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Old 08-26-2006, 01:52 PM   #1
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I've posted many of these in separate posts in the past...... I figured that since they're buried in the archives by now, some of the new toyhauler owners might be interested.
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Installed the shutoff valve between the two water tanks. Now I can
fill one tank for short trips....... or fill both tanks and know exactly when
I've used my first 75 gallons and pace the water useage accordingly .

With the shut-off closed..... and adding 75 gallons,
Only the front tank fills and it has the sensors.
Therefore, the monitor will show full tank.

If I opened up the shut off and let the 75 gallons flow from the
front tank to the rear tank....... the monitors will show the tanks 1/2 full.



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To prevent the bottom metal edge of the cargo openings from being dented by dragging the cluncky, heavy stuff
over them...... I screwed in a strip of wood about 1/4 inch higher than the metal edge.



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I removed the trash bin that the factory provided and added a shelf for our "wine cellar"


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Cutting off and Shorting the sewer line:


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Buford's Pole Holder Mounted.. Attaching the "Live Wire Camp Marker Light".. Click Here for More Photos


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How to Get Power to Buford's Pole (adding another 12V plug to the rear bed):



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Split vinyl tube protecting upper shelf cloth ledge:


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Adding additional heavy duty support to pantry slide shelves (Purchased a Home Depot):


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How to carry 20 foot sewer hose: Cut off the end of the stock 10' hose
carrier and then the larger hose curls perfectly into a 5 gal. bucket.


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Coiled Fabric Heating Ducts Covered and Protected in front storage area:



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Protect wiring where it contacts metal frame:


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Make sure your brake wires are out of harm's way. Tie them up high or
they might end up being crushed between the axle and frame.


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Adding another mounting location for the small table:


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Adding Reading Lights Over Master Bed..... Where to run the wires from:






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Protecting the WW wood photo-finish at door handles. It's easily damaged
and this is a high contact area, especially if the wife and kids have long fingernails.
I went to TAP plastics and got some heavy duty vinyl and cut it to size.



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For those too cheap to install an air conditioner in the master bedroom:


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Adding more support to sagging water tank crossmembers:


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Adding more storage space below the bed by making it deeper. Also
added a bit of a slope for better sleeping. It's lower at the foot of the bed.


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Made Ramp Door Cables attached to Stainless steel eye bolt and Nut at Ramp.





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INSTALLING A 1500 WATT INVERTER

Here are the photos and diagram of the install.

Purchased the XPower 1500 Xantrex
inverter at Costco...... $84.79

Performance and Physical Specifications for the XPower 1500.

******Electrical performance XPower 1500****
Maximum continuous output power 1500 W
Maximum -surge power 3000 W
Output voltage 115VAC RMS 10 VAC
Output waveform Modified Sine Wave
Output frequency 60Hz4Hz
Input voltage 10.5-15.0 VDC
Low voltage alarm 11.OV
Low voltage cutout 10.5V
Overvoltage cutout 15.0V
Optimum effeciency 90%
No Load current draw <0.3ADC

*****Physical Specifications****
Physical XPower 1500
Length 13.9 inches
Width 6.0 inches
Height 3.0inches
Weight 5.6 Ibs

It works for the TV... even the toaster, vacuum, computer, hair dryer. (Not all at the same time)

Here is a very inexpensive way to do the inverter. The Weekend Warrior
factory option including the TV sets was $1800. :R

Inverter and cables $85
DPDT Switch $11
12V circuit breaker $35
Romex wire..... pennies

Here are some instructions I received in a private message. I then diagramed it along side the
diagram provided in the instruction manual provided with the 1500 Watt inverter

"Very simple to do. You will need the DPDT "center off" 20amp toggle switch, an electrical box, a cover plate made for toggle switches (or just get a blank one and drill the correct size hole) some romex wire (14/2 if it's a 15amp circuit) and a wire nut.

Mount the box where you want the switch.

Unhook the romex that comes off the breaker feeding the circuit you want "inverted" (unhook all three wires...white, black and ground) Now hook it up to the center contacts of the DPDT switch with black on one side, white on the other and leave the ground hanging free for now.

