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Old 05-23-2018, 04:55 PM   #13341
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I have not had a problem with cracking in the original form so far hopefully this mod will hold up
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Old 05-23-2018, 05:30 PM   #13342
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Looks like they made an improvement with the gusset under the top. Early ones did not have that.
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Old 05-23-2018, 05:43 PM   #13343
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We are staying in our camper in the driveway for a few nights while our floors are being refinished. Last night I unlocked the door & the handle was obviously not engaging anything. The door just plain wouldn't open. The same problem happened to us the last time we took the camper out last year but we were on the inside. That turned out to be a good thing because I watched DH "fix" it so we could get out.



Anyway, after a few minutes of being frustrated, I came up with a plan. We opened the door to the pass-thru, which goes under the murphy bed couch in our 2504S. The space to get in there isn't very big but it was just enough for me to slide in head first. And I mean JUST big enough! To make things worse, it was dark outside so my only light was from the flashlight my DH was shining in for me. I certainly had no free hand! Once in, I was able to turn over & push up on the bottom of the couch enough that I could release the front panel on the couch - thank goodness DH knew it comes off!!! That opening was big enough for me to slide on thru to the inside of the camper. I was really concerned for a couple of minutes that I might be on the nightly news with a story about the fire department rescuing a woman stuck in a storage area in a camper!


DH passed thru a screw driver thru to me and after removing the 4 screws on the inside panel of the door handle, I was able to slide the little lever over to open the door. DH thinks he can fix it but I have zero plans on repeating the experience so I'm going to order a new one before our first trip in 2 weeks!



Hopefully the rest of our camping season will go more smoothly!


Thanks the story, I now have a screwdriver with multiple Phillips and Straight Blade tips inside the camper in my drawer where spare fuses are.
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Old 05-23-2018, 05:45 PM   #13344
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We are staying in our camper in the driveway for a few nights while our floors are being refinished. Last night I unlocked the door & the handle was obviously not engaging anything. The door just plain wouldn't open. The same problem happened to us the last time we took the camper out last year but we were on the inside. That turned out to be a good thing because I watched DH "fix" it so we could get out.



Anyway, after a few minutes of being frustrated, I came up with a plan. We opened the door to the pass-thru, which goes under the murphy bed couch in our 2504S. The space to get in there isn't very big but it was just enough for me to slide in head first. And I mean JUST big enough! To make things worse, it was dark outside so my only light was from the flashlight my DH was shining in for me. I certainly had no free hand! Once in, I was able to turn over & push up on the bottom of the couch enough that I could release the front panel on the couch - thank goodness DH knew it comes off!!! That opening was big enough for me to slide on thru to the inside of the camper. I was really concerned for a couple of minutes that I might be on the nightly news with a story about the fire department rescuing a woman stuck in a storage area in a camper!


DH passed thru a screw driver thru to me and after removing the 4 screws on the inside panel of the door handle, I was able to slide the little lever over to open the door. DH thinks he can fix it but I have zero plans on repeating the experience so I'm going to order a new one before our first trip in 2 weeks!



Hopefully the rest of our camping season will go more smoothly!


