Mods and Upgrades to my Motor Home

I decided that it was time to list all of the Modifications and Updates that have been made to my Motor Home. Here are the present Spec’s showing upgrades, Mods, and add on’s with some Pictures.

My 2006 Hurricane 31D

2006 Four Winds Hurricane 31D 32 ft long 6.8 L 30 valve Triton V-10 Engine 362 HP, and a 5 speed automatic transmission with overdrive. Ford F-53 Chassis. 2ea Opposing Slides in living Area, 16 ft awning, Microwave, and Air Conditioner. Sleeps 6, Queen size Bed in Bed room, Dinette and Couch makes into a bed. 4KW Generac Generator. Self Contained, and is Ideal for Dry Camping.
Upgrades and Modifications.

Added 2nd Air Conditioner in Bedroom.
Added Vent Covers.

Added 50 amp service to run both Air Conditioners.

Upgraded Converter to a PD 4645 Progressive Dynamics 4 stage battery charger.

Added a Steer Safe to front end steering.

Added a Switch and Elec Element to Convert Water Heater to Gas and Electric.
Added 110 V AC Outlets next to sink with a GFI, and another duplex outlet under the dinette next to isle.


Added a Turbo Flusher to the Black tank to flush when emptying.

Upgraded TV to 32 inch LED HDTV
Added speakers and Amplifier for TV Sound.
Added DVD Player.
Modified TV Cabinet with a shelf Behind the TV for amp, and one under the TV.

Added Kwikee Auto Hydralic Leveling system.
Modified Sway Bars (CHF) and added Phenolic Bushings.

Added a Rear Track Bar.
Added Firestone Air Bags to rear.

Upgraded Mattress to a Dynasty Gel Foam Mattress. (It has never been slept on)
Upgraded all interior lights to LED’s.
Upgraded Rear Clearance Lights to LED’s.
Added Reading Lights on each side of Bed.
Added a 4 inch riser to the toilet.

Added a Water Shut off valve to toilet.
Added a Night Light with switch over the toilet.

Added a Console arm rest and cup holder to the drivers side.
Added Magazine / Map Rack below Console.

Upgraded Backup Camera and Monitor to Color.
Upgraded Tires to New 16 ply load Range G.

Upgraded to New Bilstein Shocks
Added a 3000 Watt Inverter.
Upgraded to 4ea 6 Volt Deep Cycle Batteries.
Upgraded the chassis battery to a 12 volt Heavy Duty AGM 950 CCA

I have spent a lot of time and money doing modifications and upgrades to my motor home. It is a good running unit and when not connected to shore power it is Ideal for dry camping with the 4 6 volt deep cycle batteries, and 3000 watt inverter and Generator. The Interior Led Lights draw so little, you could burn them for weeks without running down the  house batteries. With the 2 opposing slides in the living area, you have lots of room for entertaining and not feeling cramped.
Mel

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Charging a AGM Battery

Last week I forgot to Turn of my chassis battery switch. Yesterday I went to check on something in the motor home and the steps would not come out. Nor would the Motor Home start. The chassis (Starter Battery) was dead. I had left the radio and a couple of other things on. Normally I disconnect the battery using the Chassis disconnect switch by the door when I am not going to be using the Motor Home or when it is stored. Senior Moment I guess. I thought no problem I will get the Battery Charger and recharge the battery. Little did I know what I was in for. I hooked up the battery charger and it kept cycling on and off. I checked the terminals and they were clean and the charger was hooked to the correct polarity. Hmm What to do. the battery was almost dead. The battery charger needs 10.5 volts to run. This is a safety feature of the battery charger. Oh well I will use my 10 amp trickle charger. same thing with it. So I decided to remove the battery and bench test and charge it. (what a job). The battery sits way down to the left of and between the radiator and grill, (see Picture below). 

 

The battery weighs 50 Lbs. I had to bend over the opening and reach way down to unhook the battery using a 10 MM and 6 MM socket and end wrench. I got it all loose and now the hard part getting it out. I bent over the opening with the hood up and started to lift the battery out. It was awkward and heavy, I was barely able to get it up to the lip of the opening, and had to tip it on its side. It was a good thing that it is a sealed AGM battery (which I did not know at the time). After getting it out, that was when I noticed that my right arm was bleeding. The metal fins of the grill just inside the lip opening had cut the inside of my right arm from my elbow to arm pit. (see picture below of fins.

