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Old 05-27-2013, 11:47 AM   #519
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Our new trailer (under 2 months old) only has the pass-through area for exterior storage. Our last trailer, despite being about 8' or so shorter, had an additional exterior compartment that was just large enough for all the dirty stuff like sewer fittings, chocks, levelling blocks, etc. We really miss that and found that just the new pass-through alone doesn't work all that great for us.

This is the most ambitious mod. I've done to date on this and our last TT. I've done a few straightforward ones on our new TT and will post them another time. 'Course, there'll definitely be more to come over time...

I ended up buying a trailer tongue box as in the photo. It fits the angle of the A-frame area perfectly between the frame members. In order for this to work, I have to relocate the battery (only one for us) elsewhere. After mulling it over for some time, I pulled the plywood off the forward side of the storage space to see what there was behind our fiberglass cap. You can see in the before pic how much space there is. I ended up building a 3-sided box in the center (11"Dx14"Wx15"H) for a sealed battery box. At the same time, I built some new storage space on either side of the battery spot. I also created a space to relocate the water pump to which is presently stuck on the rear side of the pass-through and has no enclosure, is vulnerable and takes up too much space.

The aluminum mesh doors swing down if needed to put things in or get them out easier. We now have 100' of potable water hose in there on one side that previously had no other place to go.

I'm presently am waiting for the sealed battery box c/w vent to arrive. It took a lot of digging to find a vent that is black.

The final phase of this project will be mounting the tongue box. I am not sure quite yet how I am going to reroute the LP gas hose and electrical wiring around the box.

The tongue weight on our trailer is on the high side at 14.5% of the total scaled trailer weight and I am hoping moving the battery rearward a couple of feet will help a wee bit. But the tongue box loaded up with stuff isn't going to be that light I guess.

ps: Nice to find this thread. But about 1.5 years after it started, I see that despite the suggestion in the beginning, there is no separate area for mods & upgrades. That's too bad because this is a great site otherwise.
Great looking mods! As for creating a separate section for mods and upgrades, we currently have no plan to add more sections to the forum. We made this thread a "sticky" so it is always at the top and easy to find.
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Great looking mods! As for creating a separate section for mods and upgrades, we currently have no plan to add more sections to the forum. We made this thread a "sticky" so it is always at the top and easy to find.

And a big thank you for the "sticky"!
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:28 AM   #521
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Finally got around to doing the basement TV / Blu-Ray player install, got it 98% completed. Still waiting on the matching floor felt to cover the wood and the holdbacks to secure the tv in place while traveling. It's mounted on an articulating arm so it can swing out and rotate approximately 90 degrees either direction.

Hardest part was running the HDMI cable from the overhead cabinet to the basement compartment, what a pain! Had to really think this out as i didn't want the entire space taken by the TV cabinet but in the end i still have store behing for the step ladder and other such stuff.
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Low Budget Slide

I promised this one some time ago and just got around to it. Rear basement storage is huge and I have wanted a slide since day one - but cost way to high. At last RV show, saw a new RV with plastic striped platform riding on aluminum rail/angle. Finally figured it out. Material needed:
1. One sheet of 1/4 inch thick virgin UHMW plastic sheet as needed for cutting into 7/8 inch wide strips long enough for both sides of platform. Note: cutting needs care as plastic tends to wander - very difficult to cut into strips. But doable.
2. two 1x1x1/8 inch aluminum angle - length of platform plus length of platform travel.
3. two wood supports for angle.
4. 3/8 to 3/4 inch plywood cut to size of platform. Thicker for wider platform. Mine was almost 4 feet wide so I used 3/4 inch plywood.
5. Handle of choice

I cut 2x4 rail support just enough to allow space for our camp table to be stored under the slide.
Screw plastic strips to bottom edge of platform with recessed wood screws.
Screw aluminum angle to wood support with recessed wood screws. In the end plastic slides on smooth aluminum.
Screw wood support to side walls.
This will not be ball bearing smooth/easy to move. But at 74 I can pull over two hundred pound load out with one hand.
In picture note white space between plywood and aluminum angle - that is end of plastic strip.
If you shop carefully - this could easily be an under $100 project.
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Refrigerator Door Panel Modification or Replacement

Hi Everyone,

Has anyone ever replaced their refrigerator door panels with another colored panel or just covered the existing panels with contact paper?
Secondly, if you have crossed this road before, how do you remove the panels?

Currently, our Sightseer has a Norcold N611 refrigerator with the gray "stainless steel" look door panels. Since both the microwave and stove are black, I'd like to change the color of the refrigerator to black or find a wood grain panel or that would closely match the wood. I would also entertain the idea of just covering the existing panels with appliance grade contact paper.

Any insight, ideas and direction is greatly and most humbly appreciated!!
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Has anyone ever replaced their refrigerator door panels with another colored panel or just covered the existing panels with contact paper?
Secondly, if you have crossed this road before, how do you remove the panels?

