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Old 05-30-2012, 11:59 AM   #71
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Do You Use a Portable Ice Maker?

On our recent outing I noticed several of the RV's had Portable Ice Makers. Essentially plug into outlet add 1 gallon of water and voila...ice cubes. Like the Energizer Bunny, the ice maker kept pumping out 9 cubes every 9 minutes.

Checked online and there are several manufacturers...
If you have one, what is the Brand Name and would you recommend to others?

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Old 05-30-2012, 12:03 PM   #72
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Toad Wiring

Inspected the SmartCenter install of the Blue Ox Base Plates and wiring.
Noticed the Smart Car has a 5 Pin Receptacle, the harness has a 5 Pin on one end and a 7 Pin on the other.

As you can imagine, the motorhome has a 4 pin.

Searched online for an adapter and could not locate.
Visited the local motorhome dealer parts department and found a 7 pin receptacle. Will "wring the wires" of the motorhome this evening and give it a try...

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Old 06-03-2012, 08:28 AM   #73
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Wife Named our Toad: "Buoy"

Re-arranged wires into the new 7 pin receptacle on the Motorhome to match the wiring by Smartcenter Buckhead.

Test fitted the Blue Ox Towing Assembly:

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Moving on to other projects...

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Old 06-07-2012, 08:41 PM   #74
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DW has this weekend off, planning a short trip south.

"Katy" has been provisioned and we're looking forward to hitting the road!

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Old 06-07-2012, 09:42 PM   #75
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What a cute buoy! We pull a toaster, a Honda Element.
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:24 PM   #76
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Daniel, I don't want to be a nit picker but your little smart buoy is spelled with a lower case "s" to be correct. I have owned two of the little rascals for 6 years now. It is something the smart community informs you of early on. They are also affectionately known as smarties. Also there is no "car" in the name. It is merely smart as Ford is Ford and Chevy is Chevy. The name smart came from Swatch Mercedes ART.
The car was designed by Nicolas Hayek, one of the fathers of Swatch Watch Co. and built as a joint effort with Mercedes Benz. After a few years it was taken over entirely by Mercedes.

By the way your little smart will look great pushing your Airstream down the highway.

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Old 06-07-2012, 11:26 PM   #77
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I doubt anyone will ever see that "car" hidden in that dust ball behind the Land Yacht.

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By the way your little smart will look great pushing your Airstream down the highway.

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Old 06-08-2012, 08:08 AM   #78
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Smart stream,

I like your Classic Motorhome towing a "sMART" (play on iPOD) avatar!

Every time I look at "buoy", cracks me up. Today's trip will be my first experience with a Toad. Members on the forums pretty much share that I "won't know it's back there".

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PS: image of "buoy" pushing the Land Yacht is stuck in my head!
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Nice toad. If you don't have a car shield for it, check out Coastline Cover MFG Co. They make tow car covers for several makes & models....so they fit well & are made really well (lifetime warranty).
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Smart stream,

I like your Classic Motorhome towing a "sMART" (play on iPOD) avatar!

Every time I look at "buoy", cracks me up. Today's trip will be my first experience with a Toad. Members on the forums pretty much share that I "won't know it's back there".

Daniel

PS: image of "buoy" pushing the Land Yacht is stuck in my head!
Be careful with sharp or radical changes in directions, both horizontal and vertical. With the coach overhang the coach is going one way but the hitch point starts in the other direction then quickly changes back. This can set the cars front wheels to oscillate and they won't stop until you do and give them a chance to straighten out. In an out of gas stations and steep driveways at an angle are good spots for this to happen. Some advocate a bungee cord around the steering wheel to the seat base helps contain the wheel and prevent the oscillation from starting. I don't use the cord just be aware of the possibility in those situations and take it easy.

Have fun with your smartie, they really are a great little car.

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Dowpells,

Thank you, for the tip on the car shield! Will check them out upon our return.

Smartstream,
Thank you, for sharing your first-hand knowledge. Have bungee cords in the basement storage locker, will give it a try on our return trip.

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"Buoy" is "attached" to the mother ship.

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Had an hour of free time (very rare), so I decided to mount a 22" LCD TV in the bedroom.

Searched through the forum to get ideas from the other members. Elected to mount the TV on the door of the original 13" CRT TV cabinet...DW wanted to keep the cabinet for storage.

Need to come up with a method to secure the TV while in route...(bungee cord?

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The "Service Engine Soon" light has been displayed since Katy was purchased in April.

So, researched the forum and watched some YouTube videos to understand the system. Used a paper clip to jump across pins on the OBD1 connector and observed the Fault Code flashing light. One...Five, Code 15 - Low Coolant Temperature Sensor. Purchased a replacement and installed. Disconnected the negative cable from the battery for five minutes to clear the fault. Inserted key, said a silent prayer and started the engine. The SES light is out!

I am grateful to the forum members for sharing their troubleshooting techniques to resolve my issue, thank you!

Daniel

Next up, replace the defective front air bag...0 psi., won't hold any pressure.
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