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Old 08-01-2018, 03:32 PM   #1121
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I hope that makes sense.

So for now I will set it aside until the new parts get here. Got to say... that bottom section is going to look great. Everything will have end caps so that it looks finished.

As they say, pictures are worth... do not mind the mess, we are packing for the trip. Heading out Thursday. Work got in the way again and not going out for the 7 days we wanted... Thursday-Sunday will have to do
WACHUKO - Yes, that makes sense. I had your vision understood from way back when you posted that sketch. And made even more sense when you posted the 80/20. FWIW, I think the 3 compartment setup is architecturally more appealing to the eye. Having to position the 4 supports to align with original hanger holes visually will be better - all thanks to the quality of the 80/20. If the supports were pushed all the way to the extreme ends, it would be partly obscured and even appear you couldn't figure out how to hide them in the side panels. I really think this would look great!

Off topic a bit, I see you protected it, but my wife would still kill me if I laid any AI or bike project on her solid cherry dining room table.
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At Top Sail since yesterday. Had dinner at Louis Louis, amazing flavors and the service was outstanding...

On the AI...I did not know that we had an emergency LED light watchamacallit. I was looking for a place to store an additional first aid kit and found it...
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Old 08-03-2018, 11:14 AM   #1123
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At Top Sail since yesterday. Had dinner at Louis Louis, amazing flavors and the service was outstanding...

On the AI...I did not know that we had an emergency LED light watchamacallit. I was looking for a place to store an additional first aid kit and found it...
WACHUKO - food looks great, so it must be expensive Funny, it was the 1st "watchamacallit" I discovered in AI within hrs. of delivery. Did not even pay much attention to what it was and forgot I relocated it to galley drawer with all the remotes. Did not realize it was an emergency LED light until recently.
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WACHUKO - where did you get that windshield cover? It looks grey or silver and lighter than the vinyl one I bought - nice.
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WACHUKO - where did you get that windshield cover? It looks grey or silver and lighter than the vinyl one I bought - nice.
WACHUKO - Same question, and which grade level? I see differing levels, fabric, vinyl, deluxe, 2-ply marine grade (it is most $$$ at $240). I think for stays where we don't leave camp, I would like an exterior one coz my feeling is it best to block the sun before it gets past the "stress-free" zone , errr . . windshield. Just wondering if going marine grade is worth big bucks.
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WACHUKO - Same question, and which grade level? I see differing levels, fabric, vinyl, deluxe, 2-ply marine grade (it is most $$$ at $240). I think for stays where we don't leave camp, I would like an exterior one coz my feeling is it best to block the sun before it gets past the "stress-free" zone , errr . . windshield. Just wondering if going marine grade is worth big bucks.
Spend your money instead on the 3M cr90. It is amazing. I do put the windshield cover from airstream up on the inside, and the combo blocks the heat very well.
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Spend your money instead on the 3M cr90. It is amazing. I do put the windshield cover from airstream up on the inside, and the combo blocks the heat very well.
MANSDERM161 - I already did (not the 3M CR90) with LLUMAR AirShield 80 (which falls in between CR70/90 specs), then did the top 25% of windshield overlaid with additional CTX5 to act as perma-visor. Works really well with Airstream inside cover also. But even the slight difference of putting cover outside vs. inside makes a HUGE impact in southwest temps of over 115°F and altitudes above 4,000 ft. The sun just stings more at these levels
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MANSDERM161 - I already did (not the 3M CR90) with LLUMAR AirShield 80 (which falls in between CR70/90 specs), then did the top 25% of windshield overlaid with additional CTX5 to act as perma-visor. Works really well with Airstream inside cover also. But even the slight difference of putting cover outside vs. inside makes a HUGE impact in southwest temps of over 115°F and altitudes above 4,000 ft. The sun just stings more at these levels
Ok that makes sense. You are camping in extremes.
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WACHUKO - where did you get that windshield cover? It looks grey or silver and lighter than the vinyl one I bought - nice.
Pretty sure someone here recommended it... this one:

https://www.sprinterpartsdepot.com/p...t=898406514716

I too have 3M on windshield... still put this on for blocking light and heat...
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Ok that makes sense. You are camping in extremes.
MANSDERM161 - Oh yeah, extremely extreme, some would say too stupid, and I wouldn't argue But like everyone else, we adapt. I think it was OTRA15 who said in MAGGIE's thread when she had to abandon her camp in PHX, that an "rv was just not made to be habitable under these conditions"

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On our way back. Had to stop to get another shot of espresso in the system... Mara was just having a hot chocolate. Fire up the generator, turn on A/C... relax and then head out again. Love this AI!!
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WACHUKO - Brings new meaning to the term "Rest Stop".

I was looking into your ARB compressor, but how you managed to clear that much room on that R/S engine bay? Mine completely full. Did I get the bigger displacement diesel option Appreciate any insight/help/suggestion?
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I was looking into your ARB compressor, but how you managed to clear that much room on that R/S engine bay? Mine completely full. Did I get the bigger displacement diesel option Appreciate any insight/help/suggestion?

