When my Eagle HT 26.5 RLS was still on order I joined this forum to get ideas for upgrades. I have NOT been disappointed. The advise, creativity and skill of the members has amazed me.
SO - several of the following mods that I completed last week are thanks to those that have gone before - just my versions.
A few others are new ideas (I think).
But I wanted to post them because I haven't see a lot done on the 26.5 RLS.
Re-keyed all Locks
I ordered keyed alike locks from RV Locks and More. I changed out the slam locks, the turn locks, even the small locks on the Level-up and water access doors.
Changing those small locks on the plastic doors just took a bit of brute force - they are pressed into the plastic door - you basically depress a tab on each side and push them out - then replace with short locks that are bolted on.
The only downside is I didn't order an unkeyed latch for the right most slam latch in this photo. The RV Locks and More slam latches are more square than the original Jayco equipment so there is a mild missmatch - I'm gonna live with it.
Changeout was extremely easy and overall took just 20 minutes. Just measure the length of the smaller locks and match them (they vary depending on thickness of your door panels.
So now, there is only ONE key for the entire trailer. And I have a TON of keys since they sent 2 keys for each lock I ordered
I really like the idea of using clips to get the spare tire crank, folding lug wrench and jack handle out of the way. I mounted them on the back wall of the frontmost compartment. This compartment has a sheet metal back wall with plywood behind that. I just screwed right into the sheetmetal.
I also have an ax, shovel and Sven Saw (folding aluminum wood saw) that I carry. I have a roll of 1 inch wide velcro strap - hooks on one side, loops on the other. I cut three pieces and screwed them to the side wall. The tools sit on the floor so there is no weight on the velcro, it just wraps around the handles to hold them up against the wall.