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Old 11-02-2015, 09:25 PM   #21
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Winter project

I put my Aviator into the pole barn for the winter and removed the entire underbelly cover. Since the Aviator holds 94 gallons of waste water and only 47 gallons of fresh, my project is to add a second water tank. I bought a 55 gallon tank on ebay that will fit nicely. Since I have all winter, I thought I would improve everything possible. I started by removing the existing water tank and epoxied the holes made when the factory screwed two of the dinette table mounting screws right into the water tank. I replaced the screws with bolts and had to invert one that sits directly above the tank. The arrows in the picture show where the screws came through the floor and pierced the tank which butts up against the plywood. I also disassembled the black water tank valve and cleared the yuk that was keeping the valve from closing all the way. On a more pleasant note, I really like how clean it is underneath the trailer and the bright white composite floor makes it easy to see everything. I enjoy working on it and I will post pictures as I get more done. If anyone has any questions about what's under the Aviator, now's the time to ask!
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Old 11-03-2015, 11:18 PM   #22
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Tonight's work was all about cleaning up the wiring. There is a lot of wires under the Aviator and much of it is not very neatly done. There are wires rubbing on sharp metal edges and wires running unsecured in many directions. This is probably typical in most RVs. I relocated several wires and added anti-short protection along sharp edges. A bag of cable ties works wonders in tidying up things. Be sure to stay tuned for the next exciting post!
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Old 11-15-2015, 09:54 PM   #23
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Taking advantage of some unusually warm November weather this weekend. Finished building and painting the fresh water tank bracket for the second tank I'm adding. It is made of welded angle iron mounted to the frame rails. The tank fits perfect even though it was originally destined to be in a 2014 Dutchman. Next step is to join the front and rear tank water lines together and hook the pump to the common point. Taking off the bottom gives a good opportunity to see how the Aviators are put together. I've put in some hours improving the details, but overall very pleased with the composites and solid construction.
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Old 11-19-2015, 09:49 AM   #24
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Lowered sofa arms

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I cut about twelve inches of fhe bottom of the sofa arms. Now I can lay down with my 73 inch body in a 75 inch opening.

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Old 11-19-2015, 10:34 AM   #25
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Thanks for sharing the pictures Steve! You did a nice job and can't even tell you removed anything. That couch is my favorite spot to lay and watch tv so a little extra room to stretch out would be nice. What mods do you have planned next?
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Old 11-19-2015, 01:45 PM   #26
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Nice work...my wiring is like that too and will be cleaned up.


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Old 11-24-2015, 11:40 PM   #27
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My underbelly remake continues with the adding of support to the drain piping.
I also noticed the water lines to the kitchen sink run through the frame rails and right next to the outside wall. Since I want my camper to be more cold weather tolerant I insulated those lines with 1/2" wall pipe insulation. I also eliminated the remaining braided tubing leaving only PEX tubing with PEX fittings. Shouldn't have to worry about leaks anymore!
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That is a great mod on the sofa! How are the arms originally attached? Do you roll out the bed to take them out?
Ken, you shame me! I know all that underbelly stuff needs attention, just can bring myself to get under the beast. I've got fish that need catching
As far as cold weather "fixing", if I have to put on a long sleeved shirt, that's our cold weather. I feel for you, but I live here for just that reason.
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That is a great mod on the sofa! How are the arms originally attached? Do you roll out the bed to take them out?
Ken, you shame me! I know all that underbelly stuff needs attention, just can bring myself to get under the beast. I've got fish that need catching
As far as cold weather "fixing", if I have to put on a long sleeved shirt, that's our cold weather. I feel for you, but I live here for just that reason.
I hardly shame you. You are the king of Aviator mods! I still can't imagine how much work it was to wire in that solar power system you've got. Once you remove the coroplast bottom it is surprisingly roomy and easy to work underneath. This time of year here winter sports haven't started and it's too cold for summer activities so now's the time to get my Aviator all shipshape. I am enjoying it but if I lived near the ocean and had a new boat I would be out on the water just like you!
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Old 11-28-2015, 05:35 PM   #30
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KenHwy61. Can you control which freshwater tank gets the water when you add water? It would take off a lot of tongue weight if you could leave the OEM tank dry or less full. My tongue weight is already 1440 lbs with the two x two batteries for the solar setup. Still about 1,000 lb under the MGVW, but tongue heavy.
Putting together the solar system just takes a little extra time running the primary wires from the roof down the side walls to the controller. That slab styrofoam is super insulation, but not fun trying to get wires through it. Two wires from the controller to the bats is no big deal.
BTW, the wires from the panels go through the roof just behind the forward Maxivent. From there it's easy till you get to the walls. I have two more panels to add [total of 800 watts] as soon as my new 60 amp controller comes in. Ten days in transit so far.
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