Americans are well-known for their need to be ahead of the game with the next-best-thing when it comes to the latest and greatest in technology.
Smart phones are constantly updated or upgraded, computers keep getting smaller and faster, and cars are continually incorporating new and better advancements in safety and comfort.
And RVers also have the same insatiable desire to update and upgrade their home-on-wheels to newer and bigger models or to install popular and useful upgrades to their existing model.
Following is a list of the top five upgrades currently available for updating older RV models:
People on the go don’t want to miss out on their favorite TV shows and sports events. The next generation of portable or mountable satellite dishes has emerged. It is becoming increasingly popular, and some would say necessary, to have the complete RV home-away-from-home experience.
High-powered satellite dishes that can be mounted to the top of an RV, or a carryout satellite that can be set up on tripod or picnic tables to ensure the maximum TV reception are the norm rather than the exception.
Despite the small size of some of the latest satellite set-ups available, their reception abilities are usually incredible. So, next time you want to watch the big game while camping, plan ahead and upgrade your satellite system.
High definition TVs
Installing a satellite upgrade for high-definition programming begs the need for a new LED flat screen TV. One of the most common installations for RVs 5+ years old is the replacement of the old TV with a sleeker, more functional and attractive looking LCD/LED TV.
You’ll likely need to install a new mount. These mounting options range from traditional flat screen wall mount to tilting mount. The most popular type of mount is the articulating mount which allows the TV to be pulled out from the wall, tilted from right to left, and pushed back when you’re finished watching.
Have you ever noticed that the lights in your RV become hot after being on for only a short time? Have you been horrified at how quickly your battery drains while camping without access to electricity?
Upgrade your RV lighting with LED replacement bulbs for brighter light and better visibility. LED lights stay cool to the touch and are at a minimum for risk of fire. In addition, they use an average of ⅕ the amount of electricity that standard bulbs use. This prevents electric burnout while camping (a very unpleasant experience) and saves on energy consumption and electricity costs. Some bulbs come with built-in surge protection.
Back up camera
Few vehicles roll off the assembly line without the latest and greatest technological advances a rear-view or back-up camera.
Due to the size of most RVs, it is virtually impossible to really know what’s behind you when you’re backing up. A back up camera is especially useful for those with children or pets. The installation and purchase of a back up camera is comparatively small, and many local RV dealers are able to complete this upgrade quickly than you’d expect.
Solar panel installs
Solar power enables RVer to camp wherever they want, for extended periods, without sacrificing anything. Unlike an AC generator, a solar-power system has no moving parts, makes no noise or smell, and requires little maintenance. A solar system can be cost-effective over the long term and can be sized to suit your needs, whether that’s just keeping a single battery charged or maintaining a large battery bank for running all the modern conveniences of a large rig.
A basic RV solar-power system consists of one or more solar panels to generate charging current, a charge controller, batteries, and ancillary components such as brackets, mounting hardware, and wiring.
Solar panels are made up of photovoltaic cells that convert the sun’s energy into electricity. Solar panels are rated in watts of output and the wattage rating is determined by multiplying the panel’s peak power voltage by its peak power amperage.
There’s always a new addition that can be made to any RV-lovers home.
As Yogi Berra said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”