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RE: jackknife sofa removal

I removed the bed first. Pretty heavy. I haven't personally removed our jack knife sofa, but our RV repair guy recently did to replace the slide-out floor under it. The frame is likely bolted to both the floor and the wall. That's likely not a big deal to move. But unless your first name is Samson, I agree that taking the jack knifed bed out in sections is going to be much easer than trying to wrestle the whole thing through the RV entrance door.
JimJohnson 08/05/22 01:28pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Caulk for fender skirts

Buy paintable door & trim (comes in smaller tubes) and use matching black paint.
JimJohnson 07/04/22 04:33pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Awning Repair Kit Recommendations

Patch or replace? The decision, in my opinion, mostly depends on the location of the defect. The highest stress places on awning material are at the edges, especially where the awning joins the RV side wall or the roller. If the defect is at or adjacent to these locations - I recommend replacement. If in a lower stress location, almost any of the adhesive tape products designed for awning repair will work. I managed to delay awning material replacement for an entire season for a tear at the edge next to the RV side wall. I slipped a Camco plastic light hanger into the awning track and and applied Gorilla Duct Tape that not only covered the tear on both sides of the material, but also wrapped around the light hanger. The light hanger acted like a crutch to absorb some of the stress. But ultimately, I installed new awning material.
JimJohnson 06/13/22 08:11am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Does microwave need to be an "RV" microwave?

No longer a thread on microwave ovens, but here is my two-bits on new RVs & TVs... We just bought a brand new 2022 low-end travel trailer easily towed by our SUV for weekend camping and our semi-annual cross-country march. (our primary RV now stays year-round at our winter home RV park). The 2022 rig had an antenna, wall mounting space for a TV - but no TV. No shelves in the cabinets, no place to hang a towel or any similar frills for that matter. I've been on a first name basis with our UPS driver over the past two weeks given all the little boxes I've ordered.
JimJohnson 05/30/22 05:57pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Modify standard bathroom roof vent for shorter people

My spouse is 5'2" and cannot reach the vent knob or fan switch in either our larger travel trailer with vaulted ceiling, or in our small SUV towable camper. Here is how I modified the vent without using some kind of stick you have to store. For the fan, I installed a 12v wireless relay just under the vent cover. It does require snipping the fan wires between the fan motor and the switch - but even that is easily reversible. QIACHIP DC 12V 1CH 433Mhz RF Wireless Relay Remote Control While there are two remotes, I only used one and Velcroed it to the wall next to the bathroom light switch. Opening & closing the vent is even more straightforward if you have a round knob. Remove the knob (should be just one screw) and take it to your local hardware store. Find a Fernco in the plumbing section (rubber pipe to join two pipes) with one end just big enough to get over your knob; and the other end just big enough to fit over a short length of PVC pipe. If you want something a bit nicer, look for the furniture grade PVC pipe and one of the matching end caps. Mount the vent knob in one end of the Fernco so that the edge of the knob is just covered and tighten the band clamp. Insert the knob screw through the Fernco into the knob and reattach the knob to the vent. Have your shortest person stand flat footed and reach up for the vent knob. Measure the gap between the bottom of the person's palm and about two inches up inside the Fernco. That's how long the PVC needs to be after you cut it. Wet the inside of the rubber Fernco. Wet the end of the PVC going into the Fernco with water and just a tiny bit of dish soap. Sort of screw the PVC into the Fernco for the distance you you previously measured inside the Frenco. While still wet, have the person you used for measurement double check s/he can comfortably reach around the PVC extension. Here is the trick... you may not need to use the band clamp to secure the PVC. When that water evaporates and leaves a trace of dried dish soap, there should be sufficient friction to keep the PVC in place during use. If you are the doubting type, go ahead and install the band clamp. It will make your knob extension just a trifle uglier, but it will be fully secured. One nice part about the Fernco is if a taller person accidently walks into the PVC part, the Fernco will flex some and minimize the damage.
JimJohnson 05/28/22 05:16pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Does microwave need to be an "RV" microwave?

So far as I'm concerned, if the microwave fits with the required clearances and is anchored in the cabinet, go for it. RV specific microwaves may be built with a little higher vibration tolerance, but I have plenty of non-RV specific appliances that work just fine. At some point I intend to measure our existing OEM microwave and the PowerXL combo microwave/air fryer. At a glance they look the same size, and if so, I plan to upgrade.
JimJohnson 05/28/22 04:39pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: RV door window

The only repetitive complaint I have heard is that you have to open the door to raise/lower the shade as the screen door is in the way. Personally, I would think folks could have figured that out before purchase and installation.
JimJohnson 04/19/22 08:52am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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