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Poll Question: Have you done any mods to your R-Pod?
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    Posted: 30 Dec 2009 at 9:14am
Please leave info. on what you have done and/or will be doing.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote HuronSailor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Dec 2009 at 9:36am
On our 172 we've done the following:
 
1. Added front stabilizers
2. Replaced both bunk mattresses
3. Reinforced lower bunk storage compartment lid and added lift cylinders
4. Trimmed dinetted storage compartment lid so it could be opened without removing cushions
5. Added lift cylinders to the dinette storage compartment lid
6. Installed 110V water heater switch with pilot light inside
7. Installed half-round molding to upper bunk rail to keep from scraping legs
8. Installed baffle and fan in fridge compartment to help efficiency in hot weather
9. Made a cover for the stovetop so it can be used as counter space
10. Installed XM radio
11. Made wall mounted storage pockets for bunk area
12. Mounted a mirror on the outside of the privvy door
13. Added a second battery
 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote techntrek Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Dec 2009 at 10:16am
Permanent podmods:
- Removed original jack and added a swing-up jack (too low even when cranked all the way up).
- Removed the hose storage tube (too low, I already had a large tool box for the hose anyway).
- Removed 1 of the 2 light bulbs in the fixture above the queen bed (171), probably will add a dark-colored gel to cut the light level even more (we only use that fixture when we are getting ready for bed and the kids are trying to sleep).
- Added a battery disconnect.
- Added a paper towel holder in kitchen area.
- Removed the metal mini-blinds and will put curtains in their place by spring.
- Created black-out blinds for each window, which will go behind the decorative blinds and be removable during the day, probably with magnets.
- Added industrial-strength velcro at key spots to keep the shower curtain from sticking or billowing.
- Removed the post+slot thing under the table that is supposed to keep it from moving during travel (kept scraping my calf; the table hasn't moved at all w/o it).
 
Non-permanent podmods:
- We use a foldable step overnight so its easier for me to step over my wife if I have to get out of bed in the middle of the night - this is my only major complaint about the layout of the 171 and the only reason I wish we had the 177 instead (same layout but with the slide-out... which was announced a week after we picked up our 171 Cry).  The step folds flat and sits on the bed during the day.
- Built a cover for the stove so it can be used as a counter area.
- Added a "shoe tree" that hangs on the outside of the shower door.  This gives us 16 pockets to hold our meds and toiletries.  Can be moved to the inside of the door for a cleaner look when people ask for a tour (often).
- Added 3M wall hooks in the queen bed area, kitchenette, and by the front door to hold towels, hand towel, and jackets.
- Added memory foam to the queen bed.
- Added portable jack stands to support the front of the 'pod in camp (too much sway w/o them, now its rock-solid)
 
Podmods for the future:
- Probably will unblock the 2nd outlet inside the fridge compartment, so I have a convenient place to plug in a light on the street side of the 'pod.
- Will add additional shelves, possibly with additional outlets or permanently mounted extension cords to each shelf (need areas for all the electronic gadgets to sit and charge overnight).
- Considering cutting a 3" hole under the shower, and then adding a small biscuit fan to force fresh air to come from the existing vent under shower floor (we had a lot of condensation this fall and keeping a window and the vent open only helped some but also drew cold air right were we were sleeping; the existing vent fan is too noisy, uses too much power, and moves too much air to use overnight).
- Might move the table leg so the table rests against the front wall.
- Need to add a shorter plug in the fresh water tank drain (sticks out way too low).
- Might remove the pull-out step assembly and use a portable step instead (also is too low, I've already had to bend it back into shape once after scraping on my driveway).
- Probably will move the switch for the water heater's electric element inside.
- Might reconfigure the storage area under the queen bed so the area at the back-left is accessible from the outside storage compartment.
 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Butterfly_Lee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Dec 2009 at 10:25am
Here's the list so far,
1. Mounted Toolbox on tongue--Have matching one to add dual batteries later.
2. Added 7ft sewer carrier
3. Added disconnect switch for battery-plan to add 6 volt plug
4. Bought risers-need to take in for installation
5. Made Stove cover
6. Put railing above the refrigerator
7. Installed Netting for dishes and shoes
8. Muffled water pump
9. Use Air mattress on top bunk and double mattress on bottom
10. Use 3 ton Jacks for front stabilizers (they go in the toolbox when not in use)
11. Use small iron style table instead of one provided
12. Made access to storage near sink more user friendly
13. Stained untreated wood
14. Use tarp holders and bungee to secure tire cover.

Projects for spring
1. Privacy curtains for bunks
2. Block out curtains for windows
3. Desk/Riser for upper bunk
4. Add railing and ladder for upper bunk
5. Add lifter to bottom bunk and maybe make access door.
6. Add access doors to back storage (from inside).
7. Add shelves or cabinets above windows
8. Add netting for storage for bottom bunk
9. Create extension from sink over couch for more counter space and/or replace that cushion area with a cabinet.
10. Finish connecting powered pc speakers (have wrong connector)
11. Purchase generator. 

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Not many so far just ones to make it accessible for me to use. These are on our 177.
1. extended low water dumps.
2.put in electric water heater switch inside.
3.hinge on door above sink.
4.extended water tank valve to empty.
5.disconect switch on battery box.
6.extender on furnace.
7.put on air conditioner that does not run off from wall thermostat.
8.moved legs on table.
9.put in 300 watt inverter.
10 put  velcro arround access door to warter pump.
11. cut pannel to access warter heater under bed.
12. paper towel holder.
13.TP holder on shower handles
14.came with stabilzers. 
have honda 2000 generator.
up graded to size 27 battery
To do list
remove single step and put on 2 step with 5 inch first  step down.
must have 7 foot sewer hose storage.
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1. MaxxAir Fan/Mate (vent cover)
2. MaxxAir Window/Maxx (window louver)
3. 2nd 12-volt battery
4. Front stabilizers
5. Door stays on overhead cabinets
6. Storage cabinet above window in "bedroom"
7. Additional shelf in entertainment center cabinet
 
For Spring:
 
1. Rubber vibration isolators on water pump mounts
 
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So far we have made the following mods to our 171;
 
Drain valves for fresh water tank and the two low point drains
Dual propane tank holder
Electric tongue jack
Replaced Dometic AC with a Carrier V (much quieter unit)
Moved table leg so table touches front wall
Moved pin and bracket under table to end of table next to wall so our legs would not get scratched every time we sat down.
Paper towel rack over sink
Changed over counter light to a double bulb fixture
Added lights to rear storage compartment
Replaced stock mattress with one from Ikea
110V electrical outlet at front wall under table
Wall to wall carpet
Toilet paper holder in bathroom
Grommets and bungie cord in spare tire cover to prevent it from coming off on the road
 
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Not much so far:

3M command hooks
privacy curtain for bed:  using tension rod so it's removable too
Vent cover for fantastic fan in bathroom to keep rain out
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Post Options Post Options   Quote David and Danette Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Jan 2010 at 10:28am
                                                                                                                      
  Replaced blinds with curtains.                                                                                                                   Added shelf above window and bed with antenna conection and power outlet for TV and clock radio.
 Above the curtains for front windows added small storage compartments (very useful ).
 Removed factory table legs and made possible for front of table to connect to front wall    with single folding leg for other end.
 Modified a bamboo cutting board to fit over sink.
 Made a cover for over stove.
 Added antenna connection outside of trailer above power outlet on right side of trailer.
 Placed foam cushion under water pump and foam arond water hoses from pump.
 Replaced factory coil spring mattress with a foam mattress.
 Added 3M hooks and paper towel holder.
 
 
 
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