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Old 08-23-2009, 09:04 AM   #1
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Default So, what mods have you done to your Fun Finder?

In the interest of trying to get a little more action on this lazy forum how about telling us what mods you have done to your trailer?



So far i have:

-Replaced the hand crank tongue jack with an electric

-Added a second battery

-Replaced the crappy stock stabilizer jacks with some BAL "scissor-type" jacks

-Replaced rear brake/tail lights with LED versions

-Installed a black tank flushed kit

-Replaced the, imo , inadequate stock safety chains and hooks with stronger ones

-Removed the TV stand off the back of the dinette and installed a wall mount and 19" HD LCD/DVD off the overhead cabinet for late evening movie watching from the comfort of the bed. The stock crappy 15" Haier LCD is very hard to see way down at the far end of the trailer. I did include a reinforcing backing plate as well.

-Removed the clothes hanger rod from the large closet at the back end of the trailer and instead installed in with some velcro sticky tape some stackable bins. We found these to be a huge improvement for stowing the new little ones diapers, clothes, blankets, etc.

-Had a slide out topper installed

Future improvements i am already convince i need to do include replacing the stock thermostat with a digital version and swapping out the fan i the roof vent with a "Fantastic Fan" type.

So, how about you?
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Old 08-24-2009, 07:18 AM   #2
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TTIWWOP... Nice mods

I've only done a couple mods but they vastly improved our storage.

-Put drawer storage under the dinette chairs. No more having to move cushions/people (or pak n' play) to access that storage area.

-On the FBR under the bed there is a storage area over towards the dinnette that is only accessible by lifting the bed. Not fun.. So I removed one of the wall and now I just added a ton of room to my pass thru storage under the bed.

-Installed the tornado flush.

Future mods... Not sure I want to do any.. After spending our longest trip so far (10 days) in the trailer. We might be upgrading 2011.

I'll post some pics later.
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Old 08-27-2009, 07:41 PM   #3
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32 views and only one response. Ugg. This is why Cruiser RV really needs to host and provide their own forums for the owners of the trailers.
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Old 09-04-2009, 10:14 PM   #4
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I just bought a new 2008 x 210WBS that was still on the dealer lot. The only thing I have done so far is remove the fold up table next to the sink. I read about the shower head and that is probably going next.

It did not come with a flat screen, but a regular tube TV. I would like to mount one on the wall where later models have them, but it doesnt look like it could support it. Is there a way to reinforce it?..
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Old 09-06-2009, 03:10 PM   #5
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Van,

You made some good modifications. I am interested in replacing the "puny" not so bright tail lights that are on my FF X189FBS. Did replace the entire tail light or only the bulb?

Thank you!
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Old 09-09-2009, 10:46 PM   #6
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I just bought a new 2008 x 210WBS that was still on the dealer lot. The only thing I have done so far is remove the fold up table next to the sink. I read about the shower head and that is probably going next.

It did not come with a flat screen, but a regular tube TV. I would like to mount one on the wall where later models have them, but it doesnt look like it could support it. Is there a way to reinforce it?..

I'm not too sure on that one. I suppose if you were certain you got the mount drilled into a stud it would be ok. As long as the TV was removed during travel.

I also changed out my shower head with an Oxygenics. much better than stock.


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Van,

You made some good modifications. I am interested in replacing the "puny" not so bright tail lights that are on my FF X189FBS. Did replace the entire tail light or only the bulb?

I replaced the whole works. I also replaced the light housing with one that has a black base. I talked to a specialist at Command lighting and he was telling me that the black based lights are more visible. *shrug* So, i went with them.

When i get around to doing the clearance lights i am planning on doing just the bulb.
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Old 09-13-2009, 05:58 PM   #7
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Default Just beginning to modify my 139FK...

I'm only beginning to change things on my 139FK...have already taken out the heavy, clunky folding table, cut some sturdy 12" x 31" long boards to bridge the gap when making up the bed (they store nicely under one of the bunks). I found a couple of good lightweight table options and decided to get a bisque-colored pvc round table for dining..folds flat and weighs little (and the "X" legs allow people to move in and out) and also got a nice little alumninum snack table (looks like the old "TV-tables" from the 60's) for when it's just me.

I'm looking for a vendor to cut me a good, firm 5" thick cushion for across the front...in my model the heavy formica table had an independent front section of about 32w x 22D that raised and lowered...I left it in the low position and can put a cushion on top of that to make my "sofa" a U-shape. I'm making it wide enuf that I could sleep across the back (like a twin bed) if I were alone, thus not having to make up the entire area into a bed. I have been playing around with this idea using a cushion from my sofa and it looks to be very feasible.

I've got more in mind and will post as I get 'em done. Alas, I must work from time to time . :=)
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Old 09-15-2009, 08:34 PM   #8
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jb. bb where did you get the draw from? I was thinking of contacting cruiser rv to get a cabinet draw.
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Old 09-16-2009, 07:34 AM   #9
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I actually had some scraps laying around, so out came the router and stain.
Almost matches perfectly. You can probably contact cruiser, although your neighbourhood hardware store probably has something very close.
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Old 09-17-2009, 08:18 PM   #10
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Van,
What brand of flush kit did you go with? Hotwired or portable?

