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Old 12-19-2016, 10:44 AM   #1
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29BHS Mod Projects and Repairs

I figured I would create a running thread on the various mods and repairs I've made so far to my 2006 29BHS. I'll start first with some of the simple ones. Let me know if you want to know anymore about anything I post about and I'll try to help.

First off is the new table I built. The original table was damaged so I bought some 5/8" furniture plywood and used the original as a template. Very happy with how it turned out.
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Old 12-19-2016, 10:54 AM   #2
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Tinted Skylight

While inspecting my roof a little while after purchase I noticed the skylight had a 2" crack in it. Decided to replace it with a darkly tinted Lexan skylight to reduce heat loading on sunny days.
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Indoor/Outdoor Temperature and Clock

Installed a clock with indoor/outdoor temperature and humidity. I put the outdoor sender on one of the homemade "x-chocks" so it doesn't get forgotten on departure. Though it has already been run over once, but miraculously survived unscathed. Due to the poor viewing angle on the LCD display, this has been moved to right next to the door and an analog clock with a sweeping second hand (no ticking to hear at night) has replaced it in this location.
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Freshwater Tank Vent Valves

Another very simple one. We were having the typical siphoning issue from our fresh water tank. Decided to put some valves on them to prevent this as we do a lot of dry camping and not losing our water in transit is kind of important.

These are actually meant for drip systems. Since this photo I have pushed them on a bit further and zip tied them together. If you do this just be sure you open them back up when filling or using your water, otherwise you may damage your tank. I put a reminder next to the water pump switch with my label maker that just says "VALVES OPEN?"
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Isolate Converter Power

When I went to start getting ready for solar (I'll cover that later) I realized that our utility converter (115AC-->12VDC) and normal outlets were on the same breaker.

I decided to use one of the empty spots in the power center and move the outlets to their own breaker so the power converter could be turned off while running on inverter. Otherwise we would have been trying to charge the batteries while running on an inverter that was using the batteries...and you can see how well that would work. We also have a spare 15A circuit for future use. Now when we are running on inverter I turn on the MAIN and "Outlets" leaving everything else turned off. In the future when I install a 2,000 watt inverter we can also turn on the breaker for the microwave on inverter power.
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Old 12-19-2016, 11:26 AM   #6
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Homemade "X-chocks"

Had some left over 4x4 when I was done installing the post for 30A service. Bought some all-thread and some nuts and washers and threw these together. Easy to make and work great. Just a little annoying to tighten with that drop in the fender skirts. I also put the outdoor temperature sender on the backside of one of these since you have to remove these to leave camp anyway and it keeps it out of the rain and/or direct sun.

At home we had a huge wind storm a few weeks ago that rocked the trailer pretty bad and blew the plastic chocks away and left the trailer rocking in the wind with no chocks (fortunately it was parked on a level grade), installed these in the middle of the wind storm, got a nice face full of sand a few times, and kept the trailer from rocking fore and aft anymore. I now have these and chocks installed while parked at home.
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Nice work on your mods. Keep them coming!

Here's a potential mod for one of your mods:
I had a few pipe clamps and some black pipe laying around so I used those for the tire chocks. Really makes things easy and no need for having a wrench and reaching in. You can put the hand crank on the top or bottom, whichever is easier to get at.

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Nice work on your mods. Keep them coming!

Here's a potential mod for one of your mods:
I had a few pipe clamps and some black pipe laying around so I used those for the tire chocks. Really makes things easy and no need for having a wrench and reaching in. You can put the hand crank on the top or bottom, whichever is easier to get at.
Awesome idea, this is the kind of stuff that keeps me coming back. We are getting a Harbor Freight in our town in January and I know they sell pipe clamp stuff. I might have to modify those chocks. Besides, anyone who does any woodworking can tell you that there is no such thing as too many clamps.
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Screen Door Opener

Bought one of these Camco Screen Door Openers. Takes a bit to get used to, but it's nice not to have to open the screen door slider every time you want to walk outside.
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Removable Solar Lights

Doing a lot of dry camping we wanted some more light outside at night without running more wire or using more battery. My wife found these removable solar lights. The bracket is mounted on the wall and then the lights are removed while on the road or between trips.
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