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Old 06-21-2011, 10:34 PM   #1
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New 2604 in Utah

Picked up a new trailer a couple of weeks ago, after trading in my '04 forest River Sandpiper 25 footer.
That trailer was pretty nice and virtually NO problems at all with it. Couple of recalls was pretty much it. Dislike was the combination of height, balance, weight that made it not so nice to tow due to resistance, sway and lots of feedback into the truck, which is an F350 powerstroke crewcab 4x4.

The new TT, using the same hitch/equalizer setup tows remarkably smooth and feels much lighter and improved balance/manners.
Liking the expanded room area in the back, which will be very nice for visitors seating. Drawbacks are reduced storage and cabinets, but that's the tradeoff.




Issues so far?
  • Water heater completely inoperative on gas mode. Took back in, and they said there was a bad crip in a connector. Brought back home, and the heater fires up.
  • Leak in the glass shower enclosure. Run the shower, and get a puddle on the floor. Dealer re-sealed, but have not yet tested it since.
  • Missing remote control for the TV. Per the dealer, on order.
  • Batteries went dead, while plugged in? Found both 40a fuses to the inverter blown? No idea the cause. Had some severe thunderstorms/rain a couple nights before, but no idea... Changed fuses and all has been fine since.
  • Did a more thourough test on the water heater, running off the water tank. Unit ran for a bout 45 minutes and then it started opening up the relief valve on the heater. Grabbed a thermometer and tested the tap water at 175 deg (supposed to shut off at 130). Took back to the dealer. Said they tested it (on city water connect) and it shut off correctly after 30 minutes without problem. As I'm writing this, my son just informed me it blew out again, overtemped and never did shut off for nearly an hour!!
  • Going to go out AGAIN and connect the city water first, and again purge the heater to make sure there's no air in it. Then try again, and maybe test on city water too to make sure they're not full of BS.
Leaving in a couple weeks on a two-week trip to OR, so this situation better get rectified SOON!

Have tested the fridge for several days, AC, Furnace and every other powered device I can think of to make sure of no suprises (I hope).

More to come, but I gotta go do more testing now
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Old 06-21-2011, 11:38 PM   #2
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Trying to figure out where to store all supplies and materials all over again, which is always fun.
The wife found a nice 4-bar towell rack for the bathroom, versus the small single bar that came with it.


Added a maglite holder by the door and have larger fire extinguishers for both doors. Just waiting for my quick-fist mounts to get here for a solid mounting point for them. Quick Fist Clamps Wife also found a cool folding hanger mount that's up above the flashlight for coats, etc.


Added a 12v outlet under the fridge next to the power dist. panel, as I typically haul a coleman thermoelectric cooler with us for beverages so we don't tie up fridge space. I typically move that outside once camp is set up and plug into its converter for 120v opertion at camp.
Had a spare fuse slot open, so perfect!
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Old 06-21-2011, 11:50 PM   #3
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Noticed in the front storage compartment, the little piece of paneling they put in front of the water heater and filter really blocked off the filter access. Did some trimming to aid in clearance to the filter:

Before:



After:


Found some wasted space under the bathroom sink, due to the same cover panels. Figured this would be a great place for TP storage as it's not heavy enough to damage piping or wiring behind the panel.

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Old 06-21-2011, 11:52 PM   #4
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Took the sound system remote and placed velcro on it and the TV recess area, so I know where it's always at. Will do the same with the TV when I get it.



Lots more to do, but gotta get the water heater fixed!!
Blew off twice tonight. Once on city water (like they told me they tested it at) and once on the tank/pump.
Both popped the relief valve, and had almost 180 deg water out the tap, with the unit never shutting off near an hour run time.

Got some replacement LED tail lights coming right now. Want to change out the markers to LED as well, and am going to try some of the LED interior light upgrades too. Backup lights, amber courtesy lights in the step wells....


Time for bed!

Oh, And the most important mod of all! The battery disconnect switch, so I don't always have to pull the fuse for the gas detector/fridge to keep from running doen the batteries.
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:16 PM   #5
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Maxtera; our 2604 (2012) had a 12v outlet behind the door under the TV. Also our panel in front of the water filter is in a slide track so I can just push it back to get at the filter etc.
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Old 06-22-2011, 05:40 PM   #6
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Maxtera; our 2604 (2012) had a 12v outlet behind the door under the TV. Also our panel in front of the water filter is in a slide track so I can just push it back to get at the filter etc.
Yep. 12v Outlet in the cabinet under the TV, but not accessible when the slide is closed, and I'd worry that it I had the power cable feeding under the door, it would not stay closed, and then be forcefully removed when somebody opened or closed the slide. New outlet is right next to the cooler travel position.

