Ideas and how-tos for upgrading or modifying RVs to improve functionality, comfort, or aesthetics. This could range from solar power installations to storage solutions and interior remodeling projects.

travel trailer renovation

Great Travel Trailer Renovations Project: 2 Part Series

Renovating a travel trailer isn’t for the faint of heart. Making even a small modification to a newer trailer takes guts. While many folks would have written off this old four-wheeled camper long ago, Billy saw potential.

The trailer had a leak in the roof and “…had been sitting for a long time.” He said nobody had been inside for over five years. 🙁

In the following two videos, you’ll get a preview of the trailer before Billy set to work, and follow along as he recaps all the major renovations. When all is said and done, you’d love to be the proud owner of this customized camper.

Part 1: Renovating an RV that was in rough shape.

Original video by UsaRcJets

Part 2: After the renovation and ready for the first weekend camping trip.

Original video by UsaRcJets

It takes quite a bit of perseverance to push through a project like this, and hats off to Billy for seeing it through to the end. The white exterior and black horizontal stripe will surely make this RV stand out at the campground (and rightfully so).

Billy also has a couple of other videos about this travel trailer in which he shows you how he renovated the bathroom and bedroom.

Converter upgrade

Great How To Video On Upgrading The Converter / RV Battery Charger To A Progressive Dynamics PD4655

Are you getting sick and tired of your stock converter / battery charger? If  your converter isn’t up to snuff, maybe it’s time for an upgrade. In this video, YouTuber slworking2 outlines the process for upgrading your converter / battery charger to a Progressive Dynamics PD4655 4600 Series 55 Amp converter.

He lays it out pretty simply in my opinion, though I’m far from an expert. I’ve heard a lot of people talk about a way to convert their RV battery charger, but not many seemed to know how to do it. This video makes the upgrade a little clearer to me. The PD 4655 is very highly rated on Amazon.com and they also offer free shipping on this unit if you’re interested in purchasing one.

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How to upgrade your converter and battery charger to a Progressive Dynamics PD4655.

Original video by slworking2

A couple of commenters noted that the wiring shown in the video may not be suitable for high current (greater than 55 amp) charging. In fact, after a comment from another experienced RVer, slworking2 upgraded the wiring to a heavier gauge, solving the voltage drop issues he was having.

Here’s the pertinent comment from YouTube user awboater:

One issue you will have is your converter-to-battery wiring is not likely sufficient for high current (55amp) charging. It looks like the wiring is perhaps 10AWG, but say it is even 8AWG. With a 10ft cable distance to the battery, there would be more than a 0.5VDC drop in voltage at the battery. Since the battery charge rate is dependent on the voltage delta, a 0.5V loss is significant to the charge current.