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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Exotic Landmarks to Visit in the US While RVing


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Traveling across the country means seeing some of the most stunning views, beautiful national parks, and most famous landmarks in the United States. But that’s not all! There are some unique places that will make your journey all the more special and fun.

Just remember to have all your RV supplies and parts ready so you can make any trek you take as seamless and enjoyable as possible.

Looking for something different to check out during your next trip? Here are some of the most exotic and unique landmarks in the United States to visit so you can plan your pit stops!

Area 51 - Lincoln County, Nevada

This spooky area is in the middle of the Nevada desert, a top-secret installation that is full of mystery. Little is known about what goes on inside Area 51 except that it’s something to do with government secrets. Maybe aliens? Alien abductions? Alien visitors? This is the site where the US Air Force studied experimental aircraft during the Cold War. But what’s going on here now?

Christmas Ghost Town - Santa Claus, Arizona

When you think of Christmas, you probably picture a snowy landscape but there is a town dedicated to Christmas in the middle of the Mojave Desert! The town was founded in 1937 in hopes of attracting people to the area but not even Jolly Saint Nick was enough. Now, the town has been all but abandoned. The Christmas spirit is still in the air despite the town’s apocalyptic appearance.

Mystery Spot - Santa Cruz, California

This gravitational anomaly that will have you questioning the laws of physics. The Mystery Spot was discovered in 1939 and has confused hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world. There are some theories behind the spot, including that metal was secretly buried under the earth or that there’s a spacecraft buried within the ground. Others believe there’s a hole in the ozone layer or a magma vortex. No matter what you believe, you’ll be entertained by this roadside attraction.

World’s Largest Objects - Casey, Illinois

This town may be small but it’s home to eight of the world’s largest objects. This includes a golf tee, a wind chime, and a rocking chair. A resident of the town, Jim Bolin, is the man behind the structures. He created the public art installation to bring in tourists, which seems to be working. The town now gets 500 visitors a day.

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Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze - San Francisco, California

This trippy labyrinth is full of reflections, dead ends, and neon — and rave music. This crazy maze is located within a nondescript building on San Francisco’s Pier 39. It’s quite difficult to find your way through, but some people will challenge themselves by going back through it backwards once they complete it.

Definitely a fun destination if you’re looking for something exotic or different than the usual.

Dream House - Manhattan, New York

On the outside, this house is pretty discreet. But look for a black door with a white sign above it that says THE DREAM HOUSE. But it’s not your typical dream house with sprawling master bedrooms and an exquisite dining room. It’s instead a room full of sound waves that will entrance you and neon pink lights that will mesmerize you.

The Dream House was created in 1993 by a modern composer and a visual artist. The sound and light work together to create a whimsical experience as you traverse throughout the home, creating different pitches and visuals.

Mutter Museum - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mirror Maze

This museum is full of oddities that aren’t for the faint of heart. You’ll see the skeleton of the tallest man to have ever lived, the fused bones of someone with fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, a collection of skulls, and the brain of Albert Einstein’s. Some other oddities worth checking out are the skeleton of conjoined twins, a corpse from the 1800s, and even a collection of thousands of objects removed from people’s throats.

Oz Park - Chicago, Illinois

Lincoln Park was a suffering neighborhood but the city decided to improve upon it by building Oz Park in honor of author L. Frank Baum, who lived in the area in the 1890s. The city has taken time to slowly transform the park into a magical land in honor of the Wizard of Oz, including statues, beautiful gardens, and even a playground called Dorothy’s Playlot. This beautiful area has become a safe, beautiful space for residents and tourists alike.

Lost Sea - Sweetwater, Tennessee

This is a stunning occurrence of nature that has to be seen to be believed. You’ll walk through a mile of cave to discover an underground lake, which you are able to ride on in a flat-bottom boat. You can even spend all night in the cave if you go on a tour, exploring even more of the tavern. This is the country’s largest underground lake, spanning four acres. You’ll see gigantic trout. And divers have also discovered a series of large rooms below the lake’s surface, filled entirely with water.

Singing Oak - New Orleans, Louisiana

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New Orleans is full of oddities and curiosities, but one that isn’t as known to tourists is the Singing Oak, also known as the Chime Tree. Wind chimes were hung throughout the giant tree by a local artist, Jim Hart, creating beautiful, serene melodies while you sit beneath its giant stretch of branches. You’ll find the tree in City Park, an escape from the heat and sun. You’ll find yourself entranced and delighted sitting under the Singing Oak.

Ready to take a journey to one of these unique landmarks? These spots can be destinations or pit stops depending on your travel plans.

To get ready for your next trip, check out our expansive list of RV supplies, parts, appliances, and accessories that we have available here in our store. Our wide RV product selection means that you can be prepared no matter how far you are traveling or how out of the way your destination is!

Monday, March 20, 2023

Understanding the Fundamentals of Towing a Trailer


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It's important to get a firm grasp on the fundamentals before attempting to tow a trailer. No matter how much towing experience you have, it's vital that you always follow the most basic guidelines for safety. RVUpgrades is committed to educating our customers on the fundamentals of towing a trailer so that they may do so safely and with confidence.

