Spring RV mods

The truck’s overload springs provide a stiffer ride under load when they’re fully engaged, so I installed these bumpers to keep the overload springs under tension at all times:

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I installed these skewers so I can carry my bikes in the truck camper:

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I broke up a laptop cooling pad and built this frame to build a powered exhaust system to cool the coils on the back of the refrigerator:

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The lights built in to the fan cause the refrigerator exhaust cover to glow:

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I sealed the back of the refrigerator from the cabin so the negative pressure from the fans can suck fresh air through the lower vent and exhaust it out the roof vent:

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I modified the PPG mount in the RV, and in the process punctured a propane line, so I had to take apart the bench and replace the damaged line:

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The biggest job was welding on struts that connect the front and rear jacks to increase the truck camper’s stability when I’m getting the truck camper on and off the truck:

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Now I’m ready for adventure!

Still more truck camper modifications

I installed the levers that hold down the solar array when it’s not tipped up:

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The air conditioner cowling was cracked, so I patched it with leftover plastic from the earlier screen door repair:

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I decided to remove this hood over the bathroom vent:

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The fan also needs upgrading:

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New fan installed:

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The lower edge of the screen door needed fixing:

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I installed the inverter’s remote switch and a shunt and display that shows live power consumption and battery state:

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Shunt wiring:

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The refrigerator’s exhaust was entering the cabin through an opening above its upper edge, so I walled it off.  This will ultimately be a cabinet:

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Shower curtain installed:

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The trim and underlayment was sagging due to water damage, so I glued it back up into position:

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I fabricated this foam “floor” for the truck camper so the 5th wheel mount rails wouldn’t be a high point upon which the truck camper would rock back and forth:

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Blinds installed:

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Struts for tipping the solar panels fabricated and installed:

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Truck camper rehabilitation

The first thing I did was replace the propane burner in the refrigerator:

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The truck camper is a bit of a mess, even after our heroic cleaning efforts:

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Not sure why this fragment of home furniture is attached here:

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My paramotor will reside where this cabinet is located, so it needs to go:

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With the cabinet removed, the propane enclosure is visible intruding into the cabin:

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I removed the generator enclosure below the propane enclosure and installed the propane enclosure in that lower location, so now there’s a hole in the side of the cabin:

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I flattened a metal enclosure into a flat sheet and used it to cover the hole in the side of the truck camper:

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Propane enclosure door installed:

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The inside will need a little work, but now there’s a spot for the paramotor:

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This cabinet face needs replacing:

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All done:

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Next up, testing and installing the solar panels:

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I decided to make the panels tip-able, so I connected them together to make one tipping unit:

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The water heater is broken, so I decided to install a propane-fired instant hot water heater for the shower.  Never mind the warning on the chassis:

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We’re getting there!