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Old 09-19-2014, 02:05 PM   #1
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LIL Snoozy Fresh water tank gauge

I drilled 1.5 inch holes in the trim panel in front of the fresh water tank, which is located under the couch. I added a trim panel for looks. Now you can see at a glance how much water is left in the tank.
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Old 09-22-2014, 08:21 AM   #2
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Nice idea Charlie!
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Old 09-22-2014, 08:34 AM   #3
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I drilled 1.5 inch holes in the trim panel in front of the fresh water tank, which is located under the couch. I added a trim panel for looks. Now you can see at a glance how much water is left in the tank.

I kinda did the same thing on the tank itself with 1/4" holes. That way I could tell how much water was in the tank by which hole the water was coming out of. LOLOLOL
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Thanks Greg,

A slot would be better but it would be hard to rout without taking out the panel. I slid a thin piece of plywood between the panel and the tank to prevent drilling into the tank.


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...or removing the tank, which would be a pain. Either way it is effective and looks professionally done. We have elected to leave off the fresh water tank on our build and utilize the space for storage drawers. In all our years of camping up and down the east coast we have never needed a fresh water tank. Most of our favorite campgrounds are all electric/sewer/water. We usually take along enough bottled drinking water to cover our long weekend trips. If we find we need it down the road it can always be added. I remember you being a pretty tall fellow. How's the shower fit for you? Just curious.
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I have used it one time. I wouldn't say it was comfortable but I can manage. We will use campground showers whenever possible but it is nice to have the option.
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I agree. I'm around 6' - 210lbs. I tried it out for fit and would do better sitting on cassette while showering, but I agree, it is nice to have when no other option is available.

Maybe Richard could incorporate your water gauge slot idea into the campers when customers want the FW tank. Would be fairly easy to cut in the slot before the tank is installed.
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I drilled 1.5 inch holes in the trim panel in front of the fresh water tank, which is located under the couch. I added a trim panel for looks. Now you can see at a glance how much water is left in the tank.
Very well done Charlie. As someone who does use the water tank in their trailer a lot I love this idea.

If you find you have trouble seeing the water line, at one of the fiberglass trailer meets someone had done something similar on a Scamp - but they added a small LED light into the hatch behind the tank so when they turned the light on via a small outside switch, they could see the water level in the tank a bit more clearly.
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Nice job. I like the viewing ports.

I did something similar with our Scamp 5er.

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It's part of the U-Shaped Dinette project I did a few years ago. The post showing how it works is here: Converting dinette into a "U" with more accessible storage.
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I like that Peter. I went with the portholes to keep from having to disassemble the couch and related. The light is a good idea but so far I can see good without one. I enjoyed reading about your Scamp upgrades.


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Greg, one of the other things I did was make a platform for the bath to get the floor closer to the toilet. It can be removed when using the shower. At least one LS owner has done something similar.Click image for larger version

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[QUOTE=greg489;484129]I agree. I'm around 6' - 210lbs. I tried it out for fit and would do better sitting on cassette while showering, but I agree, it is nice to have when no other option is available.



I couldn't see paying the extra $500.00 for the Theadford cassette toilet, because it is essentially the same as the standard Theadford portable toilet (empties the same way). I always remove the toilet (very easy) prior to showering, as it gives a lot of room to be able to turn around, bend over, etc.
With all the problems Theadford has had with the "blue" hose bursting, I'm glad I did not go that route.
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Hey Dave, we also use the portable battery flush model in our popup and like it too. I've considered what you did to save money. The only problem would be not including it with the sale of the popup. Most see it and would want it to stay. Certainly something I'm considering.

Charlie ~ I like the platform. We must be a lot a like. Always coming up with improvements.
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Greg, if I'm not mistaken, the portable toilet (hand pump, not electric flush) comes as standard equipment in the Lil Snoozy, and the cassette toilet is a $500.00 option.
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