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Old 08-04-2016, 07:48 PM   #1
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So Many Mods, So Little Time

Man these people in Silicon Valley. The nerve of them. They actually expect me to work to get paid. Sure doesn't leave any time to finish all the mods I want to do - or camp and enjoy them.

Right now I have parts sitting in my workshop for the following:

Grab Handle replacement
Cooktop replacement
Range Hood retrofit/upgrade
Power Cord retrofit
Converter/Charger retrofit/upgrade
Vinyl Plank floor installation

So far this year all I've managed to complete are:
Propane Pressure Regulator replacement
Belly Band replacement
Sliding Pantry Shelves installation
Custom Teak Bath Mat

At this rate they'll be done in 2020.
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Old 08-04-2016, 08:03 PM   #2
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Do you mind giving a little more detail on what you are doing and why?
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Old 08-04-2016, 08:28 PM   #3
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Well since you twisted my arm....

Just doing some minor mods and improvements. I like to tinker. So, the black grab bar is being swapped with a white one. I already replaced the black plastic door lock with a white metal one...oops, forgot that mod. Going for a cleaner look on the outside.

We never liked the heat output of the 2 burner cook top, or the fact it takes up so much counter space when not cooking. So, I'm replacing it with a Dickinson Marine cook top that's recessed and has a cutting board that sits flush with the counter.

Upgrading the stainless range hood fan and light assembly with one that exhausts far more air, has better LED lighting, can be closed from inside the trailer, and is much quieter.

The power cord will be converted to a detachable, with a spring loaded cover with an LED light.

The WFCO converter charger will be retrofitted with a better charge unit and better board, eliminating light flickers from dirty power and giving the batteries the voltage they need to charge properly.

And, the vinyl plank floor just because it looks cool. Admittedly, most of my mods fall into this category.
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Old 08-04-2016, 10:26 PM   #4
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Thanks. They all sound good.
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Old 08-04-2016, 11:38 PM   #5
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Man these people in Silicon Valley. The nerve of them. They actually expect me to work to get paid. .....
Look on the very bright side, Robert. At least you don't have to pay the housing prices around the bay area, nor do you have to pay California income taxes or put up with California politicians.
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Well since you twisted my arm....
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The WFCO converter charger will be retrofitted with a better charge unit and better board, eliminating light flickers from dirty power and giving the batteries the voltage they need to charge properly.
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Can you say a few more words about this one? Are the parts coming from WFCO? I don't like the dirty power either as I can hear the noise on my ham radio.

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Yeah Alan, I'm just pulling the WFCO converter and board and replacing it with the "boondocker" from bestconverter. It's a direct replacement and doesn't require replacing the WFCO housing. Not quite the 15.2 volts recommended peak charging voltage recommended by Interstate, but much better than the stock WFCO and a true 4 stage charger with a desulfation cycle. It also has a much better DC filter and users have reported it ends the flickering light issues common with the WFCO - although I can't speak to whether or not it means less noise/interference with a ham radio. If it can make the power more stable and extend my battery life, I figure it's worth the trouble.

http://www.bestconverter.com/Boondoc...rs-_c_154.html
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I can identify with you Robert. It seems every time I Go on a trip with the trsiler I come up with another one or two mods to improve things. I sometimes wonder if the process will ever stop!
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Wow, the pay musn't be too bad in Silicon Valley. The Dickinson 2 burner model 00-2BP is a $734.14 cooktop. That'll heat my water. Looking forward to see the pix when the mods get done.
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Wow, the pay musn't be too bad in Silicon Valley. The Dickinson 2 burner model 00-2BP is a $734.14 cooktop. That'll heat my water. Looking forward to see the pix when the mods get done.
They're pricey. I'd seen it in Chris R's custom 5.0TA photos and just thought it was the nicest looking one out there.

I was able to get it from Boat Owners World for under $500.
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