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Old 03-26-2016, 01:07 PM   #11
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I would like to have a window installed in the bathroom
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Old 03-26-2016, 01:15 PM   #12
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Canada it's illegal to have any propane device operating when traveling
Everybody I've talked to, DOT's included, say the only time you'd have a problem running propane while driving is if you gassed up on your way. I always fill before picking up the trailer and haven't gone far enough to need gas on the way yet.....so I'm always running propane while traveling. Just wish my outdoor fridge ran on it too!
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Old 03-26-2016, 01:16 PM   #13
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Not sure of the structural issues that would create...

Do you have a skylight?
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Old 03-26-2016, 01:26 PM   #14
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I've never heard about that and I've been rving 15 years in Canada
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Old 03-26-2016, 01:29 PM   #15
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In the US, you need to shut it down while fueling, or for example, traveling through long tunnels
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Old 03-26-2016, 01:54 PM   #16
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Echoing what has been said regarding changing to 6volt batteries. I still have the two 12s on my rig, but when the time comes to change them out, I will change to the 6s. I did so on two of my previous rigs and got longer performance.

Regarding the fridge. There is lots of conversation on this. Some places it's illegal to travel with propane in the on position. Still, I was one who used to travel with my fridge running on propane until I had my 5er which was the first rig I had that had a fridge that would run on the 12VDC system during transit. The CPU/circuit board receives a signal which detects the 12VDC charge from the vehicle running. Once you stop and shut down the fridge will stop running on the 12VDC and attempt to change over to gas or electric. If no signal is detected, the fridge will just shut down.
Most RVs built these days have this ability. Yet, when the fridge is running on 12VDC it is at a very minimal mode barely enough to maintain the current temp. However, changes in insulating and door latching have made RV refrigerators more efficient with regards to keeping things cool. I have since stopped running the fridge when traveling. There really is no need. If you run it up a day or two prior to a trip, things will stay cool for 6-8 hours (depending on outside climate), with negligible loss in temperature which will be ineffectual to the contents inside. Living in Alaska, I have made the run to the lower 48 and traveled as long as 10 hours without the fridge running and everything that was supposed to be frozen stayed frozen and no food spoiled. With my old rig, I even made the trip utilizing the ferry from Washington. During transit, I could only visit the RV a couple times per day to let the dog out to do her business. During the morning visit, I would turn the fridge on (propane, which the ferry said was a no no but they didn't know) and during the afternoon visit I would shut it off. This gave me only an 8 hour run time during a 24 hour day. Again, everything kept just fine and nothing spoiled.
Apologies for rambling on; my point is this, though many people do it, there really is no need for travel with the fridge running if you are just doing a weekender type of trip; where you commute from home to camping is 4 hours or less.
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Thanks for all your input. I was able to drastically reduce the noise from my water pump so I'm at least on the winning side so far.
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Old 03-27-2016, 05:38 AM   #18
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For cleaning water (and debris) off the slide-out roof, I use a sponge mop. I place my portable ladder against the middle of the slide, and can push water and debris from the center off both ends.

Works for me!
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Forget the 110 inverter fridge idea, no one does that and like said the fridge will hold temp for several hours. Key is to load frozen food to the freezer and pre cool the fridge stuff at least 24 hours before heading out. Do not load up a case of cokes the morning you pull out.

Get a bit of experience or as you're doing check with the forum before jumping on mods that might not be a wise investment.

Window in the bathroom??? Why??? Just go between 2 wall studs and clamp on a sized rv window, but typically wall space is hard to find in an RV bathroom. Bird watching or gazing at the sunrise might be better done while sitting in the salon drinking the am coffee.
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Being a Ham radio guy I would use the almost free area inside the the 12" x24" shelf that runs along the front X213 wall.

This inside area is just on the other side of the trailer tongue where large battery bank can be installed and an excellent spot to mount Inverters - Panels - Battery switches etc... There is hardly anything on the inside of the wall unit.



Of course if you have kids and have to use the storage room for beds then all of this may be out the window for you...

Since there is only two of us camping I would gut this room and put up a wall about 2-feet in from the outside door and make that a smaller storage area for outside things. Then the rest of the room could be use for a L-SHAPED DESK with Hutch for all our Office needs as well as supporting my Ham Radio Operations... Might look something like this...



The L-shape desk from OFFICE DEPOT would have to be cut back to fit on the L portion of the desk.



You also have a few areas to add pull out storage containers next to the fridge and the Ward cabinet... The access area behind the ward cabinet is interesting as well...

We were very interested in the X213 back in 2009 but never did it... I could make this unit work great camping off the power grid where we like to camp 99% of the time...

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