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Old 12-21-2015, 12:13 PM   #81
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Bob, you are correct. The EMS is a hardwire install back by the inlet. Cord does run into bathroom. Here's a few pictures of the EMS display in the bathroom. Bezel is just poplar, sealed and sprayed with matte black. Reason for it's location, 1) it was simple 2) it's there to open the outside bathroom door and be looking right at it as it scans through all the info (just something I do after checking power pedestal and turning power on). In our last fifth wheel, it was a bit more of a challenge, but it was in the hallway. I could've gone to a few more places with it, but anywhere around the entrances to the bunks or around the ladder is a bad idea with my kids. It would be broken by now. In the bathroom, they don't pay it any mind.
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Old 12-21-2015, 12:26 PM   #82
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More Trim

Another easy and quick thing I wanted to do. Gotta love the wood look laminated cabinet faces. Well, my kids round this corner coming into the camper rather quickly, and either them or something they were carrying managed to knick / tear the laminate in a few places right on the corner. Hard to see, but it's enough to aggravate me. So, first picture is original, second and third are with the new trim. I didn't have any corner trim, nor do they make the exact size or design I wanted, so just made this out of some poplar.

Last 2 pictures are of the piece at the top of the bunk ladder (old then new). Originally it had the plywood with padding and fabric. Being a high traffic area with my ever so delicate children, it had already started to show hints that it wasn't going to last long. So, a little birch and a little finish work and made this piece to go in place of it.

I love it when my wife walks in the rig and says, I don't see it, what'd you do. She always has to inspect stuff. So, if she has to play like where's waldo to find stuff, mission accomplished. It looks original to her I guess. Kind of like the dealer never noticing that the swivel TV was gone and it's a solid wall now with a TV on each side.
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Old 12-21-2015, 01:26 PM   #83
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Bob, you are correct. The EMS is a hardwire install back by the inlet. Cord does run into bathroom. Here's a few pictures of the EMS display in the bathroom. Bezel is just poplar, sealed and sprayed with matte black. Reason for it's location, 1) it was simple 2) it's there to open the outside bathroom door and be looking right at it as it scans through all the info (just something I do after checking power pedestal and turning power on). In our last fifth wheel, it was a bit more of a challenge, but it was in the hallway. I could've gone to a few more places with it, but anywhere around the entrances to the bunks or around the ladder is a bad idea with my kids. It would be broken by now. In the bathroom, they don't pay it any mind.
Good idea! I'm thinking a hardwired EMS might be my next move. I was thinking I would put the monitor on the curved piece under the bunk, but you make an EXCELLENT point about that location! My son is only 14 months, so I'm not quite to your thinking on stuff like that just yet....

I'm glad you're putting all this stuff in one thread; makes it easier to go back and replicate the work! LOL!
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The first place I wanted to mount it was just to the left or at least around the same level as the bathroom light switch. Drilled the hole, ran the fish tape and realized there is blocking in the wall "blocking" what I wanted to do. So, I ended up with what you see. I had considered the curved part of the bunk as well, but didn't due to the child reasons. Speaking of the curved bunk piece, I'm really thinking of adding a cabinet door there. Can't decide whether I'll make a curved cabinet door, make the face framing contour then a flat door, or recess the door. Not a have to at this point, but something I keep looking at. Normally this is just chair / table storage under there with a small tool box, but come next month, that will change when we're living in it.
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The first place I wanted to mount it was just to the left or at least around the same level as the bathroom light switch. Drilled the hole, ran the fish tape and realized there is blocking in the wall "blocking" what I wanted to do. So, I ended up with what you see. I had considered the curved part of the bunk as well, but didn't due to the child reasons. Speaking of the curved bunk piece, I'm really thinking of adding a cabinet door there. Can't decide whether I'll make a curved cabinet door, make the face framing contour then a flat door, or recess the door. Not a have to at this point, but something I keep looking at. Normally this is just chair / table storage under there with a small tool box, but come next month, that will change when we're living in it.
I thought about a door there, but that would be REALLY far down on the list. That's where I store all my "utilities" (hoses and such), so I don't really need regular access down there from the inside.

However, I have been looking at putting a cabinet door on the little bench by the door. We always have stuff stacked on that spot, primary concern is our 5-gal drinking water jug (heavy), and my flip-flops are in there. Makes it hard to flip that seat up to get at what's in there. So I thought a door would go perfect there. Then I could actually use that space. I also thought about just removing the front panel and leaving it open, but DW vetoed that. I don't know why, it would be a great place to toss our shoes. We use that shoe space under the entertainment center for the dog bowls.
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Old 12-29-2015, 06:01 AM   #86
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I wanted to say Thank You for all the great information you have put in this thread and all the help you have provided me (and others here on this Forum) already. We are patiently waiting for our Camper and I will be using this thread as guidnace on some mods as well as pick your brain some more later.

Most notably coating the Bath Skylight for UV protection (Kitchen Skylight was deleted based on your Tip... Thanks again for that) and the Wet Bolt / Cross Beam install. The wimpy suspension on the big trailers have scared me since I started looking at them.

My biggest problem for the Wet Bolt install is having no Flat area to set up the trailer to do the work other than in the street, which I could do, but not ideal.

Eventually I will pull the windows to re-seal as well...

Thanks again... The time you are taking to post everything is appreciated.

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You're most certainly welcome. I really enjoying doing the mods and upgrades (After I get over the aggravation of why I'm having to do some of them), and also enjoy seeing others be inspired, and improve on some of the stuff I do. It'll be great when yours comes in. I hope you'll start a mod / upgrade thread as well. I'd be interested to see your approach to different things.
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MI: Did you get any updates regarding your delivery date? We're on week 12 for our 28BHBE and we've got 5-6 weeks to go. The factory is closed this week, but my dealership will try to get an update next week.
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New Shoes

I had already put the rig back on the ground after the wet bolt / x-factor install, but before I left for work, decided I wanted new shoes for it. So, put it back up in the air and took all 4 wheels off, again. New Maxxis are sitting in the shop now, waiting for me to get home in a few weeks. I debated going the new wheels / LT route, but beings we might be getting a second rig to full time in, I opted to do the Maxxis and go up a load range. I already have a new owner for the Rainier tires (1 year / 6k miles on them). Could've sold them, but had a coworker I've been friends with for years that needed some for one of his trailers, so Merry Christmas it was.
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IOF…

They are still saying February but no specific date yet. Hopefully we have it before 2/12 as we have an annual camping trip planned but don't think it will happen, which is OK. I drug my feet on ordering it so it's not their fault if we do not get it by then.

JD…

Nice.. I will probably do the same in a year or so.
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