RV News RVBusiness 2021 Top 10 RVs of the Year, plus 56 additional debuts and must-see units → ×
 

Go Back   Thor Forums > Thor Tech Forums > Modifications and Updates
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 07-26-2015, 05:19 PM   #341
Junior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
State: Kentucky
Posts: 9
THOR #2021
https://www.dropbox.com/s/qvto7dzj8x...08.38.png?dl=0

get one of these! it makes adding stuff easier.. and a hdmi camble extender http://www.amazon.com/PTC-Premium-GO...cable+extender
__________________

__________________
Kenscustomtees is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2015, 12:37 AM   #342
Axis/Vegas Enthusiast
 
JamieGeek's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Axis 24.1
State: Michigan
Posts: 9,250
THOR #1150
Here is a quick little mod I just did: Pick up a desk organizer and some velcro strips:

Since I have double insulation on the underside of the doghouse this side doesn't really get that warm and now we can throw stuff there without worrying it will fall off.
__________________

__________________
2014 Thor Axis 24.1
2021 Mach-E
blog - https://spareelectrons.wordpress.com/
JamieGeek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2015, 02:41 AM   #343
Junior Member
 
jaypatrick's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Vegas 24.1
State: North Carolina
Posts: 8
THOR #2138
Jamie, you could remove the insulation and have a nacho cheese warming tray too?

My simple offering is the square tissue box holder, mounted at the entry door. They're always there when you need them, and it serves as a good place for the remote to hang out too.

Click image for larger version

Name:	image.jpg
Views:	201
Size:	91.6 KB
ID:	673
__________________
jaypatrick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2015, 01:35 PM   #344
Axis/Vegas Enthusiast
 
JamieGeek's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Axis 24.1
State: Michigan
Posts: 9,250
THOR #1150
Actually, now that we've driven the Axis about 500 miles: the tray doesn't get warm at all. Only the sides of the doghouse are warm (closest to the exhaust manifolds).
__________________
2014 Thor Axis 24.1
2021 Mach-E
blog - https://spareelectrons.wordpress.com/
JamieGeek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2015, 03:03 AM   #345
Junior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
State: Colorado
Posts: 15
THOR #1654
Quote:
Originally Posted by JamieGeek View Post
As far as I know an inverter is not an available Thor option on the Vegas/Axis units.
Jamie I was out at a rv Park for 5 days connected to a land line 30amp and the main battery was dead , coach batteries where full. had to jump the Axis to start it, any ideas
__________________
MikeM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2015, 12:38 PM   #346
Axis/Vegas Enthusiast
 
JamieGeek's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Axis 24.1
State: Michigan
Posts: 9,250
THOR #1150
Interesting: The circuit board in the storage compartment under the drivers seat is setup to charge both batteries when plugged in (it uses a couple of diodes to provide a charge to each battery and prevent them from discharging). You can see the diodes in the circuit diagram I posted in this thread:
http://www.thorforums.com/forums/f8/...-box-1203.html

At any rate that circuit board is the first place I'd look.

BTW: We just returned from a 9 day camping trip with no such issues (plugged in the entire time).
__________________
2014 Thor Axis 24.1
2021 Mach-E
blog - https://spareelectrons.wordpress.com/
JamieGeek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-25-2015, 01:46 PM   #347
Junior Member
 
jeff919's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Axis 24.1
State: North Carolina
Posts: 9
THOR #2423
A simple and inexpensive solution to the rattle of the kitchen table extension.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1202.jpg
Views:	190
Size:	76.5 KB
ID:	703   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1201.jpg
Views:	217
Size:	117.3 KB
ID:	704  

__________________
Blessings,
Jeff
jeff919 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-25-2015, 01:58 PM   #348
Site Team
 
EA37TS's Avatar
 
Brand: Entegra
Model: Accolade 37TS
State: Virginia
Posts: 4,915
THOR #1469
Quote:
Originally Posted by MikeM View Post
Jamie I was out at a rv Park for 5 days connected to a land line 30amp and the main battery was dead , coach batteries where full. had to jump the Axis to start it, any ideas
My guess is you have a parasitic load drawing down the chassis battery over a 5 day period. You could also have a weak chassis battery.

The chassis battery is not charged when connected to shore power. The motorhome includes a battery isolator that keeps the chassis and house batteries separate when the engine is not running. The battery isolator is explained in relative detail on page 96 of the owner's manual.
__________________
Dave
US Army (Ret)
2020 Entegra Accolade 37TS
2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk (Toad)
FMCA - F432054
EA37TS is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2015, 03:09 AM   #349
Senior Member
 
Bruce's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Axis 25.1
State: Pennsylvania
Posts: 299
THOR #1503
The chassis battery on my 25.1 is charging when connected to shore power.

