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Old 01-19-2015, 06:14 PM   #41
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Think you have to get the Xl chocks. I have the 320bhds and that's what they told me to get. Haven't done it yet tho
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Old 01-19-2015, 07:06 PM   #42
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I have the XL chocks and they definitely extend enough to work. They are worth the money because without them, there is definitely more rock n roll. You just have to remember to remove them! They are the last things I put on at set up and the first things I take off at takedown!
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Old 01-19-2015, 07:31 PM   #43
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I've been busy with a few upgrades as well. I did put in the oxygenics shower head. Make a tremendous difference. So much so that I have replaced one of my home shower heads with an oxygenics type shower head. Also, my Tele mount was a fixed type, and was a hassle to remove the TV, so I replaced with an adjustable/swiveling mount that allows the TV to be removed. I added an AT&T wifi device and Apple TV as well. Now that AT&T does rollover data, it's worth it to purchase their data because it builds up over time that you don't use the trailer. I then put Velcro on the seat backs to prevent sliding. I put covers on the Propride to protect the hitch from the weather. I'm happy to say that after three big rainstorms and two major wind storms (50 mph with 70-80 mph gusts), no damage and the covers held firm. I added a battery switch to the battery box. Currently, we don't dry camp so I won't invest in a dual 6v battery setup, but I was stunned to find that my OEM Interstate 12v battery was dead in storage after 3 weeks of sitting. No lights or items left on so it must be parasitic discharge. The outside fridge was plugged in, but it's not a 12v fridge and shouldn't have drained the battery. I also added a tap to the propane connector to plug my grill in on the RV propane system. To round out the upgrades, I added TP and bath towel holders, and a door mounted robe hook. Yup, been a little busy round here
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Old 01-19-2015, 08:19 PM   #44
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Nice! I also replaced the shower head in the new Coachman. We bought the Oxygenics last year for our old camper and when we traded it in the fall I switched it out. Now that you mentioned it I will be adding the velcro to the cushions. When we picked up our camper the fellow who did the PDI told me that the clock display would drain the battery in 3-4 weeks and he was correct. I actually have the camper plugged in to keep the battery charged. Not sure if that is good or bad but it helps when cabin fever kicks in and I go out there and sit for awhile and dream of warmer camping weather.( only 12 more weeks until the first planned trip! Ugh, seems like forever when I put it that way) Just out of curiosity where did you mount the TP holder? We were actually going to buy a free standing holder because there was no real good place to mount one that we wouldn't be walking into. We use a bath towel holder that hooks over the top edge of the door.
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Old 01-19-2015, 08:23 PM   #45
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And another question. Did your bed come with lift cylinders to help hold it open? Ours didn't but I will definitely be adding them before we go out the first time. Seems like an oversight on Coachman's part.
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Mounted on the left side of the sink cabinet. Yes, robe hooks hang on the door. Challenge is to find one small enough to fit the narrow door. Click image for larger version

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Old 01-19-2015, 08:26 PM   #47
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And another question. Did your bed come with lift cylinders to help hold it open? Ours didn't but I will definitely be adding them before we go out the first time. Seems like an oversight on Coachman's part.

Nope. Big oversight on their part, agreed. If you find the parts, I'd appreciate an update to see how you did it.
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Old 01-20-2015, 10:39 AM   #48
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Does anyone know if you can order a 282 with a stainless steel sink in the kitchen?

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Old 01-20-2015, 11:03 AM   #49
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Now that AT&T does rollover data, it's worth it to purchase their data because it builds up over time that you don't use the trailer.
Check this carefully, As I read my agreement ( AT&T also) cary over only lasts one month.
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Old 01-20-2015, 11:17 AM   #50
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Check this carefully, As I read my agreement ( AT&T also) cary over only lasts one month.
Thank you, I will check this out.
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Old 01-20-2015, 11:18 AM   #51
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Does anyone know if you can order a 282 with a stainless steel sink in the kitchen?

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AFAIK, there is no option for a SS sink. I just reviewed my order form.
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Old 01-22-2015, 12:42 PM   #52
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There are two different sizes available for the xchocks.


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Old 03-23-2015, 01:29 PM   #53
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Today I finally installed the bed lift cylinders. Purchased at CW for $42. Pretty easy to install and fixes the problem that Forest River overlooked. They work great.
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Old 03-23-2015, 01:31 PM   #54
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Just did the same thing. So happy that I don't have to balance the plywood on my head while loading or unloading the compartment anymore!
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Old 03-23-2015, 01:37 PM   #55
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Next on the list is to add a light in the storage compartment under the bunks. Very dark in there when trying to find something at night. After that a shelf in the cabinet over the sink. Then I think I am done.
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Old 03-23-2015, 03:07 PM   #56
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That's a great idea about the bunk storage. It needs some lighting in there. Are you going with a battery-powered or a wired lighting option??
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Old 03-24-2015, 10:50 PM   #57
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Today I finally installed the bed lift cylinders. Purchased at CW for $42. Pretty easy to install and fixes the problem that Forest River overlooked. They work great.
Does your 282 have the new 80x60 queen bed or the 74x60 camper queen? Do you know which # kit from CW you used? I know CW sells several different length/size kits based on how big the storage opening is. Just wanted to make sure I got the correct kit for mine. I have a 292BHDS LE on order now and this is the first thing I told my wife I wanted to do when it arrived.

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Today I finally installed the bed lift cylinders. Purchased at CW for $42. Pretty easy to install and fixes the problem that Forest River overlooked. They work great.

I had my dealer put them on both my trailers. Both were done incorrect. Just a nuisance because I had to return it for repair. One time it was set to strong and wouldn't close, the other time there was so much resistance it was harder to open with them then without.


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Old 03-24-2015, 11:05 PM   #59
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Mine has the full size queen. I sourced the parts from Amazon and used 75# struts on each side. Works like a charm and more than strong enough to lift the stock mattress. Not too powerful for the size of the compartment door. I also added some knobs at each corner to make dropping the lid a bit easier. I will send some pics when I can get out to the trailer.
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Mine has the full size queen. I sourced the parts from Amazon and used 75# struts on each side. Works like a charm and more than strong enough to lift the stock mattress. Not too powerful for the size of the compartment door. I also added some knobs at each corner to make dropping the lid a bit easier. I will send some pics when I can get out to the trailer.
Thank you very much! Looking forward to seeing the pics.
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