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Old 06-07-2019, 05:26 PM   #1
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Upgrading, modifying, updating -- What are you doing for this year?

Here we are in the midst of another camping season for those of us not as fortunate as you lucky folks who are able to camp all year. Anyway, every year my wife and I take an inventory of the things we would like to have had while camping, or maybe would like to make better, or perhaps just get rid of before taking a trip and then I end up having to do it all. This year is no different. This summer, we are taking a long trip without hookups, so I've been working on making our TT more "boondockable" if you know what I mean. Here is a list of a few things things we (I) have been doing since our final trip of the year last fall:

1. Added two more batteries and built a custom aluminum battery box complete with disconnect, remote charger and fuse.

2. Installing a 2500 watt pure sine inverter/charger and removed the converter.

3. Installed a 12V ceiling fan in the master bedroom.

4. Purchased a quieter generator

5. Replacing the awful original bathroom faucet and shower head with more efficient and comfortable types.

6. Added a 12V water pump to transfer water from portable container to trailer.

Those are just the upgrades for the trailer; never mind the truck. I wish I had pictures to share right now but they will come later.

We are always interested in what others are doing with their rigs and we have "borrowed" some great ideas from others. What have you done, or are you doing to make your camping year more comfortable, or efficient, or whatever? Please share pictures if you have them.
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Old 06-07-2019, 09:44 PM   #2
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I’m planning on a bit of an electrical upgrade. I took out a central vacuum so I’ll have a free breaker to reuse. I’ll upgrade this to a 20amp breaker and will run a 120v line up to my battery compartment where I have an extra lithium-aware battery charger. It’ll be within 4’ of the batteries for maximum efficiency.

I’d like to also wire in my inverter more properly. I’ll probably start with Xantrex 15amp transfer switches. There’s another maker but the name eludes me right now.

And lastly, I’m going to run a set of new outlets to the living room slide, at the dining room table (probably GFCI), and 2-4 outlets in the garage. I’ll probably pull these off of the dryer breaker in the panel since we have a combo washer/dryer unit (and it uses the “washer” breaker).

We are also shopping tomorrow for a new loveseat + separate chair. We had our sofa replaced and the new one is like a torture device. Sucks to spend the money, but this thing is truly unbearable.

I’d love to add solar to the roof and a pair of Victron 2000 or 3000W inverters (one for each leg of the 50amp service and just Fred the whole house). I just don’t see my budget supporting that.
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Old 06-07-2019, 09:47 PM   #3
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Old 06-07-2019, 09:56 PM   #4
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Planned upgrades for 2019. Sell the camper, build play ground for grandkids at cabin, spend more time with grandkids, spend more time relaxing, spend more time enjoying life. Hiking, biking, fishing hunting...These are my planned upgrades.
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Added 120 volt receptacle

Didn't like the 120 volt receptacle located under the kitchen cabinet. So installed a duplex receptacle under the kitchen counter top. No more cord clutter.
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Old 06-09-2019, 10:33 AM   #6
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Jayhawker, that looks great!
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So far this year, I installed 0.0000003 jigawatts of solar.
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Next is to upgrade to a LiFePo battery, or 2 or 3... (I toasted the current one by forgetting to turn the DC off to the fridge.)

Change the locks on all outside compartments. (I hate the cheap ones that are on there now)

Install a 2000 - 2500 watt inverter/charger.

Install a spacer between the axle and frame to gain some ground clearance for boondocking.

When the tires need replacing, upgrade to 15 inch wheels.

And somewhere in this time frame, replace the curtains with something darker and with more privacy.
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Old 06-10-2019, 10:27 AM   #8
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Didn't like the 120 volt receptacle located under the kitchen cabinet. So installed a duplex receptacle under the kitchen counter top. No more cord clutter.
That's a great idea! That's what I'm talking about. We have a similar outlet in the bedroom. I suppose it was put there for a TV but we will never install one.
Thanks for the idea!
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We are also shopping tomorrow for a new loveseat + separate chair. We had our sofa replaced and the new one is like a torture device. Sucks to spend the money, but this thing is truly unbearable.
Welp, upgrades started. Ordered a new sectional yesterday. 114 wide in a space that is 115 wide!

I lost my plan for a loveseat + separate chair.
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Biggest mod was buying a new truck 5 weeks ago, upgrading from an older Explorer
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