Category Archives: Mods & Installs

MODIFICATION: MAKE RV KITCHEN LIFE EASIER WITH THIS STOVE IGNITER MOD

Electric spark generator
This is the electric spark generator I used to replace the piezoelectric igniter in the RV range. Now the burners light, every time, with one quick, quiet push of a button.

Pretty much everyone with an RV knows what a pain in the keister the piezoelectric stove igniters can be. Though they seldom wear out, they have been widely acknowledged as one of the most problematic, unreliable technologies used in RVs as well as a source of RVer frustration. They require turning a knob and make a loud bang whenever they are used. Everybody knows when the water for morning coffee is being put on to boil because the dang igniter wakes up everyone in the RV. All too often one turn of the knob and one loud bang isn’t enough because they don’t always light the burners on the first crank of the knob. Sometimes they just don’t seem to work at all. Many people have given up on these in favor of BBQ lighters which can be similarly finicky–they too commonly use piezoelectric igniters.

Because these piezoelectric igniters have made RVing cooks everywhere unhappy, including in my RVs, I set out to find a better system. I have! It took a little bit of doing but it was not a difficult modification–I just finished installing an electric spark generator, the type that’s commonly used for gas grills. HERE’S HOW…

RV ENTRY DOOR LATCH INSTALL

Installed: Stainless Steel T-Style Entry Door Latch
Installed: Stainless Steel T-Style Entry Door Latch. (See article for specifics)

It only took four years of being frustrated by the entry door to my RV slamming shut with every gust of wind before I undertook the task of installing an entry door latch on the RV–I don’t like rushing into things. LOL. Well, I just finished installing a latch and boy was it a chore and a half. Who knew there would be so many considerations? It would have been a lot easier had I attached it only to the outside wall of the RV instead of drilling all the way through to the inside, but I thought it would be more secure going all the way through the wall. Here’s how I did it…[READ MORE]

DIY RV CLOSET LIGHTING MOD

In this photo you can see some of the aluminum channel I used, and some of the diffusing lens that snaps into it after you place the LED strip into the channel. Also shown is some of the LED light strip. I’ve marked the cut points and copper soldering pads on the strip. Note that the soldering pads show + and – symbols indicating polarity.

Are you annoyed by the lack of adequate lighting in the closets or cabinets of your RV? If so, then this is an article you will want to read.

At home I can see fairly well into my kitchen cabinets and wardrobe just from the ambient room light without the aid of supplemental lighting within the cabinets or closet. This is not the case in my RV, however. The pantry cabinets in the kitchen are fully two feet deep–you can barely reach to the back of them–and while room light spills into the upper two of the five shelves the lower three are dark and require a flashlight to see into their recesses. The wardrobe closet in my RV is also impossibly dark inside much of it. See how I added some lights. [READ MORE…]