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Old 03-16-2008, 04:10 PM   #85
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Despite having a new trailer, I generally try to fit it out to suit my wishes. I plan to install at least one additional 12 volt outlet. I have purchased two cig. light type receptacles with covers that I can use through my inverter to power my satellite radio, charge rechargable batteries etc. My solar panels usually take care of the required electricity.
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I spent about 2 hours today, installing a 12 volt marine plug under the cupboard that is above the dinette. Bigfoot installs a false bottom to allow wire to pass through. I had to remove the factory installed am/fm dvd player, as well as the compartment wall beside this unit. I had to then fabricate a plywood backing plate, as the wood material on the bottom side of the cupboard was about 1/8". I removed the 12 volt lamp assembly as well, as I tapped into the wires that fed the light. When I re-installed the lamp, I had to use toothpicks on two of the holes due to the thin wood being stripped once I removed the screws.

I now have a 12 volt circuit beside the 110 volt circuit that Bigfoot installed and readily accessible for my satellite radio, satellite tv receiver or any other use. It was a bit of an extra job, as the trailer is across the property from my house and it was necessary to make several trips for tools, fabricating the plywood backing plate etc. I had to be mindful that RV wiring is backwards to automotive and marine - rv has black for hot, while the automotive and marine business has black for ground. I made that mistake only once, and had to replace a light fixture because of it

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Old 04-26-2008, 10:08 AM   #86
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Well, I decided to make a deeper shelf so the little shelf underneath would sit out from the wall further. When I completed the larger shelf I had the original left over where to store it, another item in the garage.

Why not attach the larger shelf to the original smaller shelf.

The larger shelf sits out from the wall further and both the DVD player and Satellite box can sit on it, with the TV on the original shelf above. I used the same brackets on the sides to affix to the windows, their straight brackets with a slight bend. Because the whole combination is heavier, I used 2 braces on the bottom down to the cabinet. I used a thicker aluminum 1"x 1/4".


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The new tiered shelf

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In the back are 4 brackets, aluminum screwed into the back of the lower shelf and the underneath of the upper shelf.
In the front is one bracket centered, affixed to the underneath of upper shelf and top of the lower shelf.

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I couldn't get a good picture of this but it's the straight bracket from the underside of the top shelf to the window frame.

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This shows the braces from the underside of the lower shelf to the cabinet. The black box is an A/B box for the option of cable or satellite.
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The final product. With all the cords hidden in the back and under the mattress/bedding.


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wow..Joy..thats really nice.....!! I would love to put a small shelf up in the bunk for my DVD player... your so talented...
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Old 07-13-2008, 08:19 PM   #89
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That loft stabilizer is a thing of beauty.
A belated response, thanks Cam A. Sometimes a mod comes along that is just really fun to do and this was one of those.
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A belated response, thanks Cam A. Sometimes a mod comes along that is just really fun to do and this was one of those.
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The paint roller telescoping legs actually provide enough strength to take out the rocking in the trailer? I suprised. Sounds real flimbsy stength wise.
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The paint roller telescoping legs actually provide enough strength to take out the rocking in the trailer? I suprised. Sounds real flimbsy stength wise.
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The landing gear is supporting the majority of the front trailer weight. The mod is effective with about 15 to 25 lbs of weight. It was a large improvement.

Later I determined that the remaining movement was due to the landing gear. That can be corrected by bracing the landing gear or installing stabilizer jacks on the front of the frame.
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Before and after. One coat of primer on the bottom so far.
More progess ... yeah, it's been painfully slow!


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