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What things did you do to upgrade your Class C motorhome that you like the best? What things would you seriously consider doing as upgrades because you think they would be great?

My list starts out something like:

-Solid metal extended length valve stems
-Alcoa aluminum wheels
-Bilstein shocks
-Outside Shower
-Propane hose for running BBQ, fireplace...etc
-5W removable solar panel in overcab window to maintain battery
-1.5" very dense memory foam matress topper.
-Flat screen TV/DVD with FM transmitter that straps onto bedroom TV shelf in folded up position so we do not hit it all the time when parked, and do not have to pack/unpack it when stopped
-Multistage removable battery charger
-Stick on soap/shampoo dispensers in bathroom, shower, kitchen (no bottles to stow and unstow)
-3 position hitch bike rack
-Chrome screw dress up covers make the goofy factory screws 0 maintenance now to keep from rusting
-Winterizing kit to draw antifreeze in thru tube to pump (time saver)
-Icom 706MKIIG "all" band radio

And I'd love to add (but would not because of the weight in some cases)

-Leveling jacks
-Bigger tanks
-Huge solar system, battery bank and inverter able to run even AC for an hour or more
-Conversion to double wide single tires or 19.5 inch wheels
-Add on forced induction intake system
-Stainless exhaust on all systems
-Electric remote dump valves
-0 maintenance full time mounted sewage macerator (never found one)
-Front receiver

Wife's love/wish list:
-Convection oven/microwave combo to free kitchen storage
-Washer/drier instead of barrel chair
-Added shelves in cabinets and closets
-All our extra 3m removable hooks and shelves we have put up
-Bigger or on demand water heater
-No-slip cook-top cutting board

winnietrey

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Posted: 10/22/05 10:32am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My favorite upgrade would be one that came its own wash , fix repair fill with gas propane and water guy

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winnietrey wrote:

My favorite upgrade would be one that came its own wash , fix repair fill with gas propane and water guy


Oh, yes, that would be excellent.

Otherwise, I'll settle for long valves (a la Borg), a couple of solar panels and the battery-fill gadget from Flow-Rite.


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Combo washer dryer in place of a barrel chair? That's interesting, we've got one in the shed (from our days with a 37' Alfa Gold 5er) and we love the convenience. Perhaps you could box it in like a false cabinet? I guess you could reroute the plumbing accross the basement and up? I know that you can actually drain these into a plumbing vent if needed. Anyone else ever heard of this being done?[emoticon]

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Number one upgrade is the long valve stems, new tires and Bilstein shocks for safety sake.
For our kind of camping the two 6v golfcart batteries and 1500w Xantrex inverter are a must. I might put in two more after I have a welder modify my rack. I still need to upgrade to a better converter/charger. Right now I am the smart in 'smart' charger.
Maxair vent covers and a Fantastic fan was a great upgrade. I think I will put in a second fan in the living room to help with the cooking smells and overall ventilation.
The kids are very happy with the sattelite dish and dvd player I installed. I still want a 17 inch LCD to replace the little tv we have now when I can find one under $300.- I will also mount it as low as possible modifying the tv shelf that is way too high.
I really like using my Delorme GPS on the laptop which is mounted right above the engine cover on a RAM mount. It takes a lot of stress out of driving when I don't have to watch navigation so much.
I need to have my 3500lb hitch upgraded to a 5000 lb and have some frame extension reinforcement work done before I can tow my boat which has been mothballed for a number of years.
After that I wonder if I might need rear airbags because the boat has a pretty heavy tongue weight.


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TonyMin wrote:

Number one upgrade is the long valve stems, new tires and Bilstein shocks for safety sake.
For our kind of camping the two 6v golfcart batteries and 1500w Xantrex inverter are a must. I might put in two more after I have a welder modify my rack. I still need to upgrade to a better converter/charger. Right now I am the smart in 'smart' charger.
Maxair vent covers and a Fantastic fan was a great upgrade. I think I will put in a second fan in the living room to help with the cooking smells and overall ventilation.
The kids are very happy with the sattelite dish and dvd player I installed. I still want a 17 inch LCD to replace the little tv we have now when I can find one under $300.- I will also mount it as low as possible modifying the tv shelf that is way too high.
I really like using my Delorme GPS on the laptop which is mounted right above the engine cover on a RAM mount. It takes a lot of stress out of driving when I don't have to watch navigation so much.
I need to have my 3500lb hitch upgraded to a 5000 lb and have some frame extension reinforcement work done before I can tow my boat which has been mothballed for a number of years.
After that I wonder if I might need rear airbags because the boat has a pretty heavy tongue weight.


I have used a Turbo Maxx for several years. It's a little higher profile; however, you don't have to worry about any weather. I also like your idea of a good size inverter. They don't seem to run the new microwaves well. Could it be because of the turntable? Just seems to take 2 1/2 times longer to heat coffee.[emoticon]

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***Done or In progress***
Rear view camera-Done
Cab over sleeping space---few weeks to finish
Winterize valve kit---tomorrow
Cup holders in dinette table---Done
Plastic carpet runners-Done


***Future***
Maybe Monroe gas or Bilsteins$
Glass shower door
LCD TV like Tony mentioned
Outside stove-wall mount, my Hybrid had one and we miss it already
TV in rear bedroom
Add heat duct to basement or heat tape
Bullet CCD at cab over, kids can watch front view on TV[emoticon][emoticon][emoticon]

That is the quick list, I had to miss a couple dozen things[emoticon]

Great thread!


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Full basement model with all options


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Posted: 10/22/05 01:55pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think it is the sinewaves that don't agree with the microwave. I start the generator to run the microwave. Usually that is all we use the generator for.

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a lot more solar panels and internet w/dish tv


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Posted: 10/22/05 02:47pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Done:

Get rid of group 27 battery and replace with two 6v golf cart batteries
Add easy watering system for 6V batteries
Add 2000 watt inverter/charger with sub-panel
Get rid of Firestone tires and replace with Bridgestone Rib tires
Brass custom bent valve stems
Add Bilstein shocks
Add Banks full engine kit (headers, exhaust, air intake, computer)
Get rid of VCR and replace with VCR/DVD combo player on living room TV
Add automatic electric awning arms with wind sensor
Add Phillips flat screen TV in bedroom with DVD player
Add Zvox simulated surround sound speaker for living room TV
Add electrical outlet in overhead bunk area
Reinforce frame for 7,000 lb. hitch.
Get rid of 3,500 lb. hitch and replace with 7,000 lb. hitch
Add Power twinn II leveling jacks behind rear wheels
Add Carefree slide-out awning
Switch radio in outside entertainment center from cassette to CD player
Back up camera and monitor

Future:

Add commercial truck 17.5" rims and tires
Replace living room TV with flat screen
Add dome antennae for satellite TV
Add IPD sway bars
Digital indoor/outdoor thermometer

And when that is done, if all goes as it has before, we will be ready to get rid of this one and start over!!!!


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