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Old 06-29-2014, 07:06 PM   #71
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Air Return Vents

If you have never taken them down, here is what mine look like. Very standard vent cover.

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The return duct is molded onto the back of the ceiling panel. My guess is that the standard "Wire & frame for 2nd AC" probably includes the return duct. If you get the optional second A/C (mandatory here in FL) or add it later, they cut open the return ducts, mount the grilles, and drop the A/C unit on top.

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Now I understand why we got so much sawdust out of the vents when we turned on the A/C for the first time.

The duct is not very big and it explains why the A/C is so loud. Moving all that air through such small ducts means it has to move faster and is accordingly noisier.
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Old 06-29-2014, 07:55 PM   #72
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Remotes with Velcro

Another common mod to Velcro the remotes. We have lost the TV remote a couple of times already, so this may help control things. The bedroom TV remote also got a similar treatment.

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Old 07-05-2014, 08:29 PM   #73
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FRF

Oh yea. Ready to travel.

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Old 07-05-2014, 10:18 PM   #74
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Bug Screens

Florida has lots of bugs. There are two means of protection: physical isolation and chemical warfare. For the trailer, that means I have to put up screens to keep the bugs away from where I don't want them. As done elsewhere, I taped aluminum screen to the back of the water heater intake. For the exhaust, I removed the existing grid insert, formed the screen around the outside of the piece, and reinserted it into the cover slot.

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For the refrigerator, I taped plastic screen to the back of the vents. In retrospect, I should have used aluminum here too since it would have been much easier to work with.

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The tape is standard 2" flexible foil tape that I cut down to 1" wide.
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Old 07-05-2014, 10:23 PM   #75
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Awning Pole Towing Clearance

After installing OC's awning support poles, I wanted to reassure myself that I have plenty of clearance to my bed rail. Here is a picture taken looking across the top of the tailgate.

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The pole is 4" above, 6" behind, and 6" outside the truck box. The rattle can paint is reasonably complimentary with the awning support arm finish.
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Old 07-06-2014, 07:03 PM   #76
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Key Rack

I am trying to bring some organization while we travel. Two sets of trailer keys and the truck keys seem like they would be easy to keep track of, but they always end up under something. I added a small key rack under the main room convenience panel and switches.

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We chose the location based on reducing the possibility of brushing against it when walking by. It may hurt.
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Old 07-12-2014, 09:46 PM   #77
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Tire Pressure

I forgot to mention this before, but when I got the trailer, all five tires were inflated to exactly 60 pounds. It was perfect symmetry. It was nice attention to detail. The problem is that the sidewall pressure and trailer label pressure is 80 pounds.

This is a big trailer: 7K axles, 8-bolt wheels, Goodyear Marathon ST235/80R16 tires, GVWR 15,610 lbs. I can only guess both the factory and the PDI tech (if he even checked) did a lot of smaller trailers. My guess is that they were mounted and inflated long before they were put on the trailer and the guy doing the work guessed at the correct pressure, although he could have read it right from the rubber. After that, no one checked until I did. In the interim, the trailer was towed 1300 miles on underinflated tires. At least it was at minimum weight.
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Old 07-15-2014, 09:40 AM   #78
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Spare Tire Storage

This irritated me when I found it. In our trailer, the spare tire is mounted on the front wall of the basement on the driver/road side. It is a little more towards the centerline of the trailer than is convenient due to the propane tank enclosure. The location is a selling feature in that the tire is not stored under the unit. It has a special recess in the basement floor in order to fit. (That is a hint) It is secured to the front wall using a strongback and an oversized wing nut assembly. It looks like this. (Taken back when the basement was still empty.)

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The first problem is that FR used the shortest possible threaded rod for the wall fastener. This means the wheel faces the wall so you have to remove the tire to check the air pressure. The second problem, when I first tried to remove the tire, was that I found it would not fit through the road side basement door. I had to empty most of the basement to get it out of the curb side door--just to check or add air.

I am considering alternate mounting locations, but I will likely keep what I have due to that built in recess. I will change the tie down rod to flip the tire around.
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Old 07-15-2014, 09:07 PM   #79
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It's probably good that it doesn't fit out the drivers side. With so many inatentive drivers out there, you are more than likely to get run over while trying to get the spare out. I have never blown a trailer tire yet but if I do, I certainly hope it's on the passenger side.
I have a question about the steps you added. Do you have to deploy all four steps? The last campsite we were at was uneven just enough that our third step was only a few inches off the ground. Just curious how that would work with your four step system.


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Old 07-16-2014, 11:40 PM   #80
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Steps

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I have a question about the steps you added. Do you have to deploy all four steps? The last campsite we were at was uneven just enough that our third step was only a few inches off the ground. Just curious how that would work with your four step system.
Yes, all four steps get unfolded for normal use. #1 (bottom) flips on top of #2. Those two flip on top of #3 and then the unit is lifted and rotated into the housing. Actually, the original steps are easier to extend and retract, but the new one feels significantly sturdier.

I can leave #1 on top of #2 and step on #3 to enter if I am in a hurry. If #1 is flat on the ground (frequent with a level or right side high site), I lift #2 to get a grip on #1 to fold. Right now we are in a right side low site (one board under the wheels) and step #1 is about 6" off the ground.

The perfect system would be power adjustable since both three and four step units have their disadvantages during different scenarios.
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