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Old 07-19-2008, 12:14 AM   #113
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Hi, this mod was to make a black-out cover for the bedroom vent. I bought the cover from Camping World and cut it down in size so I wouldn't have to make new holes. I cut the cover on all four sides and re-rounded the corners. Also I cut the corner brackets too. After doing this I had to remove the vent crank handle because it hung down too low, but later I installed a black plastic window knob; Now we are happy. [wife]
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Old 07-31-2008, 07:01 PM   #114
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I found some curtain wire and brackets at Ikea that work great around the ceiling in the bedroom. You can hang towels, or even hang a curtain and make sleeping berths just like an old Pullman Car. Under $30.

See pictures in my photo gallery.
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Old 07-31-2008, 08:10 PM   #115
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3 of them with 3 aaa batteries each for under $10 at Costco ( a closeout thing)
One above the sink, One in the galley and one attached to the AC in the bedroom. Lots of light, very little heat and no worries about draining the battery when boondocking.
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Old 07-31-2008, 10:21 PM   #116
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My favorite mod...

My favorite mod.... my computer (also serves as cocktail table...) table. Hubby scrounged parts from the garage... found matching formica at a local place and since it was such a small piece, the guy just gave it to him! Did purchase a few screws and bolts and trim at the local hardware store. Probably have $10 in it... I am hoping for a second one to sit at the opposite end of the side couch someday.

With that said, hubby just finished a new gray water tank (we didn't have one before...) and tomorrow we go camping and try it out! Maybe it will be my favorite...

Interesting thread by the way!

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Old 08-01-2008, 08:10 AM   #117
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We've done lots of little things, new cooktop for $35, from Colaw's to replace the rusty one (in Argosy cream, yet!); lots of hooks inside closet doors to hold everything from brooms to belts and robes; full length mirror on bathroom door ($13); sliding mosquito guard (ala 1950's trailers) made out of aluminum flashing to replace the trashed plastic one, free out of leftovers; book storage underneath the plastic bins in the bedroom dresser cabinet, free out of scrap wood; and Jim is currently working on cupboard doors to replace the trashed tambour under the sink (sort of like Juel's, pictures to come when fiinished); belly rail inserts from the RV store ($10 for a whole roll) and rub rail inserts out of landscaping edging ($12 for a whole roll from Walmart). But the best one for me, at least, is the step. After slipping on the wet step and nearly coshing my skull on the doorjamb, I wire-brushed the step down to bare metal, painted it black with Rustoleum and put down black non-skid strips. ($10 at Lowe's for a whole package with some left over for another project).
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Old 08-01-2008, 08:21 AM   #118
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I found some curtain wire and brackets at Ikea that work great around the ceiling in the bedroom. You can hang towels, or even hang a curtain and make sleeping berths just like an old Pullman Car. Under $30.

See pictures in my photo gallery.
Great idea! I'm going to do the same. I find now that I'm living in my trailer, there arent enough places to hang towels so that they dry properly.
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Old 08-23-2008, 07:50 PM   #119
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Jack & Break-Away Wiring Protection

We began to notice wear on the power jack and break-away wiring where it runs underneath the edge of the propane tank cover on our 06 19' Safari...didn't want the wires to wear through and eventually short out...probably at the most inconvenient time possible... So we bought clear plastic 3/8" tubing at the hardware store for $.49/foot, slit it with an exacto knife, and covered the both wires for the break-away, and then another piece for the jack that runs all the way from the base of the jack to the in-line fuse holder...we taped around it with electrical tape about every 4 or 5 inches so it would remain closed, but would not allow moisture to be retained. That's one less thing to worry about. It took about 2.5 feet of tubing.
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AC Condensation Drain Tube

While we were buying plastic tubing, we got a 2' piece of 1/2" tubing to slip over the end of the AC condensation drain tube in the wheel well forward of the tire on the street side...we didn't like it dripping onto the tire (or onto the tire covers when we are out). We made it long enough to direct the condensation to the ground and away from the tire... It's just held on with tension... We used a small piece of old panty hose pulled tight over the end of the tubing, held in place with an ajdustbale hose clamp to keep insects from finding their way up the tube and possibly clogging it... We remove the tube during towing, of course... part of the reason we made it longer than it needs to be is so that we will remember to remove it before towing! It's hard to not notice...(the tube could be spray painted a bright color so it's more visible, too).
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Aluminum Cabinet Edging

We found the edges of our Bambi's laminate counters and table top pretty sharp and we were constantly scraping our arms on them, so we found some aluminum edging (quite retro-feeling) and mounted it to the edges of the table top, galley counter, vanity counter, top edges of drawers and some inside cupboard edges...wherever it fits and looks good. It really is a nice finishing touch and looks like it's always been there... We found the edging at Ace hardware, but you can probably get it through any number of sources. The brand name is MD Molding...we've found it from $9.99 to $12.99 for a 6-foot length, including screws...it is pre-drilled about every 6" or so.
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Jack Cover

We wanted to protect the power jack from the elements, so Greg designed a Jack Cover...out of aluminum-colored vinyl...he's also made them for other type of jacks. More info available on our web site (link below)... (We don't tow with this in place...it could work its way off.)
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Old 09-02-2008, 12:12 AM   #123
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$2.00 Modification

I took out the 2 barrel chairs & the T.V. stand that were standard in my MH. This opened up the area to make it appear roomier. I then mounted a new lightweight LCD T.V. w/ dvd player to the wall. It only took 2 shelf brackets from the local dollar store. Hmmm, what could I spend the other $98.00 dollars on?
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Correction

This was a $3.00 modification. I forgot to mention the stick on velcro that attatches the remote to the left side of T.V. This also came from the dollar store.
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Old 09-03-2008, 12:24 AM   #125
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$4.39 plus tax . . .

We didn't like the aesthetics of the faded door handles/catches on our new to us 75 Argy
However, all of them were functional. So, we bought a can of Krylon Fusion Plastic paint in Espresso for $4.39 and painted all 16 of the door handles.

Following the manufacturers directions for prep & after applying 8 thin coats at 15 minute intervals, this is the result:


We are quite pleased with this way less than $100 modification to our new Gussy!
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Less than $10

Purchased a can of high temperature Aluminum spray paint from the auto store and painted the metal access door to the water heater. What an improvement.

(Now the fresh water access door sticks out like a sore thumb, but at least it is smaller.)
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