Originally Posted by Dadzscorp
First I have called a couple of places here local to Georgia and got quotes on a new set of tires (7 including the spare). They both have given me only two options due to the tire size I need and the load weight required. It's either a 14 ply Hankook or Sumitomo? Which is the better tire?
Do I go with Trojan T-105's or do I buy Sam's Club Duracell brand?
I am planning on changing out the A/C unit and going with something newer and more reliable. Any brands I should be looking for?
I will also change out the three roof vents and install new Fan-Tastic vents with the fan feature for circulation.
I plan on buying the MaxxAir II covers for them as well. Any comments or suggestions on these?
I would like to remove the original carpet and go with either Laminate or Vinyl. My concern with laminate is the extra weight and tolerance to the vibration of the MH. Does anyone have any experience with either?
Finally I will deal with the cosmetics; new shades, curtains, upholstering of the dinette, LED lighting throughout and new bedding. I plan on converting the two twin beds in the rear into one large King size bed.
Oh and on suggestions of the forum a new oxygenics shower head.
We have a '94 Winnebago brave with 6x,xxx miles on a p30 chasis with 454 engine. We've done lots of what you are planning to do.
Here is our choices and our impressions of them. Not to say the other choice is bad. Just that this is our experience.
Tires. We did Hankook 3 yrs ago. Very happy with them.
Batteries. We did Costco. Very happy with both the batteries and the warranty when we run them down accidentally and ruin them.
Previous owner bought a new roof AC. Works great. Sorry I don't know the brand as it is at the storage lot.
We installed 2 fantastic fans. The temperature operated bi-directional one in the bedroom (had a clear see-through cover) and the exhaust only in the bathroom (had an opaque cover). We eventually swapped the covers to put the opaque in the bedroom to make it dark at night and the see-through in the bathroom so there was some light for night time visits. I think you might want to consider only 2 fans and leave one a regular vent. The fans work well but they do take up alot of the open space of the vent and we noticed that when the fans are not turned on we don't get as much air circulation as we used to with the plain original vents. That being said having a fan to exhaust in the bedroom when we leave the dogs in on cool days gives us peace of mind that they are getting some air circulation. We can pull in air anywhere by opening the windows near the area we want the air to come in from so I thinking having 3 fans would be overkill.
Any vent cover you put on over the vents is wonderful. We have MaxAir (the original) and the cheaper Ramble one from Camping World. They both reduce the fan airflow quite a bit but it still gets the humidity out when we need it to. We don't have the new UltraBreeze by Fantastic Fan from Camping World and maybe that has better air flow. I read it doesn't have a bug screen so that maybe a large part of why the airflow is better. You can probably buy the cheaper ones and pop the bug screens out to improve airflow.
We also installed the oxygenics shower head. No real difference that I can tell for us. Maybe it is saving water. That is a hard thing to measure. The original sprayer had an on/off switch which was nice. When I compared these two with a Peerless water conserving shower sprayer that I had at the house the Peerless amplified the water pressure much more than the oxygenics. A better improvement for us was to add another hose extension to the outdoor sprayer. Now when we need to use it we can take it around the back of the rig so we don't get a water puddle right near the entrance door to the rig.
Some things you might want to consider.
- A power surge protector. We put in a Progressive Industries hardwired system to protect the electronics from erratic campground power.
- Eternabonding your roof seams to avoid leaks.
- Replacing your LP detector. It has probably aged out.
- Ditto for your smoke and CO detectors. They have likely aged out also. We got the combo units for redundancy and additional safety.
- Adding fire extinguishers. We put one behind the drivers chair and one in the bedroom.
- A tire pressure monitor system. This allows you to check the pressure without crawling around in the dirt before taking off. We got the TST 507 system and have been happy with it.
- A back-up camera if you don't have one. We got ours from Costco for a reasonable price.