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Old 01-11-2012, 04:24 AM   #1
thekennys
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Hello Montanans

By way of introduction we Mike and Diane Kenny out of Santa Fe NM, recently bought a
2007 Montana 3400RL that was pretty intact as built, no bells and wistles.yet

We previously owned a 1995 Excel Legacy 26.5’ that we had a basic solar package put on so we could travel and boondock halftime +

We’re planning to ¾ time and travel a little from now on. This winter in AZ, then back to the east coast for family reunion and exploring.

I hope to get the benefit of you guys in the alterations and upgrades that will make our Montana the place to be


Planed Alterations

1
Propane freestanding heater with thermostat

2
Move over the solar from the Excel as is functional and costly
3 k 36x26’ panels
Blue-sky 2000e solar controller
6 6v interstate batteries
12-v fuse
Go power 1750 modified sine wave inverter
Remote inverter switch

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Need to add
Full sine inverter size? W/remoter shutoff
Battery mongering system w/ shunt
Battery temperature sensor
Power switching system

Mike, Diane, O’Malley
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Old 01-11-2012, 05:34 AM   #2
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Welcome! There are those who have made the mods you are pursuing. Besides the forum, a great place to learn about good mods is the Fall Rally in Goshen, IN. Lots of owners to share ideas and factory folks around.

I don't know how many miles the rig has on it, but there are some fairly common upgrades that many have done. To the suspension, Dexter heavy duty shackles and wet bolt kits are common. A few of us have retrofitted with the LevelUp automatic leveling system or the Big Foot leveling system. I have changed out all my interior lighting (both 12 volt and 120 volt) to LED. It saves a lot of power and certainly be beneficial in boondocking.

Read Ozz's posts. He has made many mods and probably is the mod champion.
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:20 AM   #3
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Welcome, sounds as if you are going to fit right in. Mods are a constant topic on the forum. Ozz is the Champ. If the tires happen to be Marathons, or other China made brand, you should consider changing to a G rated tire. Many here have had tire problems and have upgraded to GY G614s, as well as other brands. Larry
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:33 AM   #4
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X3 on both welcome to the forum and Ozz being the champ. You'll find great ideas and help here everyday. We're headed for Albuquerque and then Arizona starting next Wednesday. New Mexico is one of our favorite states. Hope to meet you down the road someday.
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:09 AM   #5
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Glad to have you join us!!! Even though your not a newbie to the rv lifestyle you will still glean a wealth of information and friendship during your time here. We look forward to all your future posts!!!
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:29 AM   #6
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I think they meant chump Mike..
(Mike and I have been talking, he has got the Boondocking down pat.)
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Old 01-12-2012, 06:18 AM   #7
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boondocking down with the older rig 1995 Excel which will have it's last journey through Quartzsite to Senator's Wash where it'll be stripped ov solar and dedicated as the mother in law unit to our Montana.

To those who like New Mexico it's a great place to boondock in the state parks for reasonable. Annual camping pass then $4 nite for 30A + water.

I'll be asking many questions as this is the last unit i'll ever need

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Old 01-12-2012, 08:14 AM   #8
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Now now Ozz, DQDick meant "champ" not chump and I'll agree with him. You are always so rough on yourself, but it's your sense of humor, isn't it? Along with other members who have been so helpful, if all the help you've all provided make you chumps, then what does that make members like me who aren't near as capable? LOL, you are the champs and I am the chump. Now, that that's settled....

Welcome thekennys. Many of us members are experienced RVers or campers or other stuff. It's nice to have a specific place to go to share and you sure have some great projects to improve your rig. That's a nice list to start with.

We do love Santa Fe, as well as the rest of NM. We lived in Albuquerque for almost 2 years and we spent many weekends touring all around - Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Deming, Raton, too many too mention. It's a beautiful state!
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Old 01-12-2012, 10:15 AM   #9
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Lived in Abq for over 10 years and the only thing I can recall GOOD was that it was only 3 hours to Colorado. Nothing really bad about the place, it's brown and just a nice place to visit, and you need gunship support in some areas of town.
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Old 01-12-2012, 01:57 PM   #10
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Remember there is more than the one town in New Mexico USA in fact even though it's the largest it's not even the capital. There is beauty in the desert and also the mountains as well

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Old 01-13-2012, 02:05 AM   #11
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Agree, "the city different" does have great food and a couple great golf courses. Love the Angel Fire area.
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Old 01-13-2012, 06:14 AM   #12
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Welcome fellow New Mexicans.

I was born in Carrizozo, New Mexico, and I have lived in many different towns in the state over the last 53 years, including Albequerque, Santa Fe, Clovis, Ft. Sumner, Tularosa, Claunch, and Alamogordo. I currently live 9 miles north of Texico, NM. You are right, there are lots of better cities than Albequerque in our state.

When you go camping, which is your preferred area? We spend a lot of time in the Red River, Eagle Nest, and Angel Fire area. Mostly Eagle Nest as we have a place there we have been working on when we have time.
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Old 01-13-2012, 12:26 PM   #13
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Haven't hade time yet to explore much up north east, but Navajo Lake, Lake Herion, El Vado,
El Caballo, Percha Dam and Rockhound. Lets connect when the weather is better and after our family reunion back east.
Does anyone have places to recomend in western New York. Pennsylvania and New Jersey

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