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Old 05-25-2012, 08:17 AM   #1
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squidmo's 19H mods

figured i would start a page... first up:

motion sensor outside light...

i kind of treat campers like boats... it's important to keep water on the right side of things on both...

one trick i use when installing things with a sealent, or silicone... is to pre-install the item over a few pieces of masking tape... then i draw the outline of the part onto the masking tape... then i take the part back off, and cut the tape just outside the lines drawn...

sometimes i even tape a bit up from the edge on the part as well... after applying sealing, and smoothing it out, all you have to do is pull up the tape!

it makes cleanup a snap, and leaves a nice, tidy appearance. lost my light by the time i had it on and finished.. i'll snap a few more photos...


as for the electrical connections.. i always prefer to solder, then heat-shrink my connections... again, i do the same thing with the boats, using heat-shrink with a sealant built in...


a little gunk to clean off from the old light still.. and messy fingerprints.. how embarrassing!

will polish it back out after everything is dry...



next up: tornado rinser...
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Old 05-25-2012, 08:25 AM   #2
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Using the tape is a great idea, looking forward to seeing the finished install. The motion sensor light is perfect, and it seems very bright.
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Old 05-25-2012, 10:14 AM   #3
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Good idea about using the tape, thanks for the tip. Your light looks nice.
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:28 PM   #4
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excellent install job!
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:35 PM   #5
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ok... on with the upgrades... i bought the 'tornado' rinser kit, thinking it would give me everything needed, but in hindsight, just the rinser nozzle alone would have been better, as i don't care for the hose portion of the kit and will replace it with a hard-line, or better hose setup.... prepare for leak city if you don't get everything sealed up correctly...

realizing i was going to hard mount the hose system for this thing, after building the new hose of course, i mounted it via a couple of hose clamps to the sewer outlet... actually not a bad place to mount it permanently, though i still plan to re-work that portion in a few days...

i'm thinking a braided, stainless water heater or washing machine hose will work better... use teflon tape on your hose fittiings!!!


as stated, i treat RVs like boats... and i thought this the perfect place for some 5200... 5200 is a 3M marine sealant recommended for items that are going to be under the waterline... it really is an 'adhesive/sealant'....

yes, i keep it in the outside kegerator fridge... keeps it in limbo, and won't harden up on ya... remember to let it sun a bit before you use it... when it's cold, you aren't going to get any out!!!!

5200 seems to have worked as usual, as i don't have any leaks around the fitting.... if you ever need to remove something that's been 5200'd... don't try to pry it off... use a piece of 50lb braided fishing line, strung tight on a few handles to 'saw' through the sealant...

on looking at it, i feel i mounted the nozzle too low... i'm even thinking of adding another to the other side, as our jayco tanks don't seem to have many options on mounting these dudes.... yes, overkill, but that's how we roll at squidmo high school.... plus, i think it will divide the pressure a bit....

anyway, the rinser, combined with the clear elbow, allows you to see how really clean you get things... i plan to add one to the gray tank as well...
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:55 PM   #6
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for you, nylyon....

a few of the light install completed, so you can see how the tape works... also, remember to wipe off the pencil marks on the part, or they will be forever sealed in silicone, for everyone's viewing pleasure...


the light works great, as advertised... i think the LED puts out plenty of light, and any motion near the campsite is picked up, and the light comes on... super convenient.

next up to bat... sewer hose storage (that thing on the side is USELESS. now trying to figure out what else i can stash in there)... front bunk step up with hinged access to bike fork mounts... shelving for pantry under television...
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Old 05-29-2012, 02:28 PM   #7
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Nice, neat jobs! That 5200 is good stuff and it grabs forever.
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Don't forget that 5200 is not quick dry. Yes, there is a quick dry version, but the regular version takes several days to set up.
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yes, even the 'fast cure' you need to let set for a day... which i did.


it's about to get a wash and wax job... so tempted to use my 3M marine wax on the camper as well, but i think i'll just go with the mequire's number 6....


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That light came out so nice, love to see a well done modification!
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