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Old 01-18-2015, 09:22 PM   #11
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Glad you will get it out there in the spring. I have a fishing trip in June to Lacrosse, WI, then the Aug Goshen rally, then Oct Frog rally in Alabama, then Christmas in Miami again. It's busy being retired. I'm wishing for a fishing trip to Black Foot river in Montana one day. I noticed the lights you were installing so I got the 12v strips from Auto store and run them on a battery for now, sure lights up the cabinets.
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Old 01-19-2015, 08:20 AM   #12
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You do have a busy camping schedule Rivnut! I'm not retired yet so I can't get that much time off. I live about 2 hours up the Mississippi from Lacrosse in Hastngs, Mn. The river valley in that area is very scenic with lots of nice river towns. I wish I could make it to Goshen this year but someday I will. Those LED lights work great. I have put them in almost all the cabinets and closets. It is pretty easy to find 12v power running throughout the trailer to tap into. Enjoy your travels!
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Old 01-20-2015, 10:19 AM   #13
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Thanks, I'm going to keep it until I can't stand up, ...what did you use for light strips, I've been buying them at the auto store.?
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I bought the lights off Amazon. They are Goldstar 12v LED RV lights. I am very happy with them. Easy to install, bright white light and have a nice rocker type switch. I bought two more to put in the bedroom closets this spring. I will just hook the up to the wiring that feeds the reading lamps above the bed.
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Old 01-23-2015, 08:08 PM   #15
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HMM! I will have to look at the light thing as well. My Aviator is still in the shop! Making Sutton RV pay for all that needs to be done. My batteries are dead and they were 2011 batteries on a 2013 RV. Tires had to much wear on them for a new RV! They are considering putting new tires on. Paint is peeling in some places they are looking into that as well. Had new TV's put in because others were going out. New reading light, new Awning, new power jack, new front cap tie straps, got black water flush tank repaired, new door lock (front), Trim repaired inside, new fridge vent that was broken, Shower door repaired, blue ray DVD repaired, power awning motor replaced, found out that the under belly had been cut thru and duck taped! the list goes on and on. Hopefully will get it back soon.
We are planning on going to Goshen, the ALabma Rally and want to go back out west!
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You will love the LED lights. They make a huge difference in being able to see in the cabinets. Sorry to hear your Aviator is still in the shop. RV service often seems ridiculously slow for some reason. I had heard about some paint peeling particularly on some of the early units with the fancy paint. Hopefully all the issues are not making you wish you didn't buy your Aviator. I have had all sorts of things done poorly or that didn't work correctly. Most of the Aviator's components and installation techniques are common to the RV industry making all the problems pretty typical. Despite having problems, what makes me happy is knowing we have a pretty cool RV with a fiberglass roof that won't leak, composite floors and walls that will never rot, and giant front picture windows that makes you feel like you're outside even when you're not. I hope they get yours all fixed up for you soon. I would think in Alabama you can camp year round and you're never too far from a sunny beach.
I am going west to Wyoming myself in the beginning of July. Can't wait!
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Old 01-23-2015, 11:09 PM   #17
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I wasn't getting much air flow out of my furnace and warm air coming out the cold air pick up under the fridge. When I pulled off the vent cover, I discovered the plenium [sp] box that routes all the ducting was missing two of the blocking plates that cover up the ports that are not used. More hot air was coming out of the cold air return than was coming out the vents. Reinstalled the plates in the ports and used metal tape around them and the front cover edges. Works just fine now with plenty of heat and air flow. Now I have a unit full of styrofoam bits that were never cleaned out of the vents from new. Looked like it was snowing!!
Also replaced all the exterior "iron" screws in the lights that were dripping rust and replaced them with stainless steel screws. I can't believe FR cut THAT MANY corners.
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Old 01-24-2015, 12:13 AM   #18
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Yes KenHwy61, I don't regret buying the Aviator at all. I absolutely love the unit. Jaime at Bankston Motor homes in Florence, AL has been incredible and at bat for us. It has been the warranty dept and Sutton RV that has drug their feet. But finally got ahold of someone at Sutton willing to talk with us. They are now woking with Jaime to get it taken care of. Jaime has done all he can until Sutton RV comes thru. We love it and like you love the big picture window, and the fact it will not rot. And I was also pleased to see the used aviators in the RVtrader priced more than we paid for ours!
Looking forward to being able to take it out again.
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I wasn't getting much air flow out of my furnace and warm air coming out the cold air pick up under the fridge. When I pulled off the vent cover, I discovered the plenium [sp] box that routes all the ducting was missing two of the blocking plates that cover up the ports that are not used. More hot air was coming out of the cold air return than was coming out the vents. Reinstalled the plates in the ports and used metal tape around them and the front cover edges. Works just fine now with plenty of heat and air flow. Now I have a unit full of styrofoam bits that were never cleaned out of the vents from new. Looked like it was snowing!!
Also replaced all the exterior "iron" screws in the lights that were dripping rust and replaced them with stainless steel screws. I can't believe FR cut THAT MANY corners.
I am going to pull off the return air grill and check that venting today. It wouldn't surprise me if it was done wrong but I haven't really used the furnace as the fireplace keeps the camper warm all by itself. Also what serial number unit do you have? From what I have heard they run from 1905 to 1975.
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Yes KenHwy61, I don't regret buying the Aviator at all. I absolutely love the unit. Jaime at Bankston Motor homes in Florence, AL has been incredible and at bat for us. It has been the warranty dept and Sutton RV that has drug their feet. But finally got ahold of someone at Sutton willing to talk with us. They are now woking with Jaime to get it taken care of. Jaime has done all he can until Sutton RV comes thru. We love it and like you love the big picture window, and the fact it will not rot. And I was also pleased to see the used aviators in the RVtrader priced more than we paid for ours!
Looking forward to being able to take it out again.
I'm glad Bankston is taking care of you. In return, they are getting some free positive advertising from you! I was amazed to see the price of used going up. That is very unusual in the RV business. When we bought our Aviator I told my wife I hoped we weren't making a big and expensive mistake but now it appears we made a wise choice.
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