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Old 02-27-2017, 09:22 PM   #1
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wildwood xlite 230bhxl

Just purchased a new 2017 x-lite 230bhxl...Love it but haven't camped with it yet... anyone else have this model? If so, how do you like it? Anything to share? Thanks
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Old 03-01-2017, 01:02 PM   #2
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Just bought our new 2017 230 about a month ago. Already had it out twice and love it! Haven't de-winterized yet and not super excited about where the hot water bypass is (under the bottom bunk).
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Old 03-06-2017, 09:18 AM   #3
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Congratulations on the new 230. We have the 2016 model and have really enjoyed it. It was our first ever purchase and we really like the plan. Many of the little things I thought would be good to improve look to have been addressed in the 2017 model from pictures I've seen. I've made several updates to ours like changing out lights to LED ones and adding the lend-a-hand to the entry. I've put several photos on my page of the Forum if you want to see them. One of the most useful mods was adding a curtain to create a dressing area which has worked great. The last one done was adding the water pump by pass so I could winterize myself with antifreeze. Feel free to ask anything if you have particular questions and if interested, I'd be glad to share the few little quirks that have cropped up and had to be fixed.
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Old 06-05-2017, 06:52 AM   #4
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If either of you use your fresh water tank at all I would definitely suggest some modifications here. I literally made it 3 blocks from my house last weekend and the tank dropped right out onto the road.

If you do nothing else at least just take out the self tapping screws and replace with bolts. I would also say even then don't fill your tank full if you are hitting the road.

Best case beef if up! I had a buddy weld up some stronger angle iron to the stock brackets and then I am also in the process of adding a couple steel straps for extra insurance.
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Old 06-05-2017, 06:54 AM   #5
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Also, did a solar install on my 2016. If either of you are interested in the specifics there let me know and I can throw up some pics.
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model is equipped for a solar panel, what did you install and why?
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had to call to find out where the hot water heater was. pain to have to take out the bunk cushion and then unscrew the wood panel...but whatever it takes for hot water...worth it...
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where did you hang the curtain for the dressing area? Was a little hard to tell in picture...
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The 2016 is not pre-wired for solar so I had to do it all myself.
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Curtain and border

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where did you hang the curtain for the dressing area? Was a little hard to tell in picture...
Here are more pics. (Sorry abt sideways) Everything from WMT. The shower curtain was for a tub length but folded un half was the perfect width. Doubling also made it thicker and you can't see thru it. Bat first, the spring rod fell on our first outing but I put so elbow in it when tightening after that and it's been up over a rear now.
I also added some border to the bath counter and at the entertainment counter to match what was put in at the factory at the kitchen sink.
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Also, did a solar install on my 2016. If either of you are interested in the specifics there let me know and I can throw up some pics.
I'm interested in the solar. We just got back from a week camping and when we got to the campground last Sunday, power was out due to a storm that moved thru shortly before which knocked some trees down on power lines. Power was off from 2pm Sunday till the next morning. The battery worked the lights ok but were showing empty by morning. Made me think this could happen again.
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Here are more pics. (Sorry abt sideways) Everything from WMT. The shower curtain was for a tub length but folded un half was the perfect width. Doubling also made it thicker and you can't see thru it. Bat first, the spring rod fell on our first outing but I put so elbow in it when tightening after that and it's been up over a rear now.
I also added some border to the bath counter and at the entertainment counter to match what was put in at the factory at the kitchen sink.
I hope that is readable no thanks to spellcheck.
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Sebourn, if you are interested in solar check out www.renogy.com. Doing my research it seemed to me their kits are the best mix of quality and price. I went with the 200w package with the MPPT controller and then purchased two 230ah 6v batteries, which has served me well through the 3 boondocking trips already.

Only time I had to pull the Honda generator and battery charger out was when we had the Twins baseball game on the TV over Memorial Day weekend and it went 16 innings and 6+ hours and it was cloudy for 2 days on top of that. Even then I was just down to 12v and it didn't take more than an hour of running the generator/battery charger to get back to 85% of charge or so.
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Old 06-14-2017, 01:25 PM   #14
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Thanks Scott, I'll check that out.
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I just saw a 2017 at a local dealer and at a bargain price. It looks nice.
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took your idea and just bought an adjustable curtain rod with a single panel to put up and take down as needed...thanks for the idea
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took your idea and just bought an adjustable curtain rod with a single panel to put up and take down as needed...thanks for the idea
Mlrxaide - My curtain rod modification is still holding in place and made it thru another season. Still found it to be one of the best mods I've done.
Although I'm always looking at the newer models, we are still liking ours. I noticed in the 230BHXL 2018 models that I don't like a few of the updates. Don't know if you check them out to compare to yours as well. The two main dislikes are that the bathroom door looks to now be hinged on the right hand side as you enter which blocks off the bunks when open. Don't like that at all. Puts the knob so close to the wardrobe side and it looks like a knuckle buster plus we like to have the door open and lay our clothes on the bunk when changing. The other dislike is that they have gone to a single full height door to the pantry instead of the double door up and down. On the upper right hand side of ours, I had made a shelf since that side was so tall and we did not use it to hang clothes so it matched the left hand side. But I like the 4 doors like cabinets rather than the single like a closet.
Just got thru winterizing last week. Took one gallon for the pipes and half a gallon down the traps. Now ready for Spring.
Problems are still minor that I've encountered. Had one outside switch for the stabilizers go out so had both replaced. Had my awning start making a terrible noise when retracting like the joints were binding so I got some WD-40 Silicone spray and fixed that. And when I took it in to have the switches replaced, the dealer went straight to the A/C overhead unit inside and removed the cover and pulled out some cardboard that was partially blocking the duct. He apparently had gotten a notice about that because he went straight to it. I had not even noticed any problem with air before. I noticed on my warranty write up he had put "fixed A/C".
Have you uncovered any problems?
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I bought the 2018 model. I think the sales person was tired of my indecisiveness with the trailer so she gave it to me for the same price as a new 2017 one haha. I literally got back today from our very first camping trip. So far, my only complaint are some of the edges in the trailer are sharp enough to cut you (the edges of the bed and the corners of the seats where the u-dinnet is). I bought some baby proofing edge protectors and that fixed the issue. I want to add some puck lights for the closets next to the bed and the outside storage areas as these are kind of dark. The shower head is a little leaky and kind of short in length so I will be looking into a new one soon. I am 6'2 and I don't fit very well on the short queen hehe. All these issues are minor though....so far, I am really loving the new trailer! Please let me know if you find anything else such as problems or mods
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Chadd - I noticed those sharp corners as well but haven't tried any fix. I may try your idea. One other thing mine is doing that bothers me some is that on the roof, where the rafters are, there is a black line that looks like the white surface has rubbed off. These are 4 feet apart. They showed up at 10 months when I took it in for the dealer inspection and had them winterize it for me and do the roof cleaning and treatment. Lines weren't there before I took it in but there when I looked the following week. I called them and they just said it was normal. I just did the cleaning and treatment myself this past weekend and they don't come off and i avoided scrubbing too much. They also don't seem to be getting any worse which makes me wonder.
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Does anyone know what is the thickest mattress you can put in the murphy bed? Just bought a nice 2018 230BHXL and don't like the mattress at all.
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