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Old 01-07-2012, 11:49 AM   #43
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Water Pump Switch

In my first RV, a 1979 Holiday Rambler Ramblette fifth wheel, the switch for the domestic water pump was in an interesting place. It took me forever to find it the first time. You had to lay down on the bed and reach your hand between the wall and the bed up next to the pillow to turn it on or off. In that day and age it was obviously not a bedroom you could stand up in OR a bed you could walk around.

My Vantare conversion has two places to turn on each of the two water pumps. I can turn them on in the electrical panel and outside in the plumbing bay but NOT in the bathroom....

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Old 01-07-2012, 01:50 PM   #44
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I have a fire extinguisher close to the door, which is fine, then #2 extinguisher is about 2 feet away next to the dining room chair. When you sat in the chair you would have to put your arm a certain way so it did not touch it. and the fact that is was right in my face when i was eating bugged me too So i took it down and put it in my bathroom. I have not mounted it yet (procrastinator) hmmmm. maybe i will mount it on the side of my norcord fridge
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Old 01-07-2012, 02:31 PM   #45
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There are explosive gases in the bathroom.
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There's also the classic multi - manufacturer stupidity regarding the driver's seat back and slide out proximity? That problem seemed to take everyone quite a while to find - the one where 6' + drivers were smashing the seat backs into the slideouts trying to find room for their knees? That one has quite a few still paying their dues for that boondoggle!
I am 6'1" and found several Class C models that I liked but could not put the drivers seat back because of the slide.
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Old 01-07-2012, 05:08 PM   #47
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As far as stupid design, we look at most new models now and think, "That is really dumb." My #1 is multiple TV sets. Why have two or even three TVs in one living area? We saw a bunkhouse coach that had 5 TVs. I thought the idea of going camping or RVing was to enjoy the experience and sights, not watch TV in every possible location.
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First Rving is not the same to all and some just like to get away from the ever day life style and your idea of going camping doesn't have to be the same as another and who said the rule was to enjoy the experience and sights?
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Old 01-07-2012, 06:21 PM   #48
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My choice for dumbist designs is the one piece windshield. If you do any amount of driving you will have windshield damage sooner or later. It's a whole bunch easier and cheaper to replace only half the windshield rather than the whole thing.
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Old 01-07-2012, 06:37 PM   #49
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My last unit was an '04 Tiffin and in addition to only one 12V plug that would work in the dash area when the ignition switch was off, there were no others in any other locations. The location of the rear slide switch and bedroom light switch where poor at best. To operate that slide, you had to stand outside the room, lean forward and reach around the corner of the TV/electrical fuse and wardrobe cabinet. The bedroom light switch was located roughly in the same location.
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We have a 04 37C Southwind. I had some damage on A lower shelve below the three drawers in the bedroom . When I pulled up the floor of the cabinet I found a furnace heater vent hose which just ended in the floor under the cabinet with no exit, as the installers put a curio cabinet up against the vent outlet. The prior owners lived with this for 5 years prior to me purchasing the unit.

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We call these things "Features." Ours is our wonderful bathtub/shower. The faucet has no access to the rear so that it can be replaced in case of failure. The whole tub/shower enclosure would have to be removed to gain access. Now that is a real special "feature" and took some real engineering.
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My pet peeves on our 2007 Bounder 35E:
  • Sun visors that cannot be reached when you're seat-belted in to the seats - we use the power screen instead...
  • Rear-view monitor that cannot be reached when seat-belted in. I have to lift up out of the driver's seat to adjust the brightness, or switch from day to night as needed.
  • Installing a satellite dome that has a dual LNB, but only providing a cable to one of the LNBs - I had to run a second cable on my own.
  • Installing the power sun screen on the windshield so that the ignition key must be used to provide power - I had to rewire it so it now works without the key.
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When I looked at MHs, there was always one thing that I didn't like in all of the ones I looked at until I looked at the Breeze I bought. Things like bathroom access, bedroom layout, kitchen, etc. There were a couple minor things I found after buying, but easily changed.

My friend has the same year Breeze, but the LX model. His wife complains that they paid $20,000 more and I got a better kitchen layout, more storage and a bunch of other things. They don't even have a bathtub. Mine has a tub/shower. From what I have read and heard, National over built and under priced their coaches.

Sorry for braggin', but I think I did good or was at the right place at the right time.
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Wait til you remove the factory carpet. Mine had two different size staples and the installers must have been paid by the staple.
Opposite problem for me-guy who caulked our shower must have to buy his own caulk.
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On my 5er, it didn't matter what brand or how much you used, it didn't last.
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Have to add: Placement of Thermostat on side wall of Refrigerator slot, always read about 10 degrees higher then living area, OK once you figured it out with another thermometer but a pain to always remember to add 10 degrees to settings.
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