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Old 01-31-2024, 06:46 PM   #21
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Can't help on the tranny or brakes. I'm not sure if a Ford dealer would do it, but it might not hurt to try. You might also try DeMontrond RV there on I-45 just north of the Beltway.
thx - more I think about it I may just drain old trans fluid and re-fill myself. Also a good excuse to buy a brake bleeder

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*One issue I need to fix - if I put on the running lights (which power my camera and is good for safety) the radio goes into night mode. I need to add an electrical switch so that I can manually toggle between daytime/night mode.
ah hadn't thought of that. My rear view cam is likewise on the running light circuit.
Do the directions tell you where to splice in a switch? Will def do that during install.
wrt to sound deadening, maybe my 2009 has more from factory than yours because I heard more road and wind noise than engine noice. And of course some sqeaks, but less than I feared. Sent my son around to try to isolate some and the main offender is in the door area. Think I found where the screen door was rubbing on the frame so sanded it a down a little and greased it up, will see if that helps.

Today I installed the Bilstein stab, new headlights, and cleaned up the dusty/grimy engine compartment. All easy jobs. Jacking up the rig ~2" allowed the passenger side stab bolt clear the steeting linkage behind it.
Had to take off the front bummper and grill on my minivan to get to the lights, not here. 10mm for the single top bolt and 7mm socket with ~10" extension for bottom 2 and voila.

Really impressed with the build quality of the lights - you can get them a little cheaper but these have plastic gussets I noticed were not present with the ~$150 ones (which also usually don't come with bulbs or fixtures like these do).
Also have a set of cheaper LEDs on order to give a try.

Along with the painted mirrors the front end now looks basically brand new. Nice!

Headlights ($215 at time of order): https://www.ebay.com/itm/371491510795
Stab ($120): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007N6QIVE...roduct_details
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Old 01-31-2024, 09:15 PM   #22
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congrats on your purchase and enjoy exploring North America
Thanks!
Hey maybe you can shed some light on a design change I've seen on the 3120DS.
I know this was a relatively short-lived floorplan, only between ~2008-2014.
At some point after my 2009 and before 2012 the entry door was lowered ~1'.
I haven't seen any pics of the "low door" interior steps, but they must intrude on the main living floorspace by another step's area.

Going in and out of mine about 50 times I can imagine why the change: there is a very large step up to the shallow, single retractable outdoor step then a normal height step inside, then one final large step up. Going through the door, especially from in to out, is kind of sketchy.

To solve this I'm looking at removing the retract step and either installing an exterior, manual 2-step or a 2-stepper that's hinged at the top and swings inside the camper.

Were you with FR during this design change, and can share any insight on it?

Other than this it's such a cool design, with the 2-entry bathroom, hallway with near floor to ceiling windows, nice corner kitchen area, and loads of interior storage space.
cheers!
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Old 02-02-2024, 12:10 AM   #23
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We stayed at Thousand Trails in Conroe, TX a few years ago and had to call a mobile repair guy out to fix a kitchen sink plumbing issue. We called G Tech Mobile RV Repair. 832-401-6035. He was very quick to respond and fixed us up at a reasonable price.
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Old 02-02-2024, 08:08 AM   #24
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Wow! You have done more updates and modifications in the last week than I did to my rig in the first 5 years!

What led headlights did you buy? Do they have a resistor to bypass the burnt out headlight detector?
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Old 02-05-2024, 09:00 AM   #25
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Thanks Mlbs - have saved the #!

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Wow! You have done more updates and modifications in the last week than I did to my rig in the first 5 years!

What led headlights did you buy? Do they have a resistor to bypass the burnt out headlight detector?
ha - yours must have been performing well if you didn't do much in 5 years!

I bought these, will install when I bring the rig home again from storage in a few weeks:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0C9ZNXP4T...t_details&th=1

Don't know about the resistor, will see what happens.
Also ordered some of these dimmable LED interior lights: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...NPZH642Z&psc=1

Now making final decision on who to order the "Olympic Queen" 66x80 mattress from, and ordering Jensen head unit.

Safely docked in nearby storage facility:
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Old 02-11-2024, 05:54 PM   #26
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It's going to be a few weeks until I can do any serious work on her but test fit the "Solid Steps" (auto-step is much too shallow) today at the storage place and think they'll work great.
Also sent the boy to the roof for an inspection.

stupid photo rotation... gotta remember not to take photos I might upload here in portrait mode :/
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Old 02-11-2024, 06:36 PM   #27
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stupid photo rotation... gotta remember not to take photos I might upload here in portrait mode :/
Fixed them for ya:
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Old 02-18-2024, 08:20 PM   #28
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thanks Bars - have to remember to post only photos taken in Landscape mode, with the shutter button on the right

Cranked out a few jobs this weekend:
1) mounted the Lipper Solid Steps. Had to sand down the top edge of the Sunseeker's kickplate to get it to sit flush enough to close the doors (and shave off the bristles under the screen door so it will easily close) but this is a HUGE upgrade over the stock, shallow, retractable step.
Haven't yet removed the old step and mechanism but probably will just to save a little weight.
Fitted a scrap piece of carpet on the 1st step in the camper, may replace later with laminate or wood as long as it's not slippery.

