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Old 08-21-2014, 12:59 PM   #11
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Thanks for all of the replies and suggestions. My post originally was intended to point out the design vs. real world use of products, and it appears that Wildcat Chris will bring this matter up with the design team, which is exactly what needs to happen, thank you!

I think all designers should have to use their products in real life situations

Thank you all - Jeff (SNOMORE)

PS - a couple more 12 volt outlets would be very helpful in the unit, as its designed for dry camping but there are only 110 volt outlets in the living area and bunk area. The 40" TV is nice but useless unless you run a genny or in a RV park, I replaced with a Jensen 32" and ran a separate circuit to the panel in the entertainment center.
We just use a 400W inverter to watch the tv. Don't need to run the gen. Nothing worse than your neighbor running the gen at 10:30 watching a movie. We use the inverter and then run the gen around dinner time when everyone's making noise anyway.
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This has already been changed in production. All current Wildcat units being built do not have a lowered battery box.
Understand that, but the question is, why would they move the spare tire to facilitate stabilizers and then put a battery box in the way. That should never have left the drafting table. Will the factory offer a "fix" for that 'boo boo'? Just asking.
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Understand that, but the question is, why would they move the spare tire to facilitate stabilizers and then put a battery box in the way. That should never have left the drafting table. Will the factory offer a "fix" for that 'boo boo'? Just asking.
If you need something to do head to Iowa and build ms amy's fire pit.........

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If you need something to do head to Iowa and build ms amy's fire pit...TURBS
Looks like if you spent as much time building the fire pit for the lovely Ms. Amy as you do on the forum, it would have been built 2 years ago.
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We just use a 400W inverter to watch the tv. Don't need to run the gen. Nothing worse than your neighbor running the gen at 10:30 watching a movie. We use the inverter and then run the gen around dinner time when everyone's making noise anyway.
The inverter idea is great, but you still need to have a 12 volt source to plug it into, which doesn't exist in the living room or bunk room. A 12 volt receptacle in each area would solve this.
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I think all designers should have to use their products in real life situations

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A company I worked for required all of the design engineers to spend some time on the line each year or when something they designed went into production. This was done so they would have a greater appreciation of what it really took to manufacture the product they designed. I think it helped a lot and also made them more likely to listen to the assembly personnel when problems were brought up.
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Understand that, but the question is, why would they move the spare tire to facilitate stabilizers and then put a battery box in the way. That should never have left the drafting table. Will the factory offer a "fix" for that 'boo boo'? Just asking.

Wildcat is using a new drop frame so the spare is now in the basement. Give you more basement space and take some back for the spare. They could have added another cross member and put the spare 6 inches further back under the trailer like I'm doing. I also had to move the battery box.
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The inverter idea is great, but you still need to have a 12 volt source to plug it into, which doesn't exist in the living room or bunk room. A 12 volt receptacle in each area would solve this.
The inverter allows you to use the 110v outlets as it inverts 12v to 110v!
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Thanks RS, I'm certainly well aware what an inverter does, but the expense of purchasing one and installing it could be easily offset by the simple addition of a couple $5 12 volt receptacles, which are standard in most trailers
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