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Old 08-13-2019, 08:58 AM   #1
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Before I take delivery, I would have the dealer install _________ .

I'm taking delivery of a new FC 28RB in early October. Are there any "must-have" upgrades you'd recommend installing before even taking delivery?

Right now I'm thinking I'll ask the dealer to install:

16" wheels and Michelin LT truck tires - I've read too many stories about the stock tires blowing out.

Battery Cutoff Switch - This seems essential for storage since we'll probably store the trailer for a month or two between trips.

Are there any other items that are pretty much essential in your mind?

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Old 08-13-2019, 09:05 AM   #2
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Cover (s) or scoops for the fantastic fan. Lets you run the fan while it is raining, the time you really need it.
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Old 08-13-2019, 09:10 AM   #3
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So far, the Goodyear Endurance tires that come with your AS have not had issues like the Goodyear Marathons in the past. We have over 10K miles on ours and no problems.
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Old 08-13-2019, 09:13 AM   #4
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The current stock tires, the Goodyear Endurance, are not the problematic tires you have read about. Mine have 20000 miles on them and look like they will go another 20000 easily. I don't believe the Michelins are much of an upgrade anymore.

The Goodyear Marathon, which had a terrible reputation, is no longer sold.

I really like the idea of covers for the fans.

I would like an external Combination WiFi and Cellular antennas...
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:47 AM   #5
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Ahhhh..... I didn’t realize the tires were different. Thanks!
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:52 AM   #6
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Surge protector.

We swapped oven for microwave / convection. Ovens make a LOT of heat in such a small space.
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Old 08-13-2019, 11:00 AM   #7
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Make sure to have them check the batteries, if it has been sitting around, they could be weak/depleted, I replaced my Interstate's after the first trip when I figured out they were DOA, just a FYI. Have fun, so exciting to get a new one!
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Old 08-13-2019, 11:14 AM   #8
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+1 on the EMS (Electrical Management System), often called a Surge Surpressor. A good EMS will protect your trailer from low voltage, which can burn out motors, as well as high voltage. Progressive Industries and TRC Surge Guard seem to be the favorites on this forum.
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If you plan on doing any boondocking but youre going to want a battery monitor that will give you a better indication of your batteryís status so (and I dont even know if this is possible) a shunt pre-installed that will allow a new monitor to be more easily installed.
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Old 08-13-2019, 12:03 PM   #10
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Regarding the Michelins, the LT is a "Light Truck" tire, not a trailer tire.

Now, regardless of whether or not it is a "better" tire than the GYE, the fact is the GYE is a trailer tire, designed for use on a trailer and comes with a warranty.

Michelin specifically says the LT tire is designed for light trucks, and not for use on a trailer. It is not warrantied for use on a trailer. In fact, Michelin does not make or sell a trailer tire of any size.

For liability issues ALONE, the dealership will likely decline to put any LT tires on a trailer. (You may do so, on your own, if you wish, but the dealership may wish to steer clear of this whole mess)
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This may be an unpopular opinion, but I wouldn't support Goodyear if at all possible. And here's why. https://jalopnik.com/goodyear-knew-o...1824997252/amp
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Regarding the Michelins, the LT is a "Light Truck" tire, not a trailer tire.



Now, regardless of whether or not it is a "better" tire than the GYE, the fact is the GYE is a trailer tire, designed for use on a trailer and comes with a warranty.



Michelin specifically says the LT tire is designed for light trucks, and not for use on a trailer. It is not warrantied for use on a trailer. In fact, Michelin does not make or sell a trailer tire of any size.



For liability issues ALONE, the dealership will likely decline to put any LT tires on a trailer. (You may do so, on your own, if you wish, but the dealership may wish to steer clear of this whole mess)


AS installs them at the factory - standard on some models, optional on others (they advertise for the upgrade in the Blue Beret magazine as well). I donít believe itís a liability issue and I donít know why the dealer wouldnít replicate something the factory would do. Iíve never asked though so it might be worth poking at...
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Surge protector.

We swapped oven for microwave / convection. Ovens make a LOT of heat in such a small space.
Convection makes as much heat inside... and is not very fast. In hot weather grill outside, period. Gas oven is good if you are boondocking in Walmart, etc. YMMD
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Road side and rear ZipDee awnings. But have them installed at the factory.


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