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This will be a thread to document my wife and my build & tweak of our 2013 Parkliner
...(Parkliner #35 rolled off the line at about 6pm EST on April 9 2013
For any who wish to check out some of our trips we also have a thread called Thom & Cari's Adventure Blog
. Below is a recent shot of our Van Conversion
on one of those adventures:
Please keep a few things in mind as you read through this build thread:
1) I'm just a regular guy...my day job has nothing to do with RV repair or maintenance so anything you see or read in this build thread posted by myself is from a non-professional POV.
2) Please always follow common sense and manufacturer's suggestions.
3) Please leave comments and suggestions!
The rest of this post #1 are my original notes before we received our Parkliner:
Some things to put down first...A BIG THANK YOU to those on this forum that have shared their insights and best-wishes through the trailer-pick process. Thanks ALSO to the to-remain-anonymous-on-pain-of-death Parkliner owner who allowed Cari & I to visit and check out the rig before we ordered. And of course, thank you to Chandler of Parkliner for making such a great product!
OK, on to business...
I am going to list the options and tweaks that will be included in our Parkliner. Let me say that my wife and i both agree that if money was unlimited we would still have ordered THIS trailer, THIS way. So while you might be scratching your head wondering about the "Why" of it all, realize we have reasons, sound, practical ones, for putting together such a rig. It will be an excellent addition to our AWD Chevy Van while camping off grid/road in the Pacific Northwest of the USA.
So here is what Chandler is building for us:
2013 Parkliner 15ft model
From Options listing:
(Optima Blue Tops)
Folding Table + Additional Couch Seating
Keyed Deadbolt Entry Lock
Additional 12VDC receptacle (x2)
(ToBeDetermined**) Fantastic Fan Delete
(ToBeDetermined**) MaxxAir MaxxFan 5100K Purchase/Install
From page 2 of the MSRP sheet:
(Thom's comment: This unit will be utilized primarily off-grid. With that in mind the following requests are presented as discussed with Chandler during a phone call on 1/24/2013).
1) Include sewer hose/housing but do not mount.
2) Run shower plumbing to top of curb side chase and cap. Do Not install shower fixture.
3) Install Pre-Bilge-Pump drain
4) Install 15 gallon fresh water tank on curb side with exterior fill(s) also on curb side.(relocate parts as needed/discussed)
5) Pre-wire for Solar
as discussed (10g wire inside street-side chase.)
6) 2 additional 12 volt outlets: 1 near 120v outlet at galley, + 1 near street side wall on front face of forward facing street-side dinette seat.
7) Replace/Credit Fantastic Roof Fan with (PTBD) MaxxAir MaxxFan 5100K deluxe manual opening fan.
8) Sani-Pottie – Delete/Credit. We will use our own pottie and will utilize door/storage area as designed.
– Delete/Credit Microwave
& Shelf. Mount existing light
below sink area upper cabinet.
10) Replace horizontal slider galley window with window similar in design to bathroom
11) Cushion = Tab Tangerine, Curtains = Canvas Antique Beige
___End of build detail listing.
I have a line on a licensed RV transporter who priced out the delivery from NC to our driveway on the Oregon Coast at $2400. That is a chunk of change but the total cost of rig+delivery is so right that it was an easy decision. ALSO, as stated above, and paraphrased...If we had won the lottery last week we would still have ordered this rig, this way!
I'll add more as i get updates and things come to mind. . . again, thank you all for your words of wisdom and kindness through the process!