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Old 09-10-2007, 04:22 AM   #29
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adventurers, That's why we did not bother with the factory-other than torching and rewelding the only other fix would be to replace the entire tray! I'm sure the 3 year warranty is killing them. We tried to get an appointment beyong our 1 year and they said no way!!!
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Old 09-10-2007, 03:06 PM   #30
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Tom,
I just saw your post expressing concern about my inside cover for the shower sky light. I live in South East Florida and my inside dome imploded a long time ago. It has been replaced once. In November it will be replaced again. I'm not sure what I am going to do. It looks like Newmar just replaces the dome with the same part.

The imploding happened long before I put the cover on the sky light. It is just like my basement doors that keep delaminating. Newmar keeps replacing them again and again, but does not seem interested in correcting the root cause of the problem.

I appreciate you expressing your concern on this item.
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Old 09-11-2007, 03:31 AM   #31
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Being new to this forum, we are really enjoying the topic on modifications and quick tips.

Our 2006 Newmar KS was our first entry into RVing. We feel we did a very good job finding a coach that fit our lifestyle and price although a few things particularly bugged my wife. 1) There was no pantry 2) she wished we had hard tile backsplashes for a distinguished look, and 3)most of all she disliked the bare wall to the side of the refrigerator.

We looked at adding hard tile but quickly ruled it out because we weren't sure if the wall would support the weight. We chanced upon a new product that had just come out at Home Depot - decorative thermoplastic panels. They have the look of tin and come in various colors and styles. This provided the "designer look" my wife desired. I would have included the picture here but I can't figure out how. Hopefully, this link will take you there or perhaps someone can help me.



The project took a few hours and was a little tricky around the windows. You must use the glue suggested by the manufacturer--some are flammable and you don't want that near your stove. Home Depot gave us the wrong glue initially and we had a bit of a panic in the middle of the project when we called the manufacturer because the panels were not sticking.

This provided us the inspiration to complete a small pantry to the side of our refrigerator. We had only a few inches to work with due to the driver-side slide. With some precise measurements we have approximately 1/4" to spare at the slide but we have a small pantry that will story approximately 40 regular size cans/misc. We were worried about matching the coastal cherry wood so my wife decided to paint the unit black and use the backsplash material as inserts. The black coordinates with our appliances and other accessories.
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[quote]Originally posted by Dav5942:
UPDATE-just looked at a bunch of '07 &'08 DS, KS, Ventanas, etc.-they ALL are using this battery tray and latch!

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If you have the battery slideout tray like shown below-sooner or later(if you get off the Interstates) you will break the latch on the tray. To keep from breaking it instatll two pins(one on each side of tray) for proper support
Dave, our tray latch broke as did yours and as you say many others. We were lucky we caught it before it damaged our compartment door. I'm sure a hard left turn would have sent the batteries and the tray through the door. This is clearly a safety issue and Newmar should recall all the Allstar's and Ventana's that have this weak latch. I put two bolts in the corners where you put the pins. It seemed like the only logical way to procure a temporary fix. The holes were not easy to drill.
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Old 09-23-2007, 04:56 PM   #33
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Here's an upgrade without having to spend the big bucks for those who don't have the high end units. A $10 chrome extension for your Genny exhaust from your local auto parts store. Also available in flaired models.
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Here are pictures of our glass storage. You can find the foam blocks at Michael's or other hobby shops. Trace around the glass you want to store and use a sharp box knife to cut out the hole (don't to forget to protect the cutting surface). This has worked great for us for years and never had breakage once we went to this. The glasses on their side is just because the cabinet is not tall enough for them to stand the other way. This lets us keep them all in the same cabinet.

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Old 10-04-2007, 05:25 AM   #35
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For those with the outsdie freshwater(passenger side) quick release that can only be connected when pressure is turned off the water supply.
A fix is to cut out the center section of the grey pipe(shortening it) to allow the hose to be permanently connected-no more getting wet!

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Old 10-15-2007, 03:26 PM   #36
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Thought it would be an "easy mod" but was a little tougher than planned.
Eliminated the Sony 24" tube TV(82 lbs.) replaced with LCD 26"(40 lbs. with bracket and mounts). Eventually will replace it with a 32" that we are using to replace the 26" that was mounted on the rear wall of the salon.

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Haven't road tested yet! But have seen the allen screws not staying tight. Hopefully the Rubber Holdbacks will do the job-currently two on the bottom and will add two to the top if necessary. They are the same Holdbacks Newmar uses on the outside Entertainment Center-which works well. If that doesn't work will go to Velcro. Presently it is stiffer than the old Sony was.
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I see the two bumpers now they should work. Where did you get them TV shop.
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Got them from a distributor of Eberhard(P/No.1-775-2 Rubber Holdbacks). Can't remember the distributor but Eberhard will tell you whom.
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Newmar uses magnets to keep the TV from swinging out.
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Finally finished the "Engine Oil Change System"-not sure it was worth it but was fun doing it. The location of the pump is in the engine access compartment(port side)adjacent to the engine.

Reverso pump, fuse, On-Off-On Switch

The hose at left(tucked behind pump)pulls out and will go to a 5 gal. oil container. The hose at right goes to the oil pan.

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The Pump is a Reverso GP-301 gear driven pump, the Switch is an On-Off-On switch wired to reverse pump to allow for taking oil out/putting oil in. The Drain Valve is Fumoto.
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Eventually will replace it with a 32" that we are using to replace the 26" that was mounted on the rear wall of the salon.
Dave, how do I pull the 26" off the salon wall? I can't figure out how it is attached. Does Newmar use the same rubber hold backs on the interior TV's?
By the way your modification looks great. I might attempt the same.
I have't been posting very often lately because I spilled coffee in my lap top. The wife was not impressed.
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