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Title: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: SargeW 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?
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: Isaac-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.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: kdbgoat on September 21, 2017, 10:13:01 AM
Leveling system, automatic or manual either one would be nice.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: Ernie n Tara on September 21, 2017, 10:20:54 AM
Replace the #% $&* spring return jacks with double acting jacks.

Ernie
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: kdbgoat 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
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: blw2 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)
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: SargeW 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.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: Joezeppy 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.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: winona 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. 
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: kdbgoat 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
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: blw2 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!
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: blw2 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....
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: UTTransplant 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.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: Memtb on September 21, 2017, 03:38:21 PM

     Sarge, A few items: In a "Perfect World", changes we would make to our 5th wheel
       
              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[/list]
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: Steve N Dee 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
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: rider1520 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.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: rider1520 on September 21, 2017, 06:00:15 PM
OR .....the option of a second A.C.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: Patnsuzanne 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.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: Sun2Retire 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.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: Pugapooh on September 21, 2017, 06:44:18 PM
Would change to a king bed.  Auto leveling and electric awning.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: winona 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
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: muskoka guy 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.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: garyb1st 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. 
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: Wi1dBill 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
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: SargeW 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!
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: SargeW 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.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: Kevin Means 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
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: SargeW on September 22, 2017, 07:30:06 AM
I know, huh? But then again, Diane is the best "coffee maker" I have ever had!
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: UTTransplant 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.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: Memtb 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! ;)
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: Denver Transplant on September 22, 2017, 10:54:25 AM
Things on the plan for our ACE 30.1
 - Sumo Springs all 4 wheels
 - Replace jackknife sofa with a reclining sofa
 
Wish list
 - Roof top solar - 400 W (have 100W suitcase portable)
 - Battery expansion to 4 6-volt AGM batteries (have 2 6-volt flooded batteries)
 - Inverter - 1000W or so (I have a 300 watt portable)

Wish it came with, but unlikely to actually do
 - 50 Amp service
 - Second air conditioner

Already done
 - Safe-T-Plus
 - Koni FSD shocks
 - SuperSteer Rear Track Bar
 - CHF - front and rear
 - SeeLevel tank monitoring system
 - Bogart Battery Monitor
 - Honeywell digital thermostat
 - New curtains for all windows and removed OEM blinds
 - Screen for rear window
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: blw2 on September 22, 2017, 12:48:29 PM
Scott reminded me of one....
I'd like to have a master switch panel up on the dash, where I could control everything while driving
generator (I already put in one for this), air conditioner, fridge, lights, water pump, etc...
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: Rene T on September 22, 2017, 02:50:46 PM
where I could control everything while driving
generator
(I already put in one for this), air conditioner, fridge, lights, water pump, etc...

Brad, you drive your generator?   :o ::) ;D
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: demag88 on September 22, 2017, 02:59:46 PM
A bigger grey tank and bedroom slide
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: kdbgoat on September 22, 2017, 03:08:09 PM
Brad, you drive your generator?   :o ::) ;D

Yes he does. He drove it right over that comma ;D
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: Steve N Dee on September 26, 2017, 06:37:19 PM
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
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: Oldedit on September 26, 2017, 07:07:50 PM
What we would shop for if we were in the market for a new Class A motorhome (and we might be):

