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40v13: Outside Changes

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Pest Screens

The insect screens are supposed to keep the heater vents free of mud daubers and similar insects.


Door Shades

The Lippert entry doors in our Alliance are “Thin Shade ready”, so we bought a pair of these to give us more privacy.

I can’t imagine a different way to raise and lower them, but I have to say:  it is a bit of a pain in the butt.  I have to essentially step outside the trailer and onto the steps to move these, since the screen door is in the way.

I might be able to reach around the screen door to do it, but then a cat or dog would likely see that as an opportunity to bolt.  😐
Also, we have found that these do not move very smoothly in the track so raising or lowering one handed may not be very practical.  I usually have to try a few times, using one hand to move the plastic bar at the bottom of the shade and the other hand to keep the “accordion” working right.  Otherwise it tends to bunch up and not fold correctly.

Carpeting for Steps

The solid entry steps are great, but we find that we track a lot of sand and dirt into the RV.  The dogs are not crazy about the metal steps either.

So we bought these carpet sets, bearing in mind that the front steps are a little weird – the top step does not have the usual open space all around it to wrap carpet around, and requires a rug like this one.


Ladder Pins

After losing a pin in transit from the ladder on the outside of the RV, I opted to replace them with these “locking” pins.


Propane Tank Gauge

We learned a (very cold) lesson in our old RV — turn the regulator valve to only pull from one propane tank at a time.  We burned through our propane over night and woke up to a 43 degree trailer.  Brrrr!  

Now with the valve pointing to only one tank, we know exactly when it is empty, switch to the second tank, and refill the first one when convenient.

This monitor takes it a step further and gives us an idea of where we stand with the tank we’re currently pulling from.  It is bluetooth enabled and there is an app for it so you can check your tank level whenever you wish.  This could potentially save us from another cold night if we see the first tank is very low before going to bed.

Hopefully it is accurate, we’ll see!  =)

Slide out Grill

There was a scary amount of demo work required

We first saw this on the Heartland Cyclone 4006 and loved the idea.  I am not a fan of moving our grill in and out of the storage space each time we want to use it, so this slide out grill was especially appealing to me.

I ended up using two sets of heavy duty drawer slides, as I didn’t want a hot grill too close to the RV siding.

I believe the Blackstone 1814 Griddle is the largest that will fit in the space I wanted it, and even then I had to turn it sideways to fit.  Speaking of this space, I chose the “outdoor kitchen” area  because I didn’t want to give up valuable real estate in the forward basement passthrough.

The height of the grill leaves a lot to be desired!  But it is functional and I am happy I don’t have to lug the grill around by hand.  I bought this collapsible step stool to stand on while grilling.

We also bought this hose kit that allows us to run the grill off the RV propane via the quick connect.