Towing Capacity

When pulling a trailer, be sure you don't exceed the towing limit of your truck. If you want to know how much weight your truck can safely tow, you need to know its towing capacity. When you exceed your truck's towing capacity, you put yourself and others in danger in a number of ways.

When a truck is overloaded, the suspension and drivetrain components wear down faster, shortening the truck's lifespan. Towing a load that is too big for your truck can place unnecessary strain on the engine, which can wear it out and reduce its performance.

Also, overloading a truck might make it harder to control because of its worse handling and lessened stability. Overloading increases the strain on the brakes, which might cause them to fail and increase the risk of an accident.

When your truck is overloaded, the engine needs to work harder to pull the extra weight, which uses more fuel. Learning the towing capacity of your truck can help you avoid overloading it and other potential dangers.

Tow Lights

The usage of tow lights is recommended whenever a trailer is being towed, as they increase the vehicle's visibility and alert other drivers that a trailer is following close behind. You, your trailer, and other drivers will all benefit from tow lights in the following ways:

  • Having tow lights installed on both the trailer and the towing vehicle improves both vehicles' visibility to other drivers on the road and lessens the likelihood of an accident.
  • Tow lights make it obvious to other vehicles that a trailer is being pulled behind the car, which decreases the likelihood that a motorist may underestimate the length of the combination and raises the towing vehicle's profile in traffic.
  • The usage of tow lights is mandated by law in many regions, and violators face fines and penalties if they are caught.
  • Tow lights increase the safety of the towing combination as a whole by letting other drivers know the trailer is there. You may greatly improve your chances of avoiding accidents and having a more secure towing experience by installing tow lights on your trailer.


If you want to attach a trailer to your car, you'll need a hitch designed for that purpose. If you plan on using your truck for towing, you'll want to invest in one of our sturdy weight distribution hitches to serve as the link between the two vehicles. The trailer's weight must be transferred securely from the hitch to the chassis of the towing vehicle.

The trailer's weight as well as any additional cargo must be supported by the hitch, which must be sufficiently strong to do so. A high-quality hitch will last through the wear and tear of towing.

Hitch compatibility is essential for a safe and sound connection between the towing vehicle and the trailer. Maintaining the physical connection between the trailer and the tow vehicle is essential, thus the hitch must be dependable and fully operational.

In addition to protecting the tow vehicle and trailer from damage, having one of our dependable brands of weight distribution hitch will help keep you and other motorists safe. Towing can become dangerous if the trailer comes unhitched from the tow vehicle.

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Towing Mirrors

When you're hauling a trailer behind your vehicle, you need towing mirrors so you can keep an eye on the road and the space behind the trailer. The following are some of the ways in which a towing mirror improves road safety for you, your trailer, and other drivers:

  • Towing mirrors allow the driver to see the whole length of the trailer and other vehicles around them, greatly improving visibility.
  • Towing mirrors enhance the driver's field of vision so that they can see the whole length of the trailer and other cars on the road, allowing for safer lane changes and better distance estimation.
  • Towing mirrors serve to decrease blind spots, letting the driver see the whole length of the towing combination and be aware of the presence of other vehicles.
  • Using Towing mirrors is mandated by law in many places for cars that are longer than the legal limit, lowering the possibility of being fined or subject to other sanctions.

When you install towing mirrors on your towing vehicle, you'll have a better sight of the road and the area around the trailer, which will allow you to safely change lanes and reduce the likelihood of an accident.

Here at RVUpgrades, we know how crucial it is to have a firm grasp on the basics of trailer towing. Safe and pleasurable towing is possible when you follow the aforementioned procedures and stock your towing combination with the essential gear. Feel free to get in touch with us if you need any clarification on how hauling a trailer works.

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

RV Battery Maintenance: A Helpful Guide


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All RVs have batteries, although not all RVs have the same type of batteries. More than likely, the most common types of RV batteries are flooded lead-acid and sealed-lead acid batteries. Each of these requires special maintenance to ensure optimal battery performance and extend battery life.

Flooded lead-acid batteries generally require the most maintenance. They must be charged frequently and even with regular charging, a phenomenon called “off-gassing” will occur, which will require you to refill the battery with distilled water (some owners use RV battery watering systems for this; see below).

Sealed lead-acid batteries, like gel and absorbed-glass mat (AGM) batteries, have a sealed cell that does not experience off-gassing and requires less maintenance than flooded lead-acid batteries do.

Nonetheless, all RV batteries will benefit from routine charging (or maintenance through a trickle charge), cleaning, and other TLC. Here’s what you need to know.

Keeping the Terminals Clean

Regardless of the type of battery you have, keeping the terminals clean is very important. Clean terminals can establish a more secure electrical connection which in turn ensures efficient discharge.

Over time, battery terminals will corrode, especially around the positive (red) terminal. If you notice any white, blue, or brownish flaky deposits around your battery’s terminals, clean it off right away.

