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  • DavidSeamons
    Has in unit been smoke and pet free?
    3:20AM
  • dlm1
    HI David
    Do you have any additional questions regarding my 2012 [email protected]
    2:10AM
  • Spruce1
    Hi Karen:  

    I took off the access panel to see how I made the install.  It is much easier for two people to complete the mod.  I did it alone but I'd recommend a second set of hands.  

    Working from memory I put together the following steps.  I also posted a few more pictures to help explain the install.

    1. Remove existing fixture and cut water lines (cut off as little line as possible at this point). 2. Enlarge the faucet holes in the bathroom wall to accommodate both the shark fittings AND the black plastic nuts (note: the holes will be quite large which is why I added the PVC back panel and the shims).  

    3. Cut the PVC backer to size and drill holes in the backer for the hot and cold water faucet lines. 4. Slide the backer on to the faucet. 5. Screw on the plastic nuts just far enough the catch the threads. 6. Screw on the Shark Bite fittings. 7.  Apply caulk to the back of the PVC. 7. Insert the fittings, plastic nuts, and faucet lines through the holes and seat the PVC panel by pressing it against the shower wall. You may have to insert the assembly at an angle to get all the pieces through the holes.

    8. From the back side tighten the black plastic nuts to hold the faucet and panel in place. I had to add shims because the holes were too large for the plastic nuts to grab. I suggest letting the caulk set overnight before attempting to attach the blue and red lines

    9. Cut the blue and red water lines to length and insert in to the shark bite fitting.

    I discovered that the shark bite fitting sits about 3/8" proud from the back panel.  This required that I add a 3/8" strip of wood at the top and sides of the access panel.  Doing this gave the needed clearance. Below are pictures of the back pane and my mods.

    I hope that this helps - don't hesitate to reach out if you have additional questions.

    Dave
     
    August 20
    • KarenK
      KarenK
      Thank you Dave! Your explanation and pictures were a big help! I added an acrylic spacer to the back of the faucet to avoid increasing the depth of the access panel. I still have to cover the hole left by the drain, but had to go camping a few days in between. I was considering putting one sheet of wallpaper on that wall to give it a clean look. It will be a different, but matching or maybe contrasting color to the others.
    • Spruce1
      Spruce1
      Glad to be of assistance! I wish I had thought of the spacer idea when I made my mod. I like the idea of a contrasting color on the faucet wall.
  • Welcome Aboard!
    August 22
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    August 21
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    August 21
  • jfoberle, Archie, Bighaul, clydehance, Jeansor and 6 others joined.
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    August 19
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  • DenisP
    I have an extra wedge if you haven’t installed another, I could mail it to you, my treat. Just send me you address. 
    August 19
    • Deb55
      Deb55
      Thanks, Denis! That's nice of you to offer. I'm not sure that I want to take apart the thermostat, though. I have no idea how to install the wedge. I did get a tiny step stool, which I can keep in the closet. If that doesn't give me enough height to read the monitor, I'll have to brave installing the wedge. I'll let you know!
  • SusieCaldwell, Tilleo, oomgowah, maggie, traveler2 and 4 others joined.
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    August 18
  • Hi Karen:  

    I took off the access panel to see how I made the install.  It is much easier for two people to complete the mod.  I did it alone but I'd recommend a second set of hands.  

    Working from memory I put together the following steps.  I also posted a few more pictures to help explain the install.

    1. Remove existing fixture and cut water lines (cut off as little line as possible at this point). 2. Enlarge the faucet holes in the bathroom wall to accommodate both the shark fittings AND the black plastic nuts (note: the holes will be quite large which is why I added the PVC back panel and the shims).  

    3. Cut the PVC backer to size and drill holes in the backer for the hot and cold water faucet lines. 4. Slide the backer on to the faucet. 5. Screw on the plastic nuts just far enough the catch the threads. 6. Screw on the Shark Bite fittings. 7.  Apply caulk to the back of the PVC. 7. Insert the fittings, plastic nuts, and faucet lines through the holes and seat the PVC panel by pressing it against the shower wall. You may have to insert the assembly at an angle to get all the pieces through the holes.

    8. From the back side tighten the black plastic nuts to hold the faucet and panel in place. I had to add shims because the holes were too large for the plastic nuts to grab. I suggest letting the caulk set overnight before attempting to attach the blue and red lines

    9. Cut the blue and red water lines to length and insert in to the shark bite fitting.

    I discovered that the shark bite fitting sits about 3/8" proud from the back panel.  This required that I add a 3/8" strip of wood at the top and sides of the access panel.  Doing this gave the needed clearance. Below are pictures of the back pane and my mods.

