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.


Install a Riser for the Throne (Toilet)

toilet.JPGAs we get Older it is harder especially for us older folk to Get off and on The Throne. I’ve found over the years that most RV’s have small toilets and many are way to low for a tall person. I always hated the small round ones and replaced all of the toilets in my Sticks and Bricks Home with tall 19 inch Elongated ones. The one in my Motor home was elongated,but not High enough in such a small space, and was hard to get off of without my old joints complaining. I finally decided to do something about it.

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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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Spice up the TV Cabinet Shelf

I decided to spice Up the TV cabinet Angled Shelf below the TV. I made a Carpet Lined shelf below the new TV in the space below where the Old TV was. It made a nice shelf for Remote Controls, Books and Maps. There was one problem. Because the shelf is slanted things would slide out. Hmm, I know what I will do, I will install a decorative rail so that things won’t slide out. Here is the results.

decorative rail

Decorative rail installed to hold stuff on angled shelf below TV

Close Up of Rail

I drilled 5 holes in the rail at a angle and used 5ea #6 X 1 1/4 Brass screws to hold rail in place. You can just see the heads of the brass screws. Gave it a couple of coats of clear satin and it matches. Gives it a nice touch.