Then take a new piece of romex wire and hook it up to the same breaker you just unhooked in the same fashion with the black wire going to the breaker and the white going to the neutral bus bar and ground to ground bus. Take the other end of this wire and hook it to the bottom contacts on the switch with the black wire going to the same side as the previous, white to the other side and ground hanging free.

Then take another piece of romex and hook it to the top of the switch in the same fashion. Now you can wire nut all the grounds together. Then on the other end of this wire that you put on the top contacts attach a plug end and plug it into the inverter.

That is it. So, if you flip the switch up you will be feeding the center contacts (wire to outlets) from the inverter and if you flip the switch down you will be feeding from shorepower. There is no need to turn off the converter when using the inverter because you are only powering that one circuit and the converter will already be off as it is on another circuit. Just make sure the switch you get is "center off" so that it breaks the connection from one source before it makes the connection to another."






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An easy upgrade for ya...... Lady Di convinced me
to put high end carpet pad under the carpet in the
living room area. Now it's just like the plush walk
in the front bedroom :C


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Here are the photos showing how I can now access the 20 gallons of fuel in the generator fuel
tank and make it available to the fuel station.

All you need is some fittings, a 3 way shut off valve and hose.
You can purchase the valve at a hose shop or at a NAPA store.






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Old 08-26-2006, 01:52 PM   #2
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I've posted many of these in separate posts in the past...... I figured that since they're buried in the archives by now, some of the new toyhauler owners might be interested.
----------------------***************------------------

Installed the shutoff valve between the two water tanks. Now I can
fill one tank for short trips....... or fill both tanks and know exactly when
I've used my first 75 gallons and pace the water useage accordingly .

With the shut-off closed..... and adding 75 gallons,
Only the front tank fills and it has the sensors.
Therefore, the monitor will show full tank.

If I opened up the shut off and let the 75 gallons flow from the
front tank to the rear tank....... the monitors will show the tanks 1/2 full.



*
*
*
To prevent the bottom metal edge of the cargo openings from being dented by dragging the cluncky, heavy stuff
over them...... I screwed in a strip of wood about 1/4 inch higher than the metal edge.



*
*
*
I removed the trash bin that the factory provided and added a shelf for our "wine cellar"


*
*
*
Cutting off and Shorting the sewer line:


*
*
*
Buford's Pole Holder Mounted.. Attaching the "Live Wire Camp Marker Light".. Click Here for More Photos


*
*
*

How to Get Power to Buford's Pole (adding another 12V plug to the rear bed):



*
*
*
Split vinyl tube protecting upper shelf cloth ledge:


*
*
*
Adding additional heavy duty support to pantry slide shelves (Purchased a Home Depot):


*
*
*
How to carry 20 foot sewer hose: Cut off the end of the stock 10' hose
carrier and then the larger hose curls perfectly into a 5 gal. bucket.


*
*
*
Coiled Fabric Heating Ducts Covered and Protected in front storage area:



*
*
*
Protect wiring where it contacts metal frame:


*
*
*
Make sure your brake wires are out of harm's way. Tie them up high or
they might end up being crushed between the axle and frame.


*
*
*
Adding another mounting location for the small table:


*
*
*
Adding Reading Lights Over Master Bed..... Where to run the wires from:






*
*
*
Protecting the WW wood photo-finish at door handles. It's easily damaged
and this is a high contact area, especially if the wife and kids have long fingernails.
I went to TAP plastics and got some heavy duty vinyl and cut it to size.



*
*
*
For those too cheap to install an air conditioner in the master bedroom:


*
*
*
Adding more support to sagging water tank crossmembers:


*
*
*
Adding more storage space below the bed by making it deeper. Also
added a bit of a slope for better sleeping. It's lower at the foot of the bed.


*
*
*
Made Ramp Door Cables attached to Stainless steel eye bolt and Nut at Ramp.





*
*
*
INSTALLING A 1500 WATT INVERTER

Here are the photos and diagram of the install.

Purchased the XPower 1500 Xantrex
inverter at Costco...... $84.79

Performance and Physical Specifications for the XPower 1500.

