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Alfa38User

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Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #60 on: October 18, 2017, 08:58:28 AM »
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At least one with the "cigarette lighter" plug and a couple USB type. 

USB plugs are NOT 12V normally, they are typically 5VDC. You could ruin a lot of expensive electronics connecting to a 12V version should you choose to install one that way.
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Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #61 on: October 18, 2017, 09:05:56 AM »
What would I change?
The owner's name on the title.  Unit is for sale. ;)
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Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #62 on: October 18, 2017, 09:16:08 AM »
USB plugs are NOT 12V normally, they are typically 5VDC. You could ruin a lot of expensive electronics connecting to a 12V version should you choose to install one that way.

There are many 12-volt powered 5-volt USB power supplies available, just as there are many 120-volt to 5-volt USB power supplies available. Off hand, I don't recall ever seeing a 12-volt outlet with 12-volt USB configured outlet.
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Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #63 on: October 18, 2017, 12:46:42 PM »
Alfa38 ~~~~Most all of my newer 12v 'Cigarette lighter' plug ins have usb ports on them.  Why NOT use them????
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Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #64 on: October 18, 2017, 03:52:06 PM »
Go ahead!! But if you examine them you will find they have circuitry to reduce the 12V to 5V on the USB side. What I was concerned about was what I thought might be a suggestion to wire a 12V supply to that type of plug, not a commercial product that had that feature built in.  Just my bad interpretation of the initial wording, I guess.... :-[
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Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #65 on: October 18, 2017, 04:24:36 PM »
Maybe I got side tracked. New TC I am looking at (no AC) has wall built 12v port with 4 usb. Sorry if I confused things.
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Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #66 on: October 19, 2017, 09:44:04 AM »
Brad reminded me of a bigee for me.  I wish I had a thermostat for the basement air on the dash.  I hate having to get up and go adjust the air while driving :o

Steve

Thanks for reminding me Steve.  I would like the same for the same reasons and to also shut off the air before I shut down the generator - from the drivers seat.
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Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #67 on: December 05, 2017, 07:41:34 PM »
I bought my first RV just about a month ago and I'm already making a list of the things I want to change when I trade it in for my second RV someday in the future. I don't know enough about the mechanical side of things, yet, to add any of those items, but they will probably come with time.  Right now, here are the changes I would make: 1. I insisted on my RV having a washer/dryer and that limited my choices a lot. Now I realize that next time I will either get my RV with separate washer and dryer or nothing at all. I don't like the combo.  2.  Also, I want my next RV to have basement doors that slide out with the slides instead of having to crawl beneath the slides to get to the doors.  3.  AND, next time I will record every word the seller says when showing me around the RV.  I didn't do it with this one and it would be extremely helpful to be able to replay most of what he said...sometimes play it over and over.  I am apparently slow to learn something new.  I have so many questions every day and just make a stab at it most times.  So, that's my three changes, so far. 
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Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #68 on: December 06, 2017, 06:32:56 AM »
About those storage bins that move with the slide. 
My last coach was an '89 Sportscoach with no slides.  We carry an 8 section dog pen with us.  That Sportscoach had 3 compartments in the basement that went all the way across the coach and any of the 3 would easily hold the pieces of the dog pen.
Fast forward to last year when I traded for this '00 Bounder with a slide(and storage compartments that move with it).  I have plenty of basement storage for most of my stuff, but only one compartment deep enough to take that dog pen.  Only problem with that is that there is floor bracing in that compartment and not enough space to fit the pieces of the pen between the verticle bracing.
If I ever get another coach, I'll look for one without the moveable bays.  Tired of filling the back of my Jeep with the dog pen when we're moving.  Also means we couldn't take the dog pen if for some reason we didn't want to take the toad.
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Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #69 on: December 06, 2017, 06:57:28 AM »
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Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #70 on: December 06, 2017, 07:55:26 AM »
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2.  Also, I want my next RV to have basement doors that slide out with the slides instead of having to crawl beneath the slides to get to the doors.

