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Old 09-08-2012, 05:50 PM   #11
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The Coleman 9200 Polar Cub will operate off a 2000 watt Yamaha, the bigger 11,500 Dometic can operate off the 2000 watt generator but you will need a "soft start" system installed, Reace can advise. Agree on o/s shower, have had it on 3 trailers, used -0- plus it is another hole in your trailer for cold air intrusion and winterization needs.
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Old 09-08-2012, 05:52 PM   #12
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Hi: DonM... I concur that some options and mod's are better put in when your unit is being built, depending on how handy you are for the rest!!! The main thing is knowing the difference.
Our paper towel rack is over the door but then again the 5.0 is slightly narrower so the reach isn't far!!! We would certainly have the exterior access hatches put in as they weren't options when our 07 was built. I could add them but probably won't as it means moving the exterior 120V outlet that we use all the time. The screen room is best added when Reace can install the dome snaps in the fiberglass and properly seal them. Alf p.s. I've never had enough nerve to use the outside shower either!!!I Believe the new bathroom sink is wider and longer so as to be useful for more than a soap dish.
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:08 PM   #13
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So far, my favorite has been the LED lighting strips on the inside of the overhead storage cabinets. They are great for finding "stuff" after dark.
Following your example, and doing this, earned me a bunch of brownie points with the wife.

They work great, much better than other types of lighting. In fact, earlier this week I ordered another roll to do the cabinet above the fridge, and the wardrobe, and maybe some in the under bed storage. I had used up the full first roll I ordered.

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Old 09-08-2012, 07:11 PM   #14
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Re: If You Could Design My new Trailer and Pick My Options......

The one option I wish was offered was clear coating before the windows, doors etc. were attached as this would put an end to the gelcoat oxidizing over time and would make for a nicer finish when washed and waxed for a lot of years.
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:26 PM   #15
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Sorry , I forgot to mention that we do have a solar panel . I had a 80 watt panel from our last trailer so I had them prewire our trailer and install our panel when we picked it up. It seemd silly to pay for another solar set up when I already had one. My two cents is that this is a absolute must have if you plan to dry camp at all. In keeping with Jims statement that lots of the comments will contradict each other, I personaly don't see the point of two dinette's but with that statement we almost never eat in our trailer and I appreciate that this issue is almost different with every one. To me a permanent bed is a must, as i get older a good nights sleep seems to more and more important.
By the way Jim I love those cabinet lights. where did you get them from?
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:13 PM   #16
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Re: If You Could Design My new Trailer and Pick My Options......

As far as solar panels go, we've been out 6 nights on our dual batteries alone, no problems. We run out of gray water storage before we run out of juice.

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Old 09-08-2012, 09:45 PM   #17
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OK - We are getting to some GREAT ideas here - and some interesting Solar discussions.

Does anyone have a POV on weather the Solar panels offered by the Factory are the right size for normal extended used?

I really like the LED suggestions coming forward. Overhead cupboards pictures SOLD me.
The use of extra little shelves and rackes etc are great - If you have pictures to share that would be awesome.
Escape Artist - probably saved me a HUGE mistake by pointing out the value of the Screen Snaps being done at the factory rather that later...
Another free beer when we meet.

I'm hoping this trhread might provide long term value to many more new trailer owners too! PLUS many of you should be called out and complimented on your own unique ideas!
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Old 09-09-2012, 12:31 AM   #18
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With respect to the solar panels, it sounds like if you are boon docking for less than a week you will be ok if you have dual 6V batteries. We however have camped for two weeks on the Sunshine Coast, using the shower, charging laptops etc.,and thanks to the panels, had fully charged batteries the whole time. Our friend who was camping next to us without panels ran his battery dead (he had a Scamp, what can I say?). We use a flexible bucket to empty the grey water. We also use our trailer for spring skiing, and the furnace runs a lot. The panels keep the batteries charged no problem. It just feels so good to watch the battery monitor climb each morning, no matter what you are doing. I'd rather watch it go up every day than down!

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Old 09-09-2012, 09:20 AM   #19
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I bought the strips from BulbAmerica, which I think is what Jon had used too. I bought THIS strip. I bought THESE switches on eBay. I soldering the stranded 18g leads to the light strips, and attaching with spade connectors to the switch, then friction fit the switches into an appropriately sized hole I drilled in the cabinet frame. For power I spiced in to existing 12V wires, usually in an adjoining surface light.
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Old 09-09-2012, 10:19 AM   #20
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Re: If You Could Design My new Trailer and Pick My Options......

Somewhere in this forum I recall seeing someone who did his own custom cabinets and they were absolutely gorgeous. I can't find it now, but maybe somebody else could point it out. DonM might like to see that, and it would be a nice way to spend some extra money.
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