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Old 10-13-2013, 06:12 PM   #1
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A few modifications to my 19

  • Needed a clothesline but did not want to drill holes.
  • Fold out step is too small for my big foot.
  • Hangers for towels and for trousers with no defacement.
  • A kitchen shelf for mugs and condiments, and hooks for spoons.
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Old 10-13-2013, 06:23 PM   #2
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Looks great Myron. How did you attach the kitchen shelf, thinking might do the same?
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Old 10-13-2013, 06:28 PM   #3
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looks like he attached the one end piece to the oh vent&dinette wall and the other end is resting on the window frame? nice and innovative...
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Old 10-13-2013, 06:47 PM   #4
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Thanks. Coffee being very important to me, it was important to make this thing so the coffee cups would be up there snug and safe, while in transit. I first cut the shelf to size. On the right I screwed to it a small rectangle of thick, white vinyl from scrap I had on hand. Would have used aluminum sheet but then found the scrap. Drilled holes in it to match up with screw hidden by button. On left side of shelf I disassembled the window shade spool, cut a 2 inch length of square tube, drilled holes to match up, using the same screw/lock nut.

I found the right side wall was not a perfect right angle to the shelf so I decided to hide the gap with the verticle piece that goes up between the vent hood and the wall. That, I discovered, not only hid the gap but gave me reason to add that "flag" for the utensils hooks.

What I like is the entire thing is reversible with no visible damage
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Old 10-13-2013, 06:51 PM   #5
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I see it now, take some magic marker and make it black, it will disappear before your eyes.
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Old 10-14-2013, 12:02 AM   #6
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Very nice work. I quite like how you secure the coffee mugs. Hope you don't mind if I steal that idea .
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:58 AM   #7
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Not road tested yet, but steal away. In a previous trailer life my mugs hung from hooks. It became apparent one bumpy road later this was a good way to smash mugs together.
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Old 10-14-2013, 03:40 PM   #8
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Looks good! I like you step modification!
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:15 PM   #9
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When you keep bumping your head on the same thing it ends up being a bloody pain. I had that problem with the metal crank handle on a manual ceiling vent. When buying safe, odorless, non-staining Arctic Ban today I found the perfect solution for my cranky problem in the next aisle.
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Old 10-18-2013, 06:58 PM   #10
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Nice Myron,I really like your idea for mugs,They always slide around in the cupboards and get chipped.Will have to see if I can adapt the idea into my 15A. A place for a few spice bottles as well as they always tip over and spill in the cupboards too.Winter projects a coming up.
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Nice looking work Myron!
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Old 10-22-2013, 01:45 AM   #12
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To putt or not to putt.

He don’t play golf but he putts. An incurable putterer. Got too much free time on his hands; result is finding projects too minor to mention, ah, maybe except for here, now.

His shop is small, in the garage. Tools all elementary, knowledge base very ordinary, definitely not engineer-grade. Drinking beers in uncle Walt’s basement old Walt once called him a putz, but then saw the hurt he caused and made up for it by admitting if anything, he was inquisitive and had some imagination.

The 17 watt bulb that came with his 19’s under cabinet exhaust hood is small, incandescent, good for nothing except as a way to light the area for midnight trips to the John without disturbing others. But, the putterer will instinctively imagine the need to somehow improve upon this use as a night light.

LED lights are a good thing in an RV because they draw so little amps. Not so cheap, but when you need the lesser draw, and you are a putterer, well, you cannot help yourself. You putt away.

He used to prowl through salvage yards for car parts. Every junked car new or old still has a nice jack left in its trunk, or knobs, good pipes, belts, plastic faring, 12-volt electronics, whatever. Unscrew the lens that covers that crunched SUV’s third rear light and you will find a nice strip of perfectly good red LED’s waiting for diagonal pliers.

The putterers’ Scape 19’s stovetop exhaust hood is held in place underneath the cabinet with four long screws. Unscrew them and the hood drops exposing two wires. Add a toggle switch in the hole already there and tap into them wires. Get on the table saw and shape a simple wood strip to bed the salvaged SUV-LED strip, then drill clever holes in it. Two of them four long hood screws can now be employed to secure the strip in place along with the hood.

Of course, the putterer did all this before he heard about that very neat Ribbonflex LED tape wiring system Lee Valley & Veritas sells on line. No matter. Another afternoon of time consuming, personal putting bliss accomplished.
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Old 10-22-2013, 08:16 AM   #13
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Another good mod. The hood fan light is none too bright, that's for sure. I too upgraded these lights, but did so with LEDs in the light box on it.

Why use coloured lights and have them where they are in the path of steam and grease though?
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I like the story....
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I like the story....
Yes, a very good tale. Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks guys. Yes, I think red is the perfect color for a night light. Looks real cool, allows me to fantasize about being in a submarine during WW2. As for the steam and grease... what steam and grease?
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Thanks guys. Yes, I think red is the perfect color for a night light. Looks real cool, allows me to fantasize about being in a submarine during WW2. ...
To complete your WW2 submarine simulation, you need to have someone setting off fireworks outside your trailer and a couple more people rocking it back and forth.
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I installed several "night time easy on eye" red lights in my 19 with a microswitch to turn on/off plus a step light for those night time walks.
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Thanks guys. Yes, I think red is the perfect color for a night light. Looks real cool, allows me to fantasize about being in a submarine during WW2. As for the steam and grease... what steam and grease?
I missed the part that it was to be used as a night light. I also assume by the cooking utensils hanging beside it you do cook inside, no?
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Just as an FYI, those LED light strips are being sold at our local Costco, I think in various colors. Can't remember the price, but the box wasn't all that expensive.
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