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1  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.

2  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.


3  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.


4  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, 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!
5  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!

6  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!
7  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:


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?

8  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!

9  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 site had anything like those rubber parts.
Couldn't find any.  Maybe your local store is somehow specialized?
10  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, 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 (, 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!

11  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.

12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How and where to mount a larger GPS? on: April 27, 2014, 03:16:54 pm
We replaced the standard Ford double-DIN (4 inches high) radio in our 2007 E350 rig
with a Kenwood DNX9960 radio with GPS, based upon advice from a couple of fellow
Forum members.  We get the ability to play our CDs, our iPods, etc.  The DNX has a
7-inch screen that covers its whole front face. 

As a bonus, we were able to hook up (with the help of a *really bright* local technician)
the back-up camera display to the DNX, so the rear view appears in the dash.  No more
head-bumps on that screen dangling from the cockpit ceiling!

I'm very pleased with the results. 

13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Amazon hires RVers as holiday staff on: December 15, 2013, 12:35:35 pm
Hi Folks,

Article in Today's SF paper says that, because Amazon builds its huge distribution centers in small towns, they have no resident overflow workers to turn to, so they hire RVers as temps.  Pretty good article, I think:

They talk about seasonal RVers and full-timers as well.

Season's Greetings you all!

Bill and Diane and Spark
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Goodbye to PC on: October 09, 2013, 11:52:32 pm
Hey Alan,

You're part of the family now.  Please do stop back once in a while.

Bill & Diane
15  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: REPLACING TOILET IN YOUR CRUISER on: July 27, 2013, 10:54:45 am
Hi Sparky,

I love this project - I have short legs and the stock toilet in our 2350 is quite high.

What's the part number on your new toilet?  I've been looking on the web and can't
find any Thetford that looks like your picture...  I hope you saved the box    ;-)

Bill and Diane
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