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Old 07-06-2012, 09:29 PM   #11
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I'd say it depends. I'm 42 and don't feel the need to spend money on something that it really not that much effort. My dad has been pushing me to use a drill for the stabilizers - I'm resisting because the provided tool is really easy and it means I carry less stuff. On the electric tongue jack - well, other than sometimes me or my DW getting confused on which way to turn it for up and down - it just isn't that hard.

As a boondocker most of the time, you can see my mods in my sig. I also replaced the kitchen sink faucet because the factory one was horrible. I put in switches to turn off "hard" the radio and propane detectors. (left the CO and smokes as always on!)

So, as I said, it depends


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Old 07-07-2012, 05:03 AM   #12
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MY first mod was the elect tongue jack... put it on before I left the dealers lot.. he was not happy that I did it rather than pay him to do it.. but it took all of 10 min to do this mod...

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Old 07-07-2012, 08:12 AM   #13
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I like the led lights , the 921 bulbs get hot , and that heats up the trailer . My daughter was in her bunk and the bulb made it too hot to stay in with the light on for an extended period of time , they won't melt the plastic lens cover , and last a lot longer .
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Old 07-07-2012, 11:12 AM   #14
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Thank you for you suggestions/inputs they are very helpfull.
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Old 07-07-2012, 02:00 PM   #15
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Thank you for you suggestions/inputs they are very helpfull.
Now you can mull through the "top ten must haves" thread, it will give you some more things to think about! http://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...ight=saltymick

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Old 07-07-2012, 07:53 PM   #16
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:53 AM   #17
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For example, some people will replace their bulbs with LED lights. This is fine if you are camping without electricity but if you always plan to camp with electricity then it's really not needed.
I whole heartly agree with this recommendation about LED lights. I changed out 4 of my incandescent bulbs for two reasons:

1) When I travel with others I leave the LED light on in the bath at night as a night light. The incandescent bulbs got extremely hot but the LED does not. So I replaced the incandescent to cut down on the heat generated by them.

2) Even though I have dual batteries on the fiver, I am quite conscious of the drain on the batteries by the incandesent bulbs. Even though I have never boondocked and never intend to, mother nature had a change of plans for me the past week. I am in WV and was without electricity for almost a week. So I used the LED bulbs instead of the incandescents to conserve on the batteries. I have one in the kitchen, in the range hood; as stated one in the bath and two in the bedrrom. Makes a huge difference in helping conserve the batteries. I only used the incandescents when absolutely necessary.
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:26 PM   #18
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X2 on the EMS to protect all your electronics. (Not to quibble over the definition of an EMS.)

But my now "old" 2011 came with SD cabling, but an HD television. And our 2nd "mod" after ther EMS was to buy an HD for the bedroom. So if you are going satellite, you'll want to run some HDMI cable in order to get HD in multiple rooms.
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:17 AM   #19
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I did Maxx air covers and then a sewer hose holder. Next was the electric tongue jack. I would do the tongue jack first if I had to do it again.

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