12 Must-Have Coleman Lantern LT 17B Upgrades (2024)

Are you considering Coleman Lantern LT 17B upgrades that will make your bunkhouse travel trailer even more comfortable and functional?

The 17B is an affordable, family-friendly camper that’s great for those just taking the leap into the RV lifestyle. If you’re already a 17B owner, it’s natural to start wondering how you might upgrade your RV’s living space.

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The desire to upgrade comes to all RVers eventually. Even if things don’t break, an upgrade can dramatically improve your RV. So here are our favorite upgrades for your Coleman Lantern LT 17B:

Technician Tip: All of these RV upgrades can be professionally installed by a certified RV technician at your local Camping World Service Center. Find a location near you.

New Mattress

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Sure, the mattress that comes with your camper is much better than sleeping on an inflatable pad in a tent. But the first thing that many RVers do when they purchase a new or used unit is upgrade the mattress.

Many standard RV mattresses are thin and don’t provide much comfort. We recommend upgrading to the Brooklyn Bedding Medium 10.25″ Dreamfoam Hybrid Mattress, which does an excellent job of maintaining body temperature and providing support/comfort. If you would also like to upgrade the bunk mattresses, check out the Cozyway RV Bunk Mattress.

Technician Tip: In the 17B, the main bedroom mattress is a short queen, which measures 60” wide x 75” long. The bunk mattresses measure 29” wide x 72” long.

Shop Camping World’s complete selection of RV mattresses.

Backup Camera

Also known as “the marriage saver,” a backup camera is a must-have upgrade for your camper. These cameras will help you back into a campsite or parking space, and they also provide improved visibility while out on the road.

The running light circuit powers them, so whenever you have these lights on, the camera will also be on. We highly recommend the Trailer Life Pathway 5″ Wireless Backup Camera System. The system is wireless, so there are no wires to run to and from the camera. Simply plug and play.

Read our review of the Trailer Life Pathway backup camera before you explore our full selection of RV backup cameras.

Technician Tip: To install a backup camera on an RV that is prepped for a camera installation, remove the rear cover plate on the camper held in place with four screws. Once these screws are gone, attach the camera to the pre-wired plug and secure the camera using the same holes as before. Plug the monitor in, and that’s it!

Solar Kit

When camping off-grid, you’ll need a way to replenish your battery. This can be done with a portable generator, of course, but supplementing your RV’s battery capacity with a solar kit is an essential upgrade if you plan to avoid crowded campgrounds.

Solar is also great because it’s self-sustaining, and there’s no fuel to add or noise to deal with like when using a generator. The Coleman Lantern LT 17B is prepped for solar panels, making for a plug-and-play install.

Calculate how much solar you need for your RV.

We recommend the Go Power! 200-watt Portable Solar Kit for this camping trailer. It’s a complete kit and has everything you need. It’s also portable, so it’s easy to set up and take down when done.

Browse our full collection of RV solar kits.

Portable Generator

A portable generator is a must-have upgrade for any camper that doesn’t come with a built-in generator, which is honestly most towable RVs. A generator provides freedom so you aren’t always limited to a campground power pedestal.

As generator technology improves, the smaller and quieter they get. The Honda EU3200iAC 50-State Inverter Generator comes highly recommended with enough power for your entire camper. It’s durable and has exceptional fuel efficiency. Don’t forget the Camco PowerGrip Generator Adapter so you can use your existing power cord.

Learn how to choose the right portable generator for your RV or take a look at some other options.

Power Vent Fans

The Coleman Lantern has two vents, one in the living area and one above the shower. If you want to bring more fresh air into the camper for cooling purposes or to remove cooking odors, you can replace the manual vent in the living area with a powered vent.

We recommend the Dometic Fan-Tastic Roof Vent with Fan. This unit has a thermostat so you can set your desired temperature, multiple fan speed settings, and it’s very quiet. If you want to be able to use the vent fan in the rain, you’ll also need a cover like the Dometic Black Ultra Breeze Vent Cover, or the Dometic Ultra Breeze Vent Cover.

Technician Tip: A powered vent fan should not be used above the shower due to the chance of humidity coming into contact with the circuit board. Trailer roof vents are installed into a standard-size opening of either 14” x 14” or 14-1/4” x 14-1/4”. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about cutting into the roof. That said, you will need to use some new sealant on the vent flange atop the roof once finished to prevent leaks. We have a kit that makes this easy, the Dicor Seal-Tite Rooftop Accessory Installation Kit. You’ll also have to run a power wire to the battery for the fan motor.

