The January issue of RV Enthusiast magazine is now available. The issue features coverage on DIY RV Renovations, plus a whole lot more including:
Let There Be Shade … Again – If you own an RV it probably came equipped with a patio awning — an addition that undoubtedly makes lounging outside much more pleasant. Unfortunately, time, the sun and the wind will eventually combine to destroy the majority of awning fabrics. If yours has seen better days, here’s how to replace the fabric.
Drawing to a Close – Ever set up camp, take a walk to explore your new surroundings — and return to discover you’d forgotten to retract the patio awning, now thrashed by the sudden wind? You probably longed for an electronic motion sensor upgrade. Well, do it. They aren’t expensive — or tough to install, as you’ll see.
Roof Water Incursion? – Skylights have been part of the RV’s roof landscape for many years, offering additional height in showers and natural lighting. For the most part, these plastic domes have a good lifespan (unless, of course, you collide with a low structure or tree limb), but the seal that ensures a tight fit on the roof can deteriorate over time — and leak.
Cold Again – Today’s RVers have a multitude of choices when it comes to keeping food cold and fresh, from 120-volt AC-powered residential units to a growing number of 12-volt DC-powered refrigerators/freezers. Sometimes, though, the best choice for replacing a bad unit is to simply opt for absorption refrigeration.
Top RVs for 2022 – RV Enthusiast editors were invited by the staff of RVBusiness, the industry’s premier trade magazine, to participate in its annual selection of the “Top Debuts” for 2022 — including the selection of the magazine’s prestigious “RV of the Year.” Here are our selections.
The Ideal Project – Inspiration for RV renovation can come from just about anywhere — and in the case of DIY fanatics Janelle and Chad Payne, that just happened to be the next-door neighbor who gave them an old 1974 Ideal travel trailer. To say it was made new again would be an understatement.
Toy Hauler Haven – We went back to the Paynes a second time — because we couldn’t believe what they accomplished with this 2006 Jayco Octane toy hauler travel trailer. The former garage (now a masculine, woodsy “den”) and galley are amazing — but the bathroom pushes this well into the “Wow!” category.
Family Time – For Kelsey and Sebastian Paz, the decision to remodel their damaged 2017 Jayco Eagle fifth wheel before touring the country with their two children was an easy one. Whether they intended to go as far as they did with their now “boho chic” RV is anyone’s guess — but there’s no arguing with the results.