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I purchased mine a year ago. I love the layout and the space for the size is great. I have the dinette. I have made some mods and curious how others are doing. I removed the front TV and installed coax outlet by dinette. I now use a TV on the dinette and so much easier to view. I have a 26 inch Vizio and it fits well. I ordered a door-same as rear overhead cabinet- and boxed in the space and put door on and it looks original. I also ordered smaller doors-kitchen-and cut holes in side of dinette. Installed sliding baskets purchased at Home depot and installed the doors with hinges down. Now have much easier access to under benches. On the suspension I changed out shocks for Koni FSD's, added a Mor/Ryde on rear, added steer safe and rear trac bar. I am very pleased with handling and ride now. Probably didn't need the mor/ryde as the shocks made a huge difference but I do like the mor/ryde. I am running 80psi all around. It rides better when it has liquid in tanks and full of fuel so it actually needs some weight. I tow a Smart Car.

I am interested in how it is going for the rest of you and any mods you have made. Oh yes I also added awnings for the windows other than under main awning and I like them very much. Appreciate hearing from you.

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It would be nice to see pics of your mods.

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We've had our 2011 30W since last September. Ordered it with the buffet/TV option so the TV would be where you've put yours, and so we'd have chairs instead of bench seating, and with carpet only on the slide floors and in the cab area. Everything else is vinyl.

Haven't done any mods - yet. We're about to order some pull out shelves for the pantry to make it more usable and I'm going to put a ventilated vinyl shelf in the cabinet over the bed to make it more used friendly, too. Have purchased a piece of foam rubber and placed it at the head of the bed to lengthen the mattress to full queen length. With a memory foam pad on top and everything held together by a queen-sized mattress pad, it all stays put very nicely. Just need to make an extension for the foot of the bed support. Although we never sit there, we worry about it sagging over time.

We have been struggling with where to put a litter box for our 4 cats and had even tried to figure out how to access that "shelf" in the rear compartment through the false panel under the drawers in the BR. Think we may have come up with a better solution. An ottoman that has a cat box inside and an access hole in one side. The padded top comes off for cleaning the litter box. We need an ottoman (or 2) anyway since we're accustomed to sitting in recliners at home. Another mod, for the cats. We're going to install a cat door in the bathroom door. We use that door, instead of the accordion door to close off the bedroom, and this will allow the cats to get in and out.

Other things we want are exterior shades for the cab windows/windshield, an oxygenics showerhead and, one day down the road, a commode that my husband will like better than what it came with.

Overall, we love our Vista. It's a perfect size for us and our current needs.


Frances & Tom with 4 rescue cats - Peaches, Tipper, Snippet, Aja
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2008 4 door Hardtop Wrangler Limited 4X4

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We added the sliding shelves in the pantry as well. Got perfect size at Home Depot. Also replaced shower head with the one that comes in the Journey express. Wife was not fond of th oxygenetics I put in first. Next we are going to install the pads we ordered for the bottom of cabinets. Saw it in friends Monaco and ordered from Arizona. Nice thick and sound proof. Stick it on with 3m adhesive. Also had a dash cover made by Josie as pups sit there. Thanks for your info. Oh yes, I removed that cheap accordion door. It just got in the way.

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Do you recall what the names or numbers and sizes are for the shelves you got at Home Depot? It sure would be quicker to find some there than having to order online.

What didn't your wife like about the oxygenics? And how did you decide on the Journey one? We haven't bought one yet.

Do you mind sharing info on the cabinet pads you ordered?

Duh! Never thought about removing that stupid door. Just gripe about it every time I bump into it. I can store it in the same closet at home where I put the fancy throw pillows and bedspread. They look nice, but are a pain to move every night. Plus, traveling with 4 cats, that spread would be a hair-covered mess in no time and we really don't like sleeping under one, anyway. We prefer having a microfiber blanket between 2 top sheets. Easy to adjust the amount of cover to match the temperature and much easier to keep clean, too.

I'm going to tell my husband about the suspension mods you made. That's an area I know just enough about to get into real trouble trying to tell him what others have done. I usually just send him a link to the appropriate thread. ;-)

I hope others will join in with things they've done.

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One of the reasons we downsized from a 40' DP to the 30W was to be able to stay in public campgrounds instead of constantly being tethered at private RV parks due to the large size of the DP. We installed three Kyocera solar panels producing 405 watts of electricity so we could dry camp without giving up our modern conveniences and not having to constantly run the generator. (As I type this, I'm dry camping in June Lake, CA with satellite HD TV and computers ) . We can now go places that are truly God's country. We also added window awnings on all four windows. We place the cat litter box on the passenger side footwell when camping and store it in one of the basement compartments. (We use a smallish cat litter box purchased at Walmart that fits the footwell area perfectly.)

The 30W has allowed us to visit places like this (June Lake, CA, June 9, 2011) with this kind of view from our coach that we could never enjoy in the 40' DP.




Similar to litter box we use







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The shelves are standard Home Depot wire baskets that slide in a track. Just measure the opening and get the one that conforms. I don't remember the name. I will post the name of the liner but it is in the moho which is resting at the cottage. My wife didn't think the oxygenetics had a good flow. We saw the Journey Express one and it looked good so we took a chance and it is great and on/off button is easy.

gemsworld- I agree the size is great. Enough room to be comfortable and yet not large. I had to get mine down road to cottage where it serves as guest house from time to time and it was the max I could have without cutting many trees. Great photo. I want to do some solar soon.

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Goldencrazy,

Thanks for the info on the shelves. I'll go by Home Depot on Monday. I'll also look into the shower head in the Journey. No rush on the shelf padding. Just whenever it's convenient. Our Vista is parked 25 miles away so I understand not being able to just zip outside and check something.

gemsworld,

What a gorgeous spot. That's what we'd like to do and why we bought the size RV we did. I'd love to see a photo of your solar panels. Want to do those but have to wait awhile.

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I thought the oxygenics was just fine so a matter of preference, The shelves are wire baskets thatslide in a track. They fit perfectly and do make the pantry more efficient. When we first purchased the Vista we were also looking at the 34 ft Journey Express. Wife liked the light fixtures which were small swivel reading lights so we order some from Winnebago and replaced the plastic lights under the cabinet above the couch and the bed. We also replaced the under the counter lights with a better model. Later we noticed the shower head and ordered that when we ordered the doors to cover the TV area and dinette. Probably could have done much of this cheaper. At some point we will replace the counter tops and install new sinks in kitchen and bath. Nice to have it customed to fit our taste as we will keep it for a long time. I have a condo in Gulf Shores. Where do you get service in Pensacola?

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Floridafrances,

Click here to see pictures of the solar panels and controller.

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