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Old 11-04-2015, 01:05 AM   #1
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I did a write up of my initial thoughts and some of the mods I've done so far.

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Old 11-04-2015, 04:57 AM   #2
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Great intro to your rig. Lots to like... now if they only had the extra alternator instead of the Onan.

Can you give me the link to those bolsters? Amazon you say?
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Old 11-04-2015, 06:08 AM   #3
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Excellent 1st post. That was a very comprehensive post given the short time you have had the latest Travato. The stealthy nature of your RV will be a plus for those urban excursions. A couple of questions:
  • Would you consider using the underfloor storage for 'hiding' laptops and electronics when away from the RV?
  • Is not having a spare a concern? Do you have a plan B if you had a flat?
  • I read that many thought the beds were too high to use them as a couch (even with a backrest). What's your take?

Congrats... I expect this will be a major site post over the coming months. Looks like a great vehicle to take to Asheville for a weekend trip to Biltmore.
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You said that the solar controller gives the total amp hours to the batteries. Does it have a shunt to measure battery in/out (so it could also be used as a battery monitor) or are the actually talking about total amp hours generated by the solar setup, which some of could have gone directly to the loads?
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Old 11-04-2015, 11:57 AM   #5
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Great intro to your rig. Lots to like... now if they only had the extra alternator instead of the Onan.

Can you give me the link to those bolsters? Amazon you say?
Here you go - they aren't exactly cheap, but neither is a good seamstress. They did come ready to go (cover mounted over foam, wrapped in clear plastic). http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...rch_detailpage
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Excellent 1st post. That was a very comprehensive post given the short time you have had the latest Travato. The stealthy nature of your RV will be a plus for those urban excursions. A couple of questions:
  • Would you consider using the underfloor storage for 'hiding' laptops and electronics when away from the RV?
  • Is not having a spare a concern? Do you have a plan B if you had a flat?
  • I read that many thought the beds were too high to use them as a couch (even with a backrest). What's your take?

Congrats... I expect this will be a major site post over the coming months. Looks like a great vehicle to take to Asheville for a weekend trip to Biltmore.
Thanks!

I thought that would be a good place, but when you walk in the coach, it's fairly obvious that it's a storage compartment. So would a thief open it up? You could mount a shallow safe in there that could hold a small laptop, some cash and a pistol I suppose. But there are other places to mount a small safe - like under the bed, or on the bulkhead wall in that wet storage space in the back of the van. But there are good hiding places for valuables too - you could take out the bottom kitchen drawer and store items under there, or remove the plumbing service access panel and put things in there.

Not concerned about not having a spare. I've had 2 flats in 34 years of driving, one in a car, one on a RV. I always carry a good roadside service plan.

I think the bed height is fine. I rarely sit with my feet on the floor - I either prop them up on a coffee table (in this case the other bed), or I sit crosswise with my feet on the sofa. I thought these bolsters would work because of the sloped back - think that is key - but to have flat filler cushions so you can make a very large bed is problematic.
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You said that the solar controller gives the total amp hours to the batteries. Does it have a shunt to measure battery in/out (so it could also be used as a battery monitor) or are the actually talking about total amp hours generated by the solar setup, which some of could have gone directly to the loads?
I don't know if there is a shunt. Frankly I doubt it. I'm fairly certain it's only measuring the amperage from the solar array. The readings on the display are only "in". Nothing for "out".
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Nice write up! It is very useful seeing where and how stuff fits into the storage spaces.
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Ditto. Really enjoyed the tour!
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That's a nice B but it would never work for the two of us. If I were a single traveler I certainly would consider it.

As for the color, you chose very wisely Grasshopper. The dark grey metallic will prove to be much more stealth. People will leave you alone more. You can almost disappear in the landscape especially in the less green western states and at dusk and night. You'll be surprised at how well dirt doesn't show.
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