Explore our full lineup of RV roof vent fans.


If you’re like most people, one of the first things you look to replace in your camper is the toilet. The small seats are often very uncomfortable and, unlike the toilets in your house, most have a plastic bowl that holds smell and stains easily.

In some cases, RVs are made with low-profile toilets that make it hard to get up and down. If you share these complaints, switch it out for one like the Dometic 320 Series Gravity RV Toilet. This is our favorite RV toilet upgrade because it has a standard seat height, an elongated bowl, and a ceramic base that won’t stain or hold smells.

Technician Tip: The Dometic 320 Series requires a rough-in (distance from the wall to the center of the toilet flange) of 11” or more.

Shop for other RV toilet upgrades at Camping World.

Electric Tongue Jack

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The Coleman Lantern LT 17B has a manual crank trailer tongue jack as the standard option. Manual tongue jacks take longer to raise and lower than an electric model, not to mention the sometimes unwanted workout required.

For some, manually operating a tongue jack is the last thing you want to do after a long day of driving to the campsite or enjoying your favorite camping activities. The strain and time-consuming task of raising and lowering your trailer is virtually eliminated with an electric trailer tongue jack.

The Lippert 3,500-pound electric tongue jack is a great option that won’t break the bank. It operates with the flick of a switch and has a built-in light for use at night. If you carry an electric drill with you, which we highly recommend, you can save some money with the Trailer Valet JX5-C Manual Center-Mount Trailer Jack. This jack uses a drill adapter for power operation, as well as still having a manual crank handle. There’s no wiring to worry about either, so installation will be much easier.

Technician Tip: Trailer tongue jacks all use an industry-standard mounting pattern, so you don’t have to worry about drilling new holes. They are bolt-on swaps. However, when upgrading to electric, you will need to run a power wire to the battery, but as the battery is on the tongue, it’s an easy task that most can do themselves.

Find our full selection of electric tongue jack RV upgrades at Camping World.

Stabilizing Jacks

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The Coleman Lantern LT 17B has two scissor jacks on the rear. The tires and tongue jack serve as the remaining points for stabilization. If you find that this trailer moves more than you’d like when you’re walking around inside, consider adding a set of stabilizing jacks to the front.

This pair of 24″ Lippert Scissor Jacks is a great option because they mount directly to the bottom of the frame with self-tapping screws. They’re an easy addition to your 17B, and they come with a crank handle in case you’ve misplaced yours.

See our full selection of trailer stabilizing jacks.

Wheel Chocks

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You’ll need a good set of wheel chocks to stop the trailer from rolling. Some experienced RVers employ wooden blocks or logs as wheel chocks, but we highly recommend using a product that’s specifically designed for this purpose.

Plus, most wheel chocks are lighter to carry in your storage compartment than wooden blocks or logs. The Camco RV Double Super Wheel Chock With Rope is great as it has a rope to keep both sides together. You can simply use one set on either side or both for added security.

Explore other options for wheel chocks for your camper.

Entry Steps

The Coleman Lantern LT 17B is built with a single manual entry step. Depending on your camping location, this may result in stepping quite high to enter your trailer. Sure, you could supplement with an adjustable step stool, but an entry step upgrade is also a great choice.

The Lippert SolidStep 26” RV Double Step is one of the most popular options. Unlike the factory pull-out steps, the SolidStep makes direct contact with the ground, improving stability and removing the bouncing and wobbling. They also swing inside the trailer for storage and provide a nice wide step for your foot.

Explore all the options for your RV entry step upgrade.

Surge Protector

Your Lantern camping trailer is filled with delicate electronics. Electronics you don’t want to replace if something goes wrong. Unfortunately, problems at the RV park power pedestal are not uncommon.

Open neutral, open ground, and reverse polarity are just some common problems you could run into at the park. These problems could create surges that send excess voltage through your camper and to your appliances. If not protected, you could be left with a very expensive mess.

This is why we recommend using some sort of surge protector anytime you’re hooked up to park power. The Hughes Autoformer Power Watchdog Surge Protector comes highly recommended and gives you the peace of mind you deserve while camping.

See our full selection of surge protectors.

Bike Rack

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If you enjoy riding bikes, one of the biggest issues you’ll face is transporting them. Bikes are big and bulky, so there are very few places they’ll actually fit in most RVs. That’s why you’ll either need a hitch-mount, bumper-mount, or tongue-mount bike rack to carry them.

