Exterior Mods


Outside of Red Rover – This page includes exterior storage – the long compartment and the cargo box as well as a number of mods to the exterior of our Roadtrek.  These include awnings and the “porch light”.


Outside Storage CompartmentLong Storage Compartment.  Red Rover is equipped with a very nice long outside storage compartment.  Not only is this where the water and power connections are, it has a ton of storage space.  However to make good use of that space, some organization is required.  Here is what ours looks like.


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Outside Storage Compartment - LeftLeft Side of Compartment.  On the left we have two wood ramps for leveling and some wood chocks.  These were made by a previous owner.  On top of the blocks you can see a funnel with a hose that is used for adding Clorex (in white box) to the fresh water tank for sanitizing.  And in the winter it is used to put RV non-toxic anti-freeze (aka Pink Stuff) to the fresh water tank for winterizing.  The shallow plastic box with the red lid holds disposable plastic gloves for dumping the tanks.  








Jumper Cable Bags


The round brown zipper bags are made for storing jumper cables (purchased from Amazon), but besides jumper cables we have one for the extra water hose, one for the 15 amp and one for the 30 amp extension cords.  The bags all have labels on them so the contents can be easily indentified.










Center of Storage Compartment.    A milk crate fits perfectly in the center of the compartment.  It stores the water hose and filter and a few rarely used sewer fittings.  The blue item is a collapsible bucket.  It works great for adding some water to the toilet before dumping and adding more after to flush the system.  The green kneeling pad is used when opening the valves for dumping.  The box of disposable gloves is open here, and the funnel can be clearly seen.


Outside Storage Compartment - CenterMilk Crate


















Right Side of Storage Compartment.   The right side has a plastic bin that slips underneath the power protection system mounted to the back wall.  The bin contains water pressure adapter and a water hose quick release, electric power adapters and some miscellaneous tools and funnels.  The 30 amp cord is coiled and secured with the orange ties and sits in the top of the bin (we do not use the lid).  The black display above the water connection is one of two remote displays for the Progressive Industries Power Protection system.  The other is inside (see electrical and electronics page) and there is a switch to control which display is active.

Bucket & Bin

Outside Storage Compartment - Right

















Swingaway BoxStowaway2 Swingaway Max Cargo Box.   This box is great!  It is well made (and not cheap) and it swings completely clear of the big Dodge rear door.  What we carry in this box varies with the trip and what we plan to do during the trip.



Swingaway Box Swung Open





Rear Window Awning.  While we were camped with friends on Assateaque Island we were impressed with both the shade provided and the sense of more space provided by their extra awnings.  We were having issues with sun heat load on the rear window.  If we covered the window with Reflectix, it stayed a lot cooler inside, but it was a lot darker and we had no view.  If we could keep the sun off the rear window, we could still see out and it would not get so hot inside.  We didn’t want the typical RV awnings, but something less obvious when not in use.  We found the awning track online at Sailrite and also the sewable strip that slid into the track.  The white plastic track was glued and held with stainless steel screws.   Since we normally have the box on the back we have just used bungees down to the box handles, with or without short fiberglass poles.













Side AwningDriver’s Side Awning.  We were so pleased with how our rear awning turned out, we made one for the driver’s side windows (and fridge vents).  By the way, shading the fridge vents helps propane fridges cool better. Initially we used the adjustable steel tent poles shown in the photo, but we have since switched to fixed length fiberglass.











Underside of Side AwningWe made both awnings double sided.  The underside fabric matches that we used on the TV cover and some pillow covers inside Red Rover.  The top fabric looked good with Red Rover’s original paint and stripes.


The side awning was made with the strip that slides into the track cut into three pieces.  This makes it easy to fold in thirds and then roll it up.


Rear Awning - Installing Track
















Porch LightPorch Light.  Red Rover is a 1995 Roadtrek and 1995 Roadtreks did not come with a porch light.  We encountered a few occasions when we wished we had one, so looked for one.  After buying one we thought would work, we stumbled across a better way.  Use LED strip lights (the weatherproof variety).


The light is pretty bright so we mounted a dimmer to the shelf above the door.  We run a wire out the door to connect.  We have a short wire and a long wire for when the awning is extended.














Tubing Trick.  Tired of trying to fish leaves out from between your awning box and the Roadtrek?  Then try the tubing trick.  A roll of clear tubing a couple of tools is all you need.


Tuck in Tubing 2Tubing fills Gap
















Feed the tubing into the gap between the awning and the roof.  Stuff it in with your fingers or a screwdriver if necessary.


Now there is no space for all those maple seeds to get stuck. 




Wilson AntennaWilson Antenna.  We use the Wilson dual band cell amplifier for MiFi access more than cell phone use.  The Wilson Trucker’s antenna is clamped to a piece of electrical conduit bend at a 90 degree angle near the end.  It slides into a piece of PVC pipe clamped to the continental tire bracket.  The wire for the antenna runs through the door seal.


The antenna can be raised by removing the cotter pin that runs through the PVC and conduit.  The conduit can be raised to lift the antenna higher and the cotter pin use to keep it up. 


Warning TagsUse a reminder to remember to lower the antenna  before moving.


















Bike Rack Folded UpRed Rover - February 2013Bicycle Rack.   With the StowAway2 cargo box on the back, there was no place for bicycles.  We mounted a receiver to the front bumper and use a XPort bicycle rack we got from Performance Bike Shop.  We use a webbing strap to stabilize the rack.


We have the 2 bike version and it easily holds our good bikes, our mountain bikes or our folding bikes.  And it folds up when not in use.








Downtube & DahonsFolding Bicycles.  We have a lot of bicycles.  However, for casual campground use, we really like our Downtube Nova folding bikes.  We also have some Dahon folding bikes, but the Downtube bikes are a bit more stable and comfortable for casual riding.  Folding bikes can be easily stashed inside the Roadtrek if needed (like ferry crossings).


And the aluminum Downtube Nova is cheaper and lighter than the Dahons shown in the photo (Speed 8 and Speed Pro).  Camping World sells a cheaper similar looking folding bike, but it is much much heavier.


Downtube folding bikes are available online at: