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7 Features We’re Shocked Aren’t Offered in RVs From the Factory

7 Features We’re Shocked Aren’t Offered in RVs From the Factory

Some RV features are in high demand, but manufacturers aren’t catching the hint. Many buyers immediately make upgrades to their RV after purchase to add features that are not even options from the factory.

These features make an RV more comfortable, easier to enjoy, and more suitable for an individual’s RVing style. So, wouldn’t it be easier if manufacturers started offering these RV features directly from the factory? Let’s take a look!

RV factory interior options and features
While factory-ready RVs can look nice and feel cozy, they still lack many of the modern features RVers really want.

Factory-Ready RVs Can Be Old-Fashioned on Features

Very little has changed over the years regarding features when RVs roll out of the factory. The next generation of RVers expects more out of their rigs. They want modern conveniences no matter how or where they’re using their camper. They want the freedom to do some off-grid camping, plus the technology to stay connected for work or school.

With the boom in RV sales in recent years, we hope manufacturers say goodbye to old-fashioned features and offer RVers these in-demand options from the factory.

7 Features We Wish More RVs Came Equipped With

There are several things RV brands could do to better equip their rigs for their customers. If we could give a wish list to RV manufacturers, we’d like to see the following options become standard features on more campers. Let’s see what you think.

1. Lithium Batteries

More and more RVers are looking to do off-grid camping and why not when your towing around a fully self-contained house. If you’ve ever used your RV while unplugged, you’ve likely experienced the disappointing performance of lead-acid batteries. There has been no question in our mind that lithium batteries have been one of the biggest improvements we have made to our RV’s.

For some RVers, lower-quality batteries will do the job since they’re likely not using their RV without connecting it to shore power. However, lithium batteries can provide a lot of extra power while boondocking.

Lithium batteries are more expensive upfront, but they last longer and are the most cost-effective option over the battery’s life. You can get twice the power from a lithium battery that you would get from a comparably sized lead-acid battery. Lithium batteries are also nearly half the weight of a lead-acid battery, which can help keep the weight of your rig down. In addition a lithium battery will most likley last the entire life of the RV! No more replacing batteries every few years.

The biggest benefit to lithium batteries is just quality of life. No more worrying about keeping the batteries charged. They can run large appliances easily. Using solar, or running a generator for a short time charge them much faster and without degradation.

A few manufacturers like Keystone have announced they will start offering them, but its been a slow uptake.

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2. RV Water Filtration

You can never be too safe when it comes to the water you’re consuming. It’s not just about the taste of the water, but also the chemicals and even bacteria that could be in it. Buying bottled water is wasteful and can get expensive. Having an RV water filtration system built into your RV would be tremendously beneficial.

We’d love to see all manufacturers include filtration systems before the water gets to the tank. This would help prevent bacteria and other contaminants from entering your water system. It would also ensure that the water you’re using for showering or cooking is as clean as possible.

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Pro Tip: Even if you’re using a filter, it’s a good idea to sanitize your fresh water tank at least twice per year.

Additionally, having an under-counter filtration system as a factory option would be a worthwhile RV feature to increase the quality and safety of your drinking water.

3. Cell Boosters

With remote learning and work becoming more common in recent years, many RVers add cell boosters to their campers. These devices help create a more robust and better quality cell phone signal.

A cell booster isn’t just for school or work. You can also use it to improve your signal for weather updates and to stream your favorite movies or shows on those rainy days.

Manufacturers can help improve your cell coverage no matter where you’re camping. Whether you’re camping in a state park, national park, or on public lands, these devices do the job. 

There has been some limited availability of devices like the winegard connect systems on some RV’s but they have not always been a well though out solution. A router or cell booster needs to be robust and flexible like what lynksys or pepwave offer.

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4. Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

A tire blowout can ruin the day and do massive damage to an RV. By using a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), you can keep an eye on your tires while you’re traveling. While some manufacturers are adding these to their units, these safety devices should be standard on every rig.

RV tire pressure monitoring system
Safety features like tire pressure monitoring systems should be an option on all RVs.

