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Monday, August 29, 2022

5 Top Portable RV Waste Tanks [with Features]

Portable RV waste tanks are a lifesaver for campers parked on sites without direct sewer connections.

Basically, they serve as temporary reservoirs for wastewater, and they can be removed and emptied at dump stations, without needing to move your entire camper.

Portable RV waste totes can be a big time-saver for those who camp at sites without sewer hookups for extended stays. Chances are you’ll fill your black water tanks more than once over the course of a couple of weeks.

With portable tanks, you won’t need to move the whole rig when it’s time to dump them out - that way, you can dump your RV without moving it.

Check out our portable tanks like these top 5 options from our website.

Thetford 40951 4-Wheel Titan Tote Portable Waste Holding Tank (27-Gallon)

The Thetford 40951 4-Wheel Titan Tote Portable Waste Holding Tank is loaded up with features, all of which improve its ergonomics, ease of use, and practicality.

This tank features a large capacity with a built-in hose that stays connected for easy, sanitary use. It also features a low fill height, streamlining emptying.

It features a 90-degree elbow for superior control while emptying, and horizontal emptying capabilities, so there’s no need to tip the tank to dump it.

It also features integrated side handles, a ladder hook, heavy-duty wheels, a sturdy tow handle, and a large wash-out port for easy cleaning.

And, at 27 gallons, it’s one of the larger options out there, making it ideal for extended camping trips.

Barker 30844 42-Gallon Tote Along Portable Holding Tank

The Barker 30844 42-Gallon Tote Along Portable Holding Tank is the largest capacity portable RV waste tank, but it’s not just great because of its size.

It features an extra-sturdy, seamless design, thanks to its construction from blow-molded polyethylene. This creates an extremely durable, leak-proof design.

Thanks to its pneumatic wheels with axle bearings and grease fittings, swiveling double front wheel configuration, and steel tow handle, it is smooth-rolling and easy to maneuver and tow.

It also features a bobber gauge to prevent potential spills, as well as a 3” waste valve for easy, quick, efficient dumping.

It’s also made in the U.S.A. and comes with a 2-year warranty - so this smooth-rolling, large-capacity portable RV tank is a sure buy.

Barker 28191 16-Gallon Tote Along Portable Holding Tank

Need a slightly smaller, more manageable option that is still highly durable and easy to maneuver and tow? The Barker 28191 16-Gallon Tote Along Portable Holding Tank may be the perfect choice for you.

This model has a lot of the same features that make the previous Barker a sure bet. It also features blow-molded polyethylene construction, as well as durable, resilient, zinc-plated steel and aluminum hardware.

Towing is easy, thanks to the durable rubber wheels and a swiveling front double wheel system. Even with a full tank, moving and positioning this portable tank is a cinch.

It comes completely assembled, is easy to control, tow, and manipulate, and has everything you need to make dumping a breeze, including 2 bayonet hose adapters, clamps, and 5 feet of 3” sewer hose, along with 3” and ¾” caps.

Thetford 40501 SmartTote2 18-Gallon Portable Waste Holding Tank

The Thetford 40501 SmartTote2 18-Gallon Portable Waste Holding Tank is another great option and one of the most popular models on our website.

While it may be smaller than some of the aforementioned options, it features front leveling support and a molded-in handle as well as a number of other features that make it fairly easy and straightforward to use.

For instance, it also features an AutoStop Level Gauge and Vent that prevent overfilling and eliminate guessing. It also features a “PermaStore” sewer hose that stays connected to the bottom of the tank, helping to eliminate spills.

The tank is easy to attach to both the RV and to the dump station. Simply extend and connect, then return to the cradle when finished, for storage or transport. It’s easy and mess-free.

It features a low-profile design as well as smooth-rolling, rugged rubber wheels that make maneuvering, positioning, and transport easier - nice traits to have for any portable RV waste tank.

Barker 28508 15-Gallon Tote Along for Folding Tent Campers

Looking for a smaller portable RV waste tank for shorter trips? Or perhaps you need something that can fit into a space-restricted environment? Enter the Barker 28508 15-Gallon Tote Along - specifically designed for folding tent campers, and ideal in situations where you just don’t have a lot of space.

This Barker portable RV waste tank might be small in size and low in profile, but it is anything but small on features!

It requires minimal ground clearance and is designed to fit right under tent campers and other RVs - but its design features blow-molded polyethylene construction that is just as tough and durable as several of the other portable tanks on this list.

Moreover, it has an integrated handle and smooth-rolling wheels that make it easy to take it to the dump station when needed and it can be pulled by hand or towed behind a vehicle via the integrated tow bracket.

It also features a 3” bayonet cap and straight adapter as well as a 3” by 5’ sewer hose with a clamp for easy dumping - like the other portable RV waste tanks featured here, it allows you to empty your RV’s black tanks without having to move your whole rig.

Adding to the convenience, this portable waste water tank comes fully assembled, so it’s ready to use from the very second you get it.



Questions About These or Other Portable RV Waste Holding Tanks?

Not seeing a solution that works for you among these top picks? While these are some of the most popular portable RV waste tanks on our website (and represent some of the largest and smallest models) we carry others.

Simply follow the link above to see our full collection of RV portable waste tanks and get in touch with us at 866-332-7881 if you have any questions or would like special recommendations.

Monday, August 22, 2022

Travel Trailer Accessories Everyone Should Consider

 

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Every RV camping trip teaches you something new about what travel trailer accessories you'll need and won't need, so it's impossible to be completely prepared. That’s why we’ve prepared this resource guide for RV camping to make things easier for you.

First-time campers may experience a sense of fulfillment when they set out on their first trip. But once you get to the camping ground, you might realize you should have brought a few things to make your journey go more smoothly.

As a newbie to RV camping, this list of important travel trailer accessories should help you get started in the right direction.

What Essentials Should a Trailer Traveler Have?

Depending on the type of recreational vehicle, specific equipment may be required. There are, however, a slew of necessities that are common to all RVs. Freshwater hoses and tank treatment are among the most common examples of these items.

Accessories for a Travel Trailer You Must Have

1. RV Sewer Hose

If you're going to have to remove wastewater tanks and dispose of them, make sure you have the right tools for the job. You MUST have an RV sewer hose that is of high quality and fits snugly.

