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Old 12-02-2021, 11:20 AM   #1
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Hi yall!

I just bought my first RV! Not my first time traveling in one, but first time for ownership. I have already grabbed the tail of the tiger and started on repairs and upgrades. It's a 2006 Newmar Ventana 3933 with 45K miles on it. Engine and genny are in great shape. Roof is in bad shape. Batteries are shot. Tires are new. AC shrouds are toast. So far, I have just lubed all hinges and latches (bay doors will pop open on bumpy road. I lock them down now, but have heard that may not be enough) Here are the repairs I am going to do (so far)

* New backup camera (wireless)
* New LiFePo house batteries
* Remove satellite dome and unwanted antennas
* Replace vent covers
* Reseal many roof seams
* Replace AC shrouds and foam gaskets
* Add solar system (800W, MPPT controller, Victron inverter/charger, Monitor)
* Remove external entertainment center and convert to tool rack and bluetooth stereo.

Any comments or advice on what to prioritize? Also, anybody want my old Xantrex inverter or RC7? I won't need them when solar goes in.

All the best, and glad to be on the forum!
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Old 12-02-2021, 11:25 AM   #2
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Oh, and here's a picture of the new family addition:
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Old 12-02-2021, 11:29 AM   #3
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Hi Max! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Congrats on the new rig! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 12-03-2021, 12:37 AM   #4
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A few of things.....I wouldn't go with a wireless camera. In areas of heavy congestion, like on the highway through a metropolitan area, they are prone to drop out and get a lot of interference. It's pretty easy to run new cabling if necessary.

Second, when you change the vent lids, add vent covers at the same time. Much better for ventilation in inclement weather.

Unless you boondock a lot, why not just go with AGM batteries. Lithiums are nice, but overkill for most.

If you have kids or grandkids, the outside TV can be a nice option. Ours has a soundbar that plays the dash stereo.
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Old 12-03-2021, 09:07 AM   #5
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Welcome and a few thoughts...

First - welcome to the asylum (as a friend would say!)

I second the vote for wired backup camera. I've done several myself and it isn't that bad to run the new wires if you can't use the old, and the reliability is inifinitely better - having done both wireless and wired.

I also second the AGM battery statement vs lithium but it's hard to find fault with the lithium batteries. Just a touch of overkill in my opinion for most of us but I also confess I don't know as much about solar so there may be excellent rationale based on that.

For the rest, it sounds like you are on the right track for sealing the roof and tightening everything down that you can find. Amazing how screws, nuts, and bolts work loose and wreak havoc. I've also quieted quite a few rigs using a screwdriver.

Lastly - look at any/everything rubber. The rubber/plastic ages and degrades over time and isn't always obvious. Things like rubber boots on the front end, air bags, gaskets, seals, engine components, you name it. 2006 was a good year and Newmar is a solid rig (my opinion) that should give you years of good service.

Again - welcome - and always ask questions. Most folks on here are more than happy to chip in and offer their experience and the help has saved my backside on more than one occasion.

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Old 12-03-2021, 09:59 AM   #6
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I'll agree with Dutch Star Don on using a wired camera. I've had both, wired has never been a problem. Wireless is OK if pulling wire 40 ft is the option, but you've got a LOT of roof work planned. Realistically when you get into it you'll probably find more than you expect. That would be a great time to run the cable for a wired camera without a lot of work. Maybe even a few spare wires for later- repairs or upgrades.
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Old 12-06-2021, 11:13 AM   #7
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Thanks all for the tips! I really appreciate it

We will be primarily boondocking, so I may still opt for the lithium solution. Y'all have talked me out of a wireless camera. I will figure out how to run the cable. I'll be doing lots of roof repair anyway, so Argosy thanks for that tip!

Onward ho!
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