To clean battery terminals, you don’t actually have to remove them from their mounts. You can simply disconnect the battery, and use a battery cleaning solution or make your own. Some guides suggest using a paste of baking soda and water.

You can use a commercially available battery terminal scrubber, or a brass or steel brush, along with this solution, to scrub your terminals clean.

After you’ve cleaned the corrosion off the terminals, it’s time to focus on the connections and leads. Clean these in the same manner, with the same solution, then wipe down the battery, terminals, connections and leads before allowing them to dry thoroughly.

Once the battery, terminals, and all connections are completely dry, you can reconnect the battery.

Keeping your RV’s battery clean of corrosion is one of the easiest things you can do to improve battery life and establish secure electrical connections. Also, dirty terminals can potentially cause shorts that prevent you from running the RV; so keep your terminals clean!

Watering Your Battery: When (and Why) an RV Battery Watering System Is Necessary

RV Battery Watering System

Flooded lead-acid batteries will also need to be watered periodically to counteract the off-gassing that naturally occurs. Some use an RV battery watering system for this.

Over time, the process of charging your flooded lead-acid batteries will cause some of the water contained in the battery to boil off, which will expose the lead plates.

This will adversely affect battery lifespan and performance; if the electrolyte level is not maintained it will cause serious damage to your battery.

Periodically, you need to check your RV battery’s electrolyte levels and replenish them as indicated. An RV battery watering system can streamline the process and improve safety.

Consider an RV battery watering system like the Flow-Rite Qwik-Fill Single Battery Watering System, which is faster and safer than conventional filling methods.

The Qwik-Fill System installs and fills in minutes, and contains a single fill tube (operated by a hand pump), which enables you to fill only the low cells, without overfilling. The system enables you to easily reach batteries and refill them without removing a cap.

It also works great with distilled water containers, improving the convenience of the system.

Note: sealed lead acid batteries, like AGM batteries, do not need to be watered.

Note: never use tap water to water your RV batteries. Tap water contains dissolved minerals that will damage your battery. Use distilled water only.

Properly Storing the RV Battery

Proper storage of RV batteries is also something that some RV owners overlook. Storing a battery properly can help improve its performance and extend its lifespan.

Also, if you have to winterize your RV, it’s a good idea to store the battery separately from the RV.

To store your battery properly, disconnect the terminals and remove the battery from its housing, then clean the battery and terminals.

Before storing, fully recharge and refill the battery. Then, store it in a cool, dry, place, preferably somewhere that will remain above freezing for the duration of the winter. (Extreme cold weakens batteries.)

Every month, check your battery’s charge. If it has fallen below 75%, recharge and refill it again.

Come spring, simply check the charge, recharge and refill as necessary, reinstall the battery in the RV, and get going!

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Other Helpful Tips to Extend the Life of Your RV’s Battery

Maintaining a healthy charge, keeping your terminals clean, watering your RV batteries, and storing the battery properly are only some of the things you can do to safeguard battery health. We have a few more helpful tips.

Never allow your battery to remain discharged. When the battery’s charge falls below 80%, a process called sulfation occurs. Sulfation refers to the formation of small crystals on the battery’s lead plates, and the process becomes more severe as the battery charge level drops. To prevent this from occurring, check your battery’s charge periodically and recharge and refill the battery whenever the charge drops below 75% - whether you are storing the battery or not.

Never allow your battery voltage to fall below 12V. For 12V batteries (for which a full charge voltage is about 12.7V) a 12V reading indicates a discharge rate of nearly 50%.

Also, if you can help it, try to avoid deeply discharging the battery. A battery that is discharged to 50% and then recharged will last substantially longer than a battery that is discharge to 40% or 30% before it is recharged.

When watering your RV batteries, water after charging, not before. Keep in mind that extremely hot temperatures, like cold temperatures, can damage batteries. When it is extremely hot, you will need to be more diligent about checking the water levels in your flooded lead-acid batteries.

Be conscientious of parasitic loads that can drain the RV battery over time. These include electronic refrigerator systems, charging stations, TVs, lights, GPS systems, and other electronic systems. When not using them, switch them off to prevent parasitic battery drain.

Hopefully you found these tips for RV battery maintenance helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at 866-332-7881.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Why You Must Stabilize Your RV When Camping


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Camping is a terrific opportunity to disconnect from the world and reconnect with nature if you prefer being outside. However, the last thing you want are any disruptions or accidents while you’re trying to enjoy your RV. Investing in RV stabilizer jacks will help to ensure that your RV is situated properly, so you can enjoy a smooth camping experience.

Potential Dangers of an Unstabilized RV

Among the most crucial factors to think about when thinking about parking a recreational vehicle on a camping site is its stability. Not stabilizing your RV can cause problems with the vehicle itself, with the safety of your passengers, and with your campsite.

Accidental Damage to Vehicle

The frame of a recreational vehicle might experience stress when the vehicle is unbalanced, which can then affect the RV's interior. In the same way that a house must sit on a level foundation, so must recreational vehicles when they are parked on camping grounds.