My panel in front of the water heater doesn't move or slide. Have to pull the screws for access.....
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Old 06-22-2011, 10:34 PM   #7
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Your 2604 SS Modifications

Dear Maxterra;
I really like the modifications that you have done to your 2604. We also own this same model although ours is a 2010. I took the entire panel out from in front of the water filter and heater, and what to my surprise I found a dual A/C outlet that the water heater is plugged into with an one outlet that was blocked out with plastic to prevent it's use. I took the box apart and used a dremel tool to make the plug useable. I use it to plug in a Battery Tender JR that I have run the pigtail thru the water heater conduit to it's access panel which I can open to access and then run the cable to hookup to the pigtails attached to my battery for charging. I have isolated the battery with a switch so as not to have the battery in line with the converter but by the much better Battery Tender. Most converters and their charging circuit will cause you to have to constantly tend to your electrolyte level. My Battery Tender has not caused me to loose any ever! I can keep both the Storage compartment closed and locked ( all my compartment locks have been changed out to Combi Locks) and the cover for the water heater panel closed with the wire draped thru the panel bottom and run to the pigtails that I have connected to the battery for charging. I also use this outlet to charge my electric drill batteries whick I use for my jack stands. The one thing I really don't like about our trailer is the lack of a tall enough wardrobe for jackets etc. I have hooks all over the inside of the trailer to hang jackets and robes from, but not happy with the look. I have often thought of building a closet in the left rear corner of the trailer where you have your folding jacket hanger. Have not taken dimensions yet to see if i could make it big enough. The small corner shelf would probably have to go unless there is somthing interior of same to prevent it's removal. If anyone out there has an idea for this for the 2604 please let me know!!
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Old 06-22-2011, 11:23 PM   #8
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^^^^^^^ Total agreement on the closet space issue.
Something we really miss from the previous trailer. That main closet was tall enough, that I was able to add two shelves at the bottom for towells storage.

Really like your idea on the battery tender, as I really hate to leave mine just setting up on the tongue. Gonna look that idea over when I get back.


Just got back from dropping off the trailer at the service dept again. Tried the water heater operation out a couple more times today, and every time it runs 45 minutes to an hour continuously and then blows the relief valve (but still continues to heat).

If they tell me that they can find nothing wrong again..... I'm afraid i'll be going back to the remedial anger management and sensitivity training class, AGAIN!

Leaving a week from tomorrow now, so it's gotta be finished up.


Got the quick-fist mounts in today and installed by each door to hold a 5 and 7 lb extinguisher.

The billet grill and pre-runner bar for the f350 are done at the powdercoater and I can pick up tomorrow. Original coating on the grill was coming off, and the bumper needed refinishing after several years. More work to complete.
New 5-position chip on its way from Diesel Performance to replace the US Gear chip I've had in there for many years. That chip and the ATS transmission have always conflicted a bit, so I hope this will settle that down (mostly OD issues), plus give me a lot more range on the HP settings (up to 150+hp ) at the highest settings. The US gear was +70 I believe....

Gotta be optimistic the water heater is easily fixable. I have no idea where the water temp control thermostat is,as the little diagram only show the gas & elec overtemp switches. Not sure if its in the igniter module (easy change) of it internal like the overtemps are..

After over a year of non-stop overtime at work, the last 5 months at 80 to 90 hrs wk, and no vacations (even last summer), I am more than freaking ready to get away for a couple of weeks!!! Wife says I have to leave my phone at home though.

Was looking at Crater Lake webcams yesterday, and looks like close to 8' of snow still at the visitor center, though the park is open. Mount St Helens has always intrigued me as well as the costal hwy. Lots to see & do.
Very Excited
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Old 06-23-2011, 02:33 PM   #9
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I have a 2011 2604SS.
I took the hanger bar out of one of the closets and put about 10 eye hooks across the top for wire hangers to hang from,this raises the height a couple of inches.
My big mod was to reverse the door so that it swings into the bathroom,this was easily accomplished by changing the trim pieces from one side to the other.
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:20 AM   #10
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Water heater issue all fixed. Thermostat assy replaced and tested out good a couple of times last night.

More work to do on the trailer and truck this weekend yet.
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