I have had my DS now for two years. This is a 2014 model with two seasons on it and during that time we found some shortcomings with the stock trailer that we thought could be improved at minimal cost. Well, maybe one or two items were a little more expensive than we thought. However, I thought it might be beneficial to some of the other DS owners to share what we thought were improvements to the functionality and ease of use of the 21DS.
First, we added Maxair reversible fan over the bed. The second fan really helps in hot weather camping of the grid with pulling and pushing air out of the trailer. I also installed the sharkfin on the toilet vent to help in vacating any smelly stuff.
The trailer also benefits from a dual battery set up and a solar panel hook up at the trailer tongue.
To complete the outside mods, I added a petcock drain for the fresh water drain instead of just the plug in the center of the trailer that requires you to crawl under. I also added the same two petcocks to the low point drain lines at the rear of the trailer, making draining and flushing the lines a lot easier.
Inside, we started at the door with a full screen door bar and protected the bottom half of the door with a metal screen for doggie madness.
Next we changed the table setup in the dinette by removing the contraption that holds up the table and substituting it with an air assisted single pedestal. Yes that was costly. But as you can see from the pictures, it is rock solid, rotates and creates an enormous amount of foot space.
We added two doors to the storage area over the dinette taking out the blanking panels, which was also done over the bed. This creates more storage and is easier to access.
Lastly, I added a shelf to each cabinet beside the bed. We don't hang stuff so this creates more storage. I also changed out one of the slimline LED lights over the bed and substituted it with a dual soft white LED light with dim function. It's a little bigger but you will all appreciate how harsh white light can be at night when the missus wants to sleep and you are still stuck in the Camping world catalogue.
Besides the obvious things like adding papertowel holders and towel racks, I did change out the plastic taps in the bathroom. They are now real ones, a little heavier but much nicer to operate. I will change out the kitchen tap next.
I also constructed two pvc supports for the electric awning to help with tying down the awning. This idea came from a user on wildcatcamperforum.com forum named mrwoodwin. Just search for power awning tie down and he posted a super thread on how to accomplish this safely for minimal cost. Here is a screen shot of the parts list needed.
Hope this helps. I sure am interested to hear other improvements that members have mad to their trailers to make life just a bit better.
Thanks for reading