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Old 06-26-2012, 08:49 AM   #31
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some of these are really nice. i really like the countertop extension. That is the perfect location, though my wife loves the little pop-out "drawer" that is blocked by the shelf.

Last week we had some issues with water behind the shower (i had to remove the wall in the rear storage area to see it). I suspect it was water entering near the faucet. i haven't determined the exact source. Might have to caulk around the hose's connection as I think water might be running down the hose and sent behind the faucet.

I do, however, need to add a curtain guard to prevent water from running onto the floor during showers. This happened to us in one location in which the camper had a slight tilt toward the toilet, which allowed water to run down the shower wall, across the base's rear edge and right onto the floor behind the toilet.

Where did you get those LED modules?

There is a bunch of space behind the toilet/shower that you can access from the rear hatch. I discovered this while locating the shower leak. It looks like a good spot for fishing poles as it is quite long and narrow.

If you have a 233S that does NOT have the u-shaped dinette, there is also a bunch of space that can be accessed through the front "ward" that it located "behind" the water filter. I plan to expand this "ward" into that space.

Edit2: Where is your furnace? I don't see the mesh "intake" under your countertop extension.
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Old 06-26-2012, 01:53 PM   #32
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The extra counter space was easily worth the lose of the little "pop out" drawer which holds little, at least for me. I'm mounting a spice rack instead.

With my moded shower curtain, water on the floor is a thing of the past, unless my "kids" get way to careless! LOL!

Yes, the area behind the bath is quite large, I'm going to use it to stow my easyup screen room. It's funny just how much wasted space still exist within these units! Why didn't they add a door to use the space?? Same thing next to the water pump. I've already moved my pump further back in the pocket, and I created an enclosure that makes the pump nearly silent.

I removed the "vent" panel for the furnace. You know it's hinged to open right? I realize thats it's the return air vent, but there is more than enough air circulation within the cabinet, and at high altitudes I can still open the vent door for even more air. With the vent gone, it quites the furnace which I found to be annoyingly loud. Oh yeah, I also used a "Dynamat" type sound deadening material to "wrap" the metal furnace housing (leaving open any vents), to maximize sound deadening. The furnace is fairly quite now.

The LED's were bought on E-bay (I love E-bay!). You can search the item # 180524911427 and the seller is "franks-warhouse". At over $21.00 ea plus S/H they ain't cheap but I've gone through many pairs of absolute garbage LED's. I have a small draw full of them. These are the best I've found, and should last the life of the RV. I simply bought two or three a month or so as funds allowed. DON"T buy the cheap ones, at least for your interior lights. You can find cheap ones for a buck a piece! You might as well take a lighter to your money dollar bill, they're that bad. They start out a lousy glaring white, then turn a bluish color. At least mine did. I did buy the low budget ones for my running lights they work fine, but they are only a single LED, not the multi element for interiors.
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Old 06-26-2012, 02:32 PM   #33
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A spice rack and the shelf would do the trick. I'll look into a spice rack.

We never use the furnace it is worthless as the two vents are in horrible locations and you can't make the fan run constantly. We use 1-2 electric heaters if we have hook-ups. And a Mr. Buddy heater if not.

IMO the most important mod for the 233S (newer versions with the rear ward) is adding an AC vent for the rear bunk. I added one based loosely on a thread on this board.. I'll share photos of my version when I return home in a week.

Thanks for the info on the LEDs.
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:23 PM   #34
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I use the Mr Buddy also! On really cold nights (snow at the Grand Canyon), the Buddy worked better because the furnace would have run all night trying to keep up. It's not the best setup (furnace), but then they didn't really think people would use a Hybrid at such low temps.
I haven't really used the A/C much, but it works to cool way better then the furnace works to heat!!!
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:17 AM   #35
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When I was running the cabling for my rear camera, I found all that space behind the shower. The only thing I can think of is that they don't want people tossing things in there that could stress the water lines. But as you're careful I can't see any other reasons to NOT use it for storage. My plan is to find ans install an access door that will allow me to get at it from the side. Perfect for our fishing poles and long handled hot dog skewers.
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I love seeing other people's mods, especially, when they include photos. I like the Magic Mesh idea. How well does it work? Does it snap back shut well and will it really keep the bugs out?
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Old 06-28-2012, 12:14 PM   #37
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For those interested here's a link to the Magellan GPS with A/V input for a rearview camera $90.00 Tigerdirect.com
Magellan RM1700 7 GPS - 7 Display, Text-To-Speech, Lane Assist, 6 Million POIs, 3D, US/Canada/Puerto Rico Maps, AV Inputs, (Refurbished) at TigerDirect.com RB
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Old 06-28-2012, 01:14 PM   #38
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Great job at the mods
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Old 06-29-2012, 02:57 PM   #39
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For those interested here's a link to the Magellan GPS with A/V input for a rearview camera $90.00 Tigerdirect.com
Magellan RM1700 7 GPS - 7 Display, Text-To-Speech, Lane Assist, 6 Million POIs, 3D, US/Canada/Puerto Rico Maps, AV Inputs, (Refurbished) at TigerDirect.com RB
Thanks that is a great find
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:31 PM   #40
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These are awesome mods - I can hardly wait to try a few myself
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