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Old 07-22-2018, 02:58 PM   #1219
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The sink drains (and shower drain) on an NCV3 Interstate have Hepvo valves, not P-traps, and so do not need antifreeze in them. In fact, antifreeze will not stay in them at all, but rather it all runs down to the gray tank.
You are correct. I don't do it to protect traps as you mentioned they are actually Hepvo valves that don't hold water. I do it mainly to get antifreeze on any water that might be standing in the drain lines and into the gray tank to protect the tank drain lines. Probably overkill and not really needed. But I do need to get antifreeze all the way to the macerator and hose line.
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Old 07-22-2018, 02:59 PM   #1220
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The sink drains (and shower drain) on an NCV3 Interstate have Hepvo valves, not P-traps, and so do not need antifreeze in them. In fact, antifreeze will not stay in them at all, but rather it all runs down to the gray tank.
Wow, never heard of those before. Going to have to look at those for our van and maybe the cabin too!
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Old 07-22-2018, 03:43 PM   #1221
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Wow, never heard of those before. Going to have to look at those for our van and maybe the cabin too!
Here you go ...

https://hepvo.com/

https://www.amazon.com/HEPVO/b/ref=b...owse-bin=HEPVO

Depending on the specific installation run of the drain line there can still be an elbow of horizontal line run that could hold a little water. But not like a P-trap that is designed to be filled with water to stop smelly sewer gas from coming back up the drain line.

That leads to another thought that on an older Interstates that has conventional P-traps - if they sit and the water in the trap evaporates on a drain not being used regularly it could be the source of smell from the gray water waste tank.

Same thing could happen with a Hepvo valve if some food particles dumped down a sink drain could hold the valve bladder slightly open and introduce odor. Best to flush the drains routinely to keep them clean in case of Hepvo valve and to keep water in a P-trap.
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Old 07-27-2018, 05:42 PM   #1222
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Access to the front dash of the T1N

Does anyone know how to get access behind the cigarette lighter in the T1N. We need to pull off the panel to route some wires. Are there any special tools that are needed? I believe that someone posted a link to the set, but for the life of me, I can't find them.

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Old 07-27-2018, 06:53 PM   #1223
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To further define.... I am trying to gain access to the inside of the center console

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Old 07-27-2018, 06:53 PM   #1224
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From memory:
Remove the plastic piece around the shifter in the panel. That allows the panel to move.
Then one screw- access after removing the little ‘change’ pocket on the middle lower part of the panel.
After that, carefully move the rearward part up- the front part has three tabs that lock into the full dash panel.
Quite easy- but be careful with wires. No special tools at all.




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Access to the front dash of the T1N

Does anyone know how to get access behind the cigarette lighter in the T1N. We need to pull off the panel to route some wires. Are there any special tools that are needed? I believe that someone posted a link to the set, but for the life of me, I can't find them.

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Old 07-27-2018, 08:42 PM   #1225
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Access to the front dash of the T1N

Does anyone know how to get access behind the cigarette lighter in the T1N. We need to pull off the panel to route some wires. Are there any special tools that are needed? I believe that someone posted a link to the set, but for the life of me, I can't find them.

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Lotus54 sounds like he knows, but if you need any additional info you might look at www.sprinter-source.com -- the T1N Forum.
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Old 09-28-2018, 04:51 AM   #1226
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On the general theme of mods, a van conversion course in Austin Texas October 12-14, 2018.

I had never heard of this event before today, and I have no idea what the quality is like, but the price seems reasonable (no worthwhile conference ever happened for free).

Might be good for people who are new on the DIY learning curve, considering mods to their Interstate, and would like to get a lot of basic information quickly.

https://www.alternativehomestoday.co...cvcc-live-2018
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Old 09-28-2018, 02:11 PM   #1227
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Looking at the "Shorty" has started my "modify the damn thing" genes rumbling again.

I'm starting to wonder how much trouble it would be to mount a small microwave in the upper cabinet over the galley, like in the "Shorty." As I posted elsewhere, our use of the microwave is hot water and an occasional frozen meal (Atkins, usually), never convection or major cooking I can get power to it easily in the upper cabinet and I can easily laminate whatever pieces of plywood I need for mounting and trim. I have some questions in mind as to what reinforcement the upper cabinet may require, but we currently have that cabinet pretty well packed with canned goods which are not light.

With that done, I could pull out the old microwave. That will allow vertical clearance for a deeper sink and a real, non-folding faucet. The balance of the old microwave space would become a nice, big drawer for all of the stuff that is now in the upper cabinet.

I may yet get my rig to where I want it. Just think ... one more thing I would not need to bend my creaky knees to access.

Another possibility would be a small microwave in place of the larger one which would allow space behind for a better faucet to protrude downward. That's why the GT can be modified to a better faucet, but the Lounge can not. There could be a shallow drawer under the smaller microwave for canned goods on their sides. The new microwave controls would be somewhat higher that way.
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Old 09-28-2018, 03:36 PM   #1228
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We have a Lounge Ext and I too am tired of getting on my knees to operate the microwave. We are having new cabinetry installed in place of the second row seats. This cabinetry will house the relocated microwave several inches higher. Will still have to bend over, but at least I won’t have to kneel to see the panel. BTW my upfitter ran into a little wrinkle. Wilson art is discontinuing the Asian Night laminate and we managed to get our order in just before its shutdown.

Your idea of a deeper sink struck a chord....we presently plan to fill the microwave’s old space with drawers...a deeper sink sounds like a good option. Hmmmmmmm. Darn..just when I think I’ve reached the end of the “changes”......LOL.
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Your idea of a deeper sink struck a chord....we presently plan to fill the microwave’s old space with drawers...a deeper sink sounds like a good option. Hmmmmmmm. Darn..just when I think I’ve reached the end of the “changes”......LOL.
There is a thread on here where a GT owner replaced the sink and faucet. I don't have time to search for it at the moment (getting ready for an AI trip). The result really looked good. He remarked that the GT already has enough clearance to handle the change.

Since I converted our Lounge to twin beds, the second-row seats are where we do our TV watching. My front TV is on a swing arm to drop it to better viewing height. Otherwise, I would take out at least one seat and build a cabinet.

I hope they don't discontinue the gloss Asian Sand. I have used just about all of my supply.
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Old 09-28-2018, 05:01 PM   #1230
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Since I converted our Lounge to twin beds, the second-row seats are where we do our TV watching. My front TV is on a swing arm to drop it to better viewing height. Otherwise, I would take out at least one seat and build a cabinet.
We are having the rear lounge converted to twins as well. The new beds will raise up (around waist level) to allow TV viewing. I will probably relocate the front TV to the front wall outside the bathroom (above new cabinet replacing the other second row seat). Then we could watch from the front seats after we swivel them around.
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Old 09-28-2018, 05:18 PM   #1231
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Changing to twin beds was the best thing I have done to the AI yet (and I have made a lot of changes). It does make our 2nd row seats more useful.

I moved the jump seat bases out a few inches and built them up all around to the level of the top of the water heater, which was the highest item anywhere under the beds. I used 3/4" plywood for the beds; same 27" width as the GT twins. The rear couple of feet of the beds are cantilevered to leave plenty of storage underneath.
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We have a Lounge Ext and I too am tired of getting on my knees to operate the microwave. We are having new cabinetry installed in place of the second row seats. This cabinetry will house the relocated microwave several inches higher.

Post photos when your mods are complete. We’d love to see them!
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