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dodge guy

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Posted: 12/08/19 11:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The OE dash layout is terrible at best! The monitor is too low and the radio is so low it’s almost unusable! And the HVAC controls are far too low. Not to mention the cup holder being on the floor and shallow make them useless.

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So I have been working on this off and on. Finally got the console cut and assembled last weekend. I was able to fit it up to the MH on Saturday, fit like a glove, i was impressed that my template was that accurate! LOL I had the face cut out to fit today with backers for support, stability and a place to mount the oak front panel to. Tonite I was able to lay out where I think I want everything.
The open spot on the left below the monitor I’m leaving open. I’m hoping to get a TPMS system and I will probably mount the monitor there, as well as a USB port for the radio. The little round circle at the middle right will be the existing power outlet. Then from there the generator hour meter, and all my switches, I’m adding 2 more for future use. The large circle at the left side will be my new USB charging outlet with built in voltage display. The open area at the bottom will not be used. I am going to make a console with built in cup holders and hopefully if I have the room a small drawer under that. That will be after I get the console installed back in the motor home.
Here are some pics.

In the 1st pic you can see how much higher and closer the monitor and radio will be.

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I don’t have all the supports installed for the front panel/face yet. The face will be installed with small machine screws with T-nuts in the wood supports. This way I don’t have to worry about stripping out the wood where the screws would go in. The console is a little tall but it doesn’t block my view out of the windshield. It’s no higher than the speedo cluster. From the outside it stands out. But I have a plan for the front of it that you can see from the outside. I’m wrapping the console in matching vinyl if I can find the color. If not I’m going with a dark brown which will be a nice contrast and match the interior. The oak face I’m going to stain to try and match the plastic wood look of the original console. I’m done for now till after Christmas.
I’ll update again if I do anything else.

* This post was edited 12/22/19 05:40pm by dodge guy *


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Posted: 12/09/19 05:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That's nice work! While we have a "C" and not an "A", I also have issue with the touch screen radio/CD/DVD/Nav system. I literally can't see it due to the angle I'm sitting, the angle it is (facing straight back), and glare. Thankfully, we have a passenger (either my wife or oldest daughter) who will sit up front and change the tunes or whatever.

I use a Garmin GPS that sits on the dash so I solved my similar issue a different way...BUT, way to go on the upgraded console!


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Posted: 12/09/19 05:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That looks great. It just goes to show that owning any RV is an ongoing process. It seems we are always "improving" what the factory did. [emoticon]

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How difficult will it be to remove the engine cover ("doghouse") when this installation is complete?
It won't work in mine. There is a storage compartment in the center top of the dash. This would block the lid.
Beautiful job of fitment, though!


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Thanks everyone. The dog house will still be able to come off. Even with the old setup you had to remove it to access the cover. It’s only going to be about 4 screws 2 on the top and 2 on the dog house. Then just lift it and pull the doghouse out.

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Looks like it came from the factory that way. Nice job!


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Ok made some progress. Got the oak face cutout, still waiting on the radio (hopefully for Christmas) then i can make that cutout. I got all the spacers for the back side to mount everything. Still trying to find the material to wrap the console, probably go with a dark brown.

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The monitor is temporarily mounted. I'm thinking of just using some 1/4" oak to mount it. It's a little floppy right now. Or I may use another piece of channel at the bottom to hold it solid. The small cubby is for the TST TPMS color monitor. I still need to cutout and install 2 power outlets, 1 on each side of the switches.

I'll update again after I get the radio mounted up.

* This post was edited 12/22/19 06:00pm by dodge guy *

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Very nice! Any time you decide to come to Oregon let me know, you can build another one for me.

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Nice attention to detail. Look forward to seeing the end product!


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Posted: 12/25/19 10:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Another update!
My wife got me the radio for Christmas. And she surprised me and got me the TST tire pressure monitor. Everything fits great. This week I will figure out the radio mounting and then start working on on staining the front panel and finding the material to wrap the console.

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I’ll update again soon.
Merry Christmas!

* This post was edited 12/25/19 11:57am by dodge guy *

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