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Old 09-21-2009, 11:46 PM   #11
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What brand of flush kit did you go with? Hotwired or portable?

I went with the "Quickie Flush".

I like the idea of the Tornado flush kit but frankly i wasnt impressed with the rather lack luster and feeble spinning action. It needed to be better built and use some ball bearings or something to get a more consistent action. So, i figured that until such a time comes where i see one i really like the quality of i went with the simpler is better route.

These type of flush kits are hard mounted. You have to drill a hole in your black water tank to mount them. So i guess they are portable in the sense that they are always on the go with you. lol.
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I saw one that was portable in that it is not hot-wired...only appeals to me as we also are fixing up a humongous Airsteam and could use it on both. I think I'll just concentrate on basics until next sumemr and then maybe get fancier.
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Old 09-04-2010, 04:16 PM   #13
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Default My 2007 189FBR Mods

1. Removed overhead bunk (head banger) which we would never use (too clostrophobic) cut it back into a 6" shelf, reinstalled just as a shallow shelf. Opens the place right up.
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Old 09-06-2010, 05:26 PM   #14
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Fabricated a maple wooden cover for the left sink for more counter space.
Doubles as a chopping board.

Fabricated a stainless steel cover for the stove burners for more counter space. Put fiberglass sheets on wall to right and in back of stove. Very easy to keep clean.

Replace and enlarged and reinforced the top shelf in the vanity.

Replaced the stabilizers with BAL scissor jacks

Insulated all water lines under the trailer.

Installed a fan on the rear of the refrigerator, then put insulation in the open space above the refrigerator. Fabricated a tin shield to direct the air movement towards the outside louvers.

Install thin pieces of wood in front of shelves in cabinet to keep items from falling out when the door is opened.

Last but not least, a memory foam mattress cover.
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Old 10-04-2010, 10:09 AM   #15
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We have a 2008 (?) 210WBS. Removed the useless clothes rod in the beside closests, mounted peg board on each side and attached the white wire closet shelving. Had room for two shelves plus hanging space. Bought lots of plastic organizer bins and drawers to tame the wide open spaces in the overhead kitchen cabinet and linen closet in the bathroom. Can fit and access so much more stuff!

On our to-do list:

- Replace overhead lights with LED

- Replace cabinet latches on corner cabinets by the sofa. Have had them open in transmit too many times, spilling their contents.

- There's still a big open space at the bottom back of the bedside closets that I can't reach from the front. Am thinking of cutting a hole in the wall on the bed side and inserting a cubby with shelves. That would give me a handy place to put my alarm clock, glasses and a book.

- Fix left tail light - have to jiggle the wires/bulb to get the blinker to work.


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On the W210
Cut a opening under the queen bed in the front and installed a door so you could access the under bed storage space without lifting the bed all the time.
Took the cut out section and made sliding doors for the shelf under the TV. Now we can put stuff in there and not worry about it falling out when traveling.
Took off folding shelf by the door, now used as a cover for one of the sinks, much better resource.
Installed two halogen swivel reading lights up by the light over the head of the bed. Now one or the other can read without having the main light on.
Installed towel racks and a toilet paper holder in the bathroom (come on RV industry do you really think we like to hold the roll and tear off strips, $2 at the dollar store)
Sealed several large holes under the unit and by the hot water tank with spray foam.
Tye wrapped and installed more clips to hold the wiring up into the frame instead of letting it hang to get snagged on something.
More mods to come.
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2008 210WBS:

