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Old 06-17-2012, 09:10 AM   #365
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VERY nice work! I see you have way too much time on your hands just like me!
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Old 06-17-2012, 10:50 AM   #366
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Aside from looking better (and I'm not saying that alone isn't a valid reason for the mod), what advantages does that manifold have?
Along with what Cliff mentioned, the other reason for the manifold is that it provides a "homerun" to each drop or plumbing fixture. The advantage of that is to provide a more consistent flow of water to each drop.

e.g. if some one is taking a shower and another person turns on the kitchen sink hot water which is getting its water from the same line as the shower, the person in the shower is going to get a big surprise.

Thanks 336muffin.
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I failed to mention that I too compliment you on a job well done.
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Along with what Cliff mentioned, the other reason for the manifold is that it provides a "homerun" to each drop or plumbing fixture. The advantage of that is to provide a more consistent flow of water to each drop.

e.g. if some one is taking a shower and another person turns on the kitchen sink hot water which is getting its water from the same line as the shower, the person in the shower is going to get a big surprise.

Thanks 336muffin.
Not saying the manifold isn't a good idea, however, You could just change out the shower control to one that has a built-in pressure balance controller. That would solve that issue on anyones RV.

That manifold was definately a nice clean look and still has a lot of other advantages though!
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You can turn off individual water lines. If you had a leak the whole system doesn't need to be shut off. Wish I had one.
Makes sense. Can you provide a link for that unit? Thanks.
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Not saying the manifold isn't a good idea, however, You could just change out the shower control to one that has a built-in pressure balance controller. That would solve that issue on anyones RV.

That manifold was definately a nice clean look and still has a lot of other advantages though!
You are right but the plumbing in most RVs is not the best or neatly run sop why not just clean it up.
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Makes sense. Can you provide a link for that unit? Thanks.
I don't have one. I was just explaining why one would install it.
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Makes sense. Can you provide a link for that unit? Thanks.
Here is the link through PEX supply.

MANABLOC , Vanguard MANABLOC , MANABLOC PEX Plumbing , MANABLOC System - PexSupply.com
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Thanks. I just found out Amazon.com also sells some of them.
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Thanks for Excellent Ideas: Major Mod to our new rig...

I posted this on the Going Green Forum but thought it might deserve more attention. Moderator, feel free to wipe it if you don't agree.

Solar power systems: you either love 'em, or hate 'em. I was prompted by an earlier post to this thread about running a generator to watch a DVD. This (albeit expensive) mod eliminates that and solves the "how do I keep my batteries charged if I'm not moving?' problem too.

I've attached a PDF showing the addition of a 735W solar system.

Comments very much appreciated!

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Solar power systems: you either love 'em, or hate 'em. I was prompted by an earlier post to this thread about running a generator to watch a DVD. This (albeit expensive) mod eliminates that and solves the "how do I keep my batteries charged if I'm not moving?' problem too.
Now THAT's a Mod. Great job. If I can ever convince DW to full time for a few years - solar will be on the roof day #1.
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1stCougar,

We could call ourselves the same. Just got a 318SAB. Been modifying it ever since! Biggie was the solar installation.

Where did you find the LED puck lighting (and for that matter all of the LED fixtures)?

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Cougar 318SAB Mods

Besides the solar power system...

1. Replaced the vent in the bedroom and kitchen with Fantastic Fans.

Amazon.com: Fan-Tastic Ceiling FanVent with Remote Control: Home Improvement

Went with the high end so I wouldn't have to stand on a chair to adjust the one in the kitchen. The remote is nice. These guys work great!

They are fairly easy to install. Toughest part is removing the self leveling caulk from the old vents. I won't talk about the trials and travails with the first vent. The second one took about 1.5 hours. First remove all the screws then use a wood chisel to scrape all the caulk. Be careful not to puncture the rubber roof. Once all the caulk is gone, pry up a bit with a hammer and pull it out. Make sure to remove the bezel inside first! No, that wasn't one of the trials.

There was 12V power nearby in the light fixtures. In one case I had to fish the fan wire to the light fixture. In the other the light was very close and I could grab it from the vent hole.

Set the new fan in the hole, screw it down and apply self leveling caulk to complete.

2. Removed lazy susan from above the kitchen sink and replaced with wire shelving. Our rig has access to this very large cabinet from two sides so added shelves on each side. Bought three 4'x12" wire rack pieces with the lip on them. Used eye hooks on the corners to hold them and then wire tied them all together. The result is quite sturdy and now we have so much room we're looking for stuff in the bricks and sticks to put in the fiver!

I don't know what Cougar was thinking about with the lazy susan in the first place. Geez.

3. Added a 12V power outlet under the desk. Easy access to power by removing the radio and tapping into the supply line there.

The Future?

Who knows. All of the ideas in this thread have my head spinning. I really like the LED puck lighting. Don't really need it but it will reduce energy consumption and heat!

Do you realize that each of those two bulb incandescent fixtures pull over 6 amps out of your batteries? If you have one battery in your rig you have about 85 amp hours of power. Six hours with one of these light fixtures on will take your batteries to almost half capacity which is all you want to draw them down before recharging.

I loved the sewer hose ideas! I love the dishwasher idea! I wonder if that will be compatible with my solar system and inverter? Research project.

1stCougar: thanks for starting this in its concise fashion!

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kellylipp,To start off, nice job on the solar. the puck lights
I bought at camping World, they were halogen I
changed them to LED bought at superbrightleds.com.
they are G4-xHP6-DAC.
Then the light next to the stove,was bought at Eastern
Marine Outlet. also put same by sink S.S. Interior LED
Dome Light w/switch 4 1/4". the lights over the bar I
bought the shades at home depot, the bulbs I bought at
superbrightleds.com they are 1142-x18-T.
The two lights at back window, are from Eastern Marine
Outlet flush mount 3 3/4" 12 LED Accent Lights, put
switch in cabinet above.
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