After purchasing our Winnebago View 24D Class C motorhome, there was lots of room for improvements. From solar and battery upgrades, closet modifications and interior cabinet storage solutions, our Winnebago View is perfect for full-time RVing. Now, with these RV upgrades and modifications to our motorhome, it makes living full-time travel easier and more comfortable.
This is a continuous ongoing project to improve and adapt our motorhome for our full-time RV lifestyle. These upgrades and modifications are applicable to both the Winnebago View and Winnebago Navion Class C motorhome as well as applicable to most any RV.
30+ Winnebago View Upgrades, Modifications and Improvements
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Which of our Winnebago View upgrades or modifications would you like to see?
- Winnebago View Sprinter Chassis Upgrades
- Winnebago View Exterior Accessories
- Winnebago View Solar and Battery Upgrades
- Winnebago View Exterior Storage
- Winnebago View Interior Upgrades & Mods
- Winnebago View HVAC Systems
- Winnebago View Electrical Upgrades & Mods
- Winnebago View Monitoring Systems
- Winnebago View Tow Package
Winnebago View Sprinter Chassis Upgrades
This was one RV upgrade we couldn’t do ourselves. So, we had Quadra Manufacturing in White Pigeon, Michigan install our Winnebago View Bigfoot hydraulic leveling system. We opted for the Bigfoot Platinum Leveling System designed for a 2007-2018 Mercedes Benz Sprinter 3500 Cutaway.
We chose the Platinum Leveling System over the Bigfoot Automatic Leveling System due to price point difference ($1000 difference). The Bigfoot Leveling System control panel is mounted next to the One Place System over the refrigerator in our View 24D.
An important note, if you’re looking to get this type of hydraulic leveling system installed on your motorhome, it’s based on your motorhome’s chassis year, not the RV model year. Though our Winnebago View is a 2019 model year, our Sprinter Chassis is a 2018.
So now, on very rare occasions do we need to get on the ground to level our motorhome using those plastic leveling blocks. Leveling our RV now takes just a couple minutes to complete using our Level Mate Pro System and sometimes a small bubble level from our RV tool kit.
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After installing our new Bigfoot Leveling System installed, we needed to protect the leveling jack’s feet. Since we’re very familiar with RV SnapPads (we had them on our fifth wheel), it only made sense to get a set of four BF 7 RV SnapPads made specifically for our Bigfoot leveling jacks. And because of them, our jack pads don’t leave any marks or damage concrete or asphalt parking surfaces. Our RV SnapPads also help to stabilize our RV.
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Within our first year of owning our Winnebago View, we had Borg steel valve stems (Borg DL1SPAL) professionally installed at Firebird Tire in Phoenix, Arizona. Now, our View’s Borg stems allow us to add or subtract air easily to the rear dual wheels. They also allow us to install our TPMS and sensors on the rear wheels. This tire function upgrade is for safety and assurance.
Winnebago View Suspension Upgrades
When we first purchased our Winnebago View, we noticed a severe rocking each time we would turn a corner or roll over a substantial bump or pothole. To help alleviate the Sprinter chassis rocking and improve our ride, we replaced our OEM front springs and rear springs with Sumo Springs.
Although this RV upgrade requires getting underneath our Sprinter chassis, the replacement installation was fairly easy to do. Due to this suspension upgrade, our View handles much better on turns, and driving on highways when being passed by larger vehicles.
The same day we upgraded our Sumo Springs (above), we also replaced and self-installed a much thicker gauge Hellwig 7254 Rear Sway Bar. This helps our Winnebago View endure less body roll when turning, entering or exiting driveways or parking lots.
About 4 months after installing our Sumo Springs (above) and Helwig Sway Bar (above), we completed one last Winnebago View suspension upgrade by installing Agile Off Road Fox 2/5 Shocks. This is a must do upgrade that definitely results in a more comfortable and smoother ride.
Winnebago View Exterior Accessories
We installed a hood protector wind deflector from Form Fit Hood Protectors in Canada. Not only does this help with wind sheer but also, it helps eliminate possible rock chips in the hood. And we think it looks really cool too.
We actually were quite embarrassed to use our Road Runner Beep-Beep horn on our View. So, we upgraded our View’s wimpy OEM horn to a pair of PIAA 85115 superior bass horns. Level of difficulty in installing the new horn was easy to medium. Dan had to remove the front grill to access the space. The wiring is straight forward to switch the horns out.
Now other vehicles can actually hear the View’s horn. And now, when pressing on the horn, others aren’t looking for the Road Runner (me-meep).