1. The best chassis enhancements available so we wouldn't have to retrofit to improve handling, ride and alignment.
2. Easy access to the engine so we wouldn't be charged 1.5 x normal shop rates when we had the unit serviced.
3. King size bed is a must.
4. Cabinets that shut and stay shut no matter what the road conditions are or how many sharp turns we may take at whatever speeds.
5. Satellites and a Direct TV receiver or receivers Hooked up and ready to go.
6. Top appliances and other components sourced from manufacturers who retail through Home Depot, Costco and other stores. Don't subject us to the RV industry vendors who have and exploit their carefully built and executed monopolies.
7. Strong, smart and easily winterized fresh water and sewer systems that don't have to be serviced by Camping World or its competitors.
8. Beautifully written and illustrated user manuals for the coach and all appliances and other components in print and online with YouTube videos.
9. Computer stations and desks instead of numerous couches that waste space and are never used, at least not by us.
10. Eight or 10 cup holders and storage compartments in the cockpit.
11. Good door screens.
12. Michelin tires.
13. Water, gray and black tank sensors that provide useful and reliable information.
14. Tool kits with every tool you will need to perform minor and routine maintenance jobs.
15. The quietist HVAC system possible.
16. MOST IMPORTANT: Quality assurance that ensures that we will not have to fix things missed at the factory and dealer. We don't want to return to our dealer several times in the first months we have the unit. Police dealers to make sure they do their jobs before delivering new units.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: tanglemoose on September 26, 2017, 08:34:21 PM
We love our Cougar 21rbswe, so much we bought a used one 2015 and then a new one 2017 model, when they upgraded to a king bed... The one thing, and only thing, we wish Keystone would change.... The outside shower is placed under the awning, where you put your rug down, two chairs and table... ha... like you can use the shower there??????????????????  What the H... I need to write Keystone. Doesn't everyone put their awning out, put rug and chairs under it... ?? so how do you use the shower, with cold and hot water!

Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: 99dart on September 26, 2017, 09:24:19 PM
There are a couple of things my DW & I would change on our new MH. We would go back to the tried & true propane/electric fridge. We have never had an issue with them keeping our food cold. The residential fridge however... not so much when dry camping. We had two brand new deep cycle 6v batteries installed right after purchase. First time out boondocking we were awakened by the low battery alarm. I have since installed two more batteries.
  The other thing is changing the power source so both the slide & levelers will function with ignition on or off. One or the other! It drove us nuts trying to remember which was which when we first bought the unit! We got REALLY upset one evening after stopping for the night. We parked, shut the engine off, then tried to level up, nothing, oh, ya, I said. Turned the key on, leveled up, great. Then, tried to extend the slide, again, nothing. Shyte. 3-4 minutes later is was, oh, crap... the key is on! To our deffense, it was on our trip home from buying it in S.C. We were pretty tired from haulin' butt all day. 
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: SebastianFL on September 27, 2017, 05:17:32 AM
What about having a washer/dryer if there isn't one in your RV?  It's barely mentioned by anyone, so far, which means everyone has one or it's really not that important.  I am shopping RVs and I am finding that most of my favorites have no washer/dryer set up.  I've been ruling those out, because back in the day when I didn't have these in my house, the laundromat was the only option.  Are laundromats different in RV parks?  My experiences have been not so good: machines not working, dryers too hot, people leaving clothes in washer or dryer and leaving, people taking up several machines at once, children who are out of control, etc.  It's not always bad, but in a shopping center's laundromat, you never know what you're going to get.  This makes me worried about buying an RV that has everything I want except a washer/dryer.  Are laundromats in an RV park a nice place to chat and get to know the people and tend to your machine as needed or is it hit or miss?
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: SargeW on September 27, 2017, 06:55:51 AM
With a washer/dryer in an RV, folks either love them and wouldn't be without one (like my wife) or don't have them and don't really care. We went for several years without them as the RV's we had were not set up for them. Then after getting a rig with one and DW got the experience of having it, it is now a "must have" for any RV we have.

Some RV parks have decent wash facilities, and others are barley adequate. Performance of the machines is always a guess, and 99% of the time are all coin operated. Some are very expensive. We used some while in the Florida Keys some years back and paid $5 a load to wash in a regular size washer.  And folks leaving their wash in a machine and leaving is always an issue. 

So yes, for us a WD is HUGE.  We first had a combo model that would wash then dry all in one machine. It worked OK, but it would take about 3 hours to do a load. We now have a stack-able set that is much faster. Either one is better than using a laundromat for us.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: halfwright on September 27, 2017, 07:05:35 AM
In my Montana, there is a window in the hallway that is just right for the door to hit when the window is open and the wind pulls the door out of your hand. They cost $259. The window could have been placed 18 inches toward the front and avoided this problem.

