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Old 04-12-2015, 08:41 PM   #1
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Default Convenience Modifications to Unity

Here are 3 mods to my Unitythat I want to share. For the driver, there is a right arm rest, but the left elbow rests on the hard door sill. I found a computer wrist pad that works perfectly on the sill. Cutting a hole with a rubber grommet allows the door lock button to workand stays in place with an industrial grade twin stick. Found pad at Office Depot and works perfectly.

Next, the table top did not match the quality of the woodwork, so I had a solid maple table made
with the cherry stain to match. Gone are the hard edgebanded edges and the look is more fitting to the real wood of the coach. Leisure uses maple wood with cherry stain.

Finally, the Bully hitch extender serves 2 purposes. Protects rear bumper from getting dinged
from other vehicles when parked or hit from the rear plus it provides an additional step to make it easier to climb the ladder.

You may have others to share.
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Old 04-12-2015, 10:10 PM   #2
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Very, very nice modifications

Great idea for the driver's side armrest and the table is gorgeous!!

I like the idea of the Bully step as well. Have you noticed any interference/problems with the backup sensors since using this step? I noticed several Amazon users have reported such problems.
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Old 04-12-2015, 11:28 PM   #3
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I like the idea of the Bully step as well. Have you noticed any interference/problems with the backup sensors since using this step? I noticed several Amazon users have reported such problems.
Backup sensors? All we have is a camera. I can get my leg high enough to use the ladder without an extra step but I won't vouch for how much longer I will be able to do that. Age has a nasty habit of impairing mobility and I am not getting any younger.

I didn't like the curtins but my audio system modifications left me with tweeters mounted in the A-Pillars and I refuse to remove them for the $$$ window covers so I decided to try my hand at making my own from a roll of reflectix I had laying around:


Inside view:
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Outside:

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Pardon the fine scenery at my current campsite - this is Tire Man's parking lot.

Turns out the extra insulation these provide is wonderful compared to the cloth curtains. It did an excellent job of keeping the cold temps at bay when I started this trip with nighttime lows on the high 20's and got even better once I hit the low deserts since it reflects the harsh sun. These fit just close enough that no real heat leaks in unless you want it to and pull them back a bit. I have been out in sunny cold days where that was a welcome addition. The idea was based on the shades that Eurocamper sells but in this case I cut them close enough that they stay up without suction cups.
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Old 04-13-2015, 12:25 AM   #4
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Slow afternoon for me today so I am going to pile more onto this thread. Simple bottom line - the longer you own one of these the more tweaks you will come up with

First off - I wanted some kind of reading lamp for the front seats when they are swiveled around and the ones over the dash console are useless for reading. I found a 12V LED lamp on Amazon that fit the bill. The flexible arm extends out about a foot from the shelf edge so you can move it to the best location for reading. The camera angle obscures how far this sticks out:

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My audio installer wired me a 12V outlet above the driver side ceiling shelf and I promptly filled it with a 4 outlet extender. If you take a small piece of wire management velcro and roll it tightly inside out around the wire the velcro hooks will be exposed and they adhere to the Sprinter cab ceiling nicely.

Next up a seat back organizer repurposed for the TB. When I am driving it is on the back of the driver's side seat but when stopped I used a 3M Command Hook to put it up on the wall where it can be accessed. It has a collection of USB cables, HDMI connectors, flashlight, and other sundry items I like to have handy when hanging out.

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More hooks - you can never have enough hooks. I like the clear ones because they just blend right in but are always handy when you need another one:

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In my case the outlet in the lower left side of this image is on inverter power so I can charge things while I am driving. When I am driving and the seat back organizer is on the back of the driver's seat the pockets are handy to put things that need charging using the inverted outlet. I have another inverted outlet on the passenger side as well.
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Old 04-15-2015, 04:40 AM   #5
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Backup Sensors - this may merit a new thread.

has anyone put them in? They are pretty cheap and give you that beep-beep-beep when you are about to hit a post or pole or car. Looks easy, wire to backup light, run wire to cabin.

But the real issue is drilling holes in the bumper with the handy drill they give. measure 5 times, drill once.

In my SUV i prefer the backup sensor over the video screen, since you can look in the mirrors while backing up properly.

So has anyone done this yet?

(also apologize if posted twice, tablet froze)
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Old 04-16-2015, 04:04 PM   #6
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So, this is a minor mod I made, and it only really affects people with 2014 Units that came with the Kenwood head. LTV included an iPhone cable so you could stream audio/video from an iPhone/iPad to the Kenwood unit. The only problem was the cable was stuffed in the glove compartment and so you had to leave the glove box open when using that cable to attach to an Apple product. I didn't like that so I did a panel mount of the USB and 3.5" phone jack so I could plug the cable in right from the front. Like I said, no big deal, but look at the pictures and you'll see what I did!

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Old 04-18-2015, 03:14 PM   #7
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If you have lots of spare time.
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Old 04-18-2015, 03:54 PM   #8
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Here's a couple of quickies that make life easier. Made my own iPhone 6+ holder using hardware from a cheap holder. Perfect place for a flashight is right above the door. Found these canvas zipper bags very similar to bank deposit bags. Attached them to the seat sides with cert nuts. Opps, that photo is too big. Check out my album page for more photos
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Old 04-18-2015, 08:02 PM   #9
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Great ideas! I would be particularly interested on your compartment strut install. Could you provide the specs on the struts you used, the brackets, and the attachment points? I can't tell if the strut is attached with pop rivets or machine screws. I've been thinking about this ever since seeing the 2015 Unity compartments.

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Old 04-18-2015, 08:27 PM   #10
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The struts & 10mm ball stud & bracket mount I bought at http://www.ebay.com/usr/strut-your-s...72.m2749.l2754. the struts are 15 inch 30 lbs.for all cabinets except the 2 small rear(on a murphy bed) & those are 12 in , 30 lb. the brackets are attached to the cabinet using 3 inch shelf brackets from Ace hardware. I cut one end off & used bolts to attach to the cabinet. I used rivets to attach the strut bracket to the shelf brackets, but their is enough room to use flat head machine screws. the trick is to mount http://www.ebay.com/itm/Heavy-Duty-L...item5673550d57 this plate as high as it will go but not bind on the cabinet seal, to low & the strut bottoms out & the cabinet won't close. test using 2 sided tape to find the right height. You only need the 10 mm ball for the generator, all the rest I used what came with the rv, just re drilled the hole at the bottom. I think this was my 3rd try & finally I found something that works. this is the rear cabinet. I will post another picture on the next post.
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