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Old 03-13-2016, 11:55 AM   #1
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Wahoonc's 2016 Concord Mod Thread

I am one of those people that CANNOT leave well enough alone.

We purchased a brand new 2016 Coachmen Concord 300DS February 25, 2016. After a very thorough PDI at the dealer we headed for home a lot later than we planned. Spent our very first night in a WM parking lot in Walterboro, SC.

Now on to the mod list! I plan to try and keep a running list on this thread, if any other Concord owners have suggestions or have done a mod or three, please chime in!

Here is the list, in no particular order, as it currently stands:
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Insulated boxes for holding tanks/duct furnace heat to them
  • Electric Dump Valves
  • LED Patio strip lighting
  • More/larger coach batteries
  • Upgrade bedroom Fantastic Vent to remote/reversible
  • Covers over the two Fantastic Vents
  • MaxxAir Deluxe for bathroom
  • Inverter to power televisions when dry camping, along with an auto transfer switch
  • Permanent solar install, currently use 100 watt portable
  • Macerator
  • Genturi system
  • Bilstein Shocks
  • Possbily upgrade sway bars to Hellwig
  • 12 volt drain down valves
  • Convert power cord to Marinco style
  • See Level tank gauges
  • Trimetric power gauge
  • Auto transfer switch for generator and shore power
  • Hard wired EMS, currently use a portable
  • Upgrade converter from WFCO to Progressive Dynamics

And I am sure more will come to me as we use it.

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Old 03-13-2016, 12:01 PM   #2
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First Round of Mods

For some unknown reason Coachmen did not put hold open struts on the overhead cabinets in the bedroom, purchased the struts from a local source and installed them.

I am not quite sure who came up with the sewer hose storage gizmo, but in just over 250 miles of driving I have managed to drag it twice. So off it came and I stuck a conventional cap with the grey water plug in it's place for the time being. I use a Sewer Solution for emptying my tanks so no great loss on the gizmo.






The next mod was the latch that holds the bathroom door open. It was a pinch catch and when the RV is up on jacks is may or may not line up. I replaced it with a magnetic catch that will work across over an inch of misalignment.





Stay Tuned! More to come!

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Old 03-15-2016, 06:47 AM   #3
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Found a couple more things over the weekend that are going to need attention

There is little to no insulation in the front cap area, I was parked headed into the sun and it was HOT inside the front cabinets. I pulled a speaker cover and you could see the inside of the fiberglass cap. I am going to pull the front television this weekend anyway to add better AV cables, so I will probably take care of the cap at the same time. Figuring on using some foil faced duct insulation and construction adhesive to attach some 1.5" duct insulation to the inside of the cap to cut down on the heat coming in.

The other item is the door strut. It is mounted at the top of the door. I have two issues with it, one it is exposed to weather and those struts are not really designed for that, number two is that is puts a lot of stress on the top of the door hinge when you are closing the door. The doors are curved so the hinge is a good ways down the door. Have to think about that one and see what I can come up with. Better to head off a potential problem than fix it after it becomes one.

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Old 03-16-2016, 11:18 AM   #4
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Found a couple more things over the weekend that are going to need attention

There is little to no insulation in the front cap area, I was parked headed into the sun and it was HOT inside the front cabinets. I pulled a speaker cover and you could see the inside of the fiberglass cap. I am going to pull the front television this weekend anyway to add better AV cables, so I will probably take care of the cap at the same time. Figuring on using some foil faced duct insulation and construction adhesive to attach some 1.5" duct insulation to the inside of the cap to cut down on the heat coming in.

The other item is the door strut. It is mounted at the top of the door. I have two issues with it, one it is exposed to weather and those struts are not really designed for that, number two is that is puts a lot of stress on the top of the door hinge when you are closing the door. The doors are curved so the hinge is a good ways down the door. Have to think about that one and see what I can come up with. Better to head off a potential problem than fix it after it becomes one.