Because of this, even a slight tilt in one corner can cause a recreational vehicle's frame to warp or break if enough stress is applied. Years of this kind of stress on the RV’s frame can lead to costly repairs.

Compromised Safety

The potential dangers to passengers posed by an unstable RV are another big issue. The occupants of the RV are at risk of serious harm due to the vehicle's constant motion and swaying, especially in adverse weather conditions. In addition, the moving can dislodge items within the RV, sending them hurtling into the air and potentially damaging whatever they land on.

Campsite Destruction

Finally, the campsite itself can be damaged by an RV that hasn't been stabilized. Ruts and holes may form in the soil as a consequence of the RV sinking into the ground as a result of shifting. This can hinder the RV's maneuverability and pose a threat to campers wandering through the area.

Anyone who values a steady camping experience should equip their RV with stabilizer jacks. You can relax in the great outdoors without worrying about your RV swaying and wobbling thanks to these specially constructed jacks. Having RV stabilizer jacks  means your motorhome won't be bouncing around as much, which is a major cause of wear and tear.

RV Accessories You Need to Stabilize Your RV on the Camp

The use of RV stabilizer jacks is highly recommended for the comfort and steadiness of your RV. I know you want to make sure your RV is firmly planted and that you have a pleasant camping experience, but what more do you need?

Manual or Automatic

Identifying the proper stabilizer jacks to purchase should be your first step. Manual and electric models both offer their own perks. If you don't anticipate moving your RV frequently, manual stabilizer jacks will save you money and serve their purpose well. While electric RV stabilizer jacks are more expensive, they are also considerably simpler to use and more flexible in terms of height adjustment. If you're going to buy an RV, you need to find one that fits your needs.

Tire Pressure Devices

Tire pressure monitoring devices are another option you should look into. Maintaining the correct tire pressure is crucial for the solid and sturdy operation of your recreational vehicle. In order to prevent excessive bouncing and swaying while you're family is walking around inside your RV, check the air pressure in your RV's tires. A tire pressure monitoring system can assist in keeping your tires inflated to the correct levels at all times.

RV Wheel Chocks

Last but not least, RV wheel chocks are a crucial component of safety gear for recreational vehicles. In the event that your RV starts to roll away or shift when parked, these devices will help keep it in place.

Wheel chocks are produced from long-lasting materials like plastic or rubber and are formed to fit precisely between your RV's tires. Wheel chocks should be used on both sides of the RV whenever it is parked to prevent any swaying or shifting. Wheel chocks prevent the RV from rocking or rolling, which is especially useful on uneven ground.

The added stability provided by wheel chocks is especially useful when loading or unloading heavy things from an RV. Wheel chocks are useful for preventing your RV from rolling backwards or forwards while you load or unload items from the vehicle while utilizing a ramp.

Wrapping Up

These are all essential camping accessories that will keep your RV level and prevent annoying swaying and bobbing while you move about inside. The appropriate use of RV stabilizer jacks is crucial, as they are a vital safety feature. However, RV wheel chocks and a tire pressure monitoring system, among other RV tools, can all help keep your rig steady and your camping experience pleasant.

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Best Camper Supplies to Bring on Your RV Trip

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The beauty of RVs is that you can bring your bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom with you everywhere you go! It’s comfortable and convenient, offering you total freedom to travel wherever you want.

But sometimes it can be fun to really experience a park you’ve parked in in a bit more personal way. If you are looking to go camping, these are the essential camper supplies you’ll need to take with you on your next trip.

Essential camper supplies

There are several essential supplies that every camper should bring on a camping trip, if you really want to enjoy the elements that is. These items can help ensure a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable experience in the great outdoors.


To start, every camper should bring a reliable and high-quality tent. A tent will provide shelter from the elements, as well as a place to sleep and store gear. When choosing a tent, be sure to consider the size of the tent (will it fit everyone in your group?), the material (will it hold up in inclement weather?), and the overall durability of the tent.

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Finding the right tent for your needs can be a bit of a challenge, as there are so many different options available. However, by considering a few key factors, you can narrow down your choices and find the perfect tent for your next camping trip.

One of the most important things to consider when choosing a tent is the size of the tent. You'll want to make sure that the tent is large enough to accommodate everyone in your group, as well as any gear that you'll be bringing with you. It's also a good idea to choose a tent that has enough headroom for you to stand up and move around comfortably.

Another important factor to consider is the material of the tent. Tents are made from a variety of materials, including nylon, polyester, and canvas. Each of these materials has its own pros and cons, so it's important to consider which one will best suit your needs. For example, nylon tents are lightweight and easy to pack, but they may not be as durable as tents made from other materials.

Sleeping bag

In addition to a tent, every camper should also bring a well-made sleeping bag and sleeping pad. The sleeping bag will provide warmth and comfort, while the sleeping pad will provide insulation from the cold ground and a bit of cushioning for a more comfortable night's sleep.

