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Since the RV arrived back on Aug 1, 2014 we have made some upgrades to our unit. The first one I highly recommend are called JT Strongarms. They help stabilize the rv from shaking so much. Now please note that you are always going to have some shaking going on because it’s an RV but between this and the X-Chocks on the wheels it really takes it down to barely anything! We purchased our set from Amazon. They can be purchased at other RV product stores though like Camping World and such. They come in different sizes for different rigs. Ours is for the front and the rear of our 5th wheel but since we have stabilizers on the rear legs already we didn’t install them back there.
Update: Jan 2017 – We wound up adding some stabilizers under the RV. We have 4 of them. They come in a 2 pack. Although they are expensive if you are full timing and especially if you are stationary then these are the best! The only rocking we feel in the rv now is if the washer/dryer combo is running a spin cycle. I also recommend getting some of these Jack Pads as well to put under the stabilizers. That way you don’t have to keep adjusting them if the ground shifts a little.
Another modification that we made was to our front door. The Screen Door Cross Bar – Black Handle. It was getting hard to close with just the handle. I found this bar, that is very easy to install, at Camping World. It has made a huge difference with how easily we can close the front door now.
The shower head was the next thing to go. We just picked up an inexpensive new one at Walmart for $20. Then I spray painted it to match the bathroom fixtures. It’s held up great over the past 2 years! No chipping!
One of the most annoying things a manufacturer can do is to put these stupid clothes bars into RV’s. I’m sure if your reading this and have one in your rig you know the struggle I speak of. I basically took a cheap curtain rod from Walmart and turned it upside down. Then I screwed it into the shelf above the laundry machine. Here is the before and after. This way I can push my clothes aside when I put them away instead of searching for the one open hole on the rack. The holes that you see in the second picture are from where I removed the first rack. I never went back and sanded them down and filled them in. Maybe one day.
I also added this lattice for a screen door cover. Some folks use plexi-glass so pets can still look outside but it doesn’t let the heat or cold in. We would have had to cover the whole screen door in order to achieve that. I wanted the animals to still be able to smell the outside, so I found some lattice at Home Depot and cut it down to size to fit the bottom of the screen door. I spray painted it barn red as well, to match our other red accents in the main living room. Then I screwed it onto the screen door frame. I made pilot holes first then I used the longer screws, 4 of them, to attach it to the door. Here is a perfect photo of it in use.
Keep an eye on this post as I will be updating it as we make more changes.
What add-on items have you put in your RV? See something I’m missing? Leave a comment below or send me an email. I’d love to see what my viewers have done for upgrades to their RV.