Currently, our Sightseer has a Norcold N611 refrigerator with the gray "stainless steel" look door panels. Since both the microwave and stove are black, I'd like to change the color of the refrigerator to black or find a wood grain panel or that would closely match the wood. I would also entertain the idea of just covering the existing panels with appliance grade contact paper.

Any insight, ideas and direction is greatly and most humbly appreciated!!
I will make a guess that if you remove the SS panels. You will find that it is already black. But I do not know how to remove the panels.
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Has anyone ever replaced their refrigerator door panels with another colored panel or just covered the existing panels with contact paper?
Secondly, if you have crossed this road before, how do you remove the panels?

Currently, our Sightseer has a Norcold N611 refrigerator with the gray "stainless steel" look door panels. Since both the microwave and stove are black, I'd like to change the color of the refrigerator to black or find a wood grain panel or that would closely match the wood. I would also entertain the idea of just covering the existing panels with appliance grade contact paper.

Any insight, ideas and direction is greatly and most humbly appreciated!!
The panels on our 4 door nor old have a plastic molding on the outsides. Pull off molding, and the panels slide off outward. Our panels were wood to match the cupboards. We painted out cupboards white, removed the panels and painted them white.
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Hi Everyone,

Has anyone ever replaced their refrigerator door panels with another colored panel or just covered the existing panels with contact paper?
Secondly, if you have crossed this road before, how do you remove the panels?

Currently, our Sightseer has a Norcold N611 refrigerator with the gray "stainless steel" look door panels. Since both the microwave and stove are black, I'd like to change the color of the refrigerator to black or find a wood grain panel or that would closely match the wood. I would also entertain the idea of just covering the existing panels with appliance grade contact paper.

Any insight, ideas and direction is greatly and most humbly appreciated!!
I'd take the doors to an auto body shop and sprayed black.
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You might find that the back side of your current panel is black. They are always one color on a side and another on the other side. Good luck.

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Went out this weekend and rebuilt my entry steps.

The electric Kwikee steps had a loose bolt. Made them a bit springy. Had to remove the interior step framing to access the bolts.
All 4 bolts were rusted tight, and on top of that, they are stove bolts. No heads to put a wrench on.

Ended up shimming the loose bolt from the inside with steel plate. Added some insulation to the floor and set off to rebuild the stairs.

I rebuilt the one step with 2x framing on the side and back, screwed to the vertical plywood box. Put a 2x4, thin side up, across the front and braced it with vertical 2x4's.
1/4" luan up the front and a piece inside on the bottom. Carpet stapled on the front, like before. Rubber treads back down and aluminum nosings back in place. Screws for the top tread nosing are a bit long and "bite" into the 2x4 to hold it in place.

I now have a 10" deep, 10" wide by 26" long secret compartment.

Planning to and small 1/4" quarter round at the back of each tread to finish it off.

Pictures of the top tread open and closed.
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Has anyone ever replaced their refrigerator door panels with another colored panel or just covered the existing panels with contact paper?
Secondly, if you have crossed this road before, how do you remove the panels?

Currently, our Sightseer has a Norcold N611 refrigerator with the gray "stainless steel" look door panels. Since both the microwave and stove are black, I'd like to change the color of the refrigerator to black or find a wood grain panel or that would closely match the wood. I would also entertain the idea of just covering the existing panels with appliance grade contact paper.

Any insight, ideas and direction is greatly and most humbly appreciated!!
If the panels are in good condition.
Sand them with 220 sand paper and then spray them with a black appliance paint.
2 tricks. 1 spray them 45 deg off of the vertical axis and the second coat 90 degrees off the first. That reduces the chance of your eyes picking up any lines. Let the paint harden for a day or 2. Take 400 grit paper and lightly sand the finish. Take your panels and lay them flat to the ground and at about 2 times the recommended distance on the can you spray the final coat.
The catch is it needs to be a 60-70 degree day and medium humidity so the paint does not flash dry.
The paint lays down on the panel and gives you a factory looking finish.
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Hi Everyone,

Has anyone ever replaced their refrigerator door panels with another colored panel or just covered the existing panels with contact paper?
Secondly, if you have crossed this road before, how do you remove the panels?

Currently, our Sightseer has a Norcold N611 refrigerator with the gray "stainless steel" look door panels. Since both the microwave and stove are black, I'd like to change the color of the refrigerator to black or find a wood grain panel or that would closely match the wood. I would also entertain the idea of just covering the existing panels with appliance grade contact paper.

Any insight, ideas and direction is greatly and most humbly appreciated!!
We didn't replace the panel, we replaced the door due to a broken hinge. Ours was a Norcold 1200 but maybe the procedure is the same. The end of the door is easily removed and the panel just slides out. In our case Winnebago made the Cherry panel so you may be able to buy other colors from your manufacturer. If it is a flat panel it would be interesting to see what is on the back side. Kind of neat if it was black.

The fridge is now a residential so if a 1200 would fit I have a deal for you
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