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Old 04-19-2016, 02:34 PM   #1
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What mods do you regret?

We just recently purchased a 35' Venture RV Sporttrek trailer. We've been making mods to it over the last month, and I was wondering if some of them would come back to haunt us For example, we mounted a peg board to the wall of the basement to hang tools and such on so they are easier to find when we set-up and tear down. I'm hopeful that I've mounted the tools to it in a way that they will handle travels...

Anyway, wondering what people have done that they regret!
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Old 04-19-2016, 03:34 PM   #2
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I have a pegboard tool-holder in one of my bays... the hooks / baskets hold all of my tools very well, even over the worst washboard BLM roads.

As far a regrets go, I regret letting my wife talk me into spray painting the ugly brass fixtures instead of buying nice new ones. The paint worked fine - it sticks well and looks far better than they used to - but I would have preferred to spend a little more on some really nice fixtures rather than cheap-out on just painting the ugly old ones.

I also regret the fabric choice the previous owners made to re-cover the valances with. Because it's relatively new and not terrible - just not my taste - it's hard for me to justify spending the time and money to do it again.

More often than not, when I talk to other owners it's not the modification itself they regret but the installation. A tile backsplash in the galley looks awesome - until it falls off the wall when you hit a bump because the surface wasn't prepared correctly. Peeling paint and wallpaper is another common complaint, and usually the failure is due almost entirely to lack of proper surface prep.

I'm about to dive into some pretty serious modifications myself - namely, I'm removing the glass shower stall and installing something else and I'm re-staining all the woodwork on the interior. These mods will be awesome, I have no doubt, but I'm thoroughly researching every step to make sure I don't paint myself into any corners, so to speak. It would be easy to miss a step somewhere and then have to go back and/or start over, which would be extremely regretful... and expensive

Good luck on your mods!
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I guess we've been lucky! I can't think of a single mod we've done that we're not pleased with!
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I was going to say Cliff and Lorrie but I see that isn't where you are going so I just won't say anything.

I did make a couple of mods that i had to undo as not feasible in the lng run but overall most have panned out.
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If you don't like a mod and need to change or remove it. Just call it a remodeling project and keep on moding. Have done over twohundred mods total so far to three RV's. Probably less than a dozen remodels.
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My first wife. That really modified my life.
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My first wife. That really modified my life.

Sounds like you ordered the wrong model!
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Sounds like you ordered the wrong model!
Yep. Nothing but continuous factory defects.
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Perhaps not a Mod... but on our first RV I purchased and installed 180 degree valve stem adapters for my inside dualies so that it would be easier to adjust air pressure, and also front valve extenders so that my TMPS caps would fit better (that RV had front hub caps and this was required). I burned through a couple of different brands, including those that come highly recommended, but they all leaked eventually. I ended up just removing them all and when we replaced that RV with the current one I had my local tire shop spin the inside rear valve stem around so that it faced outward. Problem solved. No more valve extenders for this guy!

Second small item that I'm still struggling with... I like to know the temperature in my water bay for cold weather camping (know when it's freezing out there), and I've purchased a few different remote thermometers. These are the units with a base unit and a remote temperature sensor that you can place within range and the remotes send temperature to the base unit. They all tend to work right out of the box, but they don't last long. In fact, I'm on my third set and it seems that they last about 1 year or so and then I have to replace them. This is typically around the time that the batteries die, but even following the directions perfectly, they never seem to come back to life for me.
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I had difficulty getting my LaCrosse temp unit communicating after one sensor's batteries died. Anyway I finally discovered that you have to take the batteries out of all the sensors and base. Wait 1 or 2 minutes and then put batteries in one sensor then batteries in the base. Wait for sensor temp to display. Add batteries to second sensor and wait for that temp to display. Same for third sensor. After all sensors are working then you can set the clock, etc.
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I had difficulty getting my LaCrosse temp unit communicating after one sensor's batteries died. Anyway I finally discovered that you have to take the batteries out of all the sensors and base. Wait 1 or 2 minutes and then put batteries in one sensor then batteries in the base. Wait for sensor temp to display. Add batteries to second sensor and wait for that temp to display. Same for third sensor. After all sensors are working then you can set the clock, etc.
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That's what I do to ours also! Haven't had any problems!
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That's what I do to ours also! Haven't had any problems!

Thanks to you both. Unfortunately I tried that and can only get the first one to sync up. The other two never sync to the base.
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MCD shades -- expensive and faulty

Wish I had just restrung the original shades.
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The only thing I can think of is I wish I had planned more carefully where I was going to put the solar panels on the roof of my Arctic Fox fifth wheel.

Since I never gave much thought to how many panels I was going to put up there, I never took the time to think about where the panels should go to give me the best utilization of roof space.

When I started I was just buying a panel whenever I had the money and putting them on the roof wherever it was convenient. Now I wish I had thought about better placement because I found out the solar panels not only give me electricity but they shade the roof from the sun, helping the trailer stay cooler inside.

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