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Author Topic: Mods to the Travel Trailer  (Read 3473 times)

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Re: Mods to the Travel Trailer
« Reply #10 on: Oct 22, 2016, 18:05:49 »
It's been a while but I finally got a cover for the bed of the truck so I can put the tool box in place. (And get it out from under foot in the shop.)  The idea for putting it on the base (dolly/platform/whatever) w/ the roller blade wheels was to allow it to be rolled closer to the back so I don't have to haul my old body up into and down out of the bed every time I want a tool.  I don't know about you, but just about every project I take on usually requires several trips back for an additional tool, regardless of how well I think I've planned ahead.  So, here it is rolled to the back:



And here it is rolled into it's normal riding spot and stashed in place.  No seatbelt citations for this passenger!



It's a crappy picture, but here it is under the bed cover. 



Now I get to start loading it up w/ useful things!
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Re: Mods to the Travel Trailer
« Reply #11 on: Nov 05, 2016, 21:15:46 »
Have another small mod to both the trailer and the truck I made.

Charging cell phones in the trailer is a bit of a pain as there aren't all that many 110v outlets that aren't already being used by the TV, our computers, the wifi repeater, coffee pot, etc.  Since the panel I made for behind the TV has 12v routed to it because of the TV antenna booster I thought a place to charge the cell phones & iPod using USB ports would be in order.  So I got a USB port with a panel mount face plate and made up a jumper cable to connect to the antenna booster.



Since there is little available real estate on the metal panel I made I mounted it below.







Now on to the truck.  The thing has three lighter plug locations (actually four now that I think of it, but the dogs never use the one in the back seat) two in the dash and one in the center console between the seats.  I was going to replace one of the ones in the dash but it was easier to take apart the one in the console so it went there.  It's convenient, the console is about the size of a cooler, so it's easy to stash the cables right where they're being used.  Again the first step was to make a little jumper and then a little use of an Exacto knife opened up the hole a bit more.



Plug in the wires and snap the little panel back into place and it's done.  Easier to mess with than bulkier phone chargers. 



(Much later edit:  Over time I discovered that i seemed to be having battery slow drain issues.  If I didn't use the truck for a couple days or only drove around town for a few days, sooner or later I'd come out to discover the battery discharged, sometimes to the point where the door locks wouldn't even work.  I decided it could be the transformer in the USB port so I added a SPST toggle switch and haven't had a battery discharge problem since.)

 
« Last Edit: Mar 18, 2018, 18:59:38 by ridesolo »
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Re: Mods to the Travel Trailer
« Reply #12 on: Nov 05, 2016, 21:58:08 »
Nice work Cory, as usual!
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Re: Mods to the Travel Trailer
« Reply #13 on: Nov 05, 2016, 23:56:28 »
Nice work. I missed the toolbox, that thing is the business! The rollers are a great idea. Hopping up into the bed 25 times a day does get old!


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Re: Mods to the Travel Trailer
« Reply #14 on: Nov 06, 2016, 00:56:23 »
Nice work Cory, as usual!

Nice work. I missed the toolbox, that thing is the business! The rollers are a great idea. Hopping up into the bed 25 times a day does get old!

Thanx a bunch guys!  I just keep piddling around w/ things and once in a while they come out ok.   
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Re: Mods to the Travel Trailer
« Reply #15 on: Dec 02, 2016, 20:08:58 »
The time has come to quit working on it and head south for the winter.  Most of the planned projects are done and the temperatures have taken a dive so we've got to head toward warmer climes.  I'm sure several more ideas for projects to get done next summer will come up.  So, as of now there'll be a wake-up, load the last of the stuff and the dogs, lock the doors, and hit the road.

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Re: Mods to the Travel Trailer
« Reply #16 on: Feb 21, 2017, 20:14:26 »
So we get set up for the winter and decide that our old boy, Rudy, is not able to get himself up the steps any more.  So we made a trip to the local Lowes for lumber, screws, glue, and some outdoor carpet/turf stuff and Ol' Rudy is now the only dog you know w/ his own putting green.  Ah, trailer life...



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Re: Mods to the Travel Trailer
« Reply #17 on: Feb 21, 2017, 20:57:38 »
That's awesome! You've got to cater to the 4 legged kids.

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Re: Mods to the Travel Trailer
« Reply #18 on: Feb 21, 2017, 22:18:46 »
That's awesome! You've got to cater to the 4 legged kids. 

Yeah, this boy is 12 years old and we almost lost him two years ago to a ruptured disk in his back.  Our vet coaxed him back to decent mobility; he's slow n gimpy but doesn't seem to be in any pain.  At his age we're happy to have him around and try to make him as comfortable as possible.
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Re: Mods to the Travel Trailer
« Reply #19 on: Mar 15, 2018, 20:03:58 »
Yeah, it's been a long time, but I thought i'd resurrect this thread for the fun of it. 

First off, old Rudy shown in the pictures above is no longer with us.  His Degenerative Myelopathy progressed to where he could no longer get up on his own and was having a very difficult time dealing with cold, snow, and ice.  (OF course we were in Ohio in the cold, snow and ice rather than being back in Mississippi because there's no way he could have handled the trip.)   He was 13 years and one month old when he passed on 16 January, a good long life for a large dog.

So, anyway, a year ago on our way back from Mississippi we decided that the Kodiak trailer had to go.  The floorplan was useful and comfortable but the furniture wasn't comfortable and the build quality was very questionable.  Typical for me, I did lots and lots of research and decided that a smaller 5th wheel trailer would be a better option for us even though I knew I'd have to be pretty careful with weight and size to stay w/in the weight capacity of my Tundra, rated as a "heavy half".  I discovered a no longer made Canadian brand that has a reputation for good quality, excellent towing properties, and insulation(!).  As luck would have it I found the perfect candidate a couple of counties away... so began a months-long process of looking, negotiating, reading, researching, more negotiating, etc.  Eventually this followed me home:


     
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