EPDM Coatings
rvupgradestore.com Composet Products Custom Yacht Interiors

Author Topic: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?  (Read 2201 times)

SargeW

  • Forum Staff
  • ---
  • *
  • Posts: 6394
  • Life is better on the road!
Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« on: September 21, 2017, 09:54:27 AM »
You already told us what you love about your current RV (and still can), but what would you change about it if you could? It can be a new mod, a color, or even longer or shorter.  And please don't say you wish it was paid for! That is a given.  ::)

I will start. My new bus came with most everything I we wanted as we ordered it (a new experience for us). But one mod that is still on my list is adding an articulating mount to our outside TV. We enjoy and use it often, but being able to turn it to avoid daytime glare would be huge.  And it's one that I will eventually get around to.   :))

What about you?
Marty--
2017 Tiffin Allegro Bus 40SP
Cummins ISL 450 HP/Powerglide chassis
Visit our new travel blog! http://www.mytripjournal.com/rvnchickTNG
Support your local Police Officer, Fire Fighter and Military!

Isaac-1

  • ---
  • Posts: 516
Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2017, 10:11:33 AM »
For me it would be tighter steering angle wheel cut, being under 30 feet helps getting in and out of places, but it is still very limited by the steering angle.  Also I would like better stability at speed and in cross winds, I already have a number of suspension mods, which do help, I just wish they helped more.
2002 Safari Trek 2830

kdbgoat

  • ---
  • Posts: 4209
Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2017, 10:13:01 AM »
Leveling system, automatic or manual either one would be nice.
I know you believe you understand what you think I said,
But I am not sure you realize what you heard is not what I meant


2016 Leprechaun 319DS

Ernie n Tara

  • ---
  • Posts: 3291
  • Life is Good - Together
Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2017, 10:20:54 AM »
Replace the #% $&* spring return jacks with double acting jacks.

Ernie
Ernie 'n Tara

2011 Winn Journey 34y
2012 Jeep Rubicon - Dozer (orange - kinda)
2006 Jeep Wrangler

kdbgoat

  • ---
  • Posts: 4209
Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2017, 10:23:27 AM »
Replace the #% $&* spring return jacks with double acting jacks.

Ernie

See above... at least you have jacks ;D
I know you believe you understand what you think I said,
But I am not sure you realize what you heard is not what I meant


2016 Leprechaun 319DS

blw2

  • ---
  • Posts: 2598
Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2017, 10:41:07 AM »
Better quality faux leather upholstery
Bigger grey tank
shorter toilet (they mounted it on top of a platform to make room for the black tank below...but it puts the seat height oddly high above the floor)
more capacity on the rear axle and more tow capacity
larger black tank
auto-levelers
better quality cabinet construction
oh, and higher load range wheels and tires to go along with that new rear axle....

ah....scratch all that about axles and tires.... I'd take my house off the E-450, put in the bigger tanks and stuff, put it on an F-550 chassis or an F-650 with the upgraded amenity package...is that the Lariat for Ford?... you know with heated and cooled leather seats, upgraded sound, in dash navigation...the whole deal... 8)
Brad (DW + 3 kids)
13 Thor Chateau 31L Class C on Ford E-450
'06 Silverado
'05 Rockwood Freedom 1910 (5-1/2 years)
former tent campers

SargeW

  • Forum Staff
  • ---
  • *
  • Posts: 6394
  • Life is better on the road!
Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2017, 11:10:22 AM »
For me it would be tighter steering angle wheel cut, being under 30 feet helps getting in and out of places, but it is still very limited by the steering angle.  Also I would like better stability at speed and in cross winds, I already have a number of suspension mods, which do help, I just wish they helped more.

Isaac, list your RV type in your signature, it would really help someone shopping out RV's. 

Bigger grey tank
shorter toilet (they mounted it on top of a platform to make room for the black tank below...but it puts the seat height oddly high above the floor)

I hear you Brad. I have never understood why some manufacturers will make the Gray and Black tanks the same size. We always use way more gray water than black. 

