SPRING! After a long cold winter, nothing sounds better than loading up the RV and going camping. For most of us that means getting out the list of the things we needed to fix from last season and didn’t have the time or the parts on hand. However, there is also that “wish list” of things to fix or improve to make the camping experience more enjoyable.
Of all the areas in the RV none are more important than the storage spaces where the gear and equipment is kept. For many RVs, access to the outside storage usually means lifting an exterior door and when available, securing with wall clips. These clips work reasonably well but can be difficult to attach and provide very little safety from dislodging – especially in windy conditions or when camping on a non level surface.
A solution to this problem is to install hydraulic lift kits. The kits are easy to install and are secured to the inside surface of the door with an adhesive tape. Kits are available in many sizes and will fit most lightweight RV doors, including doors located under slideouts. One of the strongest reasons for installing lift kits is the safety factor – after installation, the risk of being accidentally struck by a falling door is virtually eliminated.
If you have an existing gas spring installation where the attachment bracket has torn loose, repair kits are available that after installation, will provide a structural plate for remounting the springs. The plates are attached with a VHB tape and can repair virtually any flat surface.
Another prime storage area often overlooked is located under the RV bed platform. Many RVs have bed lifts installed from the factory and a lot are installed incorrectly, improperly sized or have failed.
Although not used as frequently as the outside storage, safe and correct access to this space is critically important – the beds are heavy and can cause serious injury when dropped. Installing the proper lift kit here will definitely improve the camping experience! Bed lift systems are designed to lift the weight of the standard RV bed, including a typical upgrade to a residential style, heavier mattress. Bed lift kits can be used to fix an existing application or for new installations. Sizes are available for most RV beds including the small or partial front storage compartments.
Like every other RVer on the planet, we expect our RV’s to alleviate headaches, not create them. For the most part, that’s exactly what they do with the exception of a few cumbersome and pesky things. Primarily for me, one of the things that gave me the most headaches, both figurative and literal were the hatch doors on my RV. Don’t get me wrong, we all love having the extra storage space, or doors to protect our generators and sewer lines, but how often do you find yourself twisting and contorting your body to try to retrieve items from storage with one hand, while your other hand is occupied holding the hatch door to keep it from crashing down on you. If you answered “every time”, then you want to keep reading.
How did we come up with the HatchLift? Not only through our own painful experiences, like the time I nearly had my fingers crushed by a falling door, but from all of the other RVers I’ve talked to over the years. When asked what was one thing they didn’t like about their RV, the falling hatches seemed to always be on someone’s list. I’ve heard so many stories about hatches secured with those ugly little aluminum latches failing to keep the hatches open that I wanted to give something back to all of those RVers who’ve ever said, “the trip was great…except for the concussion if got from one of my hatches calling on my head.” It took about a year to develop, but once the final design was completed, I knew that we had something that EVERY Rver could benefit from: a retro-fit hydraulic door lift spring system that provides assistance with opening and closing RV baggage compartment doors on 5th wheels, Travel Trailers, and Motorhomes.
The kits are easy-to-install and designed to fit standard RV style doors from 12″ to 45″ tall and up to 72″ wide. The bottom line is that they provide safe and easy access, even under Slide-Outs. They are so easy to install that if you know how to use a screwdriver, you can do it yourself in oughly 30 min. I’ve been told by many RVers that the Hachlift has been a wonderful addition to their rig because they virtually eliminate all of the awkwardness and potential pain involved in using your storage compartments. It’s a simple modification that anyone can do and everyone will benefit from.
So, whenever your arms get tired from holding up that hatch door, or you’ve had one to many concussion caused by falling hatch doors, maybe it’s time to consider ordering and installing HatchLift for your self. If you have any questions, or experiences to share of your own, give us a shout!