I agree with Wally. Those bins that move with the slides are pretty shallow and so carrying folding ladders, pop-up shelters, folding tables and other larger things becomes impossible. Granted that the non-moving bins are more convenient to access, but the loss of space is, to me, a bad trade-off.
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Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #71 on: December 06, 2017, 08:37:48 AM »
My first motor home had movable storage bins as well. Another downside I discovered was that when I pulled into a campsite that was tight due to bushes or natural or man made improvements (block walls, ect) when I extended the slides I may not be able to open the bay doors due to being too close to the obstruction.  It didn't happen a lot, but it was always a constant concern. 
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Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #72 on: December 06, 2017, 04:40:35 PM »
My first motor home had movable storage bins as well. Another downside I discovered was that when I pulled into a campsite that was tight due to bushes or natural or man made improvements (block walls, ect) when I extended the slides I may not be able to open the bay doors due to being too close to the obstruction.  It didn't happen a lot, but it was always a constant concern.

More times than I care to mention I compute the width of the slideout and the location of the nearest tree and then slide the coach right in perfectly...............only to find that the storage bin where I keep the water hose and other hookup items is right against the tree and cannot be opened.  You would think a guy would learn but senior moments abound with me.

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Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #73 on: December 06, 2017, 09:01:09 PM »
My first motor home had movable storage bins as well. Another downside I discovered was that when I pulled into a campsite that was tight due to bushes or natural or man made improvements (block walls, ect) when I extended the slides I may not be able to open the bay doors due to being too close to the obstruction.  It didn't happen a lot, but it was always a constant concern.
 

Even when there's plenty of space it pays to take a look before setting up.  This happened to us a week ago after the slides were deployed.  Got out and discovered one of the bays was blocked by a post.   We could have backed up but after the slides were out, well you know what I mean.  :-[  A little site survey is in order from time to time.   
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Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #74 on: December 07, 2017, 12:24:55 PM »
I'd love to jack up my Fantastic Vents and drive a Dutch Star or King Aire under them.
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Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #75 on: December 07, 2017, 12:35:38 PM »
I'd love to jack up my Fantastic Vents and drive a ... King Aire under them.
You want a turboprop?  ::) :o ;D ;D

Sorry...almost.
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Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #76 on: December 07, 2017, 03:09:31 PM »
that reminds me...once a long time ago either at Oshkosh or Sun n Fun, I saw a Grumman Albatross, or some other similar flying boat, outfitted as a really nice looking RV.  That was long before I was into RVing, but I've often thought about that bird when dreaming of my "next RV"
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Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #77 on: December 13, 2017, 06:04:02 PM »
About the only thing I would change on our 95 Bounder is the exterior. Maybe I'll find time to gussy it up a little next year.
It carries 100 gallons of fresh water, has two 50 gallon waste tanks and I added a gray water to black tank transfer pump.

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Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #78 on: December 14, 2017, 11:12:07 AM »
Yeah, I never understood why some builders put in such a large black tank. We use way more gray water than black. But the tanks in the Tiffin are 70 gray and 50 black. 
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Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #79 on: December 14, 2017, 11:35:35 AM »
For its age it is wonderful but 39 years newer with all the stuff Brad wants would be nice.
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Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #80 on: December 14, 2017, 07:22:57 PM »
King Bed
Second bathroom
Stacked washer & dryer
Outside TV (without losing most of a cabinet)
Pass through storage
Residential refrigerator (and the battery capacity to run it off grid)
Another hundred horsepower.
A cabinet to store a few guitars.
Locking gun safe under the bedside cabinet.
A smart steering wheel with radio controls.
And most of all: a cup holder closer to the driver.
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Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #81 on: December 15, 2017, 06:57:27 AM »
The toilet in the half bath.. It is a "Round seat" style. When I replce it it will be an oval seat.
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Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #82 on: December 15, 2017, 11:39:21 AM »
Get rid of those dadgummed pita day/night shades. >:( :)
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Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #83 on: December 15, 2017, 11:20:52 PM »
The toilet in the half bath.. It is a "Round seat" style. When I replce it it will be an oval seat.
A quick trip to HD or Lowes John. That was always one of the first mods on a new RV!

