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Old 10-21-2016, 01:53 AM   #201
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Speaker and dynamat look great. I may add that to my future mods list. . As for the gas lift kits that's already on my list. . Same two doors as you state.
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Old 10-21-2016, 06:32 AM   #202
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I measured the compartment doors and ordered 3 small-slide gas lift kits. One for the sewer door and two for the rear door. Had enough of holding it with my head while loading/unloading our zero gravity chairs
Lifts are on my mod list as well. What did you order?
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Old 10-21-2016, 08:53 AM   #203
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I ordered the Hatchlift small-slide it's for doors 14"-19" H and opens 90 deg. for under a slide out. The compartment doors are 17" H.
http://www.hatchlift.com/hatchlift-k...hlift-sm-slide
There was extra dynaliner left from doing the engine cover, it's the sound/heat shield foam that went on top of the Dynamat. I cut a piece to fit the genny door to maybe help quiet it a bit. I read about the Onan venting issues and checked mine, the compartment door is 3"-4" away from the front of the generator and totally open at the bottom so I'm not sure if the vent would make that much of a difference being on the side instead. I haven't had any issues with mine but I haven't really run it much while driving or in any extreme heat.
Now if the weather stays half decent I might be able to get the Airlift system installed, it looks like it will fit nicely on the side of the sewer compartment near the air fill for the airbag.
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Old 10-21-2016, 09:15 AM   #204
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I was following a thread about the generator venting issues also since ours are located first bay behind cab. .
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Old 10-30-2016, 04:29 PM   #205
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A discussion on another thread was talking about having no rear view mirror (RVS backup camera monitor instead) to enable the driver to see behind him inside the coach. Options were being discussed so you can see the kids or dog etc and what they were doing. . Now for one, I love the backup monitor in place of the rear view mirror. It's perfectly placed and much easier to use than when it's on the radio screen.
Since the radio screen is not used for the backup camera but has that capability I thought I could use it to use as a standard rear view mirror that lets you see behind you inside the coach. . Before you say it, yes I know I have a mod addiction.
I purchased a Jensen JCAM1 camera for $17 on, where else, Amazon. I removed the woodgrain dash and pulled the Jenson radio unit out (pic 1). I found the yellow camera plug in the rear of the unit and plugged in the JCAM1 (pic 2). The camera requires 12v power and I only wanted power to it when the coach was running to avoid parasitic draw. I located the fuse panel under the drivers side dash and located the 15 amp fuse that feeds the radio. I piggy backed the power from that fuse to feed power to the camera (pic 3). I then ran the wires behind the dash and up to the interior dome light (pic 4). I then removed the dome light and ran the wire through the hole (pic 5). I installed the camera directly in front of dome light and screwed in place (pic 6). The camera allows me to see entire interior of coach on the Jensen radio. It's crystal clear (pic 7 and 8 ).
Final thoughts... Great mod and works far better than I anticipated.
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Man you have got more patience and skill than I. Does the wood grain just pop off? How do you switch between camera, radio, and GPS?
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Old 10-30-2016, 05:05 PM   #207
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Lol yes this mod requires patience and a gentle touch. The woodgrain dash just pulls straight off. It is held on with clips that snap into place. You start gently pulling from lower right corner and each clip will come out. There are no screws. When done you slowly snap back into place. As for switching to camera you just hit menu key then hit camera button on the screen.
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Old 10-31-2016, 03:05 PM   #208
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Great job, nice to see pics of the head unit out for future reference . My struts arrived and the weather should be have decent this week....
I've also been puttering around here with a couple LED work lights and a wireless remote controller for them. I'm going to mount them on each end of my trailer and I've finished up the wiring harness for it. The trailer has a deep cycle battery and a solar panel so it should work great for loading the boat in the dark or for extra reverse lights. I think you did a similar mount on your hitch.

