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Hot RV Accessories

by Mark Polk, RV expert

When I was at the National RV Show the end of last year I zeroed in on some new RV products coming to market for 2013. With camping season ramping up I thought this would be a great time to talk about accessorizing your RV with some of these hot new RV products.

One product that has made a strong presence in the RV marketplace over the last couple years is LED lighting. LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. LED lights are more energy efficient, last longer and don’t create as much heat as conventional lighting used on RVs. And since LED lights come in various colors LED lighting makes attractive accent lighting for RVs too.

The LED lights I want to talk about briefly are Dometic’s new LED light kits. These light kits have practical applications like lighting up your RV steps and storage compartments, and they have fun applications like multi-colored LED light strips to light up the exterior of your RV so you can keep enjoying the outdoor camping experience after the sun goes down. All of the LED light strips can be trimmed to create custom lengths to fit your RV and application. Most of the light kits come with a remote control with dimmer features, and some even let you control the color of the lights! So what are you waiting for, add some light and fun to your RV today! Watch my Dometic LED light kit installation video for more information.

Next on my list of hot RV products is a new awning accessory I saw that was designed to enhance your outdoor camping experiences. A problem I experience when we are camping is I want to add more than one item to the utility awning track on the patio awning at the same time. I enjoy using a sunscreen during the daytime, but at night I want to use the patio lights. And my wife likes to hang plants and other items from the awning track too. Valterra Products solved that problem with the RV TwinTrak. It’s a really simple, yet smart new RV product. The RV twin track converts one utility track into two by simply sliding the 3-foot TwinTrak sections into the utility awning track, giving you two tracks instead of one. Watch my TwinTrak installation video for more information and for some other great RV awning products.

Last but certainly not least is a new RV product I found that makes life easier when you’re out RVing. When you have RVs, kids and pets you have dirt being tracked in all the time. Standard household upright vacuums are too big and bulky for the small spaces and hard-to-clean corners of RV's.

The new Dirt Devil® CV1500 central vacuum system is an easy, versatile cleaning solution for any RV owner. You can install the CV1500 in an out-of-the-way place like a closet or basement storage compartment and when you need to vacuum you simply attach the hose to the inlet and it’s done. There is a Maxumizer Tool Kit included that provides accessories for every cleaning job in your RV. The CV 1500 is truly the ultimate built-in cleaning companion for your RV. Watch my Dirt Devil central vacuum installation video for more information.

Well there you have it, some great new RV products to help accessorize your RV and make all your RV trips more enjoyable.

Happy RV Learning,
Mark Polk

RV expert Mark Polk owns RV Education 101, a North Carolina-based company that produces and sells educational videos, DVDs and E-books on how to use RVs. Mark has more than 30 years of experience in RV maintenance. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1996 as a Chief Warrant Officer Three, specializing in wheeled and track vehicle fleet maintenance operations. He and his wife, Dawn, started RV Education 101 in 1999.

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