    I hope that this helps - don't hesitate to reach out if you have additional questions.

    Dave
     
    August 18
  • fnova5
    Thank you.  Is there a smart charger that you would recommend?  Have you ever removed the battery's?  If using a smart charger, does that mean you then connect the smart charger directly to the battery's terminal inside the trailer - dumb question I know but I have never used a smart charger and wondering how that works, when charging two 6v battery's in series.  
    August 18
    • Sharon_is_SAM
      Sharon_is_SAM
      We have a 150 amp AGM battery and we use a Deltran Battery tender - I think 5 amps. I recently read that it is better to charge the AGM even slower, so less than a 5 amp may be better. We simply charge our battery completely using the Deltran (the smart charger has an appropriately high, sustained voltage for the absorption phase of the AGM), then keep it isolated by turning off the battery switch. We never remove the 96# battery! I will get back to you regarding how to connect terminals with the 2 in series 6 volts, but yes, you use alligator clips directly on the terminals. We plug in the trailer to shore power, turn off the battery switch, plug in the Deltra (you can plug it into a 110 outlet on the TaB!), then connect the positive lead first.
    • Sharon_is_SAM
      Sharon_is_SAM
      Sent you a PM.
  • Sharon_is_SAM
    From the looks of your charge controller, your panels are not wired up to the controller.
    August 17
    • Sharon_is_SAM
      Sharon_is_SAM
      Or, do the red and white wires from the left attach out of view?
    • fnova5
      fnova5
      Sorry, yes the red and white wires must be out of view. I did confirm the red and white are wired into the solar panel input of the HP controller. At first I thought the red and white must be coming from the battery, but when I traced the wires from the battery input of the HP controller, they in fact did go to the battery. It was a bit unconventional to see the red wire coming from the battery into a green wire with a pig tail that then went into the HP controller. Hope that made sense.
    • Sharon_is_SAM
      Sharon_is_SAM
      I understand. Yes, unconventional, but they wire ALL the battery harnesses that way. I think they got a good deal on those green fuse holders😀
  • fnova5
    Hello Sam, I have to say I am very impressed and grateful for this forum.  I will take a picture and forward it to this group.  I am still learning how to communicate on a forum so bare with me.  After reading some of the inputs, I am beginning to think that my controller is miswired.    If I could get a picture of the controller wired correctly that would be very helpful.   In addition, nucamp thinking the controller I have is bad did send me Victron.  I just got it. I am going to find out if I invalidate my warranty if I could simply install it myself.  It just can't be that  complicated to swap out the Hp controller for the Victron.  So if some one has a picture of the wiring going into the Victron that too would be very helpful.  
    August 16
    • Sharon_is_SAM
      Sharon_is_SAM
      Great that they sent you the Victron! I doubt that you installing it will invalidate your warranty. Charge controllers are very easy to wire. I will ask the forum for a picture of a factory installed Victron controller. The only picture I found was one that was miswired😀
    • fnova5
      fnova5
      Yes agreed it is great that they did send me the new controller, and I have to agree I see no reason as to why it would invalidate my warranty, but I rather be safe than sorry, so once I get the "ok" from nucamp I'll install the new controller. It does not look all that complicated at all. And a kind member of this forum has been extremely helpful and did send a picture of how he wired his Victron. But it wouldn't hurt to get a picture of a factory installed Victron.

      I did validate this weekend that the HP controller was in fact wired correctly. I traced all of the wires and they do look right. So now I either have a mis-wire at the solar panel or the HP controller is bad. It is interesting to me that I cannot get more technical help from nucamp, and that I am having to do all this trouble shooting with the help of this forum. So again very grateful for this forum, as it has been extremely helpful.
    • Sharon_is_SAM
      Sharon_is_SAM
      My only advice is to cover your solar panels so the wires are not energized when you work with them!

      Regarding technical help, you need to ask the right questions to the right person. Not sure who you have been communicating with, but I am glad the forum members have been helpful!
  • fnova5
    Yes it does.  Thank you. 
    August 18
  • Hi Karen:  If I recall correctly I installed the shark bite fittings on to the faucet manifold prior to installing it.  I'll take a look at the install again to refresh my memory.
    Dave
    August 18
  • Welcome Aboard!
    August 17
  • VictoriaP
    Saw your most recent post. Couple of places to check for storage: a lot of regular Public Storage type places have RV storage as well. Sometimes it’s only half a dozen spots, but it’s worth checking. Also, private RV parks also often have storage lots, or offer storage during their slow season. Good luck!
    August 18
    • davidden
      davidden
      Thank you! I’ve found a perfect one, but it’s super expensive. It’s in an enclosed storage space at a self-serve place. I’ll look at private parks.
  • Mira
    Hello jrhamel,

    I am looking at a 2020 [email protected] 400 and saw you have recently ordered one. There are two different ones near me brand new and I'm curious as to pricing.  Basically both are boondock lites, one with solar, one without.