Get rid of those dadgummed pita day/night shades. >:( :)

I hated mint too Bruce. I restrung them for a while, but that got old fast. I changed them out with a quality set of roller shades and dumped the D&S shades  in the trash.
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Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #84 on: December 16, 2017, 08:04:47 AM »
I would change the ABS sensor technology for my Workhorse chassis.  I have now replaced 2 sensors, cleaned and reseated all of the  current sensors and connectors, and have ordered another new one to swap out to try to get the ABS code from continually popping up.  This issue has been plaguing me since I bought this last year.
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Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #85 on: December 16, 2017, 10:05:46 AM »
After struggling with heavy traffic for an hour and a half  >:( looking for a gas station we could get into, I'm wishing I could change my Workhorse 8.1 to a Cummins diesel. 
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Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #86 on: February 05, 2018, 10:01:30 AM »
I would design the coach to be repaired! Example, had to remove the microwave for repair. It's a standard, household over the range, convection microwave - I've installed several in houses, no difference here. Searching for the install bolts, they are nowhere to be seen. Finally decide a 'false floor' has been installed in the cabinet above the microwave. Hmmmm how to remove? Newmar made the exhaust ducting pretty by hiding it behind a 3-sided paneling box, and it appears the paneling is keeping me from pulling the false floor out to remove the bolts. Hmmm X2. Then I notice a little sticker: "to access microwave mounting screws you must remove this panel and the shelf below." Well ya, I got that, but how? My first thought was that the box was just velcroed in place, one would just pull it out, then pull out the floor. Poking and prying around the box there appears to be no way to "remove" it. Finally, in disbelief, I get it. Newmar put a little spin on their sticker, what they really meant was "to access microwave mounting screws you must dismantle this panel and the shelf below."  >:(

They installed the microwave, then installed the shelf - stapling it in place. Then they built the 3-panel box around the vent duct, also using staples, then also stapled that in place. This all had to be carefully dismantled, then the floor removed, and finally the microwave mounting bolts were accessible. Sheesh  >:(

I carefully removed all the staples and when I reinstall will use a couple screws to hold everything in place. (I've since found out the microwave cannot be repaired. Since it's no longer made I'll need to get a new one, and I've found they rarely use the exact same back mounting bracket nor do the mounting holes typically line up, so there's that.  :-\ )

Also, the latch mechanism recently failed on the battery slideout tray, jamming the tray closed. After a couple hours of playing around I managed to get the tray open. The latch is welded into the tray as an integral part - short of removing the batteries, then removing the tray (if that's even possible!) and taking it to a machine shop to grind out the old one and weld in a new one, there is no way to repair the latch. Aaaaaand.... my large basement slideout tray has the same latch and is also showing signs of failure.  >:(

There are so many other 'time bombs' just ticking away: the woofer for the surround sound is buried behind the dash - the entire dash has to be removed to get to it. The hot water and freon lines for the dash heat and AC were run inside the frame rails - completely inaccessible and impossible (I'm told) to snake new ones when the old ones start leaking. I could go on....
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Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #87 on: February 05, 2018, 10:48:25 AM »
I would have to concur Scott. Putting these rigs together well is important, but rarely is there any thought to the inevitable maintenance that will be down the road.
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Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #88 on: February 05, 2018, 11:24:31 AM »
I would have to concur Scott. Putting these rigs together well is important, but rarely is there any thought to the inevitable maintenance that will be down the road.

I disagree.  The thought is that they're going to make a lot of money when we need a repair or replacement.   ;)
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Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #89 on: February 05, 2018, 03:26:20 PM »
I use a french press, boil water on stovetop.  Those Keurigs sure look handy if a tad more expensive.
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