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Old 09-15-2011, 02:55 PM   #1
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Our new to us 2010 Serrano 31v. Leaving for our 1st shake down trip to Tyler State Park (great park to hike, mtn bike & stand up paddle). I couldn't leave it alone and had to put some Alcoa's on it.
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Our new to us 2010 Serrano 31v. Leaving for our 1st shake down trip to Tyler State Park (great park to hike, mtn bike & stand up paddle). I couldn't leave it alone and had to put some Alcoa's on it.
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Picking ours up today. Please post how its doing! By the way it looks sharp.
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Old 09-20-2011, 05:00 PM   #6
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Couple of tips

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My dealer in formed me that there is a recall out on the right mirror mount which allows water to leak and drip along a wire bundle inside and below the right window. Make sure to check if that was done.

Also, I found that the 31V equipped with a manual awning has very short inner adjustable (the one with the holes) arms which allows the awning canvas to rest on the slide. This puts lots of strain on the canvas. I think I found a permanent solution for that and should know within a few days.

Next is the gas damper that holds the entree door. You will notice that if you let go of the door to soon it will swing open and hit the curb side slide. This can be fixed by cutting 1" more tread on the piston. Then shorten the piston by 1" and tread the ball joint over the newly cut section. This in essence shortens the piston and limits the swing of the door to, in our case, 90-95 degrees. Still plenty of room to get in and out and no more hitting between the slide and the entree door.

These are all work arounds for what I think are minor issues with the design.
I am working on a few more.

We love our Serrano

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That is a nice looking rig and it all matches. I've seen the Seranos and they are a good looking coach. Have fun, enjoy it.
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FYI,

My dealer in formed me that there is a recall out on the right mirror mount which allows water to leak and drip along a wire bundle inside and below the right window. Make sure to check if that was done.

Also, I found that the 31V equipped with a manual awning has very short inner adjustable (the one with the holes) arms which allows the awning canvas to rest on the slide. This puts lots of strain on the canvas. I think I found a permanent solution for that and should know within a few days.

Next is the gas damper that holds the entree door. You will notice that if you let go of the door to soon it will swing open and hit the curb side slide. This can be fixed by cutting 1" more tread on the piston. Then shorten the piston by 1" and tread the ball joint over the newly cut section. This in essence shortens the piston and limits the swing of the door to, in our case, 90-95 degrees. Still plenty of room to get in and out and no more hitting between the slide and the entree door.

These are all work arounds for what I think are minor issues with the design.
I am working on a few more.

We love our Serrano

2012 31V
Thanks for the tip on the door. I cut mine 1/2" and it works great.

Mine was metric tread so make sure before you cut on the piston you have the proper die.
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one other note on the door piston. I have the 31x which does not have the right side slide. They installed the piston anyway and it opened the door with such force that it was torquing the threshold to the point where it was going to rip it out. I removed it and installed a normal door stop and latch as a slide was not an issue. Watch your threshold ; you might have to get a less forceful piston!
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You're welcome Vedginout,

I knew the treads are metric and it is certainly worth mentioning. One more item worth mentioning is the fact that the rod is very hard so if you do this mod, get yourself a good set of cutters.

If you read any of my other post I can also reccomend changing the inner arms on your awning, that is if you have a manual one.

One other item I changed is the curved cabinet door beside the dvd player. For one or another reason they screwed this to the cabinet frame, making it hard to get access to some articles in that cabinet. A total of $15.00 and one short hour of work changed that into a useful area. Ordered the matching parts trough value RV.

BTW, it would certainly be nice to hear what others did to make their Serrano more liveable.
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Radar,
I'd like to trade with you on what they messed up on. My curved cabinet opens but, they put my shower knobs on the side rather than on the front or the 45. I can't move without changing the water temp.
The last mod I've done was make the bedroom closets open from the inside. If your in bed it's easier to access. The larger one worked good as the handle was in the middle. The small one has the handle on the top now. No big deal, it would just look better on the bottom.
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Very nice combo with the HHR and bicycles.

Best of lock and happy travels.
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