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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Some of the mods we made to our motorhome - D thru F

Okay… here is the next batch of modification pics in alphabetical order….

DC (12 volt) OUTLET:
dc power outlet by dash0 The DC outlet over by the drivers side is used for the tire pressure monitor, and I didn’t like stringing a cord across the aisle to reach it even if we put in a doubled adaptor.  Plus, that one runs off the engine batteries.  This new one Steveio wired in runs from the camping batteries.  So this means I can use my laptop on 12volt with my DC power cord when parked camping somewhere and not have to have on the inverter just to run the computer on the regular 120vac power cord.

drawer velcro fix (2)  drawer velcro fix (3)
These are our two biggest drawers in the bathroom.  Steveio had replaced the slides in them with stronger slides, but they don’t stay in a shut position too well now when travelling down the road.  I cut some heavy duty velcro (dontcha just LOVE that stuff?)  into a small L shaped for on the cabinet side and a small corresponding piece on the back corners of the drawer front.  Works like a charm!And you don't see it when the drawer is closed.

electronics power strip1 We are very power conscious when camping rustic or boondocking…. (without hookups).  We know that keeping our inverter on drains a lot of precious battery power, because a lot of phantom loads are eating up those amps.  We have learned to use power strips to control the full bank of items and just one flick of the power strip will cut power to all of them at once in this cabinet.   We have a lot of stuff in those front cabinets, the tv, stereo, stereo booster, 10 disk CD changer, antenna booster, RF modulator, DVD recorder and VCR…whew!   
We also pull the plug on the microwave unless we are using it, very rarely do we ever use it anyhow.  
When I get to the letter *I* you can see another nifty alteration Steveio has done for our inverter switch…..

electronics power strip by dash0 The only way to even find  that danged 120vac outlet was to get on hands and knees between the dash and the passenger seat and reach up under there to find it mounted upside down under the dash… ack~   So we mounted this strip to the wall, and leave it plugged in under there permanently. 
Also a mesh office rack works good velcro-ed to the wall here for maps, books, brochures etc. all next to my seat within easy reach.

extra battery rack (1280x960)
(this photo is taken from under our upraised king sized bed in the bedroom -- to open up to the engine area)
Steveio made this extra rack and mounted in place in the engine compartment of our rig. The plan is for in the future, when we go full time, we will upgrade to SIX batteries for the coach (right now we have four 6volt golf cart batteries in there) and the two 12 volt ones for the engine can be moved back to here and rewired.   He made the rack quick now, because when we just upgraded to the new 6 volters, we weren’t sure they would all fit in the existing battery drawer.  (they did)   But now the rack is in place for the future, and actually made a nice spot to stand on when we were working on the engine. 

fire extinquisher addition Just stop and think for a minute.  If you are asleep in your bedroom of your camper, and wake up to a fire in the middle of the rig, you probably have to bail out a window or emergency exit.  The extinguisher is usually located up near the door which is locked from the inside.  So even if you bailed out, you can’t even get back into your camper to get to it.  Of course, they do burn up fast and sometimes there is nothing you can do to save it.  But having a few around, plus an external one in an unlocked compartment is a real smart thing to do.  Locating one at the far end of your rig, like your bedroom, where you might be trapped is a good idea too.    Having one in an outside compartment means you can access it and quick blast at say a fire on the brakes or tire, or at a campfire that is spreading  etc. 
(keeping a hidden door key outside somewhere is a very smart idea, not just for a fire but for any time you might get locked out or lose your keys)

front console drawer

got a cure for this Our grown kids sometimes use our rig for extra sleeping space when we go to Grandpa’s cabin in the woods for New Years.  Both couches fold down into beds, and their duffle bags, boots, jackets and junk lay ALL over the place.  Does anyone got a cure for this???

Stay tuned for our next installment…. G through whatever……


  1. Can we borrow Steveio?? He does good work.. So do you!

  2. Oh gosh, Leno.... you could never afford his charge out rate! LOL

    Honestly, he has a whole list of things yet to do for OUR rig, and it seems like he is dreaming up new stuff every day to add to that.

  3. Ok really dumb question here but looking at your picture with all your video components, the stack on the right side with your VCR etc, has a little black box on top with a red light. What the heck is that box?! We have the same thing in our new RV and don't know what it does LOL help!

    1. Oh .. that is a called an RF Modulator. it's used to allow an older device like a VCR become compatible with the newer type hookups for playing through newer tv's and dvd's etc.


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