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Old 05-11-2019, 12:43 AM   #1
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As we age...

In reading current and past threads, a number of you have mentioned changes you have made to your build (or later mods) that might be useful as we age. Getting old in a trailer is not something Iíve thought much about. I have heard mention of reinforcing walls so as to install grab bars, additional lighting and Springfield mount. What specific thoughts does everyone have?
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Old 05-11-2019, 01:59 AM   #2
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Getting old? I never thought there was much future in that!

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Old 05-11-2019, 05:52 AM   #3
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🤔 Major modifications? Eat right, lots of exercise, go camping as often as possible. Canít beat the clock but you can slow it down😎
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Old 05-11-2019, 07:17 AM   #4
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I find the pole by the door and outside handle handy to exit sideways using two hands as well as having handrails on the 5.0 model steps and 21 model by the bed. Having ambient lighting at night helps your eyes adjust better, 120v and 12v night lights. The lower exterior light to illuminate the outside step helps and I avoid trying to balance on one foot in the bath room, so the foot flush option is avoided. Having 12v wire runs avoid lying on ones back trying to feed wires in and around items. Just my thoughts on making it easier to use as we age.
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Old 05-11-2019, 08:21 AM   #5
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Ditto anything that makes bending, kneeling, reaching or seeing and lifting safer and easier. Any stepping up or down is a potential danger point. Never felt a need to have reinforced walls for any of my add-on grab handles.
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Old 05-11-2019, 09:18 AM   #6
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One of my first mods on our new 5.0 was teak grab handles by the stairs to the loft. We also use the “stripper” pole by the sink for exiting. Added remote controlled LED lighting behind the frosted upper cabinets that we can operate once in bed. Ordered captains lights in all 4 corners.
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Old 05-11-2019, 09:57 AM   #7
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My concession to aging has to do with ladders. I will wash Ten Forward (and wax what I can reach) one last time. I've fallen off a ladder twice now and don't want that to ever happen again. From this last point on, I'll either pay someone to wash/wax or just put up with a dirty/chalky trailer. That may be harsh to some or totally unacceptable. Oh well. I know how dangerous ladders can be. I'd rather change my attitude, than fall off a ladder and perhaps never be able to camp again. YMMV.
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DOWN SIZE! Also since we have a steep drive way, I drag the two full cans up the hill and Nancy brings the empties down. That appears to the dangerous direction.
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I asked eti to wait and install the black outside handle when I arrived. The usual spot was too high for me. My 17 has no pole by the door—the refrig is on that wall. I had that wall reinforced and put a moen grab handle there for exit.
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My concession to aging has to do with ladders. I will wash Ten Forward (and wax what I can reach) one last time. I've fallen off a ladder twice now and don't want that to ever happen again. From this last point on, I'll either pay someone to wash/wax or just put up with a dirty/chalky trailer. That may be harsh to some or totally unacceptable. Oh well. I know how dangerous ladders can be. I'd rather change my attitude, than fall off a ladder and perhaps never be able to camp again. YMMV.
Donna, I agree that ladders are dangerous. Do you have room at your place for rolling scaffolding? Something like this with the guardrails added would provide a large, safe stable way to maintain Ten Forward. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Werner-6...S-72/202822418

I use an aluminum scaffold plank between two A-Frame ladders. It is much safer and I don't have to get up and down the ladders every 3 feet.
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