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Old 06-17-2014, 02:12 AM   #1
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Hi All,

My wife and I just bought a new 2015 127TH. We're looking forward to the upgrade from tent camping.

I have a few basic modifications in mind. First, we plan to camp in the driveway of our house for a day or two, to learn all the systems. Next, I plan to remove the vinyl graphics to clean up the way it looks, and start considering a solar battery charging solution.

Aside from the few things I'd like to do, I'm hoping you guys can suggest if there's anything you'd do while the trailer is still brand new. I was thinking of adding sealant where needed, and undercoating it. Is this necessary? Any other treatment or preventative maintenance that can/should be done when it's new?

Thank you for the suggestions!

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Old 06-17-2014, 09:58 AM   #2
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Do not undercoat the wood floor. It is an engineered product that needs to be able to let moisture evaporate. Rot damage to the floor comes not from getting wet but from staying wet and undercoating will increase the moisture level.

I added two, 12V outlets inside mine where the useless (to me) cable jack is.

Many of us have added power strips to make the plugs more convneineit, securing them to the walls with 3M Command strips.

My next project is to add LED lighting in the cabinets.
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Welcome and congrats on your new camper.
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Old 06-17-2014, 11:49 AM   #4
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Do not undercoat the wood floor. It is an engineered product that needs to be able to let moisture evaporate. Rot damage to the floor comes not from getting wet but from staying wet and undercoating will increase the moisture level.

Ah, thank you so much for the input! That's exactly the kind of information I was looking for.
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Welcome and congrats on your new camper.
Thank you, we're so excited!
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Old 06-17-2014, 12:22 PM   #6
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Ah, thank you so much for the input! That's exactly the kind of information I was looking for.
As with all suggestions on the internet, check your owners manual for confirmation. IIRC mine says something about undercoating voiding the structurwood warranty.
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As with all suggestions on the internet, check your owners manual for confirmation. IIRC mine says something about undercoating voiding the structurwood warranty.
We're taking possession of the unit on Saturday, so I'll spend that first evening reading the manuals, from the comfort of our driveway. Thank you.
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:28 PM   #8
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This is our 4th season with our A128 and the floor is still solid (and not undercoated). Driving in rain will get it wet down there but it dries quickly and is good as new. You're not the first one to ask about undercoating; it was probably one of the first things everyone here wondered about. Trust us; don't do it.

Congrats, BTW, on your new unit. It's the first 2015 model I've seen mentioned here. We'll want photos!!!
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Old 06-17-2014, 06:36 PM   #9
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WU0V this is W6YXH,

Thank you for the additional information and assurance about the undercarriage. I'm happy to hear that it's good to go from day one!

I saw your Youtube videos regarding your extra storage space (and admired your Kreg jig!) and the screen door modification, thank you for sharing.

Any chance that you have more info about your solar/ PV system? I'm excited to add one myself. I'm thinking
About mounting solar panels to a pole, attached to the toy hauler cargo area, or on a tripod that can be positioned appropriately. I'd like to see what other folks have done.

I'll get some pics up on Saturday, after we get her home!!

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Hi Johnny, great to hear from you! I saw there was a new subscription to my YouTube channel but I didn't make the connection until now. We still love the cabinetry I installed, but the screen door modification is a little pesky. It doesn't seem to wear well.
My solar panel set up is not in use currently, I bought a generator because it does the job much faster. But lately I haven't used either the generator or the solar panels it's been so hot I just park in the electric sites and use the air-conditioning. I have four panels, each 15 W, three are from Harbor Freight and the fourth is from Northern Tool. The ones from Harbor came with a charge controller that seems to work quite well.
I made a wooden frame with wheels to make it easier to realign the panels to the sun's position. But even then it's a hassle keeping them aligned. Just about the time I think I've got everything set up some shadow covers them from a nearby tree or a nearby camper. If you like camping in sunny places, then I would say it's worth it to buy good panels and charge controller. Solar tech is booming and you should be able to score some great panels for a good (comparatively) price.
Search for posts from Handbuilder--she has a tongue mount for her solar setup. For that matter, search for anything solar in these forums ; it's been a hot topic.
Our 2012 Alaska trip is told in the thread. "Iowa to Alaska in our A128"
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