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Author Topic: Mods to the Travel Trailer  (Read 3458 times)

Offline ridesolo

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Mods to the Travel Trailer
« on: Aug 29, 2016, 23:24:03 »
We spent last winter in our travel trailer in the Gulfport, MS area and plan to go again this year.  It was our first winter as snowbirds and also the first winter in our trailer.  Generally things went well, but I came home with a list of projects to make things more livable in the future.  I thought I'd document some of them as they are completed just for the fun of it.

We got set up and discovered that the living room TV could be connected to the campground cable connection or the amplified roof antenna but the rest of the TV hook-ups were only to the antenna.  To get the bedroom TV connected to cable as well I jury rigged some splitters and a switch and got things working temporarily.  Below is the back side of the antenna/cable switch and routing set-up I made to fix it all.  I guess it sort of looks a little confusing, as in addition to everything else there had to be a split-off for the amplified antenna signal to feed  trailer's built-in AM/FM/WX radio.



It's a little easier to look at on this side.  Since the antenna amplifier is powered w/ a 12v feed I'm going to tap into that 12v and add a double USB outlet for cell phone charging below the panel.



The next project was the front of the refrigerator.  It bothered Mrs. Ridesolo that the front panels on the refrigerator and freezer didn't match.  (If you look close you can see the difference.  The thing came from the factory that way.)



The door panels slide out of the front of the doors, so we bought a sheet of 1/4" ply, cut new panels, and stained & varnished them to match the rest of the interior woodwork. (The color match is closer in person than in the pictures.)



Also if you look at the pix above you'll see the propane oven/range unit.  We don't use it much, using the cook top made the smoke detector go off constantly, even with the exhaust fan running full speed.  We have a microwave, a convection oven, an electric skillet, and a George Foreman grill as well as the outdoor gas grill that work far better for our needs.  So, to make more usable counter space I was asked to come up with a cover for the cook top. I made a frame out of some 1x3 poplar and laid in glass and stone tile. 



There are a few other projects in the works that I'll try to post as they are finished. 
     
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Re: Mods to the Travel Trailer
« Reply #1 on: Aug 30, 2016, 13:57:06 »
Looking good Cory, and the work looks just as nice in person!
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Re: Mods to the Travel Trailer
« Reply #2 on: Aug 30, 2016, 14:02:37 »
Nice job.
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Re: Mods to the Travel Trailer
« Reply #3 on: Aug 30, 2016, 16:44:29 »
HEYYYY wanna drag this thing down to barber ;)
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Re: Mods to the Travel Trailer
« Reply #4 on: Aug 30, 2016, 17:22:08 »
Virgin travel trailer'rs, we pick our new baby up next month after Labour Day.  Can't read enough about must do accessories or modifications.  First on the list will be a mobile hotspot and a US prepaid data card to provide Wifi no matter where we park. Flagging this thread for future ideas.  :D
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Re: Mods to the Travel Trailer
« Reply #5 on: Aug 30, 2016, 22:48:47 »
Virgin travel trailer'rs, we pick our new baby up next month after Labour Day.  Can't read enough about must do accessories or modifications.  First on the list will be a mobile hotspot and a US prepaid data card to provide Wifi no matter where we park. Flagging this thread for future ideas.  :D 

Thanx!  The RV parks we stayed at going south and north all had wifi.  We wintered on a Navy SeeBee base and had wifi there, too.   We lucked out with our trailer, it's got lots of storage. The microwave is built in but if it dies I'll replace it w/ a microwave/convection oven combo made for an RV that bolts right in.  Saw one on Amazon for around $400. We have a crock pot, electric skillet, George Foreman grill, small convection oven, & coffee pot.  It's easier to use the campground's electricity than constantly refill the propane tanks.  Oh yeah, we also learned real quick that it was necessary to have a small dehumidifier. Two adults and two big dogs did a pretty good job of putting lots of moisture into the air every night.  To keep from popping the breakers with too much draw, I snaked an extra electric cord under the slide-out to power the dehumidifier. 
   