Bruce
__________________
Bruce is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2015, 03:00 PM   #350
Senior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Tiffin Open Road 32SA
State: Colorado
Posts: 238
THOR #1147
I brought the Axis home for the weekend and did several repairs, mods, and upgrades that have been on the list for a while. In no particular order they were:

1. Replaced the outside-shower valve body.
I forgot all about the outside shower when I winterized last fall. You can imagine the result. Fortunately the lines themselves drained when I drained everything, but there was a little water left in the body outside of the valves. There was a lot of leaking when using the shower, but none with the valves off.

Amazon had the replacement body. They are really easy to replace if you have access to the backside of the housing. Unfortunately in the 24.1 the backside of the housing is the toilet pedestal. I had to remove the whole housing from the front. That involved removing 9 screws and then cutting the caulk.

The repair itself was simple. Cleaning up the poorly-applied acrylic caulk was a pain though. I ended up using lacquer thinner to soften the caulk so it could be removed. I tested it first, and it didn’t seem to hurt the gel coat. Also, you’ll notice in the photo that my decals are deteriorating already.



I remounted the housing, taped it off neatly and re-caulked with GE Silicone II clear caulk.

2. Next was adding insulation to the engine compartment. I started by adding some brackets on the underside of the dash. I noticed from pictures that others have posted that there should be angle-brackets securing the dash to the chassis frame. They were missing in ours.

Sorry for the fuzzy photo, but mine looks like this – no support at all. Strong gusts or big bumps would visibly lift the dash after which it would crash back down.





I created these brackets from 1/8” aluminum angle.



And installed them thusly. The dash no longer moves. Fuzzy again…



Then I added some ¾” FatMat that I got from Amazon. I covered the seam where the dash meets the cap all the way ‘round. This included completely covering the end of the plastic trim pillars that I had previously stuffed full of fiberglass insulation. I’m hoping for a pretty big improvement in sound levels and elimination of air infiltration.





I have a good bit of mat left. I’ll add more after evaluating the noise levels on the next trip.

3. We had one of the cabinet-lid support struts strip and pull out so that needed fixed.

I bought several of these from an online vendor. They are called “anchor nuts” and are used in automotive and aircraft applications when a nut is needed in an inaccessible location.



I used 6-32 sized nuts of the self-locking variety. 6-32 socket-head cap screws fit nicely in the mounting hole in the strut, and the self-locking feature of the nut means the screw can be left loose enough for the strut to pivot freely but it will not back out.

They are mounted to the cabinet frame with #2 x 5/8 wood screws. To ensure the wood screws will not strip I:

1) drilled a properly sized pilot hole
2) ran the screw in to cut threads in the wood
3) filled the hole with CA glue (super glue)
4) let it harden, and
5)mounted everything up.

I use this method all the time in my model airplanes to make balsa hold screws. Works a treat. The result looks like this.



I fixed the busted one and went ahead and did the same for the other cabinets over the couch. I have enough nuts to do all the cabinets over the beds too.

4. Lastly, the lining in the cab-curtains literally disintegrated. They turned to a nasty white powder, made a mess, and looked terrible from the outside. My DW sewed up some new ones. We chose a nicer fabric and lined them with black-out lining. The lining will reject heat pretty well in addition to darkening up the coach in the evening.





I replaced the curtain tracks at the same time. The originals were too short. They didn’t come all the way back to the valence leaving a nice gap where folks could peer in. No longer a problem.

Regards,

Randy
__________________
groswald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2015, 04:24 PM   #351
Senior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
State: Florida
Posts: 1,069
THOR #1249
Wow, you had a busy weekend. Was your outside shower leaking internally or externally? Reason I ask is that I had a mysterious leak on the floor in back of my toilet a couple of trips ago and have never found the source. Although, it has not been wet since even with lot of rain and usage. But, one wall to the left when sitting on throne does not look like the top half. Not sure if the water made a little discoloration or not.

Your comment about the shower valve leaking made me think that a connection could be loose on the backside of the valve in my wall. This would not surprise me with the quality issues lately.
Good write up and thanks for the comments.
__________________
2015 Thor Vegas 24.1 in Ocala
mcr1010 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2015, 04:31 PM   #352
Member
 
roadhog's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Axis 24.1
State: Missouri
Posts: 53
THOR #1971
I too had to replace the outside shower due to previous owner not properly winterizing it. Not difficult except for the caulk issues. I ended up cutting the caulk to keep from pulling the graphics up. If I ever have to repeat I will try your lacquer thinner removal technique.
__________________
Happy Trails to You
roadhog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2015, 05:09 PM   #353
Senior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Tiffin Open Road 32SA
State: Colorado
Posts: 238
THOR #1147
The outside shower was leaking outside only - downstream from the valve. There was water left in the wand/hose and it froze/cracked right where the hose attaches to the valve body.

It could certainly leak inside too though. I pressurized the system and made sure everything back there was tight before I buttoned it up.

And yep, busy weekend. Pretty much ate both days!

