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Old 03-23-2017, 12:40 PM   #1
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17FQ Modifications

There has been a lot of discussion about modifications to our beloved 17FQ's, but they are usually side conversations in other threads and are scattered all over the place.

I thought it would be nice to have one place to post modifications that you have already done, thinking about doing, and having conversations about how to do them!

Our snow is just about all melted up here in WNY, so we are planning to pick-up our 17FQ from storage next weekend. I'm hoping to attack my list of projects before our camping season starts.

I would love to hear from others that have already tackled some of these projects and to learn what to do or not to do....

1) Front privacy curtains
2) Awning LED Strip
3) Backsplash around stove area
4) Shelves installed in cabinets above bed
5) LP gas splitter for grill
6) Replace shower head

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Old 03-23-2017, 01:44 PM   #2
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Some of the changes I have already preformed:

1) Installed Flat Screen TV
2) Replaced OEM radio with radio/DVD player
3) Installed recessed toilet paper holder
4) Installed dimmer control on light over bed
5) Installed digital thermostat
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Old 03-23-2017, 10:00 PM   #3
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Just to name a few, here is some of what has been done so far:

1.Flat screen TV
2.Digital thermostat AC control box so the fan will shut off
3.Drawers under table seat, bed and above furnace
4.Shelves in all cabinets kitchen and bed
5.Shoe storage under seat by door
6.Insulated and installed lights in basement
6.Replaced shower head
7.Installed Progressive hard wired surge protector
8.Flipped axle & installed shock absorbers
9.Added insulation around refrigerator left out at factory
10.Reduced the size of the table seat at doorway to make more room at entrance
11.Cleaned and replaced all windows & door caulking, looked like an ape finger painted it on and that is probably an insult to apes every where.
12.Replaced the 13" tires with Maxxis 15"
13.Wet bolts on spring shackles
14.Electric tongue jack
15.2 extra stabilizer jacks center frame to help stop bounce
16.2 step entrance steps
17.MaxAire exhaust in bathroom & cover
18.Cyclone sewer vent
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Old 03-24-2017, 10:27 AM   #4
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installed lights in basement
I think about doing this every time I have to grab something from under there

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Electric tongue jack
I also think of this every time we setup camp!

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2 extra stabilizer jacks center frame to help stop bounce
Did this help with the bounce?
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Did this help with the bounce?
Removed quit a bit but not all, the support I made for the step helped about as much as anything.
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5) Installed digital thermostat
Which thermostat did you go with? I want to do this but I'm intimidated

And out of curiosity, by basement, do you mean side storage compartment? Or do the newer or FQ units have something different?
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Which thermostat did you go with? I want to do this but I'm intimidated

And out of curiosity, by basement, do you mean side storage compartment? Or do the newer or FQ units have something different?
I went with this thermostat:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H6ARNXO...l_5bmz8ewfvj_b

And yes, the basement is the side storage.
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Old 03-25-2017, 12:20 PM   #8
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17FQ mods

Thank you for starting this 17FQ thread. I like to tinker, and hope to try many of your collective ideas.
My first mod was to switch the refer door hinges from the left to right side. But it is not so simple on a Dometic refer as flipping the hinges on a Norcold refer. The Dometic requires a new hinge kit, but the job is easy after that and DW is happy.

My second mod was also for DW. She sleeps with a CPAP that runs on 120 volts AC or 12 volts DC when away from hookups. There is already an AC outlet on either side of the bed, but there was no DC outlet anywhere in the 17 FQ, only a USB port on one side of the bed. I replaced the USB port with one that also has a 12 volt socket and matches the nearby AC outlet.

My third mod was also at DW request; a curved shower rod to add a little room to the tiny shower. This was already detailed in another thread.

Just for me, I cut the cord and installed a waterproof L5-30 twist lock plug set. This seals the "mouse hole" on the side of the TT, and it is easier and cleaner to toss the coiled cord into the basement than to stuff it into the "hole". And if needed, you can add a waterproof extension cord or plug directly into a generator.
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Old 03-25-2017, 12:28 PM   #9
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Ky-N, that smaller dinette sounds interesting. Details? Did it meet your needs?
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WNY_Clipper, was there thermostat wire for both heat and AC, or heat only?
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