The trailer tows and handles well.  Our biggest disappointment is with the furnishing.  It's extremely uncomfortable for day-to-day living.  The stupid "jackknife couch" isn't comfortable seating and the dinette/bench/table thingie isn't much better. My next major project will be to essentially gut the living/dining slide out and redesign/refurnish it for practical use.
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These are on a low simmer out in the shop:
'75 Honda CL360: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=56547.0
'70 Rupp Roadster: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=67459.0

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Re: Mods to the Travel Trailer
« Reply #6 on: Aug 31, 2016, 09:02:15 »
Good points on the moisture as well as the use of electrical over propane. 
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Re: Mods to the Travel Trailer
« Reply #7 on: Sep 01, 2016, 00:16:08 »
The next project is related to trailering and towing but doesn't involve the trailer directly. As I was preparing things last year I put together a basic tool kit to carry in the trailer.  It was "adequate" but just barely. One of the guys I became friends with had a huge stash of tools in the "basement" of his motor home, including a drill press. I don't need to tote along as much as he had, but I certainly need more than I originally packed. I decided to find a way to carry a better kit of tools in the bed of the truck. I wanted to find something that didn't stick up above the sides of the bed so I can use a bed cover and I wanted something that wasn't just a covered "bin" that I had to root through every time I need something. I came across this big old tool box at an auction and decided that even though it was pretty ugly it had lots of potential.  For $20 it came home with me.







Dirty and surface rust on the lid, but solid and functional. It was made by Huot and originally had a hinged cover that went down over the front to cover and secure the drawers.  Unfortunately the only part of this left was the piano hinge on the lid.



Since it's going into the back of my truck I had to find a way to keep the drawers closed and secure. I investigated the idea of having a new front cover made and found a guy who would have done a fantastic job. However, I really wanted to keep this project on a strict budget so after a little thought I cut the piano hinge off of the lid and came up with Plan B. (More on that later.)  Since it's going into the truck and will ride secured up at the front near the cab, AND since it's pretty heavy, even without tools, AND since I can't see hoisting my old carcass up into and back down out of the bed every time I need a tool, I needed a way to easily move it to the rear for easier access. I decided to build a frame for it to sit down into and then got a pair of roller blades at a thrift store.  The wheels from the roller blades fit nicely into the ridges in the bed liner.





So, I took everything apart and cleaned, sanded, and painted and this is what I've ended up with:



Unlock and lift the lid and the steel bars that go down through the handles can be pulled out of the way.

 

So, for a total investment of less than $50 I've got the capacity for a real tool stash.
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'75 Honda CL360: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=56547.0
'70 Rupp Roadster: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=67459.0

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Re: Mods to the Travel Trailer
« Reply #8 on: Sep 01, 2016, 10:10:43 »
Awesome, that is great! Use it at home all summer too
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Re: Mods to the Travel Trailer
« Reply #9 on: Sep 01, 2016, 17:56:03 »
Awesome, that is great! Use it at home all summer too 

Thanx!  I could.  Already have plenty of tools and tool boxes in the shop.  I managed to get organized a while back and set things up so I have a Metric box and Standard (SAE or whatever) box, helping to make it easier to find things when I need them.  For the most part I think I'm going to be able to set this new one up using duplicates of pliers, screw drivers, wrenches, etc.  I don't have any extra ratchet handles and sockets, though, so I'll be keeping eyes open for extras of those.  I'll keep "the good stuff" in the shop and put the lower quality items into the travel box.  
“Fight on and fly on to the last drop of blood and the last drop of fuel, to the last beat of the heart.”
— Baron Manfred von Richthofen

Please check out:  http://www.VetTix.org

These are on a low simmer out in the shop:
'75 Honda CL360: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=56547.0
'70 Rupp Roadster: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=67459.0