37 RV MODS & UPGRADES we have done in 2 years of Full Time RV Living



We both love to optimize things, including our living space so over the years we have done lots of mods and upgrades to our Outdoors RV 21RBS travel trailer to make full time RV life more comfortable for us. In this video we share them all!
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We filmed this in April 2020, before we remodeled it! Here are all the mods listed with the video timestamps and the relevant links to our blog posts or directly to products:

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00:00 Intro
00:06 Mod #1: Door latch https://www.adventurousway.com/blog/installing-an-rv-door-holder-latch?utm_source=yt&utm_medium=aw&utm_campaign=rv-mods
00:45 #2: Mesh screens over outside vents https://amzn.to/3hsefKF
01:13 #3: Propane quick connect https://www.adventurousway.com/blog/installing-propane-quick-connect?utm_source=yt&utm_medium=aw&utm_campaign=rv-mods
02:24 #4: Extra insulation in the storage bay.
– Our video of how we did the mod: https://youtu.be/Mh7BAfa79Wc
– Our Outdoors RV Factory tour video where we see this mod in production: https://youtu.be/4-OJhQtROtg
03:29 #5: Anderson connector for portable solar panel https://www.adventurousway.com/blog/rv-solar-part-2-renogy-100w-portable-solar-panel?utm_source=yt&utm_medium=aw&utm_campaign=rv-mods
03:54 #6: Storage box on the tongue: Plano tote, we found it at Walmart
04:20 #7: Welded lock point
04:51 #8: Anderson connector for DC-to-DC charger https://www.adventurousway.com/blog/rv-electrical-upgrade-part-3-dc-charger-truck-12v-socket?utm_source=yt&utm_medium=aw&utm_campaign=rv-mods
05:15 #9: Quick attach emergency brake cable
05:55 #10: DIY portable solar panel https://www.adventurousway.com/blog/diy-portable-solar-panel?utm_source=yt&utm_medium=aw&utm_campaign=rv-mods
06:50 #11: Diamond plate inside the storage bay
07:31 #12: Contact sensors
08:12 #13: Slide topper https://amzn.to/3ljmnzq
09:23 #14: 600W of solar panels on the roof https://www.adventurousway.com/blog/perfect-off-grid-rv-solar-system?utm_source=yt&utm_medium=aw&utm_campaign=rv-mods
09:50 #15: Knife valve for sewer connector https://amzn.to/3hsTDlx
10:31 #16: Rear observation camera. https://amzn.to/2YAe5t5 (newer model)
11:04 #17: Welded hitch & tire carrier for 2nd truck spare
12:33 #18: Door grab handle https://amzn.to/3aZQN4P
13:01 #19: Extra 12V outlets for AeroGarden & laptops https://www.adventurousway.com/blog/aerogarden-harvest-elite-in-our-rv?utm_source=yt&utm_medium=aw&utm_campaign=rv-mods
https://www.adventurousway.com/blog/installing-12v-outlets-in-our-slide-out?utm_source=yt&utm_medium=aw&utm_campaign=rv-mods
14:43 #20: Cut out Reflectix for each window
15:47 #21: Wall-mounted Pepwave router
16:43 #22: 12V fuse block behind TV
18:00 #23: Google Home Mini https://www.adventurousway.com/blog/mounting-google-home-mini-rv?utm_source=yt&utm_medium=aw&utm_campaign=rv-mods
18:25 #24: Smart Wifi thermostat https://www.adventurousway.com/blog/upgrading-to-a-smart-wifi-rv-thermostat?utm_source=yt&utm_medium=aw&utm_campaign=rv-mods
19:26 #25: Wall-mounted Dyson handheld vacuum
20:12 #26: Extra 12V outlet by the bed
21:53 #27: Maxx Air MaxxFan https://amzn.to/3b3969u
22:50 #28: Wall-mounted weather station https://amzn.to/3gtI2B2
23:30 #29: Bedside closet shelves
24:08 #30: LevelMatePRO https://www.adventurousway.com/blog/levelmatepro?utm_source=yt&utm_medium=aw&utm_campaign=rv-mods
25:34 #31: Dry erase fridge / freezer doors https://www.adventurousway.com/blog/installing-magnetic-dry-erase-rv-fridge-freezer-doors?utm_source=yt&utm_medium=aw&utm_campaign=rv-mods
26:31 #32: Paper towel holder https://amzn.to/3kTmhye
26:50 #33: Smart button to turn inverter on/off
27:12 #34: Kitchen faucet with filter https://www.adventurousway.com/blog/installing-a-double-kitchen-faucet-and-ultrapure-rv-water-filter?utm_source=yt&utm_medium=aw&utm_campaign=rv-mods
29:16 #35: Oxygenics showerhead https://amzn.to/2ECzgnq
29:53 #36: Dometic 310 toilet https://www.adventurousway.com/blog/dometic-310-toilet-install-review?utm_source=yt&utm_medium=aw&utm_campaign=rv-mods
31:42 #37: Lithium batteries & inverter https://www.adventurousway.com/blog/rv-electrical-upgrade-part-1-introduction-goals?utm_source=yt&utm_medium=aw&utm_campaign=rv-mods

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Filming dates: April 2020

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34 thoughts on “37 RV MODS & UPGRADES we have done in 2 years of Full Time RV Living

  • January 3, 2021 at 2:05 pm
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    I like the extra insulation that you put inside the front of the nose cap

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  • January 3, 2021 at 2:05 pm
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    Hi I was very impressed with your upgrades. I had one suggestion. They make a spare tire holder that goes in the floor for toy haulers. I thought you could put your batteries there and lower the sinner weight of gravity. It would also give you more space.