And have you tried to put a small step of sorts in front of the toilet to make it easier to sit on? Or maybe a few thick floor pads depending on the amount of the raise you need.
Marty--
2017 Tiffin Allegro Bus 40SP
Cummins ISL 450 HP/Powerglide chassis
Visit our new travel blog! http://www.mytripjournal.com/rvnchickTNG
Support your local Police Officer, Fire Fighter and Military!

Joezeppy

  • ---
  • Posts: 1681
Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2017, 01:25:09 PM »
Sturdier baggage doors with slam latches and magnets to hold them open. A friend of mine had these on his Shadow Cruiser TT. Ironically he sold that after a year and bought a Hideout 5th wheel like mine. First thing he said was "Man I miss those latches".

An extra step going upstairs - we have two (floor - step - floor) but they are probably about 9" high and can be tough for little kids or older folks (which I feel like more and more these days!  ;) ).

A railing for those stairs wouldn't be a bad idea, either.
Joe & Kim
Upstate NY - Kuyahoora Valley
2010 GMC Sierra 2500HD - 6.0L
2017 Keystone Hideout 295BHS
Andersen Ultimate Aluminum 5th wheel hitch

winona

  • ---
  • Posts: 168
Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2017, 01:51:55 PM »
Winnebago Trend, all of 24 feet so there's not much room for much of a change.  But !!  I'd like a recliner or club chair rather then the passenger seat or the dinette as my dog uses the "love seat" as his place.  Hey, there's no floor space for a 100 pound lab the size of a shetland pony!  Can't reconfigure the dinette as the water tank is under the seat.  I'd also like a larger water tank and smaller black.  But I still like that it goes anywhere and fits everywhere. 
Winnebago Trend
Dorothy and Bailey, my big loveable lab

kdbgoat

  • ---
  • Posts: 4209
Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2017, 02:06:53 PM »
I think larger tanks are a given for almost everybody. I think 500 gallons of fresh, 250 for black and about 350 or so for gray would work for most of us.  ;D
I know you believe you understand what you think I said,
But I am not sure you realize what you heard is not what I meant


2016 Leprechaun 319DS

blw2

  • ---
  • Posts: 2598
Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2017, 02:29:42 PM »

And have you tried to put a small step of sorts in front of the toilet to make it easier to sit on? Or maybe a few thick floor pads depending on the amount of the raise you need.

I have considered it a few times but no we never have.  It's not that bad and we are not full timing so it's really just a minor thing.  Anything we put there would get in the way of the lav sink anyway....  it's just one of those things....  Thanks for the idea though!
Brad (DW + 3 kids)
13 Thor Chateau 31L Class C on Ford E-450
'06 Silverado
'05 Rockwood Freedom 1910 (5-1/2 years)
former tent campers

blw2

  • ---
  • Posts: 2598
Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2017, 02:32:10 PM »
steps.... that's one thing i should have put in the like thread!  Ours doesn't have any mechanized steps at all.  Bottom step is the right height above the ground...and DW especially likes that it's not too far of a climb up.  that was a selling point when we were shopping.  I had forgotten that....
Brad (DW + 3 kids)
13 Thor Chateau 31L Class C on Ford E-450
'06 Silverado
'05 Rockwood Freedom 1910 (5-1/2 years)
former tent campers

UTTransplant

  • ---
  • Posts: 964
  • Salt Lake City area
Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2017, 03:01:28 PM »
We should have gotten the double pane windows in our rig. They were available, but we were towing with a Tundra at the time, and the double pane windows were significantly heavier. Oh well, the trailer is still pretty good in cold weather.
Pam and Kevin plus Minou and Lily (the cats) plus Lexi (the grand-dog)
2014 Outdoors RV Timber Ridge 240RKS
2015 Ram 2500 Diesel
http://toobusyforwork.com

Memtb

  • ---
  • Posts: 192
Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2017, 03:38:21 PM »

     Sarge, A few items: In a "Perfect World", changes we would make to our 5th wheel
       
  • replace computer desk with cabinetry that could also be utilized as a gun cabinet
  • put cabinetry above dinette in the slide-out and reduce size of window
  • reduce size of rear picture window while still keeping the aesthetic appeal  (less heat loss for winter camping)
  • reduce size of hanging clothes area in mirrored wardrobe area and add shelving for clothes/storage
  • add electric steps (had electric steps on previous unit, wife really liked them)
  • Replace dishwasher with matching cabinetry

