In this episode, we do 5 simple RV mods to make RV living easier on us. The major mod being adding a viewing window to our front storage compartment. We were always wanting to peek behind the wall to see our water pump, hot water tank, and water connections and it was such a pain to have to unscrew it every time. We added a clear window and a hinge to make accessing that area a lot easier! We also added a motion light under our stairs, moved a shelf for Carmen’s food, and a few other things!
1. Viewing Window
We love to to be aware of the state of our RV and Grand Design RV has made it pretty easy for us to take off access panels and take a peek at what is going on behind the scenes. We wanted to shed some additional light on the water pump, water heater, and our Nautilus water panel though because a leak could be damaging.
We used to check every month or so when we remembered but had to remove everything in our front storage to take off the panel. Now, with this mod, we peek every week to make sure there are no issues.
We completed this mod in a few simple steps.
- Remove panel
- Measure window size
- Cut felt in X from corner to corner of the window
- Peel felt off the wood
- Cut out window
- Fold felt back and glue to secure
- Screw-in plexiglass window
- P252 DRILL / DRIVER: This has a two-speed gearbox and 24 position clutch for keeping full control over your light to medium-duty fastener driving jobs. A magnetic tray at the base of this tool is included to keep fasteners and bits within easy reach
- P239 IMPACT DRIVER: The compact impact driver of this kit has an auto-loading chuck for fast bit changes. Its variable speed trigger drives large fasteners at up to 4,350 impacts per minute
- P508 CIRCULAR SAW: With an included blade, adjustable bevel settings, led lighting, and rubber grip, you’ll be able to maintain control over your precise woodcutting jobs
- 18V BATTERIES: Two different kinds of batteries are included in this set. The P190 is a lightweight, compact 2.0 Amp Hour battery, and the P191 is a heavy-duty 3.0 Amp Hour battery with an onboard power gauge. Both feature cold-weather performance with fade-free power
- P118 CHARGER: The P118 is a single-battery charger with an LED status indicator to let you know of a battery’s progress. It also has pinholes on the back to help with mounting or hanging for a variety of storage solutions
- made from clear 3/16 inch thick acrylic
- BENEFITS- Acrylic is stronger and lighter than glass, excellent resistance to long-term exposure of outdoor elements
- MULTIPURPOSE- Acrylic sheet uses are glass window replacement, outdoor signs, lighting applications, and bending or manipulation.
- EASY USE- Acrylic sheet can easily be sawed, routed, drilled, formed, bent and cemented
- DURABLE SHIPPING- Our acrylic sheets arrive with Film Mask for Protection from stratches
- Premium quality clear formula for arts and crafts, paper, cloth, cardboard, cork and many other materials
- Use for temporary or permanent bonds
- Dries quickly
2. Hinge Access Door
We kind of took this mod from Sprad’s RV. When they installed our Lithium Battle Born Batteries they cut the panel and put hinges on a small section so they had additional floor space.
We loved the hinge idea because when the panel was removed completely it was always in the way. The two hinged doors are secured with a gate lock to make them securely closed but also easy to open. We love that we are now able to quickly open the doors if we need to access something.
- HEAVY DUTY! - Each leaf is a robust .060" thick! (most other hinges are only .035" - .040" thick)
- 2" OPEN WIDTH - This still enables you to hang doors as thin as 3/4" but thicker doors can be handled just as easily. Length is 24"
- DURABLE MATERIAL - 304 Stainless steel will stand up to years of abuse in any environment!
- FANTASTIC FINISH - Who says practical things can't also be beautiful? Satin finish resists finger marks while offering a classy look.
- SCREWS INCLUDED - No need to shelp off to the hardware store, because we include stainless steel #6 x 3/4" screws for your convenience!
3. A/C Airflow Mod
Efficiency and RVs go hand in hand. Whether space or heating and cooling you always should be trying to make things more efficient. We have ducted cooling which worked great but I always thought that some air must continue to race around the duct and never exit.
We previously modified the ducts by adding an additional layer of HVAC tape to the edge to make sure the duct didn’t allow cool air to escape into the roof space. While that ensured all the air was either in the duct or the living areas it didn’t help with getting the air out of the ducts. Someone else had the idea in a Grand Design RV Facebook group to add a small doorstop bumper to the duct to disrupt the airflow a little.
We went with the round ones to ensure that air still traveled through the ducts to the rest of the RV but the little bump causes some air to now to be forced out of the duct. It was a great cheap mod for better overall cooling.
- 2 pack; mounts to wall
- Prevents additional, costly repair for wall damage
- Covers minor damage and marks on walls
- Air-cushioned action absorbs shock
- Self-adhesive so no tools required for installation
4. Motion Activated Outside Step Light
We forget to turn on our porch light before we leave and when we get back are often greeted with a dark outside. This is made tenfold worse when we are boondocking and it is pitch black.
This little motion-activated step light is battery powered and motion-activated. It is also just smart enough to only turn on from motion when it is dark outside. We added a small strip of VHB and mounted it on the frame of our RV behind our steps. It has a motion radius of about 15 feet which is perfect for our purposes.
- Durable Security Light– This LED motion-sensing light is IP54-rated for indoor or outdoor use and is dustproof, windproof & splashproof
- Motion-Activated – See intruders or your surroundings at all times thanks to a 40 lumen LED and a 15-foot motion-detection range with auto-shutoff
- Wireless LED Security Light – An easy to open battery compartment makes changing batteries easier and each light requires 3 AA batteries (not included)
- Wall Mountable Light – Mount this security light wherever you see fit with the included double-sided tape or mounting screws
- Indoor/Outdoor Use – Ideal for entryway, closet, porch, patio, deck, basement, shed, garage and more
5. Safety Cable Attachment
We heard that it isn’t good to attach your safety cable to your hitch. If there is a catastrophic failure with the hitch it is possible that the safety cable will not deploy. We purchased a D-ring clip to attach the safety cable to the truck.
- Design - 3" inch Aluminum Carabiner Key Chain & Steel Keyring. Compact functional design, can be used with one hand. Carabiner lock gate prevents items from unwanted detachment.
- Order Includes - (3") Key Chain Carabiners & 25mm Keyrings (Quantity varies based on Order Quantity selected at checkout) ASSORTED COLORS
- Outdoor Applications - Used in the field by experienced backpackers, hikers and park rangers. Multifunctional carabiner that you can use to attach and carry keys water bottles camping gear hang lanterns and lights. Very durable and great for hiking, camping and even kayaking
- NOT FOR CLIMBING - Great to securely clip items on one end, attach with the other. Clip multiple items together. Can be used with zippers, laptop carriers, suitcases, luggage tags and hanging plants.
- Indoor Applications - Use these for hanging power tools, camping supplies and tent shaders as well as automotive tools and supplies. Also ideal for hanging lights, potted plants and garage tools and storage containers.
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