Make It Your Own

By:  Kelly Barnett

24th Nov, 16


Just like most people who move into a new 'home', we needed to make some changes and/or improvements to make our home more suited to us. Here are just a few of the 'mods' we've done.

1. One of the first things my 'handy' husband did was to install 12"x12" peel and stick floor tiles on the bed pedestal. Adding the tiles on the base under the mattress makes it so much easier to make the bed. With the added tiles the mattress slides around smoothly and doesn't snag on the underside of the mattress.

2. Michael installed a hard-wired surge protector with voltage protection and a remote display which protects the coach and its contents from any issues with power as campgrounds and RV parks commonly have issues with power.

3. He also cleaned up all the wiring in the basement. The wires are now in nice orderly bundles and much easier to manage if issues arise…plus, as an added bonus, we now have more storage space!

4. Since many RV parks have higher water pressure, it was recommended that we use a water regulator to maintain a constant water pressure. We have an Adjustable Water Regulator which we purchased at Camping World for about $65. Michael keeps it at just under 60 pounds, which seems to be a good pressure for us.

5. When we purchased our 5th wheel it was a brand new floor plan, and Heartland made some tweaks after ours was built. Our entertainment center had open shelving on either side of the TV, which just wasn't ideal for traveling.

We contacted Heartland RVs customer service and were able to order doors (which are actually drawer fronts), knobs and hardware to fit the openings. It's gives a whole new look to the entertainment center and is much more practical for us and traveling.

6. One of my very favorite mods was an idea we got from our friend (and the Director of Owner's Interest for the Heartland Owner's Club), Jim B. He moved his most used light switches from inside a cabinet where his panel was located to the outside for easier access.

Jim and Michael got together at a Heartland rally and moved 4 of our switches to the outside of the cabinet for much easier usage. Hooray!

7. About a year and a half after we moved into our fifth wheel RV we upgraded our stock mattress to an RV Sleep Number bed that we purchased from a camper dealer. A great improvement for a good night's sleep.

8. We recently added a new back splash on the wall behind the cooking area. We used a peel and stick tile, purchased from Home Depot, which made for easy application and it looks awesome!

There are SO many possibilities. We've had friends who have changed out the window treatments, removed the dining table and replaced it with a desk, freezer or sewing machine. We know people who have adapted parts of their 5th wheels to accommodate their pets. Whatever the case may be…Make it Your Own and enjoy!


Kelly Barnett

Kelly Barnett


RV There Yet Chronicles

My husband, Michael, and I have been living fulltime in our 2011 Landmark Key Largo since April of 2011 and LOVE every minute of it. 

When Michael retired from the US Army in October of 2012 (after 29 years of service) we hit the road and haven’t looked back. 

We usually work in the south Texas oilfields in the winter and spend time with our two sons and their families in the summer. We travel and sight-see as much and often as possible.