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  • January 3, 2021 at 2:05 pm
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    Enjoyed this video a lot; great ideas! Where did you get the box on the tongue and who makes it?

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  • January 3, 2021 at 2:05 pm
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    Do you have any protection in case you encounter a rattlesnake under your solar panel or under your trailer since you like to Boondock I’m just curious or any other dangerous critter

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  • January 3, 2021 at 2:05 pm
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    I’m just watching your video I subscribed already and I’m scratching my head finding it very hard to believe that you have lowlifes that can afford an RV yet they must steal I had this fantasy in my head that people with RVs obviously have a little money and they don’t do those types of things I guess I’m wrong

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  • January 3, 2021 at 2:05 pm
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    Thank you for the videos. I am thinking of putting my 2 lithium batteries and associated electrical devices under the bed as you have. What kind of temperatures do you see at both extremes? We do camp and travel below freezing. I may have to heat the batteries in the winter as I plan on using a dcdc charger when driving. Also, do you have to fan cool the area in the summer?

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  • January 3, 2021 at 2:05 pm
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    Re window insulation – how do you attach it? I’ve used bubblewrap with packing tape, couldn’t easily remove to see thru tho. Appreciated this video, I’ll be adding a few of these now too!

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  • January 3, 2021 at 2:05 pm
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    Just a heads up, the license plate bolt goes into a plastic clip/insert that may fail before the emergency brake can engage. if you use that bolt you need to use a steel washer and nut behind the bumper on that eye bolt to ensure that the emergency brake will have enough to pull against.

    I love that mod. I will probably do the same style of mod to my camper. Keep up the great work. thanks for the content.

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  • January 3, 2021 at 2:05 pm
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    WELL WELL WELL VERY WELL made video. Also can we give props to the editor?

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  • January 3, 2021 at 2:05 pm
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    This is a great video! I live in an RV now but am converting a school bus into a tiny home and a lot of these upgrades I now have to think about because I will be installing them instead of buying a coach with everything in it

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  • January 3, 2021 at 2:05 pm
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    after so many lame RV videos, this one is really amazing. Keep putting these out!

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  • January 3, 2021 at 2:05 pm
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    Hi Great video. I was worried about out side water quality so I have a filter system that will filter water down to .5 micron. If I put that into my holding tank I should be good. I do sanitize my whole system twice a year. Do you think I need something under my sink?

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  • January 3, 2021 at 2:05 pm
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    Cool upgrades. I would NEVER sleep on top of a lithium battery bank due to it's ability to go critical and explode or become a flame thrower. I've just seen too many lithium batteries go supernova to ever feel comfortable doing that. Although not probable, still possible. Still, cool upgrades throughout. Good job.

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  • January 3, 2021 at 2:05 pm
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    Would love to hear more about your closet shelves and how you made them compression fit. Thx.

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  • January 3, 2021 at 2:05 pm
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    Hello! Great video, I was hoping you could explain your internet setup in a little more detail! I’ve had so many internet gadgets fail.

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  • January 3, 2021 at 2:05 pm
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    Awesome video because you quickly covered each item with just enough detail. Love the updgrades ; sad they are needed. RV manufacturers should have many of these items already installed for new RV's.

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  • January 3, 2021 at 2:05 pm
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    New subscriber here. I am blown away by the number of mods. More so, that you made a video explaining all in detail.
    Do you have a rough estimate of weight with the with lithium batteries and inventor?
    Look forward to more videos.

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  • January 3, 2021 at 2:05 pm
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    Awesome upgrades! We took a lot of notes and will be doing some this weekend, thank you for your videos and keep them up!

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  • January 3, 2021 at 2:05 pm
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    That oxygenetics shower head is a must have..my 6 gallon hot water heater now lasts for a full 10 minute shower without going cold.

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  • January 3, 2021 at 2:05 pm
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    Now we installed the same toilet and we also added a bidet to the set up which gives you a much more toilet experience and a clean butt TMI right . lol

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  • January 3, 2021 at 2:05 pm
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    What quick connect hose do you use for your Blackstone grill and where did you get it? I can't seem to find a hose with a quick connect and the appropriate grill connector.

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  • January 3, 2021 at 2:05 pm
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    Some good mods but isn't the paper towels mounted next to the hood vent a serious fire hazard? If you don't plan to leave them there and it is just for travel than it really doesn't even save counter space and if you plan on taking them down everytime you could still forget. For your safety I would just recommend moving paper towels over even if it is just 8 or 10 inches.

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  • January 3, 2021 at 2:05 pm
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    Excellent additions for safety and ease of use. A lot of your ideas should be standard equipment when RV's come from the factory. Happy travels to you all.

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