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Old 05-19-2016, 06:17 PM   #15
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Plexiglass Inserts for the screen-door so you can see out in cooler weather. Door Lifts/shocks to hold up the doors that open up. Try-Metric Battery Monitor System. A two drawer, 1 door storage addition instead of the cushion under the TV(see photo). Stainless Steel doors/covers for the Water Heater, Furnace, External Shower, Cook stove vent, and waterfall door. A Safe. Rear Awning. Street Side Awning. Rear Bike Rack. Backup-camera system. LP Tank Lock. Solar Upgrade. Higher Quality Mattress. And all the other things listed above!! Just like a boat, an Airstream can be a place where you can put all your money!!!!
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Old 05-19-2016, 06:32 PM   #16
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Replaced every 120Vac outlet with Hubbell commercial 20 amp GFI outlets, replaced every plastic catch with brass T and ball catches, added 120Vac outlets as necessary for future convenience both inside and outside, added front power inlet with automatic transfer switch with real contacts in 23D, replace factory wheels and GYM ST tires with Michelin tires and SenDel wheels, replace sky lights with Maxim units, replace Fantastic fans with MaxxFans, replace 6 gallon tank water heaters with Truma AquaGo comfort instant on water heaters, replace stock batteries with a lithium battery sized to complement the solar panels and Magnum inverter/converter, upgrade Classic brakes to disc brakes, upgrade 23D brakes to auto-adjust with Timken bearing with the proper amount of grease, get rid of ammonia based refrigerators for those using freon, install LED bulbs in Classic, install LED reverse lamps, properly wire the circuit breaker panels and upgrade as necessary, seal all the seams and around roof penetrations, fix broken interior shades, cover gaps around pipes and poor wall fitments so stuff does not fall down the gaps to never be seen again, new floor covering replaced failed cheap factory linoleum and upgrade the mattresses to Rocky Mountain Mattress models.

The nice to do upgrades included the Dometic CU434 stoves, WiFi Rangers, Verizion modem antennas and hand made custom curtains in the 23D.

So, our new units are better now than when we got them. I did the PDI that neither dealer did thoroughly or at all.

I think we are done unless we have to upgrade/replace the air conditioners.

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Old 05-19-2016, 06:49 PM   #17
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>"Replaced every 120Vac outlet with Hubbell commercial 20 amp GFI outlets,"<

yeah those are really good heavy duty outlets. I have some old Hubbell industrial outlets in my shed at home and they are the bullet-proof. Its interesting how well made electrical parts made in the USA were. They were the 'standard' to be matched. They are hard to find now.
The stronger Levitons are like 10 bucks each now-a-days. That's not a bad idea to upgrade. hope you don't mind if I use that idea.
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For my next trick, I will use my new Airstream & Dodge Ram 2500 CTD to make this pile of money disappear.
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Old 05-19-2016, 07:09 PM   #18
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On our 31' classic smaller closet,with more drawers and a pantry.....
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Old 05-19-2016, 08:07 PM   #19
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A second floor loft, with a fitness center and billiard hall.

Just kidding.
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Old 05-19-2016, 09:42 PM   #20
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So, the mattress went from standard to a "bed in a box" unit. Some tweaking to do.

Interested to hear more about the pex/brass fitting project. Sounds worth the work.

Have a long list of "when there is time and money" projects. Storage boxes for cabinets, better LPG line routing, quiet water pump, converter, slightly better batteries and either temp solar or a small generator - slam dunk if LI-ion were better price or I was smarter. Antisway brake controller and disk brakes when the system is commonly available. Regenerative braking when that system is available to charge the Li-ions.

But the best upgrade, other than the 15in wheels, Centramatics, and Michelin tires, is the experience we get from all the miles and time we spend in close company with Glimmer. And of course, the smiles! Pat
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Old 05-19-2016, 10:06 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by J. Morgan View Post
For me one of the better than stock changes was pex plumbing with BRASS fittings.

Superat stultitia.
Tomorrow my unit is going to the dealer to get a pex joint leak fixed. So the brass fittings are better?

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Old 05-19-2016, 10:56 PM   #22
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None of our original equipment failed in five years 1400 nights camping, but we did some upgrades along the way to suit our own travel needs. We spend a lot of time on the road.

For reliability: Sendel 16" wheels and Michelin LTX tires.
Barker 3500 lb tongue jack.

For towing comfort/safety: ProPride hitch.

For interior comfort: Two swivel recliner chairs w/folding expandable side table.
Select Number rv queen bed mattress.
Dyson Hot space heater.
Maxim vent covers.

For appearance: Full set exterior stainless steel upgrade covers.
Classic clearance light bezels.
Flagpole holder, poles, variety of flags.
WBCCI red number 1211 and benefits of membership.

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