I've had my Work & Play for 2 months now. Just took it out for a few days for a shake down test in preparation for a 3-week 4,500 mile trip we have planned this fall. Everything went well--all systems are a go
During the last two months, gotta say I've put in a lot of time fixing small issues. Gonna have to live with the sloppy welds, but I did put in 15-20 hours fixing a lot of other small issues. Used a few tubes of silicone plugging open seams around various drip rails on the outside. Touched up the roof with Dicor. Closed open weld seams around the wheel wells with sealant (leaked when driving in the rain). Sealed exposed wire/gas line openings & wood flooring underneath. No one item was particularly urgent, but if not corrected could easily evolve into serious water intrusion issues down the road. Lastly, due to a lack of cooling had to move an incorrectly installed rear baffle on my refrigerator and install a cooling fan (see my previous post for details).
After I got the basics out of the way, I installed a winch (for loading heavy toys that have no power--lol!!) and a pure sine wave inverter underneath the kitchen sink (on the floor) in the very front. There's a 2x2 frame rail that runs down the center of the Work & Play--perfect thing to anchor the winch to. Placed the inverter next to the winch so I'd only have to run one pair of large gauge wires from the battery. Never gonna use the winch and inverter at the same time (still fused just in case). Welded a steel cage (out of heavy 3/4" square tubing) to go around my generator (for security). Mounted the cage and generator on top of the Work & Play's generator/battery tray. Mounted "sectioned" covers to the cage to protect the generator during use in inclimate weather (or while on the road). My Work & Play did not come with dinette seating. Had my dealer ship a dinette set to me from Forest River and mounted it myself.
As icing on the cake, I installed a Progressive Industries Electrical Management System (PI EMS). This device is the cat's meow IMO! Real time protection for just about every nasty electrical gremlin that may fly in from that nearby 30/50 amp electrical pedestal just outside your RV. Serious wiring or voltage problems can fry your entire RV electrical system in less than a second--to include your TV, appliances, converter, frig, a/c, wiring, etc. For approx. $250 it's effective, realtime, 24/7, insurance for low/high voltage (both surge and continous), improper line frequency, and incorrect wiring (open ground, reverse polarity, etc.). The PI EMS also displays realtime voltage, current drain, line freq., and errors on a digital, remote display. Knowing your realtime current drain is very useful information! FWIW, do not confuse the PI EMS with a standard surge protector--it is so much more! A surge protector only provides *momentary* high voltage protection from lightning strikes and nearby switching transients--does absolutely nothing for continuous low/high voltage situations (or wiring issues).
See everybody on the road!
Have fun, be safe!!