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A few things to keep in mind when purchasing a sewer hose.To begin, think about the hose's overall length. A popular choice among our returning customers is the Camco 39741 RhinoFLEX RV Sewer Hose Kit - 20'.

As long as your trailer's bumper is wide enough, you should be fine. Keeping this hose elsewhere is a bad idea.

2. RV Porch Motion Sensor Light

RV trips necessitate adequate lighting on the outside of the vehicle. In addition to serving as a safety feature, it enables you to make use of your outdoor space during the evening hours.


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Preventing slips and falls is easier with the proper lighting provided by a well-designed porch light. A sense of security is provided by motion sensor lights at night because they illuminate whenever somebody gets close to your travel trailer.

We have the Star Light 016-SL2000 Smart Light Round Motion Porch Light, which emits bright, clear light. This model has a 60-second timeout following the most recent motion detection. Furthermore, the light is also turned off by a daylight sensor during the day, so you don’t have to worry about unnecessary usage.

Avoid the mistake of not providing enough lighting for your RV's porch and exterior. With motion sensor lights, you have an easy and cost effective solution.

3. Fresh Water Hose

When it comes to purchasing a fresh water hose, water quality is the most important factor to keep in mind. This is one item that is pretty much a necessity for RV owners but if you are a first time buyer it might not be something you would have thought of off the top of your head.



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We carry an Apex NeverKink RV Fresh Water Hose that complies with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. It also has anti-kink technology, which makes any loops inevitably straighten and stops your hose from kinking, tugging, or tangling.

4. Water Pressure Regulator

Before connecting your RV's or camper's water line to any water faucet, you must first install an RV pressure regulator in order to ensure proper water pressure. If you don't use a regulator, you run the risk of damaging your RV's water system, which could cost you tens of thousands of dollars, by overpressurizing it.

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Protect your RV from overly high water pressure by installing one of these water pressure regulators or gauges. You can avoid costly repairs to your RV plumbing and hoses by using the Camco RV Brass Water Pressure Regulator with Gauge, for instance.

Additionally, it is factory-pre-set at 40 to 50 PSI. The water from the hose carrying non-fresh water cannot flow backwards due to the vacuum breaker. A natural vacuum can suck water from fresh water into recycled water, which is not what you want.

5. RV Outdoor Mat

You should consider purchasing a large outdoor RV mat if you don't already have one, if you want to make the most of the outdoor spaces around your RV.

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One of the main reasons to pick up one of these mats is simply that you never know what kind of terrain you will be dealing with right outside of your RV. You might be lucky enough to park outside a nice patch of grass, but you will most likely be dealing with various dirt lots, which can make setting up chairs and other items a hassle.

When it comes to preventing sand and dirt from getting into your RV, these mats are an absolute must have. You can set up your grill station on it or use it as a surface for exercising without having to remove your shoes.

It is possible to use these RV reversible outdoor mats both indoors and outdoors, which makes them ideal for any situation. In just a few seconds, they can transform any look into something completely new and different.

The Camco Outdoor Mat that we have is a chevron-patterned outdoor mat that is lightweight, mold and mildew resistant, reversible, and easy to clean. This is ideal for placing near your RV, campsite, patio, and more! It folds up quickly and takes up very little space when it's not in use.

6. RV Windshield Cover with Mirror Cut-Outs

Aside from providing much-needed privacy, RV Windshield Covers are an excellent means of guarding your vehicle against weather-related damage.

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When it comes to RVs, one of the weather-related issues that can be the most damaging is extreme heat. When your recreational vehicle is subjected to direct sunlight, and the high temperatures that it generates, the components made of plastic, such as furniture items, appliance handles, and ventilation systems can be negatively affected.

This may present a challenge for you regardless of whether or not you are currently utilizing the RV.

RV front window sun shades shield your camper from harmful UV rays while also reducing the temperature inside. It's possible to keep your motorhome's inside a little cooler by deflecting the sun's heat.

It's a dream come true if you’ve ever experienced the inside of an RV that’s been sitting in the sun all afternoon.

You'll be able to keep the sun out of your Chevy Class C RV for instance, thanks to the ADCO 2409 windshield cover. Installation is a breeze thanks to the straps that are used for the top fix and the magnetic fastenings that are used for the bottom fix.

We recommend taking a look through our entire selection to find a cover that fits your specific RV so you can beat the heat while enjoying your RV.

Get the Right Travel Trailer Accessories Here at RVupgrades

You've probably already realized that there are some accessories for camping travel trailers that you simply cannot go without. There’s also a bunch you might want just for the quality of life upgrade! Either way, you’re in the right place.

Browse through our entire selection of RV accessories and other items to find everything you need to enjoy your RV to the fullest.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

3 "Must-Have" RV Accessories You Need Today

A new RV or trailer that isn't fully furnished with necessities and "must haves" can benefit greatly from adding RV accessories to make your life simpler and more enjoyable.

If you have just bought a travel trailer or camper, you should think about the necessary RV accessories you will need in order to properly maintain your vehicle as well as have a safe and comfortable time while you are utilizing your RV.

The following list includes some of the essential motorhome accessories and RV tools that everyone should have, which are all available right here at RVupgrades.

Wheel Chocks

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To prevent your RV or travel trailer from rolling away, wheel chocks are required. You can rely on your parking brakes to keep your vehicle in a stable position, but they are not a long-term solution. When coupled with chocks, they have a much lower failure rate.

You can use RV wheel chocks to keep your tires in place while you're on the road. You have a wide selection to choose from because they come in a variety of materials and sizes. Despite the fact that there are numerous options, they all have the same fundamental function—preventing harm or damage.

With their low price and straightforward design, these Camco wheel chocks are an excellent choice for those on a budget. Durable and weatherproof, these RV wheel chocks feature UV inhibitors and are made of hard plastic for long-lasting service.

These wheel chocks, which are primarily made for re-hitching, will also function, provided they fit properly.  They are also perfect for smaller cars due to their lightweight design. A word of caution: these wheel chocks won't work on ultra-small trailers.

Fresh Water Hose

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If you've ever wondered what it takes to keep your RV's taps, shower heads, and toilets stocked with clean water while you're on the road, you've come to the right place.

When looking for the best one, you want an RV drinking water hose to last for a long time. To put it another way, you're going to be moving this hose around as you set up and pack up your campsite.

