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Old 08-20-2015, 05:59 PM   #1
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mod day at my house today!

so I have owned my trailer 2 months now, its been at the dealer for 90% of the time, making repairs and waiting on parts and such
I got it back today!
i planned on installing the lift kit, my LED porch light, the new fan controls, and a voltmeter/ usb charging station

well I got the trailer all jacked up, took the tires off, dropped the axle and found out Forest River sent me the Alco spacer kit, not the dexter kit.
The Alco is about 2 inches short, and the holes for the mounting are 1 inch too narrow..... called FR and vented, new kit is on the way hopefully it will be here next week

so put the axle back on, put the wheels on and on to the inside stuff!

first I have a new Fantasitc fan control, the stock one was 3 speed, thats it.... the new one is 3 speed, forward/ reverse switch, t-stat switch, and then I added an extra switch by the crank...

Then is was time to cover up the wire....

and then install the out door unit, its small, only 10 inches, but its got 24 LED's and puts out 350+ lumens

and now to test the switch

with it this low on the roof, the Bag awning clears it when its rolled up, so it can be used with the awing open or closed.

then on the inside, next to the stereo i installed one of these

I put it on a switch, and wired it into the radio power wire as its always hot for the radio to store station memory.
we replaced the fuse for the radio and went up by 5 amps as that's the max draw of the usb ports.
now with the roof down I can see the battery voltage, make sure that my TV is charging the house battery and know that i am good to go!

more mods to come as money/weather allows
no rain today but it was 96 with a heat index of 113, glad i was working on the 12 v as I could pull fuses and work in ac around 78 vs the out door heat

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Old 08-20-2015, 06:33 PM   #2
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Ah the joys of making mods. Later RJD

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Old 08-21-2015, 08:31 AM   #3
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nice work. You have been a busy beaver.

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Old 09-08-2015, 06:40 PM   #4
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Did a few more things today, I cleaned up the wiring and added wire loom, it was a mess from the factory.

I had my battery replaced under warranty at Interstate battery( 2 bad cells, it was reading 6.2 volts) and decided new battery gets new disconnect switch, I mounted it to the side of the battery box inboard as to hide it from the kids.
had to make sure everything was out of the way of the lift cable and when raising/ lowering it has all the space it needs.
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Old 09-09-2015, 09:56 PM   #5
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Where did you order the voltmeter/usb charger? What type of switch did you use? Also, since my 2318 G does not have a stereo, any recommendations on a good place for the install?


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Old 09-11-2015, 01:24 AM   #6
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I'm with META, where did you get the USB, voltage thing??!!

Nevermind, I reverse engineered the picture and found a similar one on AMAZON.. BreaDeep Universal 5V/3.1A Dual USB Car Charger Sockets Power Outlet with LED Red Digital Display Panel Monitor Voltmeter Voltage Meter Gauge for Boat / Rv / Car / Motorcycle 12-24V DC (Black): Cell Phones & Accessories
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Old 09-11-2015, 06:52 AM   #7
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