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Old 11-13-2007, 08:11 PM   #1
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Pretty much just asking people out there if anyone is planning on doing any mods over the winter to their trailers?
If so what are they??
I'm installing some cold cathode tube lights, installing a cd player and who knows what else.

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Old 11-13-2007, 08:56 PM   #2
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Make new carpet piece. We don't glue our carpet down, we use lightweight (kind of throw rug) carpet, just cut to fit all nooks & crannies, sew pieces together (probably 2) and lay down. This way, we can pull out, hang on a line and beat it. Works well when you camp with a wet Labrador.

Install instant hot water heater if I get about $300 from Santa. Have my eye on the ventless RV instant marine Excel (on Ebay) that ignites with water flow turbine used to ignite (no batteries!)

Tables - Still working on the design of these
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Old 11-13-2007, 10:59 PM   #3
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I just added a pull out table by the bed. We discovered early on that we sleep with our heads on the closet side and there was nowhere to set a tea or coffee while reading in bed, etc. Attached pics show new pull out table on the bottom of the closet door just above the right side of the microwave. Secures with a bolt for travel and also stabilizes the microwave during transit. First pic is in stored position and second pic is extended.


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Old 11-14-2007, 02:16 AM   #4
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Hi: Not sure I like anything that "comes out of the closet" but it looks neat... and best water heater I saw was an old small/tall elec. coffee urn with pour spout $5.00 garage sale buy...some disassembly and proper current bush required!!!
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Old 11-14-2007, 10:23 AM   #5
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Pretty much just asking people out there if anyone is planning on doing any mods over the winter to their trailers?
If so what are they??
I'm installing some cold cathode tube lights, installing a cd player and who knows what else.

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Kent,

Where will you be installing your lights? Why will you be using these kind? I won't be doing anything until Spring but I'd like to use all LED lights when I redo the Playpac to save on battery drain so I was just wondering. I've decided to just gut and start over so I really pay attention to this part of the forum to see what you all are doing and why.

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Old 11-14-2007, 10:25 AM   #6
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Install instant hot water heater if I get about $300 from Santa. Have my eye on the ventless RV instant marine Excel (on Ebay) that ignites with water flow turbine used to ignite (no batteries!)
Since my Playpac is missing the water heater I'm especially interested in what you know about these. Tell me everything pleaseeeeeeeee.

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Old 11-14-2007, 10:41 AM   #7
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........probably simple stuff like remove the aluminum mags and polish them back up. Will use stock old Mazda truck rims (also mags, but not subject to weather elements as much) to park on till the sun comes out again, LOL.
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Old 11-14-2007, 03:10 PM   #8
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Where will you be installing your lights? Why will you be using these kind? I won't be doing anything until Spring but I'd like to use all LED lights when I redo the Playpac to save on battery drain so I was just wondering. I've decided to just gut and start over so I really pay attention to this part of the forum to see what you all are doing and why.

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Pretty much in the same place where my 12 volt lights are now, and I'm going with these because they are very low amps to run and not directional light like LED's. If you check out this post you'll find out lots about them. http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/index.ph...hl=cold+cathode
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Old 11-14-2007, 08:51 PM   #9
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We are trying to re-do the interior. Have made a permanent bed instead of the dinette combo.Got the new curtian rods up. The end ones are curved to fit the wall. Wife has finished the new curtians and matching sheets and pillow cases.Now i have to take out the gaucho/bunk and make a small dinette for that area. Cold weather is comming, the garage is not paved, heated or very comfortable this time of year, so some things will have to be put off until spring[How do you spell PROSCRASTINATE] Tried to keep going but just plain ran out of warm
. Now am building dulcimers and wood carving. Have you ever made a canjammer?....FUN!
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Old 11-14-2007, 08:52 PM   #10
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Pretty much just asking people out there if anyone is planning on doing any mods over the winter to their trailers?
If so what are they??

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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. I have a LCD TV, that I gather are actually 12 volt appliances that use 110 v AC to make 12 v DC. I should be able to adapt a cig lighter type plug to run off 12 volts, rather than use 12 v to 110 v via the inverter which then converts 110 v back to 12 v.
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Old 11-14-2007, 11:27 PM   #11
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I'll be making doors for the kitchen cabinets to match the ones in the loft and chest of drawers I built. If I'm feeling ambitious I'll work on changing the dinette into a "U" shape and make a new dinette overhead cabinet. And I'm adding new BAL stabilizers that'll hopefully reduce or eliminate trailer rock when we're set up.


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It also seems prudent to do some reenforcement work on my (2005 Scamp 5th wheel) trailer axle mounts.
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Old 11-15-2007, 07:03 PM   #12
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And I'm adding new BAL stabilizers that'll hopefully reduce or eliminate trailer rock when we're set up.
If you quit inviting the missus up to the loft the trailer rock may eliminate on it's own...

Sorry Peter, you were wide open on that one.
I remember the pics of your cabinet doors in your mod. Can't wait to see that done throughout, they were really cool.
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Old 11-15-2007, 11:20 PM   #13
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If you quit inviting the missus up to the loft the trailer rock may eliminate on it's own...
Now you mention it, trailer rock doesn't seem to be much of a problem when I'm camping on my own . . . .

But these are actually just the rear stabilizers, not much help for movement up in the loft. Our 5er came "lifted" so the loft would fit over the side-rails of the previous owner's truck bed. Problem is the rear stabilizers that came with the trailer aren't quite long enough to reach the ground. If the ground is level I have to put a 4x4 wood chock down under each stabilizer leg to get them to touch down, more if the trailer is parked on a slope. The new 24" stabilizers should easily touch down without the chocks and make the back end of the trailer more stable, too.

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Old 11-15-2007, 11:51 PM   #14
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The continuing project of replacing all the cupboard doors with solid maple doors decorated with woodburning an painting.

The first mod is to make a piece that will fit over the little window over the stove and mount two 12 Volt exhaust fans. The actual design is still floating around in head, and constantly being modified. Once my head finishes all the design modifications I can start to work.
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