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Old 06-09-2018, 11:35 AM   #1
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What would I now do on day one

Being four some years into our first coach there have been a few things I wish that I would have done on day one. Not upgrades but items that are compounded by delay. This post (expanded by ya'll) could help some newbies like we were in considering a priority list.

Let me start with eternabond tape on the roof seams. We did it last year and it would have take well less than half as long to do on a new roof with fresh dicor.

Not for everyone, but waiting four years to retire the wheel simulators and going to painted rims with center caps required greater prep to repair scars then when the coach was new.

What ya'll got to add?
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Old 06-09-2018, 11:58 AM   #2
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Well I guess I’m not on day one officially however we have not left on our first trip yet. So if you peek at my tome named 2800QS mods, feel free to consided that as a response to what I would do on day one with the caveat that I’m slow and it took me 4 months to finish my day one projects. As for the wheel simulators, that looks like something the folks with bowties would like. I have not seen Ovals with dog dishes yet.
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Old 06-09-2018, 11:59 AM   #3
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Totally agree on both your ideas.
Within one week of getting our Lexi in 2013 I did the entire Eternabond/seam thing. 5 years now and never a leak.
Got rid of the simulators 4 years ago, pain in the arse. Only problem is as much as I've searched I cannot locate a set of simple hub covers/center caps like yours, except for the Ford E-450 platform. Fronts aren't a problem, but the rear duallys...no luck.
If anyone knows what will fit a Ford, speak up!!!
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Old 06-09-2018, 12:10 PM   #4
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hubs

I got them at
https://www.hubcaphaven.com
worth a call..
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Old 06-09-2018, 07:33 PM   #5
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Hindsight is a wonderful thing, sometimes. At other times it causes a world of pain and regret.

If I had known on day one - the day I handed over the cheque, I would have realised that from the moment he introduced himself at his home (where the 5'ers were) I recognised the arrogance and 'used car salesman' attitude of a guy selling $100,000 rigs from his front yard (albeit a 100 acre property) and walked away. I should have said, 'yes this looks good and is what we want' then returned home and done a lot more research.

I would have still finished up with something and probably the same rig I bought, but I would also have done a lot more work in ensuring I would get warranty support from him. I would also not have been pressured into putting an outrageous deposit on a tow vehicle, that I eventually let go, with the loss of 50% of the deposit. That was 2.5 years and mountainous amounts of money ago.
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Old 06-09-2018, 07:37 PM   #6
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The Kwisatz Haderach you are not.
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Old 06-09-2018, 07:55 PM   #7
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I got them at

https://www.hubcaphaven.com

worth a call..


Since they do not list e450 chassis, did you use f450 caps?
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Since they do not list e450 chassis, did you use f450 caps?
He has a Chevy!
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Old 06-09-2018, 09:10 PM   #9
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For those looking for genuine Chevy center caps, here is where I got mine for less than $20.00: https://www.ebay.com/itm/CHEVY-DUALL...25.m3641.l6368

One of the best things I did to our rig early on was to hinge the piece of plywood at the foot of the bed platform. No more peeking through a tiny port to see what's going on down there. We had a leak when the caulk at the top of the water heater cover failed. Clean up was easy on the road with that big gaping hole for access.

Part two of that mod was the addition of a moisture sensor which alerted me to the leak before any damage could occur.
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He has a Chevy!
LOL... I lost track of the thread and stepped in dodo.

Thanks for the reality check 8)
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