1) Converted all exterior lighting to LED
2) Made 5" PVC fence post waste hose storage with sliding tray, access at both ends via square caps, attached to rear bumper on brackets that raise it and push it rearwards to clear bike rack and spare tire. Also installed a closed container to hold 90 degree elbow, doughnut, gloves and waterless handcleaner, now all my waste water needs are in the rear next to the drains.
3) Installed two Turbo Flush systems, gray and black with the hose fittings mounted between drains and rear bumper on main frame.
4) Installed frame mounted receiver hitch for carrying bicycles
5) Installed screen covers for furnace, reefer and water heater
6) Manual jack to power jack on tongue
7) Upgraded antenna to Sensar IV for improved digital TV reception
8) Installed Mo-Ryde articulated flat screen TV mount with 26" Vizio LED television
9) Mounted Blu-Ray DVD player to shelf where TV used to sit
10) Converted sofa false front to "snap on" versus screwed on; makes access to slide mechanism easier and allows for extra shoe storage under sofa. Mounted small boxes to floor under sofa slide for the shoes to sit in.
11) Added locks and hasps to under bed storage area, now have a semi secure storage location for laptop, cameras, etc. Beefed up the sidewalls to improve integrity and make it tougher to break through.
12) Added shelving continuation to under sink storage (vanity) to fill the gap between end of shelf and back wall. Picked up storage space and now the cats can't jump down in the hole the existed
13) Added additional 120v plugs down near floor under folding shelf to get around the problem of the existing plug being behind fold down shelf when it is folded down.
14) Installed dimmers on the lights over the bed and over the sofa; our problem was too much light, the dimmers make for a more relaxed atmosphere when relaxing and watching television.
15) Made vinyl liner for bathtub with velcro attachment; that's where the cat's litter box stays-keeps the litter out of the TT and makes it easier to keep clean.
16) Added Thule pod to shower wall; DW made a "dirty laundry" bag that attaches to it.
17) Added two Thule pods to outside to the left of kitchen window for use with their hooks for hanging wet towels, rain coats, etc.
18) Wired 4 pin trailer wiring coupler at bicycle rack hitch for use with additional LED brake/turn/tail lights that I put on the bicycle rack (the bikes cover part of the tail lights depending on how close a follower might be)
19) Installed towel bars and toilet paper holder in bath room
20) Installed modified mini crates to stack and fit in the storage compartment over the water heater to hold small items; deflappers, bike rack tools, grill cleaning equipment, campfire starting supplies, etc. and still leave room for the Weber Q-120
21) Modified a closet wire rack storage system for use in the storage compartment in bathroom; now our "pantry".
22) Installed wire bins in storage area (that says "No Storage") next to furnace. We store the electric heaters in there as we use them and a mini oil filled radiator for heat as opposed to the furnace. The wire bins allow enough air flow around the furnace to allow it to be used if we need it.
23) Made a "bump proof" shield for around battery disconnect so that I don't accidentally bump the plunger in while moving stuff around the pass through storage compartment.
24) Added additional light on street side of pass through compartment.
25) Swapped the original LP tank cover for one that has a lid on the top to make checking the LP changeover easier.
26) Got adjustable television trays that store behind couch back and got rid of that awful, heavy table. The adjustable television trays are height and angle adjustable for eating or using the laptop. If only one tray is needed (for computer use) it saves a lot of floor space by having just one tray and not that whole table out.
27) Changed outside porch light to one that is slightly bigger and angled down at the ground as opposed to being aimed at our neighbor in the CG.
28) Added green LED to hot water switch to indicate the water heater is "on". Now I don't forget to turn it off.

That's about all I've done, but, I've got a few more ideas...

New ones :D

29) Installed television signal meter so that I can aim the antenna without so much trial and error, just turn antenna for maximum leds being lit and it is aimed properly. Got real tired of waiting for the television to scan for stations only to find out that there weren't any...digital; great for picture, but, a lot harder to get tuned properly.

30) Added hinged covers to 4x4 bumper ends to eliminate the rubber ones from working their way out. Also added some Gortex over the vents in the hinged covers to keep water out, but, let moisture evaporate out to aid in controlling rust inside the bumper.

31) Added brackets to outside of TT and the inside of the slide storage bay to hold my whole house water filter; now I don't have to let it sit on the ground while camped or rattle around in the storage bay while on the road.

Still thinking...



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Ditto on shower head, replaced the flimsy ends on the sofa with actual wood facing, ditto on Tornado Flush kit. First one I ordered was had such an anemic jet I thought it was over 60 yrs old (joke). I ordered a second one and it was no better. I installed it anyway and it does just a mediocre job. My only complaint with our 198FBS is the holding tanks. They are too shallow; add the fact that the trailer is only 7 feet wide, you do not get much of a flow out of the tank. Although the Tornado flush helps to evacuate the tank, I still have to get the Old Wand into the toilet and swish. This delights the lady of the house, as the BR is awash before I am finally done. There does not seem to be a good aftermarket tank flush available.
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Old 11-12-2010, 10:36 AM   #19
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Van and others: We have had our 2010210WBS out just three times, and so far it has been great. This is our first trailer. We are in Tacoma WA
We cannot keep the trailer at our home and currently store it where it is not that handy to work on.
We want to replace the fold out couch with something more comfortable, install drawers or doors on the side of the storage bin under the bed.
I've noticed that some trailers and motor homes have what I believe you called a "topper" over the slide out.......I assume that is supposed to provide some additional water protection......is that correct?

On our second trip, I didn't loop the electrical connection cord correctly and it dragged on the ground.......I'm going to have to replace it. Has anyone done this.......is it hard to do?......Do I need to go to a Fun Finder dealer to get the part, or is it generic and available at most trailer places?
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Old 11-12-2010, 12:30 PM   #20
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Bob,

Aftermarket couch: Camping world has a nice model, leather, light beige that would fit nicely into your space. I think a bit pricey, 1000.00 or so. Whatever it is, they call ours a Jackknife Sofa and that is what has to go in that space.

Slide toppers. Yes they do keep rain and debris off your slide. Yes they do collect rainwater and tend to sag. I had one on a fifth and it was more trouble than it was worth. I used to put two small plastic pails underneath the roll up cover to "tent" it so the rain would flow off. Of course I would forget they were up there and when I pulled the slide in, the pails would roll up with the cover. Yeeeeek. I would not have a cover again, although the slide is not deep, so rain pooling might not be a problem.

As far as your electrical cord is concerned, not enough info to comment. My main power cord detaches from the unit when unhooking.
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