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Old 10-21-2021, 07:42 PM   #1
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Vista/Vintage Cruiser newbie questions

We've decided that a Vista Cruiser 19erd is probably the right unit for us, mostly due to the floorplan with the bathroom in the middle, creating separate living spaces. My wife goes to bed early, but I'm a night owl, so I could stay up later without disturbing her.

I've watched so many videos that I feel like the RV version of a conspiracy nut, and I'd really appreciate answers to a few questions that seem to get lost in the noise of the Internet.

1. SOLAR: I would really like to add solar power. Will the roof accommodate four panels? Am I correct that the TV area with control panels directly to the left as you enter would be a good place to run cable? Has anybody added solar to a Vista/Vintage Cruiser 19erd? I would really appreciate your insight.

2. 12 VOLT: I'm surprised that there isn't a 12v outlet for a dual power TV. It looks like there is only AC. It appears pretty simple to run wires from the power distribution panel to a 12v outlet near the AC plugs under the TV mount.

Any other tips, insights or warnings from owners of the little Gulf Stream lines would be appreciated, especially if they're specific to the 19erd. Thanks!
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Old 10-29-2021, 11:09 AM   #2
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We have the 19ERD. Unfortunately we don't use solar and I can't really help you with the 12v outlet question.

What I can tell you is we are enjoying the TT. We had a couple minor issues. The fridge only worked on propane. Plugging it in took care of that. We had a water leak in the shower because they drove the bezel screw right through the cold water PEX line. Easy fix fortunately.

I wish there was an easy way to transfer liquid from the gray tank to the black tank so we would have more gray tank capacity. The places we go have dump stations but not sewer hookups at the camp site.

The only real outstanding issue I have is how to easily refill the fresh water tank. I have a 5 gallon water jug. Holding it up to the water fill is kind of a PITA for a "well seasoned" person like me. I need to come up with something simple.

Here are some things we have done to ours:

Put clear plastic corner guards on all outside cabinet corners. It is a small space so we anticipate the corners would get dinged up over time. The clear corner guards are available at just about any hardware store.

Added shelf and Keurig "cubby" between the kitchen cabinets and the rear cross-wise cabinet.

Added shelves & vinyl peel & stick backsplash in the bathroom.

Added a Stomberg-Carlson rack to the front. We put our generator there (inside an ugly sound box).

Here are some pics of the things we have added:
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Oh, one thing I forgot that is handy. Make sure you know how to make the large awning "dip" so rain water will run off. Handy to know ahead of time, just sayin . . .
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Here are some pics of the things we have added:
Thanks for the suggestions! The added shelves look great.

How did you get materials that matched the existing cabinets so well? Does Gulf Stream sell them, or did you scour hardware stores for something that matched?
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I made the shelves out of some 1/2" maple ply and maple boards left over from another project. I took one of the drawers and Mrs Ldubs to my local Rocklers to get a stain match. I'm pretty bad with colors, hence the need for Mrs Ldubs. it is a pretty close match to the faux wood used in the trailer. The rails are actually "shoe fences" or "shoe rails". They are available from a variety of places online.

BTW, another "potential issue" with the 19ERD is lack of counter space. It is kind of a balancing act to prep a meal and the dinette table will come into play. I enjoy hovering over the grill so a lot of our cooking happens outside. When inside cooking is happening, I mainly stay out of the way. Haha.

Another thing I forgot to mention is the addition of an air foil baffle kit to the fridge. The fridge takes a long time (hours) to cool down. When we tried keeping it on while towing to the campground, we encountered a problem with the propane flame blowing out. The air foil baffle kit solved this problem. Now we arrive at the campground with fridge ready for use.
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