not rip out something you may need, want, or could reuse in the future for something else.

Step 2. Ventilation and Windows: plan and cut holes for windows and/or skylights. Also add in ventilation, especially for the kitchen and bathroom.

Step 3. Roof: convert a low roof to an elevating or pop-up option.

Step 4. Insulation: reduce condensation, improve airflow, and achieve optimal temperature, especially heating, inside by insulating your van with foam, foil insulation, and/or home insulation.

Step 5. Gas and Electricity: this is the most important step and should be taken seriously. If you aren’t sure how to install your gas and electric setups, have a professional handle this particular step. Any small missteps could be disastrous.

Step 6. Water and Plumbing: install plumbing in accordance with what you need, such as for a toilet, shower, and/or a sink. Cold-water set-ups are much easier than non, which typically won’t suffice for showers and toilets. You also will need to install something to collect wastewater. When installing a tank for this, make sure you have carefully calculated your anticipated water usage to get the right size.

Step 7. Let There Be Lights: install LED lights and other lighting options so you can live an even more comfortable life in your van, day or night.

Step 8. Furnishings: install your bed, sofa, and other such fixed furnishings.

Step 9. Kitchen: install your refrigerator, stove, sink, and other fixtures.

Step 10. Storage spaces: make plenty of compartments and areas for storage, like behind doors, under the bed and sofa, etc.

Step 11. Extras: and now for the most exciting part: decorations and other fun extras to make for enjoyable, comfortable, and cozy living!

How long does it take to convert your own campervan?
As you might have already imagined, the answer to this question is the dreaded “it depends.” It can take anywhere from three weeks to three years. It all depends on what you’re looking to accomplish, what your budget is, and your personal timelines.
What are the best vans for DIY conversion?

One of the most important steps in the entire process is one of the first moves you make: purchasing your base van. Here is a brief list of some of the most popular and dependable base vans for DIY conversions:

●Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
●RAM ProMaster
●Ford Transit
●Chevy Express Cargo Van
●Renault Trafic

Where can I buy the best camper parts?
Now that you are preparing for your new and exciting DIY lifestyle project, you’ll need the best parts available. That’s where we come in at RVupgrades. We have plenty of camper parts, RV accessories, and RV supplies, including replacement parts and much more available for you to choose from to make your transportable home functional, comfortable, and livable!

Give our customer service team a call at 866-332-7881 with any questions you may have regarding your RV camper, travel trailer, or the conversion process in general. Welcome to the beginning of your #VanLife!