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#1 OFFLINE   Snowriver1

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 09:00 AM

I am trying a few new things on Paul's camper. (Without his permission) I will also be intoducing in Jan. a new better built camper with all the bells and whistles. Things like exterior stainless steel screws and fasteners, larger grey tank, Auto slide retract, Inverted 110 plugs added 12v outlets, clear glass in door window with pull down roller blind, Laminate oak flooring, Reico Titan jacks, pump switch in Bathroom, Programable digital thermostat with bedroom control, reading lites in slide-out, one touch winterizing valve, Humidity fan, and whatever else you guy's can come up with to make this the top camper on the market. Most of these things have already come from the posts I have read on the forum. Tell me what I've missed. I may not be able to use all idea's, but would certainly value the input of people that really use their campers.

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 09:20 AM

Remote control Smart Fan. Remote controll furnace & air conditioner like I have in my 5vr. You don't have to get up to turn the heat or air cond. up or down. I can even opperate it from the bed to turn down the heat if the little woman is having hot flashes. :comp26:

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 09:34 AM

Wow Bob I am excited now lets hope you have it done by the Spokane RV show. One idea that comes to mind is the two speed furnace the one we have now works to good sometimes. And speaking of furnaces if the thermostat could be located in the sitting area that would be better than the wall that you have them at now. A rain deflector over the steps to channel the water away from the top part of the steps. More out side lighting and lighted switches through out. More to come I am sure.
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Posted 25 October 2007 - 09:45 AM

A key rack with a small tray underneath for the inevitable junk, just inside the back door (maybe you already do this, I'm a Citation Guy)

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 11:16 AM

A 110 out let and 12 volt out let in the dinette area.
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Posted 25 October 2007 - 11:45 AM

This may be difficult to incorporate... but is there a way to access the areas adjacent to the camper at the wheel wells of the truck? Let me 'splain:

I had a TC800 fully contained within the truck's bed. I then stepped up to a TS1000 which now hang over the back. Aside from the obvious hitch extension which I knew I would need... there were some other features that I lost but didn't think about it until I had the new one... extra outside storage is one of those.

The TC800 had rear storage wing doors that allowed me to acces the wheel well spaces at the rear of the truck (the fron still had to get to from inside.) This extra space was handy for tire chains, shovel, fire wood, trash bags, dirty stuff etc... On the TS1000 I had very limited access to this potential storage area.

I realise that access to this space is more a factor of the truck rather than the camper.... but just wishing out load. I wish that mfgr's of trucks would bring back the side truck box storage that Ford had on thier 70's trucks.

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 11:58 AM

Bob,
IMHO, do not put in the plank flooring. I did it in my camper, and it is not functional. Left my vent up a little and had a little puddle. My next camper will have congoleum for sure. One less thing to worry about.

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 12:42 PM

[quote name='Northstar Campers' date='Oct 22 2007, 11:58 AM' post='2902184']
Bob,
IMHO, do not put in the plank flooring. I did it in my camper, and it is not functional. Left my vent up a little and had a little puddle. My next camper will have congoleum for sure. One less thing to worry about.

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At Ogallala I accidently emtied my entire water tank 37 Gal onto the laminate floor. Not a problem. The laminate must be glued down then a generous coat of paste wax applied to waterproof it. Some sales guys say the laminate must be a floating floor, I tried but it didn't work.

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 12:58 PM

Bob i dont remember if yiu saw it but i know Rex did i put in the lamanit floor used liquid nail and a few staples we like it but it is cold on the feet.i realy dont know if i would do it again..
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Posted 25 October 2007 - 01:17 PM

I used the laminate and glued each individual piece. I was not aware of the waxing part of it though, and not sure I want to wax my floor.
Another idea is to incorporate the jacks inside the wall. One German company is doing it with Happijacs and they front jacks hinge in the middle to fold up out of sight. That would not be cheap, but it would be cool.

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 02:25 PM

Wow Bob, I think it is great what you are proposing.

Here are a few ideas, not sure if they are feasible.

1. How about ceramic tile on the floor, Pleasure-Way is now offering it in their small motorhomes.

2. A way to free up the roof, are there ac/heat units that can go in the floor and not take up the roof space, I think something I heard about is called Hydrohot.

