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tapetta
KSiegelson wrote:
Our 177 came with the heartland and we added a "pillowtop" mattress cover and changed out the comforter. Very, very comfy. Outside shower is used when washing dishes outside or spraying sand off feet, bikes or the dog. We added extra shelving behind the cooktop- the Grundtal hanging system from Ikea is perfect and gives us a lot more storage. We also added wire shelving inside the little closets beside the bed as well as steel caps (the sort from an old trunk) on the sharp corners of the wheel well box that you squeeze around to get into bed. We increased the battery size, though it makes fitting the cover over the propane more difficult. We added a wireless backup camera. Next is a bike rack, but we are trying to determine whether to have the receiver installed over the tongue or welded on the back frame of the retro beneath the bumper.
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tapetta
What did you attach the Grundtal hanging system to?
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Kgebhardt
We have the heartland that came with our 177se. It works fine for us. But my husband is 6'4" and his feet hang over the foot of the bed. Solution: I took the biggest noodle I could find and at night we slide the mattress down slip the noodle in and his feet are now comfy on the mattress. In the morning we lift it out, slide the mattress up and the pillows cover the noodle.
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A.J.
retro195man wrote:
I don't have the outside shower. But wish I did. Nice for summer time. Besides having more room to move around.


I agree on the shower.  The model we are buying does not have one.  What are your thoughts on installing one "aftermarket"?  I have seen that people do this on some trailers.  
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retro195man
I agree, 195 didn't have an outside shower. That is a great option. I've also been thinking adding one.
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A.J.

Well let me know if you do.  Once we get our 181B home, and when I have the courage, I let you know as well.

A.J.

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KSiegelson
tapetta wrote:
What did you attach the Grundtal hanging system to?


Sorry, I just saw this question. I attached two of the Grundtal bars to the bottom of the kitchen cabinet and A/C very close to the wall using both command strips and slightly shorter screws that wouldn't pierce through the cabinet bottoms. I chose to use two shelves and one utensil canister along with several of the S-hooks that come with the system. Gives me loads of extra space, but I do unload the two shelves into my sink when traveling. I put my paper towel holder at an angle under the half shelf and a small covered ikea trash bin on top of the wheel cover there. Very compact and tidy. My electric cooking items (skillet, slow cooker, toaster) are stowed under the dinette bench in a bin until I need them. I put a large Ikea felted bin on the carpeted bump-out beneath the table and it holds large bags of chips, wine bottles and food items that won't fit in the pantry while in camp. Additional soft square baskets on the storage area behind the other dinette seat hold wine glasses, placemats, etc. Amazing how much storage you can squeeze into this thing.
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markstevens
Our 177SE came with the Heartland Mattress. We are happy with it but the platform the mattress is very rough - splintery on the edge and the sheet caught on it. I put put half inch 90 degree molding on the platform and it is smooth - no more splinters or torn sheets when making the bed.
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mtbikermark
I know what you mean about that edge. I plan on putting some trim on that spot as well
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Ralph L Staub
We had the 199fks revamped with twins instead of a queen (I'm dangerous to sleep with). We got two ikea twin mattresses and put the stock foam in our unused guest room (keeps people from staying too long). CW had some large bed wedges we turned on end to act as headboards on the slanted back wall. Very comfy.
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