It may be the off-season, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy working on renovating your RV. In fact, the winter months are the perfect time to complete some of the RV upgrades you’ve been wanting to help improve your on-the-road experience.

Whether you’re dreaming of more accessible storage, freshly painted cabinets, a comfier mattress or a hotter shower, you’ll thank yourself come spring!

Read on to learn how to upgrade your RV.

Replace Your Mattress

One of the easiest RV upgrades is also one of the most comfortable. That’s right, we’re talking about a new mattress. After all, just because you’re on the road doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a great night’s sleep.

RV mattresses come in a wide range of sizes and shapes (check out our handy RV mattress-buying guide for the details). While some are standard sizes, your home on wheels may have customized or special shapes, so measure carefully before you buy.

Consider mattress types, as well. Different materials determine firmness levels, as well as price points. You may also need to consider mattress weight, especially if you pull your RV.

Upgrade Cabinets with Paint

A fresh coat of paint can make a huge difference. It’s no secret that many RV cabinet designs may look a little, well, stuck in time. Fortunately, painting offers an inexpensive way to freshen your RV’s aesthetics, with just a little elbow grease required.

It’s also a great DIY project for the winter months. The process is straightforward:

  • Remove your cabinet and drawer faces
  • Clean and degrease thoroughly
  • Sand lightly (always sanding with the grain on wood cabinets)
  • Apply at least one coat of primer
  • Apply two coats of paint, using a foam roller, paint brushes or a paint sprayer
  • Apply a protective clear coat

For more details, here’s an in-depth guide to painting your cabinets.

Light Up Your Storage Spaces

If there’s one thing most RVs have in common, it’s the need for good storage space. Well-organized, well-lit storage areas make it easy to find what you need, when you need it.

Unfortunately, the backs of cabinets and storage bays can be dark and gloomy, making it hard to see what’s inside. An easy fix lies in LED puck lights. These little lights can be powered by batteries, hardwired or plugged in, making them a versatile choice for different parts of your camper. If you choose to hardwire, make sure you seek help from a professional.

Plus, they’re lightweight and come in a range of sizes. Don’t want to worry about hard-wiring? Simply choose small, stick-on options and pop them in the back of cabinets and recessed storage areas throughout your RV to light up any dark corners.

Install Keyless Locks

Did you know that some RVs come with universal door locks? That means that other owners of the same model may be able to access your RV with their key.

Replacing your factory door locks just makes sense. Keyless locks add a level of ease and security. Todays’ keyless entry systems may rely on a key fob, or simply require you to enter a code.

Not only will you no longer have to worry about losing a key, new lock systems are simply more secure. Going keyless is one of those RV upgrades that may not be glamorous but will provide you with peace of mind.

Heat Up Your Shower

Longing for a steamy shower after a day spent adventuring in the wild… only to have your hot water trickle into lukewarm after just a few minutes? Rushing to get soap and shampoo off before the water turns icy isn’t fun!

Solve the hot water quandary by installing a tankless water heater. These little devices create hot water on demand — from seven to 19 litres per minute — perfect for longer showers.

These RV upgrades are perfect off-season projects that you can enjoy when spring rolls around and it’s time to hit the road, but always remember to seek professional help when necessary.

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