I am sure I can think up more but right now I have drawn a blank.

Once again I am impressed with your innovation.
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Posted 25 October 2007 - 02:50 PM

Hey, I don't object to being a prototype. Stainless crews on the outside are a great idea, I changed all the ones in my adventurer to stainless. The galvanized ones started to rust after one year.

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 03:02 PM

...How about ceramic tile on the floor, Pleasure-Way is now offering it in their small motorhomes....

I would think that there is too much flex in a TC that the tile would crack... But if it can work... is the use of in- floor radient heat feasable or practical in a TC??

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 03:37 PM

I would think that there is too much flex in a TC that the tile would crack... But if it can work... is the use of in- floor radient heat feasable or practical in a TC??


Wow,
You guy's are a tough crowd. I was hoping for things like an amber lens on the porchlite to keep the bugs away. Tiles on the floor could up the weight a little (bad thing) With a heated basement the cold floor thing is not such an issue, at least on my camper I didn't notice it. How about a removable matching carpet for those who camp in cold weather? If it gets too dirty you could spend a lot of money and order a new one from the factory. Some interesting ideas, keep them coming. 2 stage furnace would add $350.00 to the cost of a camper. Worth it?

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 03:52 PM

On demand hot water, large long storage to hold multiple fishing rods with reels, paddles, etc..
Lockable storage with pull out tray for the Honda 2000.
I prefer the vynal floor and just lay over with carpet remenant that I replace every year.

I can see this reach 100's of posts, maybe someone can start a running list of the wish list.

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 03:56 PM

If Paul's paying for all these cool new add-ons....

I vote for Gold plated faucets. :sterb003:
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Posted 25 October 2007 - 04:08 PM

LED tail lights is another suggestion.

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 04:08 PM

What about an additional truck to camper cable plug-in that is for charging off of the truck while traveling. I say this because the 7 pin adapter only accepts no. 10 wire for charging. It'd be real good if there was a two conductor, (+and-) number 8 wire to plug in and get better charging with minimal resistance.

But then again I tend to go overboard. :sterb003:
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Posted 25 October 2007 - 06:15 PM

Galley doors that latch and will NOT come open when traveling.

LED lights inside for use when Boon docking. I have found they burn out if you use them while plugged in to 120volts. They do not like the higher voltage, but work fine in the 12 volt dc range. These would be additional lights.

Black tank flushing system built into the camper with hose connection from outside of the camper.

Extra tinted glass all around. Most upper end campers have this feature. We love our tinted glass, Bob!

Stainless steel screws and hardware outside, now that's a novel idea. You can retrofit mine next time I come up. This was a request for my camper when it was built last year, but somehow it slipped through the cracks.

Silent water pump or added module, we love the one Bob put in for me this summer.

Battery separator for those of us who do not have one built into the truck. What I like about the one that Bob put in my camper is that the camper battery charger also keeps the truck batteries on the float voltage of 13.1volts anytime the camper is in storage,while mounted on the truck' and the camper is plugged in to 120 volts.

Auto slide close circuit. I had Bob put this feature on my camper, but I have it energize a beeper only,if the slide is out and you start the truck. With the super slide mechanism that the SR has and you are inside when the slide moves in , you figure out the rest of the story. Just my opinion.

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Posted 25 October 2007 - 06:48 PM

I have a few of my own too!

Nonskid on the treads of the stairs and the ladder.
Bathroom light switch in the BR itself.
Ask if he wants the BR door hinged like ours - we love it.
Pull out trash can under the sink area.
Church key standard.
Vents in the outside ends of the slinky bumper, or holes underneath for drainage.
120V 15A outlet in the kitchen area
12v outside plug.
Wired rear camera.
Light switches for the outside all located at the rear of the TC - inside!
The "momentary" switch for the outside rear light needs to be up higher so you can finger it on the way OUT of the TC also - for safety exiting.
Lever valves for the plumbing, not ?{+(**& screw ones.
Ceramic heated built-in, say next to the inverter or under the fridge (my next project!).
Massaging reclining captains chairs.
Want more?

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