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Old 05-05-2012, 06:47 PM   #15
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Electric Heat Rod for the hot water tank.
Fantastic fan with remote.
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:21 PM   #16
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No matches needed or igniter needed for the stove. Use an 'dead'/empty bbq lighter. The spark is all you need!
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:16 AM   #17
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Fantastic fan
Solar Panel
LED lights inside
LED Tail lights
Maxxi Window vent so side windows can stay open in the rain
Movable wire shelves in the closet.
External 110 outlet
Easy to remove overhead holder for a 19" flat screen.

Items I havent done but would love to have:
An outside hatch to get at storage under the back bench.
A level monitor for the fresh water & gray water tanks.
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:51 AM   #18
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I see everyone is installing these "fantastic fans." Why do I want one?
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:38 AM   #19
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I see everyone is installing these "fantastic fans." Why do I want one?
Because they are fantastic.



Oh.... and high quality, low current draw, made in Michigan, outstanding customer service, versatile options like intake / exhaust modes, thermostat, automatic close feature.
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:16 AM   #20
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Because they are fantastic.
I second that

If you cook in your trailer you will need an exhaust fan - it does that. It will also help to reduce condensation issues by moving air.

It is also for many people a great alternative to AC. In the past I carried a small portable AC but since I installed the Fantastic Fan I have not needed to carry the extra weight of the AC even though I have camped a number of times with temps in the high 90's low 100's.
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Old 08-02-2012, 04:27 PM   #21
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Things we found useful after 3 cross country trips: ceramic electric heater, warm and toasty micro oven combo, air conditioner, flat screen wall mount tv, permanent bed, permanent dinette, screen door, outdoor canopy, fantastic fan, underbed storage, led lighting, stove with electric igniters, instant water heater, drain tank, leveling bubbles == I could go on, but these are the most important.
Still working on my Wish List and saw a link on a earlier post to photos/slide show(?) of your renovations. Unfortunately the link didn't work. I would love to see what you've done. Are the photos still online and if so, where?

Thanks!
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Old 08-02-2012, 05:47 PM   #22
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Atwood Hydroflame furnace (less than 2 amp draw while running), LED lightbulbs in factory fixtures, removed the icebox and use a Dometic CF-40 portable fridge so I can take our food with us in the tow vehicle on day trips, bumper stab jacks, propane adapter so we can hook our camping stove to the big propane tank to cook outside.

I would like to add a silverware drawer but it looks like it could be a PITA as I'm not very good with carpentry and we still have plenty of space now.
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Old 08-02-2012, 06:28 PM   #23
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My must have list is pretty simple.
  • LED lights for the low power draw from battery. Maybe $50 cost +/-
  • A canopy or awning solution. - makes a world of difference in terms of shade comfort and rain hassle. $150 for ez-up type (kind of heavy and bulky) or much less for some of the creative solutions posted on this forum. Or more $ for a stock RV awning attached to trailer.
  • At least 1 well placed 12 volt outlet.
  • Additional 110 outlet(s) as needed. Some people want lots, some an outside outlet, I just consider having only one under the sink a little short of ideal. Older trailers without GFI outlets should have at least one protecting each circut.
  • One of those little battery powered fans that go in fridge to circulate the cold air.
  • A small cube electric heater.
Storage solutions! With space at a premium and clutter easily able to overwhelm a small trailer, this is on my must have list.

Smaller solutions such as bins, baskets and storage containers. Those inexpensive suction hooks stuck to fiberglass to hang small items (2 hooks + small basket = night stand)

Bigger projects such as putting drawers into under couch/seat storage areas, outside access door for those under seat areas, additional storage overhead, or roll out bins and trays. Closet treatments such as shelves (Ikea is a popular source) are all things to think about during remodel.



Comfortable folding chair completes my "must have" list.


