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1  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / RV Support Businesses in the East Bay Area on: December 01, 2016, 09:04:55 am
Hi Folks,

Was just re-reading old posts, many from Pax in Northern California.

Our absolute-best RV service/sales place is:
San Leandro RV And Trailer
15180 E 14th St
San Leandro, CA 94578
+1-510-397-1796
The go-to guy is Greg.  We've used his expertise for a decade
or so.  Highly recommended for non-Ford issues.  He most recently
installed our solar panel.

The folks at C & E were recommended by Greg for Ford issues.  They are at
C & E Auto & Truck Repair
1366 Doolittle Dr
San Leandro, CA 94577
+1-510-430-0522
Only used them once, and we'll definitely go back.

We bought our 2350 used, and found the steering wobbly.  These folks
put new ball joints on for us, since the Ford doesn't have grease fittings
as the chassis comes from Phoenix.  Also bought our anti-sway bar
from them and had it installed.
East Bay Frame & Axle
1366 Doolittle Dr, Ste 3
San Leandro, CA 94577
+1-510-569-4285

Finding an RV washing place has been hard.  The one Greg recommended
has been sold and no longer washes the roof for us.  They're at 8255 San
Leandro Blvd, on the west side of the street, 'way in back.  There's often
a line on big-rigs, so I try to go early on a weekday.

Bill
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Queen bed/sofa slide - sheets? on: September 20, 2016, 08:15:01 am
We have that same fixed panel at the head of our slide-out sofa-bed.
Diane made a cover for the rest of the bed, not including that panel.
It means that the panel isn't protected by the cover, but we quickly
put the Superbag on the bed as soon as it's slid out, and the panel
seems in fine shape.

http://www.rvsuperbag.com/

Note: Diane found some straps that you clamp to the edges of the
fitted sheet.  They were hard to put on - they go underneath the mattress
and among the machinery.  But the resulting sheet is great!
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New King Bed for 2552 on: September 19, 2016, 08:20:17 pm
Regarding bedding for the power-king bed in the new 2552,
we'd have mattress covers on the two mattresses, and throw
our RV Superbag over them after extending them.  With the
separate twins, someone else might need two smaller
Superbags, but we'd almost never use the separate twins anyway.

See http://www.rvsuperbag.com/

We simply love ours, to sleep on the 2350's electric sofa-bed.
The sheets are Velcro'd into both top and bottom, and Diane
made a spare set of sheets so we can wash them.  The two sides
of the bag are different thicknesses: for summer, we put the
thinner one on top.  For winter we'd put the thicker one on top.
We've never needed the thick one, as I recall.

Bill
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Arrive at destination and toad battery is dead on: September 18, 2016, 08:49:43 pm
Hi Folks,

We've had a time with our Honda FIT's battery.  I added a 12V DC line from the Cruiser's battery through the umbilical cord to the FIT, then from the umbilical socket on the FIT to the battery, through a fuse.  The intent was to power the GPS and other accessories in the FIT from the Cruiser, while towing, leaving the FIT's battery relatively unloaded.

The current problem is that, when we arrive someplace for the night, unless we unplug the umbilical when, the FIT battery is dead in the morning.  Diane had the idea to disconnect the umbilical when we arrive.  This prevents the dead battery while sitting in camp.

What seems to happen is that, when we arrive, we turn off the Cruiser's engine, leaving the umbilical plugged in to both the FIT and the Cruiser.  Then somehow, the Cruiser sucks current from the FIT's battery through that extra 12V line we added to the umbilical.

Some company makes a battery charger that will trickle the toad's battery, powered by a  line to the Cruiser, just like we have.  But, I don't want to add equipment (and cost) to the towing rig if I can avoid it.  I think a diode, which will allow current to flow TO the FIT's battery, but not FROM it would work.

Has anybody had such a problem?  How did you solve it?

Tanks in Advance!
Bill
5  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising (Status of I80 thru Sierras) on: October 22, 2014, 02:07:32 pm
Ron, Holly,

We came home from the Reunion westbound across I80, and the road is just fine.  Smooth, feels brand new all the way.  Couldn't *see* anything due to smoke from a huge fire around Grass Valley, I think.

They used to have really fun big yellow signs for truckers warning them of the approaching road curves and slopes...  Something like "Upgrade 1/2 mile, let 'er drift".  They're all gone now.

Bill
6  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: October 19, 2014, 10:48:54 am
Hi Holly,

We've driven highway one from Jenner to Manchester Beach towing our
FIT with no problems.   e do it twice a year, roughly.

Also, near the Moss Landing KOA is the Monterrey Bay Aquarium.  A not-to-be-missed place.  It's on Steinbeck's storied Cannery Row.

We like the Spud Point Crab Company in Bodega Bay a lot.  Sea food just across the street from the boats!  Buy a whole crab and they'll clean it for you.  And the chowder is wonderful.  We're planning to try Doran Beach son, have scouted it, and it looks great.  Some of the sites look out to the very harbor entrance of the bay.

Bill

Bill
7  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: October 18, 2014, 03:05:42 am
From south to north up the coast:

The West coast reunion has been held for the last several years at the Pismo Coast Village RV Resort.  There are wineries nearby, walks on the beach right next to the park, and a restaurant on site.  There are vehicle repair and service places very nearby as well.  We had our unit washed and waxed by one such service, in our space in the park.

Before we got the RV, we stayed often at Asilomar.  Try the Fishwife seafood restaurant.  Highly recommended.  Don't know if there's an RV park nearby.

