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Old 11-05-2018, 03:48 PM   #239
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I use stainless steel components whenever possible. They are slightly more expensive, but in my opinion worth the price.

Yes, I predrilled the holes for the screws, that way I did not run the risk of splitting the fiberglass. I used screws that went all the way through, that area of the cap is empty so no worries.
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Old 12-08-2018, 12:03 AM   #241
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Kiddikop, did you get the lights done, send pics.
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Old 12-20-2018, 05:04 PM   #242
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Dash Modifications - upgrading

One of my many faults is that I love gadgets. I have a SilverLeaf VMS645 that I have used on my previous two coaches - love it. However, it is too tall (nearly 8 inches) to fit the Alpine dash size. I tested it on the J1939 port so I know it works wit the coach. Has anyone successfully modified the Alpine dash to fit the SilverLeaf?

Or - has anyone successfully replaced the existing gauges with modern lighted digital gauges? Thank for your help.
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Old 03-05-2019, 06:36 PM   #243
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USB charging in driver drawer

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This is just a rather small improvement, we had no USB charging for our devices in the front and i thought that the drawer has some available space.
The power is from the original cigarette lighter and is always on. Therefore I choose a unit that has an on-off switch. In addition you can see the chassis battery voltage.
I hope the pic uploads this is my first try.
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Old 03-06-2019, 08:58 AM   #244
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Unfortunately, the Apex does not have that nice center drawer. So we replaced all the switches (un-lit) on the passenger armrest with a panel that includes lighted switches, battery level, 2 USB ports and a 12V outlet. Additionally, we installed LED bulbs behind all the other switch assemblies on the coach so as to provided night-time lighting. Also took up carpet and installed vinyl planks. And lastly, we built a dinette booth. Wife didn't like the single chairs set up.
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Unfortunately, the Apex does not have that nice center drawer. So we replaced all the switches (un-lit) on the passenger armrest with a panel that includes lighted switches, battery level, 2 USB ports and a 12V outlet. Additionally, we installed LED bulbs behind all the other switch assemblies on the coach so as to provided night-time lighting. Also took up carpet and installed vinyl planks. And lastly, we built a dinette booth. Wife didn't like the single chairs set up.
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That looks very nice! I too like to update the switch panel on the passenger seat. Mainly because it’s white and looks like it was made in the 60’s.
My initial thought was to eliminate the center drawer as it is not “feeling” like a high quality item. I own a CNC router and can design & make parts. I have more pressing items to complete first tough...
I am lucky as my wife likes the table and single chairs. However I have to refinish the cherry wood table surface ... I think that is the next small improvement.
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Hello,
This is just a rather small improvement, we had no USB charging for our devices in the front and i thought that the drawer has some available space.
The power is from the original cigarette lighter and is always on. Therefore I choose a unit that has an on-off switch. In addition you can see the chassis battery voltage.
I hope the pic uploads this is my first try.
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Joerg, could you point me in the direction of where you ordered that and what model number it is? I like that set up, as well as the on and off switch available.

Thanks in advance.
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Another option for USB charging is a NOCO Genius or equivalent. It’s portable and will jump start a dead car.
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Joerg, could you point me in the direction of where you ordered that and what model number it is? I like that set up, as well as the on and off switch available.

Thanks in advance.
Yes certainly,
as so many things ... its from Amazon.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Let me know if this link does not work. It is called "Cigarette Lighter socket splitter, CHGeek 12V dual USA Charger ..."
You can search for that as well.
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New stairs and carpet

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Nothing special and several people have updated the carpet and stair covering. My carpet looked really bad on the transition to the stairs showing heavy stains. I would like to place something in with high quality but for now there are a lot of projects to complete on the coach and just replacing it with the same material that is already there will have to do.
I used carpet tiles so I did not have to wrestle with a larger piece of carpet.
Overall I am happy I tackled this and the outcome looks o.k. for sure better as before.
I placed a outdoor carpet mat that I cut to size on the stairs so I can take them up and shake the dirt off of them.
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