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Old 04-04-2018, 09:09 AM   #121
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Hello, I had a 2013 343RS Avalanche. Cooled just fine. I traded that one in for a 2017 Alpine 3660FL and was having same issue of it not being cooled enough in summer though I have two a.c.. I added additional return air grille in living room and added additional vents in living room and kitchen area. I changed out the vents with some I purchased on Amazon. They're less restrictive and directional. Unit is much more comfortable now
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Old 04-04-2018, 09:50 AM   #122
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Hello, I had a 2013 343RS Avalanche. Cooled just fine. I traded that one in for a 2017 Alpine 3660FL and was having same issue of it not being cooled enough in summer though I have two a.c.. I added additional return air grille in living room and added additional vents in living room and kitchen area. I changed out the vents with some I purchased on Amazon. They're less restrictive and directional. Unit is much more comfortable now

Wo got the 3536re alpine. It didnt cool great either. I added more vents and ended up adding a 3rd ac. Now we csn sit at 68 on 100 degree days if we want!



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Old 04-04-2018, 10:18 AM   #123
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Looking to replace our thermostat too - which brand/model did you use?

I had the Dometic toppers installed before we took delivery - have white fabric. Black toppers are normally used for color coordination

Just got back from a 2 month stay in Myrtle Beach - no issues with the RV during the stay. Was nice having the large frig.
The original thermostat we had in the RV was a black Coleman-Mach model 7330F3858. The digital replacement is a Coleman-Mach 8330-3862. I purchased mine from RVUpgrades.com:

https://www.rvupgradestore.com/Mach-...ck-p/63868.htm

I'm sure you probably know this, but disconnect the shore power AND battery before doing the mod just to prevent sparks

I'm still getting things ready to go in the RV before we take it out to our permanent camping spot. Only problem is that we haven't had enough warm weather here in the Pacific Northwest to get rid of all the snow north of us. So not sure we are going to make it out there on opening day *grumble*.
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Old 04-15-2018, 05:32 AM   #124
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Thanks for the info
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Old 04-15-2018, 05:51 AM   #125
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Well now that spring is in the air, and the 320RS is out of storage, the One Year warranty is gone, time for mods! The first mod for this seaon was to replace out the old slider type thermostat with a newer digital model. Took only about a half hour to replace it as it’s basically a direct swap out with the same wire color codes. Next on the list is a set of LCI Solera slide toppers for both the large slides and the bedroom. I’ve looked at installation videos and it doesn’t look too difficult if you have some help. From what I can tell, the fabric railings were pre-installed on the Avalanche so that will help considerably. So what kind of mods will you be doing on your Avalanche?
Slide toppers fridge area - dometic brand
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Old 04-15-2018, 10:07 AM   #126
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Interesting. It looks like they installed the brackets for the slider on the TV/Appliance side on the flange itself. I’ll have to look again to make sure but from what I remember, everywhere you see the black trim on the slide is where the flange is located. So either they had to use really short screws, or they just cut them off after installation. I tried to see what they did on the bedroom slide but I couldn’t quite tell from the picture. However after zooming in a couple of times, it looks like they installed those brackets on the body instead of the flange, is that correct?

I purchased the LCI Solera slide toppers. The bracket they provide is about 7” wide, so to put it on the body on the upper left side so that it clears the refer cover, I could just cut off 3” of the bracket. I would loose a couple of screw holes by doing so, but I could add one just by drilling another hole in the bracket. At least this way I would still be able to install the bracket in the body of the slide instead of the flange. Any thoughts on this?

Also, just out of curiosity, on the Dining area/seating slide, did they install the brackets on the flange there as well?

As always, thanks for the help and sharing your pictures NB!
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:21 AM   #127
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Hi you all :-) I am new here. I have been looking at 2018 Avalanche 365MB and 370RD. I really like their floor plans. There seems not to be much information about 370RD? Should I be concerned? Also, I see in the posts about 365MB the issues with AC units. Would those issues be solved by now with this year's models?

We currently have a Forest River Heritage Glen 302FK and are seriously looking at those two above mentioned to upgrade.

Your advice will be greatly appreciated!
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Old 05-17-2018, 05:00 AM   #128
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We have a 370RD and really enjoy it. More than enough room and we like the floor plan. If the kids come along, they have their own couch to sleep on. We have had some minor issues while under warranty, but the dealer has been great to work with. The only one problem with the outside design, you cannot put a slide topper over the dinette slide, itís too close to the awning. Not really a concern for me as I have never had them on my other trailer. As stated in this forum plenty of times, do a thorough PDI and have a good dealer. Enjoy whatever you decide to buy.
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Old 08-11-2018, 09:43 AM   #129
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Fix for our "loose" dinette table. The screws used by the factory never stayed tight.
1. Purchased threaded inserts and 2 1/2 inch, 1/4 by 20 bolts and threaded inserts. Parts purchased at the local Lowes
2. With the screws removed I drilled holes large enough for a 1/4 inch bolt - don't drill to far.
3. Moved the dinette out of the way
4. Cut away the carpet and drilled the holes larger for the treaded inserts
5. Put masking tap over the end of the threaded inserts to prevent epoxy glue from entering the insert.
6. Threaded in the bolts up to the tape on the inserts.
7. Mixed epoxy and "filled" holes.
8. Put the metal inserts into the holes and ensured they were straight. Put extra epoxy around the inserts for added strength.
9. While the expoxy was setting I ensured the inserts remained straight
10. After the epoxy set up I removed the bolts
11. After 24 hours of epoxy set up time placed table in location, installed bolts (with washers) and painted the top of the bolts.
12. Will be camping next week and see if the table remains stable

I found this repair info on the internet

Another option should you have further problems would be to get threaded brass inserts like these (hardware stores should have much smaller quantities). These look like short, thick, brass tubes with a coarse wood thread on the outside and a machine screw thread on the inside. If the inserts are coated with a good adhesive like epoxy before installing, they will never loosen up.
E-Z Lok Threaded Insert, Zinc, Hex-Flush, 1/4"-20 Internal Threads, 0.512" Length
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Old 10-19-2018, 05:06 PM   #130
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Does anyone know if the 2019 Avalanche 320 still has the bathroom sink plumbed into the black tank?
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