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Old 07-07-2015, 10:07 AM   #11
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Battery Pictures

Finally got some battery pictures to post.

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Still loving the solar setup. We were just camping for 5 days in Waterton, AB and even though we had full hookups at the site we were at I disabled the converter for a solar test. The lowest I saw on the battery monitor was 95% one morning. It was pretty warm though so the furnace didn't run much but we used the radio and bathroom fan most of the day and whatever lights we wanted. No water pump as city water was hooked up. But very happy so far.

I built in some additional capacity in the system in case I needed to go up to 450 or 600 watts but I think 300 will keep us charged up just fine. Might even have to sell the generator soon!
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Old 07-14-2015, 02:10 AM   #12
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Thanks for all the posts. I really liked reading your solar install as I plan on doing the same. Handy Bob's blog is a great read and the info he provides is really helpful.
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Old 07-14-2015, 08:45 AM   #13
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Glad you got something out of it. Let me know if you have any questions about the install.

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Old 09-15-2015, 02:50 PM   #14
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Bunk Bed Mod

I have been wanting to try this one for a while now. Getting into and out of the bunkbed is very difficult for adults and impossible for the little ones without help. I tossed a lot of ideas around but couldn't think of a good ladder design that wouldn't interfere with the bathroom door.
I thought of creating an access through the bed instead with stairs but wasn't in a hurry to chop up our trailer.
Finally worked up the nerve a couple weekends ago and the entire mod went really well. The bed structure is easy to work with and other than the cramped working space it went pretty quickly.
  1. Remove the top layer of plywood.
  2. Add supporting crossbrace
  3. Cutout opening in the lower sheet or top of lower bunk.
  4. Duplicate opening in upper sheet (hardest part as I couldn't remove it from bunk area)
  5. Used a bunch of wood glue around the new crossbrace
  6. Staple plywood sheet back down and add staples to the other half of the bed as well.
  7. Cut out matress opening
  8. Use scraps and foam from matress material to staple around the opening to protect heads and make it look nice
  9. Install ladder made the week before.
  10. Install a couple velcro straps to hold ladder in place while camping. Removeable while travelling.

All in all this turned out really well and will be easier to access the upper bunk for the kids and adults alike. The mod is easily reversible with some new plywood sheets and a mattress. Now onto the photos!
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Old 09-15-2015, 02:52 PM   #15
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Old 09-15-2015, 03:38 PM   #16
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I like it! May want to cut an angle on the ladder that rests on the wall so it doesn't put a hole through.
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Old 09-15-2015, 03:49 PM   #17
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Thanks. I did cut the points off the ladder.

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And attached some furniture pads to the flat part.
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Old 09-15-2015, 06:27 PM   #18
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Thanks. I did cut the points off the ladder.

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And attached some furniture pads to the flat part.
I should have looked closer, nice work!
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Old 09-27-2015, 06:45 AM   #19
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Just looking at your pictures of the battery set up... I did the same mod to my '13 BHS and it looks like the tongue frame of yours is different than mine for some reason. You clearly have lots of room between the diamond plate and the batteries, and then more room between the batteries and propane tanks.

On mine, the two battery box lids are touching the diamond plate. It's like the trailer body comes another 6 inches up the A frame and touches the batteries. I thought our trailers were the same floor plan on the same frame? Was it a change between '13 and '14?

Nice mods, by the way!
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Old 02-23-2016, 12:33 PM   #20
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Sorry for the late reply. Put the trailer away and haven't been on here in a while.

I looked up the specs of your trailer and I agree the floor plan looks the same but there are a few differences in the specs.

Our 281BHS and your 28BHS
7000 GVWR vs 7500
30'11" vs 30'6"
Water tank capacities
Couch looks different??

Thanks for the compliment on the mods. A few more are in the works....

Another fantastic fan and another BIG hole in the roof. Probably around the bunk area.
Wire inverter into the bedside outlets.
Bigger exterior handle next to the entryway.

Looking forward to the camping season!
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