              Obviously, DW made this list!!  :)

               DW said I could start on the list immediately!    ;D

     On the class c: we've on had it a few weeks, so the list may get longer
  • a rear bed that you can walk around
  • Hellwig Sway Bars ( this one is mine)
[/list]
Todd and Marianne
Miniature Schnauzers - Sundai, Nellie and Maggie Mae
2007 Dodge Ram 3500,  6.7 Ram 6 speed manual, 4x4
2004 Teton Grand Freedom
2007 Bigfoot Class C

Steve N Dee

  • ---
  • Posts: 618
Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2017, 03:43:01 PM »
I would like to have a small closet type cabinet in the living area for an overnight guest who is sleeping on the sofa to have a place to hang some clothes and store a small bag.  We occasionally have a guest tag along with us and we put their clothes in our bedroom, which means they have to wait until we get up (yes we are late sleepers) to access their clothes.  Not huge, but it's something I'd like.

Steve
Steve & Dee - Racing towards retirement
Fritz & DJ, (the boys)
2005 Winnebago Journey 34H Diesel Pusher
2013 Ford Edge SEL AWD Toad
Burbank, CA

On time.....is when we get there

rider1520

  • ---
  • Posts: 211
Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #15 on: September 21, 2017, 05:58:31 PM »
Better insulation to keep things cooler in the summer. The front of our class A has zero Insulation and a Great big windshield (which I like) that helps heat things up.
2017 Winnebago Vista VE Class A 30'

rider1520

  • ---
  • Posts: 211
Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #16 on: September 21, 2017, 06:00:15 PM »
OR .....the option of a second A.C.
2017 Winnebago Vista VE Class A 30'

Patnsuzanne

  • ---
  • Posts: 112
Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #17 on: September 21, 2017, 06:40:05 PM »
As others have mentioned, a larger grey tank. As we seldom dry camp, we could get away with a smaller freshwater tank if it meant making room for a larger grey tank. We have an outside shower, but I'd like it on the other (curb) side, under the awning, or at least closer to the doors!  I built drawers in what was otherwise wasted space, on each side of the bed and under one bench of the dinette, but it would have been nice if I didn't have to. I'd also like to have an outside light on the street side of the trailer. Otherwise, we're very pleased with our trailer.
2016 Toyota Tundra Extended Cab
5.7 V8
Equalizer WD hitch
Tekonsha P3
Venture Sporttrek 27RL

Sun2Retire

  • Photo moderator
  • ---
  • *
  • Posts: 1973
Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #18 on: September 21, 2017, 06:41:09 PM »
The inability to turn the water pump on OR off from any switch location, i.e., if it's on, turn it off and vice versa. My 1994 Bounder had this capability, yet my current coach only allows me to turn the pump on from various locations, for example, the wet bay. Then, if that switch is left on, the pump cannot be turned off from any other location, including the "main" switch at the status panel. I've gotten used to it, but for heaven's sake!  ???

#2: Genset accessibility. When I was shopping for our current rig a slide out genset was a "must have". And I have one. But the Powertech genset access panels are still very difficult to get to even when the genset is out. And some maintenance items, such as the rear carrier bearing which Powertech suggests changing every 500 hours, requires several hours of time to get to and replace. Very poor design.

#3: As Memtb suggests, upper cabinets in living/dining slideout.
« Last Edit: September 21, 2017, 06:56:28 PM by Sun2Retire »
Scott
2005 Newmar Dutch Star 3810, Spartan, Cat C7 350
Eezrv TPMS, VMSpc, 800W Solar
2002 Dodge RAM 1500 Quad Cab
Stowmaster towbar & Brakemaster

Pugapooh

  • ---
  • Posts: 357
  • Wanna buy a truck?
Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #19 on: September 21, 2017, 06:44:18 PM »
Would change to a king bed.  Auto leveling and electric awning.
2006 Dutchmen Denali 29 RL fiver
2006 Dodge 2500 Big Horn
2001 GMC Sierra 3500
1996 Dodge Ram 1500

winona

  • ---
  • Posts: 168
Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #20 on: September 21, 2017, 07:07:38 PM »
I think larger tanks are a given for almost everybody. I think 500 gallons of fresh, 250 for black and about 350 or so for gray would work for most of us.  ;D

I go with this idea.  Of course full hook ups solve this problem since I can't tow a tanker truck.

