RV Upgrades

8 Easy RV Upgrades That Make A Big Difference But Will Not Break The Bank

We’ve compiled a list of RV upgrades that will not only help you preserve your RV’s value, but will also help you prepare for your fall/winter travels. The autumn and winter are great times for upgrading your RV since many parts and accessories are on clearance after being shown over the summer.

8 Awesome RV Upgrades for 2023:

1. A New Shower Head:

Just because you’re travelling in an RV doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the quality of your shower.  Chances are the standard shower head that came with your RV leaves a little something to be desired when it comes to water flow and pressure. Install the Oxygenics Handheld Shower (around $40) for a much improved experience.  The Oxygenics shower head mixes water with air to turn low water pressure into a nice shower with great pressure no matter where you’re staying –off grid or at an RV park. It also uses less water. Water consumption is about 1.5 gallons/min on high and a little less than .75 on low.

2. Keyless Door Lock:

If you’re looking for added security and the convenience of not worrying about carrying keys, the LATCH.IT Keyless Door Lock for RV (around $199) is for you.

3. Back-Up Camera:

If you purchased an older RV model, it may not have a back-up camera.  Most experienced RV drivers will tell you this is an investment they don’t regret.  It makes parking and interstate driving much easier, helps eliminate blind spots, and allows the driver to see surroundings from all angles.

4. RVAC Soft Starter:

If you’re gearing up for travel to some warm weather destinations or plan to go off grid, a SoftStarter (around $269) will allow you to run your AC on less power and prolong the life of your RV A/C system. Available for RLA ratings of 9A and 9.1A-16A.

5. Extra Hooks:

You can never have enough hooks in the shower for wet towels and bathing suits and even laundry that needs extra dry time.  For under ten dollars, these waterproof hooks look great and get the job done.  They’re a no-brainer.

6. Push Lights:

At night, it can be difficult to see in the nether regions of your RV.  Light dimly-lit corners and spaces with push lights for convenience (and to prevent toe stubbing when in search of a late night snack).  They’re easy to install and battery powered.

7. Sink Cover:

Maximize your kitchen workspace with a sink cover.  It doubles as a serving tray and cutting board, looks great, and fits most RV sinks.  RV kitchens are notorious for lacking prep space.  This affordable addition creates a sturdy and stylish work area.

8. Shower Rod Extension:

Elbow room can mean the difference between a good shower and a great shower.  Extend-A-Shower creates more room in your RV’s shower and folds out of the way when not in use with no tools required. It’s also great for hanging wet towels or bathing suits over the shower pan to dry.  Your shower will feel larger with a nominal investment. Taller travelers will definitely appreciate the splurge!

Top 7 Pet-Friendly RV Destinations for Dog Lovers

Top 7 Pet-Friendly RV Destinations for Dog Lovers

Hitting the road with your best four-legged friend?  For everyone’s enjoyment, it pays to do a little research beforehand to find RV parks that cater to furry campers.  Hundreds of RV parks across the country welcome pets, and there are even quite a few that offer play areas, splash pools, and other pet services so you can both enjoy your time away.

Here are some of the Pet-Friendly RV Destinations across the country:

1. Waggin’ Tail Ranch RV Resort – Pilot Point, Texas:

Waggin’ Tail Ranch RV Resort tops our list of Pet-friendly RV Destinations. Featuring an agility course, swimming pond, pet wash station, and two dog parks (one for smaller dogs and one for larger dogs).  RV sites are fully fenced for quick potty breaks and so dogs can roam close to “home.” Waggin’ Tail takes ‘pet-friendly’ to the next level.

2. 4 Paws Kingdom Campground and Dog Retreat – Rutherfordton, North Carolina:

4 Paws Kingdom Campground and Dog Retreat – Rutherfordton, North Carolina

Located in the scenic Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 4 Paws boasts the accolade “#1 dog-centric campground in the country” and for good reason. It features a swimming pond, multiple off-leash play parks, an agility park, hiking trails, doggie bath and grooming station and more. All parks in the campground have 4-foot-tall fences.

3. Lake George RV Park – Lake George, New York:

Lake George RV Park – Lake George, New York:

Lake George RV Park features, Charlie’s Bark Park, a 2 acre off-leash recreation area and pavilion with designated large & small dog areas, indoor dog wash station, pet treat vending area, dog spray fountain, agility events, shaded walking trails and a huge synthetic turf play area.  There’s something for every size dog and energy level.

4. Railside RV Ranch – Williams, Arizona:

Railside RV Ranch


Located adjacent to tracks of the historic Grand Canyon Railway, Railside is the perfect location for exploring the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and Northern Arizona.  Railside features a pet park (the “Doggy Doo Ranch”) and pet washing station

5. Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground – Disney World, Florida:

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Disney is known for entertaining kids and kids at heart, but it turns out they know a few things about keeping Fido happy as well.  Fort Wilderness offers Waggin’ Trails Park where dogs can run leash free. There are also several designated loops for on leash dog walking and other dog-friendly zones in the park for a nominal daily pet fee. Need time for your own adventures?  There’s a day and overnight kennel care available at Best Friends Pet Care.

6. Wakeda Campground – Hampton Falls, New Hampshire:

Wakeda Campground - Hampton Falls, New Hampshire

The Mike Hambleton Memorial Dog Park is a highlight for canine companions with an agility course, fire hydrant and water fountain, and plenty of benches for humans.  Surrounded by woods, this is a great place to hike and explore beneath Wakeda’s towering pines.

7. Sagadahoc Bay Campground – Georgetown, Maine:

Sagadahoc Bay Campground – Georgetown, Maine

Visitors love this RV park for its ocean front camping experience and dog-friendly atmosphere. With pet friendly beaches and direct access to the ocean, everyone’s happy.

Traveling is more fun when you don’t need to leave a member of the family behind. No need to do so with parks like these.  And dogs appreciate a change of scenery and a chance to explore and socialize too. While the majority of these campsites cater to RVs with water, sewage, and electrical hookups, some also feature tent sites for those who want a more rustic experience. If you plan on using their hookup service while RV camping, an RV Soft Start is essential. In this way, you can rest assured that your air conditioners will function without a hitch. Despite the fact that the weather has been steadily cooling, October warmth might still be around.

If you’re staying elsewhere, just remember that pet policies vary from one RV resort to another, and it’s essential to check their specific rules and requirements before making reservations. Additionally, always be a responsible pet owner by cleaning up after your pet and keep them on a leash when required.