The last thing on your mind while camping is figuring out how to untangle your water supply's hose. Look for hoses with a kink-free design on the market. Take more time to enjoy the great outdoors rather than spend time untangling hoses.

Apex NeverKink is the best kink-resistant hose on the market today.

This hose does not contain any lead and satisfies all of the regulatory requirements necessary to be suitable for human consumption. In addition to that, it has a Grip-Tite coupling that prevents water from leaking out of your faucet attachment.

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Slide-Out Stabilizer Jacks

Slide-out stabilizer jacks provide additional support and stability when they are fully extended. They can be a lifesaver if you use the space frequently or keep a lot of gear and supplies there. Your home will no longer shake or swing when these are in place.

As a matter of fact, many RVers believe that RV slide-out stabilizer jacks are an essential part of any proper RV setup.

With a slide out, you can give your RV or motorhome a luxurious feel. Although most slide-out stabilizer jacks only add a few extra feet to your existing living space, the most luxurious RVs can have as many as three additional extension jacks.

You'll appreciate the extra room if you're going to be camping for an extended period of time. Even a modest motorhome can be upgraded to one that is more homey and inviting.

 

Stabilizers like our Stromberg Carlson Jack In A Box Slide Out Stabilizer Jacks are among the best in their category. It weighs only 12 pounds, making it an extremely portable option.

It reaches a height of 20 inches to a maximum of 34 inches above the ground. To get the most use out of them, you should slide them under the support bar that is located close to the slide out room's exterior wall.

A small handle on the support is parallel to the vertical portion of the jack and folds up for storage. The handlebar can rotate all the way around the stabilizer bar.

To prevent your RV from tipping over while you're on the go, pick up this convenient two-pack slide-out stabilizer jacks. Invest in one today and rest easy knowing that your trailer is properly secured.

It doesn't matter what kind of RV you have, there are some things you absolutely need to keep your rig running smoothly and safely. As it stands, these are only three examples out of many. Check out our selection of RV accessories to learn more about the essential gear that every RV, trailer, or other type of motor home should carry.

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Are You An RV Owner? You Need A Weight Distribution Hitch

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RV and camper owners are independent souls who like to travel in an unconventional way. They don't like depending on others for transportation or lodging, and they love to travel at their own pace. However, it also means that they have to take safety into their own hands to make sure their adventures always have a happy ending.

One of the most essential pieces of equipment every pull-behind camper owner should have is a weight distribution hitch.

Some people find that, when they connect their weight-carrying hitch to the hitch receiver at the back of their truck, and then couple it with their camper, their truck tends to point towards the sky and the rear axle gets crushed by the weight of their RV. This is usually a head-scratcher for many as they don´t understand why this can happen when they're not even near their truck´s tow capacity limit.

Towing your camper in this condition can be extremely dangerous as your front wheels lose grip and no longer have the same steering or braking capacity. Undistributed weight can also cause a lot of swaying and scary situations on the road. Additionally, you will notice your tires wear out unevenly. This means you need to get a weight distribution hitch.

What Is A Weight Distribution Hitch?

A weight distribution hitch is a carrying hitch that uses adjustable spring bars to distribute excess tongue weight to level your front axle back to its ideal position.

It is basically a lever that moves further rearward into the trailer frame and uses that levering power to crank down the front axle. The end result is that both the front tires and the rear tires of your truck will be carrying a more equalized weight when towing, eliminating that saggy look we get when using regular weight-carrying hitches. This eliminates a host of problems such as unpredictable handling, uneven tire wear, and trailer sway.

Most vehicle manufacturers are aware of the advantages of weight distribution hitches, so they all recommend one if you have a half-ton truck or smaller, especially when towing over 5000 pounds of trailer weight.

Of course, there are many out there who tow more than five thousand pounds with their regular hitch, and they think they don´t have a problem. However, we must remember that we´re not alone on the road and we need to drive safely to protect others too. Moreover, having your headlights pointing upwards severely decreases visibility. Plus, having to change rear tires more often is never a good thing, and watching your rear wheels sagging on the bump stops is not a good look. So, it is always better to move some of that weight to the front axle and keep things even when in transit.

Of course, there are a lot of options that help distribute that weight and give you more peace of mind while traveling with the family. There are two kinds of weight distribution hitches:

Round Bar Hitches

The spring bars are what make the leveraging effect possible. They go under the trailer and are attached to the trailer frame with a link chain. Round bar hitches have round spring l-shaped bars that move freely, allowing the truck to take turns.

Trunnion Bar Hitches

The spring bars of these weight distribution systems are square-shaped, and they run parallel with the trailer frame. They can carry slightly heavier loads, and provide a bit more ground clearance when compared to round bar hitches.

Bear in mind that, while a weight distribution hitch will make it easier to carry heavy loads, they do not grant your truck higher carrying capacity. They only allow you to load your truck to its maximum weight safely. In general, your towing system is only able to carry as much as your lowest-rated component. This means that you need to check your truck´s carrying capacity and your hitch carrying capacity and check which one is lowest before coupling them to your RV or trailer.

Where can I buy a weight distribution hitch?

Weight distribution hitches are not normally bought compulsively. They´re an investment and only a handful of distributors have them in stock at all times. Fortunately for you, we have the weight distribution hitch you need right here at RVUpgrades.com. We specialize in accessories and supplies for RV owners and are official Husky Weight Distribution Hitch distributors. We offer both round bar and trunnion bar options and have a lot of options to accommodate most trailer sizes and trucks. Moreover, we offer fast shipping options and returns are never a hassle.

If you have any questions about our products, contact our knowledgeable customer support center. They are able to answer all your RV-related questions and offer thoughtful solutions for any problem. Get your Husky weight distribution hitch from our store today.

Monday, June 20, 2022

All About Garnet SeeLevel Tank Monitoring Systems

 

SeeLevel Tank Monitoring System

SeeLevel Tank Monitoring Systems don’t just have a great pun in the name (try forgetting that play on sea level, why don’t you); they’re also invaluable instruments for monitoring the current levels of the various liquid tanks in your RV.

In this post we’re going to peel back some of the layers and take a closer look at Garnet SeeLevel tank Monitoring Systems; what they do, how they do it, what benefits they offer, and why their technology is superior.

