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Old 03-24-2017, 08:46 AM   #99
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Hi Joe,

I forgot to mention my email address in case you hear of anything since I don't check your thread everyday. I do check my email everyday at DaveNorton8908@gmail.com.

Thanks again Joe,

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Hi Big Daddy,

I doubt if one comes up for sale that it will come up for sale on this thread. This thread is for mods I am doing to my EggCamper to document what I've done over the years and for anybody's interest in those mods. I think if one comes up for sale it will be in the for sale section on this site or the other sites mentioned. I don't scan the for sale sections much anymore since I purchased. But if I happen to see one I'll let you know!

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Old 03-24-2017, 10:35 PM   #100
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... One awesome thing about the EggCamper is they used a 4" frame! Super stout for a camper of that size and weight. Way overkill - but that's ok!
I'm not sure, but from previous threads, I think many if not most EggCamper frames were built with 3" channel iron. Like you, we feel luck to have the extra beefy 4" frame on our 2010 #083. We have done the polar opposite with our EggCamper compared to you. Other than a couple things that you'd have to look close to notice, ours is still all original, pretty much just like it was when it rolled off the production line, even though we are the third owners. Although we've upgraded the mattress and seat cushions for our personal comfort, we still have the originals in dry storage. We enjoy it in "classic" configuration. But to each their own....
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I'm not sure, but from previous threads, I think many if not most EggCamper frames were built with 3" channel iron. Like you, we feel luck to have the extra beefy 4" frame on our 2010 #083. We have done the polar opposite with our EggCamper compared to you. Other than a couple things that you'd have to look close to notice, ours is still all original, pretty much just like it was when it rolled off the production line, even though we are the third owners. Although we've upgraded the mattress and seat cushions for our personal comfort, we still have the originals in dry storage. We enjoy it in "classic" configuration. But to each their own....
That's interesting! I did not know most had the 3". Thanks for the info. Maybe 4" is not so much overkill then. He must have went from 3 to 4 for some reason it was necessary. Thanks!

Keeping yours original is great too! I can understand that approach too. Keeping things simple has tons of advantages too and that was one reason I was drawn to the EggCamper too.

Hopefully soon we will both be out USING them instead of me working on ours ha! Still a little cold here tho. Enjoy!
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Old 03-26-2017, 07:03 PM   #102
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Closet Shelves

Next was to tackle the closet shelves. I used 1/2" birch plywood for the shelves. Used cardboard to make patterns of the shelves, and trimmed the cardboard to fit. I transferred it to the plywood and cut the shelf.

With the spare tire out and this allowed for more room and a full bottom shelf. The front of the shelves are supported to the already existing 2x2's on the edges of the door opening using simple L brackets. The rear of the shelves are supported with 3/4" PVC. I drilled one hole in the end of the PVC caps and screwed them to the top and bottom of the shelves. Then once the shelf was in place, just fit in the 3/4 PVC pipe cut to length for proper spacing. The PVC supports the back so no need to hook to the fiberglass.
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Shelves (cont.)

Did the same to the closet behind the dinette, and under the sink. Under the sink was a bear to do with all the plumbing etc. Had to remove the fridge to install the front vertical wall. I had to add front and back vertical walls to keep things from sliding off into the fridge, or off into the back storage under the bench. Now the under sink area is boxed in, and has a shelf. Don't pay attention to the mis-measured cutout for the sing drain pipe right inside the door....ooops.
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Reversing Main Closet Door and Adding Mirrors

Once shelves were done I reinstalled the main closet door. It used to hinge on the left and that was very annoying because it was hard to get anything out of the closet while in the camper.

I reversed the door, added mirrors, and used larger longer screws on the hinges to help support the weight of the mirrors. Before and after pic.
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Next is to ditch the 4 year old 12v and throw in dual Trojan T-105 6v batteries. This will now have 225 amp hours which will be a huge improvement on dry camping! I dropped em in the box and hooked em up. That's it! The camper wire is 8 gauge so that is all that is needed for the jumper wire. When I went to solder the lugs to the jumper wire, I saw the lugs had enough room for a lot more wire. I wet ahead and just doubled them up. That was absolutely not necessary at all, but it was a more is better moment.
I like your dual battery box, where'd you get it? What is the lid like? I have (2) Trojans T-105s too but haven't gotten around to putting them on yet as I haven't seen anything but a single battery box in the big box stores...
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Old 03-27-2017, 04:43 AM   #106
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Hi Johnny M,

That battery box came from Amazon. It's NOCO 426 box.

https://www.amazon.com/NOCO-HM426-Co.../dp/B003VAUG5A

I think it's made for inside a compartment such as a boat or internal rv but it should do fine. It's very sturdy. It has vents at the tops of the walls where a little water could get in only if you were driving in a good rain. I'll probably tape the 2 front vents maybe if it's an issue. The top is held on with 2 knobs. The knobs have studs molded into them that thread into inserts molded into the box. If I lose a knob on the road I may locktite 2 bare studs into the box sticking up, then use a washer and 2 nuts each.
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Speaking of reversing the doors, I also reversed the overheads and let gravity keep them open, saves using both hands to operate.
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Speaking of reversing the doors, I also reversed the overheads and let gravity keep them open, saves using both hands to operate.
Jim that's a great idea!! My wife keeps complaining about those because she is 5'1" and she cant access them too easily while holding them up! I'm going to have to look at yours to see how you did it, and what you did to keep them closed! Maybe a near future mod.....ha! THANK YOU
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Here are a couple of pictures, there are wooden block behind to hold the screws, they were relocated also.
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I also found where I reversed my closet door as well and the floor I put down....
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Here are a couple of pictures, there are wooden block behind to hold the screws, they were relocated also.
Thanks Jim! I was just looking at a lot of your mods again! How do these doors stay closed when traveling?? I dont see any kind of catch at the top. Just magnetic maybe?

I like the shelves you have built too! They leave room for a few tall items (broom, unbrellas) which we dont have. My wife and I discussed that - I may be cutting a slot out of the front of a shelf for storing those items....

The floor looks nice! We still use the original sit in place carpet - may steal what you did there too!

Thanks again!!
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I am trying to remember the set up, but I believe the hinges are springed and the doors stay shut with the hinge pressure. Besides, there is a lip that keeps things from hitting at the bottom and anything that hits from the middle on up have the fulcrum hold back.
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