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Old 06-15-2004, 04:06 PM   #57
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This was our shake-down cruise...

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I have not really pulled a *big* RV at all until the AS -- our pop-up was like a wart on our behind as compared to the 3-ton AS...we had a 34 foot globestar, but it stayed parked on a site we rented yearly...

My parents had RV's, and I lived in their 1972 Winnebago Chieftain for a bit right after trade school (aircraft mechanics). I drove it and had no problems with it...

My wife had camped all her life, so we are somewhat veterans, but very much newbies concerning towing and on-the-road logistics...

There is little comparision between the pop-up and the AS (sorry, Till ) -- it is very easy to set up. The comfort is close to home with the memory foam pads on the beds. There are several more accessories we plan on getting -- like the between-wheel chocks and a stove silencer and stuff like that...

While setting up, Tikihut came over and said the front looked too high. To make a long story short, I have determined that the counter area (next to stove) is bowed about half a bubble off, hence the 'nose-up' look to the initial set up, and murphy has it, was the spot I stuck my level to determine for-aft up-down. I wanted to tell tikihut he was right....it was a bit high.

I was surprised to find mold in the refigerator after a three-day trip...I guess that stuff never sleeps. Needless to say, we nuked it.

We got a lot of good logistics ideas from just seeing how everyone set up and camped -- I know that it takes time to put out 39 whirly-gigs...

From our pop-up days, we have the Coleman roadtrip grill -- we have the grates, griddles and stove rings that fit into it. We use that instead of the range top for almost everything. We had a choice of an oven or convection/microwave in the 28W, and we choose the oven, and we use it a fair amount.

We still have had some brake problems with the prodigy indicating nc-overload on an occasional basis. The activator III brake controller is not as likely to do this -- it has showed an overload on very rare occasions.

I think I have found the cause of all the strangeness -- it is at the truck-trailer plug -- I stopped at a rest stop when the prodigy was acting up and went back and used a little screwdriver to bend the little clips closer together and I then *really* shoved the connecter into the socket. I also switched from the Prodigy to the activator III (I have both installed) and I noted not one ounce of problems the rest of the way -- I am going to take things apart and really inspect the bargman and its socket.

We learned a lot -- the girls are still learning how to act at a campground, the rules are different than in any other environment -- you have strangers, and fires, and pools, and all sorts of dangerous things they have to be trained on. We have a list, and it is like five pages long. A campground is a complex environment, and we will get better as a family in dealing with it -- I felt torn between visiting and touring and trying to keep an eye on what the kids were into, and felt as though I did not do a very good job at either...

In the end, on Saturday night, I just pooped out -- I did not hear anything and Jack's photo of how close the fire was to the back was telling how worn out we were...

On Sunday morning, some of the food from the pot-luck looked like it was a bit strewn in the area -- sort of looked like a food fight had occurred...so what is the real story of the evening?

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Old 06-15-2004, 04:09 PM   #58
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Smile great rally

My husband and I had a great time despite numerous problems with his mother's airstream.(she's at bill thomas right now) I learned how to pitch a tent. (embarassment) We still haven't found our ideal airstream that the bank approves of, hence my screen name. Anyway, the potluck was awesome!! I'd never seen so much food leftover at a rally before! Everyone brought terrific dishes! I only hope we can repeat such a success next year! And hopefully we'll have our very own airstream next year. My husband tells me I can keep dreaming. Sigh.

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Old 06-15-2004, 04:23 PM   #59
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Rob, first and most important that fire wasn't close to your unit. The reflections were pretty neat though, thus my comment about turning the aluminum red. One of those Kodak moments!

Secondly in leveling your trailer or setting up your external level, the best spot to check is the floor of the freezer compartment. You try to level mainly to make sure the refrigerator works correctly. Creature comfort comes next.

I'm curious about your comments on mold in the fridge, and that you nuked it. I didn't get any mold in mine and my guess is the mold was there before your trip. I normally keep my refrigerator and freezer doors open when the trailer is not in use. This prevents any buildup of moisture. Now you have to remember to close things before moving, but keeping the doors open will prevent that issue from occurring.

