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RE: Top ten RV improvements

Nice, lots of ideas here. For me in no particular order Foam mattress toppers 230 watt solar charging system 1000 watt inverter with remote Battery and solar charging monitor Replace all bulbs with LEDs Additional battery capacity Tongue mounted diamond plate toolbox/battery box Fold down countertop extension Updated bbq with rear bumper swing arm mount Plexiglass shower rails to keep water from spilling out Added couple of 12v outlets as the trailer had none as delivered :( All I'm missing is vented catalytic heater so I can ditch the power wasting furnace. Maybe soon :)
Jetta03 07/26/13 10:35am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Rv water pump

Have you considered turning the pump off when leaving the trailer or at night? If you have a leak the pump will happily empty your water tank right into your trailer.
Jetta03 07/21/13 07:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Inverter Question

Despite what poster above says :S there is more than one way go about it. Our route was a 1000 watt pure sine inverter and solar charging. Converter breaker is always off since we really don't use it anymore. Fridge on propane only as a rule and microwave breaker turned off, unless we're plugged in. Trailer get's plugged into the inverter which is used sparingly via a remote on-off switch when we need it. Inverter power on consumption with no load is only 320 ma (7.68 ah per day) so even if it's left on for a bit it doesn't make much of a difference. So it works fine, not quite hassle free but very workable.
Jetta03 07/21/13 12:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Inverter and battery fumes

Thx for the ideas, I think this time around I'll add a rubber pad where it is mounted and see if i can get a bit more life from this one. Being from Canadian tire at least the warranty support is good, I walked in with old inverter and receipt, walked out with new inverter in less than 10 minutes :)
Jetta03 07/08/13 06:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Inverter and battery fumes

Mounted horizontally on its side. There are no signs of corrosion anywhere in the battery box. Inverter terminals are like new, as are battery terminals and all connections. Not sure how much vibration there would be on the trailer tongue, I suppose I could rubber mount it if that might help.
Jetta03 07/08/13 03:40pm Tech Issues
Inverter and battery fumes

So last year I upgraded my battery box on the tongue to a diamond plate box containing my 2 grp 27 12 volt batteries. The box was big enough to install the batteries and to build a smaller sealed off compartment for a 1000 watt pure sine inverter. The battery compartment and the inverter compartment are separated and sealed from one another, and both are vented separately to the outside, the inverter for cooling and the batteries for ventilation of fumes. The 1000watt inverter just died on our last trip. It's a cheap version from our local Canadian Tire store and they replaced it free under warranty. My question is could this failure be due to issues from battery fumes even though I've separated the compartments? The failed inverter had bits shaking around inside it so I'm guessing this was a quality related issue, but I'd like to avoid it happening again if possible :) Thx
Jetta03 07/08/13 03:01pm Tech Issues
RE: Looking for our first trailer - Need bunkhouse, <25ft

We've been eyeing the Lance 2185 as our next camper. 25 feet (and change) bumper to hitch, 3 bunks, slideout, seems close to what you are looking for. http://www.lancecamper.com/floorplans/lance-2185-travel-trailer.png
Jetta03 06/28/13 08:13am Travel Trailers
RE: Solar question

OMG, do not buy that. 40 watt panel, 60 ah battery, 1800 watt inverter...this is a few hundred dollars retail worth of equipment max. Since you have a generator already why not just get an extra battery to ensure you can get through each night. Then if you really want to go solar do a bit of research, prices have really come down but unfortunately there are still unscrupulous sellers out there.
Jetta03 06/09/13 03:00pm Tech Issues
RE: 2008 Cub 236 linoleum Floor Cracked

We had the same issue with a trailer we bought in that condition. I pulled up the split lino which wasn't glued down (easy) and replaced with the alure stick together interlocking product. For us it lasted through 2 canadian winters without issue before we sold the trailer. I know the product isn't recommended for those kinds of temperature swings but its cheap and may be worth taking a chance.
Jetta03 06/07/13 03:12pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: More Fifth-wheels than TTs?

Not sure of official trends but here in Alberta it is almost all 5th wheels on the road and and at the campsites. I think its an Alberta thing, if you go to BC or Nova Scotia you'll see many more smaller rigs, suv's towing, and tent trailers. Honestly I never figured out why you'd go 5th wheel, you lose all that bed space for packing stuff. With all the towing help now, weight dist, sway control, electronic sway/stability aids standard on newer trucks, the argument that 5th wheel tows better doesn't seem relevant any more.
Jetta03 06/01/13 06:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Rockwood Roo 21SS - Tow Vehicle

Sounds like you have plenty of capacity to tow the 21ss. Expect it to weigh around 5000 at the axles, not including tongue weight, ready to camp. We tow ours with F150 and use weight distribution which makes a big difference in steering and stability of the truck vs not. So with the suv I'd think weight distribution is a must as well.
Jetta03 06/01/13 06:41am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: depreciation of travel trailer

Why in the world would you want to be fair to the seller? You have no reason to trust that he paid 22k, or that he's not hiding damage to the unit. Used has no warranty and I can guarantee he is more interested in getting top dollar for his sale than in being fair himself. Price wise I'd take a good look at the local classifieds, craiglist, etc. to arrive at a ballpark price. Then if the trailer checks out after a good inspection, make a low-ball offer for a few thousand less than you think is 'fair' and see where you land. There are so many low hours used trailers for sale out there you really are in the drivers seat.
Jetta03 05/01/13 08:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Solar Install on Roo 23SS roof

I would recommend the rails along the edge of the roof. I installed my solar panel with just 4 z brackets and lag bolts directly into the roof. No leaks, and I was careful with dicor and eternabond to seal it. But I always thought proper rails would have been a cleaner install.
Jetta03 04/30/13 05:49pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: where did the oil go?

They may not have refilled it properly. The little 4.6L of that vintage took 6 quarts. I think this is a good place to start, chances are good the shop just didn't re-fill the oil properly. Before you assume you have a problem I'd ensure you're filled up to the line on the dipstick and check after your next trip.
Jetta03 04/27/13 06:54am Towing
RE: 37 Volt Solar Panels

I use a similarly rated panel and a morningstar sunsaver mppt 15 amp charge controller. Works well. The prices sure have come down, I paid nearly twice that price about 2 years ago.
Jetta03 04/21/13 05:44pm Tech Issues
RE: K&N Filters

I've used K&N on a couple of vehicles and never saw any difference in mileage or power. I'll also suggest that if the K&N really was effective then you wouldn't be seeing the debate you see in this thread. What K&N really did is figure out how to market a product that isn't needed. Any gain you would see is marginal at best...costing you the risk of putting more dirt into your engine. Test You decide if its a good risk to take.
Jetta03 04/20/13 06:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dump Station Etiquette

I never 'rinse'. Our system is to put in a cup of borax and a gallon of water after dumping and that's it. If the sensors are acting up I put in a bucket of ice on the way out. Seems to work. Otherwise I try to get in and out as quick as possible, particularly if anyone is waiting.
Jetta03 04/20/13 05:47pm Travel Trailers
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