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Old 08-19-2012, 05:08 PM   #701
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I took my 345 to Burning Man in 2003 and it was truly amazing. However it took me and my sister 5 days to get MOST of the fine dust out of the coach. At the time I vowed never take the moho back again but I've been feeling the pull to go back. One thing I'd do better if I go back with the coach is a really good waxing before you go. It's supposed to be pretty dusty this year, although not as bad as they were originally forecasting. The alkaline dust, wind, and sun are really tough. You probably already know this ( and I haven't read all 47 pages of this topic yet!) but it usually doesn't hurt to add another data point. Have fun! A lot of my friends are going.
Hopefully with my 280 I'll only need 4 days to clean out the playa dust! LOL. I know it won't be like Burning Man, but the MH gets pretty dusty here at the ranch property. Three summers ago, the inside was full of ash from the fires up here, one which burned onto the property line! I don't think the MH has been waxed in 30 years and even though it has cooled off to a mere 99 degrees today, I just can't get myself outside to do much! I'm really looking forward to BM next week since all this prep work is killing me.
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Old 08-19-2012, 07:06 PM   #702
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Silly question...
Are you allowed to run your genset at BM for the AC?
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Old 08-19-2012, 07:32 PM   #703
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Silly question...
Are you allowed to run your genset at BM for the AC?
Most definitely. I think just under the blasting 24 hour a day music, one might hear the hum or roar of thousands of generators! They like for you not to run generators all day and night, but I've heard that many people due. I have solar panels that should keep the batteries charged. I'm taking my Yamaha 2000 for battery charging, lighting etc. I will be using the Onan GenSet when needed for the A/C. We will probably be outside (under shade) most of the time, but they say it is nice to hop in the RV during the dust storms and kick on the A/C. I'm towing my flat trailer and I've mounted my Yamaha 2000, Zantrex inverter and deep cycle battery in the "tool box". I've just cleaned up the Onan GenSet compartment and taped all the seams. I'm taking extra fuel, but I will have to watch the fuel consumption in the MH. Won't be able to get gas for a 100 miles after leaving BM. The forecast is for high of 90 and low of 59. That will be a blessing after being at the ranch for a week at 105 +\- and still over 90 until after midnight! This will be the first time that I anticipate using the GenSet for extended periods of time. I've also built a home made gen-turi to route the GenSet exhaust above the MH roof. I have always have exhaust entering the MH after about 15/20 minutes of use. Hopefully my gen-turi will solve that problem.
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:39 PM   #704
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We want to know EVERYTHING....
Prep details, plans, and thoughts...
We want Video and pictures...
Everyone agree?

I have an itch too....
I watched this...
Burning Man 2010 Metropolis - YouTube
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:16 PM   #705
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We want to know EVERYTHING....
Prep details, plans, and thoughts...
We want Video and pictures...
Everyone agree?

I have an itch too....
I watched this...
Burning Man 2010 Metropolis - YouTube
Well, not everything...something's that happen at Burning Man stay at Burning Man! LOL. There will definitely be NO video or pics of me in my "near" birthday suit!
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:23 PM   #706
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We want to know EVERYTHING....
Prep details, plans, and thoughts...
We want Video and pictures...
Everyone agree?

I have an itch too....
I watched this...
Burning Man 2010 Metropolis - YouTube
Steve, if you took your polished AS, you would be an art project all unto your own! Just let the desert sun shine off it during the day and aim some laser lights at it at night...you would be a hit!
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:11 AM   #707
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I have a long way to go before the M/H or the polish job is ready for BM!
Having said that, it seems perfection is not high on the agenda...

As far as your trip to BM goes, I really enjoyed your FF video of the drive to Yosemite, and hope you do some more with some great music to celebrate your trip!
I spoke to the girlfriend and a couple of others, and we think we would like to plan something... maybe 2014..
In the meantime, please keep the prep info coming and when you get back , what you enjoyed, tips and tricks as well as what you learned for the next time!
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Old 08-25-2012, 01:51 AM   #708
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Well all is done except checking the oil and loading the food, drinks, clothes and costumes, then we are off to Burning Man!
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Old 08-25-2012, 01:13 PM   #709
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Unless I am missing something... you look low on Beer...
I read the warnings... Hydration is important!

Seriously tho, even I am excited, and I'm not even going!
Is the large white cooler one of those super insulated 5 day jobs?
I did a measurement on one is Walmart a few weeks back and then measured my rear compartment... it fits almost perfectly. Our plan is to have one mounted on a shelf on drawer slides... and when we do a longer trip have it full of ice and frozen stuff, that we transfer into the Refridgerator as we go!
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Old 08-25-2012, 03:27 PM   #710
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Ya know, a good source of info on BM(and Airstream parking) would be Michael Depraida...Artstream on the forums, a veteran of BM, and a really fun person to know...I could be presumptive, but I consider him the best of friends, and welcome at my camp or house anytime.
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Well all is done except checking the oil and loading the food, drinks, clothes and costumes, then we are off to Burning Man!
See you on the other side. We'll be here when you get back.
Safe travels, dadstoy
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:18 PM   #712
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See you on the other side. We'll be here when you get back.
Safe travels, dadstoy
Thanks! We are back and it was a good trip!
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:09 PM   #713
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Hopefully with my 280 I'll only need 4 days to clean out the playa dust! LOL. I know it won't be like Burning Man, but the MH gets pretty dusty here at the ranch property. Three summers ago, the inside was full of ash from the fires up here, one which burned onto the property line! I don't think the MH has been waxed in 30 years and even though it has cooled off to a mere 99 degrees today, I just can't get myself outside to do much! I'm really looking forward to BM next week since all this prep work is killing me.
I've found that relocating desert dust is as simple as opening all the windows and vents, driving 55-60 mph, and continuing to do so day-to-day until it just doesn't bother me, anymore
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:44 PM   #714
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We are back home, safe and maybe not so sound, from our very successful and extremely fun trip to Burning Man! I have a lot to say about the trip, but that will have to come in time when my brain starts to function again. To answer the number one question on everyone's mind...is the Motorhome full of dust? YES, inside and out! More dust then you could ever imagine. So would we do it again? In a minute! We will be back next year. We had an awesome time!

The Motorhome performed great with only one problem...about two hours into the trip, the alternator stopped producing voltage. So, what I did was to connect the coach batteries to the the engine battery. I brought everything with me exempt an extra kitchen sink LOL. I connected the batteries together at the isolator with an extra battery cable. If the coach batteries ran down, I could just start the generator and the converter would charge both sets of batteries. I did the same thing for the trip home knowing we would mostly be driving during daylight hours. I've got my fingers crossed that it is a wiring issue and not my VERY expensive alternator.

The only other issue that was throwing me was the level sensors on the gray tank. We went for eight days and the gray tank only showed a quarter tank full. The black tank was close to full. On the last night after packing up and raising the jacks, the sensor on the gray tank showed 1/2. Well we have one heck of a good laugh and then took longer showers! The sensors were working. We had set up an evaporation pond for all out gray water except for showers. We were extremely conservative with the gray tank. We did bring extra water and probably refilled half the water in the fresh water tank.

It was an 11 hour drive back to the ranch property yesterday and we drove home today. The Motorhome is sitting at the ranch in all it's playa dust glory. I be back up there in about a week and I will be cleaning for days!

When we arrived on Sunday night and began the two and a half hour drive from the pavement to the playa, it was dark, windy and dusty with many whiteout conditions. This is where most of the dust came from that is covering the Motorhome inside and out. It took a bit, but we finally found the group we were going to camp with for the week. Monday morning, we left that camp and found our own spot next to our own people and had the time of our lives!
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