What Is a Tank Monitoring System?
Most RVs have a freshwater tank, a gray water tank (wastewater from the shower, sink, laundry, etc.), a black water tank (sewage), and an LPG tank. Some of them have a galley tank as well, which contains gray water from the kitchen (galley). At any given time, each of these tanks will contain a certain amount of material, which will vary based on use or total volume.

A tank monitoring system is a system that tells you how much volume is left in each of these tanks. Some RV setups have monitors for all 4 water tanks, others for only 3 of the water holding tanks, and others yet only for black water. (Monitoring black water is crucial because it dictates when you need to take your waste tank to be drained).

Originally, RV tank monitoring systems were installed by cutting into the walls of the tanks and installing internal tank sensors that could take various readings to give a remote estimation of the remaining volume, but some modern tank monitoring systems (like SeeLevel Tank Monitoring Systems) use external sensors.

Do I Need a Tank Monitoring System?
Although a SeeLevel Tank Monitoring system can be extremely useful, it’s not necessarily imperative if you camp at a location with full hook-ups where you will not need to rely heavily on the contents of your water tanks and LPG tanks for daily living and amenities. If you’re connected to water or sewer hook-ups, and don’t need to use your tanks, a monitoring system is not as important.

However, if you dry camp, away from campsite hook-up services, a tank monitoring system becomes much more valuable. This is because your water tanks and LPG tank can only contain so much and can limit your time spent on site. A tank monitoring system can help you predict and budget water usage, helping you plan when you will need to fill up your fresh water tank, or to drain your gray or black water tanks.

External Sensors for the Win!
Some RV tank monitoring systems use internal sensors as detailed above to give a reading on the contents of a holding tank. However, despite their widespread use, internal sensors can fall prey to a number of different shortcomings.

Notable, they are difficult to install and it can be expensive and time-consuming to do so. However, the biggest problem arises from the fact that internal sensors must physically contact the contents of your tanks.

Over time, interior sensors (especially in gray and black water tanks, which contain a lot of solid matter) can become obstructed by debris. As a result, they are often prone to giving inaccurate readings.

Consequently, some companies have developed exterior tank monitors to overcome these shortcomings. SeeLevel is one of them; SeeLevel’s Tank Monitoring Systems use external sensing technology that eliminates common problems associated with debris buildup.

Known affectionately as “The Gauge That Works,” SeeLevel’s systems use state-of-the-art technology to provide accurate percentage-based readings on RV tanks, and are some of the most accurate, comprehensive monitors on the market.

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Display, Components, Features, Wiring

While the SeeLevel Tank Monitoring Systems will vary in terms of specific features and functionality, including how many tanks they can monitor, they share a few features in common.

They all use a convenient monitoring panel that displays the percentage of your holding tanks (fresh, gray, black, and galley water tanks). This panel receives information from the sender (sensors) via a simple two-conductor wire (senders are wired in parallel). Once installed and wired, the system is easy to use; simply press the button to a corresponding tank to receive an accurate reading. Holding two buttons at once will prompt access to diagnostic functions. (More information can be found in the instructions on each of the SeeLevel Tank Monitoring System product pages).

The senders consist of flexible, adhesive circuit boards that are directly mounted to the outside of the holding tank. They must be cut to size before mounting to the tank and auto-calibrate themselves once mounted. In addition to providing accurate readings of tank content levels, the senders can diagnose issues such as a buildup of sludge inside the tank, or if the sender is damaged and needs to be addressed.

Can They Be Monitoring Remotely?
Some SeeLevel Tank Monitoring Systems are Bluetooth compatible and do not require you to be in front of the panel to access tank readings or diagnostic information. Using an app that is compatible with both iOS and Android phones, users can access tank-level information from up to 30 feet away (Bluetooth-equipped models only).

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Which SeeLevel Tank Monitoring System Is Right for Me?

Which SeeLevel Tank Monitoring System is right for you will depend on your unique needs, as well as how many tanks you wish to monitor. We offer 2, 3, and 4 tank systems, as well as Bluetooth enabled systems. We also sell separate monitors that can be used as a second console for use with an established system.

Most of these systems:

●Offer accurate tank level readings for up to 4 tanks (plus battery voltage).
●Are compatible with pre-existing LPG tank connections/sensors.
●Require a 12-volt connector (drain is less than 200mA).
●Come with a monitor, senders, display mounting hardware, and a pigtail (plus, they use common industry connectors).

For more information please consult the system specifics via the link above or contact our customer service team.

Questions? Contact Us!
Luckily, more of these Garnet SeeLevel Systems offer very similar functionality (it varies mainly in the number of tanks it allows to be monitored), so choosing one will more or less depend on the number and configuration of your tanks.

However, if you have any questions about the SeeLevel Systems we sell on our website, you’d like help choosing one, or you need to know more about product specifications, you can reach out to us directly for help. Get in touch with us by phone (or text us) at 866-332-7881.

Friday, June 17, 2022

15 Cool Summertime RV Accessories You Need!

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Summer is here and that means that it’s time to hit the open road with friends and family! While doing so, you’re likely to make countless stops along the way. However, with the almost never-ending blistering heat, all of your stops and even while you’re driving can feel pretty brutal more often than not.

Cue cool summertime RV accessories. With the right accessories at the ready, you can make every moment of your summer road trip significantly more tolerable and enjoyable for you, your family, and even new friends! Let’s take a look at our list of 15 cool summertime RV accessories to make your RV really ready for the summer.

1.Magnetic Glove Holder
Let’s be frank: no one enjoys emptying the black tank. Alas, that grueling task needs to be accomplished. When doing so, don’t let your precious gloves go missing in your time of need! With the help of a convenient magnetic glove holder, these can be easier to locate, as you can place it on the utility bay.

2.Outdoor Mat
When you settle into a campground or site, you are wont to wander about your area, set up some chairs, grill, and overall enjoy the great outdoors! We invite you and encourage you to do so, but do so responsibly. That’s what an RV outdoor mat can do– provide you with a convenient place to “hang out” outside your RV while protecting the grass from damage.

These mats not only keep the grass from being trampled or smooshed, but allows it to still receive sunlight and proper airflow to keep it healthy!