On the Winnebago View and Navion, the basement cargo doors open from the bottom and swing upwards. However, the doors only opened to a 90 degree opening making it tough to bend over to retrieve things out of the storage compartments. To alleviate that, we simply readjusted the pneumatic arms on each cargo door. This cost us nothing. Now it’s so much easier to access and retrieve items from our exterior storage compartments.
Wasps, mud daubers, birds and rodents pose a serious threat to our RV furnace. They can enter through the furnace vents and cause serious damage by building nests that interfere with air flow. So, we installed pest screens over our exterior furnace intake and exhaust vents to protect them free of debris and pests.
To give our Winnebago View exhaust tail pipe a more refined finish, we installed a high quality stainless steel tail pipe cover. It doesn’t change the sound or function of your motorhome. It’s clamp-on and bolt-on installation is easy as it attaches to the tailpipe by clamps or screws (Included).
Winnebago View Solar and Battery Upgrades
We installed four Battle Born GC2 lithium batteries in the outside storage compartment aft of the cabin door. Sacrificing some outside storage space has allowed us to remain off grid for much longer times with the battery upgrade. Dan did enclose the former battery space with aluminum plates to reuse the old battery box for storage of folding camp chairs.
We also upgraded our oem house battery cables with 1-0 cables from Battle Born. Any cables Battle Born could not supply we built ourselves for our battery bank.
READ MORE: Winnebago View Lithium Battery Replacements
We purchased and installed a Victron BMV-712 to monitor our house battery status. The system has bluetooth capability with the shunt being mounted right next to the batteries. It is awesome to monitor the batteries state of charge so closely.
We also purchased and installed a Victron SmartSolar Controller, 150 volts/35 amps MPPT with our new solar system. It is blue tooth capable and has vastly improved our solar harvest capabilities over the old PWM 30 amp controller.
We purchased and installed Blue Sea circuit breakers and battery disconnects in our new solar package. These improvements allow us to isolate the solar panels from the solar controller or the house batteries when ever maintenance is needed. They as also a great safety upgrade for over amperage or over voltage.
We replaced the two OEM SunPower 100 Watt Flex Panels because they were extremely inefficient for our energy needs. So, we purchased and self-installed six (6) Renogy 100 watt compact panels on the roof of our View.
We purchased and installed them in parallel because of minor shading issues from other components on our roof. However, they perform very well. These Renogy compact panels have a more narrow width that allows them to mounted between the edge of the roof and the rooftop air conditioner. We later reinstalled them on tilt brackets (below).
After experimenting with trying to acquire maximum absorption, we found that we needed to add solar panel mount brackets with foldable tilt legs. These adjustable mount brackets now allow our solar panels (above) to get better solar absorption in the winter months by tilting them towards the sun. The brackets were easy to install (we installed ours on our existing standoff brackets) and have improved our winter solar harvest by about 25%.
READ MORE: Winnebago View Solar Upgrades
Winnebago View Exterior Storage
Our sewer hose took up too much cargo space in our basement storage compartment. So, to alleviate taking up that precious space, we self-installed a Valterra RV sewer hose storage tube under the rear of our View. The new location is convenient and easy to access. Plus, it keeps any biohazard and germs away from the cargo compartment. We do keep a small plastic bin to hold a short sewer-only water hose and connector.
The storage tube also allows you store and transport fishing poles, flag pole, or even a small rolled up campsite mat or outdoor carpet (separately of course!). As always, be sure to measure before ordering.
Check out our Sewer Hose Carrier & Storage video:
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We took full advantage of some unused space behind the fixed cargo door panel aft of the rear wheels on the driver’s side. The panel was hinged at the factory so we purchased and added latches and pneumatic extension rods to raise the panel.
We then, self-installed a water hose rack system to coil and store our expandable potable water hose and attached filter. Now there is no more fumbling or tangling of water hose when we setup or break camp. We only take out the amount of water hose as needed. The rest of the hose stays neatly coiled inside.
Winnebago View Interior Upgrades & Mods
When we first bought our Winnebago View, we had a terrible invasion of flying insects (mosquitos, moths, etc.) making their way easily where the edges of the screen are guided through the side trough.
So, after extensive research, we purchased and installed a high-strength, self-adhesive weather seal strip inside the top and side edges of our Dometic acrylic window screen guides. Now, those annoying bugs can’t get in which allows us to enjoy fresh air through the screens. Oh, and we can also get sleep because our cats aren’t up chasing moths at 2:00 in the morning.
We added a single kitchen drawer handle from Lowes to our screen door. This makes it easy to grab the screen door when it’s open and helps keep the small access door closed.
