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Old 11-23-2015, 12:15 PM   #729
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Water pump pliers are adjustable slip joint pliers that have jaws that open from very small to 1-2 inches wide. They are useful for tightening large nuts like there are in sink drain plumbing. Channelock is one brand.


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Old 11-23-2015, 12:20 PM   #730
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Ahhhh....I remember Doug using what he called a channel lock to tighten the hose connection at the fresh water hookup.


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Screwdrivers
Hammer (I like the multi tool one, with pliers, wire cutter, etc.)
Needle nosed pliers
Adjustable wrench
Channel lock
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Zip ties of various sizes
Sturdy rope (do we need 100 feet?)
Collapsible shovel
Leatherman or good pocketknife
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Old 11-23-2015, 01:00 PM   #731
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Yup. That's another use. I also use them for opening jam jars sometimes. Long handles and wide jaw opening makes it easy. They come in several sizes.


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Old 11-23-2015, 01:22 PM   #732
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I bought a 16 x 5 tool bag, with some outside pockets, which I think is a good size for the Interstate....and for me.

One channel lock will probably do.

This is looking pretty inclusive, trying not to prepare for all eventualities , and I still should have room for some of the things I have stored over the microwave.


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Old 11-23-2015, 02:20 PM   #733
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Remember that Murphy's Law states that the one tool that you will need is the one not in your kit.
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Old 11-23-2015, 04:05 PM   #734
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And if that happens....I'll ask for help.


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Old 11-23-2015, 04:10 PM   #735
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If you only carry one channel lock go for the bigger one.


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Old 11-24-2015, 09:59 AM   #736
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'Tis the season for long shots, so I thought I'd ask.

Does anyone own a Rumpl blanket or throw, and if so, how do you find that it performs? Specifically, what temperature ranges is it good for?

This company was a Kickstarter darling that makes technical blankets that are supposedly on par with similarly-constructed thermal jackets and sleeping bags. I understand perfectly the overwhelming enthusiasm on Kickstarter because there simply are not any comparable products on the market that I can find. Depending on how it functions, the product might be the ultimate Class B blanket resource - warm but packs down to an extremely small size.

Except I can't find relevant user experience on the internet. I don't know what is meant by "warm" as claimed. My favorite thing to do is to sit on the couch with the Interstate doors open, watching the natural world go by. If I'm sitting there motionless burning few calories and it's cold outside, I am *COLD*, as in, corpse-cold. I want a sleeping-bag-caliber throw or small blanket that is capable of addressing that need.
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No personal experience, but I found this through a google search on reddit:

Temp-Rating: Our blanket is not (yet?) officially rated for temp like a sleeping bag. We suggest using it for cool temps. This will not replace a cold weather sleeping bag, however I think you will be comfortable sleeping outside down to lower 40s.
Weight: Throw- 2.5lbs, Twin blanket- 3.5lbs, Queen 6.2lbs.
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Old 11-24-2015, 11:09 AM   #738
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I have carried for years a couple of throw-sized fleece blankets, which have not yet failed to keep us warm.

Being crafty as you are.....JoAnn Fabric, also Hobby Lobby and some WalMarts, carry fleece by the yard. 2 yards is a good size for an adult, or two who like to cuddle.

There are the most beautiful patterns, in all range of color and preferences, and these are often at 50% off.

I round off the corners, then crochet an edging of a complimentary color yarn around mine. If you don't crochet, you could do a blanket stitch, which will finish it off nicely. The crocheted edging gives it some weight, which helps,

Wrap it 'round yourself, from chin to toe, and you should be good to go.

These are also great for over yourself, before pulling up your blanket, on extra cold nights.

They also make great gifts.


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Old 11-24-2015, 12:36 PM   #739
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No personal experience, but I found this through a google search on reddit:

Temp-Rating: Our blanket is not (yet?) officially rated for temp like a sleeping bag. We suggest using it for cool temps. This will not replace a cold weather sleeping bag, however I think you will be comfortable sleeping outside down to lower 40s.
Weight: Throw- 2.5lbs, Twin blanket- 3.5lbs, Queen 6.2lbs.
**facepalm** I didn't check Reddit - what was I thinking?? Silly me for sticking to trekking forums.


I confess to having an impulse control issue today. I ordered a throw from Prime. Rumpl is taking orders for a genuine down version due out in January, and I suspect it's intended to be even warmer, from the look of it and the price. No foul if the initial throw purchase is not warm enough for me - my husband doesn't get nearly as cold as I do, and so he would use it.

Anyway I will report back on Rumpl's suitability for Class B living.

Fleece would not cut it for me, I'm afraid. It helps, but I think I'm just too thin for my age for that to work.
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I just installed some 3/8" EVA Foam Interlocking Protective Exercise Floor Mat material in the rear storage area of my Extended Lounge model. I got tired of trying to clean that black "fur" material installed by Airstream. I had a WeatherTech mat in the rear of my old Ford van - it was indestructible. But WeatherTech doesn't make a similar mat for Sprinters. I was about to special order some rubber flooring from Home Depot when I realized I had a partial package of the EVA foam mat. It was easy to install and will be a lot easier to keep clean. Don't know how durable it will be, but a damaged section can easily be replaced. The stuff is widely available and I've used it in my garages as entry mats for years. Here is a listing of something similar to what I used.
http://www.amazon.com/Exervo-Premium.../dp/B00SYLEYK4

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Old 11-25-2015, 01:00 PM   #741
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Packable Down Throw

We discovered this Great throw for our beds and laps. 60 by 70 inches made by Double Black Diamond. Works well when outside temps high 30s and inside temps low to mid 40s. Very light weight washable and comes with a stuff sack. So effective we bought two more for when these wear out. Got ours though big box "cost company."
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We discovered this Great throw for our beds and laps. 60 by 70 inches made by Double Black Diamond. Works well when outside temps high 30s and inside temps low to mid 40s. Very light weight washable and comes with a stuff sack. So effective we bought two more for when these wear out. Got ours though big box "cost company."
Thanks for the suggestion but I have not been able to find these online at big box "cost company." I tried several online web sites and finally found it on Amazon for $49.75.

If you know of other sources, particularly if less expensive, please let us know.
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