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Old 06-16-2012, 09:32 AM   #1
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Talked to the wife... I think we're going to remodel

We've been back and forth about an eventual new unit since its 7 years old and that's within or past the timeframe of trading in. A new unit would be great but that obviously require the whole package for what I'd want.
What I do like about the current one is the size and towability. Its 34' hitch to bumper and easy to manuver in tighter spots... I also like that its 30 amp and that seems like more of a plus offering a wide variety of parks. We've also been talking about visiting more state, regional and national parks which will require full self containment.

Here's where the cost begins:
Generator+prep
Remove doors and drawers for the closet intended for WD, install WD and make new doors
Remove booth dinette and use freestanding table/chairs
Install tinted, thermal windows (eventually)
New tops with bigger/deeper sink and high rise faucet
Bedroom slide needs adjusted
Slideout seals need replaced
Currently upgrading antenna
Full exterior caulking
Replace awning with electric jobber
Slideout awning toppers (undecided)

For anyone that has taken on a project to this extreme, do you find it better to do it all at once or in phases?
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Old 06-16-2012, 09:44 AM   #2
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The door side slide is where the kitchen is. The sink base is very deep and we don't use it all. I thought of installing a baggage door for the generator (with proper install details) or just for extra storage.

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The one thing that I've come to severly dislike on the exterior is too much white! It gets a bit too showy with the dirt inbetween cleanings and the front shell is the worst. We talked about adding vinyl swoops to add some color and cover up more of the white.

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I would definately use the guy that did my company truck wrap. This one was around 1,400 because of the large piece that was shaded and contains background graphics. At most I would estimate no more than 2,000 for vinyl ILO a 4 - 5k full body paint job...

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Old 06-16-2012, 02:28 PM   #3
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If there are no delam issues, and the running gear is in good shape- remodel!

For no more than your asking for I would think it would be easily inside the $10k range. Especially if your handy, counter tops and sinks are easy, W/D area is easy enough, The awnings I would get installed at a dealer, (let them chase the wires), same with the genny install.

We bought our CarrLite cheap. With the intention of doing a remodel. Its turned out great so far with what we have done.
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We've been back and forth about an eventual new unit since its 7 years old and that's within or past the timeframe of trading in. A new unit would be great but that obviously require the whole package for what I'd want.
What I do like about the current one is the size and towability. Its 34' hitch to bumper and easy to manuver in tighter spots... I also like that its 30 amp and that seems like more of a plus offering a wide variety of parks. We've also been talking about visiting more state, regional and national parks which will require full self containment.

Here's where the cost begins:
Generator+prep
Remove doors and drawers for the closet intended for WD, install WD and make new doors
Remove booth dinette and use freestanding table/chairs
Install tinted, thermal windows (eventually)
New tops with bigger/deeper sink and high rise faucet
Bedroom slide needs adjusted
Slideout seals need replaced
Currently upgrading antenna
Full exterior caulking
Replace awning with electric jobber
Slideout awning toppers (undecided)

For anyone that has taken on a project to this extreme, do you find it better to do it all at once or in phases?
Having had several 50 amp rigs I've never seen an instance where being at a 30 amp site has been a problem. I just have to remember that I'm limited to 3,600 watts rather than 12,000 watts, just like I would be if I had a 30 amp rig.
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"Talked to the wife..." DUDE! Don't Do that!

Other than that, it all sounds good. It sound like a lot of work, but if you don't mind commiting to it, sure, go for it. You should be able to break it into bite sized projects and take it one step at a time. One advantage of that is that you can do a segment and take a trip to try it out. That may help you see how much it helps.

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Having had several 50 amp rigs I've never seen an instance where being at a 30 amp site has been a problem. I just have to remember that I'm limited to 3,600 watts rather than 12,000 watts, just like I would be if I had a 30 amp rig.
I don't think its a large issue but I've noticed some park managers very eager to know your rig info. When traveling, we tend to find many gems in smaller parks with rig length and electric restrictions..
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For anyone that may have added an LP generator (after the fact). Is it possible to have it located in a slide? As I mentioned before, I thought of adding one in the door side slide which would delete some unused depth in the sink base cabinet area... I was unsure if the moving part (slide) restricts that in any way.
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For anyone that may have added an LP generator (after the fact). Is it possible to have it located in a slide? As I mentioned before, I thought of adding one in the door side slide which would delete some unused depth in the sink base cabinet area... I was unsure if the moving part (slide) restricts that in any way.
Added weight, propane plumbing, exhaust and heat dissipation could all be troubles. Not unsolvable though.
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I wasn't sure how they exhaust. That slide is pretty much over the axle and tire.
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