Forgot to add: moving the generator (altho I have no idea where) from under the body in the center of the rear axle.  Makes checking the oil difficult.  I am not fond at all of shimmying under my Trend, no matter it won't go anywhere or fall on me.   :P
Winnebago Trend
Dorothy and Bailey, my big loveable lab

muskoka guy

  • ---
  • Posts: 761
  • 2000 Coachmen Santara 370 isb cummins diesel
Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #21 on: September 21, 2017, 07:30:10 PM »
I have considered it a few times but no we never have.  It's not that bad and we are not full timing so it's really just a minor thing.  Anything we put there would get in the way of the lav sink anyway....  it's just one of those things....  Thanks for the idea though!
Maybe someone changed the toilet and put a higher one in. They come in all different heights.

garyb1st

  • ---
  • Posts: 2127
Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #22 on: September 21, 2017, 08:04:22 PM »
Like most everything about the new motorhome.  The only thing we miss on the shorter 32' Aerbus is the maneuverability.  Maria misses the oven.  Unfortunately it's not likely we'll ever have one in the Pace Arrow.  That would involve cutting through the counter top.  We made a decision to go with another gasser and that's the only thing I would change.  While not likely to purchase another, it would be a diesel if we do.  Just too many hills in the West and while a few will say the motorhome sits for the most part we really do a lot of driving.  Probably 10,000 or more per year and that's usually during a 3 or 4 month trip.  The Vortec 8.1 Pace is much noisier than the old Aerbus with it's Ford V10.  Given my age, it's not likely we'll be buying another. 
Gary B1st

2005 Pace Arrow 35G
2016 Jeep Wrangler

Wi1dBill

  • ---
  • Posts: 394
Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #23 on: September 21, 2017, 09:18:06 PM »
Several years ago we looked at a fifth wheel that had a slide in the nose.  It was for the bed came out about 1 1/2 to 2 feet.  Kind of wondered why no one ever made a rear slide.!?!?  Couple feet on the front and several on the back... shorter towing length, but more living space.


Wi1dBi11

SargeW

  • Forum Staff
  • ---
  • *
  • Posts: 6394
  • Life is better on the road!
Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
« Reply #24 on: September 21, 2017, 09:32:14 PM »
         Sarge, A few items: In a "Perfect World", changes we would make to our 5th wheel
           
    • replace computer desk with cabinetry that could also be utilized as a gun cabinet
    • put cabinetry above dinette in the slide-out and reduce size of window
    • reduce size of rear picture window while still keeping the aesthetic appeal  (less heat loss for winter camping)
    • reduce size of hanging clothes area in mirrored wardrobe area and add shelving for clothes/storage
    • add electric steps (had electric steps on previous unit, wife really liked them)
    • Replace dishwasher with matching cabinetry

                  Obviously, DW made this list!!  :)

                   DW said I could start on the list immediately!    ;D

         On the class c: we've on had it a few weeks, so the list may get longer
    • a rear bed that you can walk around
    • Hellwig Sway Bars ( this one is mine)
    [/list]

    That's quite a list Todd! Sounds like Marianne has your weekends planned!

    OR .....the option of a second A.C.

    Many folks have added a second (or third) AC unit using the the existing opening of a overhead vent fan.  Something that may be possible in your unit.

    Great ideas folks!  Keep em coming!
    Marty--
    2017 Tiffin Allegro Bus 40SP
    Cummins ISL 450 HP/Powerglide chassis
    Visit our new travel blog! http://www.mytripjournal.com/rvnchickTNG
    Support your local Police Officer, Fire Fighter and Military!

