Thought I would share with my fellow campers a few modifications that I am doing this summer to make my 2014 HW296 a little more livable this summer. It's been quite a while since I have been on the forums, but to those who don't remember me, I was the 19 year old who bought the camper while working at Acura. I can proudly say I have payed off the camper and enjoyed many successful trips with friends and family.
On these trips a few things irked me and here are some of the items I plan on doing soon.
1. Remove the god awful Suburban 5 gallon water heater and replace it with Suburban's new instant hot water system. No more hot water tank; so less weight, no waiting for hot water, and no cold showers.
Check it out HERE
2. Add a tank monitoring system. After a recent trip to what used to be Tom Raper of Fairfield ( now camping world with the biggest American flag I have seen ) I noticed the 2015 HW296 comes with a lovely tank monitoring system giving you all the tank levels. A quick look underneath the camper and I noticed that the black tank is no longer above the floor level but beneath where you can see the sending units. I will compromise and only install the tank level sensors on the gray and fresh water.
The system I am looking at is a SeeLeveL II tank monitor that views battery voltage, fresh, gray, black, and LP tank levels. Perfect! Check it out HERE
3. Insulation!! This camper gets HOT during the summer and even with the A/C on full blast, doesn't quite cut the mustard for me. The answer is Pop Up Gizmo's Super High Wind bunk covers; basically a insulated reflective blanket that straps on the top of the bunk ends. In addition to that I will be custom cutting Reflectix panels to fit in all the windows of the camper (bunk & box). Between these two mods it should be much cooler in my camper.
4. Install a hard propane tank cover as mine came with a crappy looking fabric that goes over the tanks. Also going to look into changing size of LP tanks to get something bigger for cold camping (heater sucks the gas up like none other!)
5. Generator. I don't like taking the easy way out on anything. Especially when it comes to having to haul around a Generator to power the camper when i'm out with no hook ups (often). I will be converting the slide out storage compartments to house the Generator and necessary equipment.
This requires a major overhaul of the entire design because the generator will be a Onan RV QC 2800 model 2.8HGJBB-1120A that produces 23.3 amps @ 120VAC@60hz. The model is 22"x16.3"x12.8" so it dimensionally fits perfectly. It consumes .5 gal/hr at full load so a 10 gallon fuel tank will give me everything that I need. Summit racing has a nice fuel tank ( View link HERE
) the tank is 17"x16"x10" once again fitting perfectly.
The floor where the generator sits will need to be cut out and special brackets installed to hold the generator (they need an open bottom to cool) where the front intake will be done by opening the existing door in front of the unit. A fire resistant box will be constructed then insulated with dynamat and foam to keep the vibration and sound to a minimum.
The gas tank will sit on the other side of the slide out with the other exterior access door being converted to a gas fill up neck to fill my tank. The tank will be completely isolated from the generator and have it's own flameproof box made.
The exhaust for the generator will be modified with OEM Onan resonators to significantly reduce the sound of the unit.
A 30amp auto transfer switch will keep all the power in check.
Tell me what you think, I'm sure i'll get the "Just buy a honda or similar and call it a day" replies but that's okay. Hope you all are enjoying the weather and getting to use your campers! God bless.