Originally Posted by Flat6Fan
Also wondering if there are any mods/upgrades others have already done to their 2020+ Caravel
. I know the model is relatively new but thought I would ask anyway...
We are in the same boat - expecting delivery of '21 Caravel
20FB in mid October (if all continues to go well in the factory). I have a very good friend with a 30' FC FB-Bunk who is planning out a substantial staged solar upgrade and we talk electrical and mods all the time. Here's what I'm looking at for mods/upgrades:
- USB-C Power Delivery ports. Laptop charging through an inverter is inefficient (DC at batteries -> AC inverter -> DC at computer) and all USB-A ports max out at 2.4V for a super slow charge (mostly not outpacing demand). I am trying to figure out how to hard wire USB-C ports that will deliver at least 40W. May start a thread on that soon... USB-C power delivery negotiation/protocol is pretty complicated...
- Bikes... yeah... we'll probably start on a roof rack on the X5 since we already have one bike roof rack. May just bungee the bikes inside until something obvious comes about.
- Solar. I'll probably copy my friend's system once he does the research and puts it together
. Not sure how big we need to go yet. This is our first trailer and if we end up wanting to, say, move up to a FC25, which seems to be a sweet spot for a lot of people, I wouldn't want to fully mod if we're not going to keep it for at least 5 years.
- Moving TV to front dinette wall to use as external monitor for work on the road from the dinette. Not sure how feasible this is without having been inside the trailer yet, but thinking about moving the TV (or I guess just adding a monitor) to the front dinette wall and possibly enough articulating mount to turn the corner into the bed.
All of this waiting and the ideas keep coming!