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Old 09-03-2018, 06:40 AM   #1
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Here's some upgrades I made for safety... and convenience....

1. Solar panels system with controller on roof....
2. Echomaster back up sensors with alarm
3. HD cameras integrated into the sound system navigation screen for front and rear.. automatically switches to the rear on reverse.
4. Kenwood 893 S fully integrated navigation system with Android Auto and hands free phone pairing... Sirius XM radio .....
5. KONI FSD shocks
6. Roadmaster anti sway bar
7. Super Steer track bar for rear stability in high winds situation
8. Truck System Technologies .... tire pressure monitoring system.....

Yes, all of this was kinda expensive... but, it does help me to control the rig easier....

What sort of things did you do??

Doesn't really matter how old your rig is...you can certainly have modern technology....

It's a personal preference .... but I do feel safer with these features....

Unfortunately... even on the Roadtrek RS Adventurous and Mercedes Benz Sprinter 3500...the original shocks and suspension did NOT provide the confidence I was looking for....
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Old 09-03-2018, 08:03 AM   #2
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Here are the best two on my Zion SRT:

1) Drone Mobile: Monitor temperature and voltage and start the van from anywhere by cell phone.

2) Xantrex Echo Charge. Keeps the starter battery charged via solar panels/AGM battery



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On my 2019G Travato, I’ve upgraded to the Sumo bumpstops front and rear. Helped with body roll and dive. Much better than the factory ones. Recently returned from a NM and Colorado trip to east coast. The T drove amazingly well in the high mountains as well as the pancake flat interstate at 80 mph. Looking forward to other upgrades as well.
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I will go down the other extreme with inexpensive upgrades.

1. Changed Plug to SmartPlug ~$200 bucks. Much easier than the twist.

2. Made a hold-down for the macerator using (2) 1/4" rare earth magnets and a small piece of metal flat bar to hold in the button. Easier to do with 1 person. Cost ~$15

3. Installing this weekend. I purchased a different TV mount ($25) that will allow me to store the 26" TV in portrait mode. Will keep the 2-3" from hanging into the hallway.
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I will go down the other extreme with inexpensive upgrades.

1. Changed Plug to SmartPlug ~$200 bucks. Much easier than the twist.

2. Made a hold-down for the macerator using (2) 1/4" rare earth magnets and a small piece of metal flat bar to hold in the button. Easier to do with 1 person. Cost ~$15

3. Installing this weekend. I purchased a different TV mount ($25) that will allow me to store the 26" TV in portrait mode. Will keep the 2-3" from hanging into the hallway.
Pictures ??? Enquiring minds want to know..
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I will have to take a picture of the magnet/macerator hold down. The smart plug is awesome in my opinion. So much easier. Will post the tv mount once installed. Comes in mail today.

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Macerator Hold-Down pic. Think I “stole” this idea from folks here.

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Piece of steel, 2-magnets and a piece of felt.
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I installed a wireless macerator switch for that, easier to switch on/ off the macerator without walking back to the van.

Made tons of upgrades/ mods to my RT, and like most of them. Not actually an upgrade, but I just fab an electric riding cooler with custom swing-away hitch carrier...having a blast at the beach and campgrounds, feels like a kid again, lol.
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I installed a wireless macerator switch for that, easier to switch on/ off the macerator without walking back to the van.

Made tons of upgrades/ mods to my RT, and like most of them. Not actually an upgrade, but I just fab an electric riding cooler with custom swing-away hitch carrier...having a blast at the beach and campgrounds, feels like a kid again, lol.
Nice.....I am certain I am not as talented as you. Describe this wireless switch...was it hard to do?
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Love our articulating "Omni Mount" for our TV in the Sprinter. Able to sit outside and watch it through the open door or bring it out into the aisle for nighttime viewing. The sound was not loud enough from our bed, so I remoted a pair of speakers closer to the 67 year old ears! I modified the TV by installing a small DPDT switch in the speaker line with the selection being internal speakers (which we use outside the door) or the remote speakers by the bedside. Switch is installed directly in the TV frame. I did it this way so I could control the volume from the TV remote without a separate amp or additional remote. Of course you void any TV warranties.



Secure it to the wall with an adjustable rubber mount for travel.


Used "rivi nuts" in a wall support frame member to hold the mount 1/4-20 I think.


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