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Old 01-01-2012, 11:10 PM   #1
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We want to replace the original cooler with small refrigerator. Can anyone suggest a particular model that fits? Also, thinking of redoing the cabinet doors. Would like to see pics of other CT owner's magic. Afraid to use furnace. Are there small electric heaters that fit in furnace space? Love our new 2nd home. And, we stay up extra late perusing FGRV.Com. You are all so smart!
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Old 01-02-2012, 05:37 AM   #2
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Hi Jane. Fortunately all the brands are more similar than different. Cabinet door changes occur in all types. I've seen diamond plate, picture frame w/ glass inserts, wire mesh inserts, etc. The decision is what you'd like to do. Here's a topic about interiors... pay attention to the doors Interiors
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Old 01-02-2012, 07:23 AM   #3
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Jane: Why redo the cabinet doors? I made repairs to our furnace but haven't used it while camping yet. We were just out almost a month with our Uhaul, and wanted heat all but two nights, so we used a small electric heater that has a thermostat. It's the type referred to as a "milk house heater". We used that type because we already had it, but may buy a different one from Walmart. We just set it on the floor. It has a small fan in it to move the heat. If you do remove your furnace, I would be interested in buying it, We'll be back that way in April. Don't forget the gas line will have to be plugged off.
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If you always have plug in electricity, a small electric cube heater is a good choice. I'd also encourage you to think twice about changing the doors, but if you do, please share the old ones with others trying to restore their campers to original.
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:41 PM   #5
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Well, the doors are different colors and the cooler door is cracked, I did it, poor little camper, 20 + years old, and poof,i within 3 weeks, I smushed door. All parts we are not using are being stored, so it can be put back to original if we ever part with Paddy. Have read threads about electrical and is Greek to us. But on our two outings, we just plug in to electricity and, we have lights. We are so new at all of this, but having fun. Thanks to all of you for the information. Donna, you must be the FGRV guru. I am slowly figuring out the thread thing and digging for info. Your direction is most helpful.

Stopped at a RV place and nice man flipped our newly installed hitch ball up instead of down, gave us at least 4 more inches and camper much more level while towing and not so close to road, see, I told you we are renters that know not much about campers!

Greg sprayed bumper black, I used hair dryer to remove old cruddy stickers that we're on it, no, not UHaul stickers.

Carpet store around corner from KOA, and Darrell followed us back to campsite and cut new pad and carpet for us in, like, 15 minutes. Pretty excited I was to have it for our New Year's eve camp party. That's another story.

Got comments and gave tours to curious other campers while at Statesville East Koa in NC. Best observation was from a man passing by: " Hey, do you have a BIG dog for that BIG doghouse?" Bet not many Uhaul CT''s have ever been called BIG!
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You will hear again and again, "I did not know Insult rented trailers."

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CindyL was replying on her phone, so pardon the typo in the previous message. It should have read "...UHaul rented trailers."

By the way, we use a cat5 Wave heater, a small cube electric, and/or our AC built in heating element. Usually the AC heating element is enough, though it's really cold in St. Augustine this morning, so we have two heaters on.

We have a small dorm fridge, too. Works well but the opening had to be enlarged a bit.
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Old 01-03-2012, 01:53 PM   #9
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Jane: That's the best idea, keep all the original parts. And do you know that the bumper is aluminum so you could strip off the paint and polish it up to look like a chrome bumper. Like that carpet deal, camp & get new carpet all in one stop! Kevin & Cindy: what campground are you in? We just returned home from a 3 week stay at Jekyll Island GA, and used our electric heater every night except one. We took a small dorm refridgerator with us but put it on the picnic table in our screen room. Worked real good for us. Looks like next year we'll have to go further south into Florida to get warmer temps. Planning on 2 to 3 months in the south next winter so we can qualify as real snowbirds. Probably drift around Florida and maybe visit family in Texas. Tired of snow & cold, but I had promised my part time job that I would come back in January, wish I hadn't committed to that!
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Bob and Mary -Greg thanks you for the tip on bumper. Is yours stripped to the aluminum? Would love to see a pic. You convinced me to keep the doors on. Thanks. We can't stand it. Came back from second trip in Paddy on Sunday and have already made plans to stay at Ashville, NC West KOA this Thurs, Fri, Sat. Having too much fun.
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CindyL was replying on her phone, so pardon the typo in the previous message. It should have read "...UHaul rented trailers."

By the way, we use a cat5 Wave heater, a small cube electric, and/or our AC built in heating element. Usually the AC heating element is enough, though it's really cold in St. Augustine this morning, so we have two heaters on.

We have a small dorm fridge, too. Works well but the opening had to be enlarged a bit.
Kevin, where is the built in heating element? We are afraid to use the furnace.
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Jane, You don't have the built in heating element, because you don't have an A/C unit. Don't blame you for not wanting to use the furnace. Years ago I worked on propane and oil heating equipment, and I don't quite trust ours enough to sleep with it on. We've been very comfortable using an electric heater. One time at a campground with no electric hookup we used a Mr Heater buddy heater to warm up the trailer, but shut it off when we went to bed. The trailer battery was too low to work the furnace . Our bumper is painted, no plans to polish it, I spend enough time polishing our all aluminum teardrop. Glad you're both enjoying your Uhaul, we're wishing we were still out with ours.
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Important note on heating, remember that any type heater that burns fuel or has a flame will consume oxygen in your trailer and emit other products of combustion such as carbon monoxide. If using such a heater, a candle, the stove, etc., open a window to provide fresh air. A window slightly open when sleeping in a small space is a good idea. Be safe, always!!!
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Jane we put in a new propane heater and do not use it. It is too near the bed to be safe.

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