3.Awning
Why not pair up your outdoor awning mat with an actual awning? RV awnings are surprisingly affordable all the while offering you a comfortable place to sit and relax outside without having to bake under the sun! There are numerous options available, all varying in sizes, colors, patterns, and beyond.

4.Odor Eliminator

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It’s no secret that the summer can lead to an increase in – ahem – sweat and odor. And, whether or not you have an air conditioner in your RV, that odor can build up and become surprisingly pungent– especially in your bathroom! Yuck.

That is why we highly recommend hanging an odor eliminator in your RV. These can be used in your refrigerator, cabinets, and near your trash can as well, but are also powerful in eliminating sweat odor as well. Wherever you feel is the stinkiest, hang an odor eliminator nearby and breathe easier once again!

5.Propane Fire Pit
Is there anything more symbolic of summer evenings that a crackling campfire, surrounded by good friends, family, and laughter? We sure don’t think so. But, not every place you go to during your summer road trip allows open fires. In comes a propane fire pit to the rescue. These items can easily supply you with a homemade fire without the mess, illegal maneuvers, and they simply look “cool!”

6.Mosquito Repellant Shield
While you enjoy your nighttime campfire, you know there is one type of small insect that can quickly ruin the entire experience: the dreaded mosquito. Instead of ducking and running for cover in your RV, simply set up a mosquito repellant shield! These shields will effectively keep mosquitoes away and for longer. Take that, citronella candles!

7.Outdoor Chairs\

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Enjoying the great outdoors outside your RV certainly includes lounging and unwinding. Why not do so in comfortable outdoor chairs? There are countless types of outdoor chairs that you can choose to equip your outdoor space with, such as reclining chairs, travel chairs, folding director’s chairs, and so many more! Browse our outdoor chairs to find the one that you’d feel the most at peace with during your R&R.

8.Outdoor Games
When you don’t want to lay back outside and would rather play some games with friends (and likely with a cold beverage in your hand), you should have an enviable stock of outdoor games available. These games include (but of course are not limited to) cornhole, ladder ball, pickleball, giant Jenga, and even board games. Road trips are all about having fun, after all!

9.Outdoor Trash Can
You’ll likely accumulate some trash during your festivities outside your RV. Make it easy on everyone (especially yourself) when it comes time to cleaning up your mess. Have an outdoor trash can open and available so all guests and your fellow traveling companions know just where to put their garbage! Plus, it’s easy to fold up and store for later use.

10.Grill
Hot dogs and hamburgers anyone? Having a grill is one of the most important accessories you can have in your RV! With a personal grill, you can turn your on-the-road cooking game up several notches!

11.Personal Misting Fan
Unfortunately, you can’t really take a handheld air conditioner with you every where you go (yet!). However, we do now have personal misting fans at the ready– and we highly recommend you stock up on these incredible inventions! These battery-powered, handheld devices can provide you with an enjoyable breeze when you need it– and cool mist to really cool you off!

12.Window Covers
Blocking out the sun from entering your RV’s windows is one of the greatest moves you can make because this will drastically reduce the temperature inside it! And who doesn’t want that in the heat of the summer? Simply set up some good ol’ dependable window covers and your RV will be cool again– as will you. Phew!

13.Bluetooth Speaker
Whilst sitting outside, you’ll likely want to pump up the jams! Have a bluetooth speaker of your choice at the ready so you can play your desired music without running your RV’s battery or relying on the weak speaker of your smartphone to do so.

14.Outdoor Lighting

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Set the mood just right with some outdoor lighting, too! String some string lights where you so please and you’ll almost never want to leave the area!

15.Folding Table
Last but certainly not least, a folding table! Where are you going to eat or play cards when you are enjoying the great outdoors? That is why you should have a folding table ready to rumble whenever you are!

Is your RV set up with all the perfect RV accessories for summertime? If not, head on over to our selection here at RVupgrades.com! We have an impressive selection for all rig drivers out there– and not just accessories, either! Check us out and upgrade your RV to your dream RV today!

Thursday, June 2, 2022

RV Stabilizer Jacks vs Leveling Jacks: What’s the Difference?


While some may argue that RV stabilizer jacks are the same as leveling jacks, they aren’t the same and are important for different reasons.

The purpose of leveling jacks is to lift a part of an RV to the same level as the remainder of the RV, so that you may have a more enjoyable camping experience.

However, apart from enjoying your trip, you have more reasons to get them. You'll face a lot of problems without leveling jacks and leveling blocks. For starters, an RV that is not level puts undue strain on its frame as well as everything inside.

When fixtures, such as furniture, are not level, they will be taxed. Consider the stresses that will be imposed on a cabinet door's hinges if it is not level. Maintaining a level RV is also important if your RV has an absorption refrigerator. You can permanently harm a fridge if you operate it off-level.

Stabilizing your RV is your next priority after leveling it. Stabilizing jacks or other stabilizers can help to extend the life of your camper.

When compared to a balanced and stabilized RV, a camper that is allowed to rock and sway with the movements of the people within will face more stress. Stabilizing jacks keep your RV steady. They aren't designed to carry the weight of an RV, and should never be used to level an RV. Instead, they should be used to limit the amount of movement the RV endures.

Stabilizer jacks are metal arms designed to extend from the frame to the ground. Your jacks should be retracted into the frame when you're on the road and extended to the ground when you're parked.

There are several types of stabilizer jacks you can choose from.

Types of RV Stabilizer Jacks
If you have the necessary tools, stabilizing an RV is simple. There are different types of stabilizer jacks available on the market. Below are the different kinds to help you pick one that's right for you.

Electric
Electric stabilizers work with just a push of a button and come in a variety of designs. These jacks are usually highly powerful and function well with an auto-leveling system. They are heavy duty and are capable of supporting nearly 5,000 pounds.

They're also usually portable. You just set them up, and their electronics will raise and stabilize your rig without you lifting a finger.

The biggest disadvantages are its price as well as the risk of running out of battery and manually retracting the jacks yourself.

Hydraulic
Hydraulic stabilizer jacks are frequently used in large RVs. These hydraulic systems can hold a significant amount of weight. Some have a capacity to hold 7500 lb vehicles. So, you'll find them on larger, heavier fifth wheels, travel trailers, and haulers.

These jacks pressurize the hydraulic system that supports the RV with hydraulic fluid. One of its disadvantages is that they are a little complicated, and repairs typically necessitate the services of a highly qualified professional.

