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Old 12-08-2013, 01:56 AM   #1
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Greetings Everyone!

I bought my 2100 (named "TowTow") at the end of last April; bought EmaGene (an '02 emerald green GMC 2500 HD) to pull her with in late August; sold my house in September; and have been full timing ever since.

My previous RV was an '89 Toyota Dolphin, which I loved, with the exception of not having room for Rosie (my '95 Sportster). Dollie taught me a lot about what I wanted and needed. Still, TowTow has presented me with some challenges. A little creativity has taken care of a few, others I am still trying to figure out. Forums like this are a great way to share what works, what doesn't, and help us all keep things in perspective.

I've already accumulated several minor design tweaks that would be easy for Dutchmen to incorporate, yet would make a tremendous difference in the overall functionality and comfort of the 2100. Eventually, I'll be writing about it all on my blog (gypsyspiritsrides.weebly.com). Until then, I'm focused on problem solving and will be reading more than writing.

Happy Trails!
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Old 12-08-2013, 02:45 AM   #2
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Hi Vagabond Gypsy....welcome to the forum......we do like seeing pictures of mods members have done and this is an easy forum for posting pictures......so please show us some of them!!!!!!
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Old 02-15-2014, 11:45 PM   #3
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So still no word on the mods yet? I was hoping to see or hear something. I am just about ready to pull the trigger on a 2100 to full-time in but I do fear the lack of insulation. I was hooping gypsy has some mods to help out on this.
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Hi Jim ...

Thank you for the note! I am in the middle of changing computers and had lost the link to this forum!

To answer your question, I have not been in freezing temperatures with my 2100 (I call her "TowTow" and the emerald green truck that pulls her is "EmaGene" or "Auntie Em").

Anyway, I have been set up in Florida since Daytona Biketoberfest. It has been down into the 30s here, but not so bad that I've needed to worry about pipes freezing, though I've left the hot water heater on during those really cold nights.

I've always been a barefoot person, but I wear house slippers in TowTow because the floor is cold. I also have throw rugs next to the bed and in the bathroom for when I get up at night.

If you use the furnace, heat ducts to the bedroom ok, but leave the bathroom door open, or it gets really cold in there!

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As far as sleeping goes ... do yourself a favour and get rid of the mattress that comes in the 2100, unless you want incentive to get out of bed in the morning! IMO it's useful only as a pick up bedliner or to cut up to make dog beds out of! Within a couple months it was so compressed I might just as well have been sleeping on the wood platform beneath it! I'm currently using a Coleman air mattress which is infinitely more comfortable!

A note about air mattresses though, use lots of blankets UNDER you, as the air in the mattress will be the same temperature as the air around it! I also used the mattress cover that came with the 2100 under the air mattress to protect it from getting pin holes from the hinges and wood splinters.

I put a heating pad under the mattress (under the cloth, not next to the plastic) to use like a water bed heater, and will click it on for a cycle if I get chilly during the night.

I also found that it is MUCH easier to make the bed and keep the room neat if I put my feet by the window and pull back the corner nearest the door to climb under the blankets.

I've really only been living in it since October, so I am still learning also. Please stay in touch and let me know how things go for you. [moderator edit]

Happy Trails!
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OK Vagabond,
Thanks for the update. I take it that you have not done any mods yet other that the bed. I pulled the trigger today and will be getting mine in a couple of weeks. I did lay down on the bed because of your statement and I see what you mean. First thing on the need to have list. I was searching through it and in the basement I found a brand new screen wall in the bag. Sure hope it's the right size? I mean why did the previous owner not install it? Is it the wrong size? I will find out and report back when I get it home.
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Old 02-17-2014, 11:30 PM   #6
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More stuff ...

Hi Jim ...

Most of what I have done so far is relative to making more comfortable living quarters. I installed a second shower rod as high as I could keep it level, so the shower curtain doesn't bunch up in the bottom of the tub for me to step on and trip or tear (I put a decorative curtain on the lower one)

I took the towel rack off from under the stove because hanging a towel there interfered with opening the microwave and obscured the clock. Instead, I hung a three inch plastic ring off the bottle opener to hang my dish towel from. It sometimes gets caught in the drawers, but at least I'm not trying to juggle hot food around it! This arragement also leaves the bottle opener functional.