Finding the right sleeping bag is essential for a comfortable and enjoyable camping trip if you intend on sleeping outside of your RV. There are many factors to consider when choosing a sleeping bag, including the material, temperature rating, shape, and size.

One of the first things to think about is the material. Sleeping bags are typically made from either synthetic or down fill. Synthetic sleeping bags are generally more affordable and easier to care for, but they may not be as warm as down fill bags. Down-filled sleeping bags are more expensive, but they are also lighter and more compressible, making them a good choice for backpacking trips.

Temperature rating is another important factor to consider when choosing a sleeping bag. Most sleeping bags are rated for a specific temperature range, and it's important to choose a bag that is appropriate for the conditions you'll be camping in. If you'll be camping in cold weather, you'll want a sleeping bag with a lower temperature rating, while a higher temperature rating will be more suitable for warmer weather.

Other camping supplies to consider

Other essential supplies to bring on a camping trip include a first aid kit, a flashlight or headlamp (with extra batteries), a camp stove and fuel for cooking, and a small cooler for storing food and drinks. It's also a good idea to bring along some basic kitchen supplies, such as pots, pans, utensils, and a cooking grate for campfires.

Other items to consider bringing include a map and compass (or a GPS device), a whistle (for emergency situations), insect repellent, sunscreen, and a hat or other protective clothing.

By bringing these essential supplies, campers can be prepared for any situation that may arise and have a successful and enjoyable camping trip. The big point here is to make sure you are prepared and comfortable so you can focus on actually having a good time!

How to store camper supplies in your RV

Storing camper supplies in an RV can be a bit of a challenge, as space is often limited. However, with a little bit of organization and planning, it's possible to store all of your necessary supplies in a way that is both convenient and efficient.

One way to store supplies in an RV is to utilize storage compartments and under-seat storage areas. These spaces can be used to store smaller items, such as pots and pans, utensils, and other kitchen supplies. Larger items, such as sleeping bags and air mattresses, can be stored in closets or under beds.

Another way to maximize storage space in an RV is to invest in some storage solutions, such as shelves, bins, and organizers. These items can help keep supplies organized and easily accessible, while also freeing up floor space.

It's also a good idea to store items in a way that makes them easy to find and access. For example, you might want to store all of your cooking supplies in one location, and all of your outdoor gear in another. This will make it easier to find what you need when you're out on the road or at the campsite.

Finally, be sure to take inventory of your supplies before each trip to ensure that you have everything you need. This will help you avoid forgetting any essential items, and will also help you stay organized and efficient when packing and unpacking your RV.

By following these tips, you can effectively store all of your camper supplies in your RV and have everything you need for a successful and enjoyable camping trip. Just remember to make sure you have everything you need before setting off on your adventure!

Here at RVupgrades, we have everything you need for a successful camping trip, whether you intend on staying in the cozy confines of your RV or enjoying the outdoors in a tent and sleeping bag. Browse through all of the products we have available and feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions!

Monday, January 30, 2023

How to Enhance Your RV’s Kitchen With a Few Simple Tips


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One of the best feelings in the world is having complete freedom. That is something that an RV can bring you. When you have the right RV, you can travel anywhere you want because you have everything right there in your RV — no hotels necessary!

But that means you’ll need an RV with a full kitchen. This includes the right RV sinks, appliances, and cookware. This guide will cover some of the most important things to consider when enhancing, upgrading, or remodeling your RV’s kitchen, including how to find a new RV sink, and what you need to whip up a great meal as well!

How to pick the right RV sinks

In order to do most basic kitchen-related activities, you need a quality sink. Whether your RV is in need of an upgrade here due to age, or if you just want a bigger and better model that meets your needs, these tips will help.

When it comes to picking an RV sink, there are a few key factors at play. These include the size and layout of your RV, your personal preferences and style, and the type of material you want the sink to be made of. Here are some steps to follow when choosing an RV sink:

  1. Measure the space where you plan to install the sink. It's important to choose a sink that fits properly in the available space. Measure the width, depth, and height of the area to ensure you choose a sink that fits comfortably.
  1. Consider the layout of your RV. If you have a small RV with a compact kitchen, you may want to choose a smaller sink. On the other hand, if you have a larger RV with more space, you may be able to accommodate a larger sink.
  1. Decide on the material you want the sink to be made of. Some common options include stainless steel, acrylic, and composite materials. Stainless steel is a durable and long-lasting option, but it can be prone to scratching and may require more maintenance. Acrylic is a lightweight and affordable option, but it may not be as durable as other materials. Composite materials are a mix of different materials and can offer a balance of durability and affordability.
  1. Consider the style of the sink. Do you want a traditional drop-in sink or a more modern undermount sink? Do you want a single basin or a double basin? Think about the overall style of your RV and choose a sink that fits in with the rest of the decor.

Research different brands and read reviews. Look for a reputable brand that has a good track record for quality and customer satisfaction. Reading reviews from other RV owners can also be helpful in identifying any potential issues or concerns with a particular sink. With just a bit of planning, you can choose an RV sink that fits your needs and preferences and enhances the overall look and functionality of your RV kitchen.

