2007 Thor [email protected] original owner!

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Hello all,

We are John and Martha, and have been [email protected] camping for thirteen years, we formerly had a Little Guy four wide teardrop.

We bought our [email protected] new in 2008 (2007 model) with original layout in Ontario Canada.

We have traveled North America, fairly intensively, particularly the east.  We have towed with a VW Tiguan, but mostly with a VW Touareg diesel.  Through the years we have modified our [email protected] quite a bit, we installed three flexible solar panels on the rear roof, originally with two AGM batteries, but we replaced those with a LiFe battery this year. We use a MPPT charge controller, and replaced the three way refrigerator, first with a Coolatron, and later with a Dometic compressor top load unit on a slide out tray. We camped for six weeks in Newfoundland and never used shore power at all, heating, refrigeration and lighting all solar powered. We have a MAXFAN vent, and a small external A/C ducted in through the original refrigerator vent openings. I have rewired almost all of the trailer (120VAC and 12VDC).

I carry spare wheel bearings (special for the ALKO hubs) and have the original spare mounted under the rear (never used) and run on Michelin tires. We have added an aluminum box where the original propane/battery cover was, and since we rarely cook in the trailer, we replaced the propane tank with a much lighter (and smaller) fiberglass tank. We still have the original furnace and it works well. We replaced the useless snap-in screen door with a modified sliding screen door. We have added underseat storage and modified almost all the other storage areas. All interior and external lighting is LED, and I added a LED tail light bar between the taillights which were replaced with much better LED units.

We also added an external security door lock, after someone tried to break in at Fort Wilderness at Disney World.

My current concern is trying to find where to purchase replacement roof molding seals, as Dutchman stopped production in 2009.

After the 2020 lockdowns, we are hoping to resume camping this year.


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