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Old 07-24-2016, 10:48 AM   #171
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Unexpected mod for us. The old fridge started leaking freon, the pipes started corroding ?sp? We got three years out of the first one. Its nice having a true freezer


Can you tell me more about this mod? We'd love to do this.


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Old 07-25-2016, 11:14 PM   #172
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We removed the thin piece of trim above the fridge. Then moved the brackets forward on the back of the fridge. Otherwise it was pretty straight forward. Bought the fridge at walmart since it was cheapest there. The cubic feet is smaller but with a true freezer it actually seems bigger based on how we stock up on food. Also the door opens to the right instead of the left and makes it easier to load and unload the fridge
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Old 07-27-2016, 10:00 AM   #173
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Vent Shade

Recently installed a vent shade in our 2016 195BH. We used it for the first time last week and it worked great to reduce the morning light when sleeping and keep the heat out with the a/c on. Some light is noticeable around the edges of the shade.

Installed very easy. We used a little bigger screw for the latch than the #4 supplied screw. After latching the shade, push the release button at the end and it will draw the shade tighter. The shade is Camco 42913 Retractable Lights Out Vent Shade (Cream). We got ours on E-Bay for about $11.
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Old 07-27-2016, 06:18 PM   #174
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Interesting I've thought about those to keep out heat so good to know. Got anything to cover the door window and block light?


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Old 07-27-2016, 07:07 PM   #175
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Thanks. For the door window, we installed a light curtain rod. We found some brown curtain material that closely matched our windows valance curtains. The curtain material has a white light-block fabric facing the door window and dark brown fabric on the other side. DW cut and sew the curtain material so it splits down the middle and made tie backs w/velcro. We found we can enter/exit easily letting the split curtains just hang down.

A good light blocking curtain material will block all the light from door window and helps keep the heat/cold out of the trailer. Our curtain set-up works great.
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Old 07-28-2016, 12:19 PM   #176
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Door Window Curtains

Here are a couple pics of our door window light blocking curtains:
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Old 07-30-2016, 11:48 PM   #177
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We've had our 195BH for a little over a year. It's a great little trailer for us (family of 3).

I did find some immediate issues that feel like just shoddy quality control. If you buy one, you should check:

*Water connection at toilet valve. It was loose, and we discovered that our first trip out.

*The drain plumbing under the sink was loose. That was discovered a bit later. I think it was a bit loose and bounced about until it was completely so.

*When we had it out in high humidity the first time, the air conditioner dripped inside. 2 of the bolts were loose. Hand turntable loose. I made this worse by over tightening them. Do t do that. Now I get to put in a new gasket.


Mods we have made:

*real mattress for main bed. I have also raised the head end 4 inches to help with my acid reflux issues.

*Privacy curtain for the front bed. I bought some aluminum rail and rollers like the shower curtain is installed on, and my wife made a curtain.

*My Dad and took the first panel off of the under bed front trunk, and made a track out of some matching pre-finished trim. The reinstalled panel is now a sliding door for trunk access. I never have to lift the bed to get to things.

*I installed a car stereo and 2 speakers in the cabinet above the front bed.

* I put a shelf in the cabinet right by the door. I plan to do the same to the cabinet above the sink/stove.

I've got other things I want to do, but that's the current list.

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Thank you for sharing your issues and mods. Really like your pics of your car stereo and speakers. They really look good in your cabinet panels.

Can you send some pics of your underbed sliding door and door track? We keep our spare tire stored under the front bed and always have to lift the bed to check the pressure/add air and get to other stuff. A sliding door panel is something I have wanted to install. Would like to see how you did it.

Keep up your mods and let us know as you improve things. Our 195BH has also been a great trailer. We are in Northern CA now and enjoying every day with it.
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Here are some pics of the privacy curtain and sliding door mods.

I don't think the sliding door is big enough to get a spare tire in and out of, but we don't have any trouble with fishing equipment or folding director style camping chairs.

For sliding door mod, I used prefinished rectangular molding. It was 1"x2". I made a rabbit along the edge of the molding with my table saw, and put that on the top and bottom to create the slots for the door to slide in. I also bought a piece of larger corner molding to accept the door. I think this is the best mod (other than a real mattress) we've done.

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Old 07-31-2016, 09:53 AM   #180
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Nice work!
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