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Old 09-09-2005, 10:03 AM   #1
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Are any of you guys doing modifications or alterations to your rigs to make them fit your lifestyle?
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Old 09-09-2005, 11:52 AM   #2
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Sure are. Solar panels. Extra batteries. Satellite TV. Invertor.
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Old 09-10-2005, 09:27 PM   #3
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I built a sewage drain pipe strorage container. The one on my BTC was too small and would not fit a longer drain hose. So I went to a landscaping place where they sell stones and pipes for irrigation. I bought a PVC pipe with pre-drilled holes for drainage or irrigation. I also purchased a solid screw cap (and drilled drainage holes in the bottom) for the bottom end and a colar & screw in for the top. All I have to do is unscrew and insert the longer hose and the connectors for the hose. I installed it at an angle to the ladder over the rear bumper with pipe clamps and 2 pieces of wood with half moon cut outs to fit the hose holder.
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Old 09-10-2005, 09:59 PM   #4
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The above Sewerage pipe storage tube may be used for any RV as long as it has a ladder. But, I am sure this can be again modified to suit other types of installation.
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Old 10-14-2005, 11:14 PM   #5
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Gonna rig up a door to guard my gas cap from vandelism. It didn't come
with a locking door or cap and filler design is formed to install a locking door easily with a little effort. Steve
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Old 10-14-2005, 11:37 PM   #6
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Gonna rig up a door to guard my gas cap from vandelism. It didn't come
with a locking door or cap and filler design is formed to install a locking door easily with a little effort. Steve
I have a locking door over my gas fill. But the door is so flexible that it can be pryed open with anything even just a key. Wouldn't it be easier if you just got a locking cap instead. I was thinking of getting a locking cap since the door is really not that secure.
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Old 10-18-2005, 08:20 AM   #7
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We added a Wilson Truckers Antenna for our cell phone. We were boon docking off of 97 in Oregon and went from no bars to five bars. This thing really works
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Old 10-18-2005, 09:07 AM   #8
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Where did you get it? And was it hard to install?
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Old 10-20-2005, 09:15 AM   #9
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Wouldn't it be easier if you just got a locking cap instead.

Tonigil,
Probably but my cap is now attached with a plastic lanyard and it would be me to forget to put on locking cap after fillup and lose a 27 dollar cap.

I got it made and altho it doesn't look storebought it will work. I added two
small metal braces to back side of door to prevent flexability. It would take a big prybar to overcome. Nothing is foolproof but it will slow someone down. Steve
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Thank you, sounds like it should work out great.
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Old 10-20-2005, 12:58 PM   #11
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Toni, we got ours at RS but you can get them at any Truck stop. We mounted it on a CB antenna base on the drivers side and ran the wire through the window for now. Be sure to mounted it on a Spring. Didn't run the wire through the wall as this antenna has w bunch of small probes on it that trees will eat. Wanted it to be easy to remove. Not difficult at all.
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Old 10-20-2005, 01:25 PM   #12
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Toni, we got ours at RS but you can get them at any Truck stop. We mounted it on a CB antenna base on the drivers side and ran the wire through the window for now. Be sure to mounted it on a Spring. Didn't run the wire through the wall as this antenna has w bunch of small probes on it that trees will eat. Wanted it to be easy to remove. Not difficult at all.
Thank you for the info. When I am On The Road Again, I will check out the antenna in the Truck stops. Then I will get one of my sons to do this for me. I have printed the info for them.
Again Thank you very much.
