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Old 04-06-2012, 11:24 PM   #1
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What "must have" modifications has everyone done to their trailer?

Spoke to Colin Hyde if NY today to confirm a complete restoration of my 84 Fiberstream. I was wondering what modifications everyone did to their own trailers or wish they could do as i plan for restoring my trailer. Colin and i agreed to do this right, the trailer will be completely gutted. The layout will remain original. Comments anyone?
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:52 PM   #2
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Cyndi, I'm not sure there is a perfect trailer or layout... it's only about what's perfect for YOU. Although I truly am glad I changed the sink faucet I had to a much higher spout with paddle handles A couple of simple mods that make a world of difference
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Old 04-07-2012, 12:02 AM   #3
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Old 04-07-2012, 05:51 AM   #4
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our screen door has made the world of difference for us---allowing us to keep the door open for not only ventilation, but for making it feel so much less confining inside.
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Old 04-07-2012, 10:08 AM   #5
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I'm not sure any of these are "Must Have" but I've been doing some modifications on my Escape 17B. It came with LED Lighting, dual propane, dual 6V batteries & 95W solar, all of which I would have considered must have if they were not factory options. The LED lighting greatly extends battery life.

I also have a camera mounted on the back of the trailer - helpful as a rear view mirror while driving, and a cell phone antenna & amplifier.

I think/hope I'm done for awhile, at least till I see a new "Must Have!"
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Old 04-07-2012, 11:24 AM   #6
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My term for "must have" is "gottahavit".
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Old 04-07-2012, 11:51 AM   #7
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Colin and i agreed to do this right, the trailer will be completely gutted. The layout will remain original. Comments anyone?
I think you're wise to keep the layout the same. How bad is the interior partition wall structure? I would try to refrain from disturbing it as much as possible if it is sound. My bathroom & closet structure are good, so I wouldn't want to create a solution in search of a problem that may not exist. Keep the wall structure of the partition between the range and street-side bunk, and if you already have the pass-through opening with the flip-up counter extension, I'd preserve that. That and the floor-to-ceiling refrigerator/pantry cabinet support the weight of a roof mounted air-conditioner.

I don't have the time to "Do it right" for my own Fiber Stream so I've learned to live with some flaws. One MUST HAVE that I've already done is a roof vent in the bathroom; the same one that Casita has in their 17' Deluxe.
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Old 04-07-2012, 04:59 PM   #8
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Must Have? Gauges!

I installed a gauge panel. I monitor battery voltage, battery amps, water pressure and outdoor temperature. See Dan and Dawn's Scamp Travel Trailer - click on modifications and repairs on the left and scroll down.

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Old 04-09-2012, 02:12 PM   #9
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An electric vent fan is a good idea.
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Old 05-05-2012, 01:10 AM   #10
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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.
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Old 05-05-2012, 07:31 AM   #11
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In a Fiberstream in particular I agree with Fred,Mostly.

I would try to design a way to have a bed and seating area available all the time if needed.
I can do that naturally as I am by myself most of the time so I can use one bed as a bed and the other as a couch with a small TV table.

Otherwise I would make it so the back area might be a bed setup and the area in the middle would be like a small dinette.
Aside from that I think the "Stream are one one the best as they are so roomy inside.

I find the bath layout awkward though,why did they stick the toilet where in the open when you don't really need the headroom to use it but then they stuck the shower in the corner where the headroom is needed but not available?
I am not sure I would try to switch them around but it is odd and annoying climbing over the toilet?
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:29 AM   #12
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I haven't gotten them done but on the short list is:

1. Rubber sheathing on the safety chains of my 5er. (On a night with a good breeze they play jingle bells all night long)

2. Solar, LED lights and (2) 6v batteries in series .

3. A converter and a small flat screen.
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I find the bath layout awkward though,why did they stick the toilet where in the open when you don't really need the headroom to use it but then they stuck the shower in the corner where the headroom is needed but not available?
The lack of headroom in the shower of a Fiber Stream is due to the floor being raised to create a space for the shower drain trap.
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This is because beneath the entire bathroom floor is where the 13 gallon Black Tank is located.
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A possible correction is to replace the Thetford Toilet and separate Black Tank with a SeaLand Toilet that has the Built-in 9 gallon above-the-floor Black Tank. Then you could put the shower and the toilet at true floor level with the shower drain below the floor the way Casita does it, regaining full headroom in the shower stall.
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I am not sure I would try to switch them around but it is odd and annoying climbing over the toilet?
Notice that the bathroom wall is not straight like Scamp and Casita. It zig-zags with the bathroom door in the diagonal zig and the closet door zagging back to the perpendicular. This allows the shower to be 30" x 30" and the closet to be 24" x 24" which allows for enough room for the entry door between the long wheel-well and the closet.
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The interior designed for women by a woman provides ease of movement and accessibility to everything.
Apparently it is easier for a woman to move past the toilet to get into the shower.
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