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Old 06-07-2012, 02:43 PM   #311
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K, where did you get the doors at? Did you have to stain them?
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Old 06-08-2012, 08:50 AM   #312
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I bought my doors from Forest River. They come stained to match your existing cabinets. I also bought all my hardware from them as well. Doors run about $23 each.
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:19 AM   #313
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Yep, that's where I got my doors from also and they were $23 each plus the hardware. I also purchased some of the wood grain contact paper from the factory. Use the contact info below that rkswyo provided to us in an earlier post, he got things started for me.



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Old 06-08-2012, 09:23 AM   #314
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Do you contact the factory direct or go through a dealer? Just curious, as they seem to want you to go through the dealer, and they usually don't have much of a clue. Thanks
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Old 06-08-2012, 11:51 AM   #315
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Do you contact the factory direct or go through a dealer? Just curious, as they seem to want you to go through the dealer, and they usually don't have much of a clue. Thanks

You do not have to go through the dealer. Contact Jamie Tetzlof - Grey Wolf parts - 260-593-2366
The parts will be shipped directly to your door. Jamie was very knowledgeable and very helful.
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Old 06-09-2012, 08:15 AM   #316
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Although modifications to these two areas have been done I hadn't seen them done exactly like I did so I thought I'd post them up.

First the cabinet over the sink area which as we all know is a pain in the butt. Found these spring loaded supports at Camping World for $5.79 in store.

Plastic Spring Loaded Cabinet Door Support - Rv Designer Collection H277 - Cabinet Hardware - Camping World




Next I tackled the under bed storage area. I thought about doing the door on the end like most here but given the depth of the space I felt it would still be a pain to get in and out of. Opted for a 120lbs, 20" long gas prop instead. I also picked this up at Camping World as well as the mounting brackets needed.

Gas Prop 20in 120lbs - Rv Designer Collection G29 - Installation Tools & Supplies - Camping World
Gas Prop Bracket, 1in Offset - Rv Designer Collection G845 - Installation Tools & Supplies - Camping World




The gas prop worked perfectly! It takes about 5lbs of lift to open it up, even with a full size queen mattress on it. It also gives enough lift that getting in and out of it is now a breeze. You can kind of see how I mounted the brackets, I did have to put a small section of 2"x4" behind the bracket mounted to the bed frame for reinforcement.

Total cost in store was $31.19 and about an hour to install it all. Let me know if you have any questions!
Slower - great work with the 20" shock on the bed storage. I think I am going to do this, but I have a couple of questions that might make it easier for me.

First, I can see where the base of the shock mounted in regards to the bed framing and your reinforcement (assuming they build all these 19RR's the same!), but can you give me the dimensions from the rear (in respect to the trailer) and passenger side (of the trailer, not the bed!) of the plywood "lid" to the point where you mounted the upper support? I am assuming that dimension for the shock end to end would be equal to the length of the shock in the compressed position.

Second, I see that the bracket you listed looks like the bracket that is mounted to the base of the bed lid, but what about the other end of the shock. Did you have to buy that bracket too, or does the shock some with that bracket? Thanks!

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Old 06-10-2012, 10:10 PM   #317
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Slower - great work with the 20" shock on the bed storage. I think I am going to do this, but I have a couple of questions that might make it easier for me.

First, I can see where the base of the shock mounted in regards to the bed framing and your reinforcement (assuming they build all these 19RR's the same!), but can you give me the dimensions from the rear (in respect to the trailer) and passenger side (of the trailer, not the bed!) of the plywood "lid" to the point where you mounted the upper support? I am assuming that dimension for the shock end to end would be equal to the length of the shock in the compressed position.

Second, I see that the bracket you listed looks like the bracket that is mounted to the base of the bed lid, but what about the other end of the shock. Did you have to buy that bracket too, or does the shock some with that bracket? Thanks!

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Hey Tom,

Got to actually put the storage area to use at a campsite this weekend, man it's awesome having access to that space finally.

So the ball of the bracket that the gas prop mounts to is 29.5" from the forward edge (closest to the propane bottles) and about 4.5" in from the right edge. Here's the thing, I don't have a lot of confidence that these things are all built the same so some trial and error is probably in order.

Basically what I did was pick the best spot I could find to mount the strut to the bed frame which you can see in the picture. I measured the collapsed length of the strut at 12 inches. I put a pencil mark on the outside of the bed frame where the ball mount was, then measured down 13 inches and made another mark. With the lid closed, transfer that mark to the bottom side of the lid. This is where the ball needs to end up to ensure maximum extension and thus the best access. Now simply measure in far enough from the edge of the lid to ensure the strut will clear the bed frame when you close the lid.

As for the brackets they come as a set including mounting screws, pretty slick. Feel free to message me if you need more info and good luck!
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:21 PM   #318
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My TT is at the dealership getting pimped (while the awning is being serviced). After seeing someone here post pics of their mod of adding spring loaded door supports I decided to add to all my OHCs. This means I will be able to search for items with both hands without getting a bruise from the door closer.

Those door supports looks easily enough to install I do know my limitations and will stick to selecting dish towels & pot holders.

I love this thread - great ideas!
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Motorcycle Loading

Got a question for the folks who haul motorcycles in the Toy Hauler, particularly the heavier ones.

How do you load the bike? Do you ride it up the ramp? Get half dozen people to help push it up?

My Victory Vision tips the scales around 900 lbs and I'd sure hate to have it get away from me when loading. There's a lot of plastic on the bike to get smushed up in a loading (or unloading) mishap.
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Got a question for the folks who haul motorcycles in the Toy Hauler, particularly the heavier ones.

How do you load the bike? Do you ride it up the ramp? Get half dozen people to help push it up?

My Victory Vision tips the scales around 900 lbs and I'd sure hate to have it get away from me when loading. There's a lot of plastic on the bike to get smushed up in a loading (or unloading) mishap.
Since ground clearance will also be an issue for you I'd highly recommend walking it up under power while straddling the bike if at all possible. This will allow you to maintain positive control over the motorcycle left to right, keep your weight off the seat for increased ground clearance and allow you to use the engine to do all the heavy lifting. With that big V-Twin you should be able to lug it up the ramp barely over idle just feathering the clutch. I've used this method several times with big touring bikes that have much higher seat heights than your Vision and it worked great. Good luck!
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