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Old 04-30-2017, 07:58 PM   #15
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thanks for the invitation to join this thread... I'm looking forward to getting a lot of good tips, ideas, and inspiration from fellow 23d owners.

Yep, i've fiddled around with our 23d (fortune cookie) over the past year. Here are links to some of my little projects:

mod for additional 'counter space'
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f38/...3d-158887.html

little cabinet to replace the upholstered bolster on the curb side of the dinette:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f38/...3d-165217.html

tv and dvd remote holder:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f450...am-162243.html

second tv added to bedroom area:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f317...3d-162048.html

"privacy" mod for lower porthole window in bath:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f454...ow-152413.html

quick mod so i can get out if the door handle ever breaks:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f453...od-150277.html

i have done some other stuff, too, but these really work for us. We love the 23d... Coming out of a seventeen foot casita, this thing seems cavernous! It's the perfect size and floor plan for us two old geezers!

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Over propane tank storage

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Old 04-30-2017, 08:09 PM   #17
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Thanks to you, my friend, I'm so dense, I wouldn't have stumbled across it for weeks! Man, senility is hard to outgrow!

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Anybody got a toilet mod that would make that thing any easier to use
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Has anyone installed a dometic 320 elongated toilet in there 23D
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Old 04-30-2017, 09:52 PM   #20
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Thanks for starting this thread, great idea. We have a 2017 FC23D purchased New on 12/17/16. So far these are the mods I have done:

- Installed centramatics wheel balances
- installed Micro-Air easy start soft start for AC
- installed 500W of solar panels and all distribution panels, and associated inverter, charger, solar charger etc.
- modified fridge fan to get better flow and dissipate smell and heat
- installed brass double ball catches in drawers and cabinets
- added 3 inch memory foam topper and custom bedding (sheets, polertec blanket, rumple comforter)
- installed levelmate pro automatic level indicator
- replaced all outer locks to be keyed the same and using tubular lock, installed/replaced locks on fridge vents and battery box, water and shower.


Here are some links to the two major mods:

Solar upgrade
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f382...-a-162955.html

Fridge Fan mods
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f425...ds-166096.html

Looking forward to learning more cool things to do. I am planning to do a couple of Rob's upgrades as well, he does fine work.

If anyone has questions regarding the mods above, let me know.

Also thinking about a dexter lift on the unit as we boondock a ton. If anyone has done this please post up how the experience was.
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For that ratís nest of wires, I found a picture from a blog: http://currentlywandering.com/2015/0...he-wire-panel/ that shows the wiring in a more convenient layout. I think that ours is pretty much the same, itís just all jammed into a tighter space. I also noticed on mine that the blue power cord to the stereo amplifier is fused inside the cubby, but exits through the floor and connects directly to the battery. I might put a simple disconnect on it.
As far as the incandescent lights, hereís a post that I did: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f447...ng-163361.html
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Anybody got a toilet mod that would make that thing any easier to use
Thanks for opening this thread. We are complete newbies and have just purchased a 2017 23d serenity.
For some reason I never thought to actually sit on the toilet before buying. I'm 5'11 and it is impossible to sit on the throne with the door closed. I either have to twist with my legs half in the shower or have the door open. Not a great option when more than one person in the trailer.
We got around it by closing the screen to separate the bedroom.
Also watch out for the sharp edges on the door window. I snagged my down jacket on this.
Anyone else found this issue.
We also found that the water filter provided free as part of the welcome kit doesn't fit and requires a whole lot of extra attachments.
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Old 05-01-2017, 05:29 AM   #23
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. . .
. . . I also noticed on mine that the blue power cord to the stereo amplifier is fused inside the cubby, but exits through the floor and connects directly to the battery.
. . .
A great catch to find this phantom load on the batteries when boondocking, or when your Use/Store switch is in the Store position! The propane detector is another such phantom load which causes the batteries to lose juice too quickly. If you have a sub-woofer hidden somewhere it might do the same.

The late idroba also added a manual toggle switch to disable his radio, which had a "disco light show" eating up battery amps, just like ours.

Post #18 here: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f37/...ts-121105.html

We just remove the radio's face plate to kill it, like a car stereo. An on/off switch is on our to-do list.

Cheers,

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Old 05-01-2017, 05:48 AM   #24
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I have a 2006 23', I think it's a 23D but I don't have the paperwork here.
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I have the '06 L model. With the L
Shaped couch and the fold up dining table.
Hey Rich and WaLee, it looks like you have 1 of 20 made in that original model. Here's a post from another thread:
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The recent 23C was first built in 2006 as a Safari base with either a both dinette or sofa option. This mid year production unit had approximately 20 orders. For 2007 Airstream offered this floor plan with the optional SE "Special Edition" package and a front Lounge option. Production numbers were high at roughly 65. 2008 was the last year offered as a Safari of Safari SE with slightly less units built, the booth dinette floor plan was dropped. 2009-2012 this floor plan was introduced as a Flying Cloud (Safari SE replacement) with 25 or so units made a year and towards the end even less.
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Things I've done to improve "for us"

Turned tonge jack 90degrees to allow my tailgate to open while hooked to the trailer.
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Added custom bumper and battery box pads. These are made by a friend on mine and are an awesome addition.
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While we were at Jackson Center last August I was able to purchase two extra door pulls and I added them to the two cabinet doors below the closet and pantry on the curb side of the trailer this allows us to store our coffee maker and toaster oven in the empty space beside the wheel well during travel great for extra storage and the handles make it easy to open then grabbing the bottom of the cabinet door and pulling it open. Please note in the last picture I found a schematic from Airstream that actually shows these handles installed from the factory # 15 and 17... but they do not install them.
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I built a refrigerator fan bar using a piece of 2" x 3" extruded aluminum tubing and two small computer fans, and two plastic rectangle insert caps. There are two offset rows of 1/2" holes in the back of the bar against the cooling fans which allows air to be sucked in through the fans and blown out the back of the duct through the 1/2" holes circulating air very well inside the refrigerator. I ran the wire out the refrigerator drain hose and attached it to the 12 V supply in the outside refrigerator bay. This unit is silent, attached with Velcro to the top of the refrigerator, and takes up very little room inside the already small refrigerator. It also has an on/off switch that can be used to turn the unit off if you do not wish to run. This is a great addition as it allows you to run your refrigerator for an extended period of time without icing You can buy one but I thought what the heck I can make one and spend three times as much money.
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