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Old 04-14-2014, 12:47 AM   #1
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I'm sure I'm not the only one who is languishing and longing to get my Jayco out of storage. Last time I looked, there was still about 3' of snow on the road going in & out of the main gate at the fair grounds where our camper is stored. I'm hoping to get it home by the 1st weekend in May, but the rate of snow melt will determine that.

In the meantime, I have little I can do but ponder and plan things I want to do to our 2013 Eagle 284 BHS to make it better.

So far my list includes:
1-Dropping the under belly and inspecting both water tanks for soundness of installation and mounting. I've heard of too many tanks dropping down for lack of proper installation or due to sheetmetal screws instead of bolts.
2- Look at the do-ability of re-rigging the supply plumbing from the water tanks to water pump. As is, because of the self equalizing manner of the water level between the two tanks, if one starts leaking, both will drain. I'd also like to have a valve that will allow the water pump to draw from one tank at a time and the source tank to be selectable.
3- Adding angled stabilizing bars added to the stab jacks. I'm hoping to reduce the shaking of the trailer when people move around inside.
4- Battery shutoff switch. Prevents draining of battery when it isn't necessary to have things plugged in & on, usually while parked at home between camping trips.
5-Level the TV antenna. I obtained some Winegard mounting wedges that should allow me to remount and level the antenna. The roof is sloped where the antenna is mounted, so the antenna is sloped when raised. It looks really stupid as is, like the antenna is bent.
6- Better outside speakers.
7- Mor Ryde greaseable wet bolt kit for suspension.
8- Improve the mounting of the ladder. Change stand-off mount brackets from 2 screw type to a 4 screw style and add 1 more pair of standoffs for additional support. (I've already got a wall schematic and know where the internal wood backers are inside the wall for attaching another pair of standoffs.)
9- Better stowage for sewer hose and fittings.
10- Tire covers to protect tires from UV damage while parked here at home.

That's about all I have for now. I'll probably think of a few more over the next couple of weeks.
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Old 04-14-2014, 04:15 AM   #2
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Hopefully the snow will disappear by the end of June in the "Upper" for my planned trip, at least on the roads
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You have your work cut out for you Kent....long winter = long project list
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Old 04-15-2014, 05:16 AM   #4
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I'm going to wire up an illuminated rocker switch inside the trailer for my parking light dongle and sew up a DIY cover for my slide out when it is deployed.
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:24 AM   #5
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This is probably my last year on my present 255AH Battery bank. Probably will start gathering up things for the next BATTERY BANK setup where I want to have 300AH on the trailer tongue and an identical 300AH battery bank in the bed of my covered truck bed. If money is an issue which is always the case here I will drop the batteries back to GC2 golf cart 6VDC types and have two banks of 220AH batteries for a lot less cost.

This will give my plenty of DC power for my off-road emergency radio operations with just my truck as well adding both bank together to give my a good 600AH capability when in camping mode.

Want to start thinking about solar panels on the roof of my off-road popup as well. I can get three 120WATT panels installed on it with two of them with quick disconnects to become portable panel setups as needed...

All I need now is money hehe...

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Tail_gunner: It snowed in Chicago last night. Only an inch but still...

I have a lot of Yooper friends and they all still have quite a bit of snow. Hope it melts for you soon. I want to go "up north" to visit them and my family in northern WI (Antigo and Peshtigo) sometime this summer.

Say yah to da U.P., eh!
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Tail_gunner: It snowed in Chicago last night. Only an inch but still...

I have a lot of Yooper friends and they all still have quite a bit of snow. Hope it melts for you soon. I want to go "up north" to visit them and my family in northern WI (Antigo and Peshtigo) sometime this summer.

Say yah to da U.P., eh!
We got about 8" day before yesterday. There are winter storm watches posted for Wed into Thur for maybe another 10".

Even us hardened Yoopers are sick of it.
Say blah to da U.P. eh! LOL!!

I was guesstimating first weekend in May to get my camper out of storage. I just amended that guesstimate to 15 May. Grrrrrrrrr!!!!
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We have a big agenda of wants and needs.
1) replace cracked vinyl flooring. Not a cheap venture.
2) adding AC hard start kit ($20)
3) adding Winegard HDTV antenna kit ($20)
4) Wiring in our new 3000 watt Hybrid Magnum Energy inverter/charger. This is the one I'm excited about and really looking forward to getting done.
5) adding the Trimetric 2025-RV battery monitor (excited about this one as well)

Time & Money, time and money. Don't think I'll have enough of either to get to the solar panels and Morningstar TS-MPPT-60 this year. I guess you always need something else to look forward to. ?
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