Here at RV Upgrades we have a variety of sinks that will match most RV styles and just about any RV kitchen size, as well as a great selection of faucets and other items as well.

Essential RV Kitchen Appliances

When it comes to stocking your RV kitchen, there are certain essential appliances that you must have in order to make your RV cooking experience a success. These appliances will help you make delicious meals, save you time and energy, and make your RV kitchen a place you look forward to spending time in. Whether you’re a full-time RVer or a weekend warrior, the following list of essential RV kitchen appliances will help you make the most of your RV kitchen.

  1. Microwave: A microwave is essential for RVers who are short on space and time. It’s a great way to quickly heat up leftovers, make popcorn, and even cook whole meals. Many RV microwaves come with a built-in exhaust fan and turntable, making it easy to evenly cook food.
  1. Refrigerator: A good RV refrigerator is needed to keep your food cold and safe. It’s important to make sure that your RV refrigerator is the right size for your RV, as a too-large refrigerator can take up valuable space and a too-small refrigerator won’t be able to keep all your food cold.
  1. Stove: A stove is a key appliance for any RV kitchen. Whether you’re making breakfast, lunch, or dinner, a stove will make it easy to cook your favorite meals as if you were back at home. Most RV stoves are two-burner models and come with a range top and oven, making it easy to bake, sauté, and more.
  1. Coffee Maker: If you’re a coffee lover, a coffee maker is probably a necessity in your RV. Breakfast just isn’t the same without that first cup in the morning. If you want your RV to feel like home, make sure you have a proper coffee maker on board.
  1. Toaster: A toaster is a great way to make quick breakfasts or snacks in your RV kitchen. Most toasters are small and compact, making them perfect for a small kitchen, as most RV kitchens tend to be.
  1. Slow Cooker: These are perfect for making slow-cooked meals, soups, and stews. They are another appliance that is great for small areas, making them a nice fit for RV owners.

These are just some of the essential RV kitchen appliances that you should have in your RV kitchen. With these appliances, you can make delicious and healthy meals in your RV kitchen. Whether you’re a full-time RVer or a weekend warrior, these essential RV kitchen appliances will make your RV cooking experience a success.

Tips for cooking in an RV

So you have your RV sink and are ready to hit the road! There is nothing better than heading to a stunning campground at a beautiful park and cooking with a view of the forest or beach out your window.

Cooking in an RV can be a fun and enjoyable experience, but it does require some adjustments and considerations. Here are some tips for cooking in an RV:

  1. Plan ahead and stock up on non-perishable ingredients. This will save you time and money and help you avoid making frequent trips to the store.
  1. Use your space wisely. Make use of all available storage space, and invest in compact and multi-functional kitchen tools, such as a mini fridge, portable stove, and collapsible colander.
  1. Keep it simple. Choose recipes that are easy to prepare and don't require a lot of ingredients. This will save you time and minimize the amount of dishes you have to wash.
  1. Use your outdoor space. Consider cooking outdoors on a portable grill or camp stove. This will help keep the inside of your RV cool and reduce the amount of heat and cooking smells inside.
  1. Use your microwave wisely. Your microwave can be a great tool for heating up leftovers or making quick meals.
  1. Use a slow cooker or pressure cooker. These appliances are great for making hearty meals with minimal effort.

And now you have RV sinks to wash your dishes! Any questions about installing RV sinks? Reach out to us for any questions you might have on improving your RV kitchen and finding the right appliances and other important items that you need.

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Best Food to Try in the United States When You’re Traveling

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RVers love the freedom of changing your environment and exploring new places on a whim. When we think of RVing across the country, we often think of visiting national parks, exploring the great outdoors… But there’s another part of travel that can’t be ignored — the food! We have put together a list of some of the most iconic dishes to try while you visit each state.

Of course, make sure you have all the right RV parts you need to make a cross country trip. From appliances to lighting to bike carriers, we have all the RV parts you need to take on any journey or activity!

The Most Iconic Food Destinations in the United States

Every state has a nickname, a state bird, a logo… But every state also has food it’s known for! These are dishes or desserts the state specializes in, meaning it’s most definitely something you’ll want to try when you get there. Here are some of the most exciting!

Alabama: Chicken with White BBQ Sauce

Alabama is known for barbecue but not just any old sauce will do. Alabama created a creamy, mayonnaise-based white BBQ sauce that’s usually slathered onto chicken. This sauce is hard to find outside of Alabama, so you’ll want to try this out if you’re ever in this southern state.

Alaska: Salmon

Alaskans love salmon. It’s not hard to see why. This state has some of the best salmon in the country. Not only is salmon delicious here, but it’s a healthy superfood that’s always worth trying. Salmon is known for its abundance of omega-3 fatty acids.

Arizona: Chimichangas

Arizona has great Mexican food, from tacos to nachos. One of their most popular takes on Mexican food is the chimichanga, which was actually created by accident when El Charro Cafe’s chef dropped a burrito into the deep fryer in the 50s. Now, you’ll find restaurants all over Arizona serving this tasty, crunchy take on a Mexican staple.