Since we boondock a lot, we are very mindful of our water usage. With the OEM shower faucet controls, it was hard to get the right temperature to hold even when using the shower head water saver. So, to alleviate that, we replaced the original shower controls (knobs) with a thermostatic shower mixer.
The thermostatic bath mixer can automatically balance the cold and hot water pressure to maintain water temperature stable in a quick time, eliminating the need for manual adjustment. The range for the outlet water temperature is from 20 to 50°C, safety button temperature: 38°C. No more worrying about sudden cold or hot water.
For suspended shower, just turn off the flow switch, hot and cold water will not turn the clock back and re-opens, the water is still the original set temperature. The left is water regulation and the right is temperature control.
This was fairly easy installation. Dan connected the cold water pipe to the right and the hot water pipe to the left.
We absolutely were repulsed by the OEM toilet seat! The underside was partitioned. Therefore, it was a germ factory and was difficult to keep clean. So, Dan removed the old toilet seat; replacing it with a new slow-close toilet seat. It fits perfectly!
And because it’s a slow-close, it won’t injur our Grandson when he uses the bathroom should he drop the seat. The new commode seat is completely removable and super easy to clean. In fact, it can be taken outside and blasted with the hose to clean. Anyway, we hope you enjoyed the graphic above.
Our Winnebago View Kitchen Sink was not meeting our needs because of the divided design. We replaced it with a single basin top mount kitchen sink (Lippert SKU# 421572) so we could wash larger dishes and pans without slopping water all over the place. It’s made from either 304-grade stainless steel for maximum durability
One of the great things about this particular sink is my collapsible wash basin rests perfectly on the outer edges perfectly.
After ripping out several trouser and shorts pockets and belt loops and constantly bruising our hips, it was time to change our cabinet and drawer pulls in our galley and bathroom.
While the OEM pulls were modern and stylish, their design was not conducive (or safe) for such tiny spaces; especially when trying to navigate our motorhome when the slide is in.
So, we removed all the OEM drawer and cabinet pulls (bottom) and replaced them with brushed nickel closed-end pulls (top) (3.75″ hole to hole). However, Dan had to use his Dremel tool to shave off the end of the screw after installing them so they didn’t interfere with or scratch drawer contents. Now, no more ripped clothing or hip bruises…or swearing like a sailor!
HVAC – Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
We purchased and installed a Micro Air Easy Start that allows us to operate the air conditioner from a 15 or 20 amp circuit. It works great and assists in a smoother and quieter start process for the rooftop AC.
Since our View’s air conditioner was seemingly loud, we installed a Wacko AC Silencer CA-200 on the interior ceiling of our rooftop air conditioner. We also included the A/C Silencer CT204 trim ring for the ceiling. It lowers the decibel level of our AC allowing for quieter conversations and lower radio and TV volume levels. (not an affiliate)
The Winnebago View OEM overhead fan in our bathroom was vastly inadequate and inferior. So, we upgraded it to a much quieter and more energy efficient MaxxFan. Our new MaxxFan is a complete 3-speed all-in-one RV ventilation fan system that protects our motorhome’s interior in any weather; rain or shine. It delivers or removes air at a much quieter and higher rate. It comes with a smoke lid and manual opening keypad control. The MaxxFan has an easy to remove interior insect screen; simply by rotating four retaining knobs to remove for cleaning.
Electrical and Lighting
We purchased and installed a Trik-L-Start 10 amp Starting Battery Charger/Maintainer under the passenger seat to make sure our chassis battery was staying charged. Now we don’t have to disconnect the chassis battery when we stay parked for more than a week or so.
In short, the Trik-L-Start automatically charges and maintains our motorhome engine’s starting batteries whenever you’re parked for extended periods – ensures fast, reliable engine starts; maximizes battery life. (not found on Amazon)
- For diesel and gas motorhomes – single or dual starting battery applications
- Fully automatic operation
- Gentle, tapered charge rate – prevents over/undercharging
- No A/C power cord – “steals” DC power from your RV’s house battery charger; No AC wiring or extension cords required
- Safer than AC-Powered chargers
- Works with solar panels
- Simplifies seasonal maintenance
- LED status indicators
- Rugged, reliable design – epoxy encapsulated enclosure, waterproof and burnout proof
We purchased and installed a new Cole Hersee Solenoid 24213 under the passenger seat at the same time we installed the Trik-L-Start. The new solenoid is 200 amps of continuous duty and performs much better than the OEM solenoid that is prone to failure. (photo unavailable)
We installed a low power propane switch that virtually eliminated the excessive parasitic draw from our 12 volt propane switch. This allows for a much lower rate of consumption of energy.
