So it looks like I can free up some shop time in the next 10 days to make some upgrades and repairs to Athena, our 280 Classic MoHo. Here are the big ticket items I'm planning.
Samlex Charger/Controller/Inverter. This replaces the blown Univolt unit and adds a true Sine Wave 2000 watt Inverter. Autosensing and autoswitching between shore/generator/inverter power. Also 80A charging of primary batts. Normally runs about $1200, but Randy at Best has it for $749. I'll also take this chance to replace my fuse block for about $45. S-2012A 2000 Watt Pure Sine InverCharge (80 Amp Charger)
2. Hot Water:
PrecisionTemp RV-500. Instant on. Propane powered. Fires on demand. 85 degree gain in water temp. Also eliminates need for 10gal hot water tank which frees up space under sink for more storage. ~$1050 PrecisionTemp.com: For Recreational Vehicles and Boats
I'm going to pull down the "Control Panel" above my fridge and fabricate a new one. I'll probably create a long 1/4" thick aluminum panel and then do cutouts for various gauges. I already have the TriMetric battery monitor (which is awesome) and I'll mount it in there. I'm also planning ona adding the SeeLevel 713-CC. Accurate to within 2% digital gauges for clean, grey, black water tanks and propane tanks. Replaces lame "1/3, 2/3 full" control panel that doesn't work anyway and gives a real measurement of critical systems for camping. About $575. SeeLeveL Gauges by Garnet Instruments Ltd. - Model 713-CC
On top of that, I'm going to do minor expense, but major annoyance items like replacing the loose AC outlets with proper GFCI outlets from Home Depot, getting a properly hemmed and trimmed spa shower curtain with the velcro attached right, chasing down rattles, etc.
What do you think of my plans? Any suggestions on good pricing for the RV-500 or the SeeLevel? And what do you think of Randy's suggestion on the charger/converter/inverter?
(and yes, I'll be sure to post lots of pictures!)
Athena, an 83% polished '83 280 MoHo