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1  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Planning trip to utah, Colorado, and the Grand Canyon on: January 25, 2012, 11:57:38 pm
We did an August western trip last year (2011) that took us through Flagstaff, the North Rim, Bryce, Capital Reef, Arches, Moab, the Colorado Natl Monument and Breckenridge. We avoided the crowds by camping outside the Natl Parks in the Natl Forest campgrounds and doing daytrips with our toad.
The best areas were along Scenic Byway 12 in Utah. You could spend a month meandering along that route. We towed an "82 FJ40 Landcruiser up and down 10 degree grades on the two lane highway without a problem.
Natl Forests mean no water, no electric and first come, first serve so plan accordingly. Move early and avoid moving on weekends and you'll find that most camprounds don't fill up until after 5 pm.
Our campsite along the Colorado outside Moab was the only real hot spot of the trip.
2  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / The best outdoor mat: the CGear Sand-Free Multimat. on: January 25, 2012, 09:56:16 pm
For anyone who spends time in campgrounds with sandy sites, this mat is ridiculous. The fabric was originally developed for helicopter pads. It's a one way material that allows the sand to filter through from the top, but cannot come up from the underneath. Resistant to mold, mildew, dries quickly, stores small. It even has D rings for anchoring or hanging, and can also be used as a sun screen. A little pricier than the Lowes outdoor rug but infinitely better. Check it out at NRS - Northwest River Supply.
3  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: David and the roof rack on: January 25, 2012, 09:45:00 pm

since you haven't purchased your kayaks yet, you might consider the folding XT Touring kayaks by the PakBoat company. I struggled with the same dilemma and instead of hoisting my 38 lb Mad River kevlar canoe 10' up into the air, I sold it and bought a 39 lb 15' folding PakBoat canoe. It fits INSIDE my tow vehicle in a 34" x 24" x 16" bag. The 15' solo model kayak fits into 33" x 12" x 20" bag and also weighs 39 lbs. They paddle as well or better than rigid hulls.
And when we leave the tow vehicle behind, the canoe fits in the shower.
Nice rack anyway. It does look like it should be that way and not the short version.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Xantrex inverter on: January 02, 2011, 11:50:17 pm
Like Bobander, our 2350 has the MBQuartz rear television and the Boss DVD, both of which operate w/o the inverter. The only thing plugged into the 110 outlet in our shirt closet is the microwave. There is however a second, unused 110V outlet in our closet on the backside of where the tv is mounted, so maybe it's dealer's choice whether you get a 12V or 110V television in the bedroom.
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sirius on: January 02, 2011, 11:20:59 pm
We just drove our new 2011, 2350 home from Indiana, and the Ford stereo does not have a Sirius receiver installed. There is an input for an aftermarket module which requires removing the faux wood dash to access the rear of the stereo. I performed a similar procedure on our previous motor home (a Safari Trek), and I had to mount the antenna up above the head liner for good reception. I like the idea of the Sirius Snap you refer to; I also plan to look into the new iPhone App that would also allow simply plugging into the aux input on the front of the dash.
If you go to the Ford website, it appears the only way the chassis would come with Sirius is if the build includes the factory stereo that includes GPS.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / test post for Al B on: December 15, 2010, 11:02:58 am
this is Aime testing account for Al B.
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