Friday, January 28, 2011

Modification Reviews and Updates


Before I get too much further on this year's round of "Taj mods", I thought it would be useful to give a bit of a review the previous "upgrades" we have made.  Anyone who hasn't seen the original posts detailing the old mods can find them easily by clicking HERE

Starting in order based on the modifications page:

New curtains: Huge improvement! The color and properties of the material we used was perfect! They block light from showing either direction, provide a bit of insulation and really improved the atmosphere. Lining them was definitely the right move as well. 

Switched source fuse box: I added the box to give me control over which battery bank was powering several accessories or to just shut them all off with one switch. The mod was great and works as expected. The accessories run from the box will likely be adjusted. No reason really to have the backup camera run from it and it would be nice to have the stereo available and powered by the coach bank. Thumbs up otherwise! 

Wireless backup camera/GPS: Well, this one is a bit questionable. For the money we paid (a hair over $500 total), it was a decent deal. Frank (what we named it) has a few strange quirks. He needs to be "reset" more often than seems reasonable. He is very loud when receiving a camera signal(like loud,radio static) and lacks some of the features of better GPS systems(user defined way-points). He does work fine most of the time for us and because of his multi-functional capability, we will keep him around. I will likely add a tiny speaker cutoff switch this year :) 
  
Cork floor: Can't say enough about this stuff! It is beautiful, durable, easy to keep clean and was the perfect floor covering decision IMO! 

New Captain's Chairs: Another great choice! With probably a lot of searching and trial and error, we may have been able to get some that were a little softer but I really like these just fine! One move that I would highly suggest others emulate if they go this route is to get the optional seat heaters. I run them off the coach batteries when we are parked and they are swiveled to the  back. They barely effect the battery bank and add an amazing amount of comfort on a cooler night. 

Hypervent: I can safely recommend this stuff to anyone who has had to deal with condensation issues under their cushions. Before the install, we were always worried about dampness and potential mold. Now, everything stays dry no matter what the climate we are in. Excellent solution!

Upgraded Inverter Display Panel: This one is a no-brainer for people with Xantrex Pro-Sine Inverter/Chargers. Unlike the not-so-helpful LED version, this digital display shows in real time, Voltage and Amp levels and usage in useful increments rather than large steps. It also adds the ability to configure the Inverter settings remotely.

Picture Frame AC Cover: I still love it :) It dresses the place up nicely!

Custom Center Isle Rug: Also a good choice. What it adds in atmosphere, makes up for its occasional need to be re-aligned and vacuumed! It does a good job with making to floor comfortable and helping with sound deadening.

ProSine Inverter/Charger: Definitely in the top two favorite mods to date. Having the ability to run the toaster oven, microwave, and everything else that we care about in the 110V category has been wonderful! I really got an amazing deal on it used, but if it ever failed, I wouldn't hesitate to buy a direct replacement at new prices. 

Shower Re-Engineering Project: This wins as the favorite! It was definitely the most work, but the difference is amazing! The shower went from being convenient and adequate to being extremely comfortable, roomy and both Heidi and my favorite shower! Worth every second of work I put in!

Tank Monitor Panel Move: While this was pretty much a necessity to allow the shower mods, it was a huge improvement in convenience! Having the panel and switches out where they can be easily accessed just makes life in Taj that much easier and more comfortable. 

New Cushion Foam: I don't know how much they improved the comfort if at all, but they sure smell better than the odiferous ones that were in there when I bought Taj! 

There are many more mods that I admit to not having blogged about yet, but I promise I will fairly soon :) I have to get that done actually, this years round of mods is already in process!

7 comments:

  1. that is quite the long list or 'renos'..good for you !!

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  2. Jeez! That's a hefty list of modifications. It must be rewarding to know that you've accomplished so much with the Taj.

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  3. Don't have to ask what you do in your spare time.......you don't have any. Quite an impressive list of projects.

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  4. Ahh, good info on the shower. I'm planning to build one and this will help me out a lot. I'm a bit confused on what you did for the floor pan though. Did you just put down coats of fiberglass resin over normalish flooring?

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  5. Thanks to all :) It is sorta one of my favorite hobbies!

    Andy, Nope. I built a contoured shower pan. Did you see the build thread? It is here -->

    http://www.vantramps.com/2010/02/bathroomshower-build-details.html

    and has pictures of the shower pan and the steps I took during the floor work. The second picture (with the toilet up on the work bench) shows the pan separate from the floor before glassing. If you want to email back and forth, I would be happy to help you as much as I can.

    -Mike

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  6. We always enjoy reading about RV mods... keep em coming!

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