The first RV was created over 100 years ago in 1910, and enthusiastic travelers have been taking advantage of this wondrous invention ever since. Like all industries and pastimes, the RVing world has evolved over time. For example, the first recreational vehicle didn’t even have a bathroom. Many convenient luxuries have been added in recent years, and with the technological boom we’re living in, the bells and whistles to choose from seem to never end.
For those who love the feeling of living on the road both permanently or sporadically, there are few things better than piling into their home-on-wheels, ready for whatever adventures and experiences the road brings to them. Making your motorhome as comfortable as possible is ideal, and while you don’t have to latch onto and consume every new trend that arises, it’s always beneficial to add some simple touches that will help propel your RV lifestyle into the modern world. If you’re looking for some easy ways to modernize your current life on the road, here are a few ideas to help you out:
Light It Up With Your RV Awning
Spending time inside of your RV is great, but sometimes on warm summer evenings, you want to linger outside well past sunset. Many campgrounds don’t allow fires either because of dry weather conditions or their own personal policies, which can be a downside for night owls, as fire is the usual go-to resource for nighttime lighting.
The good news is that if you have an RV awning (which almost all RVers do), you can easily find light attachments that will hook onto your awning, creating enough illumination to do things such as read, converse, bask outside, etc.
Another plus is that you can find LED light add-ons for your RV awning, which are much more energy-efficient than fluorescent and incandescent bulbs. If you’re trying to minimize the amount of damage that your lifestyle does to the environment, this type of lighting is also far less harmful when compared to the smoke and pollutants produced by fire.
Solar Energy Makes Things Easy
When solar panels first started making waves in the world of energy, they were thought to be only for those well-off folks who could afford them. The good news is that the cost of solar energy has dropped significantly since the mid-2000s, and it is continuously and more widely being applied in the RV industry.
Solar energy, when used right, can help you have more independence on the road, as you don’t have to be plugged into RV campground hookups in order to utilize your favorite appliances and ensure that your batteries are full. You can even clear your conscience a little knowing that you are making a difference by using a cleaner source of energy.
If you’re wanting to get the basics down on how you can start incorporating solar panels into your life on the road, here is a great article.
Get Better Reception with Cell Phone and Internet Service Boosters
In our modern world, we have come to rely heavily on technology in order to get by. Cell phones and internet go hand-in-hand to help RVers navigate directions, find campgrounds, keep in touch with friends/family, access help in the case of emergencies, etc., so it’s understandable that you wouldn’t want to get yourself in a position where you didn’t have service. However, any traveler knows that there are some areas on desolate roads and highways where your signal lags, or even worse, is completely nonexistent.
While there is no magic tool available yet that guarantees a failsafe access to WiFi and cell phone service, there are tools available that can help you get a better signal when you’re in an area with poor reception. Here are some options to look into:
- Research effective WiFi service boosters and antennas
- Turn your smartphone into a WiFi hotspot
- Utilize a cell phone booster to better your signal (this article goes over some great options for various budgets and phone types/providers)
Apps Can Simplify Everything
As we mentioned before, we are living in the age of technology, and integrating apps into our everyday lives has truly streamlined the human existence. Anyone who lives the RV lifestyle can particularly benefit from a wide array of mobile apps. While you should still hang onto your physical resources, such as maps and weather alert radios, for when your apps aren’t accessible, there is pretty much an app for anything you’ll need. Here are a few examples:
- Need to find the cheapest and nearest gas station around? Try Gas Buddy.
- Need real-time updates of weather conditions where you’re traveling? Look into Weather Radio.
- Want to find a campground based on the amenities you need? Want to figure out which Walmarts do and do not allow overnight camping? Camp and RV is a great app for that.
- Need to find a dump station? Try Sanidumps RV Dumpstation.
- Want to better organize your RVing? RV Checklist can help you do just that.
As you can see, there is virtually an app for all of your RVing needs, so if you’re struggling with a certain aspect of the RV lifestyle, you can always use Google or reach out to the RV community for app suggestions.
Hopefully this article helps point out some awesome tools that are available to help make your life on the road as convenient as possible. These are simply a few suggestions out of many possible upgrades, and if you have any of your own tips to suggest, let us know in the comments below! Happy trails!