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Old 01-23-2016, 05:47 PM   #1
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Would love to tinker but I dont know whats safe and whats not...

Ok so I would love to tinker (aka do some simple mods) but ive never done anything like this to my RV and I dont know what is "safe" and what isnt. For example, if i want to mount something on a wall, what are my options? I want to change out some of the AV equipment, where do all the wires run? Any of you tinkerers out there want to give a virgin tinkerer some advice and pointers on either of these topics or anything else? Got good online resources besides this forum? For what its worth I have a 3170DS.

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Old 01-23-2016, 06:28 PM   #2
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Well, you picked out two of the most difficult things to do. You need to find out how your walls are made and where the studs are if you want to hang anything heavy. The wires may run through cabinets making moving them somewhat easy.
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Old 01-23-2016, 06:31 PM   #3
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If you are not hanging anything heavy on walls, just pictures or clocks, etc., use command hooks.
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Old 01-23-2016, 07:15 PM   #4
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Well, you picked out two of the most difficult things to do. You need to find out how your walls are made and where the studs are if you want to hang anything heavy. The wires may run through cabinets making moving them somewhat easy.

Ok, so the hanging stuff on the walls is probably at the bottom of my want list. I just threw that out there as an example. The AV stuff is at the top. I was planning on contacting forest river for wiring details. I can probably figure it out after i have that.

Phillyg, what are some "easier" mods?
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Old 01-23-2016, 07:31 PM   #5
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Lotsa luck getting wiring diagrams from FR. I just completed a thermostat upgrade mod on my 25DS and the cavity behind the entertainment module is a mishmash of cables and wiring. I was able to thread the Tstat wiring out another way and did try to tidy up what was in there. If you have any knowledge of how AV equipment is setup you might get lucky.
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You'll have better luck running on to "Bigfoot" than getting any wiring schematic from Forest River or any other RV manufacturer for that matter. A wireless system is an option, or if just upgrading ... use existing wiring.
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Old 01-23-2016, 07:59 PM   #7
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Im an avid home theater enthusiast so Id call my knowledge of AV wiring and stuff above average, but Im no professional more like a well-informed amateur. I have a friend that has done auto installs as well who i hope to enlist the help of in doing this.
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I can tell you DH mounted our tv on the bedroom wall in the bedroom. Pay attention to the stud and the length of screw you are usingn. DH made the mistake of using one that was too long and ended up going through the outside of the trailer. We then fixed that ourselves using bolts and caulking.
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It all really depends on what you're looking to do to the AV equipment. Are you changing locations or just changing what's there? If you just want to swap the stuff out, then good chance you can reuse the existing wiring.

I've run a couple new wires, like adding an HDMI hookup for plugging in the iPad, but in my trailer, I was just dropping down a hollow wall so it was pretty easy once I opened it up.


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Kaadk: Yes thats the kind of thing Id be doing AV wise. Would like to troubleshoot the kid area too. Lots of "not right" about the way that stuff is. Lots of issues (interference and the like). If it means replacing equipment no biggie, but may need to rewire to the front or something like that to get it how Id like. Id like to drop the av switch and replace that to run all hdmi and get a cheap bluray to feed it. The TVs i think already support hdmi.

Other things not AV related like adding a bypass for winterizing next season. Swap out the water fixtures. Others?? I know i can search til Im blue in the face of things to do, but looking for quick hit, prefer inexpensive, big bang for the buck type things.
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