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Old 03-23-2017, 05:38 AM   #1
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Modifications And Upgrades To Coleman 300tq

Thought I would share some the addons and Mods since I purchased my Coleman 300tq last month.

Folding 7' ladder storage mod using 5" vinyl fence post painted black and L brackets.


Vent Cover


Condor Motorcycle Wheel Chock installed in Garage.


Sewer Hose Storage using 5" vinyl fence post painted black and L brackets


Front and Rear Step Carpets


Wire around TV power booster so I can use my portable satellite using the exterior park cable jack.


using coax jumper plate to choose between normal operation or portable saltellite


3 TV's with mounts installed. Satellite works for all 3 TV's


Gladiator Mesh Baskets for Motorcycle helmets and gear installed in garage.


Power Tongue Jack 3500lb
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Old 03-23-2017, 05:39 AM   #2
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Large grab handles for both doors


Second battery with battery disconnect switch
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Old 03-24-2017, 04:44 AM   #3
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today I added a Battery Voltminder with low battery alarm connected to the battery side of the converter


I added a 12 volt power outlet also added to the battery side of the converter
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Old 04-05-2017, 01:58 AM   #4
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I have a 2017 Colman, how easy was the grab handle install? Was there a stud to screw into?
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I have a 2017 Colman, how easy was the grab handle install? Was there a stud to screw into?
On my 2017 300tq the large Grab Handles I bought from Camping World butted up against the door jamb and the stud was there. I think a pilot hole is recommend just don't drill too deep! Measure how much screw you have sticking out the handle and set drill accordingly...
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Old 04-05-2017, 04:40 AM   #6
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Thanks for the info! Great work on the mods for your trailer!
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Old 04-05-2017, 07:15 AM   #7
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Update on the VoltMinder Battery Monitor I added in my previous post. I originally wired it to the battery side of the converter. For some reason when using the furnace when on Battery the VoltMinder alarm would go off and the monitor would read less than 12v even though the batteries were at 12.5v. So, I had to wire the the VoltMinder directly to the batteries. I ran the wires down through the floor using the same access as Dutchman used when running the battery cables to the Converter. Now monitor reads correctly even when the furnace is running on battery...
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Old 05-28-2017, 10:59 PM   #8
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Loving all your work on this, just adding to the list of things to do to my new 300tq LOL

Started thinking about TV's today and wondered what TV mount and TV size you went with for the living room? There can't be much to screw into as the wall between the living room and bedroom is pretty thin. How well did it seem to go in, and do you have any concerns about the weight while bouncing down the road with a larger TV?
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Old 05-29-2017, 01:36 AM   #9
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For the main TV I went with a 39" Vizio. The recessed area for the TV would only accommodate a 24" TV and that would just not do. A 39" sits outside the recessed area and shows no gaps top or bottom. I used a double arm TV mount that allows the TV to be pushed flush against the cabinet. Plus you can pull the tv out and tilt it towards the dinette if you want.

I used 1/4" 1" lags with washers. I discovered that the backing was at least 1/2" thick and covered the entire back of the recessed TV area. I drilled pilot holes before inserting the lags. I made sure the mount was centered. I have to admit I did not give it too much thought at the time of installation but when the slide comes in it goes past half of the TV with only about 3/4" to spare. I also mounted four tie down strap loops so I could use nylon straps to tie the TV down when going down the road.

Use a drill bit stop set as to not drill to deep. Don't go too big on the pilot hole for lags.

For the smaller TV's the mounting location is marked but I used a stud finder to verify. I went cheap on the mounts. If I had to do it over again, I would spend more and get the kind that can lock in place. Instead I used strap tie downs but your limited to the small mounting area for something to screw into.





Bedroom mount

Garage Mount
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Old 05-29-2017, 02:38 AM   #10
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If you like watching DVD's in HD the provided DVD player uses RCA connections so you will not have HD when watching DVD's. Picture will be grainie and not full size. You will have to add a HDMI portable DVD player or get a TV with built in DVD player. I will be using a HDMI DVD player for the main TV. The smaller TVs have built in DVD players.
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