Pipe-Mounted
Pipe-mounted stabilizers are one of the most common types of stabilizers.

Their cost is reasonable but they are almost always manual and can be difficult to set up effectively.

Scissor
Because of their ease of use and low price, these jacks are a preferred choice of many RV campers. A good scissor jack can also support a lot of weight, which makes them a little costly.

Depending on the manufacturer, these stabilizers can support up to 10,000 pounds. However, they must be permanently put on your setup.

These types of jacks are standard on most contemporary RVs and come pre-installed.

Tripod
Tripod jack stabilizers are one of the most cost-effective types. They are set up on three legs to ensure that your setup will be stable.

Tripod jacks, however, aren't usually designed to support more than 500 pounds each jack. They normally require a pad or other flat support from underneath so that the slender legs don't sink into the soft ground if you go off the beaten path camping.

If you don't have a particularly heavy RV, these inexpensive and simple-to-use tripod jacks can be a good choice.

Permanent
Many stabilizing products are permanently attached, so you'll have one fewer thing to set up or store. While scissor jacks are attached to the RV's frame, they can be easily repaired or replaced by removing a few bolts. Permanent hydraulic and electric stabilizer jacks are more complicated to remove or repair, requiring more time and resources.

Before you go shopping, it's important to understand the different types of RV stabilizers you can choose from. Ask us if you're not sure which RV stabilizer jacks are best for your vehicle.

Have a look at our selection of stabilizing jacks from top brands. We offer low shipping and free shipping for orders of $99 and more.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Best Towing Mirrors for Each Towing Mirror Type

If you want to increase road safety, you'll need a good set of towing mirrors. Because these mirrors produce a full-sized image of distant objects, they allow you to see a far broader area than a standard side mirror would. With mirrors, you’ll have a larger field of vision, minimizing blind spots on the road.

Without a doubt, mirrors will improve visibility and make towing safer. Finding the right mirror for your vehicle might not be easy, though.

With the market full of different options, choosing mirrors can be difficult and time-consuming. We hope this list will help you narrow down your choices and help you find the right mirrors for you and your vehicle.

Types of Towing Mirrors

1.Manual
Manual mirrors, as the name implies, do not have any power adjustments and must be moved manually. They don't have any wiring, which makes installation considerably easier.

They're replacement mirrors for your vehicle's factory pair, and they're usually less expensive than powered towing mirror sets.

K-Source 80930 Snap & Zap Exterior Mirrors



Our pick for the best manual mirror is K-Source 80930. This mirror from K Source snaps on over your current side view mirrors, extending your vision when towing. They won't impair your existing mirrors' view while improving your visibility behind the vehicle. For installation on certain vehicle applications, the mirrors come in a range of forms and sizes.

2.Powered
Powered mirrors are one of the most expensive options available, but they are also one of the most practical types of mirrors. They resemble manual mirrors in appearance, but they contain electronics and have two or three cables protruding from their bases. These wires connect to the power mirror switch via the vehicle's door wiring.

You may adjust them with the press of a button, exactly like many factory side mirrors. Because you'll have to connect some cables to your vehicle, installing a power mirror, whether as a replacement or an upgrade, can be a little more difficult than the installation of manual mirrors.

SCITOO Chrome Power Heated Tow Mirrors in Pair



This mirror features a heated defrost mode which ensures that it performs admirably even in cloudy or icy conditions. It also features a function that turns on an indicator light to keep you safe while driving. You'll have superior visibility when parking and changing lanes thanks to the broad viewing angle.

This mirror also uses manual and telescoping extensions for the best viewing angle. You can also adjust the angle with just a push of a button. They install easily on the passenger side and driver's side.

3.Telescopic
Drivers who have larger vehicles or trailers frequently choose these. Telescopic mirrors can be extended to provide a better view behind the vehicle. They can be retracted into their regular position for a slimmer profile when not in use.

Telescoping mirrors may have the same features as non-telescopic mirrors, such as power, manual, LED signal puddle light, turn signal light, running light, folding, and so on, but they are larger and provide more view.

Physical human strength is required to extend the manual telescopic mirrors. The motorized ones, on the other hand, allow you to remain in the comfort of your truck while extending the mirrors outward by pressing a button.

If a truck already has two mirrors but needs a little more visibility for whatever it's pulling, telescopic mirrors can be a great enhancement. Truck towing mirror extensions help improve its appearance by making it appear larger.

ECCPP Side View Mirrors



This telescopic mirror is perfect for big towing vehicles. The glass can be slanted at a 90-degree angle which makes it ideal for every trailing size.

4.Clip-On
Universal clip-on mirrors are ideal for those who only tow on occasions. These mirrors are a low-cost solution that attaches to your standard mirrors. However, because they are clip-on, they lack several of the functions found on other mirrors. Depending on how well they clip on the current mirror, they also vibrate more than other solutions.

Also, when it comes to complementing the aesthetic of your vehicle, clip-on mirrors aren't the finest option, but they do the job.

Dometic DM-2912 Milenco Grand Aero3 Clamp-On Mirrors



This Dometic twin pack clip-on mirror is designed to provide you with a clear view while towing. Install these chrome safety glasses on your current mirrors, including curved ones, and you'll have a flawless and vibration-free vision past your caravan at all times.

They are equipped with the most up-to-date pedestrian safety features to help prevent accidents. They also provide a heavy-duty performance in high winds.

We hope this helped you decide on what towing mirrors to get. Browse through our online store for more products. You can also give us a call at 866-332-7881 if you need assistance with any of our RV parts and accessories products.

Friday, April 8, 2022

The Importance of Stabilizing Your RV with Husky Jack


 

Do you have your eye on a brand-new RV jack? Has Husky Jack worked for you in the past? If yes, maybe you should consider investing in another one! Husky Jack is one of the most recognizable brands in the world of towing and stabilizing equipment. Whether you're in the market for a new jack or simply want to know more about them, a Husky Jack may be the answer to your prayers. Visit RVupgradestore.com if you want to locate a large selection of jacks and accessories all in one spot.