I hung my screen door, but haven't yet been in a buggy enough situation to use it, so haven't put the velcro down the sides yet. I used Christmas paper tubes to roll it up around and strap it, and have been using the straps to hang my jackets from.

I use small plastic bins from Dollar Tree in the cabinets over the bed. It is much easier to pull down a bin of socks or underwear than have to climb on the bed and root through a mess. Same thing for the most part for the storage in the living room. Plus the bins help keep things from sliding around too much while traveling.

I also put the table in storage. It's not going to be up while I'm traveling, or there's no room for my bike, so it doesn't need to be fast to the floor. It was so large that there was no way to walk along side of it with the couches down. I have a small 18" x 24" folding table I use by my chair, and a 2' x 4' folding table I use between the couches when I want more table space. I have a wedge shape ramp that I use by the ramp door to set the back legs on so the table sits level.

I did have to have the brakes redone on one wheel, an entirely new brake plate. I noticed when I check my tire pressures that one wheel was noticeably hotter than the other three after travelling only four miles. While I was having that done, there was another person at Camping World having the same thing taken care of. I forget what model camper he had, but I believe it was the same axle company.

I still need to take mine back to Camping World as I have never been able to get my generator to work, and have determined that it is a bad fuel pump. I should have fueled it up and tested it sooner!

I also haven't tried my tank flush yet. I've gathered from this forum that several of them were installed backwards, and will do that just before I take it to Camping World "just in case" I end up with a mess!

I also had covers installed over the fan openings, otherwise the fans were not useable if it was raining.

I don't know if you'll be travelling alone, or with a female companion, but I put tension rods inside the window boxes to hang curtains from. It makes it a little more home like and less stark.

The only other thing I have done, that you might really want to think about, is I coated the threaded rod in the stabilizer jacks with never seize. I could see where they were already showing signs of rust and figured it was better to take preventative action. I plan to put some around the pivot points on the step also.

The little round "mood Lighting" lamps by the cabinets pull straight down. The are held in place by wire "wings" (think of a butterfly drywall molly). They are hard to pull down, and they will snap your fingers! Unfortunately, I was able to pull one out, but still didn't figure out how to open it to change the bulb!

The brake and the generator fuel pump are really the only true issues I've encountered thus far. The rest has been more "what were they thinking when they put this here?" type stuff.

It will have been sitting in one spot for six months when I pull out of here in May. We'll see if any new issues arise at that time.

Happy Trails!
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Hey Gypsy - can you tell me where the so called bottle opener is......I have not been able to find it on our 2900!

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Gypsy,
Great write up. Thanks for the hints. I look forward to following your trails and we may cross paths some day out there on the road. It may be some time as I only have a Silverado 1500 at this time and will be having the dealer put on a towing package just so I can get it home. I hope it works out ok with my bike on it and no fuel or water. Not sure yet on the weight that I will be able to pull. Only time will tell. Thank you again you have some great ideas here and I will incorporate some of them and let you know some of mine. Happy Trails.
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Old 02-19-2014, 01:46 AM   #9
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HI Kathy ...

I'm not sure about in the 2900, but mine is screwed onto the cabinet under the left hand corner of the sink, just above the drawers. I'll get a picture up on my blog site this afternoon. [moderator edit]

Happy Trails!
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Hi Again Kathy ...
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Sorry I can't get a picture to you, as the file sizes are just too large for this forum.

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Hi Jim ...
You mention having a Silverado 1500, but don't say what size engine.

Towing capacity varies with engine size, gear ratios, and so on.
Before I bought my truck (an '02 GMC 2500 HD), I spoke with someone who had towed his 2100 with a few different trucks. His feelings were:

1500 with the 5 litre (can't remember if 5.2 or 5.6) pulled it ok but he wished for a little extra "umph"

2500 was just "too heavy a truck" and a fuel hog

1500 with a 6 litre engine gave him the best overall fuel mileage and pulled the 2100 without any problems.

I agree with the 2500 being a fuel hog. I'm getting about 12mpg just running the truck, and about 7mpg when towing. Fortunately, I use my bike most of the time and only run the truck if it's really cold or heavy rain or towing.

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