Pimp your RV! 5 Ways to upgrade your camper with accessories
But before you get ready to head out on your next great adventure, it’s well worth it to look into the various accessories available for your RV and make some upgrades. Having the right setup allows you to enjoy your journey to its full potential. Here’s a look at five accessories that can help transform your camper into a home on wheels.
An awning attachment at the side of your camper van suddenly provides you with an extra outdoor room. A durable awning will shield you from the sun or rain and gives you the ideal space to cook and enjoy a meal, prepare equipment for a hike, or simply relax and read. The type of awning you should get depends on where you’re planning to travel, and how you plan to use the space. There are simple sun shades for a more casual outdoor space, slide-out awnings that stay attached to the side of your camper and allow you to set up shade in seconds or more structured awnings that can be installed like a tent beside your motorhome for a more room-like feel.
It’s always nice to have drinks stay cold and keep perishables fresh when you’re off the grid. A small RV refrigerator or cooler is an upgrade you’ll come to love, as it allows you to keep fresh food stocked for whenever you need it without having to worry where the closest grocery store is. There are power-free options such as passive coolers available, or lightweight coolers that plug into a cigarette lighter. If you prefer to take a lot of food along, you may want to invest in an RV refrigerator that can run on either propane, a battery or grid power.
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A small solar power setup mounted on top of your RV is perfect if you’re hoping to keep your camera, laptop and other devices charged when you’re miles away from an electrical outlet. Solar power is also useful to help keep your van’s battery charged and in ideal condition. While panels can be a bit of an investment, they can save you money down the road if you’re looking to skip paid campsites for access to electricity.
If you’ve invested in an older camper, like a quirky Volkswagen van, you may want to find a way to update its indoor appearance. For campers with smooth walls inside, installing peel-and-stick wallpaper can be an inexpensive way to instantly change the look and feel of your van. Some wallpapers even feature textured detail to give the appearance of rustic brick or wood. If your RV doesn’t quite have walls designed to be papered, you can also break out the paint to give it a fresh makeover. Opt for bright colours to make the space feel bigger.
A portable RV shower keeps you feeling fresh when you don’t have the creature comfort of running water handy. If you’re used to taking quick showers, there are simple solar showers that allow you to fill up the shower bag with water and leave it exposed to sunlight to warm up for a quick rinse. There are also options that feature a powered intake hose to provide water pressure, and propane heaters to keep the water warm. Shop around to see which options best suit your bathing preferences.
Upgrading your camper van before you hit the road can turn it into your perfect home away from home. With your favorite accessories installed, your trip is sure to be a hit!