Arkansas: Cheese Dip

Arkansas loves its bar food! You’ll find fried pickles drenched in ranch dressing and stringy, zesty cheese dip almost everywhere you go. If you are looking for comfort food, Arkansas has you covered (with butter).

California: Sushi

If you’re a fan of Japanese food, California has some of the best you’ll find outside of the country itself. Southern California, especially Los Angeles, has top notch sushi places with chefs and ingredients flown in from Japan, including expertly prepared rice, fresh, quality fish, and an authentic presentation. From revolving sushi joints to high end omakase, you’ll find just about every style of sushi for every budget, including some chains that are also found in Japan.

Connecticut: Pizza

When you think of pizza, you probably picture New York. But cities like New Haven, Connecticut are said to have some of the best pizza in the entire country. While you’ll find just about every style pizza, the most popular in CT is white clam pizza. This was originated in the 20s by Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana on New Haven’s historic Wooster Street. Connecticut pizza is revered for its chewy and charred crust, as well as its seafood-inspired toppings.

Florida: Cuban Food

Florida is home to some of the best Cuban food in the United States. Cuban food is inspired by Spanish cuisine with a touch of Caribbean flavors. Look for classics like ropa vieja, which is boiled and shredded beef cooked in a sauce with onion, bell peppers, bay leaves, and cumin, as well as Cuban sandwiches, which often have roast pork, cheese, and ham.

Georgia: Peach Cobbler

What can you expect from the Peach State? Georgia loves its peaches — and for good reason. Look for places selling homemade peach cobbler to satisfy your sweet tooth. Most will have a dollop of vanilla ice cream on the top, completing this nostalgic meal.

Idaho: Baked Potato

Idaho has tons and tons of potatoes. So anything potato is sure to be a hit, from mashed to fries. Baked potatoes are probably some of the best since they’re loaded with just about everything you can think of. The Pioneer Saloon has potatoes topped with steak, caramelized onions, sour cream, and cheddar cheese. There’s plenty of potato to go around.

Iowa: Corn

Potatoes are to Idaho as corn is to Iowa. Farmers all over the state have fields and fields of corn. You’ll find so many places serving fresh, sweet corn that you’re bound to have it a few times. Corn on the cob with butter is a classic that shouldn’t be missed. You will also find plenty of corn-related festivals in the summer!

Louisiana: Crawfish

Louisiana is known for its flavorful meals, from gumbo and jambalaya to its seafood dishes. You’ll most definitely want to try some fresh fish down in Louisiana, especially the craw fish. Not only will the crawfish be amazing, but the flavors will blow your mind.

Maine: Lobster Roll

You can’t go to Maine without eating lobster. It’s a sin. And the best way to enjoy lobster in Maine is by having a lobster roll. Maine is known for its fresh lobster and many places will be extra generous with the portions of this coveted sea creature. Putting this succulent meat in a perfectly toasted bun with a bit of butter will put you in heaven.

Maryland: Crab

If you want some of the tastiest crab dishes known to humankind, head to Maryland. You’ll find an abundance of crab entrees that are known around the world, like hefty crab cakes and thick clam chowder.

New York: Bagels

You can’t go wrong with a New York bagel. New York City has special tap water that’s coveted throughout the bagel-eating world. Other states will try to recreate the water to use when making their own bagels, hoping to get the same round, airy texture and satisfying taste. Get a bagel with lox and cream cheese for the full effect!

Wisconsin: Cheese

Get anything cheese in Wisconsin and you won’t regret it.

Ready to try out your next meal? Before you head out, check out your wishlist on our store to see if you have all the RV parts you need before checking out the Yelp reviews of that lobster shack up in Maine.

RV Kitchen Appliances and Cooking Accessories

Want to cook like a pro while you’re camped out in your RV? There are several essential RV kitchen appliances and cooking accessories that you may want to consider adding to your RV kitchen. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Refrigerator: A small, compact refrigerator is essential for storing perishable items and keeping them fresh while you're on the road.
  2. Stovetop: A small stovetop or range is essential for cooking meals in your RV. You may want to consider a propane stove or an electric stove depending on your RV's power setup.
  3. Microwave: A microwave is a convenient appliance for heating up leftovers or defrosting frozen items - it’s also useful in a pinch for heating up sauces, melting butter, and performing other routine cooking tasks.
  4. Slow cooker: A slow cooker is a great appliance for making soups, stews, and other slow-cooked meals, and can really help you whip up some tasty dishes while you’re on the road.
  5. Electric griddle: An electric griddle is a handy appliance for making breakfast foods like pancakes and eggs.
  6. Coffee maker: A coffee maker is a must-have for many people, and there are several compact models available that are perfect for RV use.
  7. Pots and pans: You'll need a variety of pots and pans for cooking different types of meals in your RV.
  8. Knives: A sharp knife is essential for chopping and preparing food.
  9. Cutting board: A cutting board is a handy accessory for preparing food and protecting your countertops.