Is that the pump for your leveling system?
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^^goodness!!^^ Looks like one more reason why I can’t install the E&P hydraulic self-leveling system. All that area is empty if you do not have that option.

I never looked at any other location. Maybe get their kit that comes in a waterproof carrying case: two available

ARB (CKMP12) 12V High Performance Portable Air Compressor https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004P9A35E..._s14zBb87056B4

ARB CKMTP12 12V Twin Motor High Performance Portable Air Compressor https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007KEVN00..._n24zBb81B44C4

And just replace jumper styled connectors for a female/male connector with one side attached to the battery and accessible from the outside to connect the compressor.
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And just replace jumper styled connectors for a female/male connector with one side attached to the battery and accessible from the outside to connect the compressor.
My portable compressor came with battery clips since it pulls too much current for a cigarette-lighter type outlet. I installed a trolling motor outlet, wired direct to the battery, and put a matching plug on my compressor. The cord for the compressor is fused, so I didn't need a fuse in the outlet line. The outlet can be seen in the photo beside my solar controller and shares the same wiring.

The trolling motor parts can be sourced at just about any marine store.
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My portable compressor came with battery clips since it pulls too much current for a cigarette-lighter type outlet. I installed a trolling motor outlet, wired direct to the battery, and put a matching plug on my compressor. The cord for the compressor is fused, so I didn't need a fuse in the outlet line. The outlet can be seen in the photo beside my solar controller and shares the same wiring.

The trolling motor parts can be sourced at just about any marine store.
Yes, thank you! That is what I was talking about. Secured, heavy duty enough for the task, and wired directly to the battery (chassis or coach depending on where you want it located)

On other news... we got home late yesterday afternoon. Had a great time. Kids decided to stay home so it was just Mara and me. Finally got some time to just sit, relax, and read a book (or start reading because I did not finished it )

We ate out twice and then, for the last night there, decided to just stay put and make dinner in the RV. I kept stuff out to a minimum since I wanted to avoid having to put everything back inside every time we had to leave.

We ran into Jose Velez, whom we met back in January during the 2018 Canopener event. Gave me the perfect excuse to break out the Oban for just one drink (wife is not drinking so I was looking for a drinking buddy to break bread, errr, drink...).. forgot to take a photo with him... we were too focus on what we had at hand, lol...

No issues with the AI, everything worked as expected. Now planning a trip to Savannah, GA and another one to Tennessee to do the whisky tours and see more of that state.

When I got home, since I now need to find storage for that AI, removed a few things... removed the ARB cooler and the container with the grill... had to snap a photo...

Oh, almost forgot, ANTS!!! The one in the campsite, if I had a way to communicate with them, I could have used them to change tires!! They were huge! I got a can of RAID and sprayed the tires and under carriage to avoid having them get inside... this was after seeing one in the rubber seal of the door when I opened the driver side door... I sprayed the bottom of every opening... I did not wanted to go to sleep and wake up covered with them or getting carried out by them for their lunch... never seen ants that big, wow...
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Is that the pump for your leveling system?
It is... reason why I was hoping to be able to get a hold of a Bullseye system... all electric and without the need to have hydraulic lines, pumps, etc.

That E&P is a great system, and pretty sure if I ever buy again, I will get the AI from the factory with it installed... but right now, I would prefer the electric jacks for the simplicity of install, weight, and space required.

If only Alan @Bullseye could get his act together... there are folks that have paid for the full system and are still waiting for over a year for parts.
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MIKE - I saw WACHUKO answered your question. The honest answer is when I posted my pics, I did not know what those were. Until you posted your question, then I went back to check that it was E&P stuff.

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^^goodness!!^^ Looks like one more reason why I can’t install the E&P hydraulic self-leveling system. All that area is empty if you do not have that option.
WACHUKO - Thanks for the compressor suggestions. Sorry the ARB becomes a hindrance to install E&P. Would it not be worth giving up that location for E&P? And find a different spot for ARB? Nice pics of the beach on your coast. I have never set foot in Atlantic or Gulf waters but with the AI now, someday I will.

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My portable compressor came with battery clips since it pulls too much current for a cigarette-lighter type outlet. I installed a trolling motor outlet, wired direct to the battery, and put a matching plug on my compressor. The cord for the compressor is fused, so I didn't need a fuse in the outlet line. The outlet can be seen in the photo beside my solar controller and shares the same wiring.

The trolling motor parts can be sourced at just about any marine store.
JOHN - Thank you for this. Will see what I get later. The good thing is since my space allocation is not yet max'ed out (no ARB cooler, no Yeti power, no air compressor, no extra 2 batts) I still have some options on location for compressor. E&P has it's own air tank BUT it can not be used/tapped for air because the system has a drier
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WACHUKO - Thanks for the compressor suggestions. Sorry the ARB becomes a hindrance to install E&P. Would it not be worth giving up that location for E&P? And find a different spot for ARB?
Absolutely!!

My response was me, once again, finding a lame excuse to not spend the US$6.5k on installing the E&P

But I want a self-leveling system so bad!!
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