We've stayed at the Moss Landing KOA several times, on Monterrey Bay.  There are restaurants in walking distance, and a wonderful tour of Elkhorn Slough by boat.  There's also a docent-led tour of the Slough area on foot.  Many, many species of birds.

For a very quiet interlude, try the Manchester Beach KOA.  Highway one is very scenic, from Jenner up to Manchester Beach.  If you approach from the south, you're on the shore side of the road, which is less scary but not so scenic.  There are walks on the beach.  There's the retired Point Arenas lighthouse south of the park which is a nice tour.  Further south, you can sit in the sun and watch fishing boats travel in and out.

The Porto Bodega RV park is right on Bodega Bay, with boats tying up on the property.  I recommend that you not try to walk along highway one for any distance.  There are lots of curves and NO shoulders.  It's a little too far to walk, but drive down to Bodega Head and see if the whales are passing by.

Bill

8  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Doubling Drawer Storage Of Galley Base Cabinet on: June 14, 2014, 02:02:28 pm
Hi Folks,

I ordered too large  a size for the rubber fittings.  Here is the corrected info::

I found the rubber couplings at bestmaterials.com, parts named
        Drain Coupling, 1 1/2 to 1 1/2 In. Straight Adaptor, PVC Rubber    and
        ELL Coupling, 90 Degree Drain, 1 1/2 to 1 1/2 Inch, PVC Rubber
for about $17, not including shipping.

Apparently pipes are labelled by the *inside* diameter.  Now I know.

Thanks again, all!
Bill
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 5 Star Tune on: June 14, 2014, 11:36:41 am
Hey Denny,

The results sound great - especially the transmission behavior.  I'm with you -
mileage improvement is just frosting.

Looking at the 5 Star web site, they recommend filling out a calibration request
form with a bewildering set of options.  Did you do that?  How did you determine
what to order?

Thanks so much for your report!
Bill

10  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: RV Repair Flowchart on: June 14, 2014, 11:18:05 am
Great reminder,  We haven't either resource right now!  Thanks!
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Do couples seem to bicker more often while on the road? on: June 14, 2014, 11:14:32 am
Hi Folks,

The article wasn't written about RVing,but it reminded us to relax and adapt.
It's by Mick LaSalle, the movie critic in the San Francisco Chronicle, here:
http://blog.sfgate.com/mlasalle/2014/06/13/why-couples-bicker-on-vacation/

Excerpts:

Heres the real reason why couples fight on vacation:  If youre in a long-term
relationship in which you live with another person, every aspect of your life,
from the alarm clock until bedtime, has already been negotiated.  It might not
have seemed like a negotiation at the time, because it wasnt formal, but it
was a negotiation all the same.  Who gets up first, who makes coffee, who throws
out the garbage, who cooks, who feeds the animals, who walks the dog, who
cleans the cat box, who washes the clothes, who folds the clothes, what movies
are watched, who drives the kids, who picks up the kids, what items can be
bought without consulting the other (e.g., a pair of pants) and what items
cannot be bought without consulting the other (e.g., a car).

In virtually every live together relationship, there is one person who locks the
doors before bed and another who just goes right to sleep.  And this will be the
pattern for decades.  It will never change.

...
So suddenly all the implicit negotiations are irrelevant and they find themselves
in the realm of active negotiation.  And so theyre annoyed and cant believe they
have to go through this, just to do a simple thing like eat at the hotels breakfast
buffet, etc.

Part of the way to NOT argue, I think, is to recognize where you are, which is
uncharted territory.  If you realize that you really do have to negotiate everything,
because thats the nature of going to a brand new place, you will have more patience
with the other person and not feel like its such a big imposition to make your case.

We really enjoyed this.  Does it resonate for anyone?

Bill
12  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Doubling Drawer Storage Of Galley Base Cabinet on: June 05, 2014, 12:08:11 pm
Thanks very much, Ron and Holly.  Didn't realize I could do that!

Bill
13  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Doubling Drawer Storage Of Galley Base Cabinet on: June 03, 2014, 09:52:50 pm
Hi Ron,

My second try was to see if the homedepot.com site had anything like those rubber parts.
Couldn't find any.  Maybe your local store is somehow specialized?
14  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Doubling Drawer Storage Of Galley Base Cabinet on: June 02, 2014, 11:00:59 pm
For those who want to reproduce Ron's project:
I wasn't able to find the hose or rubber couplings at Home Depot, or another big local hardware store.

I found the rubber couplings at bestmaterials.com, parts named
        Drain Coupling, 2 to 2 In. Straight Adaptor, PVC Rubber    and
        ELL Coupling, 90 Degree Drain, 2 to 2 Inch, PVC Rubber
for about $17, not including shipping.

I found the hose at a salt-water aquarium place in Utah (liverocknreef.com), part named      
       1 1/2 inch ID by 2 inch OD flexible clear braided hose

for $3.30 per foot.  The *shipping* was hugely expensive (almost $20), and I asked
for a cheaper shipping method.

These might not be parts that do the job, due to some mistake on my part,
so watch this space for revisions.

Thanks very much, Ron for sharing this project!

Bill
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replacement Backup Monitors on: April 30, 2014, 11:56:28 am
Hi George,

We just replaced our factory monitor by wiring the camera into our radio/GPS.  Would you like the monitor?   It's a Voyager model AOM562A, 5 1/2 inches on the diagonal.  Worked when we removed it.  It's yours if you like.

Bill
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