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Old 04-01-2016, 05:26 PM   #1
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Picked up 2016 Vibe Extreme lite 224rls

Was wondering if anyone else has one?

Also, have been making a host of small changes/mods to improve and clean up some issues from the factory and that are more in line with our use of primarily boondocking in CO.

I will post pictures and descriptions as soon as possible of the mods.
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Old 04-01-2016, 05:45 PM   #2
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Welcome from Wisconsin and congrats on your 2016 Vibe Extreme lite 224rls.
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Old 04-01-2016, 11:57 PM   #3
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Congrats on your new trailer, I can't wait to see your mods
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Old 04-02-2016, 09:37 AM   #4
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Congrats on the new 224RLS... I have my eye on one of these and been researching it heavily. Would love to hear your thoughts on the unit and mods as you get to them.
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Here are some of the initial mods:


Added a velcro strap to keep the bedroom door from swinging into the way constantly.



removal of bracket below wondow curtains. With the plastic l bracket gone, we can actually rest our arms on the backs of the cushions when sitting in the dinette.


Added a door holder and removed the stock door shock so the door opens all the way now.


added carpet steps so the dog won't kill herself when going in and out. Threw away the springs and tied securley with sailing rope.


dual battery boxes, screwed to frame, handles cut off on one side each so they fit exactly, then zip tied the cables and used the straps just in case.


Added a battery disconnect. also added the 'hot' wire so the emergency brakes will still work in the switch is in the off position when towing.


moved the spare over and added a Curt reciever hitch for the bike rack. 350lb tongue weight, 3500 towing...so we should be good.

Still need to add invertor for a TV and an extra water tank under the front bed. We like to boondock most of the time and the wife likes to fall asleep to a TV and then have it automatically turn off w/o running generator.
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Wow those are some great mods. Thanks for sharing
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Old 04-06-2016, 07:29 AM   #7
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Here are some of the initial mods:

Added a door holder and removed the stock door shock so the door opens all the way now.
I'm with you on this one... I prefer to have the door open all the way too!!


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dual battery boxes, screwed to frame, handles cut off on one side each so they fit exactly, then zip tied the cables and used the straps just in case.

Added a battery disconnect. also added the 'hot' wire so the emergency brakes will still work in the switch is in the off position when towing.
Very nice job on the battery boxes, looks great. Love the idea of the battery disconnect as well!!


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moved the spare over and added a Curt reciever hitch for the bike rack. 350lb tongue weight, 3500 towing...so we should be good.
Are those the specs on the hitch or the bumper? Looks good. Nice list of mods. Overall how do you like the camper so far?
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Everything looks good except for the bike rack plan- I'd rethink that one. Most of those receiver bike racks have a good bit of play in them. With the weight of the bikes hanging out away from the bumper and bouncing, plus the weight of the spare, you're asking for trouble. The bouncing is the main culprit in ripping bumpers off. Just think about driving a nail. You definitely can't push one into a piece of wood, but with the force of a hammer in motion, you easily can. If you insist on continuing this route, I recommend getting a BAL Hide-a-spare and moving the spare tire under the camper. And use straps, tie downs or some other means to remove any play in the bikes to keep them from bouncing up and down.
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Everything looks good except for the bike rack plan- I'd rethink that one. Most of those receiver bike racks have a good bit of play in them. With the weight of the bikes hanging out away from the bumper and bouncing, plus the weight of the spare, you're asking for trouble. The bouncing is the main culprit in ripping bumpers off. Just think about driving a nail. You definitely can't push one into a piece of wood, but with the force of a hammer in motion, you easily can. If you insist on continuing this route, I recommend getting a BAL Hide-a-spare and moving the spare tire under the camper. And use straps, tie downs or some other means to remove any play in the bikes to keep them from bouncing up and down.
Thank you for the heads up on the bumper. The hitch is rated, not sure about the bumper and Forest River does not return calls, emails, or provide specs.

I think I will keep the receiver for now, but keep a very close eye on the bumper for any signs or play.
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Thank you for the heads up on the bumper. The hitch is rated, not sure about the bumper and Forest River does not return calls, emails, or provide specs.

I think I will keep the receiver for now, but keep a very close eye on the bumper for any signs or play.
Watch the welds on each end. Most likely failure point will be the steel just around those welds. Problem is, once it starts to go, it will likely go rather quickly.
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