A TPMS can alert you the minute it detects unsafe tire conditions. This can be a slow leak or even temperature changes. You want to avoid a blowout whenever possible. If you do have a tire problem, a TPMS will alert you so you can safely pull over and avoid catastrophe.

5. Tank Sensors That Actually Work

It doesn’t take long to discover that the tank sensors in an RV are notoriously inaccurate. A small piece of toilet paper or other debris can stick to the sensors and cause inaccurate readings. Even after dumping your tanks, the gauges often display as being fuller than they are.

RV tank sensor
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Giving your tanks a good cleaning and using chemicals are a couple of tricks RVers use, but ultimately tank sensors that actually work are what RVers want. We hope manufacturers take note and improve this essential RV feature.

There are a few good options that use capacitive sensors or ultrasonic that work well and we hope to see these on more RV’s in the future.

6. On-Demand Water Heaters

A hot shower is a great way to cap off a day of camping adventures. Unfortunately, RVs typically come with water heaters that only store around six to ten gallons of hot water.

Having a factory-installed on-demand water heater means you’ll have a seemingly unlimited supply of hot water. This is especially helpful when you have dishes to do and you also want to take a shower. You won’t need to wait for the water to heat back up and be ready to use.

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7. Composting Toilets (as an Option)

A standard RV toilet can use a lot of water, and it can be challenging to find a place to dump the tanks. Some RVers are eliminating the entire black tank and standard toilet and replacing them with a composting toilet. This helps minimize water usage and adds flexibility for disposing of waste.

We have been using a composting toilet full time for 3 years now and found it to be a fantastic option in an RV.

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This toilet alternative could also help minimize manufacturing costs by saving time on parts and labor during construction. RVs wouldn’t need as many plumbing or waterlines if composting toilets were available.

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RVs Need an Upgrade

The way people use RVs is changing drastically. Families and business professionals are learning to embrace the nomadic lifestyle. As this trend continues, manufacturers will eventually catch up to the demand.

RV manufacturing is a massive industry and typically doesn’t change overnight. Manufacturers usually make a change or two each year as they evaluate the market demands.

There’s no perfect RV. And there’s a good chance that even if RV manufacturers included the options we’re requesting, we’d find a few more features to add to the list.

RV interior factory options and features
While some RVs fall behind, this Class A offers features and options we love, like LED lighting and a dishwasher.

It’s a never-ending cycle as the needs of RVers constantly change. What could be useful today could be useless in a year or two. However, the more manufacturers listen to RVers, the more likely they are to offer the items we really want in our RVs.

What features would you like to see become standard on factory-ready RVs? Drop a comment below.

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Andy

Tuesday 18th of January 2022

This list is a great start along with the other ideas posted so far. I would like to add:

1) Energy efficient mini-splits for the AC/Heat 2) 12/24v compressor fridge 3) Large LFP battery bank options (say 15/30/60 kWh) with built in inverter 4) Option to fill the roof with solar panels 5) 100% electric option (ie no propane system) that goes along with items 1-4 6) Router/Wifi hub (at least pre-wired)

It would also be nice to have the option to remove older technologies such as the Sat/Cable TV wiring and antennas.

Mortons on the Move

Thursday 20th of January 2022

Great list! I agree with removing old tech if you dont want it.

Herb

Monday 17th of January 2022

I would add a rear view camera system to your list. Many newer Trailers & 5th wheels are pre-wired (power connection & mounting bracket), but I had to install mine after market. It really helps to keep small cars from hiding behind your RV while on the road, and assists when backing into a tight spot.

David

Monday 17th of January 2022

I think they should come with mini split A/C s. They are quieter and in most cases use less power.

Mortons on the Move

Thursday 20th of January 2022

Oh yes that would be great!

Roger Engle

Sunday 16th of January 2022

I’d add - EMS & Soft Start on AC units

Julie

Sunday 16th of January 2022

How about bathroom faucets that don't make you have to hit your hands on the back of the sink.

Mortons on the Move

Sunday 16th of January 2022

Completly Agree!

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