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Old 05-16-2012, 07:28 AM   #29
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Ditto on talking with Lewster ... he did my system, using AM Solar components, and I have been very pleased with the result. The consensus seems to be that you can get a lot more solar output, etc. with a non-factory system. AM Solar doesn't build RVs - they just do solar systems for them. Either way, they're not cheap, but they are sure nice.

As to what to do when the brought-from-home water runs out, I've got three suggestions. First, almost any town has a supermarket and that supermarket will have spring water or distilled water in one and/or two gallon jugs. Second, you can refill in a town with a known good drinking water system. Any place bigger than a crossroads that has a central water system will comply with EPA drinking water regs, and their water will be safe to drink, even if it's not as good tasting as some others. When's the last time you got sick from drinking the water in any town in the U.S.? Third, and especially if you are going to be boondocking a lot, I always carry along, an MSR Waterworks filter. I've used it all over the world and have had no problems. It is intended to support a team of backpackers in wilderness areas, who are having to get their drinking water from streams and ponds (and I've done this many places). It filters out pretty much all of the "nasties" except for viruses and has an after-filter using activated charcoal to take out most chemicals ... so if you start with what looks like "pretty good" water, you're very unlikely to have any sort of problem. It is a hand pump item with a ceramic filter, and it will process about a liter a minute ... the filter is good for hundreds of gallons of water, and it is easily field-maintainable. I have a son going to India this summer, and I'm sending him off with one. It's also very reassuring to have in case of a natural disaster, when your "local" water treatment system might go down for an extended period.

Have fun. Be happy, don't worry. You will work out the few issues you encounter "on the fly" and it will all be part of the adventure.
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:43 AM   #30
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Have fun. Be happy, don't worry. You will work out the few issues you encounter "on the fly" and it will all be part of the adventure.
That's the best advice of all. We had a fun AND instructive first season!
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Congratulations!

Our 2012 27FB International is parked in front of the house all hitched up and ready for a 10 day trip starting today. Heading to Flagstaff and vicinity.

We've used a water filter from day one and we do drink the water IF it tastes good. If not we go bottled water route. I'm just not paranoid enough to haul gallons of plastic water bottles around.

We have used the service department in Los Banos even though we purchased back East, they do good work.
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Our 2012 27FB International is parked in front of the house all hitched up and ready for a 10 day trip starting today. Heading to Flagstaff and vicinity.

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Suggestions for Flagstaff area national forest camping:

(1) Pinegrove Campground, Coconino National Forest)...but make sure15 mi SE of Flagtaff on St, Mary's Road...great little campground, dry camping but very clean and well taken care of...pay showers, nice toilets, paved roads, dump station... You cam make reservations.

(2) Bontio Campground, Coconino Naitona Forest at the entrance to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and the lava flows off highway 89 toward Page...entrance to the monument also gives you access to Wupatki National Monument). Clean, Paved, nice rest rooms, but no dumpstation...

(3) If you're going west from Flag on I-40 check out Williams for camping...both in town at one of a couple of commercial RV Parks including the Grand Canyon Rail Road RV Park and also Kaibab Lake Campground in the Kaibab National Forest system...

(4) If you're going further east from Flagstaff of I-40 check out Meteor Crater between Flag and Winslow...there's a commercial RV park there...and the crater is really quite interesting. If you get to Winslow go to the La Posada Hotel for lunch or dinner...

Check our travel log (below) for pictures and descriptions of all these (except Meteor Crater...we have not been there with the AS)...

Happy Trails!
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Suggestions for Flagstaff area national forest camping:

(1) Pinegrove Campground, Coconino National Forest)...but make sure15 mi SE of Flagtaff on St, Mary's Road...great little campground, dry camping but very clean and well taken care of...pay showers, nice toilets, paved roads, dump station... You cam make reservations.

(2) Bontio Campground, Coconino Naitona Forest at the entrance to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and the lava flows off highway 89 toward Page...entrance to the monument also gives you access to Wupatki National Monument). Clean, Paved, nice rest rooms, but no dumpstation...

(3) If you're going west from Flag on I-40 check out Williams for camping...both in town at one of a couple of commercial RV Parks including the Grand Canyon Rail Road RV Park and also Kaibab Lake Campground in the Kaibab National Forest system...

(4) If you're going further east from Flagstaff of I-40 check out Meteor Crater between Flag and Winslow...there's a commercial RV park there...and the crater is really quite interesting. If you get to Winslow go to the La Posada Hotel for lunch or dinner...

Check our travel log (below) for pictures and descriptions of all these (except Meteor Crater...we have not been there with the AS)...

Happy Trails!
Between Flagstaff and Williams, you might enjoy stopping at Seligman, AZ, just off the freeway for a kitchy trip back a few years. Further down the road on I-40, you can "take it easy" by "standing on the corner" of Winslow, AZ, and just a little further east, prior to the Painted Desert/Petrified Forest NP, you can see the Wigwam Motel and 1950-ish cars in Holbrook, AZ. The Airstream will look right at home in all those places.
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