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Old 12-13-2015, 10:50 AM   #1
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Changes, modifications you have madeI made

I have made a number of changes to my unit to make it better for me and I was wondering what others have done and why. Below are some of the things I have done.

Added a second battery. This was needed for the rare times I decide to boom dock. I don't do it very often but I may do more of it in the future.

Change most of my bulbs to LED bulbs. I say most because I missed two. LED bulbs only draw about 1/10 the power of a standard 12 V lightbulb. This means that when I am boon docking I don't have to worry about running lights.

Change the on on my electric awning. My awning was one of the earliest ones made and I was unable to lower the corner of the awning so that rain good run off. I don't have to worry about that now.

Added an electric heater. When I'm in a park and I am paying for electric why should I be using my propane? I set the furnace for around 60 are days when the electric heater can't keep up.

And it's a topper for my slide I unit. Now I won't have to worry about cleaning it off every time I run it in.

Added to shut off valves to my outside shower. Now I can arraign the shower lines and still be able to use my water pump in cold weather.

Added an insulated dividing wall. This wall helps insulate and protect my plumbing and water pump in cold weather.

And in a small heater to protect water lines. My first water pump and some of my lines are in the uninsulated storage area. Now I don't have to worry about them freezing.

And in a 1000 watt inverter. Now when boon docking I can charge my camera batteries and laptop. I can also run my TV if I want. I have very few things I will need it for but it's nice to have. I can also bring my GPS into the trailer and use it while keeping it fully charged.

Added an additional 20 pound bottle propane. I use this for one I want to run my Coleman stove or grill and lantern. It also gives me an additional 20 pounds if I should run out of propane on my main bottles.

Added to 5 pound collapsible jugs. I can use these for water and pump them through my freshwater pump when I need to. I don't like filling up my 42 gallon freshwater tank when traveling. It's too much weight and I don't need that much emergency water.

A VCR player. I have about 50 or 60 movies that were given to me that are all VCR. I keep about eight or 10 in the trailer so I can watch them when I want. I got the VCR player at a thrift shop, it was expensive, costly five dollars.

A volt meter wired into my batteries. I can use this to tell him I need to charge my batteries.

I also had my roof resealed. My trailer is in 08 so it was getting to be time. The product my dealer uses has a 50 year warranty so I don't think I'll have to worry about it leaking in my future.

Added a surge protector. Don't have to worry about the electrical system when hooking up at a cg now. This should be a must have for anyone that uses the cg electric supply

A 3000 watt Honda generator. I haven't decided if I am actually going to use it when camping but wanted it to run the trailer for when I lose power at the house.

I think this is everything but I won't bet on it. I'm always looking for suggestions to make improvements. With like to hear what others have done their units to make them more usable. Next year I may add a solar panel to charge my batteries. That's up in the air yet, I may not really need it.


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Old 12-14-2015, 02:00 PM   #2
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I have been camping for 45 years and found that being organized, prepared and comfortable is a must to enjoying where ever we land in most any weather condition.
Our mods are based on our style of camping: I love to cook great food, I hate making reservations, don’t need hookups for 4-5 days(mostly sewer and water), I push the notion that if you’re not cooking, sleeping or using the bathroom GET OUT SIDE, kayaking, biking, fishing, exploring, learning, making memories…. We have done several 2+ month trips, many 2-3 week trips……we almost never do 3 or fewer days.
Our Mods: extra battery(built larger battery tray), Axle flip(never drag again), hitch(for bike rack), tire rack under trailer(to get tire off rear bumper), Jimmy gas can on rear bumper(never scared to get to the next gas station), dimpled bumper ends to hold caps, Led back-up lights installed, Led trailer lights installed, Led motion detecting porch light, Led utility lights(2x front, one by utilities and the back-ups) switches wired inside, sewer cap with water hose adapter, hydro-flush sewer attachment, water filter, debris covers behind wheel wells, dc tank heaters w/insulation and switches installed, Ladder rack under trailer, 50’ extension hose for propane, EMS w/remote display, TPM, vent cover, 80watt portable solar, 2000w gen(used 3 times), dcV display….
Inside: full wall shelf in front, memory foam for all beds, slide in large baskets under beds for shoes, hinged kick board on couch, sink covers cutting boards, counter extension, Leds everywhere, fridge heat strip switch installed, shelves in cupboards, spice rack, motion light in entry way, large cork board for pics of where we’ve been, wall step for top bunk, dc outlets for each bunk, cabinet and drawer for lower bunk(originally was one now both kids have their own), shelving for bathroom above potty, full length mirror on bathroom door….
Most of these Mods have been posted with pics.
Having fun making our camper user friendly and comfy, for us

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Old 12-14-2015, 02:03 PM   #3
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This thread sums it up.
What did you do to your camper today?
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Old 12-14-2015, 02:41 PM   #4
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What's a VCR?
At some point during every day you suddenly realize nothing else productive is going to happen the rest of that day. For me, it usually occurs around 9 am.

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Old 12-15-2015, 10:01 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by emm-dee View Post
What's a VCR?
Are you serious? Guess I am showing my age.

It is a tape player for movies, prior to DVD's. I can buy some good movies at thrift shops for 2 or 3 bucks. If I pull into a spot with no TV service, you remember TVs right, it is nice to be able to watch a good movie sometimes.

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Is that the thing you watch the campfire on when you can't have a real one???
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Old 12-15-2015, 12:40 PM   #7
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TV is what I have to pass time when the rain is pouring down, the wind is howling, and the tent campers are sittting in their truck ringing out their wet clothers.
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Old 12-15-2015, 01:42 PM   #8
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I reconfigured my seating area of TH. installed hard wired EMS unit, put shelving in cupboards, installed drawers under bed,second battery, relocated TV back to seating area put wires and coated through ceiling. Re-did shower surround because it was put in poorly. Installed cabinets over wheel well. Click image for larger version

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Old 12-15-2015, 05:29 PM   #9
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Wow I though I was the only making my C better for our comforts. I'm up to a 175 finished items that I've done and still working on them. Today's project was adding an electric cord reel to hold my 50 ft service cable. I've got $58.00 in to an elec. winch motor, the rest I built.
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Old 12-15-2015, 06:09 PM   #10
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I don't believe in modifying an rv. What they furnish from the factory is good enough for me.

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