I use an AppleTV 3 to wirelessly watch content on the tv from our various devices, the older 3 model doesn't need an internet connection for its network. It's AC powered but I found a guy who makes 12v power supply conversions for them. (go figure) While I'm waiting for it I disassembled and removed the old power supply. Pretty easy just unscrew the covers and unplug the old supply that is held down with double sided tape. I'll incorporate it into my all-in-one charging station I'm still looking for/designing.
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Old 10-31-2016, 03:11 PM   #209
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Lol yes this mod requires patience and a gentle touch. The woodgrain dash just pulls straight off. It is held on with clips that snap into place. You start gently pulling from lower right corner and each clip will come out. There are no screws. When done you slowly snap back into place. As for switching to camera you just hit menu key then hit camera button on the screen.
SGT, that seems to be a good use for the camera input on the Jensen. Quick question. I assume that you do not use the Jensen for NAV? Or if you do, are you only listening to voice guidance? I also responded to another thread about the idea of now making the dash radio the standard display for the outside rear/side camera's. That idea I would not be so crazy about.....
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Old 11-02-2016, 10:16 AM   #210
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I currently use the Jensen for NAV but its difficult to use. Plan to go with a Rand McNally or Garmin RV NAV. The jury is out which one though. I was leaning Garmin now leaning Rand. But I won't decide till spring when I have to.
As for using the display for the rear and side view cameras, I am not a fan. I love the monitor in place of the windshield mounted mirror. When researching rigs FR was the only one who offered it and it is just natural to see it at eye level and on the windshield. FR has discontinued it for the 2017 models and the monitor is in the dash stereo NAV unit.
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Old 11-02-2016, 11:04 AM   #211
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As for using the display for the rear and side view cameras, I am not a fan. I love the monitor in place of the windshield mounted mirror. When researching rigs FR was the only one who offered it and it is just natural to see it at eye level and on the windshield. FR has discontinued it for the 2017 models and the monitor is in the dash stereo NAV unit.
X2 on using the monitor on the windshield. You might have seen that I already commented on using the dash radio as a monitor as being a safety concern, at least in my eyes.
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We use the Jensen for Navigation and have found it to be convenient, reliable and just as good as any other Navigation in a vehicle (and we have a newer BMW and a new Lincoln both with Navigation). Like any other vehicle nav you have to learn it's way of operating and set it up to suit your needs.

When doing research before our purchase we expected to need to get a separate RV Nav device because of all the complaints. But we decided to try the Jensen first. It was a surprise that it works as well as it does. We did pay $60 to update the maps and that helped quite a bit as it also updated the POI database too.

We like some of the other features too like the Gas Mileage feature. We use it religiously and it provides good feedback on our driving and expenses.
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Old 11-02-2016, 01:32 PM   #213
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I love the rear view mirror/monitor in my rig, I leave it on all the time to see the trailer and when I can merge back in after passing. Once in awhile I still try to check my hair lol. I use the Garmin RV660 and really like it but I've used a few different Garmins so I'm kind of used to it. I haven't tried the Rand to compare. My speedometer is in mph so I kind of rely on the kilometers display on the GPS at home in Canada.
So far my Jensen is only used for music while driving. Either XM Radio or the Apple music service thru my phone. But I'm going to check out the milage feature.
Sure would be nice to have steering wheel controls for volume but I don't see an easy or cheap way to do it. You can get an adapter to interface with the head units but you have to have the buttons in the wheel first.
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I looked and couldn't find any mileage feature on my unit. Any help on how to get to it would be appreciated
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Old 11-02-2016, 09:53 PM   #215
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I agree. Mirror monitor is much safer. With the Jensen facing straight back, I find it difficult at times to see the GPS. It should be slanted towards the driver. Looking down for rear or side view camera could be considered distracted driving.
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I agree. Mirror monitor is much safer. With the Jensen facing straight back, I find it difficult at times to see the GPS. It should be slanted towards the driver. Looking down for rear or side view camera could be considered distracted driving.
Could not have said it better. If you look at all the auto manufacturers that are using monitors for side view camera's, they are usually located in close proximity to the driver and are easily viewable, and for good reason.
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Old 11-04-2016, 04:36 PM   #217
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I installed my stainless braided valve extensions today. . I actually have steel valve stems on my tires from the factory but what a pain to check pressure and add air. . I'm pretty pleased with these braided stems. Should be super easy now. Also will make adding tpms in the spring an easy job.
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Sgtim, just saved yourself $1700. $200 for a tire replacement and $1500 for a wheel well replacement. Did mine after the incident. Does bring peace of mind.


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Sorry to hear that Garrette. Hopefully everyone was ok. I also plan on a tpms after the winter. To many people on here have horror stories. Cheap insurance I figure. The braided stems were on sale this week at Campingworld.com.
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Make sure the wheel covers are on very securely. A fellow at the campground lost one on the road and ripped out the valve stems.
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