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Old 12-30-2009, 01:17 PM   #1
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RV Upgrades

What upgrades have you made to your RV? Done out of necessity (repairs) or just wanted improvements/modernization?

Our repairs & upgrades are few ... but so far we're enjoying them immensely. Toilet leaked ... replaced w/new. Is much better than old one. Sink was leaking (seems to have stopped ... we'll see), new faucet SEEMS to have stopped the leak.

Stereo wasn't getting stations in at all or very clearly and two of our speakers were blown ... new stereo with Pioneer Super Tuner ... works great and speakers sound awesome.
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Old 12-30-2009, 02:52 PM   #2
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Oh alot of things. Added a flat screen TV and upconverter DVD player, remodeled cabinets, currently added framing and insulation to old plywood portions of the rig that had none, added house batteries.... I could go on for a while
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Old 12-30-2009, 06:08 PM   #3
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I replaced carpeting in Living Room area with Laminate Flooring this summer. On our trip to Florida this fall we had no issues with the floating floor moving out of position. Looks great & much easier to keep clean.

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Old 12-30-2009, 06:53 PM   #4
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The dealership replaced the carpet for hardwood floors, new 22" LCD TV that I moved to the bedroom, new microwave, converter, house/chassis batteries, new leather sofa and recliner.

We've installed at 1080p 37" HD LCD w/Blue Ray DVD up front, Pioneer AM/FM/CD player with iPod controls in the dash, 2TB hard drive with 387 high def movies to play onto the TV, installed a better shower head, tuneup

Items on hand awaiting to install are a Gibson exhaust system, Banks cold air intake, Blisten front/rear shocks

Items on my wish list: Front and rear trackbars, 1000 watt invertor for the TV/Direct TV, Safety Steer
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Old 12-30-2009, 07:11 PM   #5
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We have done several mode to our 99 Tradewinds.
And More.

Here is a link to some pictures.
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:18 PM   #6
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Oh boy,

new blinds
RO water system
Better water filter system
six solar panels
Cell amplifier system
Added portable blue flame propane heater for emergencies
Added a tank monitoring system that works
EGT gauge for monitoring engine
Water conditioner system
Sleep number bed

I have many more, but these are some of the major ones
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:51 PM   #7
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Banks exhaust /intake system, front and rear track bars, Saf-T-Steer, replaced under cabinet incandescent with fluorescent fixtures. Removed the rear boob tube and replaced with 19" LCD HDTV. Replaced original radio with better Alpine radio. Added TV digital to analog converter since front boob tube is in the dash. Satellite dish, DVD, VCR.
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:37 PM   #8
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Fabricated a three battery steel locking box at home, 1000 watt inverter, three Optima batteries, three way switch so I can go one, two or three at a time. Makes long primitive weekends with the kids much easier especially if it's raining.

Replaced the faucet in the tub because the other leaked, whipped up an easy antifreeze fill system, upgraded the tires from 45 PSI six plys to 65 PSI eight plys. Pulls noticeably easier and gained three MPG! Probably the best thing actually.

Future plans include a better converter, better water pump, upgrade the rest of the faucets and toilet. It's nearly paid off and getting better looking all the time!
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Old 12-31-2009, 03:02 PM   #9
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Replaced most of the large 12v wiring
Replaced Fast blows with marine fuse panel
3 new Trojan 12v batteries
new 80 amp converter
new 3000 W inverter
all new engine rubber - hoses - belts etc.
New bathroom sink and faucet end fittings
New shower faucet and fittings
Replaced kitchen sink fittings
Ned Flat panel HDTV
Vacuum gauge
Custom cup holder
Separated 120V fuse panels for inverter
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Old 12-31-2009, 08:54 PM   #10
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Replaced house battery
Replaced all four tires
Added 120 v Stand alone lamps for lighting when connected to shore power
Built new PC satelite mounting stand. Works Great even though DTV dish is upside down.
Wired TT for Satelite Now have option for Sat, Cable and Antenna
Built metal Flag pole
Next big project is to replace dinnet booths with chairs
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Old 01-01-2010, 08:42 AM   #11
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Replaced and upgrade house batteries will gel type.
Had slide ends painted to match coach when slides are open.
We know of a few things down the road that will have to be replaced:
Day/Night shades
Front TV
CB antenna
Full Timing wears things out faster than 6-8 weeks of RVing.
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Old 01-02-2010, 01:58 PM   #12
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Ain't That The Truth

Living full time in our RV for 6 WEEKS .... so far ... and our sofa/dinette cushions are TOAST. The fabric is filthy ... well ... 2 dogs and all. Cushions are saggy and we don't know WHAT is keepiing them in the seat ... we'll have to tear apart, back with plywood, get new foam and recover with better fabric. Maybe sunbrella fabric ... won't fade in sun, is made for outdoors ... hmm.... a spring project for sure.

THANKS! Mariel
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Old 01-02-2010, 03:43 PM   #13
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Drawers are well made all wood, but the bottoms are a very thin sheet of wood. If you put much weight in them the bottom wants to slip out of the groove and droop down. I cut several strips of hard wood, 1/4" thick and about 2" wide and stapled them to the bottom of the front and back parts of the drawers. Did this on all 22 drawers and four dinette chairs that have storage under the seats.

Moved my sewer discharge pipe about 2ft. forward. It was right in front of the leading axle tire and also when the kitchen slide out was extended you could hardly get to it. Other owners that have had blow outs with that tire near the sewer pipe usually experienced a damaged to the pipe. Might still get dinged some how but the odds are a little better with it being further away from flying rubber.

The gas struts that hold up my cargo bay doors were fastened with just two sheet metal screws. They didn't last long, too much strain from the massive size doors. I fabricated 4"x1/8" stainless steel plates. I increased the size of the fastners that hold the gas struts to 1/4"x20 bolts anchored to the plates. I anchored the plates with eight sheet metal screws. Did this 2-1/2 years ago and none of the three doors have loosened.

Installed EMS electrical system to protect the vitals of the trailer. (hard wired)
Balanced all five tires.
OK that's all for now. There are alot more that I intend to do to make it better for us and last longer than expected.
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Old 01-02-2010, 04:40 PM   #14
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Hi marielw824,
Go to
This is in the Newmar forum. However, few of these projects are Newmar specific. WARNING: Go to this thread only if you have a bib. Drooling has been reported to be widespread when reading this thread.
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