Better planning with the cabinet doors and the slides could have prevented problems with that.

The day and night curtains are an ongoing pain in the butt.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: garyb1st on September 27, 2017, 10:01:12 AM
Our old motorhome had a rear window.   That is the one thing we wanted but weren't able to find in a motorhome we liked.  The other thing that we liked about the old motorhome was the size of the windows.  They were quite large compared to those in many of the newer motorhomes we looked at. 
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: martin2340 on September 27, 2017, 10:16:54 AM
More windows on the right (usable)side of the unit. Now all of our windows with the exception of one small window over the stove are located on the left side facing the neighbors. We keep the shades drawn most of the time. Just reverse the setup and it would be fine.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: glen54737 on September 27, 2017, 01:10:31 PM
What about having a washer/dryer if there isn't one in your RV?  It's barely mentioned by anyone, so far, which means everyone has one or it's really not that important.  I am shopping RVs and I am finding that most of my favorites have no washer/dryer set up.  I've been ruling those out, because back in the day when I didn't have these in my house, the laundromat was the only option.  Are laundromats different in RV parks?  My experiences have been not so good: machines not working, dryers too hot, people leaving clothes in washer or dryer and leaving, people taking up several machines at once, children who are out of control, etc.  It's not always bad, but in a shopping center's laundromat, you never know what you're going to get.  This makes me worried about buying an RV that has everything I want except a washer/dryer.  Are laundromats in an RV park a nice place to chat and get to know the people and tend to your machine as needed or is it hit or miss?
It's kind of hit or miss I remember 4 guys sitting around waiting on the clothes discussing the effects of ultra low sulfur diesel on the engines. ;D

The washer/dryer was a must have on the last 2 units. the current one took some mods to get the stackable in. 8)

I want one of the a/c units to have a heat pump my last one did but this one does not.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: 99dart on September 27, 2017, 02:40:31 PM
What about having a washer/dryer if there isn't one in your RV? 

My wife wanted to install a washer/dryer in our new MH really badly. But, there really isn't a practical place to put one. I always tell her, "why do laundry on vacation?" We haven't started doing any lengthy stays yet.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: 99dart on September 27, 2017, 02:45:07 PM
Our old motorhome had a rear window.   That is the one thing we wanted but weren't able to find in a motorhome we liked.  The other thing that we liked about the old motorhome was the size of the windows.  They were quite large compared to those in many of the newer motorhomes we looked at.

We noticed the windows being smaller too. But, once inside they feel pretty much the same. We really like the look of the "frameless" smoked windows on ours.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: Sun2Retire on September 27, 2017, 08:27:48 PM
#4: Adjustable driver and passenger seatbelt anchors. Apparently Newmar thought the average driver would be 7'6"+, as the seatbelt anchor (where it bolts to the wall) is above my head while seated, causing the belt to rub my neck. Yes I use one of those clippy things but still rubs.


#5: A Jake brake. The exhaust brake is OK but not great, and only really works at high RPM.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: SargeW on September 27, 2017, 08:33:17 PM
Good stuff Scott. One of the big things I wanted changed in this current RV was a real Jake instead of an exhaust brake. I have had it 4 months now, and it is amazingly more effective.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: Sun2Retire on September 27, 2017, 09:43:12 PM
I have had it 4 months now, and it is amazingly more effective.


Green with envy Marty.