Thanks for the story, I now have some screwdrivers in side the camper.
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Old 05-23-2018, 06:37 PM   #13345
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Yes, they tried to sell me a 2017 Ford, the only one they had left, so I went with the Chevy 2018, they wanted to give me another 5000.00 off , but it would still be a 2017 as soon as i drove off the lot. So now they will put swivel seats in when I'm in Penn in June. The factory doesn't offer that but said they will do it. FORD ONLY had that option, we really wanted that.
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WD nice looking unit , congrats and enjoy!!!!!!!! Thought you were getting it on a FORD, that sure looks like a bow tie to me
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Old 05-23-2018, 06:48 PM   #13346
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Yes, they tried to sell me a 2017 Ford, the only one they had left, so I went with the Chevy 2018, they wanted to give me another 5000.00 off , but it would still be a 2017 as soon as i drove off the lot. So now they will put swivel seats in when I'm in Penn in June. The factory doesn't offer that but said they will do it. FORD ONLY had that option, we really wanted that.
You'll love the Chevy. How did Linda like driving it?
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Old 05-23-2018, 07:03 PM   #13347
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Thanks the story, I now have a screwdriver with multiple Phillips and Straight Blade tips inside the camper in my drawer where spare fuses are.
Add Robertson square drive bits also,90% of your RV is Square drive #2 fasteners! Youroo!!
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Old 05-23-2018, 07:14 PM   #13348
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Unlocked door. Got a beer from refrigerator. Locked door. Sat outside and enjoyed the beer.
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Old 05-23-2018, 08:35 PM   #13349
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You'll love the Chevy. How did Linda like driving it?
She did well, but its really like driving your car, rides and is more comfortable then my old truck. She wouldn't drive that old truck even without towing a 5th wheel.,,,,
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Old 05-24-2018, 05:07 AM   #13350
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Unlocked door. Got a beer from refrigerator. Locked door. Sat outside and enjoyed the beer.
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Old 05-24-2018, 05:28 AM   #13351
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Yes, they tried to sell me a 2017 Ford, the only one they had left, so I went with the Chevy 2018, they wanted to give me another 5000.00 off , but it would still be a 2017 as soon as i drove off the lot. So now they will put swivel seats in when I'm in Penn in June. The factory doesn't offer that but said they will do it. FORD ONLY had that option, we really wanted that.
Glad to hear that you are both happy, after all isn't that what really matters!!!!! Where in Pa will they change your seats, looking forward to Gettysburg to see you and that beautiful new coach, safe travels!!!
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Unlocked door. Got a beer from refrigerator. Locked door. Sat outside and enjoyed the beer.
Must be parked in a "Rough Hood" that would require Locking the Door behind you while Sitting Outside the RV! Youroo!!
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Old 05-24-2018, 10:05 AM   #13353
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Add Robertson square drive bits also,90% of your RV is Square drive #2 fasteners! Youroo!!


Thanks and I do have the square drives outside in tool drawer. Put the 8 in 1 screwdriver inside so my big old but would not have to go through emergency exit window. I would not fit through under bed storage to pass through blahahahah
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Old 05-24-2018, 11:34 AM   #13354
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Pictures as promised!

Here are some pictures of my install. Was gifted 2 198 watt, 9.5 amp 36v panels, bought a Morningstar MPPT 60 controller from Craigslist for 150, ran everything with extra flexible 6 gauge wire (also gifted). Had to buy the Trimetric battery monitor. Even in the almost completely shade, I am getting 20+ amps at 10 am. That, because I am shutting off the feed from the panels so I can get an idea of the output, then turning them on when I do. When I do not, batteries are up 100% by 10-1100 am. My highest amp reading so far, in mostly full sun, has been 38 amps. I doubt I will need to add more panels, but have room for more.
This, while boondocking in the mountains, running the big inverter (Samlex 3000 watt) as needed for the microwave or coffee maker. Using lights, tv, DVDs, and any chargers as needed from the smaller 600 watt unit I leave on powering a couple of dedicated outlets. So far, so good! The Samlex draws about 2.5 amps with no load, whereas the smaller unit draws .1 amp left on, with no load.
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Solar, so there!

Would only post one pic, upside down! Here is another.
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Old 05-24-2018, 01:06 PM   #13356
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5 in 12 yrs? Nothing to brag about getting rid of them on an ave of every 2.4 yrs,, but I guess that's pretty good for FoMoCo.


No , we each had two and the MH is also Ford. We keep them am minimum of six years. My goal for the current SUV is 8-10 years.
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Old 05-24-2018, 01:44 PM   #13357
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Would only post one pic, upside down! Here is another.
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Old 05-24-2018, 08:52 PM   #13358
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Old 05-24-2018, 09:24 PM   #13360
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Well nothing too fancy today. Got the camper back from the welder. He reinforced the bumper and added a frame mounted hitch. It is awesome.

Put in the bike rack. Which will double for a clothes dryer while camping using some conduit strapped to the bike rack.

The four conduits fit perfectly in the bumper. My sewer hose is in the fence post holder I built under the front of the camper.

Lastly I installed some movable shelving in the front box of the camper to hold yard games, cords, ropes, etc. And the grill and bug fogger fit in the bottom.

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