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Old 10-27-2005, 11:02 AM   #13
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When we travel we use a satellite to get the internet. Not one of the fancy and expensive roof top mounts but one on a tripod. getting the wires into the coach with out putting holes in the side of our Friendship proved to be a challenge. The desk is in the bed room on a slide out. We drilled two holes through the floor under the desk. Found that the floor had styro foam insulation in it so we took some "funny hose" from HD and coated it with silicone glue and put in tn the holes. After the glue set trimmed it inside and out. We run the lines through the holes when we are parked and when we are traveling they are inside. No air leaks and no holes in the side of the coach. We also built a "desk" for a lap top in the cab. Discovered that with a little trimming a 3" PVC pipe fit in the coffee cup holders. mounted a piece of quarter inch plywood large enough to hold the laptop on the PVC with angle brackets and built hold downs cushioned with silicone glue. to hold it from bouncing off. Waxed the PVC where it fits in the coffee cup holder and it rotates smoothly from driver to passenger. Now we have a navigation system to see where we are. As Glub says like you need a navigation system to get to Yuma you have been over that road twenty times. "They" just don't understand.
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Yesterday we replaced the thermostat in the front room with a "Hunter" digital thermostat. It took two tries as the wire colors were different than the ones in our fifth wheel. It has an adjustable range of up two three degrees so there isn't a big fluctuation in room temp. It also has a digital thermometer so you know how warm it is in the coach. Got it at Wally world $20.
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Old 11-04-2005, 06:52 PM   #15
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I'll bet you guys think all we do is work on our rig..... your right. We will continue to "modify" it until it is truly ours. When on a trip to Craters of the Moon last summer we needed to run our generator to have air conditioning. The exhaust came in the coach and into the next camp site. So we suffered in the heat. Looking at the system I measured the exhaust pipe and found it to be inch and a quarter. Went to HD and got ten ft. of inch and a quarter steel conduit and three unions and a 90 degree bend. About $25. Used a piece of corner brace mounted on the CB antenna and a strap to the conduit. Hooked it up and the exhaust goes up above the coach with most of the noise. Better than $135 CW wants for their PVC system. Cut the 10 ft. piece in half for easy storage. We bought a inch and a quarter PVC ninety and tried it first. It melted.
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We have two model numbers on this coach so I am not sure what it means. Maybe it was ordered with a pacakge to include another model?
Anyway, I did not like the fact that the front TV was not the best place to watch toward. I had a 27" in the house when we sold it ane I put it into the coach on the bottom of a roll around computer cart/desk. I left the bottom partitions off and moved the keyboard slideout tray up a little to accommidate the TV size. Put it up againt the wall where the LR/DR slide out would cover when pulled in across from the 4 door refrigerator. When we get ready to travel, I put it behind the dinnete chair and slide the room in. This position is much better to view and the top of the desk serves as more counter top space when needed; very handy in front of the refrigerator.
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I'll bet you guys think all we do is work on our rig..... your right. We will continue to "modify" it until it is truly ours. When on a trip to Craters of the Moon last summer we needed to run our generator to have air conditioning. The exhaust came in the coach and into the next camp site. So we suffered in the heat. Looking at the system I measured the exhaust pipe and found it to be inch and a quarter. Went to HD and got ten ft. of inch and a quarter steel conduit and three unions and a 90 degree bend. About $25. Used a piece of corner brace mounted on the CB antenna and a strap to the conduit. Hooked it up and the exhaust goes up above the coach with most of the noise. Better than $135 CW wants for their PVC system. Cut the 10 ft. piece in half for easy storage. We bought a inch and a quarter PVC ninety and tried it first. It melted.
Be careful with that "solution". I am not an expert, but i know that most engines require a certain amount of backpressure, or in this case lack thereof. The exhaust extensions i have seen actually do not connect directly to the pipe but have a small gap to allos some of the pressure to release. All I am saying is that the extension of the exhaust pipe may make the engine not run to spec.
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Looks like we are the only ones working on our rig. Last week we added Datastorm. So we are on line much faster and no tripod.
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Looks like we are the only ones working on our rig. Last week we added Datastorm. So we are on line much faster and no tripod.
what was the hardware and installation cost and what is your monthly cost?
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Sorry it took so long to get back to you. $5000 installed and $80 a month. Steep but it works very well and We don't have to fight with fine tuning on a tripod. Getting the signal was a snap but the fine tuning got to be a pain.
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