Looked into adding one and got two different answers: either my little Cat won't support one, or it will but it'll cost 12K. Either way....  :-\
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: SargeW on September 28, 2017, 07:38:43 AM
Yeah, I got the same answer when I looked into adding a Jake to the Phaeton with the ISC. Some were just not designed for it, and no one could justify the cost of developing one.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: Larry N. on September 28, 2017, 07:39:21 AM
I'd like to have a two stage engine brake, much like what I had on the Beaver. It was so effective (in high) that I could go down from the Eisenhower Tunnel westbound all the way to Silverthorne without needing the service (foot) brakes. For those not familiar, that's 5% and 6% grades a large part of the 12 or so mile distance and 2,000 foot descent.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: SeilerBird on September 28, 2017, 07:57:15 AM
I would really love to install a beautiful blonde in the bedroom... :-*
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: Heli_av8tor on September 28, 2017, 08:48:35 AM
I'd like digital thermostats for the HVAC. And if digital they might as well be programable.

Tom
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: martin2340 on September 28, 2017, 10:19:36 AM
I would really love to install a beautiful blonde in the bedroom... :-*

I already have a beautiful blonde, I call her Shadow a 9year old Golden Blonde Retriever👌👌👌
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: glen54737 on October 01, 2017, 03:07:46 PM
More 120v outlets.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: dave54 on October 01, 2017, 09:19:13 PM
More 120v outlets.

I am the opposite.  We have plenty of 120 outlets.  I wish we had more 12v and USB ports.  I keep threatening to add some myself, but have not gotten around to it.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: John From Detroit on October 02, 2017, 07:27:41 AM
More 120v outlets.

And BETTER outlets.. I added a 15/20 amp Duplesd (These haver a T Shaped neutral) in the bedfroom 12 ga to a 20 amp dedicated breaker, a 2nd in the living room also 12 ga bent around a screw to a 15 amp breaker. a 15/20 amp SINGLE outlet shared with an air conditioner (These are for space heaters and I figure I don't need heat and A/C at the same time)

And I just added a quad set for the kitchen, also a 15 amp breaker, 12 ga wire from the breaker to the GFCI outlet and from the GFCI to the daisy chained...

Yes MORE OUTLETS espically in the kitchen

I also made a new improvement.. I picked up an 4-channel RF Remote from AllElectronics dot com...

I hooked 1 and 2 to my main slide out controls.. THE receiver gets power from the interlock system so if the engine is running this system is DEAD!!!.. but when I park I can now extend (or Retract) the main slider from anywhere in... or near... the RV.. THus the big box in the isle.. I don't have to climb over it.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: gravesdiesel on October 02, 2017, 01:02:53 PM
I also would like more 12 volt outlets.  At least one with the "cigarette lighter" plug and a couple USB type.  I have an outside shower on the back of my unit, which is PERFECT because it comes right off the water heater right beside it, but I wish I had a 12v light back there.  There is a nice outside light on the left rear of the unit which is great when hooking up, unhooking and draining sewer in the dark.  I also wish my unit had an awning that covered both doors and a light beside the bedroom door.  We LOVE the "residential" shower and porcelain toilet in the bathroom.   
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: Bill N on October 18, 2017, 07:20:46 AM
I would like to have the air conditioners on the roof instead in the basement.  It would give me more storage room and less noise right by my ear when I am sleeping (duct goes up to roof next to my side).  Also would be easier to access them.  Thankfully I have not yet experienced the disconnected ducting that many with basement units have encountered.

Bill
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: Alfa38User 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.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: yolo on October 18, 2017, 09:05:56 AM
What would I change?
The owner's name on the title.  Unit is for sale. ;)
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: NY_Dutch 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.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: maddog348 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????
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: Alfa38User 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.... :-[
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: maddog348 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.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: Bill N 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.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: SebastianFL 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. 
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: Old_Crow 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.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: whiteva on December 06, 2017, 06:57:28 AM
Shinny paint job! 
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: Larry N. 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.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: SargeW 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. 
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: Bill N 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.

Bill
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: garyb1st 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.   
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: sadixon49 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.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: Larry N. 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.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: blw2 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"
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: rls7201 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.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: SargeW 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. 
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: newfurrows 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.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: 8Muddypaws 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.
Title: Re: Tell us what you would change about your current RV?
Post by: John From Detroit 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.