    SargeW

    • Forum Staff
    • ---
    • *
    • Posts: 6394
    • Life is better on the road!
    Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
    « Reply #25 on: September 21, 2017, 09:36:46 PM »
    Several years ago we looked at a fifth wheel that had a slide in the nose.  It was for the bed came out about 1 1/2 to 2 feet.  Kind of wondered why no one ever made a rear slide.!?!?  Couple feet on the front and several on the back... shorter towing length, but more living space.
    Wi1dBi11

    I have seen one with a rear end slide Bill, but it's been a while and they are not real common. I haven't seen a slide that comes straight out of the nose though.  There was a Canadian company that made a 5ver for a while that had a "stepped up" nose on it.  It added another 3' or so to the front of the 5ver and it just about went over the cab of the truck.  It created a lot of space in the bedroom with the north/south bed.  I almost bought one, but my wallet couldn't take it.
    Marty--
    2017 Tiffin Allegro Bus 40SP
    Cummins ISL 450 HP/Powerglide chassis
    Visit our new travel blog! http://www.mytripjournal.com/rvnchickTNG
    Support your local Police Officer, Fire Fighter and Military!

    Kevin Means

    • Forum Staff
    • ---
    • *
    • Posts: 3810
      • Tactical Flying
    Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
    « Reply #26 on: September 21, 2017, 10:16:27 PM »
    How about a coffee maker...? when you spend 300K on a motorhome that doesn't come with a coffee maker, ya gotta wonder!

    Kev
    2011 Winnebago Tour 42QD
    Towing a Jeep Rubicon Unlimited LJ or an Acura MDX
    RVI Brake 2, Minder TM-66 TPMS, 970 watts of solar
    (Can't wait to spend more time RVing)
    Lakeside, California

    SargeW

    • Forum Staff
    • ---
    • *
    • Posts: 6394
    • Life is better on the road!
    Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
    « Reply #27 on: September 22, 2017, 07:30:06 AM »
    I know, huh? But then again, Diane is the best "coffee maker" I have ever had!
    Marty--
    2017 Tiffin Allegro Bus 40SP
    Cummins ISL 450 HP/Powerglide chassis
    Visit our new travel blog! http://www.mytripjournal.com/rvnchickTNG
    Support your local Police Officer, Fire Fighter and Military!

    UTTransplant

    • ---
    • Posts: 964
    • Salt Lake City area
    Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
    « Reply #28 on: September 22, 2017, 08:08:24 AM »
    How about a coffee maker...? when you spend 300K on a motorhome that doesn't come with a coffee maker, ya gotta wonder!

    Kev
    Ah, but what type of coffee maker? We use a expresso maker for our morning lattes. I would just throw away (well, send to Salvation Army) any drip coffee maker. Then again, there are the French Press aficionados, and those who prefer percolators. Ooh, we could transform this topic into a "What type of coffee maker do you use?" We haven't had that for at least a month or two.
    Pam and Kevin plus Minou and Lily (the cats) plus Lexi (the grand-dog)
    2014 Outdoors RV Timber Ridge 240RKS
    2015 Ram 2500 Diesel
    http://toobusyforwork.com

    Memtb

    • ---
    • Posts: 192
    Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
    « Reply #29 on: September 22, 2017, 10:21:18 AM »
    Ah, but what type of coffee maker? We use a expresso maker for our morning lattes. I would just throw away (well, send to Salvation Army) any drip coffee maker. Then again, there are the French Press aficionados, and those who prefer percolators. Ooh, we could transform this topic into a "What type of coffee maker do you use?" We haven't had that for at least a month or two.

        The is nothing quite like "the sound of a perculator in the morning"! And...."gasp" on the stove top (propane)!  ;D  This was our most recent "upgrade" to our (new to us) class c mh.Looking forward to  " breaking it in"!

          Coffee: Try Community Coffee, from Louisiana. Made with Arabica Bean "they were Arabica Bean...before Arabica Bean was cool"! ;)  They've been around since about 1900. I've been a consumer since I was about 5 (coffee- milk at my grandparents home), and that was a long time ago! I "do not" however, recommend the "chicory" blend! Unless you much "tougher" than I! ;)
    « Last Edit: September 22, 2017, 10:26:39 AM by Memtb »
    Todd and Marianne
    Miniature Schnauzers - Sundai, Nellie and Maggie Mae
    2007 Dodge Ram 3500,  6.7 Ram 6 speed manual, 4x4
    2004 Teton Grand Freedom
    2007 Bigfoot Class C

     

    Hosted by Over The Network