Our View 24D awning and light switch was located floor level at the step on the side of the kitchen cabinet. We either had to stand outside with the door open; risking our cats getting out. Or we had to get down on our hands and knees to utilize the switch. However, that made it difficult to monitor the awning operation because we couldn’t see it.
To fix that, we simply relocated the switches higher in the same panel as the radio/DVD player, now at counter height. Now it’s easier to deploy the awning while watching its’ operation through the kitchen galley window or door window.
We purchased and installed two 12 volt outlets over the Murphy bed head board. Each outlet has a cigarette lighter port and two USB ports. This allows us to use our CPAP machines and charge our cell phones without the coach’s inverter being energized. A real energy saver while off grid or boondocking.
We purchased and installed a 12 volt receptacle under the aft dinette seat to power our Weboost and hotspots. The receptacle has a cigarette lighter port and four USB ports. It is powered directly from the house batteries.
The light strip over the dinette is great aesthetically but sometimes it is too bright. We wanted a way to dim it for ambiance and/or to use less energy. So, we removed the original switch and installed an LED side slide 12 volt dimmer switch over the dinette table. We did have to modify the area to accommodate the slightly larger dimmer switch.
Finding the need for a strategically placed 120 volt outlet because of short electrical cords on our portable appliances led to this mod. We found a single Journeyman Pro 15 amp 120 volt outlet and placed it about 16 inches to the right of the original 120 volt outlet.
We made our own cord from a heavy duty extension cord, wired it to the new outlet and simply plugged it into the same 120 volt outlet behind our TV. It is also powered by the inverter when off grid allowing us to use our 3 quart Instant Pot while boondocking without running the our onboard generator.
Our Winnebago View OEM bedroom ‘pendant’ reading lights hung from the overhead cabinets over the headboard. This design disallowed us to prop our heads up to read because the light would literally hit our heads. So, we replaced the original reading lights with 4 1/2″ 12 volt surface mount LED touch lights that are much brighter and better looking.
Winnebago View Monitoring Systems
Even before driving your Winnebago View motorhome off the lot, we bought our Surge Guard 30amp surge protector. It prevents electric spikes and power issues from unknown power sources and campground pedestals.
We purchased and installed a WeBoost WiFi booster under the dinette table of our View. It is 12volt powered and uses a small antenna mounted to the motorhome’s exterior roof. We fished the cable through the top corner of the slide seal. We do not have to move the cable or antenna for travel. We simple disconnect the antenna cable before stowing the dinette slide for travel.
We purchased and installed a Scan Gauge II to assist in monitoring our Views engine parameters as we drive. It is programmable to monitor many systems and displays any engine fault codes that may arise. It is a great addition to the Mercedes Benz engine monitoring system.
The factory-installed One Place propane monitor is very inaccurate and unreliable. A friend who also had a Winnebago View introduced us to an external Mopeka propane tank level indicator that attaches to our propane tank. Since it’s bluetooth capable, we can get a more accurate reading allowing us to track our propane usage much more closely. Our propane monitor actually reports less than 3% discrepancy.
We actually installed a TST-507 tire pressure monitoring system to track the temperature and pressure of our former fifth wheel and truck tires. When we traded in our fifth wheel for our Winnebago View, our TPMS came with us.
After upgrading our original rubber valve stems to the Borg stainless valve stems (mentioned at the beginning of this article), Dan installed the TST 507 sensors on each tire on our View and synchronized them to the TPMS monitor that we keep on the dashboard window. A tire pressure monitoring system is an important safety device that gives us realtime information on our View’s tires AND our Jeep’s. It helps recognize potential problems before we have a catastrophic tire blowout. We would never travel without it.
Winnebago View Tow Package
We use a CURT Rambler Tow Bar to tow our Jeep Wrangler JK. This upgrade allows us to use our toad as a scout vehicle, exploring and grocery getter. It also opportune us to camp longer in one spot without moving our View.
However, because the View and Navion is built higher than our Jeep, we had to compensate for the height of our View by adding a 4″ drop hitch extension with anti-rattle hitch pin shim to level out our tow bar to tow and function properly at the correct height.
READ MORE: CURT Rambler Tow Bar for Motorhomes
Wrapping up our Winnebago View Upgrades and Modifications
As you can see, there’s lots of upgrades to a Winnebago View as well as modifications to what already exists. Please bookmark this article as we will update it anytime we make an additional upgrade or modification on our View.
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