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Old 08-28-2016, 08:24 PM   #1
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We just picked it up on Saturday. I used the 7 page PDI that was posted in these forums for reference when asking questions. I will wrote down the steps for winterizing. Checked out many items but surely have lots to learn. I have lurked in these forums when we got close to closing the deal.

I am curious for some advice on what accessories to get to or modifications to make to really make camping in the 233S even easier or more enjoyable?

I have read about PUGS.
I am considering a second TV for the outdoor mount and an input switcher. The PDI person said that there is only (1) coaxial input; is this true?
I will be making awning poles/tie-downs.
I am interested/looking for a bolt on bike rack to mount somewhere near the propane tanks.
I have seen that several get mattress toppers. I'll try out the factory mattresses first.

It is just sitting in the driveway right now.

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Old 08-29-2016, 08:30 AM   #2
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Welcome from Wisconsin and congrats on your new Shamrock 233S. Besides PUGS consider the Reflectix mod for the tent end window areas. They will help with interior temp when using the AC or furnace. Highly recommend vent covers for the roof vents so you can leave then vents open in the rain for fresh air.
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Old 08-29-2016, 03:20 PM   #3
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I personally want to make my own covers for the tent ends. Like the Pugs, but more of a complete sleeve with zip out window areas. I priced the reflective bubble wrap and Pugs is not our of line with what they charge. I just want to be able to camp in Montana in the winter hunting season.
I think the stock mattress are lacking big time. We use 2 covered tri-folding foam twin size cushions we got at Costco to make the front bed into a king size sleeping front to back rather then side to side. I just stack a tub on the front step/bench thing to support our feet and it works great. We have a slightly different setup with the Palamino 190x that has no high front cabinet.
We have a small step latter and a folding table for outside, we just bought an even smaller folding table to use as a kitchen island inside.
I think the stabilizer stink, but it may be how weak the frame is where they mount. I would like to buy beefier ones and reinforce the frame at the mounts.
Congrats on the camper. I'd recommend a dry run and camp in the driveway one night to see what else you might like as well.
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Old 08-30-2016, 01:25 PM   #4
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Welcome to the club!
There are lots of different mods you can do but it sounds like you really have the important ones down. The rest will come as you camp and realize what will make the experience better. then you do them
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Old 08-30-2016, 01:59 PM   #5
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Welcome from Wisconsin and congrats on your new Shamrock 233S. Besides PUGS consider the Reflectix mod for the tent end window areas. They will help with interior temp when using the AC or furnace. Highly recommend vent covers for the roof vents so you can leave then vents open in the rain for fresh air.
What kind of roof vents do you have? I never close my Fantastic fan vents.
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Old 08-30-2016, 02:00 PM   #6
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Some have added a wine rack (me) or fireplace. May be a bit overkill, but if you have the time and space...
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Welcome to the club. Once you start modding, it is hard to stop! Good luck!
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Thanks for the replies. Both of our fans are fantastic.
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Old 08-31-2016, 08:01 AM   #9
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What kind of roof vents do you have? I never close my Fantastic fan vents.
I have this on our Fantastic vent:
Maxxair - FANMATE Vent Cover with Easy Clip technology | Airxcel

This one over the bathroom vent:
Maxxiar - The Maxxair 2 RV Vent Cover with Easy Open Hinge | Airxcel
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Wiscampsin, I guess mine came from the factory with a similar cover already installed.
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Old 08-31-2016, 12:22 PM   #11
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233s

Just got a 2011 233S earlier this year

Get wheel chocks and stabilizer for the pop out, made a HUGE difference in the trailer bounce

I use one of these, seems like I paid about 20.00 less when I got mine. I run it the length of the track under the slide out

https://www.amazon.com/Valterra-0201...ra+rv+products

Make you some Wheel Chocks ( harbor freight has the bar clamps )
Custom Made RV Wheel Chocks for Tandem Wheels

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Old 08-31-2016, 05:37 PM   #12
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Welcome! Relax and enjoy. 😊
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I have added pugs, and Reflectix window inserts to mine, and use them all the time. They help keep the heat out in the summer, and heat in, in colder weather. They will also help to keep condensation down inside the tent ends. We also added 3" mattress toppers to ours, and love them. The factory mattresses were not comfortable at all.
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Congrats on your new camper! Ours is still on order with at least a month to go - so I am soaking up as much advice here as I can before it comes in, and enjoying seeing others excited to get their campers & hear about new adventures. :-)
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Old 09-01-2016, 11:31 AM   #15
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When we had a hybrid, we put air mattresses under the stock mattresses. This was very comfortable. Approximately, $20 for each. It also helped keeping the mattresses dry on the bottom from the moisture that comes through the tent ends.
If using it in the cold, we noticed a great deal of moisture when using the furnace. Almost thought it had leaked during the night when I got dripped on.
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Old 09-01-2016, 12:23 PM   #16
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I just noticed the lugs holding the spare to the carrier are a different size then the wheel lugs meaning the handle supplied can't remove the spare. We have the aluminum wheel option so maybe that was the failure. Need to see if my truck wrench might fit, if not add another socket size to the mobile tool bag.
Also anyone know the purpose of the swing down function of the spare carrier? Is it strong enough to use as a step when reaching the latches?
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