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jage 10-15-2007 06:50 PM

Small Projects Thread
Starting a thread for small things you do to make your SMB better- things that wouldn't really warrant a complete project posting. (Just REPLY to this message with your mini-projects)

Update: I'm going to delete all the comment-only posts. Please discuss in other threads (e.g. start a "In the small projects thread..." post if you're not improving or adding a new project). Thanks!

jage 10-15-2007 06:52 PM

Marking the Shore Power Outlet:

Just made an indelible line where it plugs and unplugs- the lines don't line up because it is twisted to "lock". Makes it a lot easier to pop the shore power in, although the indelible ink faded in the sun when I left the plug out.

Update: The marker continued to fade so I took a cutoff disk (essentially a large dremmel) and cut a groove instead. I'll fill it with glue or plastic or something if I ever come across some suitable material.

lowracer 04-04-2008 08:53 AM

Great Idea. I also used a label maker to label right above the connection point:


just as a reminder that the main breaker has to be off before connecting or disconnecting this plug. I've labelled a lot of stuff in the van as reminders since I don't like reading the manual every time we camp.

Buji 04-20-2008 02:52 AM

get a 10 foot roll of weatherstripping. Have someone else drive the van on some crummy roads and start hunting rattles.

yvrr 05-11-2008 12:32 PM

I don't think that SMB mounts switches for the off-road lights and backup lights down in the left knee area anymore but that is where ours are located and it was very easy to accidentally turn on one of the switches. (We once drove over Donner Summit at night with the Hella backup lights on...we couldn't figure out why everyone behind us were flashing their high beams!)

Here is a simple solution:

mmocken 09-01-2008 09:50 PM

Increased padding on penhouse beds with 1.5" memory foam. Much better! Easy mod.

There is a slight interfearance between the last 6" of the PH gets compressed by the spring cover. Fortunately, memory foam is very compliant and compresses nicely without major resistance.

mmocken 09-01-2008 09:57 PM

Bed Extension and shelf
Made a shelf that fits in PH bed ledge.

Comes in handy when cooking for more counter space.

Also handy for a little extra room for the upstairs mattress so my feet aren't dangling over the edge.

Here is pic ready for storage. Fits above the mattress when the PH is lowered.

tadg 09-11-2008 11:04 PM

Fridge Thermometer
I've added a digital thermometer to our fridge, just a little trimming of the grill, the hardest part was removing the fridge and finding a way to get the sensor in via the drain hole.

$20 from Aerostich

charlie56 11-02-2008 06:06 PM

I typically park in my driveway in front of my garage. Rather than risk hitting the roll-up door, I open the garage door every time I pull up. Having the door opener clipped to the overhead didn't look so good. This small project makes it look like a built-in feature. It is nothing more than the standard remote with a momentary switch installed. The tough part was finding a rocker-type momentary switch to match the others. (found them for $3 at

The remote is velcro'd to overhead hidden from view so i can get to it to change the battery.

Before view

The Modification
Add a short section of 22 ga wire, solder to the existing switch on the remote.

After view

charlie56 03-08-2009 10:49 AM

Re: Small Projects Thread
Ever travel down a washboard and have the bottles of spices or whatever come flying off the shelf above the galley? To stop that, I installed two 4' long "flat" bungy chords across the opening. Just ground down the hooks and thru-bolted the plastic ends to the overhead. Works great. We can put jars and bottles up there now and they don't rattle out.

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