Randy
__________________
groswald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2015, 05:37 PM   #354
Junior Member
 
jeff919's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Axis 24.1
State: North Carolina
Posts: 9
THOR #2423
Quote:
Originally Posted by groswald View Post
The last installment...

I had added a Pro-Fill battery watering system to the chassis battery last fall. I finally added one to the coach batteries before the trip. It was either that or pull the batteries to add water to the forward one. When I got done the pair of batteries took nearly a half-gallon of water!



My wonderful wife gave me this for Christmas – a Garmin 720RV. It works quite well.



No pic’s, but I added a chassis battery disconnect a la JamieGeek. While I was installing it I put a meter across the poles and measured the parasitic draw. It was 118 milliAmps. That’s more than enough to drain the battery pretty quickly.

While testing I noticed this little gem – the dual USB charger is driven off the chassis battery and has a nifty little green LED. It accounts for 11 of those 118 milliAmps.




I’ve no idea where the remaining 107 mA are going. Parasitic drain should be no more than 25 – 50 mA. Oddly enough, unhooking the multi-wire connectors under the radio had no effect. Also odd, with the chassis battery disconnected and the house battery switch set to “store” the radio clock held the correct time?

The last mod was to simply stuff a mess of pink, fiberglass wall insulation up each of the windshield trim-pillars from the engine compartment. (sorry, no pic’s). This did a amazing job of cutting the wind noise. My wife and I could talk in almost normal voices, and even listen to music without cranking the volume. There’s still more insulation work to do, but now it’s about securing the dash, eliminating front-end rattles, and reducing engine noise.

As usual, the trip generated a whole new list of mods to add to the to-do list:
  • Rescreen all the windows with no-see-um gauge window mesh. We were camped on a lake outside Carlsbad NM. The evening was pleasant so we shut down the AC and opened all the windows. After a while DW hollers, “Close the windows! The bus is full of tiny bugs!” We spent the rest of the trip killing and cleaning up sand-flies. Yuck.
  • Replace the front curtains. The lining on the driver’s side has started to disintegrate already. I’ll fix the tracks at the same time. They are installed in such a way that there’s a huge gap at the back. Not great for privacy.
  • Replace the curtain track in the shower. The shower is actually plenty big enough. But the track is mounted well inside the outlines of the base creating that fun, “closed in”, feeling.
  • Re-caulk the sinks. The factory acrylic caulk is coming apart.
  • Clean up all the trim and molding. My son details new homes before final inspection. He informed me that it would be easy to make our “woodwork” look a whole lot better.

That's it for a while!

Regards,

Randy
Did you removed the pillars to stuff the insulation or.... How did you get it in there? Thanks.
__________________
Blessings,
Jeff
jeff919 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2015, 06:30 PM   #355
Axis/Vegas Enthusiast
 
JamieGeek's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Axis 24.1
State: Michigan
Posts: 9,250
THOR #1150
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeff919
Did you removed the pillars to stuff the insulation or.... How did you get it in there? Thanks.
From underneath: open the "hood" and stick your head in--you'll have access to the bottom of the pillars.
__________________
2014 Thor Axis 24.1
2021 Mach-E
blog - https://spareelectrons.wordpress.com/
JamieGeek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2015, 06:57 PM   #356
Senior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Tiffin Open Road 32SA
State: Colorado
Posts: 238
THOR #1147
Jeff,

If you are a contortionist - open the grill and peer up into/under the front right and left corners of your engine compartment. You'll see the bottoms of the pillars there - wide open. I stuffed a goodly amount of pink fiberglass insulation in each one and got a nice reduction in noise.

I've now covered the openings with the FatMat, with the pink stuff still in there.

Randy
__________________
groswald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2015, 06:49 AM   #357
Junior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
State: Virginia
Posts: 4
THOR #2807
Does anyone know where the fuse for the two 12 volt outlets by the radio is? Just purchased coach and no power to these outlets.
__________________
DOGRIG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2015, 02:53 PM   #358
Junior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Vegas 24.1
State: Texas
Posts: 23
THOR #1879
12v receptacle fuse

Quote:
Originally Posted by DOGRIG View Post
Does anyone know where the fuse for the two 12 volt outlets by the radio is? Just purchased coach and no power to these outlets.
I had the same problem. The fuse is in the electrical box in the outside compartment just below the driver. It's labeled F17 "Power Point". There was a short in one of the receptacles I had to fix to keep the fuse from blowing.
__________________
mck67 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2015, 08:30 PM   #359
Member
 
Brand: Still Looking
State: Tennessee
Posts: 41
THOR #2898
Smile Great Ideas!

You guys and gals are full of great ideas! Mail baskets, fence post poop chute storage, super!
__________________
Angelo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2015, 08:40 PM   #360
Member
 
Brand: Still Looking
State: Tennessee
Posts: 41
THOR #2898
Great work Randy! Will add some of these items to my Vegas work list.
__________________

__________________
Angelo is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Thor Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.




All times are GMT. The time now is 12:02 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
×