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General Discussion / Re: Mounting Solar Panels
« on: August 30, 2012, 01:20:48 pm »
Hi Folks,

Could someone who has Kermit's roof diagram post it somewhere on this site?


General Discussion / Re: I think I have a brilliant idea
« on: August 30, 2012, 12:53:38 pm »
Hi Folks,

Diane and I would be happy to show our rig to prospective buyers.  We're in the San Francisco area, near Oakland.  We have a 2007 2350S with many changes suggested by this forum.


General Discussion / Re: tow dolly with 2551
« on: August 14, 2012, 04:19:21 pm »
We have a 2009 Honda Fit which we love.  The owner's manual that came with it said it could be towed 4-down no more than 35 MPH for no more than 3 hours.  Useless. 

Then we went to a PC club event and saw several Fits being towed 4-down.  After finding the later version of the 2009 owner's manual, which says 4-down towing at up to 55 MPH is just fine (given that you do an arcane ritual with the transmission every 8 hours or so) we're going to tow the Fit just everywhere!

I highly recommend the Phoenix-Intervec club.  Really nice people!


Tips and Tricks / Re: Extra Side Table
« on: July 30, 2012, 03:10:40 pm »
Very nice!

General Discussion / Re: vehicle manuals Was: Scheduled Ford service
« on: July 21, 2012, 04:38:14 pm »
Hi Folks,

Since the west coast get-together earlier in the year, I was inspired to research towing our 2009 Honda FIT with all four wheels down.  Our owner's manual said "no more than 30 MPH for no more than 3 hours" - useless.  But three other owners were towing theirs!  I checked page-by-page with Dale in Washington, and his manual said "no more than 55 MPH for as long as you like".  But the page numbers didn't match our manual.

Turns out that Honda revised the manual!  Ours has a "-001" part number on the back, while the current version, verified at the Honda dealer, is version "-003".  The newer manual is about 50% bigger than the one we started with.  Fortunately when I ordered one on the 'Net, it was the newer version.

So, now we have a tow-bar and I will soon be installing the bracket kit on the Honda.  I'm going to hire the shop to do the wiring, though!

Thanks for your patience, Dale!

Bill and Diane

General Discussion / Re: Michigan Travel Club Members
« on: July 21, 2012, 04:13:17 pm »
If it IS a KOA, we stayed there in our old Road Trek about three years ago.  It's in a nice area, back from the highway, and near Little Traverse Bay.  It's closer to Petoskey than Harbor Springs, the two nearest Bay-side towns.  Nice place.

Bill and Diane

Polls / Re: dumb idea (map of states visited)
« on: May 21, 2012, 11:21:23 am »
Hi Folks,

Where do people get those little maps with the states that they've visited
colored in (digital for web page, or physical for PC's back window).  We've
never seen a source.

We went to the West Coast Intervec-Phoenix get-together last weekend
(wonderful people, very welcoming to a new couple), and the kitchen
outlet stopped working.  What re-started it was wiggling the stove vent

How weird is that?  Anybody got an insight?

Tips and Tricks / Re: Check your shower seams
« on: May 10, 2012, 07:08:48 pm »
Our pride-and-joy came used with the rear vertical sea nearest the bed almost
entirely open.  A small tube of white silicone sealant later, we're fine.  We hadn't
used the shower much when I fixed it, and I see no traces of leaks under the bed.

Polls / Re: Any pets travel with you?
« on: May 10, 2012, 06:43:42 pm »
We travel with a Cardigan Welsh Corgi whose crate lives behind the driver's seat
in front of the slide-out.  He travels quite well - sleeps most of the time.  We trade
drivers about hourly, and most times give him a little walk then.

Tips and Tricks / Getting in and out of the 2350 rear bed
« on: April 28, 2012, 02:03:53 pm »
Hi Folks,

I have a request from Diane to research where we might put some sort
of grab-rail to lift herself up to climb over me and out of the bed.  She
suggests the corner of the cabinet at the foot of the bed.   I'm on the
aisle side because I get up in the night far more often than she does.

Anybody done any thinking like this?  I'll likely have to get something
fabricated for the grab-rail.  Fortunately there are lots of boat hardware
places (and welding shops) around here.


Links and Contacts / Re: Product Contacts (side mirrors specifically)
« on: April 28, 2012, 01:47:23 pm »
Hi Folks,

Researching side mirrors, I found that the Ramco site is now ramco-eng.com,
and our mirrors (2007 2350S) are from Velvac, part numbers 715433 and 715422.

I'm looking to take off the stick-on convex mirrors and attach some larger ones below
the main mirror housing.  I'll keep you posted.


P.S. Aimee, it'd be cool if the lists could be on a wiki, so we could all update it.
       I think I saw that that would be a Xmas-holiday project...  How's it going?

General Discussion / Re: Bathroom in 2350
« on: April 25, 2012, 08:35:07 pm »
Hi Folks,

Re: space in the bathroom.   Tall bottles, tooth brushes, etc would fall over in the
cabinet until we got some drawer dividers from The Container Store - "Interlocking
Drawer Organizers" small ones for the bottom shelf, large ones for the top.

We mounted the toilet-paper holder inside the under-sink cupboard door, so as not
to bump into it, and put a little "1.7 gal. Swing-Lid Can" between the shower and the
sink cabinet, held in place with a square of stick-on Velcro.  It's just the right size
to hold a plastic grocery bag.

We'll be rigging up a retractable towel-drying line in the shower as well.


General Discussion / Re: Travelling With Cats (or dogs)
« on: April 25, 2012, 05:47:00 pm »
Hi Folks,

We travel with a 30 lb Cardigan Welsh Corgi, and his crate fits just fine
between the back of the driver's seat and the front edge of the slide.  We
want him crated so he doesn't run off in the event of a collision, and so he
doesn't fly forward if we hit something.

No cat boxes for him - we have to stop to pee hourly or so anyway.


Hi Folks,

We keep Callie, our 2350S, outside all the time and have no electric hookup for her.
Most times when I go out to do a project, there's a CHIRP! every so often that appears
to come from the propane detector near the floor.  Seems to be complaining about low
battery voltage, since it stops when I run the engine.

We've got a cheap solar panel that lives on the dashboard, plugs into a cigarette lighter
socket,  and the engine battery is always charged up.  I've been trying to think of a
way to have a similar small panel, perhaps on the curb-side outer wall just above the
battery compartment, to keep the house batts charged.

Has anybody done something like this?  Someday we may put a big panel on the roof and
run the supply line down along the refrigerator vent pipe as others have done, but for now,
a big panel isn't high on our priority list.

I was thinking of hinging the panel like the kitchen counter extension - vertical for travel
and propped up away from the wall during storage, at about a 45 degree angle.

Any thoughts?

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