10 Cool RV Modifications and Improvements



When you buy an RV or camper, they all have the same interior features unless you special order one.  Even then, almost all of them have very little in custom decorating or necessary features fitting to our own individual needs.  Its up to the new owner to make it their own. We’ve made our own modifications that made our RV lifestyle a little easier and more comfortable.


When we purchased our 5th wheel, we lived in it a few months before making small modifications; getting a feel of what we wanted, needed and where they would serve us best.  Most of these small modifications or improvements to our 5th wheel took less than an hour to install and not very much cash.  Make note that if you install anything into the walls or cabinetry of your RV, you need to make certain that they are secured thoroughly as they will endure RV travel.  As well, be aware there may be electrical or plumbing behind the bulkheads.  We recommend contacting your RV manufacturer for a schematic that shows where plumbing and electric may be.

What would take a matter of minutes to install in a S&B, will take a little more time in an RV because of building material you’re going to adhere it to and the fact that RV’s are ‘earthquakes on wheels’ so you need to make sure that it’s double secure.  You’ll notice that Dan used extra building materials to reinforce attachment area.

1)  Screen Door Handle

travel trailers and fifth wheels have the main hatch door and a screen door.  The screen door however, has no handle and several times when we had our Cyclone, the wind would swing it out of our hands because there was no handle to grab.  We found this Camco Screen Door Cross Bar Handle designed precisely for camper and RV screen doors at Camping World and Amazon.  Not only is it used as a handle, but we hang our dishtowels after use to dry.

 

2)  Under Cabinet Towel Bar

There was no towel bar or hook in the bathroom to hang our towels onto.  Being apprehensive about screwing brackets into the walls, we mounted it to hang from the bottom of the cabinet above the commode instead.  Perfect!  This Delta Faucet 79618-OB Windemere 18″ Oil Rubbed Bronze Towel Bar from Amazon for about $20 and took less than a half hour to mount it securely.

 

3)  Toilet Paper Roll Holder

In the bathrooms of campers and fifth wheels, some manufacturers must think people don’t use toilet paper because in the case of ours, a toilet paper holder was MIA.  We didn’t want to start screwing or nailing in the wall so Dan reinforced the inside sink cabinet door and mounted it in about an hour to install. This one is similar to this brushed nickel toilet paper holder at Amazon.

 

4)  Glass Stemware Racks

One thing we couldn’t part with was our glass stemware (i.e. wine glasses, beer glasses).  Instead of mounting them underside the cabinet where they would get in the way or get dusty and dirty, we mounted them inside the cabinet instead.  When we are underway, we simply put a sock on each glass and a twistie to wrap around the holder so they don’t slide out and fall when we open the cabinet door.  We found these stemware racks at Amazon and took about 15 minutes to install.

5)   Light Fixture Globes

We did this for our pendant lights in our Cyclone and did the same mod for two LED lights on the aft wall on either side of our big picture window.  The lights came with little lampshades; they were cute but we wanted something more custom and interesting.


We found these globes in the lighting section of Lowes.  With a wee bit of modification so they seated right in the bracket, now they give our coach a custom look unlike others of our same model.  We paid $30 for both.

6)  Galley Trash Can Slide-Out

We prefer that our trash can not be out in the open; even the nice stainless ones that easily dent and get pretty grimy looking.   We found this 20 quart Rev-A-Shelf trash can slide-out on Amazon for about $35.  Dan reinforced the cabinet floor and mounted it per instructions.  Installation took one hour. (See below – Paper Towel Holder)

7)   Paper Towel Holder

We also can’t stand our paper towel roll being out in the open taking up counter space.  We knew exactly which one we wanted as it was the same model in our S&B.  Its sturdy and higher quality unlike the cheap plastic ones.  This is another one of Dan’s 1-hour projects and again.  Like the bathroom’s cabinet door, he reinforced the galley cabinet door as to not have the screws go all the way through the cabinet door and for the screws to have enough bite to stay secured.  This heavy duty brushed nickel paper towel holder was purchased at Lowes in the kitchen organization section for $20.  I push a straight pin into the roll so it doesn’t unroll during transit. (See above photo)

8)  Bedroom Shelf Rack

We scored this attractive two-tier metal rack at Hobby Lobby in the sale section for a whopping $10.  We DID screw this in the wall but Dan was extremely careful.  He used dry wall fasteners to give the screws a secure bite to hold it.  We’ve had that rack up for over a year and its still as secure as it was the day he installed it.

 

 9)  Key and Mail Rack

Like the above bedroom shelf rack, Dan used drywall fasteners to mount this cool little rack in the dining area.  We keep our travel cards, travel card file book, post cards and stamps, and outgoing mail along with our sunglasses.  We found this little rack at Ross’ Stores for $10.

 

10)  Extra Storage Cabinets

We had purchased both of these cabinets after we moved into our Heartland Cyclone Toyhauler because it lacked necessary kitchen accessory storage.  Prior to buying them, we carried  measurements of where we wanted them with us in our phones and kept a small sewing tape measur
e in our pockets when we went shopping.  When we traded our Cyclone in for our Landmark 365, they fit perfectly at the ends of our island without loosing space.  This larger cabinet fits perfectly on the living area end and holds our essential oils, vitamins, office supplies, electronic charger cords, etc.  It’s a nice custom piece of furniture of useful storage.  It cost about $140 and came from Hobby Lobby.

 

This smaller cabinet with the four baskets keeps our farmers market produce; anything that doesn’t require refrigeration.     In the future, we plan on painting them to match our decor change. This one also was purchased at Hobby Lobby for about $40.

 

 

Concluding, these are just a handful of the small one-hour-or-less cheap improvements or modifications we’ve made to our 5th wheel making it more ours.  Perhaps you can use some of these ideas in your own home on wheels.

6 Replies to “10 Cool RV Modifications and Improvements”

  1. Thank you so much for all the space saving idea . . We have a 26″c class with very limited space
    I’m finding be organize is the only way to go . Thanks again

    1. Welcome Linda!

      Yes! YES!! Organization is the key. And anyone who tells you that you won’t ‘loose stuff’ in your RV hasn’t really LIVED in an RV. Even as organized as we are, we sometimes seem to lose a set of keys or something. Oh wait, that has nothing to do with RVing LOL more of ‘getting older’ LOL. But yes, get containers, baskets and holders for everything. And every 6 months or so, weed out. I found cold medicine that was 4 years old from when we started RVing!

      Smooth roads ahead for you! Happy trails!

      -Dan & Lisa

    1. Thank you Renee! We enjoy sharing tips, tricks and ideas with our audience. We hope you stay tuned into our blog by subscribing to see more! Happy day! -Dan & Lisa

  2. My husband and I are thinking of living in a RV after we retire. Can anyone tell me if they live in theirs, and if they have any advice for me. Looking forward to the adventure, but a little nervous about living in a RV.
    Thanks Kelly

    1. Hi Kelly, we live and travel in our 5th wheel RV full-time. What kind of info are you looking for? Make sure you check out our menu bar and follow the blogs. You’ll find some helpful articles and incite of our 4 year experience. There are also a lot of social media groups you can join. Best wishes on your dream! -Dan & Lisa

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