The red arrow shows the metal fins. I doctored my arm and cleaned the cuts and applied some disinfectant. Got the battery on the bench and discovered that it was a AGM Battery. I did not have a AGM Battery Charger and none of the 3 battery chargers would start because the voltage in the battery was almost dead. So I did some reading about AGM batteries. There are 3 methods of charging a Dead AGM Battery when you don’t have a AGM Charger. I will only cover the one that I used.

I took a set of battery cables and hooked to a good wet cell lead acid car battery in my jeep and hooked the other end to the AGM battery making sure pos to pos and neg to neg. I then took my 10 amp automatic battery charger and hooked it to the agm battery. I Left this setup for one hour checking to make sure the battery or the cables were not getting to hot to touch. The voltage from the jeep battery tricked the battery charger in to running because it could see 10.5 volts or more. After an hour I checked the voltage of the AGM Battery, with everything unhooked, making sure I had the 10.5 volts so the charger would work without the jeep battery. I continued charging the AGM Battery until I had at least 12 volts. I checked the wires and the battery to make sure it was not getting to hot to touch. This in case there was a internal short which if badly overheated could cause the battery to explode. I then installed the battery in the motor home and started it up to finish charging it. I did use a piece of carpet over the lip when reinstalling the battery. I learned a couple of lessons today. I also wonder how many people have replaced a AGM battery because they could not get it to charge after being run down.

Mel

My Year End Update for 2016

My Year End Update for 2016

Reflecting Back over the past year, it has been a bad year for us as far as Rving goes. My Motor Home has hardly moved since a 3000 mile trip to Texas in Oct – Nov of 2015. In 2016 We were able to make a round trip of 500 miles to Nevada and back to our home in Utah. Except for Safety Inspection and emissions testing the Motor Home has Sat in the Driveway. I have went out and started it up and ran the generator every month. I have made several Modifications and updates to it averaging at least one a month. Unfortunately With Doctors appointments and my DW’s eye appointments, we just have not been able to take the motor home and go. My Wife developed Macular Degeneration in her eyes and the Eye Doctors are trying to keep it from getting any worse. The shots in here eyes have helped but the left eye still is leaking and the Eye Doctor is trying to save her sight, So we have had to stay close to home for her appointments.

To keep busy I make Mods and updates on the motor home. It has been ready to go for over a year. I keep hoping that we can get away to a warmer climate at least for a month or two. For 20 years we were Snowbirds going to Yuma Arizona and Texas every year for 4 or 5 months during the Winter. For the past 4 years we have only been able to go for a month or 6 weeks, But not this year. I keep hoping, but it doesn’t look like we will be able to go until spring if at all. It has been hard for me not being able to go Rving especially after almost 50 years of Rving. I am 78 years old and was hoping to get another 3 to 5 years of Rving in before my time is up. Time will tell. You can read about all of the Modifications I have made this year to our Motor Home.

Mel

New Captains and CoPilot Seats for my Motor Home

I’ve been looking for new Captains and CoPilot Chairs for my Motor Home. One of the chairs was missing a Arm when I bought the Motor Home. I tried salvage yards and RV dealers and parts houses to get a arm for the one that was missing. I really didn’t care if it matched or not. Well the upholstery was worn and the padding was sagging, so I thought I would investigate buying new chairs. No sense trying to have the seats recovered without a arm for the one missing.

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My Backup Camera and Monitor Installation

indasha.JPGI decided to install a new Backup TFT LCD Color Monitor and Camera For my Motor Home. The old in dash Voyager B&W monitor and camera were working OK, but I wanted to Jaz up my dash a little bit and have color. I bought a kit with a color TFT LCD Monitor, 18 LED infra red night Vision Camera and 15M (49ft) of waterproof cable and fittings The kit came with all hardware and a frame to mount it on any flat surface. I wanted to replace the old B&W Voyager which was mounted in the dash. The new monitor was a 7 inch TFT LCD. So it was smaller than the hole in the dash where the old voyager was. The hole was 7 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches and the new monitor was 7.0 x 4 5/8  inches Hmm what to do.

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Warranty Info Heads Up For 2003 Coaches

I just got this in my Email from Motor Home advise com. It is a good reminder for those of you who are buying used and those of you who have a Extended Warranty on a Coach that is a 2003. Here is what they had to say.

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Arm Rest Console My Latest Motor Home Mod

DSCF0003.JPGI have been wanting to solve 3 minor problems in my 2006 Four Winds Hurricane. First was the controls for my Leveling system. The controls were way down on the left drivers side wall just below the dash. Hard to reach and hard to see. The second problem was no drink or coffee cup holder on the drivers side wall. Yes there was a drink and coffee cup holder on the hump, but it was hard to reach and you had to take your eyes off of the road. The next problem was A place to mount my TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system)

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