    The dealer has quoted me 39,800 for solar and 38,400 without solar.  May I kindly ask the price range you paid?  New to rving, I hate buying cars without a black and white price.  These are the same.  I just don't want to overpay.  

    Thank you!
    Mira
    August 17
    • Max
      Max
      You would be very wise to shop around. The quoted price is very high. Check RV TRADER. They’ll show suggested prices, but you can contact dealers for a price.
    • Mira
      Mira
      Thank you Max!
    • jrhamel
      jrhamel
      Seems realy high to me as well. The 2020 for us was just over $30,000 with solar.
      Keep looking.
  • KarenK
    Hello, I have just replaced my sink with a similar faucet, but can't rotate the shark bite fittings onto the male threads of the faucet because of the vertical wood beams left and right of the faucet connections.  How did you rotate them to screw them on??
    August 18
  • Mira
    Hi Margie,

    Is your 400 still available? How long of a trip did you take with this unit?  When did you purchase this unit?  Trying to figure out if any issues came up that would be addressed by warranty and if the warranty is still applicable.

    Thank you,
    Diane 
    August 17
    • margieer
      margieer
      Accepted offer on our Tab as of today.
  • Sharon_is_SAM
    Here is the charge controller from fnova5.




    August 17
  • TallCamper
    I was reading thru some of the posts on WDH’s, and thought I’d pass along some info a little contrary to what others were saying to you.  I am buying a 2020 400 Boondock Lite and the dealer (Haydocy in Columbus, OH) will be outfitting it with the Anderson no-sway wdh (they have to remove a link from the chain to mount it because of the platform - they sell ALOT of Tab trailers).  Toyota recommends no-sway for my Highlander that has 6000lb tow capacity, and the general. Rule of thumb is to go with WD if the trailer is 50% or higher in weight of the tow vehicle capacity.  All that said, someone suggested you didn’t need a WDH, but for peace of mind and overall safety, the numbers say you would be better off to go with one and the Anderson is highly rated by the marketplace and review sources.  Best of luck!  
    August 17
  • davegct, rothresort, jamalong, SkipM, knnymic and 5 others joined.
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    August 16
  • William1
    Sorry for the delay but I do not have a scale. I estimate it’s weight at 25 lbs. 
    August 17
  • Trailhead Parking: I bought my [email protected] 320 s to serve both for travel and to serve as a base camp\starting point for wilderness backpacking. That means I'll be leaving both the [email protected] and TV at remote trail heads unattended for extended periods 3-14 days I'd say. What's the likelihood they won't be there when I get back? They'll have a coupler and latch lock and, considering wheel locks or chains. But still....
    August 15
    • Sharon_is_SAM
      Sharon_is_SAM
      Please start a new discussion to get a reply. Not all members monitor this area. Best to address to someone if you pist to this area.
    • dCliffhanger
      dCliffhanger
      Oh.... I'll try to figure that out. I figured this was the logical place. Thank you for pointing that, as is often the case, I am in Neverland.
    • Sharon_is_SAM
      Sharon_is_SAM
      I see you figured it out! The big Activity message box from the phone view just screams “Post here”!
    • dCliffhanger
      dCliffhanger
      Actually not. I just went to the bottom of the Discussions and found New Discussions and tried there... and presto is showed up in the list. I've never used my phone for following these discussions. I sooo much prefer a full keyboard and a great big screen.
  • Tabnero
    how do you like your Rad mini? is it pretty stable and steering solid? I like them but want to know about the ride
    August 15
    • rfuss928
      rfuss928
      I am a life long serious cyclist with many many miles in my past.
      I am very happy with all aspects of the RAD mini.
      It's very solid and feels big. Not at all like the ~30 pound "light weight 20" folder I also have.
      The knobby tires are a little squirrely at speed in the corners on pavement maybe worsened a little by slightly darty steering caused by the compact frame's geometry. I may try a pair of the road tires if I ride more on pavement.
      I recommend RAD to anyone that asks. They are a very good customer oriented business in my experience. Very good value IMO.
    • Tabnero
      Tabnero
      thankyou. I dont ride a lot, but I like the Rad bikes. I am trying to decide on the mini -v- the step through. My sense is the step through will be less wiggly steering. Thanks again
  • lisaruble
    Hi William, I am interested in buying the Thermarest. Is it still available? Thanks, Lisa
    August 16
  • Gallen1000
    Looking to purchase a van camper. Reducing price to 17,900.
    August 16