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Old 08-16-2016, 11:33 AM   #1
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What don't you like about your camper?

I really do like our BH, very happy with the purchase. But there are some things that bother me. Some are simply design issues, some are things I am working on fixing.

This also stems from seeing some of the other project threads, then I look at mine and realize "maybe the manufactures are listening, I see older camper owners complain about X and then look at mine, the issue was just another feature". Example, drainage spouts on the roof.

Some things that I don't like about my unit.
  • The rear window on the main slide. It opens up, and has two switches to be pushed, and lift the window. Its clunky, it sticks, its hard to get a good angle on it since you have to climb all the way back into the dinette to reach it. The other windows are much easier to operate EXCEPT
  • The windows in the bunkhouse. The beds are wide enough that even my long arms cannot reach the windows so I have to climb into the bunks to open them.
  • And the drivers side bunk didn't come with a ladder. From the manufacture, there is no simple way to get into the bunk bed
  • The door to access the shore power cord. Its a PITA to open and if it is left open, you can close the main slide and pin the shore power cord door open. I am getting better about remembering, but just seems like a very simple fix to space them differently or have the door hinges on the top.
  • Not a fan of how close the water and the electrical are. And the water should be lower than the electrical connection
  • the white front cap. Not only does it show all the dirt, and little dings from road debris being flicked up, at night, the white glows when I am trying to back up. Its almost blinding.
  • Pantry doors and medicine cabinet. Certainly on dirt roads, but even on pavement, I've had them pop open. Looking at child locks to add to fix this, and also had to add L brackets to fix the medicine cabinet door that split apart at the joints. At least the glass didn't break.

I am sure there are other things, but all of those popped up in the last weekend as a PITA. Also helps me build my list of projects. I also look at other people's campers and see if they have ideas on things I should do to ours.
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Old 08-16-2016, 12:25 PM   #2
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Yep, stuff that a walk thru would always go unnoticed. I know my wife uses hair bands to connect the cupboard doors together to help keep closed.
Pretty happy all along with ours, knowing there will always be a thing or two.
The rear side door design has a bad window design that when it opens, would hit the door it's open more then an inch or so.
Something they wouldn't have designed if noticed before.
Besides, can't complain too much.

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Old 08-16-2016, 12:57 PM   #3
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Something they wouldn't have designed if noticed before.
Besides, can't complain too much.
Going to have to look at hair band options.

Def some of these things you just think, "man, no one noticed this? Didn't they use a prototype?" I have a couple things like this in my truck (dark hidden cup holders). But overall, so happy with the camper, absolutely love it.
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Old 08-16-2016, 01:51 PM   #4
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My biggest complaints are the recliners that have no lever on them, but a pull button. In order to close them you have to force your legs to close them. Neither my wife or daughter can do it.
Next is the pos sofa bed. It uses the back cushions to complete the bed. They stick up about 2 inches higher than rest of the bed. Poorest design I ever saw. I think it was designed by a 1st grader. On second thought, a 1st grader would have come up with a better design.

Ok, I'll add a third problem. Having all the hook ups, including water, inside the basement hatch area. They could have turned it and added a separate outside door.

I believe the people who design Rv's have never used one.
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Old 08-16-2016, 02:02 PM   #5
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The windows on the passenger side slide, if opened are open to bugs coming in. The screen isn't even close to being sealed.

The water pump is hidden in the belly of the storage area, behind a wall that has to be removed to winterize it. Should have put in a door....
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Old 08-16-2016, 03:52 PM   #6
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We have trouble with those sliding windows too, but they cannot put the other kind on the ends of the slides. If you ever retracted the slide with those kinds of windows extended, it could do a lot of damage.

Other than the overall lack of quality of the unit, what I don't like is all the carpeting (I would prefer none), and the fact that we have to turn the recliners sideways before putting the slides in. I would prefer the couch across the rear, which is what the replacement model for our trailer has.

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Old 08-16-2016, 07:41 PM   #7
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We removed all our carpet and installed vinyl Wood flooring. We also thought we could move the couch which is across the rear to where the 2 recliners were in the slide but the recliners were to deep and would catch the slides if positioned across the back
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Old 08-17-2016, 04:55 AM   #8
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Was the flooring mod difficult and expensive? Was there any impact on the operation of the slides?

When we go to Florida and remain in one place for three and a half months, we change out the recliners and couch so we are facing the TV with the recliners. The slides will not go in with the couch there because the couch is too deep.

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Old 08-17-2016, 05:14 AM   #9
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The one thing that comes to mind is the front door. It can be tricky to open from the inside and specifically from the outside. You need to grab the lever just right with your fingers and apply a fair amount of pressure with your Thumb to pivot the mechanism. My 8 year old daughter can't do it so we need to make sure the door is left open if the rest of us are wandering the campground, otherwise she can't get in (or out!) of the camper.
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Old 08-17-2016, 06:08 AM   #10
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I downsized drastically and am still coming to terms with less room but that's not a legitimate complaint especially since it is so much easier to haul (which is why I downsized). However it causes annoyances such as a built in box with the pump and outside water hookups at the back between the recliners which acts as a coffee table but won't let you put the couch there. Because the pump is inside, a few inches off the floor, you have to unscrew the front of the coffee table box (already modified that) and basically lie in your stomach to add pink stuff.

I realize that they have limited space so maybe the plumbing needed to be squeezed between the recliners but there should be a plastic lined compartment with exterior door so all liquids would drain outside in case of a leak or spill and you could work on it standing up. And don't even ask about the under the sink and to the right contortions involved in shutting valves on the water heater.

Other than cheap plastic tank fill and city water connections (already replaced with brass ones) I don't have any other major complaints. Of course better quality parts throughout wouldn't be amiss.

Over all, I am very pleased with the unit although I miss the room and luxury of a larger one. Nevertheless, it has amenities that you couldn't get for any price 10 years ago and the overall build quality is quite good.
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