Are Stabilizer Jacks The Same As Levelling Jacks?
Be sure to consider the RV's total weight when deciding how much stuff to pack before you go out on the open road in your recreational vehicle. Full water tanks, the weight of passengers, as well as any additional purchases you make while on the road, heavily contribute to the weight. Your trailer will be more maneuverable and safer if you keep it at the correct weight. For example, tire blowout, uneven distribution of weight, and vehicle damage might occur if an RV is very heavy.

If you've ever been inside an RV that hasn't been stabilized, you know just how much it can sway. If the trailer is too long, it will be more likely to roll. Many options exist for decreasing the amount of movement your trailer experiences, but the most effective is the installation of RV stabilizer jacks. RVs may rock less when stabilizer jacks are utilized appropriately to counteract structural weaknesses.

Remember that RV leveling jacks like Husky trailer tongue jacks are not identical to leveling jacks and that the two are not designed to fulfill the same duties. Before attempting to stabilize the RV, the vehicle must be leveled. To level an RV, you need to get it on level ground so that it isn't leaning forward or backward at an angle. For the stabilizers to execute their job properly, a level trailer must be achieved first. It's important to stabilize the RV after it's parked so that it doesn't roll around.

Stabilizer jacks may be used to hold your RV in place after you've got it in position. Keep the RV stable by using wheel chocks. To prevent the stabilizer jack foot from sinking while situated on softer terrain, install blocks or jack cushions beneath the foot of the stabilizing jacks.

Stabilizer jacks are most effective when they are neither over nor under stretched. Until it touches the earth, it should not be stretched farther. Working from the front to the rear is often preferable when lengthening stabilizer jacks. To properly exit a campground, be sure to retract them first, followed by the removal of wheel chocks and the retraction of levelers.


Lifting your RV Using Husky Stabilizer Jacks is Not Recommended
Stabilizer jacks are standard on most travel trailers, and fifth wheels often feature one on each of the rear corners. What is their purpose in being there? To prevent the suspension of your camper from bouncing about while you move around inside, these jacks were designed to keep it stable. I beg of you, please! They are not intended to be used to elevate your camper.

When Husky stabilizer jacks are used properly, they should be firm, but not too firm, to prevent them from moving. Attempting to go any farther than the jack's tight point will quickly result in the jack's demise. Bottle jacks and various supports are your best bet when trying to elevate your camper.

In case you haven't already discovered it, frame rails in general and travel camper frame railings, in particular, are not fixed in place, thus ramping up the jack can often distort things to the point where windows stick or, in some instances, slideouts get entangled in the frame rails.

In the end, it's a matter of common sense. Components that are utilized according to the manufacturer's instructions will last much longer before they need to be replaced. Your money and frustration will be better spent using your equipment as it was designed.

Are Stabilizing Jacks Required Every Time I Park My Camp Trailer
It might be overwhelming for a first-time camper to learn all there is to know, and there are a lot of questions regarding the best way to accomplish things. The most essential thing to keep in mind is that you may always learn new things. You shouldn't expect to be an expert before your first camping trip.

Securing your camp trailer with the stabilizer jacks down each time you park is a typical concern for first-time campers.

Stabilizer jacks are essential if you're camping on a trailer. When you use the trailer, you'll notice a huge change in how it feels. The stabilizer jack aims to keep the trailer in place. In comparison to not having stabilizer jacks down, you'll sense a significant change in the stability of the RV when you do.

How can I improve the stability of a travel trailer? Maintaining a level, chocked, and extended stabilizer jack foundation improves the stability of a travel trailer by preventing it from sinking into soft ground. Keep your RV upright by placing wheel chocks and stops between your tires when parked. You can get all of these at RVupgrades.com.

When you're walking about your travel trailer, there's nothing more frustrating than having the front and rear of the trailer shift with each step. It's eerily similar to the sensation of being on a boat. Stabilizing your RV is easy when you have the right tools. Your RV's lateral and vertical movement may be greatly reduced if it is level, chocked, and stabilized. Several add-ons may enhance your RV's overall stability and comfort which you can all get from our website at RVupgrades.com.

Certain trailers are too heavy for manual jacks to handle. Yes, you can accomplish it, but it will be challenging. To save time and effort, you may use a power jack instead of using the USB port to charge your device.

There is no need to go elsewhere if you are looking for such items at RV Upgrades as well. An electric Husky Jack may save you a lot of time and energy if you have convenient access to a power supply.

To learn more about the differences between a leveling jack and a stabilizer jack, contact our customer support staff. For further information, you may contact us by live chat on our website or by phone at 866-332-7881.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

7 Space-Saving Tips on Making Your RV’s Bathroom Homier

RV sinks

Being a full-time RVer is an experience that can be gratifying in countless ways. From having ultimate freedom to live wherever you choose, to being surrounded by stunning nature on a daily basis, your RV lifestyle is a unique yet not-often-enough relished lifestyle.

RVers are continuously learning valuable lessons in their day-to-day life, and that includes learning to balance minimalism and emanating an inviting home environment. RVs are significantly smaller in square footage than typical “stationary” homes, which means those who live within them are required to make the most out of every space they have.

That includes the bathroom. Bathrooms in RVs tend to be a relatively tight squeeze, but the specific dimensions are stringent on the particular vehicle type and overall design. Some can be exceptionally small (22 x 38 inches!) but others can be much larger, especially on Class A RVs. While RV bathrooms may be small, you are still worthy of having a cozy bathroom in your home!

That is precisely why we have created this list of 7 invaluable tips for making your RV’s bathroom homier, from RV sinks and showers to curtains and storage containers!

1.Add a Brightly Colored Shower Curtain on an Expanding Shower Rod

RV sinks


One of the most elementary additions to any bathroom is one of extreme importance for your RV’s, too: the shower curtain. You should only opt for those shower curtains that have lighter colors in their design, as this will assist in inviting more light into the bathroom and provide a sense of comfort and openness.

However, while your shower curtain should be aesthetically pleasing to a certain degree, it should also not get in your way while you are showering. That is why we cannot recommend adding an expanding shower rod enough. This extends outwards and provides about 30% more elbow room!

But, not to worry: it conveniently inverts when you aren’t using it so it won’t “clog” your bathroom’s space when you aren’t in the shower.

2.Hang a Circular Mirror Above the Sink
No bathroom is truly complete without a mirror. For one, you need to admire yourself every day while washing your face and brushing your teeth. Secondly, you need something to assist in illuminating your bathroom and give the illusion of extra space.

