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Old 05-05-2019, 07:02 AM   #281
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So it's this one, the Alpicool?

Where do you position it in the Interstate?

The description indicates that it can work as a freezer? Any experience with that?

We are very happy with our Vitrifrigo retrofit, but sometimes we grumble about not being able to carry enough ice. In the deep south, we go through boatloads of ice - far more than the Vitrifrigo can carry or make, given the frozen food that I also pack in there. It would be nice to have a tiny device just for ice, maybe half the size of that Alpicool.
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Old 05-05-2019, 10:12 AM   #282
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I was looking for a bike rack that would work with the vintage bikes. The old Benelli is quite low and the case (no bottom frame rail) would hit on the rack I had.
I saw this one locally on Craigslist- went out and picked it up for $125. After looking it up, it is a $500 rack (often sold for less of course).
I like it, you can tow something also if you want- the main rail can be moved forward or backward depending on your needs (just four bolts to loosen/tighten). The rails extend up to help hold the rear wheel and the front can drop right down in (if you desire). Plus you can put a pin through the front wheel (as in the pic) to make sure it can’t come off. I may make a pin with a lock also to help deter theft.

I added the lights- it took me a bit since I routed the wiring inside the aluminum tubes.

Oh yeah, the ramp is held well by a ‘hitch pin’ setup, it doesn’t rattle around but still is easy to put on/take off
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Old 05-05-2019, 11:40 AM   #283
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Yes, that is the Alpicool. I have the rear couch model and keep it under the front of the couch tucked under
the the right side. While my plan is to primarily use it as our "produce" refrigerator, keeping it in the 45°-55° range, I did test it in freezer mode and it froze a tray of ice cubes quickly. This may be your solution for a small ice making machine. I will report back after our trip.
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Old 08-21-2019, 11:00 AM   #284
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We took a little three day trip over to Mt Rainer and hit a few spots.
Stayed at Silver Springs Campground (Forest Service)- There were quite a few people, but lots of room between sites. The one next to use was reserved, but the people never showed up. The places next to the White River were full and would have been the nicest ones, especially since the road it not very far away. We saw another place for ‘disperced’ camping- just up the road (we walked there along the river). It was very nice, right on the river.

Buzzed up to Chinook pass the next morning, then back to Crystal Mt ski area. I have not been there since early 70s skiing. There is a fairly new gondola there- we took it to the summit (ridgetop) area and had some lunch with a great view.

Later over to Sunrise area- did a bit of walking (up past frozen lake) and popped into the ‘overnight’ parking area just after someone left. I suspect they don’t have a big problem with people just parking in the lot- but this way no question (plus perhaps a little quieter). Plus I could open the back doors up with a great view up the meadows to the ridge above. I did use the leveling jacks since it was not flat at all.

Next morning we headed down, then around to stop and have breakfast at Reflection Lake. Backed in with doors open, so when the clouds would open it showed the views. Too much breeze for any reflections.

Skipped Paradise (and the crowds) plus I had stuff to do the next day.
Stopped at Longmire, I dropped by a buddy that I used to work with at Olympic, he is still there running the radio shop there.
Talked too long, so skipped some side roads to make sure to get through and Olympia traffic.
Back up 101 and Hood Canal, very light traffic.

Fun short trip.
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I see I never reported back on my experience with the Alpicool. We took it on a 4500 mile journey across varying weather bands and it performed admirably. Between drive day charging and the 200 watts of solar on the roof I remained in good shape over night.
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Old 08-22-2019, 09:25 PM   #286
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Mark (Lotus54) -
We must have missed you (again) by a day. Great shot you have of sunrise at Sunrise on Mt Rainier ! Here's ours at about noon from August 20.
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Here is a picture from Reflection lake.
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Old 08-26-2019, 08:21 PM   #288
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Picture from the restaurant on the ridgetop at Crystal Mountain.
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Breathtaking!
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Take a trip up, I’ll show you some great places.
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Yes, great pics!
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Old 08-30-2019, 01:34 PM   #292
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A couple more
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Another nice thing about the rear sleeper with ‘jackknife’ couches.
I’ve been doing a garage addition (making it as large as I can and pass setbacks). I’m doing Sheetrock now (yuck).
I put some cardboard down to protect the seats and floor, and can easily haul quite a lot of 4x8 sheets. I can load/unload by myself easily, although that does take more time.

I’ve hauled all sorts of stuff that way, long ladders, big storage shelves (in boxes), motorcycles (only when super clean).

Today I’m off to get a bunch of ‘Rockwool’ insulation for my vaulted ceiling. I’ve never used this stuff, but a contractor buddy says it is great stuff. It is slightly larger than between the rafters, so it compresses and expands- holding it in. I’ll see how well it really works.

This winter I should have a fully insulated garage (it didn’t have any at all before) with lots of lights, skylights and of course outlets. Good thing, as I have a restoration to do on a Benelli 750 sei.

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Another nice thing about the rear sleeper with ‘jackknife’ couches.
I’ve been doing a garage addition (making it as large as I can and pass setbacks). I’m doing Sheetrock now (yuck).
I put some cardboard down to protect the seats and floor, and can easily haul quite a lot of 4x8 sheets. I can load/unload by myself easily, although that does take more time.

I’ve hauled all sorts of stuff that way, long ladders, big storage shelves (in boxes), motorcycles (only when super clean).


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My '95 Coachmen on the Ford HD e250 chassis was set up with a side couch and a rear dinette. I used it frequently for the same kind of tasks, hauling plywood, sheetrock, water heaters, toilets and lumber as required. I REALLY like the open-cabin floorplan of my '04 mid-sleeper, but I also REALLY miss the ability to haul cargo the way you do.

I suffer through tho.
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Yesterday I went to pick up insulation for the garage vaulted ceiling. It *just* fit into the back of the AI! I even had to put one bundle in the bathroom.
Today up motorcycle riding (trails)
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The versatility of open back hallway... cool!
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