Confirming some of the intangible value of owning a HitchHiker
The below post from a forum member provides several messages to "would be" HitchHiker owners, and confirms some of the intangible value of owning a HitchHiker.
- It shows the extent to which some experienced 5th wheel owners will "personalize" their trailer.
- It shows the importance of some of amount of willingness to customize cabinetry, etc. by the manufacturer to meet the customers individual needs. NuWa will consider these requests.
- It shows the process whereby NuWa listens to customers and incorporates good ideas into future designs.
- And it shows the value provided by experienced members of the forum in their willingness to share ideas that can be added or incorporated into other
One of the reasons I purchased a Nu Wa product (besides the company's reputation) was that they would do custom "stuff." I would hate to see that disappear. In fact, I think that concept should be better marketed. I ordered my unit without the chairs or couch and got my own. I would think the most empathetic way to state a desired option or feature would be when a person takes his/her unit and modifies it. I have done several modifications, HOWEVER, I've noticed in the new models Nu Wa has incorporated many of those. So, listed below are a few that they may have not done yet. Most importantly, build quality units. If you want to go after the vacation users (probably where most of the money is at) build the "less quality" under a different name and advertise it as such.
Options I have added(or are planning to add):
A retractable water hose that never needs to be disconnected (it winds up)
A built in dual water filter
Black water flush without attaching a separate hose (I believe the Champagne's had this but not the DA)
Rope LED lights in the closet so I can see under the shelf and see the number on my safe (which I use)
Put the remote for the Progressive EMS inside where I can read the voltage and turn off the unit if necessary
Converted the pantry cabinet from one deep, narrow cabinet to a pull out pantry so you can actually get to food items
Put in an LCD flat screen TV with storage behind it
Made the end tables next to the couch open up on top so they can be used as storage
Hinged the steps so they can be used as storage
Rebuilt the desk drawers so they go the full Length of the desk
Ran an extra cable to the back so I can add a cell phone antenna on the ladder
Added 12 volt LED work lights under the "fender skirts" so I can see to hook up in the dark
Added a permanently mounted TV cable in a rewindable container under a slide out
Put window locks on the access panel under the bedroom overhang so it would not drop down (the Velcro doesn't hold it)
A manual valve on sewer outlet just before cap
A remote tank gauge at dump valves with a water pump switch
Put vents on the AC in living room so they can be closed off or reduce the flow (i.e. so there is more flow to the bedroom, we only have one AC).
Small AC vent in bathroom (don't know if this is possible yet) in the DA
I wish I have gotten 8k axles as I will probably have them rebuilt and 17.5 tires (thanks Big Greg for costing me more money!)
It would have been nice to have some conduit and pull wires located in various places within the rig.
Thanks Mike for making quality units.
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