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Old 05-11-2015, 12:17 PM   #1
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29xlr review first 3 weeks

well been on the road for a week now with the 29xlr . so far unit is holding up well . fixed the issue with the furnace [worked out a deal with FR for 2nd yr warranty not worth much ] the way it's ducted in using dryer vent hose no tape at any of the joints the thing was worthless . now the ducts act as cold air returns . since i have no need to heat garage I have it so it blows out the front , replaced the screen cover with a louvered 10"x10" grill from HD sealed around the front of the furnace and cabinets . it heats the unit nicely now been in 30 to 45 degree days for the last week with snow and rain . the furnace will come on for about 15 mins and then off for 30 plus , can keep it at what ever temp i like inside .
The light for the stove vent is worthless . don't care for the step up shower but it works well as does the electric element for the hot water heater . added a 2 gallon pressure tank for the pump system which helps keeps the pump from running all the time . when hooked up to city water i have no issues and seems good . I use a heated hose so as not to freeze . Most nights it's been right at 30 to 32 . Really Glad i dropped the underneath covering and added 2" foamboard , insulated all the water lines and secured them as they were just hanging covered all the water tanks with reflective insulation ,all the wiring that was just loose and laying on top of the covering . Bundled and secured them all . ran a couple runs of #8 wiring for a couple inverters to run tv & ice maker and other things when not hooked up . resealed under unit and chalked in and added more support to the underneath covering . pulled off the china tires and sold them and installed 10 ply e rated tires . Made a battery box on the front tongue with 4 # 24 deep cycle batteries . have had no issues with running out of juice total weight of batts is 192. Also pulled the propane tanks and all the gas piping as it was all rusted . cleaned off and painted re-secured all gas lines . used a rubberized undercoating for the propane tank holder and re-secured. All the cheap drain caps for the water tank and low point drains have been replace with brass ball valves and now do not hag down so far
I've got the unit fully loaded with 2400 # leaving only a few hundred for water and gas . unit tows good with the andersen hitch been through a few hundred miles of 20 to 30 mph cross winds with 0 issues or sway .
Bike is loaded in the back 900 lbs along with generator 140 , pressure washer 68 # ladder , some coats , wall mount vacuum using the electric bed as storage for my boat and fishing equipment total weight of 87lbs and have had 0 issues with that all works well
with the generator [champion 4000/3500 remote start ] everything works but you need to watch if you have the water heater on electric and running a 1500 watt heater it will bog down . hitting max output then so put WH on gas then . other then poor workmanship and fixing minor issues like missing or loose screws , lack of chalking in shower , poor design of usable space things that can be lived with all is good . I did some how get a mouse in the garage he used the heater vents as a travel passage , got him with a trap . guessing he was in something i loaded or jumped in when i had the back open . either way he's gone now . What else oh ya added a shelf under the tv for dvd player etc . if you do this be sure you make clearance for the slide . had to notch out my shelf for the slide as an after thought but it looks great . did a full wax of unit and will be in west yellowstone tomorrow for the summer .
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Old 05-11-2015, 12:37 PM   #2
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Did you mount the pressure tank under the sink?

And thanks for the update
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Old 05-11-2015, 01:22 PM   #3
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yes on the left side . got it at lowes for $49 , had to adjust air pressure for pump cut in. what I did is let air out until it would fill about a gallon container before the pump turned on . working well . would do you good to pick up the crimping tool and some extra clamps and fitting for a repair kit to have on hand
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Old 05-11-2015, 01:45 PM   #4
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Any pics of the new vent covers, pressure tank and tv/dvr shelf?

Scheduled to get mine on 5/19. Can't wait for it to finally be here. Then I get to go back an reread everyone's updates to I can get mine ready for summer...
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Old 05-11-2015, 03:05 PM   #5
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I'll work on pics seem to be a pain to up load them but will try
Also added the camco roof vent covers in smoke on all three roof vents . walmart on line was the best price at around $26.
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Old 05-11-2015, 03:16 PM   #6
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lets see if pic show up
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My test pic from my phone worked fine. I have uploaded for my home pc as well.

Should be pretty easy but wishing you some good luck...:thumbup:
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you can see in the last three pics of the insulation and how it looked when i opened it up a real mess , FR and the employees should be ashamed at the shoddy workmanship. can see any industry where this would fly , except of course for FR
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