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Old 12-04-2015, 09:43 AM   #11
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first I will say that after our initial, serious quality/safety issues were resolved with our camper, it is mostly a joy to use. however, as the OP says, there are the little things that bug us

1) ceiling a/c vents non-adjustable... bathroom becomes an icebox when the a/c is running. I resolved this by making a 'restrictor plate' that fits inside the vent to block most of the a/c directed in the bathroom

2) no heat vent in the bathroom... freezing bathroom when spring/fall/winter camping. fixed by a small cube heater IF I have enough electricity to run it (i.e. not boondocking).

3) no stops on power tongue jack... if I run the button too long (up or down) and the jack bottoms out, it blows the fuse.

4) power stabilizers seem useless... these things flex like crazy and don't seem to stabilize much at all. it won't be a deal breaker, but I would prefer to have manual stabilizers on my next camper.

5) fridge temp fluctuates a LOT... my fridge could be anywhere from 25 to 45 without me ever touching the settings... why can't they have a digital controller that keeps it within a couple degrees of whatever temp I set

6) hot water heater as far from bathroom as physically possible... granted, it's under the kitchen sink (rear kitchen floorplan), but when taking a shower, etc. I need to run the water forever before I get hot water. no big deal if hooked to water/sewer, but it's a big deal when boondocking with limited water and no hookups.

7) cabinet door installed below fridge, open cabinet on top of fridge... same size cabinet... really, would it it have killed you to put the same door on top of the fridge as you installed under the fridge? add the $10 price of the door to the sticker if it bothers you that much !

8) wobbly kitchen table... I replaced the 2 posts with fancy locking ones and the table STILL wobbles like crazy. bump it just slightly and drinks get spilled constantly. I am working on some kind of brace on the wall under the window and against the underside of the table now to stabilize it... I think a simple 2x4 screwed to the wall would fix it but the wife would like a slightly more elegant solution...

as said in the beginning we love our camper now that the safety issues were addressed but there are those things that bug ya.
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Old 12-04-2015, 09:56 AM   #12
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first I will say that after our initial, serious quality/safety issues were resolved with our camper, it is mostly a joy to use. however, as the OP says, there are the little things that bug us

1) ceiling a/c vents non-adjustable... bathroom becomes an icebox when the a/c is running. I resolved this by making a 'restrictor plate' that fits inside the vent to block most of the a/c directed in the bathroom

2) no heat vent in the bathroom... freezing bathroom when spring/fall/winter camping. fixed by a small cube heater IF I have enough electricity to run it (i.e. not boondocking).

3) no stops on power tongue jack... if I run the button too long (up or down) and the jack bottoms out, it blows the fuse.

4) power stabilizers seem useless... these things flex like crazy and don't seem to stabilize much at all. it won't be a deal breaker, but I would prefer to have manual stabilizers on my next camper.

5) fridge temp fluctuates a LOT... my fridge could be anywhere from 25 to 45 without me ever touching the settings... why can't they have a digital controller that keeps it within a couple degrees of whatever temp I set

6) hot water heater as far from bathroom as physically possible... granted, it's under the kitchen sink (rear kitchen floorplan), but when taking a shower, etc. I need to run the water forever before I get hot water. no big deal if hooked to water/sewer, but it's a big deal when boondocking with limited water and no hookups.

7) cabinet door installed below fridge, open cabinet on top of fridge... same size cabinet... really, would it it have killed you to put the same door on top of the fridge as you installed under the fridge? add the $10 price of the door to the sticker if it bothers you that much !

8) wobbly kitchen table... I replaced the 2 posts with fancy locking ones and the table STILL wobbles like crazy. bump it just slightly and drinks get spilled constantly. I am working on some kind of brace on the wall under the window and against the underside of the table now to stabilize it... I think a simple 2x4 screwed to the wall would fix it but the wife would like a slightly more elegant solution...

as said in the beginning we love our camper now that the safety issues were addressed but there are those things that bug ya.

I tapered my heat and air too because the small bed room would be warm in summer time one trunk line and furthest vent from air. Cut off bathroom some it would be freezing in there push more to bedroom. Put dampening vent on heat in bedroom because we would be roasted out. Click image for larger version

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Yeah for duct tape. 50 cent repair.
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Old 12-04-2015, 10:13 AM   #13
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Old 12-04-2015, 12:28 PM   #15
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My pet peeve is simple. Design a bumper cap that doesn't fall off! Yes, I know it's a simple mod, but still.
These bumper caps won't fall out, and prevent wasps from getting in.

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5) fridge temp fluctuates a LOT... my fridge could be anywhere from 25 to 45 without me ever touching the settings... why can't they have a digital controller that keeps it within a couple degrees of whatever temp I set
Probably the fridge's "Climate Control" which warms it up periodically to prevent ice build up. This could be disabled on some Dometic units, but apparently can't be on some newer ones like their 7-cu/ft Renaissance.
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Old 12-04-2015, 01:25 PM   #16
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Now I don't know doodle about all that mechanical stuff but I can find a few interior issues. The jack knife sofa, are you kidding? If that footrest goes up I am positioned as if I am going to be rocketed into space. To un-do it I have to straddle the footrest, heave myself up and kick that stupid thing back into position. It has to go! No place for glasses/cups near the sofa because the dinette booth is right against. Those seat cushions on the dinette seats are over-hanging the base 4 inches, then the center pole, add to that the "leatherette" fabric on the seats is slide resistant. This means if you do get your legs into the booth you may develop hernias sliding across the seat. I actually talked with the designer of the FR3 at the RV show. He was bragging that the seating in the booth comfortably seats 4 adults. Really? Going back to the show again in January and we are going to have a little chat!
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Old 12-04-2015, 01:49 PM   #17
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On our FR3, the light switch for the interior lights is quite high in the entrance way. One needs to enter in darkness and then feel around at eye-level for the switch to turn on the lights. Why not put another switch at the top of the steps/ floor level?

The stair light switch (located at floor level) also controls whether the stairs come in and out automatically. So one can't have manage the light separately from the automatic stairs.
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To get at my water heater by-pass valves, I have to empty the pass-thru storage compartment, crawl in, remove a wall, and make like a pretzel and reach in to get at them. 2014 280 RLS.
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Old 12-04-2015, 02:04 PM   #19
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My Rockwood has no light switch at the entry door. Need to enter, go up steps and find switch on the panel. I put in a wireless switch. Also, heating ducts, one in bath, one in hall (where the thermostat is) then 2 in the remaining space. None in the bedroom!, I closed off the hall vent.
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