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Old 12-25-2005, 09:39 PM   #15
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I will do that tommorrow. Thanks Fred.
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Old 12-25-2005, 09:48 PM   #16
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Since I already owned a 13" TV/VCR, I shopped eBay for a ceiling mount to install on the underside of the upper bunk. I wired up the TV coax cable under the lower bunk to the electric cord hatch, and put a connector box in there. In a campground, I can connect to cable TV if available. When boondocking, I use a separate battery with a 300 watt inverter to watch tapes. I watch DVD's on the laptop computer.
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Old 12-25-2005, 10:02 PM   #17
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As an example of one mod leading to another, remember that I removed the short cylinder (for storing the sewer hose) from the front of the trailer? This left 4 holes through the shell that needed plugging. After awhile, I discovered a need for a shelf for small items on the front wall. In the spirit of 2 birds with 1 stone, I designed this shelf that re-used those holes for mounting.
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1. The Dinette Table slides under the shelf, out of the way, during most of the day.
2. During meals, it pulls out into the center of the space. I love port-a-legs!
3. At bedtime, the table disassembles and stores on the floor, under the bed. The shelf becomes a nice little nite stand/bedside table.
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This table came with the Fiber Stream when I bought it. The old laminated formica map top is cool, even though it is circa 1968.
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Some "newer" Fiber Streams have an arched pass-through in the wall between the stove and the street-side bunk, with a flip-up counter extension. My 1978 does not. It also has sliding doors in the upper kitchen cabinets. Newer units have upward-opening hinged doors.
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The 3-burner stove with oven is also the heater! It is a Duette brand unit. The 5th knob (to the left side) controls the blower motor for the thin (short? narrow?) heater vent below the oven door. The oven temperature control is also the heater thermostat. 250* = Low, 350* = medium, & "broil" = high settings for space heating. You can use the heater functions and the cooking functions at the same time. It is vented to the exterior, with a lower intake (combustion) vent and a shielded upper (exaust) vent located just below the kitchen window and above the electric cord hatch.
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Old 12-26-2005, 10:46 AM   #22
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I decided to add to this re-release previously edited out photos (extra footage)!

When I bought the Fiber Stream the most glaring fault was a completely rotted wood panel at the top of the refridgerator/pantry cabinet. When I crawled up on the roof, I found that the 3 screws through the shell that secure the cabinet to the top had completely rusted out leaving gaping holes for water to enter! I first replaced the screws, and re-sealed them with "C-10" a caulk in an Orange tube made specifically for fiberglass I found at Camping World.

Then I removed the rotted panel.
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Once the panel was gone, I saw that there was a LOT of room on the top shelf. The panel covered up the factory installed electric box (origonally blanked off) that would provide 110 volt power to an optional roof mounted air conditioner. I installed an outlet there, and mounted a 700 watt Microwave in the top shelf area.

After taking these photos, I attached the new panel to the top of the cabinet door.
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The 3-burner stove with oven is also the heater! It is a Duette brand unit. It is vented to the exterior, with a lower intake (combustion) vent and a shielded upper (exaust) vent located just below the kitchen window.

The Duettes were a very good idea, I had one. They were discontinued a long time ago, as quite a few trailers, and motorhomes, caught fire, from the Duettes.
The exhaust pipe through the wall, got dislodged, accidentally, due to road travel, or by mistake, or was too near the wall for such a hot exhaust pipe !
Also the vent didn't need to be anywhere near a window, that might be open. It needed a lot of non-flammable insulation.

Please be very careful with it.
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They were discontinued a long time ago, as quite a few trailers, and motorhomes, caught fire, from the Duettes.
Please be very careful with it.
Thank you for your concern. I kind of figured that they had been problematic since they were [b]not installed in Fiber Streams after about 1982. Benita does not have one and neither does RJordanX2. I believe that they have separate (furnaces) mounted next to the water heater, under the streetside bunk. Ken Hildner removed the oven portion of his and installed his microwave in that space.

I will keep an on mine.
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