We suggest a circular mirror, as this can assist in balancing the hard angles of your other bathroom fixtures while also giving your entire restroom a more modern “vibe.”

3.Install a Single Handle (and Attractive) Faucet
Some RV sinks might not have enough room for hardly anything– and that might even include two handles and a faucet. You can instead install a single-handle faucet to your sink for an optimal space-saving yet practical solution.

And, no, not all single-handle faucets appear like those used in a highway rest stop. You can have one that is designed with style, functionality, and convenience in mind. One great example is this matte black faucet, and yet another example is this bronze faucet.

4.Floating Shelves Are Your Best Friends
Your bathroom undoubtedly requires appropriate locations for both storing and displaying your “stuff,” like your decorations, toothbrush holders, and other items. You can properly do such with the help of floating shelves. With the assistance of floating shelves, you can have a unique decorative element that serves a vital purpose: holding and showing off your important items.

But, they don’t have any of that extra “hubbub” that normal shelves have in order to stay on the wall, making them the ideal shelves for saving space.

5.Hang Baskets Above the Toilet
There is likely a great deal of space on the wall above your toilet in your RV’s bathroom– and you should absolutely take advantage of it to the best of your ability. That is why we suggest hanging quaint baskets from there in order to hold your clean towels, washcloths, and other toiletries. Remember to roll your towels to save even more space!

6.Hang a Towel Bar and/or More Baskets on the Door
Don’t forget to use your bathroom door for serious space-saving and aesthetically-boosting elements! You can use the back of your door for installing a towel bar along with extra baskets for even more storage!

Bonus tip: try hanging a spice rack on the back of your door to hold any and all of your smaller items, like nail polish and makeup!

7.Place a Curtain Under the Sink (and Discreetly Store More Stuff!)
RV sinks tend to be quite similar to traditional residential sinks, which means you will have unutilized space beneath yours! You can drape a curtain around the bottom of your sink for an added attractive element to your entire bathroom while also conveniently covering up the storage space below your sink.

In that storage space, however, be sure to add extra shelving and/or bars to stop items from sliding around.

And voila– you have a drastically more enjoyable, homey, and storage-optimized bathroom! For all your RV needs, whether you are replacing your RV sink or adding RV accessories, you can trust us here at RV Upgrades to supply you with what you need! Browse all of our items today and complete your mobile abode today!

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

7 RV Accessories You Need for Your Camper

 


RVing allows you to travel at your own pace, customize your itinerary, and even change it on the fly. It's one of the best and easiest ways to see the country.

If you've just purchased your first travel trailer and are unsure what RV accessories you'll require, and before you go camping or traveling around the country, here are the basic RV supplies you'll need to pack your recreational vehicle with.

RV Sewer Hose Support
An RV sewer hose support keeps your sewer line off the ground while providing a progressive downhill slope for maximum drainage.

Like an accordion, it expands and contracts. Compress it back together when not in use.

To avoid jams, the flow-down assembly design takes advantage of gravity.

They're simple to put together, and the plastic or metal they're composed of makes them durable and stable.

Aside from keeping the hose off the ground and improving your drainage, you'll need hose support because most campgrounds will require that you use one. The last thing you need when you're ready to camp is being turned away for not having one.

RV Roof Tape
Roadside repairs are never fun and no amount of pre-travel inspection can guarantee that the unexpected will not occur. You've spent far too much time arranging your RV road trip to let a leaking roof or a damaged awning spoil the experience.

While you can't always avoid delays on your trip, you can be prepared by stocking your RV with repair kits and tools you'll need such as an RV roof tape.

If you notice a leak early, you won't only save a lot of time and money if you have an RV roof tape, you'll also be able to save the day and your trip from being a complete failure.

Read more about how you can take care of your roof here.

Electrical Hookup Cords
Power is required to run the many appliances and systems found in your RV. Your RV is either powered by its 12-volt system batteries or by being plugged into a 120-volt power source via an RV power cord. Connecting your rig to an outside power source, such as a power outlet is known as shore power.

Campground power outlets are not all the same. Power cords are available in a variety of sizes and shapes. Varying power cords have different amp ratings, so make sure you have a power cord that's right for your system.

Kitchen Essentials
RV kitchen accessories are also a must-have. RV kitchen essentials are not like your regular kitchen equipment. RV kitchen tools and accessories fit easily into limited spaces and provide excellent camper organization.

They frequently fold up, are compact, or have multiple purposes. RV kitchen equipment is extremely handy camper accessories for cooking both indoors and outside.

Check out some RV kitchen accessories that you should have immediately so that everything you do in the kitchen will be a breeze.

Leveling Blocks
For any new RV owner, leveling blocks are must-have RV accessories. It's a good idea to have RV leveling blocks with you everywhere you go with your trailer, fifth wheel, or motorhome.

RV leveling blocks are important because your RVs must be reasonably level to function effectively. Being out of level can affect the performance of an absorption refrigerator, plumbing, and the operation of slide-outs, among other things.

Second, being level relieves stress on door frames, cabinets, windows, and even the chassis.

Finally, you don't want to stand or walk while holding on to furniture all the time because the floor is not level.

Water Pressure Regulator
Not all RV parks and campsites manage the water pressure that comes out of their spigots.

Excessive water pressure entering your RV might cause serious damage to your piping and appliances. Your pipes could burst and cause substantial water damage.

A water pressure regulator lowers the water pressure to a safe level, reducing the likelihood of pipes bursting and leaking water into your RV's compartments.

You can attach the water pressure regulator to the spigot or the inlet of your drinking water hose.

Inline Water Filter
Hooking up to new sources of freshwater when you’re traveling in an RV is a challenge because the quality can fluctuate drastically.

The best and most efficient approach to improve the safety and flavor of your drinking water is to install an inline water filter.

This filter attaches to your drinking water hose and removes unwanted and potentially dangerous compounds that you don't want in your water.

Where to Buy
Here at RVupgrades, we have high-quality RV accessories, equipment, and everything you need for a better camping experience, so that you spend less time worrying and more time enjoying the road.

With 10,000 products available in our online store, you'll have plenty to choose to pack your RV with for your first or next RV trip. We offer free shipping for orders above $99! Shop now!