For the Lantern LT 17B, two of your best bike rack options are the Lippert Jack-It Double Bike Carrier System (tongue-mount) and the Stromberg Carlson Platform-Mount Two-Bike Rack (bumper-mount). These options both allow you to carry up to two bikes.

Discover our full selection of RV bike racks.

Technician Tip: Exceeding the rear bumper’s capacity or the acceptable tongue weight for your tow vehicle can result in serious injury or loss of warranty. Consult a service center if you’re unsure which rack is best for your trailer.

By no means do you need to upgrade every facet of your camper. This list has some common upgrades that others have found worth the cost of upgrading. The most important thing is that you can enjoy the weekend with your family. The Coleman Lantern LT 17B is a great camper you’ll enjoy each and every trip.

What other areas of your travel trailer are you interested in upgrading? Let us know in the comments below.

12 Must-Have Coleman Lantern LT 17B Upgrades (2024)


How much is a Coleman Lantern 17B worth? ›

Suggested List PriceAverage Retail
Base Price$16,232$11,450
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Total Price$16,232$11,450
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What is the difference between the Coleman 17B and 17R? ›

These RV's are great option for families looking to begin RV life. 🛌 We love that the 17R has a full size wardrobe and that the 17B has two bunks that can be used for kids, guests, or storage. 💬 Which RV would be best for your family?!

Is the Coleman 17B solar ready? ›

The Coleman Lantern LT 17B is prepped for solar panels, making for a plug-and-play install. Calculate how much solar you need for your RV.

What is the gross weight of a Coleman lantern LT 17B? ›

(110 in.) 2,986 lbs.

Which Coleman Lantern is the brightest? ›

The Coleman Northstar is a lantern's lantern. It is a propane-fueled, car camping behemoth that is very, very bright. In fact, it receives the highest score for brightness of all the products we tested.

Will a 200 watt solar panel run a camper? ›

Yes, for a small RV with limited power consumption, a 200-watt solar panel may be enough.

What will 400 watts of solar run in RV? ›

A 400 watt solar panel can typically run small electronics like smartphones, laptops, LED lights, and small fans. It might also power camping appliances, charging stations, or small household items for limited periods. However, it's not suitable for larger appliances like refrigerators or air conditioners.

Is 600 watt solar panel enough for RV? ›

Full Time Boondockers

The most conservative boondockers will want at least 200 watts of solar panels. The average that I see out here is 400-700 watts. Power hungry boondockers will have north of 800 watts of solar panels!

Does Coleman Lantern LT 17B have trailer brakes? ›

2023 Coleman lantern LT 17b

The perfect little memory maker that is light enough to tow with most SUVs! 2950lbs dry weight, 1 axle making it easy to pull (to include 2' trailer hitch with sway bars, app -bluetooth- controlled trailer brakes if needed, and removable trailer mirrors.)

Does the Coleman Lantern 17B have a heater? ›

A fantastic bonus with the Coleman Lantern 17B is a fireplace! With a glass front and 5,200 BTU furnace, you can keep your toes warm during spring and fall camping with a touch of a button. Protection from the sun, rain or other elements comes with a press of a button.

How much water does the Coleman 17B hold? ›

Fresh Water Capacity27 galsGrey Water Capacity
Black Water Capacity28 galsNumber Of Bunks
Available BedsQueenRefrigerator Size
Cooktop Burners2Number of Awnings
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How can I tell how old my Coleman Lantern is? ›

Lantern: : The date code is a 4-digit number, embossed on the globe of the lantern. Cots: The date code is a 11-digit number, attached to the fabric of the product. Bottles:The Date code is printed at the bottom of the bottle and in a clock-like figure.

Does the Coleman 17B have a furnace? ›

With a glass front and 5,200 BTU furnace, you can keep your toes warm during spring and fall camping with a touch of a button. Protection from the sun, rain or other elements comes with a press of a button.

Who makes the Coleman Lantern 17B? ›

Select 2023 Coleman by Dutchmen M-17B Options

Lantern includes Coleman Lantern, Power Plus Package, enclosed underbelly, exterior shower, black tank flush, fireplace, spare tire and carrier (Western Edition Only) and 15K air conditioner (Western Edition Only and 18RB, 18FQ).

Does the Coleman 17B have brakes? ›

2023 Coleman lantern LT 17b

The perfect little memory maker that is light enough to tow with most SUVs! 2950lbs dry weight, 1 axle making it easy to pull (to include 2' trailer hitch with sway bars, app -bluetooth- controlled trailer brakes if needed, and removable trailer mirrors.)

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