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    MPG 181 design ideas from new owner.

    We took our maiden voyage to the central California coast last week to a favorite old haunt on the beach...we throughly enjoyed our cool little TT. Had a few minor issues but all in all, it was a great time. We got some rain one evening and were sooo happy to be inside after all our years of tent camping. The drain is a bit low for an outside tank, but that's easily remedied. We didn't like the way the table doesn't go up against the wall in the dinette, but I fixed that today...mounted an alum. L channel on the wall. The table edge now rests on that and is held in place by a drop though in. We're going to have a local shop make a storage cover for it next week. Then it's time to give some thought to adding jacks to the front and also an awning.
    Next trip in two weeks... a long weekend to a spot north of Malibu.

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    Half the fun of owning an R.V., is customizing it to your tastes...

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    Please keep us updated on the awning process. I think the shape of the MPG hinders the awning placement more than anything else. A reach up, pull it down, you have instant shade, has to be a better seller than putting up a tent. A lot would depend on whether you are traveling or just setting somewhere for several days. Then again, we could be greedy and ask for both.

    Quote Originally Posted by bigTdrop View Post
    We took our maiden voyage to the central California coast last week to a favorite old haunt on the beach...we throughly enjoyed our cool little TT. Had a few minor issues but all in all, it was a great time. We got some rain one evening and were sooo happy to be inside after all our years of tent camping. The drain is a bit low for an outside tank, but that's easily remedied. We didn't like the way the table doesn't go up against the wall in the dinette, but I fixed that today...mounted an alum. L channel on the wall. The table edge now rests on that and is held in place by a drop though in. We're going to have a local shop make a storage cover for it next week. Then it's time to give some thought to adding jacks to the front and also an awning.
    Next trip in two weeks... a long weekend to a spot north of Malibu.
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    Re: MPG 181 design ideas from new owner.

    We just purchased a 181 also and have found the same problem with the dinette table when trying to convert it to a bed. Could you please be more specific as to how you resolved this problem. Maybe you could possibly send the solution to Heartland, since they claim there is no problem. I have been instructed to take pictures of the problem and send to them. Thank you.

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    Re: MPG 181 design ideas from new owner.

    Quote Originally Posted by btdt View Post
    We just purchased a 181 also and have found the same problem with the dinette table when trying to convert it to a bed. Could you please be more specific as to how you resolved this problem. Maybe you could possibly send the solution to Heartland, since they claim there is no problem. I have been instructed to take pictures of the problem and send to them. Thank you.
    Sorry for the late response. We don't use the dinette for a bed, so the table stay's up except when traveling. In the up position, the inside (wall side) table leg stay's folded up with the table edge resting on the L channel that I mounted to the wall. This way, there is no longer a gap between the inside table edge and the wall. There is no gap between the table edge & wall when it's in the down position, so maybe I'm misunderstanding your problem?

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    Re: MPG 181 design ideas from new owner.

    Quote Originally Posted by brains77396 View Post
    Please keep us updated on the awning process. I think the shape of the MPG hinders the awning placement more than anything else. A reach up, pull it down, you have instant shade, has to be a better seller than putting up a tent. A lot would depend on whether you are traveling or just setting somewhere for several days. Then again, we could be greedy and ask for both.
    Yeah...I agree..there's not a great deal of room for an awning. The tent arrangement they offer is nice, but way too expensive for my budget and it looks like a hassle to set it up. I haven't done any real diligence on the awning yet but it's definitely the direction I want to go. I do know that there are some small awnings available out there...something like one would see on a van. Then of course, one could simply use an EZ UP.

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    Re: MPG 181 design ideas from new owner.

    How about moving the exterior light to the other side of the door? With the light on the hinge side of the door, the step is in shadow when the door is opened. Going from a well-lighted camper out into the dark can be "interesting."
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    Re: MPG 181 design ideas from new owner.

    Glad I'm not the only one who thinks this! I am tempted to see if our local camper dealer can add another porch light, tied in to the same switch... & have 2...

    Quote Originally Posted by kb0zke View Post
    How about moving the exterior light to the other side of the door? With the light on the hinge side of the door, the step is in shadow when the door is opened. Going from a well-lighted camper out into the dark can be "interesting."

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    Re: MPG 181 design ideas from new owner.

    Quote Originally Posted by brains77396 View Post
    Please keep us updated on the awning process. I think the shape of the MPG hinders the awning placement more than anything else. A reach up, pull it down, you have instant shade, has to be a better seller than putting up a tent. A lot would depend on whether you are traveling or just setting somewhere for several days. Then again, we could be greedy and ask for both.
    We recently purchased a 183 and the dome canopy option was included by the dealer. We used it 3 times and love it. We leave the front off. It is a 2 person operation to put up and the instructions are not very good.

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    Re: MPG 181 design ideas from new owner.

    You guys are right about the design of the "porch" lite. I believe if the designers had spent the night in the MPG, a LOT of other changes would have been changed from their prototype. I use a stick-on LED push-on-off at the door handle (about $8 at any local hardware mall or auto parts place).

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