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    things I am thinking of adding..

    We all have things that we have done to our units and things we are thinking of doing.
    Heres my list

    Things done
    120 volt meter permenently installed
    12 volt meter from Harbour Freight

    things I wish to do

    amp meter to measure amps out of the batteries
    surge protector, permently installed
    house type water pressure regular then a high pressure food grade hose that is 30ft long (25 feet is always 5 feet to short) to be installed behind the docking staion
    change around the docking station to put the phone and TV inputs above the water inlets
    What are your upgrades??
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    All good ideas Rand, would you put the hose on some kind of retractable reel? I have considered moving the water fill below the jacks and moving the 110v weather tight box to outside on the side of the rig......I still need to rig up the catalytic to the propane, when I fix the gas line I tore up with the flat I will T into it.............
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    Seems we think alike. I have the 12V and 120V meters installed, and I keep a Fluke amp meter in the rig. I haven't had any major problems with the water connections above phone and cable, etc., but I have to be careful. I have a household pressure regulator at the faucet after a 2 ft section of hose, then quick connects at the regulator and on the other end at the water filter. The filter is mounted in the docking station, and connected with the water system with another very short section of hose. Convenient, and hookup is easy. I have an autoformer hooked up in the basement. The CG it stays in for now has some low power problems, and this setup prevents theft of a $550 investment. The bathroom lighting was inadequate according to Gail, so I had to add a fixture to keep her happy. The recessed lights looked nice, but were of little actual use where they were mountd over the lavatory. I added mid-ship bright turn indicators on both sides (where the side marker light was mounted). I had fun running the extra wire for that. I looked for LED indicators, but couldn't find what I wanted at the time. I replaced the stereo receiver with a much more powerful A/V receiver unit, and have the sat. and dvd running thru it. Added the window awning to match the main awning, and it helps a lot. All i have left on my first list is a surge protector. Still checking on those. Gail just requested some type of slideout system in the cabinet on the right side of the entertainment center. She uses that as an additional pantry since we lost the pantry with the 12 cu ft side by side fridge. Not sure if that was a good idea or not, but Gail likes the larger fridge. Before we head out to AK next year I'll probably change to a pair of 6V batteries. My 12V was almost dry when I checked it a month after we purchased the Mt. Rushmore, so it is not in good shape.

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    You all have some of the same ideas as my wife and myself. I have installed a flip up counter for the wife, a rear view camera for the both of us (so I don't back over her), I got tired of lifting the battreries out to check them so I build a new slideout battery box (makes checking them alot easier) install a wall between the storage compartment and the furnance to keep the heat where it belongs.

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    Dave, that is something I forgot to mention. I bought a battery fill system from CW, no need to pull the batteries out and check the acid level. Just squeeze the bulb until its firm. I have a weekly reminder on the computer to top them off. And, I have a wall between the furnace and storage area. The only opening was for the two ducts to feed the front, and I sealed around those. I can't imagine putting one in after afterwards! Tight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ct0218
    Dave, that is something I forgot to mention. I bought a battery fill system from CW, no need to pull the batteries out and check the acid level. Just squeeze the bulb until its firm. I have a weekly reminder on the computer to top them off. And, I have a wall between the furnace and storage area. The only opening was for the two ducts to feed the front, and I sealed around those. I can't imagine putting one in after afterwards! Tight.
    Wow! If you have to check your batteries weekly you may have a charging problem. Are they really low or is it just your maintenance drill? I check mine about 4 times a year and rarely do they need any water.

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    ChopperBill,
    I don't check them weekly I just check them on a regular schedule The slide system makes for and easy access to check and/or change them out.

    ct0218,
    Yes, the wall was a bear to install would not want to do again.

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    Uncle Rog, I had not thought about the reel for the hose.. hmmm...
    Clark I have 4 6 volt golf cart batteries and I went 5 days in Quartzsite this year. It was cold there and we used the furnace quite a bit. We put in a Cat heater to help after that.
    I will put in 2 floresent lights also. one in the LR and one over the kitchen sink. DW neads more light for her sewing as see uses the sink area for her cutting area.
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    My converter is the 9100 series I believe, and does not have the built in charging regulator that the new series has. While I'm not boiling away a lot of water, there is some loss and it takes a couple of squeezes every week. A weekly schedule makes it easy to remember. I think it is overcharging some, but it might also be due to the battery condition after that water shortage early on. Just haven't had time to analyze it yet since I'm around the fifth wheel very little, and Gail is of no help in that area. Since it is immobile for the time being it is not important, just trying to nurse it along as long as I can, and by next spring I'll be replacing it with the dual setup.

    Clark and Gail Thompson
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    CT, you can get the Charge Wizard for your 9100 for about $25. It will be the best $25 you can spend!

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