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Old 01-21-2018, 11:29 AM   #1
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Hello fellow RVíers! My wife and I just ditched our stationary domicile and picked up a 2002 Damon Daybreak 3270, for a year of full-time living and adventuring. We own a fine art and photography studio in Austin, TX and recently negotiated a contract with an adventure sports outfitter to be their creative consultants and help them build their brand. As such we got rid of everything we could, bought what we appropriately named the "Art-V" and will be hitting the road this February! I grew up camping in a 1988 Fleetwood Jamboree, but honestly I was too busy getting dirty to know much about motorhomes, hahah. We will hopefully doing a lot of boondocking while on the road and would love all yíalls advice on upgrades/mods that are gears to that kind of stuff. Well, really we could use all the advice we can get about anything pertaining to RVíing!

The RV is built on a ford F53 chassis with the Triton modular 6.8l V10 and has 30,054 miles on the clock. Itís been well taken care of, but there are a few issues. First the dreaded broken exhaust manifold studs. I ordered new SS studs from amazon, nickel based anti-seize and new gaskets, thatís the first big project.
Next is the generator. I was told the starter was bad because the PO tried to start it after it was already running and "blew up" the motor.. Iím going to check all the fuses and fusible links first to see if it was just overloaded before I buy a new starter.
Iím pretty sure the house batteries are original and need to be replaced. Iím looking at two Trojan T-125 deepcycles as replacements. Iíd really like to find something lighter, but I cannot for the life of me find a battery with as much capacity that are those dimensions. Any help on that would be awesome!

I also just found out no inverter in the Daybreak series, so iím Going to have to install one of those for our computers, monitor, and printer.. Iíve been looking at Exeltech, but they seem pretty pricy.
Other than that I just finished reading through the owners manual and all of the accessory manuals (yes I literally read ever page of every manual, it was a real page-turner let me yell ya...).
I got all new filters: fuel, oil, air, a new pcv, new t-stat, full synthetic oils and fluids, etc.. just going to go through the entire thing and replacing all the filters and fluids, so I know whatís in there and that itís quality. Also have to clean and lube all of the windows and seals, electric step, slide out, etc.. lots to do, but itís finally a place that I OWN and can do what I want to it, because I love to tinker (I used to build and race cars for a few years).

Iíll stop now to keep this from turning into a novel. Thank you for the wealth of knowledge this site has provided so far and I hope to see ya out there!
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Congrats on the new rig

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Hi! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! Hope you get all the bugs worked out quickly. Keep her between the ditches.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Welcome to the party. Just a few thoughts...
Before you buy the Trojan's make sure they will fit. They may be too tall for the space you have available. If all you have is two batteries then don't get sucked into a huge inverter that will overload your batteries. You will draw roughly 10 Amps at 12 V to get 1 Amp at 120 VAC.
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Welcome and congrats on the new rig and new adventure!
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Glad to have you here in the forum with us. You're gonna like it here.

Congrats on your new rig.

Happy Trails!!!
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Thank you for the advice. Iím definitely going to measure the battery box, so I can fit the biggest batteries I can in there. Iím also looking at options to put one big 12v LiFePO4 battery in, but Iím still trying to get over the sticker-shock! Inverter wonít be huge. Looking at 1100 to 2000 Watts max. I still need to learn the math for converting energy, thank you for the info!

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Before you buy the Trojan's make sure they will fit. They may be too tall for the space you have available. If all you have is two batteries then don't get sucked into a huge inverter that will overload your batteries. You will draw roughly 10 Amps at 12 V to get 1 Amp at 120 VAC.
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Thank you for all the kind words and warm welcome everyone!
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Welcome aboard, nice rig. Your at the right place to get plenty of info.

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