New Tigger Rig

June 2011 – we drove to Minnesota from Utah and purchased our 2005 Provan Tiger CX.

The Factory Specs

2005 Provan Tiger Chevrolet 2500HD Ext Cab CX 4wd with 8.1L Vortec V8 16v OHV SEFI Gas Engine and Allison 1000 5 speed automatic transmission

Tigger Factory Specs

 

Our rig has the typical Provan coach set up that has a side door leading to a passenger side fold out couch with storage below. There is a full pass through to truck.  There is an over the cab double bed.  On the driver’s side, there is a bathroom with shower, sink & toilet and a ceiling vent at the back and a galley kitchen including cooktop, double sink, microwave and 12V fridge/freezer in the middle.  There is also a coach mounted Fiamma awning on passenger side, a roof top air conditioning unit at rear, and a Fantastic Fan over bed.  We are the third owners of this rig.  We have chosen to call it “Tigger” because it’s bouncy and lots of fun!

Upgrades done to “Tigger”

Some of these were done by the original owner but most by ourselves. 

 

Exterior & Truck Upgrades

  • Volant air intake/filter
  • ARB front & rear air lockers with onboard air compressor
  • Two Optima Yellow Top batteries under hood; one isolated to operate as a backup
  • Aluminess Front Bumper with Brush Guard and Winch
  • Two inch receiver in front bumper – where spare tire is kep
  • Hella driving lights relayed to switch under dashboard
  • Bug Deflector
  • Porch light by cabin door
  • Heavier duty tie rods for off roading; Pro Runner monotube front shocks
  • Air Lift Load Lifter 5000 air bags in rear
  • 17 Inch Gatlin Liquid Metal Flat Black Alloy Wheels
  • LT 285-70 R17 Class E, 10 ply tires with spare on hitch carrier
  • Anti-sway bar and rear tire spacers
  • Tube side steps
  • Holding tank heaters; switch in coach
  • Skid plates under pans, holding tanks and coach batteries
  • Four 100W solar panels with two 6V batteries (300 amp hours) stored in truck wheel well
  • Hi-lift jack mounted and locked to front bumper
  • Custom built rear rack for 2 storage boxes, picnic table & 3 Jerry cans, with “step” for access to roof
  • Removed hot water tank for additional storage
  • Tankless hot water heater on back with an outside shower attachment
  • Engine wired to charge coach batteries while driving
  • Upgraded generator wiring to engine & modified access door; added hour metre
  • Reflective tape on storage bins on the back for better visibility and on front Aluminess Bumper
  • Removable mosquito/bug screens – “Skeeter Beeters” which allow us to keep cab windows open
  • Transformer to convert power from 220/240 to 110v
  • Grounding wire

Interior Upgrades

  • Pioneer AVH-X3600BHS HD stereo with DVD player, Bluetooth & MP3 player
  • Tiger striped seat covers with matching steering wheel cover
  • Under floor storage behind front seats to level floor with exception of walk through
  • Ultra efficient 12v Nova Kool fridge/freezer
  • LED coach bulbs and LED motion sensor
  • Convex lens added to back window
  • Canada, US and Mexico provincial/state maps with national park stickers
  • Installed Cyclone plumbing vent to draw holding tank odors into wind
  • Replaced 15″ TV with swivel mounted 19” LCD HDTV flat screen
  • Replaced carpet with tile
  • Added latches or magnets to all cupboard doors and drawers
  • Two additional towel rods in bathroom
  • Bathroom floor grate
  • Four mini dehumidifiers distributed throughout coach
  • Removable Mylar for all windows and Fantastic Fan for darkness and climate control
  • Fabric cubby on bathroom floor zip tied to pipes to store larger bathroom items
  • Rubbermaid lockable storage cabinet with three shelves behind driver’s seat; on back side are attached with Velcro: lawn chairs, broom, squeegee and shovel, all accessible from outside
  • Under counter/over fridge pull out shelf for added counter space
  • Bottle opener near front door – a necessity!
  • Indoor/outdoor thermometer
  • Rack on wall over sink for daily necessities in bathroom
  • Two file pockets above coach door to store files  and provide white board for notes
  • Hooks on side of exhaust fan to hang wash cloth/gloves
  • Ledges above kitchen blind to hold lighter etc. and under TV for remote
  • Shelf in old hot water tank area for water purifier & storage; insulated the door
  • Custom built cabinet that sits on a small table over a cooler (used as our “library” and back up fridge), with cubbies for cameras and outside hooks for coats
  • Extended glare visor driver’s side
  • Shelves in closet for better use of space including space for table top
  • A 1000W inverter
  • Installed a small fan behind the fridge to keep the condenser from overheating in the heat with a switch in the coach above the fridge
  • Installed a medium sized fan to lower shelf in closet to help keep inverter from over heating in hot weather
  • Installed a remote switch for inverter to be able to turn on from the cab of the truck
  • Had two new bathroom walls replaced due to leaking water
  • Had two living room walls replaced due to water damage
  • Had jerry can holders reconfigured for new plastic containers
  • in 2018 had new floor, counters and table tops done

Beefed up security: (before going “south of the border”)

  • “Jimmi Jammer” on driver’s door to prevent lock bumping
  • “Jimmi Jammer” hood guard to prevent opening
  • Heavy duty chain and locks purchased to prevent opening front doors
  • Hasps installed, chain & locks purchased to prevent opening coach door
  • Locking safe compartment for valuables
  • NVR with 4 motion detector cameras & bilingual “smile you’re on camera” stickers
  • NVR secured against theft
  • Locks on almost everything!
  • Fake stereo face plate
  • Theft proof bolts on license plates
  • Tamper proof lug nuts on all tires
  • Laminated copies of license plates to replace real plates to prevent theft
  • Padlocks on front doors

We hope to add/change a few things as we go along:

  • continue upgrading security as needed

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