Have everything you need to embrace your inner foodie while traveling in your RV? Whether you plan on hitting America’s best food destinations or if you intend on cooking up a feast in your campsite, the right RV kitchen appliances, tools, and accessories are a must. Take a look through our catalog today to make sure you’re properly prepared!

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Important Tips For Getting the Most Out of Your RV


●	Trailer-tongue jack

Part of owning an RV is knowing how to take care of it. If you want to get the most out of your recreational vehicle, you need to obtain essential tools and accessories such as trailer tongue jacks, stabilizer jacks, and spare tires, and educate yourself on how to clean and maintain your RV as well.

In this article we’ll cover some of the basics so you can be prepared the next time you hit the road.

RV Care Tips

Let’s start with some important care tips that will ensure your RV is ready to go every time:

  • Keep the exterior clean and waxed to protect the paint and prevent fading.
  • Check the roof regularly for any signs of damage or leaks, and repair as needed.
  • Test all systems (electrical, plumbing, etc.) regularly to ensure they are in good working order.
  • Check and replace the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Store the RV properly when not in use, either in a garage or covered storage area.
  • Empty the holding tanks and clean the black and gray water tanks regularly to prevent odors and clogs.
  • Inspect the tires regularly and replace them if they show signs of wear or damage.
  • Use a high-quality water filter to ensure clean, safe drinking water.
  • Follow the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule for all appliances and systems.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your RV stays in good condition and is ready for your next adventure.

Must Have Tools and Accessories for RV Owners

Proper care for your RV starts with having all of the right equipment and accessories on hand to care for it, keep it maintained, and prevent damage and issues from occurring in the first place. These essential items range from basic tools to RV-specific accessories.

It’s important to invest in these tools and other items if you intend on keeping your RV in top shape for years. Here are a few must-have accessories and tools for RV owners:

  • A high-quality surge protector: This is important for protecting your RV's electrical systems from power surges and voltage spikes.
  • Trailer-tongue jack: Used to lift and lower the front of an RV trailer.
  • A tire pressure gauge: This is essential for maintaining the proper tire pressure on your RV.
  • A set of good quality RV-specific jack stands: These will help support your RV when you need to change a tire or perform other maintenance tasks.
  • A good quality water hose: This will allow you to connect to a water source and fill your RV's water tanks.
  • A set of basic hand tools: This might include a hammer, pliers, screwdrivers, and a socket set.
  • A good quality tool box: This will help you keep your tools organized and easily accessible.
  • A portable generator: This can be useful in case of power outages or when you are in an area without hookups.
  • A level: This will help you ensure that your RV is properly level when you are setting it up at a campsite.
  • A good quality water filter: This will ensure that you have clean, safe drinking water while you are on the road.
  • A set of good quality leveling blocks: These will help you level your RV when you are setting it up at a campsite.
Trailer tongue jacks

Why Trailer Tongue Jacks Are Essential For RV Owners

An RV trailer tongue jack is used on the front of the trailer, at the base of the tongue. The jack is used to level the trailer when it is parked at a campsite, and it is also used to raise the front of the trailer off the ground when the trailer is being hitched or unhitched from a tow vehicle.

Trailer tongue jacks typically consist of a screw mechanism that is driven by a hand crank or electric motor. The screw mechanism is attached to a lifting arm, which is connected to the trailer tongue. When the jack is in use, the lifting arm is raised or lowered to raise or lower the front of the trailer.

RV trailer tongue jacks are an important part of the towing and setup process for an RV, and they are essential for ensuring that the trailer is properly leveled and secured when it is parked at a campsite.

Make Sure You Have Everything You Need For Emergency Situations

Anything can happen when you are exploring the outdoors or when you are on the road for long periods of time. Making sure your RV is properly stocked with emergency maintenance tools and first-aid items could be the difference between a successful trip and a lot of hassle.

  • A first aid kit: This should include bandages, gauze, adhesive tape, scissors, tweezers, and any other essential items.
  • A flashlight: This will be useful in case of a power outage or other emergency situation.
  • A multi-tool: This can be useful for a variety of tasks, including cutting, sawing, and opening containers.
  • A spare tire: It's a good idea to have a spare tire on hand in case you get a flat while on the road.
  • A fire extinguisher: This can be used to put out small fires that may start in the RV.
  • A portable power bank: This can be used to charge your phone or other electronic devices in case of a power outage.
  • A supply of non-perishable food and water: It's a good idea to have a supply of non-perishable food and water on hand in case you get stranded or are unable to leave the RV for an extended period of time.
  • A weather radio: This will allow you to stay informed about weather conditions and any emergency alerts that may be issued.

By having these items on hand, you'll be better prepared to handle any emergency situation that may arise while you're on the road.

Whether it’s important accessories, useful appliances, or anything else you might need for your RV, you’re in the right place. Take a look through our entire store and find just what you need to take care of your RV and get the most out of it on every adventure.