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Old 03-16-2016, 06:01 PM   #11
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All of our travel buddies insisted that we get a awning for the slider. I guess they've experienced "stuff" (branches, pine cones, etc) getting stuck in the slide out. Closing the slider with this stuff in it has caused all kinds of problems with the seals. Also saves having to get the ladder out to see whats up there before we close it.
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Old 03-16-2016, 06:17 PM   #12
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One More Thing

I forgot to mention, when I took out the dinette, I took the dinette table and mounted it as a flip out table at the end of the counter. A flip out leg on the end supports the table when it's deployed. It gives us a nice place to still sit down at a "table" for dinner, next time I go to the trailer storage I'll snap a picture of it and post it.
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Old 03-16-2016, 07:28 PM   #13
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I have heard that about the sliders too. Thats why I think my first "Mod" will be the awning over the slide out.

Thanks for the info, i will check under the fridge for the slide out motor controller. Ours is a 2016 also so I will assume its the same as yours.

The picture of where you put the table would be nice. I am trying to picture it in my head but not sure of your placement.

I was thinking that if I did the recliner thing that I would just use some bar stools
on the "island".
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Old 03-16-2016, 08:41 PM   #14
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We had the awning covers put on as we were signing the papers after the PDI. Will never have a slider without a cover.
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Old 03-17-2016, 06:40 AM   #15
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Slide Out Awning it is then

Another item I was looking into was 30 amp surge protector. Do either of you (or anyone else) use one? I was looking at the one made by Camco on Amazon but keep hearing about how everyone says the would only recommend one from Progressive (I think that was the brand).

Has anyone used the one made by Camco? What is the difference between the two?

We had another camper for a couple of years before this one but never even thought about using a surge protector.
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Old 03-17-2016, 07:13 AM   #16
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I did a lot of reading about the marginal power at campgrounds and decided I didn’t want to take a chance damaging the air conditioner, refrigerator, etc. So I installed the "Progressive" hardwired version power protector, EMS-HW30C, and mounted the remote display panel above the thermostat. Two times already it has cut off the power to the trailer when the voltage has dropped below 104 volts, very happy with the performance. What's nice is when voltage is restored to an acceptable level it turns the power back on automatically.
What’s funny is the two low voltage occasions that I had were at state parks, not private campgrounds. That’s when I decided to buy the Hughes Autoformer RV2130, quite a nice little product. I actually got to talk to the company owner at an RV show. His demonstration of the unit made the decision a no brainer. After using this I have noticed, via the “Progressive display panel”, that the voltage is always at an acceptable level now and no more low voltage alarms.
A lot of protection over kill, maybe, but both items wouldn’t have cost what a refrigerator would be to replace.

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That is some good info Air235, thanks. The camper is a rather large investment so I don't think that it is overkill at all. It is better to be safe than sorry It just takes one power problem!! I think for now I am going to get the Camco one until I have time and funds to go with a better/more permanent solution like you have.
I am guessing that 1 big difference between your setup and the Camco option is that the Camco won't automatically "come back on" like your setup.
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We have the portable one that plugs into the campground pole and checks the voltage. Works well. When we get our next trailer I want the hardwired one.
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Good to know Bill/Margo, thanks.

I am getting the "Camco 55301 30 AMP Power Defender Voltage Protector with PowerGrip Handles" for now.
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Old 03-18-2016, 03:46 PM   #20
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The wife and I went by the trailer storage place today and took a couple of pictures, one of the recliners and the others are of the table I converted over to a foldout. I think we have finally got it the way we want it!
Happy Camping!

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