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Old 07-07-2012, 09:02 AM   #341
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Camperdemint - I have had no issues with my spare tire mounted to the rear gate as I described. It has been several months, several trips and several hundred miles of towing. I do admit (and I think I mentioned it) that the door construction is mainly a block of styrofoam in the center and then fiberglass on the outside and I would expect that black vinyl coated ramp is thin plywood. It has to be fairly strong to support the 600-800 lb or more bikes people are rolling up it, let alone a few that prop it up and make a patio deck with it (not saying any of the members sitting on the ramp as a patio deck are 600-800 lbs!).

I think a did see a few that also did this make a metal plate bracket with two holes in it and put the carriage bolts though that. If you have access to some steel/aluminum plate, I think that would be better and spread the weight of these carriage bolts out some. I did "carefully" tighten mine and stopped after a little compression.

Since I have had no problems with mine (of course I have not taken it off or on since mounting it), I have not gone back and put a reinforcing plate between my carriage bolts and ramp door surface. I guess that is on my "when I get around to it" list.

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Old 07-07-2012, 09:18 AM   #342
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You all rock, glad I found this thread, I'll be doing some of these pimps for sure. I have a 25rr but it has alot of the same designs. I would like to see more of the framing done for the door under the bed, and I think the shock idea on the bed, I must of missed those pics, easy to do, this thread is huge!! Happy Camping
Thanks for the feedback Recon. Little did I know when I started this thread that it would become so popular. I just checked and it shows that "Pimp my 19RR" has had 28,352 views so far and to think that I had to start it under the "Wolf Pack" section of the Cherokee line of trailers because this forum did not consider the Grey Wolf line to be a Toy Hauler line of trailers.

This thread has only worked because of everyone's great ideas and taking the time to photograph and post them to keep those ideas flowing.

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Old 07-07-2012, 12:33 PM   #343
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yea I was wondering why there wasn't a grey wolf thread, but hey, adapt and overcome, right!!

BTW, there is a thread on TV mount and dead space started, it is a nice Mod, check it out
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:36 PM   #344
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overhead bed converted to foldup storage

Hello Everyone!
I've been reading all the mods in this forum and they're great! I've done quite a few myself. This is my first thread.
We took a 5000 mile 2 1/2 week trip out west & loved our 2012 19rr!!! Never had a problem except for a flat tire.
I see the new 2013 models have just an overhead storage instead of a bunkbed. The camper we used to have, you could fold the overhead bunkbed up to just have storage or down for a bed. Plus it gets real HOT where the queen bed is from poor circulation! My question is, Has anybody converted their overhead bunkbed so it would fold up for storage? Thanks
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:52 PM   #345
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Hello Everyone!
I've been reading all the mods in this forum and they're great! I've done quite a few myself. This is my first thread.
We took a 5000 mile 2 1/2 week trip out west & loved our 2012 19rr!!! Never had a problem except for a flat tire.
I see the new 2013 models have just an overhead storage instead of a bunkbed. The camper we used to have, you could fold the overhead bunkbed up to just have storage or down for a bed. Plus it gets real HOT where the queen bed is from poor circulation! My question is, Has anybody converted their overhead bunkbed so it would fold up for storage? Thanks
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Haven't converted it to fold up but use it exclusively for storage w/ Walmart stacking bins. But we don't stack em.
As far as the poor circulation goes, we position an oscillating fan on a hassock out by the pantry cabinet blowing back toward the bedroom. We also plug in a clip on fan on the bunk rail above the bed area and point it toward the bed itself. By pointing about 90% of the air blown from the a/c unit toward the nose of the trailer, this solves the poor circulation issue.

To keep cool in and heat out, we bought a couple of those 16x16, puffy cotton vent inserts to block out the heat from the sun. Then, we put some reflective panels ($10 at the RV store) over the shower skylight. We then hung, with expanding curtain rods, black-out curtains over the front (bedroom) windows. Blocks out quite a bit of light and insulates alot better than the metal mini-blinds do. With the fans and all the roof vents blocked, it blocks quite a bit of heat from coming in to the trailer. It actually gets a little chilly at night!

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Old 07-26-2012, 09:58 AM   #346
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Here we are in Branson. It's super hot here. We also have the useless bunk but we are able to aim the AC back to the back and it circulates just fine. I'm very seriously thinking of putting a cabinet door in the bathroom that would open up into the back part oc that bunk because IMHO that is wasted space that could make a. Dry nice towel storage area etc.
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Old 07-26-2012, 10:26 AM   #347
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One mod that is on my list is to put a roof vent in the living area. I seriously can't believe they did not put one there. I am going to do some investigating in the ceiling and see what I can come up with. As long as I can locate the rafters, it shouldn't be a big deal.
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Well, I'm definitely going to convert our bunk to a fold-up storage. It's just too cramped & stuffy in the bedroom area. I bought a piano hinge, door hinges, & latches. But I'm not sure where to cut the bunk down the center at? Also would like to put 3 doors across the front, but don't know where to find them. If anyone has any ideas, it would sure be appreciated!
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Well, I'm definitely going to convert our bunk to a fold-up storage. It's just too cramped & stuffy in the bedroom area. I bought a piano hinge, door hinges, & latches. But I'm not sure where to cut the bunk down the center at? Also would like to put 3 doors across the front, but don't know where to find them. If anyone has any ideas, it would sure be appreciated!
You can get doors directly from Forest River that will match your existing doors as well as the hardware for them. Go back and look through this thread and the phone number is in a previous post of mine. The gal's name I talked to at Forest River Grey Wolf parts was Jamie Tezlof.
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Here we are in Branson. It's super hot here. We also have the useless bunk but we are able to aim the AC back to the back and it circulates just fine. I'm very seriously thinking of putting a cabinet door in the bathroom that would open up into the back part oc that bunk because IMHO that is wasted space that could make a. Dry nice towel storage area etc.
Toby, We are leaving for Branson August 15th... maybe by then it will be even hotter ;-). What can you tell me about Branson, since we have never been there. I see a Branson Shenangans (sp?) and American's Best campgrounds close to downtown. We have a 21RR and I did quite a few mods, most of which is detailed on this site. What I did with the so called bunk bed... I just removed it. Way to stuffy for me. Lots more air getting up there now. I have a 12vdc/110vac fan to help, as well. When traveling I do add a temporary brace to be sure the front doesn't collapse... I don't know if that would happen, but reasoned the bunk gave the front a lot of stiffness. Let me know about Branson, I really appreciate it.
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