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Old 08-17-2016, 03:45 PM   #81
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Well, we just purchased a new 2015 240 RBS two week ago.
Congrats on the new trailer. We had a few issues early on but we are really loving our trailer. The outdoor kitchen is awesome and the layout is great for a couple. It even performs well when one of the kids crashes our party. :-)

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...we also are Empty nesters and have KID's that live in Meridian, ID. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WOW! Small world. Where do you call home?

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Ordered the back up camera, will be in next week.
We installed a Furion rear camera too. We bought the 'high speed' model so that we could use it while driving down the road. Ours was wired for 'backup only' so I had to do a quick rewire and tap into the running lights for power. The default bracket wiring was tied to the 'reverse' lights so it would only have power when the tow vehicle was in reverse. The mount was right by one of the running lights so I tapped into that power supply so that the camera has power whenever the running lights or headlights are on.

Hope your maiden voyage goes smoothly. We love the memories we are building together in this trailer!
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Old 08-23-2016, 04:25 PM   #82
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Hi All,
Last year we purchased a NEW 2014 surveyor sp240, which is very similar to the 240RBS. I initially thought the omni-directional fixed antenna was crap. i couldn't pull in many of my local channels when parked in my driveway, and i mean channels that I could get on my portable Winegard Razor in the house. That was, until the Jensen TV in the trailer went out. Dealing with the RV dealer was another whole issue, and I ended up working directly with ASA electronics to get the TV warrantied. I shipped the TV to them (at my expense) and I am waiting to hear back on a replacement. However, I wanted a TV for my upcoming trip so I bought an inexpensive TCL 28" from Amazon. The new TV picks up several more stations than the Jensen TV and most, if not all, are virtually clear of any freezes or pixel issues. i think the problem is the Jensen TVs not the antennas.
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Old 08-23-2016, 04:36 PM   #83
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Converter not charging battery bank sufficiently

Has anyone had issues with their batteries not getting a full charge from the converter? i have a 2014 Surveyor sp240. I upgraded from the Interstate group 24 to a dual Interstate 6 volt GC battery bank wired in series. I thought everything was good until we dry camped for a few days earlier in August. I found that the batteries were not fully charged, and showed signs of being near depletion after only a few hours of normal use. This was after being connected to shore power for several weeks before we left on the trip. When I got home, I plugged the camper back into shore power for a couple days. When I had some time, I disconnected the battery bank from the camper and hooked up my Schumacher 2/10/15 amp 3 stage automatic charger and tester. I was surprised to see that the batteries were not in a full charge state. I had to run the charger at 15 amps for about 9 hours to get the batteries to a full charge. Is this an indication of a bad converter or are these converters actually not putting out enough voltage to charge a true deep cell battery bank? Any suggestions on a good upgrade to the stock converter, that i can install myself?
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Old 08-23-2016, 06:11 PM   #84
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Last year we purchased a NEW 2014 surveyor sp240, which is very similar to the 240RBS. I initially thought the omni-directional fixed antenna was crap. i couldn't pull in many of my local channels when parked in my driveway, and i mean channels that I could get on my portable Winegard Razor in the house. That was, until the Jensen TV in the trailer went out. Dealing with the RV dealer was another whole issue, and I ended up working directly with ASA electronics to get the TV warrantied. I shipped the TV to them (at my expense) and I am waiting to hear back on a replacement. However, I wanted a TV for my upcoming trip so I bought an inexpensive TCL 28" from Amazon. The new TV picks up several more stations than the Jensen TV and most, if not all, are virtually clear of any freezes or pixel issues. i think the problem is the Jensen TVs not the antennas.
Do you have the little antenna amplifier button next to the antenna cable connection? It's easy to accidentally turn on and off. It's possible it was off, and removing your old TV or installing your new one, you turned the amplifier on. There should be a small LED lit when it's on.
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Good point, but yes, i did have the amp on. When off, nothing comes in.
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Old 08-23-2016, 07:43 PM   #86
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Do you have the little antenna amplifier button next to the antenna cable connection? It's easy to accidentally turn on and off. It's possible it was off, and removing your old TV or installing your new one, you turned the amplifier on. There should be a small LED lit when it's on.
Yep, I'm a long time RV'r. and I know about the antenna amps.�� This is the first one we have bought new that came with a TV. It doesn't surprise me that the TV included is less than ideal. In fact, the newer TV, (28" vs 26") is even 15% more power efficient. I really wish these manufacturers would realize that most serious RVer's would gladly pay the extra few hundred dollars to have adequate accessories included with our 20-30 thousand dollar RV purchases.
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My cheap Wal-Mart Insignia TV in the bedroom picks up better than the Jensen.
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Old 08-29-2016, 12:58 PM   #88
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Great weekend @ Lake Cascade Idaho
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Old 10-06-2016, 02:54 PM   #89
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Quick Update on our 240RBS Journey

Well, it's been just over 1 year for us owning our 2016 240RBS. All in all, we love camping in it. the layout is awesome and we were really able to put it through it's paces this summer on excursions all the way from Arizona and the Grand Canyon up into the mountains of Northern Idaho. It's been a blast!

That being said, we've had a good share of troubles and I've chronicled them in previous posts after starting this thread. I figured it might be good to bring you up to date with a few more issues that we've ran into after really being able to use the trailer.

Slide Out Issue - After using the trailer for a few months, we started having issues with the slide sticking on one side. Initially we thought it was just out of sync but the problem has become continually worse even after re-syncing multiple times. We've taken it to our dealer and they have submitted approval forms for misaligned Shwintec rails that causes one side to bind up.

Front Cap Oxidation - Our front cap is oxidizing terribly. I've been good about washing and waxing but the amount and speed of oxidation has been jaw dropping. After talking to FR they have had me submit bids for repairs. Our service rep at our dealer said that there was an issue with a bad batch of gel coat on a few Surveyor trailers. Looks like I got lucky. :-( I'm attaching a picture.

Shower Drain Leaks Underneath - We discovered this while boondocking on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. When we use the shower, water leaks from the enclosed mesh underneath. it doesn't leak into the trailer, just underneath. Probably something where it ties into the grey water tank.

Bedroom Pocket Doors Falling Off Hangers - We had just arrived in Moab, UT and discovered that one of the bedroom doors had fallen off the slide hangers and was stuck in the door pocket. Upon close examination, the screws that held the hangers had stripped out of the soft wood frame of the door. I used some wooden matchsticks to help shrink the holes in the door frame and re-inserted the screws. It is a temporary fix that got us home but the thread and /or screw size just can't handle the weight of the door jostling around.

That pretty much brings us up to date after one full summer of use. We are currently waiting for our dealer to gain approval for these repairs before we are beyond our warranty period. By far, the slide and front cap oxidation are our biggest concerns.

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Old 10-16-2016, 02:00 PM   #90
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I'm in the process of shopping for a TT and the Surveyor 220 & 240 are high on my list. One thing I haven't been able to determine on line is the power source for the outdoor kitchen refrigerator. Is it propane & 12 v or????
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