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Old 08-07-2013, 06:46 PM   #1
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Recent A-frame mods

I wont take credit for all of these ideas - many are inspired by the work of others....

12VDC and 12v USB Marine-grade plugs
these are marine grade plugs for a cigarette lighter type and a dual USB type - they have a flexible cover to protect against weather - manuf is Blue Sea Systems - Innovative electrical systems — Built to last and i purchased them from Amazon.

I removed the microwave from the cabinet and was then able to access the cabinet panel from both sides. used a step drill to drill the required holes - i wanted to locate above the thermostat so that i could use "shorty" USB cords to charge my various devices by laying them on the countertop above and not have loads of extra cord dangling.

I used a small 4-slot fusebox like you'd see for automotive use, mounting that on the underside of the cabinet. I jumpered into 12V near the radio for power source and fused each of the two plugs separately.

The 12V Cig Lighter Plug is handy for both my battery meter as well as a 12VDC Endless Breeze Fan when I don't have hookups. the two USB slots have a green LED indicator light to show proper function and will charge Ipads and any other USB accessories.
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Old 08-07-2013, 06:53 PM   #2
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Hard Disk Fan mod to Refrigerator

This was a pretty quick fan mod - using the inexpensive Refrigerator Fan for Dometic/Norcold refrigerators - The fan only uses a hot 12V wire, ground is obtained through the alligator clip used to hang it on the condenser fins.

The fridge in the A-Frame doesn't have a light inside, so i went through the same hole in the back of the fridge that the thermostat uses - on the backside of the fridge, looking at the fridge from the outside, you can access constant 12V from one of the two butted or twisted wires that run to the blade terminal strip mounted on the back of the fridge behind the Propane control box... use a small current detector or multimeter to determine which is hot and which is ground.

I turned off main power to the camper, cut the butt connector off, twisted the fan wire into the pair and reapplied a new butt connector.

Fan turns on when the alligator clip is clipped to the fins, turns off when unclipped. This will improve fridge efficiency so watch your temperature controls as you will likely need to find a lower number for the sweetspot. I managed to freeze some cans of soda to bursting pressure with the 120VAC control set to 5 on a 75*F day.
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:00 PM   #3
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New Pedestal Table Install

I guess the newer A-Frames have a pedestal table, my original model had a useless, particleboard reinforced with plywood, with heavy steel legs impossible table.

I did two main things here... one, replaced that old table and legs with a new birch veneer plywood top and a pedestal legs setup. two, i reduced the table size a bunch, creating plenty of tablespace for the two of us, but also increasing the moving-around space inside the camper, and the second piece (used for when the table is in "bed" mode) makes a great shelf on the other side of the pedestal - we use it to hold our clothes bags.

Pictures tell a better story i suppose.

Install is straightforward - there's an angle iron on the undercarriage dead center so the floor cone is only screwed in with 4 stainless 1/4"-20 2" bolts with big fender washers and stainless nuts on the underside of the camper. Stability seems fine as long as you dont try to climb on it.
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:02 PM   #4
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Clothes Storage

I think my wife bought this clothes hanger from Linens & Things - its a bit unique in that it is able to be configured into a shorter, double-wide version with an extra rod sleeve and some velcro.

We attach to the OEM hanger bar. works pretty well.
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:05 PM   #5
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Outside Temp

This uses a pretty cheap window thermometer from Lowe's - i think it was under $10, might have been under $5 on sale.

Displays current temp as well as recent lowest and highest. Nice to know how cold it got the previous night for instance. Its attached to the outside of the large window opposite the door side. Has been there for 18months with no issues either with walls up or folded.
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:09 PM   #6
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Magic Mesh® Screen Mod

Seen this plenty of times before by others.

I mounted the top of the screen beneath the padded header - i leave the screen in position when folded down as well.

Hemmed over the sides and stitched, then stitched the velcro at regular intervals down both sides.

The velcro that attaches to the door frame didn't stick all too well, so i reapplied them with a bit of 3M double-sided foam tape - they dont seem to pull off now like they used to.
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:11 PM   #7
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Command Strip Clothes Hooks

I needed more space for hanging, just a hook here and there for a hat or sweatshirt. the Command Strip hooks fit the bill - easy application and the pics are self-explanatory.
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:14 PM   #8
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Old 08-08-2013, 06:58 AM   #9
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Nice selection of mods. I just bought some 12V outlets but have been thinking about where to mount them. Your placement seems better than putting them on the bed side where anything plugged in would be in the way of raising the bed. And more convenient than replacing the cable pass through.

How easy or difficult is it to take down the table? Does it just pull up and out easily? The half shelf is an ingenious idea to get the smaller table in.

More to think about.
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:40 AM   #10
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Thanks much for posting! We're going to be out in ours this weekend, seeing what we can dream up.
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