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Old 10-18-2011, 03:45 PM   #1
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Coat rack for A-frame

Fall and Spring mean coats and sweaters to figure out what to do with when you're not wearing them. We needed a coat rack but didn't want either to put more holes in the walls or do anything to interfere with folding down. The solution was this coat rack, which hangs over the top of the door-side wall. Parts: three coathooks, one scrap board, one coat hanger cut up to make the hooks to hang it by, a few screws.
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Old 10-18-2011, 09:31 PM   #2
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More great stuff from the Hamguy! Thanks!
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Old 10-19-2011, 08:52 AM   #3
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Great idea Hamguy. Can be used for other things too. Thanks for sharing....and keep on giving us good "mods".
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Old 10-20-2011, 05:40 PM   #4
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The wife and I have just about run out of mods we felt our A128 needs. We need to come up with some way to add a second battery without substantially increasing the tongue weight, and we want to make it easier to get into the storage under the rear sofa from the inside (our model doesn't have the gas-strut-assisted lid under the rear bed, as I think some models do. I'm thinking of replacing the three separate storage area lids we now have back there with one large, U-shaped, gas-strutted lid). Beyond those, though, we're about modded out for now. How about some other ideas for mods? 'Twould give us some stuff to dream about through the winter...
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The wife and I have just about run out of mods we felt our A128 needs. We need to come up with some way to add a second battery without substantially increasing the tongue weight, and we want to make it easier to get into the storage under the rear sofa from the inside (our model doesn't have the gas-strut-assisted lid under the rear bed, as I think some models do. I'm thinking of replacing the three separate storage area lids we now have back there with one large, U-shaped, gas-strutted lid). Beyond those, though, we're about modded out for now. How about some other ideas for mods? 'Twould give us some stuff to dream about through the winter...
I've wondered about battery relocation as well. The only idea I've had so far is moving the existing and adding a 2nd in some sort of custom rack atop the rear of the camper.m it would have to be a luggage rack kind of setup that could double as added storage to avoid looking goofy... Maybe someday I'll get motivated and make a drawing.

Only problem I see with that type of setup is keeping the battery bank level when the camper is up....
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You've given me an idea with that suggestion. I could carry the spare tire under the rear of the trailer by relocating its mounting bracket under there. Then I could come up with some sort of dual battery holder that splits the weight between the rear bumper (which is more decorative than structurally sound) and the rear wall of the camper, using the holes left from the spare tire bracket. I'd need to use large-gauge wire to connect the batteries from that far back, but that's no big deal--cut up a couple of jumper cables or something.

[I've carried my motorcycle trailer's spare tire under the motorcycle trailer for a decade or more. Never needed to access it, just checked the bolts for tightness a couple of times a year.]

I'd have to through-bolt the spare tire bracket (with big washers to spread the load) but the bolts would come through in one of the storage areas so it wouldn't make things look bad inside. I'll have to see if there's room under the trailer to do that. If not maybe I could find a spot between the axle and the tongue, or just carry the spare in the TV.
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You've given me an idea with that suggestion. I could carry the spare tire under the rear of the trailer by relocating its mounting bracket under there. Then I could come up with some sort of dual battery holder that splits the weight between the rear bumper (which is more decorative than structurally sound) and the rear wall of the camper, using the holes left from the spare tire bracket. I'd need to use large-gauge wire to connect the batteries from that far back, but that's no big deal--cut up a couple of jumper cables or something.

[I've carried my motorcycle trailer's spare tire under the motorcycle trailer for a decade or more. Never needed to access it, just checked the bolts for tightness a couple of times a year.]

I'd have to through-bolt the spare tire bracket (with big washers to spread the load) but the bolts would come through in one of the storage areas so it wouldn't make things look bad inside. I'll have to see if there's room under the trailer to do that. If not maybe I could find a spot between the axle and the tongue, or just carry the spare in the TV.
Good ideas, but remember the dip of the rear of the trailer in steep grades when considering tire relocation.
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Good ideas, but remember the dip of the rear of the trailer in steep grades when considering tire relocation.
Great reminder. If you go off-road, placing the tire under the frame is a no-no.

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After checking spaces and clearances today I decided the spare could be relocated to beneath the rear of the trailer. It would stick down at the same level as the stabilizing jacks and slightly further forward. So whatever the jacks would clear, the spare would too. The problem would be the difficulty of getting the spare out when needed. But I could perhaps put the spare up front in the space vacated by the battery box, and I could also move the gas cylinders slightly rearward, giving me more clearance when cranking on the tongue jack. Right now that's a knuckle-basher.
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If your going to stick your spare up and under i would be concerned with entrances and exits of ...say gas stations and the like. I have touched down with my rear stabilizers twice on the entrances to gas stations, and would not like to do that with a spare tire ...
I'm not trying to be a nay-sayer here....just a concern that i would like to share.
As for the battries .. I've toyed with the idea of making a "boxed set" ... something that is carried in the rear of my truck ...that holds 3 batteries .. and an inverter. I later dismissed the inverter .. as it was too complicated and depletes batteries quickly and went on to the idea of box of batteries that connects via the same connection that is on the back of my truck .. you know .. that connecter divice that has the wierd name ...
Any whoo .. that whole idea got trashed when i realized my truck had no issues with the toungue weight of a dual battery setup .. and then i purchased the solar and and installed a 12 volt plug for when im off the grid.

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