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Old 03-24-2016, 05:04 PM   #1
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I'm still puttering around on my rig getting ready for fishing next month. I finished the Victron battery monitor install, I've got a couple new AGM's on tenders at home ready to go.
I added a USB outlet down by the parking brake to charge my Tireminder instead of stretching it across the dash.
Also mounted two Add-a-Drawers under the dinette table, one side had to be modified a bit to clear the table release lever.
The floor mats I put in awhile ago but the drivers side was sliding around so after trying Velcro with no luck I think I solved it with some heavy duty non slip pad and floor mat clips I found on the web.
Next will be the 5star tuner that's on its way .
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Old 03-24-2016, 06:42 PM   #2
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Alright! Now I know how much room there is with both slides in on a 2800 / 2801! That's a picture you'll never see on a dealers website!

I like the dinette drawers but will have to wait and see if they will fit our 2800. We ordered our unit with the dinette mount as a traditional pole and pedestal instead of the "Dream Dinette". I like to take the big table out and use a smaller game table in the evening.
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Old 03-24-2016, 08:19 PM   #3
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Today I installed a Blue Steak Chemical Dispenser.

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Old 03-24-2016, 09:05 PM   #4
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I did these mods last week.
TRC SurgeGuard with remote.
Sirius XM docking stations for cab and coach.
Blue LED lights with switch for doghouse cup holder area.
Screen door bar.

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Old 03-24-2016, 10:49 PM   #5
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Nice job, we've all been busy. I like the led's, are you happy with the amount of light the three put out?
I noticed today the door feels more solid with the bar, really happy with it.
Found a couple small "AA" powered led lights with motion activation for the cupboard under the sink but still looking for some ideas for organizing stuff in there. Mostly pots and pans but it definitely needs some shelves or rack.


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Old 03-25-2016, 01:33 AM   #6
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Yes three are just enough to see the cup holder. I can always add a fourth if I decide I need more but I don't do a tremendous amount of night driving. If you drive at night you will soon see some type of light is a must. The screen door bar should be everyone's first mod. Makes the screen door feel more solid and so much easier to pull shut due to the low step well.
Tonight I spent an hour trying to figure out storage and where to put things and how to organize. I am leaning towards shelves of some sort in the bedroom closet slide out and under the sink. Just don't know if I want to build shelves or hit Lowe's for some type of plastic organizers or wire shelving I can adapt.

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The screen door bar also makes a great place for drying a dish towel...

I've been looking at some pictures of the under sink area and it seems to have a lot of space. Do the sink water lines, or drain, block much of the area? I'm thinking wire racks to organize that area. Hopefully I can get the toaster oven, Griddler, and a couple other small appliances in that space.

For the bedroom closet in the "W" we have clear plastic drawers, similar to these, that are stacked in the bottom. Hopefully they will move over to the GTS easily as they really help stay organized. And the "W" has a lot less drawer space...

What are you guys using the storage at the foot of the bed for? And how big are those compartments?
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Old 03-25-2016, 09:30 AM   #8
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Nice job on all your mods!
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Old 03-25-2016, 10:00 AM   #9
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The cupboards at the end of the beds aren't very big we've just put a few pairs of shoes in there so far. I'll try to get a pic and measurements under the sink next time I'm out to the rig, it's a big cupboard, the lines don't take up much space but it definitely needs a second "tier".


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The screen door bar also makes a great place for drying a dish towel...

I've been looking at some pictures of the under sink area and it seems to have a lot of space. Do the sink water lines, or drain, block much of the area? I'm thinking wire racks to organize that area. Hopefully I can get the toaster oven, Griddler, and a couple other small appliances in that space.

For the bedroom closet in the "W" we have clear plastic drawers, similar to these, that are stacked in the bottom. Hopefully they will move over to the GTS easily as they really help stay organized. And the "W" has a lot less drawer space...

What are you guys using the storage at the foot of the bed for? And how big are those compartments?

I was thinking of building wooden shelves in one sue of the bedroom closet. I would prefer shelves to drawers, but of course plastic means less weight. Hmmmm.
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I was thinking of building wooden shelves in one sue of the bedroom closet. I would prefer shelves to drawers, but of course plastic means less weight. Hmmmm.
If I wanted shelving, instead of drawers, the white metal closet shelving is what I'd be considering. Easy to cut to fit and lighter than wood...plus I'm not a very good carpenter! Or have you considered a hanging drawers / shelves like one of these?
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I was thinking of shelves as well but we filled it up with hanging stuff so I'll wait and see. That's the trouble in the mountains you have to pack for three seasons lol.


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Old 03-25-2016, 08:52 PM   #13
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I will have to measure the closet tomorrow or rather when I can level it next. These look interesting and more like the look I would like, although they may be a bit narrow.

http://www.amazon.com/ClosetMaid-130...closet+shelves

Otherwise time to get out the table saw. I was thinking, one side for hanging and one side for shelves.

Here is another thought which cuts down on weight;
http://www.amazon.com/ClosetMaid-130...closet+shelves
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I was thinking of shelves as well but we filled it up with hanging stuff so I'll wait and see.
That is the same issue we have in our "W". The plastic drawers we use fit in the "dead space" below the hanging items. The bottom of anything really long, like our rain jackets, just lays on top of the drawers.

I never realized how much stuff we managed to fit in our "W" until I started unpacking it this week. I'm really looking forward to having more space...as long as it doesn't generate more "stuff"!
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With the Blue Streak Chemical Dispenser, is it still necessary to add chemical treatment to your black water tank after dumping tank?
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With the Blue Streak Chemical Dispenser, is it still necessary to add chemical treatment to your black water tank after dumping tank?
No extra chemical needed.
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Had to do something today so first thing was lowering the dream dinette. It was so high when in up position it was unusable. Lowered a whole three inches.
Then into the workshop. I made a silverware divider for the top kitchen drawer. Then lined all three drawers with cork.
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Had to do something today so first thing was lowering the dream dinette. It was so high when in up position it was unusable. Lowered a whole three inches.
Then into the workshop. I made a silverware divider for the top kitchen drawer. Then lined all three drawers with cork.
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How did you lower it? I was thinking of this as well. It looks like the is not a lot of room to move the mechanism on the underside of the table, but maybe enough for a three inch drop? DW complains it is too high.

Btw, very nice job on the drawer. I just send a plastic insert.
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That's exactly what I did with the dinette. Underneath the part that connects to the bottom of the table has four screws. Removed screws and moved it as close to the end as it would allow still keeping the release handle still hidden. The release handle also has to be moved. Again just four screws. Total time 10 minutes. Results were 3 inch drop which is perfect. Ill take a pic next time I'm out there.
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You guys are making me really glad we did the special order for a traditional pole and pedestal dinette table. Nothing a quick pass with a hacksaw won't cure on those!
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