My gut feeling on the food is the raccoon that was circling us Saturday night. He may have gotten into the trash barrel. He kept getting closer as the night went on.

Your kids and camping. Well its just a matter of keeping an eye out for them. I know my son was a lot older before he was out of my sight. They will learn but obviously you will need to provide reinforcement when necessary.

Over the years I have had my go around with poor connections to the tow vehicle. Those contacts in your plug must also be kept clean and corrosion free. Since they are copper they will deterioriate over time. I have some electrical cleaner which I use to keep things connected well.

Glad you were there, we enjoyed your company.

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I'm curious about your comments on mold in the fridge, and that you nuked it. I didn't get any mold in mine and my guess is the mold was there before your trip. I normally keep my refrigerator and freezer doors open when the trailer is not in use. This prevents any buildup of moisture. Now you have to remember to close things before moving, but keeping the doors open will prevent that issue from occurring.

Over the years I have had my go around with poor connections to the tow vehicle. Those contacts in your plug must also be kept clean and corrosion free. Since they are copper they will deterioriate over time. I have some electrical cleaner which I use to keep things connected well.

Glad you were there, we enjoyed your company.

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Rob... I concur with Jack on the mold. We typically use our refrigerator as a second cold-storage center, and have it plugged in and on all summer long. We have no mold either.

Contact cleaner is available at most auto parts stores; I bought a can of it while we were in Bloomington at a parts store 'cause we didn't have any with us...

It was great to meet you guys!

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I am afraid that the food issue is my fault. We decided to toss the food into the woods so the racoons wouldn't dig it out of the trash.... I was having a little food flingin' fun.

Bad idea.

Not my first.

Sorry.

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Re: fridge

...We keep the doors ajar when it is sitting -- the mold was concentrated in the freezer where a package of Italian Ice was kept -- It might have been on the package when we bought it. It grew in a perfect square matching the container...and is now sitting in the home freezer, probably causing more trouble

Re: brake problem

I used electrical contact grease (the stuff you use when connecting copper to aluminum in home wiring) on the connector -- Might be the wrong stuff -- it says it prevents oxidation on all types of contacts, and is something I have used before...it has been raining too much here to prevent me from investigating...I think the issue might be a burr or something preventing the connector from engaging fully...I have contact cleaner, too. It does not really feel right when I plug it in, sitting here really thinking about it.

Re: The fire

I did not mean to sound like I thought the fire was too close -- it was a cool picture -- I really meant to say that we did not really hear you guys out there at all...with the gathering so close....and the side of my camper about 200 degrees... It sure is quiet with the AC purring on low...

Re: the food...

The racoons sure had a party -- sort of looked like the time we...well, never mind *that* story. I thought, since the food was 6 foot up the tree, that tincanluv was invovled with trajectory analysis of desserts...

Re: the kids running wild

We keep them in sight, nearly all the time, except when we got too distracted... and we would find Kira with Ron, Tony, or both.

I know they played with Till's kids a lot.
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...I knew it was you!!!

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...and is was just curious, not mad or anything. I am sorry I missed it!
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I to am guilty...

I was witness to the "racoon" that had fun with the food...

One of the funniest sights I saw was Eric chasing a racoon over a picnic table, across the street and into the woods (he followed it into the woods) after it had decided to help clean up the left overs ten feet from the six of us around the fire at 1:00am

Great times...good "new" friends.
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...over the picnic table, through the woods, nothing but net...
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Sure was a Kodak moment....pesky, brave little bugger!
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...they are fun to watch...and they seem to be getting braver and braver -- they seemed more skittish a few years ago...
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THis could be it...

Non descript... but I think this is Eric, headed after the Racoons...LOL

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Hmmmm

God Struck back at you Eric, mess with the little woodland creatures, and he sent out one of his least favorites... to make you feel GUILTY!!!!!

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