On the worth considering during a re-model list.
  • Power vent fan, a decent one can move enough air to do a complete exchange of all the air in camper in a few minutes. Have heard good things about Fantastic fans (they have free spacers to compensate for thin fiberglass install, how cool is that) Max Air is the other big name. Most put this as a must have, pretty good investment in comfort starting at less than $150
  • Solar panel and controller - might as well wire for and plan for storage location of panel if not roof mounted.
  • Inverter for 12 volt DC to 110 AC wiring, mounting location during remodel. Might also consider air flow (they can get hot).
  • Converter for 110 AC to 12 volt DC when connected to campground power. wiring and mounting location during remodel, might also consider air flow.
  • Computer type 12 volt fan(s) to help vent area behind fridge and make fridge more efficient. During remodel is best time to run those wires. It is also a good time to consider overall air flow behind fridge, adding baffles or better venting across fridge cooling fins, and possibly add insulation on sides and top.
  • Outside light if one not already built in.
  • Television mounting and antenna mount and wiring. TV while camping is not my thing but many find this important, especially if they use camper full time or for long duration, during remodel is best time to consider.
  • Water system - people have mentioned electric heating element for gas hot water tank (you pay for propane but elec. is included in campsite price), If you don't have a city water hook up this might be the time to look at that. On older hand pump sink trailer it's when I would think about wiring in a 12 volt pump and switch.
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:56 PM   #24
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I would like to add a silverware drawer but it looks like it could be a PITA...
The trick is to find something pre-made that could fit your situation.
The Fiber Stream has a narrow dead space between the Entry door and the refrigerator cabinet that a portion of the wheel well juts into. I built a counter-height chest of drawers to fit the space. My inspiration was finding the perfect ready made drawers:

The Container Store > Bamboo CD Bin

I then took 3/8" birch plywood and made a 3-sided trough held together with drywall screws. I added a partial 4th side to one end and stand it vertically in place. It is screwed to the wall using longer machine screws in the entry door frame from the outside, and from inside the lower 'fridge cabinet'.

Then I cut 3/4" angle aluminum into 8 strips that match the length of the CD bins and used Indoor/Outdoor Mounting Tape- at The Home Depot to attach them to the sides of the "Trough". Then I cut a Natural Oak Shelf- at The Home Depot to fit and attached it to the top with the tape I used for the drawer slides.

I added a knob to the blank panel hiding the wheel well and 1/2 of a double-hung sash latch to the front of the countertop. I stretch a long bungie between them and through the handle of the trash bucket and it all stays put while on the road.

The toilet paper is hung on the inside of the bathroom door. I had to take the picture from inside the bathroom.
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:47 PM   #25
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Important Mods

First priority is to maximize storage space. This in not neccessarily to carry more, but first to have an easily accessible place for everything with least used less accessible and most used most accessible. To us this means pull out drawers where there are none or where an existing accessible space should really be a drawer, a slide out pantry, discrete storage for everything from nail clippers to crock pots.

Second priority is to make travel more convenient adding things that support long term travel and different modes of travel like solar panels, electric hot water, LED lighting, ...

Third is to add functionality like a wifi hotspot, expanded outside storage, more ac and dc outlets....

Fourth, to make the trailer more comfortable, to provide an open feeling, to make it feel bigger than it is.....

Fifth is to keep every thing as light and balanced as possible to minimize the effect on towability like 1 propane tank, 1 battery but the best I can afford, no roof AC to disrupt airflow, no maxx air vents,....

Saying all this we have made about 50 mods to our Scamp and probably will make another dozen or so. This is our 10th calendar month in a row in our 1991 Scamp 16 and can see a number of items for improvement, some improved changes, others new additions.

Neither have carped about anything in our trailer nor complained about living in a small space in our 10 calendar months on the road though we have talked about little refinements that can make it better, some we've implemented as we travel like we just upgraded all the LED lighting and are about to upgrade our cell phones, rather important on these long trips..
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Old 08-03-2012, 06:30 AM   #26
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I am already a bit of minimalist (we went on a 20-day trans-Atlantic cruise with two stewardess-size carry-on bags and two small nylon backpacks--one of which held the cameras, purse, netbook and wires) and did about the same for six weeks in France. Oddly travelling with the trailer our STUFF seems to grow to fit the space. Lots of storage room in the Boler (at least for us) but modifications would make it easier to access. Thank you all for the hints and tips. My Wish List and collection of notes is growing by leaps and bounds.
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:55 AM   #27
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I like the "Trailer Trash" Frederick.
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:27 AM   #28
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Well, I really don't suppose that this is a "must have," but having done the mod, we are absolutely amazed at the difference - and "feel" - it has made in the Casita after dark!

The LEDs give a great "glow" overhead which not only provides a bit of ceiling-high illumination, it also makes the under-cabinet lights seem so much less "harsh" when they are on.

Great mod... quick & simple and cheap!

All the best,

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