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Old 07-16-2018, 12:56 PM   #1
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Default Moving the Black Power Inverter box backwards?

We have a 18.5 ft Shadow Cruiser and storage space is a challenge. We think there is an empty wasted space behind the power inverter, that can be better utilized as it takes up prime real estate currently.

My hubbie is very handy and technically very good and we are thinking to move the power converter backwards. And then to use the area in front to store shoes or the dishes of our dog. I also dont like to look at that big black box. LOL

Has anyone done this successfully perhaps and what should we be on the look out for, any pitfalls, please ?
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Old 07-16-2018, 01:11 PM   #2
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My only concerns would be adequate air flow and access to the fuse panel. But those are not deal-killers -- just factors to be considered.
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Old 07-16-2018, 10:39 PM   #3
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Thank you profdant, I appreciate your insight. We have had our new to us ShadowCruiser now 10 days and plan to do a lot of mods to it and might look in every nook and cranny for extra space.

I am wondering how much wasted space is behind the inverter box ? It is worth our while to even look in there?

Anyone has removed that black box and had a good look at it perhaps ?

Mods so far we have completely removed the bunk bed and did LED lights everywhere. The previous owners used a generator which came with the trailer and the sale also included a new battery and a new awning.
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Like mentioned air flow, access and the maze of wires are your main concerns. Look for an easier area first would be my first choice. I added storage under my kitchen sink, bathroom sink and under the fridge in our 2015 210uds. I took the wood panels off and attached magnets and glued the metal strikers to the panels for a nice clean look and easy removal. This year I removed the built in Microwave and made it into storage with shelves. Much more useful for our purposes. Good luck. Silverado
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Thank you for all the replies, I appreciate.
We plan on doing a lot of Mods to our ShadowCruiser 18.5 and will eventually look behind almost all the cupboards for wasted space.
Another mod we are thinking of, is to lift our bed up a few inches, that will free up more space in the cargo area underneath, so we can fit our BBQ a bit better in there. We are also going to rebuild the kitchen area to make the counter higher and add more drawers, currently only have 1 drawer.

We might need to repaint all the wood cupboards inside after all the reno's as it will be hard to match the light coloured wood finish we have now. I do like the white cupboards in some of the Funfinders, it makes the space, look a lot bigger and brighter. We love to work on a trailer and make it more practical for us.
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Yep, Cruiser really screwed up with the wiring of the break away switch.
Why they would wire a safety device so it could be turned off is down right dangerous. One of the first things I did was rewired the break-away switch so it is powered directly from the battery. The only inline switch in the circuit is the break-away as it is with other trailer manufactures.
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We also have a 185FBS Shadow Cruiser and cabinet space really sucks - especially since some cabinets are marked "don't use this for storage" due to plumbing and stuff - What The Hell ?!? Our partial solution was (my wife did this - she is pretty handy) to find order online wire slide racks that fit each cabinet sizes and bolt them to the cabinet shelves. We also put some blocker boards at backs of cabinets to avoid stuff falling behind (that was the hard part). Happy trails...
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Ignore those signs! Just make sure that whatever you do, don't crimp the plumbing lines. We tore apart all of our cabinets to maximize every cubic inch of storage -- I built custom shelves and partitions using baltic birch ply, a quarter inch thick. Sort of expensive, but worth it -- the woodwork is strong and thin.

We took out the clock and the radio -- put storage in there. Cleared out the area under the dinette benches -- more storage. Removed the vanity and put in custom cabinets.

Let me know if you have any questions about how I did this. It is not rocket science -- just careful measuring and workmanship.
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I like the way you guys think ! We also looked at the lovely "do not use" space next to the furnace and hubby said he is going to put a thin metal partion wall up there, to create a barrier between the furnace and that storage area. We used our furnace last weekend in the Rocky mountains, on our very 1st trip, it gets really cold at night in the middle of summer.
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With the area next to the furnace, run it a while and put your hand next to it -- ours does not get very hot. But your mileage may vary, so play it safe!

We also opened up the area UNDER the furnace -- there was a space there big enough for a plastic tray that holds about 20 soda cans. Again, run the furnace and make sure it does not get too hot under there -- the cans could explode.
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