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Toyhauler modifications thread

We've got a show your hauler thread, show what's in the back thread, so why not a mods thread? There's lots of mods scattered all over the place, so lets get it all together. I'll start........


I've hated this plate location since I first saw the trailer. Mounted on plastic and vulnerable, was already on the ground and bent over the first trip out. Not to mention it looks like a complete afterthought.





I've been staring at it for a while and decided I would just bolt it to the bumper. The plate was about a 1/4" too wide to fit between the hinges so it got a little trim, 4 holes and 4 bolts, and I trimmed the tabs off the existing light housing. I've got a new right side lens (no clear bottom) and 2 LED plate lights on order. Much cleaner now IMO.





The dealers crooked sticker was next on the hit list and that is now gone. Awning tie down brackets and poles next, along with a oxygenics showerhead.............


Yeah, the one hinge bolt is missing. Great PDI huh? But I hadn't seen it til I put the sticker on the tag. If it wasn't a tamperproof torx I'd already have a bolt in it.
 
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Scott, I posted all mine in my original thread. Mods start on page 8...

https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1...s-the-day.html
 
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Scott, I posted all mine in my original thread. Mods start on page 8...

https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1...s-the-day.html


I did see them Rodney....................Yours are there, Roys are in the Jolly green thread, Randy's got some here and there. They're all over. I was just trying for a central thread from here out rather than scattered all over the site so someone looking doesn't have to dig that hard. And I just hated that plate mount. Actually I hate the lights too, almost ordered LEDS but my inner cheapskate won. Can't wait to stop working on it and take it out next weekend!
 
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No pictures, but I put ebay LED's under where the awning mounts. RV LED camper Awning Boat Light Set w IR Remote 44 Key RGB 16' 3528 Waterproof | eBay it looks like the price went up, but they work great. You can change them to any color and dim them.


I also installed a mister system mounted to the awning when it is extended. I connect it to my outside shower. On those really hot days it cools the temp under the awning by about 20 degrees.


I'll try and get some picts.
 
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I mounted LED's under the perimeter of my trailer several years ago. One of the tubes even survived a highway speed blowout. That really surprised me.

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I like that; nice job.
 
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Good thread......

I am working on a PSW Inverter install. (Pure Sine Wave)
I'll post as I finish.......
 
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Bunch of little stuff with the RV (5th wheel) and a Few big things......

Just finished installing a Pure Sine Wave Inverter/Switch to power the 13 cu ft electric fridge. If AC is available, the fridge runs off of that. If not, the inverter draws on the battery bank and produces 115 VAC. No action required on my part......





Toward the left....Converter. Background, the furnace......Rats nest....





More tangled mess.........





Starting battery for the generator.. This needs to be moved.





The Battery compartment after putting in two 6 volt batteries and cleaning up the mess.



More to follow........
 
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2nd batch of pictures...........





AC Breaker panel and DC Fuse panel.





The starting battery has been moved to the battery compartment. Built a heavy steel shelf.

More following.......
 
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Final batch of photos.........

Continue.........

The Rear "Garage"....That is now Theresa's bedroom......
The gray outlet draws power for the inverter....to power the 13 cu ft Electric fridge.


The inverter is mounted in a forward compartment........


The starting Battery is now installed in the battery compartment... I built a heavy shelf for it.....





The inverter is connected to DC Input via 2GA fine multi stranded cable. (Welding cable). Connected to AC input ......and AC output. (To the electric fridge.


The outlet for the fridge is labeled..........
 
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Outstanding work, Roy. You can work on my FW any time.
 
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Outstanding work, Roy. You can work on my FW any time.
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Nice work guys!!!!
 
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The three biggest modifications I have made so far are all power related. First I switched out the original controller/charger for a Progressive Dynamics with the 4 stage charge wizard. Next I installed 2x100w solar panels with a Phocos solar controller and remote monitoring panel in the RV and finally I replaced all the interior lighting with LED's. This combination really extends my boondocking times.
I also installed a Shurflo Comfort Air Platinum RV Vent Fan that is variable speed, reversible and can act as a ceiling fan, great for the days when it gets a little stuffy inside but I don't want to run the generator and AC.
I am always on the lookout for power saving tips.
 
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Those are very worthwhile mods.
 

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