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Old 06-14-2005, 12:45 PM   #15
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Saturn Removable Extensions (Base Plate mounted on Frame)

Found a couple of pics of the extensions and draw bar on the front end of the Saturn.

BTW, the Camera/ViewScreen on the '87 345 is operational ONLY when in reverse - truely a "back-up" camera....yours may well be hooked up differently.

Since you will usually be hooked up to water, I suggest you need not carry more than a few gallons of water in the tank - why drag around the extra weight?

We just carry 5 or 10 gallons - enough to flush the commode a couple of times, wash a few dishes after lunch, and wash our hands before lunch.
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Old 06-14-2005, 01:52 PM   #16
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Oops, forgot that the camera is just for backing up. I thought there may be a way to wire it on while towing, though - ? Anyone successful in that, or is it a silly idea? For us, it appears to be enough to see through the magnifying screen.

As to the water carrying, we don't always plan to be campgrounding, but will alternate "real" hookups with self-contained stops (think WalMart, Cracker Barrel, truck stops) in between, so we will need a fair amount of water on board. I've seen on other threads thoughts that a full tank sloshes less than a half-full one? Of course, the added weight is a trade-off there.

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Old 06-14-2005, 07:11 PM   #17
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Water is really heavy to carry when you will not be using it. The only time when we travel with a full tank is in the dead of winter when it is harder to find a hose for a fill. This time of year you should have no problem finding water. I think you'll find the coach will drive better without the tank full. Leave just enough to get you through the day.
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Old 06-15-2005, 07:00 AM   #18
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I use lights that slip into the trunk lid opening on my Saturn. They have worked well, don't scratch anything, and I have no permanent hook up on the car. Reason for this is the last owner of the car burned up some wiring using lights hooked into the harness.
I bought these at Northern Tool.
We run the wiring across the car , and I use a bit of blue masking tape to hold it down.
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Old 06-15-2005, 07:42 AM   #19
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Oops, forgot that the camera is just for backing up. I thought there may be a way to wire it on while towing, though - ? Anyone successful in that, or is it a silly idea? For us, it appears to be enough to see through the magnifying screen.
On ours if the on/off button is off and I put it in reverse then it comes on automatically, but I can keep it on in drive just by pushing in the "On" button. Not sure if mine is "special" or wired differently but I'd be willing to look at it for you.
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Old 06-15-2005, 08:12 AM   #20
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Right, Steven, that's what I thought it did. Up until now it hasn't been an issue because we haven't been towing anything, but we have decided to bring the Saturn. We kicked around several options: tow the utility trailer with kayaks and bikes, and rent a car if necessary, which meant no outlay for towing equipment; tow the Saturn with kayaks and bikes, consider the towing equipment a recoverable investment; and drive the van separately with kayaks and bikes, attractive because the van is still under warranty, and is proven quite comfortable for us all (rear air helps). When the chips fell, though, we thought it would be less fun to have to split up the driving so much, as husband does 500+ miles a day for work and is accustomed to long hauls, plus the gas burned in the van would be non-recoverable, whereas the Saturn tow equipment could be sold if we need to liquidate - not that that is the plan, just a contingency. We are hoping to keep this beast for a long time.

So, we can peer at the caboose rig easily enough. Parts are on their way. Oodles of thanks for tips on installation, and estimated time of same; if we run into any trouble, we will be sure to seek out an experienced installer. We are booked in Yellowstone for the first four nights of July, so we have a little bit of play built into our departure time and quickness of covering all those miles right out of the gate. I feel better just knowing I can tap into this forum anytime on the road, though!
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Old 06-17-2005, 04:32 PM   #21
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Update on plumbing: so far, so good. Husband is well-proven at this sort of emergency. Hats off to him for lying in bad positions for a long time to get it right.

Now a new glitch: no title for the Saturn we bought last month. Seller said the title was being held by Virginia's DMV, not the bank, but would release it within ten business days. Now no one seems to know just where the title is. In the meantime, we cannot register it here. Do we have a legal way around this, i.e. temporary title, or transit title, or something we can get generated so we can tag it here? We need to have some clutch work done on it before the trip, and of course a PA inspection. My insurance company won't write it until it is titled here. Aaaaggggghhhhhhh!

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