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Old 05-28-2019, 02:47 AM   #1
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Hi all. Just bought my first RV - '02 Dutchmen Express. Super excited to hit the road in a couple weeks. It seems to be in pretty good shape but I'd like to spend some time recaulking and checking all systems. Definitely want to replace all bulbs with LED's. Would like to replace carpet with a wood type floor. Considering installing a small solar panel. Would also like to do any other upgrades before hitting the road to ensure we don't have to mess with a whole lot while traveling. Would love any advice in the following areas:
1) what's the best caulk to use for all seams/roof?
2) How do I know if the roof needs to be "resealed" and what product should I use?
3) which LED bulbs/colors are best for price?
4) any suggestions for installing new floor? Was planning on removing furniture but should I worry about removing fridge, kitchen cabinets, and large cabinet in "living room"? What's a good material considering we have a dog and don't want to worry about scratches/tearing?
5) is a small solar panel worth installing to keep battery charged for lights and charging electronics?
6) any other upgrades to consider?
I'm fairly handy and can get just about any job done (with help of YouTube), I just don't know what I should spend my time and $ doing.
Thanks in advance for any tips and ideas.
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Old 05-28-2019, 05:21 AM   #2
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LED bulbs from Amazon are inexpensive and work great for me. No experience with the other questions.

Only suggestion I have is to camp in your driveway or somewhere close to help go through the unit and get a feel for what’s needed and what’s important to you.
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Old 05-28-2019, 12:55 PM   #3
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Dicor, EternaBond and Butyl tape are your friends for sealing. Also, you can sometimes use Flex Seal but sparingly. DO NOT USE STANDARD SILICONE! Install an upgraded water pump and isolate it (rubber underneath and rubber hoses). new shower head and new sink faucets. 2 6 volt batteries instead of one 12 volt and if you have deep pockets, check out the Lithium Ion thread.

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Old 05-28-2019, 02:34 PM   #4
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2) How do I know if the roof needs to be "resealed" and what product should I use?

Wash it. Carefully inspect all seams. Seal any cracking caulk beads with Dicor.


5) is a small solar panel worth installing to keep battery charged for lights and charging electronics?

A small solar panel is of minimal use. 30 watts may keep your battery charged during storage.

You might as well go for at least 100 watts to make the trouble of installing it worth while. It will help with the long finish charge the batteries require. Make sure you get a high quality solar controller.


Maybe add a small quiet generator. I have a 1000 watt Honda. Very quiet. Easy to store and handle. Plenty big for charging 200 amp hours of AGM batteries. Use it for two hours in the morning followed by 8 hours of solar charging. An excellent combination.
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Not sure what bulbs you have, but these leds have worked great for me, and they're inexpensive
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Old 05-30-2019, 02:19 AM   #6
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Thanks for the replies!
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