2) replaced 5 incandescent interior lights with dimmable, 3-color temp LED units. Very happy with these. Have 8 more to do (plus ~10 exterior ones), including something different over the bathroom mirror and hallway.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

3) mounted the 2nd kitchen counter extension, which required removing the microwave and cooktop to reinforce the wall. Solid.
Brackets and cutting board:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089GSHCR2...t_details&th=1
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08LP8Y2S3...t_details&th=1

4) started on the dash head unit replacement. Getting the dashboard facia off is a struggle, will get back at it tomorrow.
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Old 02-25-2024, 08:49 PM   #29
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*One issue I need to fix - if I put on the running lights (which power my camera and is good for safety) the radio goes into night mode. I need to add an electrical switch so that I can manually toggle between daytime/night mode.
Bill - I can confirm that putting a switch in the Orange wire will let you toggle day/night mode.
Got the dash all buttoned up today and new Jensen head unit works great. Very nice to have a huge version of my Apple phone for maps, Pandora radio, and even the microphone and speakers work fine for calls.
Also installed a double USB port w/ volt meter, but not getting power. Hopefully just a fuse will check tomorrow.

I also layed 6" wide Gorilla Tape over the top of front cap, and will put Eternabond over rear cap. See how they compare after a few years.

Put a popup outlet in the kitchen counter for coffee maker and ice machine, so won't have cords hanging down from the under-cab outlets.

Finished a bunch of other little things like replacing the last interior lights with LED, installing strip LEDs in over cab bunk for my son, and did 4 out of the 9 total exterior marker lights with triple LEDs.

Last big jobs:
- new trans and brake fluid
- replacing the carpet in the bedroom and under dinette
- replacing RV queen with 66x80 Olympic queen
- installing scissor-type stabilizer jacks under rear frame
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Old 02-26-2024, 06:11 PM   #30
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Thank you for the update. I just purchased the switches I need and hope to install next week. First campout of the year will be for the Eclipse in Wapakoneta, Ohio (150 miles from home).
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Old 02-26-2024, 06:41 PM   #31
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I am also looking forward to your 1 year report on the tape.
I have used Eternabond on my old camper and it was good for 8 years.
I have had RV techs tell me it's only good for repair, don't do seams with it because it an hide leaks. The only fault I have with that is, where I have used it, it has never leaked...
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Old 02-27-2024, 11:52 AM   #32
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I am also looking forward to your 1 year report on the tape.
I have used Eternabond on my old camper and it was good for 8 years.
I have had RV techs tell me it's only good for repair, don't do seams with it because it an hide leaks. The only fault I have with that is, where I have used it, it has never leaked...
ha!
I'll keep an eye on the two tapes. This guy did a fairly objective longer term test and the Gorilla seemed to perform at least as well as Eternabond.
https://youtu.be/crxiZSgupzY?feature=shared

Wrapped up a few smaller things before putting the camper back into storage for the next few weeks. Planning our first camp in about a month at a very local Jellystone water park, and booked our first TX State Park outing at Lake Livingstone end of April.

Removed the inop stock rearview mirror/backup cam and ran power to the dedicated monitor that had been plugged into to the cigarette outlet.
Much cleaner view out of the windshield now.

Also found a dead fuse for the other dashboard power outlet so ordered a few 20A "Truck" fuses from Amazon.
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Old 04-04-2024, 09:20 AM   #33
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Tomorrow we leave for our first camp at a nearby Jellystone park.

Got a bunch of jobs done over the past few weeks:
- LED strip light under awning, in 45-degree aluminum channel
- thermostatic shower faucet. Reinforced inside wall so solidly mounted.
- stabilizing jacks behind rear axle (9000lbs each so can also do some levelling)
- built larger base for main bed for new 66x80 "Olympic Queen" mattress replacing 60x74 mattress. Will require propping up ~2' when slide is in to clear wardrobe.
- redid side wall of wardrobe, relocating outlet lower to sit behind the shelf relocated from side of mattress. Will hang a small mirror later.
- plumbed a gas line and separate regulator for grill. Still need find a solid part of exterior wall to screw in a plate to hang grill behind rear axle.

Had Demontrond RV in Spring RX change coolant, brake fluid and trainsmission fluid for $800.

Ready to roll!
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Old 04-09-2024, 04:35 PM   #34
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Excellent first camp.
All systems worked great.

Coming from a popup (bigger one w/ dinette slide) camper it was luxurious to take a nice shower before bed and of course all the extra living space inside.

Wifey drove home and did fine so it will be very nice to have a backup driver on long trips.

Rig weighed in at 13,820lbs with no fresh water and full 55 gallons of fuel (I was standing on the "Trailer Axle" weigh pad) so ~700lbs of additional storage capacity before hitting the 14.5k GVWR.

Came away with a few small things to improve usability (carpet runner, backsplash behind stove top, hooks over bathroom door for hats, liquor bottle storage etc) but overall super happy with how she did.
Want to investigate putting a second set of scissor stabs on the front of frame, to join the 2 behind rear axle.
Need to replace fresh-water hose connection since the plastic knob is stripped.
Will also replace some of the keyed thumb latches on storage doors. Don't need to lock the ext shower or waste tank access doors...

Maybe most happy with shower faucet upgrade - once a good temp was found just need to turn on the flow and within seconds it's ready to get in and shower up, no fiddling with the temp.
The larger mattress is also awesome.

cheers!
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Old 05-15-2024, 11:56 AM   #35
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Had a great 3rd camp last weekend at the annual family crawfish boil 2 hours from home.
Private property that had 30 and 50A hookups for all 10 campers there.
Rig worked great, first time using fresh water tank&pump.

Upgrades since last post:
- leather steering wheel cover. Nice improvement over stock rubber grip. https://www.redlinegoods.com/
- remote control 12V ceiling fan for bedroom, powered off ceiling light. Wife is finally happy w/o rear AC turning room into an icebox. Will of course still need to run at least front AC when summer nights get hot and sticky.
- Kuat 3-bike rack. Very sturdy, only adds about 1' length when folded up.
- faux copper backsplash behind stove top

Getting ready for camp #4 this friday at Huntsville SP about 1.5hrs from home, and now planning longer trips.
cheers!
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