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Old 06-08-2016, 07:46 AM   #8031
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Unit is 4 yrs old and the front is exposed to the sun at least 6-8 hours a day. I don't think either event should of happened, but ---- happens and I sure wasn't going to go crying to the dealer or try to get FR to fix it. I had the 1/8" thk alum and ss screws. Took about 2 hours to make the strips and install.

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Old 06-08-2016, 07:48 AM   #8032
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Began welding a removable bike rack onto the cargo rack. Decided to do this as it it not a "permanent" mod to the trailer and being removable and discreet it should not affect any warranty issues.

I actually have the trailer at the dealer now checking out a leak and the rack is at home so I can work on it.

Gave me a reason to pick up a new welder to try out.

Adding three "receivers" on back to pin a rack to so the bikes can be secured to it.
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Old 06-08-2016, 08:44 AM   #8033
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Began welding a removable bike rack onto the cargo rack. Decided to do this as it it not a "permanent" mod to the trailer and being removable and discreet it should not affect any warranty issues.

I actually have the trailer at the dealer now checking out a leak and the rack is at home so I can work on it.

Gave me a reason to pick up a new welder to try out.

Adding three "receivers" on back to pin a rack to so the bikes can be secured to it.
Good luck with your mod.
Hope you have better luck with putting a rack on there than I did.
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Old 06-08-2016, 08:49 AM   #8034
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Well, here I am with obviously too much time on my hands.

Refresh my memory; black surfaces hold heat in and are hotter than white surfaces which reflect heat, namely, the sun's rays.

So, I can't see why Forest River put black refridgerator vent covers and a/c covers on my 2013 Surveyor 220. Wouldn't those black covers retain heat and make the fridge and a/c work harder?

So, naturally, I took both covers off, prepped them and painted them flat white with a good plastic/primer spray paint. I am hoping this mod will help both the fridge and a/c work a little more efficiently.

I hope to put a fan in the refer cavity on the outside of the trailer but geez there is so little room in there. Maybe up top of the vent stack as there seems to be a lot of room up there. If I could afford it I would put one of those ARP fridge controllers on there too, maybe later as funds allow.

Have fun camping and modifiying!
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Old 06-08-2016, 08:57 AM   #8035
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Did the same thing after our last camping trip. Makes no sense to block it off Attachment 110418
I think I see my next mod in the making.
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Old 06-08-2016, 09:28 AM   #8036
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Unit is 4 yrs old and the front is exposed to the sun at least 6-8 hours a day. I don't think either event should of happened, but ---- happens and I sure wasn't going to go crying to the dealer or try to get FR to fix it. I had the 1/8" thk alum and ss screws. Took about 2 hours to make the strips and install.
OC: Not sure off-hand, and I suspect you have more experience with this than I do, but I seem to recall SS and aluminum not playing well together? Might want to keep an eye on this mod.
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Old 06-08-2016, 09:42 AM   #8037
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OC: Not sure off-hand, and I suspect you have more experience with this than I do, but I seem to recall SS and aluminum not playing well together? Might want to keep an eye on this mod.
Not worried, there are just plain steel screws against aluminum all over rv's, I prefer using stainless screws to eliminate the rust streaks. Alum and ss are rated 2 on the chart below.

Plating Compatibility Chart
1 The corrosion of the base metal is not increased by the fastener.
2 The corrosion of the base metal is marginally increased by the fastener.
3 The corrosion of the base metal is considerably increased by the fastener.
4 The plating on the fastener is rapidly consumed, leaving the bare fastener metal.
5 Corrosion of the fastener is increased by the base metal.
Note: Surface treatment and environment can significantly alter activity
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Old 06-08-2016, 10:11 AM   #8038
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OC. On the wardrobe slide, do you have any trouble with those seals flipping in and out when slide moving in and out....Click image for larger version

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No problem, they flip in on stowing the slide and flip out when deploying. I guess I could silicone or put some talcum powder on them, but so far no problems with them flipping.
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I think I see my next mod in the making.

👍 We also had a panel under the closet area outside of bathroom. Removed it and made a shelf to store drinks. Click image for larger version

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