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Old 03-01-2021, 01:31 PM   #1
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What's your single best upgrade?

What upgrade have you made that has been a game-changer? It could be little, it could be big - please share it and include a picture if you can!

The simple installation of a small knob on the 28 foot model "secret door" has made a world of difference in daily life on the stream. It used to be you had to reach to the top and stick your fingers in the sharp cabinet edges to break free the velcro... My wife always struggled to reach that high so I picked up a simple low profile knob and put it in - game changer!
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Old 03-01-2021, 01:46 PM   #2
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I don't have a picture on my stove but adding the cast iron grate has been a big plus. DW commented on how much nicer and safer it is so at least it impressed her (which is always a good thing)!

Here is a thread on the subject:
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Old 03-01-2021, 03:56 PM   #3
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What's your single best upgrade?

Taking the mouse fur off the walls and replacing it with cloth with a little padding on the back. No more rolling over at night and touching a cold wall.
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Old 03-01-2021, 04:07 PM   #4
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What's your single best upgrade?

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I don't have a picture on my stove but adding the cast iron grate has been a big plus. DW commented on how much nicer and safer it is so at least it impressed her (which is always a good thing)!



Here is a thread on the subject:

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Sweet I just ordered one of those!

So far our top upgrade is a 3” lift that is a close second to 1000w of solar / 600ah or lithium.
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Old 03-01-2021, 04:11 PM   #5
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Dinosaur boards !

Dinosaur Board for water heater.
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Old 03-01-2021, 04:15 PM   #6
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Replacing the Reese Straight-line we had used with the Safari. 👍

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Old 03-01-2021, 04:41 PM   #7
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Lift kit.
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Old 03-01-2021, 05:03 PM   #8
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Disc brakes. I like the significant decrease in stopping distance with my setup.
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Old 03-01-2021, 06:44 PM   #9
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+2 on Stove Grate with Hans627

I have to agree with Hans on the stove grate upgrade - you couldn’t safely take your hand off a pan without it tipping. The two piece full grate is wonderful but I wish it was a little less expensive!
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Old 03-01-2021, 06:50 PM   #10
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tow vehicle

I have made a few but the single best upgrade was my tow vehicle ... F-150 to F-250. So much more stability, which means more safety, and leads me to more peace of mind for the traveling days. I don't want to incite a debate, each has their own preference, and there are + and - for each choice, but that tow vehicle upgrade is my single best improvement.
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Old 03-01-2021, 06:59 PM   #11
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I have made a few but the single best upgrade was my tow vehicle ... F-150 to F-250. So much more stability, which means more safety, and leads me to more peace of mind for the traveling days. I don't want to incite a debate, each has their own preference, and there are + and - for each choice, but that tow vehicle upgrade is my single best improvement.
You are spot-on with the upgrade - I doubt anyone who went from a 1/2 to 3/4 ton would say “I’m sorry I did that”. Same here on the peace of mind, stability and safety factor.
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Old 03-01-2021, 08:41 PM   #12
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A little out in left field, but worth it. We installed a concealed, ducted mini split HVAC system in our 55 FC. The performance and Db level are great. A lot of time and mock-ups, but well worth the effort.
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Old 03-02-2021, 07:14 AM   #13
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I have two:
1. Switching from gas-only 6-gallon hot water heater to dual fuel 10-gallon tank. Using free campground electricity is great as opposed to burning up propane, while maintaining the ability to switch when boondocking.
2. Changing all light bulbs to led; they're cheap enough now that it's a no brainer.
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Old 03-02-2021, 07:29 AM   #14
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Not a sexy upgrade but you can’t beat having a regular house grade / soft closing toilet seat. I don’t have the part # readily available but this domestic seat is a simple upgrade.

This and the stove grate Hanno and Jeff mentioned keep the DW very happy.

A close 2nd for me is using my Outland Firepit and Weber gas grill connected to my Globetrotter propane tanks. No more carrying around extra 20 lb portable tanks.
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Old 03-02-2021, 07:46 AM   #15
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I can't decide between going to twin beds or solar.
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Old 03-02-2021, 08:03 AM   #16
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I also vote for the upgrade to a 3/4 ton pickup. If I had to stick with the trailer, though, I would say my upgrade to a full suite of Victron LiFePO4 batteries, inverter-charger, and solar controller.

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Old 03-02-2021, 08:13 AM   #17
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Wow, good question. There are so many to choose from (Mine is a 1964 everything is an upgrade). Solar, disc brakes, porcelain toilet, LED's, large refrigerator, Hydronic heating with on-demand hot water, outside shower, sound system, etc.

Well the one thing my wife likes best is the full size pull-out pantry I built. However if I were to ask her when she is taking a shower or bath she would have to admit the hydronic heat with on-demand/continuous hot water is the best.

For me it would be the hydraulic disc brakes. Piece of mind!

Here is a picture of her pantry.

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Old 03-02-2021, 08:23 AM   #18
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Old 03-02-2021, 08:35 AM   #19
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I'd have to say the TST TPMS. The peace of mind knowing exactly what the tire pressure is is priceless.
Then the battery disconnect, and a grab rail inside the door to help me get in.

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Best upgrade -- removing the microwave

We love our solar upgrades when boondocking, but our most useful upgrade for everyday living is our drawer. We had Can-Am remove it, and one of their in-house carpenters built a highly functional drawer. The drawer holds small appliances, pots, pans, kitchen tools, and bread. HUGE improvement!
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