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Hey! Your over here! I like this forum better, little tamer. Our door strut was on backwards during walk threw they turned it around I think it be fine. It pushes door open but don't think it will pressure the door hinge. I was reading other thread about fella that had leaks and few other probs with his concord I felt bad for him rv buying is a crap shoot. You really gonna change shocks and sway bar? We've taken couple shake out runs and concord handles really well in cross winds. Also on ur air bag limits? Our Firestone book says 100lb max. I run 65-70lb and MHSRV where we purchased from said most run 80lb. 65-70 is a real smooth ride. With jeep hooked up our cw is 17,480 full water fuel ( jeep also ) propane ,food , clothes and cook stuff I was shocked. Gcw is 22,000 I stay away from boundaries I will put up awning light fo sho
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Old 03-16-2016, 06:14 PM   #5
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Hey! Your over here! I like this forum better, little tamer. Our door strut was on backwards during walk threw they turned it around I think it be fine. It pushes door open but don't think it will pressure the door hinge. I was reading other thread about fella that had leaks and few other probs with his concord I felt bad for him rv buying is a crap shoot. You really gonna change shocks and sway bar? We've taken couple shake out runs and concord handles really well in cross winds. Also on ur air bag limits? Our Firestone book says 100lb max. I run 65-70lb and MHSRV where we purchased from said most run 80lb. 65-70 is a real smooth ride. With jeep hooked up our cw is 17,480 full water fuel ( jeep also ) propane ,food , clothes and cook stuff I was shocked. Gcw is 22,000 I stay away from boundaries I will put up awning light fo sho
Don't know yet on the sway bar and shocks. The shocks are given, I have done it on every truck I have ever owned. I may be able to get away with a bushing upgrade on the sway bars. The factory bushings are pretty soft.

You are right about the airbags. The 70psi was for testing the install. I hope to get my unit down to the scales this weekend or maybe next.

Found something else to fix/replace too... the cheesy backsplash thing behind the stove. I have no clue what it was put there for, it sure isn't going to protect the wall from cooking splatter. My bride has already picked out some sort of glass tile.

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Old 03-16-2016, 07:48 PM   #6
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Don't know yet on the sway bar and shocks. The shocks are given, I have done it on every truck I have ever owned. I may be able to get away with a bushing upgrade on the sway bars. The factory bushings are pretty soft.

You are right about the airbags. The 70psi was for testing the install. I hope to get my unit down to the scales this weekend or maybe next.

Found something else to fix/replace too... the cheesy backsplash thing behind the stove. I have no clue what it was put there for, it sure isn't going to protect the wall from cooking splatter. My bride has already picked out some sort of glass tile.

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First thing my wife asked for besides rip that tp holder out in bathroom...lolClick image for larger version

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If u decide to go small tiles like that make sure u have 500 spacers. Pain in butt
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If u decide to go small tiles like that make sure u have 500 spacers. Pain in butt
Looks good! I am not sure what she has picked out. I will find out tomorrow when I get home.

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Old 03-17-2016, 10:10 AM   #8
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Hey Aaron....
howdy and nice new rig. You retire or your bride or both?
You get rid of the airstreams and small TT?
We have to get back together and camp sometime.
We are heading to Stone Mountain Park and campground in GA this weekend for a weeks stay. Figured for this spring break to try something new, not MB or Charleston, SC or Pigeon Forge, TN.
Just the bride, myself and the pups.
Congratulations on the nice new rig.
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Old 03-17-2016, 01:32 PM   #9
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Hi Randy... fancy meeting you here!

Nope haven't retired yet, still both running the road. We have another 5-10 years to go before we can hang it up for good.

Airstreams got sold last year, got back pretty much what I had in them. Just did not have enough time at home to work on them.

Traded the little 16' Coleman in on the Concord. We did okay on it.

We will be up at Jordan Lake in Parker's Creek over Easter weekend. Then the camper stays there all week for a family get together. My in-laws will be staying in it part of the week.

I think this one will work a lot better for us than the TT's have. Rhonda has been doing a lot of volunteer work with the Miss NC Pageant. When she has a function somewhere, me and the dog can drive up with her and go hang out until she is done, then spend the rest of the weekend in the area.

We also have a two week trip planned after Labor Day or before Memorial Day (next year) to take my parents out to Iowa for "one last trip". They don't drive anymore and mom can't fly so the RV is about the only choice left.

I will PM you my phone number and email then maybe we can get together somewhere along the road.

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Got a few more things done on Brühilde over the weekend. Replaced the defective A/B switch on the outside entertainment center. The board on the original one was broken, suspect it may have had something to do with a hamfisted installer jamming it in a cutout that was too small. I increased the size of the cutout a bit and the new one went in fine and works.

We were not impressed with the stock backsplash from Coachmen, not quite sure what it was there for, decoration, perhaps?

My wife found some peel and stick "tiles" that suited her so we got those installed. If they don't stand up I did find a source for quasi peel and stick 4mm glass tiles.

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