******Electrical performance XPower 1500****
Maximum continuous output power 1500 W
Maximum -surge power 3000 W
Output voltage 115VAC RMS 10 VAC
Output waveform Modified Sine Wave
Output frequency 60Hz4Hz
Input voltage 10.5-15.0 VDC
Low voltage alarm 11.OV
Low voltage cutout 10.5V
Overvoltage cutout 15.0V
Optimum effeciency 90%
No Load current draw <0.3ADC

*****Physical Specifications****
Physical XPower 1500
Length 13.9 inches
Width 6.0 inches
Height 3.0inches
Weight 5.6 Ibs

It works for the TV... even the toaster, vacuum, computer, hair dryer. (Not all at the same time)

Here is a very inexpensive way to do the inverter. The Weekend Warrior
factory option including the TV sets was $1800. :R

Inverter and cables $85
DPDT Switch $11
12V circuit breaker $35
Romex wire..... pennies

Here are some instructions I received in a private message. I then diagramed it along side the
diagram provided in the instruction manual provided with the 1500 Watt inverter

"Very simple to do. You will need the DPDT "center off" 20amp toggle switch, an electrical box, a cover plate made for toggle switches (or just get a blank one and drill the correct size hole) some romex wire (14/2 if it's a 15amp circuit) and a wire nut.

Mount the box where you want the switch.

Unhook the romex that comes off the breaker feeding the circuit you want "inverted" (unhook all three wires...white, black and ground) Now hook it up to the center contacts of the DPDT switch with black on one side, white on the other and leave the ground hanging free for now.

Then take a new piece of romex wire and hook it up to the same breaker you just unhooked in the same fashion with the black wire going to the breaker and the white going to the neutral bus bar and ground to ground bus. Take the other end of this wire and hook it to the bottom contacts on the switch with the black wire going to the same side as the previous, white to the other side and ground hanging free.

Then take another piece of romex and hook it to the top of the switch in the same fashion. Now you can wire nut all the grounds together. Then on the other end of this wire that you put on the top contacts attach a plug end and plug it into the inverter.

That is it. So, if you flip the switch up you will be feeding the center contacts (wire to outlets) from the inverter and if you flip the switch down you will be feeding from shorepower. There is no need to turn off the converter when using the inverter because you are only powering that one circuit and the converter will already be off as it is on another circuit. Just make sure the switch you get is "center off" so that it breaks the connection from one source before it makes the connection to another."






*
*
*
An easy upgrade for ya...... Lady Di convinced me
to put high end carpet pad under the carpet in the
living room area. Now it's just like the plush walk
in the front bedroom :C


*
*
*
Here are the photos showing how I can now access the 20 gallons of fuel in the generator fuel
tank and make it available to the fuel station.

All you need is some fittings, a 3 way shut off valve and hose.
You can purchase the valve at a hose shop or at a NAPA store.






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Impressive to say the least.
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Howie:

Yes...very impressive...but we've got the Mod Thread at the top of the Forum...if I can figure out how to blend this into it, would you mind?

The one Mod that I'm most interested in is being to use the 40 gallon tank for the genset...did you find that the ports on both tanks suck from the bottom of each?!
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by WWFan:
Howie:

Yes...very impressive...but we've got the Mod Thread at the top of the Forum...if I can figure out how to blend this into it, would you mind?

The one Mod that I'm most interested in is being to use the 40 gallon tank for the genset...did you find that the ports on both tanks suck from the bottom of each?! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Sean..... by all means

Yup, both the 20 and 40 gallon tanks have extra ports that are plumbed to the bottom of each
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Howie:

Got my fuel valve mod done!! I've added it to the sticky at the top...

Looks like in order for YOU to be the poster of your top post here, you'll need to move it- I can move it, but only by copying & pasting it in the other thread- then it would have my name on it. Would you do this for us, pretty please? Then I can move the replies to it.

Thanks buddy!

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by WWFan:
Howie:

Got my fuel valve mod done!! I've added it to the sticky at the top...

Looks like in order for YOU to be the poster of your top post here, you'll need to move it- I can move it, but only by copying & pasting it in the other thread- then it would have my name on it. Would you do this for us, pretty please? Then I can move the replies to it.

Thanks buddy!

Sean </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I moved it upstairs for ya

You did a nice and clean install . I buried my 3 way under the TH so no can find it

As you probably know, that 3 way can be positioned to completely shut off both lines. So no one can steal your gas. The gas thieves probably would never figger it out
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