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Old 06-13-2016, 07:28 PM   #1009
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Yeah, I should have left the rear screw in place, as I can see that the tube could have swung out the way you say.

On the radio, you said some time ago that there are lots of wires behind the radio, I think? Maybe one of them is a power wire which came free from the back of the unit? Worth a look if you can see the back without causing more damage!
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Old 06-17-2016, 05:34 PM   #1010
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Well we finally hit the road for a couple of nights at Hither Hills State Park at the eastern end of Long Island. No hookups and right on the ocean. Booked solid for the summer with reservations, but a few Wait List campsites opened up on Wednesday.

The new Yamaha 1000 tri-fuel generator worked out great, and even handled the fridge in addition to the converter/charger. The water pump is quieter but could stand improving.

Did not get around to putting the new fridge fan in before we grabbed this site on the spur of the moment, but it will be next on the list. Keeping the top exterior door open helped, and the weather is still fairly cool (55-75 F). No way it will work out in hotter weather, even with the awning open.

The attached sunrise panoramic shot shows us on the lower left, and the ocean dune grass on the right. The beach is a short walk through the dune to a wide sandy beach. Long Island is thought to have some of the best beaches in the world, and this is one of them. My health still prohibits swimming in the ocean, due to a back wound, but hopefully in a few weeks I will be jumping in. Water temp about 65 F +/-, and the water is crystal clear right now. Very tempting!

Hope everyone's summer is off to a good start . . .

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Old 06-18-2016, 10:01 AM   #1011
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Wondering how your road trip is going, and whether you have needed to have anything fixed in the FC20? Has the fridge been able to keep up with the summer heat, and have you replaced the fridge fan maybe?

Happy Trails!

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Old 06-18-2016, 10:35 PM   #1012
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Well we finally hit the road for a couple of nights at Hither Hills State Park at the eastern end of Long Island. No hookups and right on the ocean. Booked solid for the summer with reservations, but a few Wait List campsites opened up on Wednesday.

The new Yamaha 1000 tri-fuel generator worked out great, and even handled the fridge in addition to the converter/charger. The water pump is quieter but could stand improving.

Did not get around to putting the new fridge fan in before we grabbed this site on the spur of the moment, but it will be next on the list. Keeping the top exterior door open helped, and the weather is still fairly cool (55-75 F). No way it will work out in hotter weather, even with the awning open.

The attached sunrise panoramic shot shows us on the lower left, and the ocean dune grass on the right. The beach is a short walk through the dune to a wide sandy beach. Long Island is thought to have some of the best beaches in the world, and this is one of them. My health still prohibits swimming in the ocean, due to a back wound, but hopefully in a few weeks I will be jumping in. Water temp about 65 F +/-, and the water is crystal clear right now. Very tempting!

Hope everyone's summer is off to a good start . . .

Cheers,

Peter

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Woo Hoo, congrats Peter. I'm glad you were finally able t hit the road. 'll have to check the map. This looks like a great beach site. Good news too on the GenSet. Sounds like a great setup...big enough to get the job done but not too big @ 27 lbs to haul around in the TV....and tri fuel....awesone

BTW re the spiders I have been using a section of K-9 flea collar. I buy the biggest (biggest dog) and cheapest (WM), cut it in half...WH and refer burner areas. I haven't had any problem. I also swap them out semi annually. At the refer I loop in on the cond line but in the WH I simply put it under the burner and it moves around on the ledge a bit on the road.

Bob

p.s. I kept the top refer door all the way open or when it was raining propped open 3-4 inches...the fan hardly ran even with on the hotter days.
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Old 06-18-2016, 10:57 PM   #1013
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We just returned from the Orcas Island trip this afternoon. Day 1 on the road was Lacey WA at the Land Yacht Harbor which was basically a parking lot with hookups and home I believe to the WA WBCCI unit. The price was great and it's a goo location befre jumping int the Tacoma ~ Seattle traffic....horrendous. Day 2 we laid up in Anacortes at Pioneer Trails for the next mornings ferry ride to Orcas Island. PT was a very nice property with nice sites, quiet and great management.

3 nights on Orcas Island was great. (privatecamping.com). It has full hookups (Wa, Ele & Waste).
The site was great and offered a good home base to explore the island. The owners have done a great job here.

We back tracked to Eugene at the same sites.

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Old 06-18-2016, 11:28 PM   #1014
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fantastic fan seals etc

Anybody had any problem with the seals staying in place when opening the cover?

I noticed after the SD trip, this one of the 2 had come off and was drooping on one side This trip, both have come off (held loosely in place by the cover)

After SD I applied generous amounts of the Aerospace protectant (Silicone) and that helped when opening them (they were binding). Being on the roof, it was quite the challenge working on these and can't see doing the protectant that often. I'll climb u this weekend and am thinking of small amounts of silicone sealant in the ribbed groove of the seal to keep it attached to plastic curbs of the FF top.



Also getting read for the trip, I thought I'd tighten the cleats that support the table. My advice is that if you don't ever plan to drop the table to conver the dinette...stop reading. But if you do I'd beef it up. The screws are inadequate and not screwed into anything with a reasonable degree of integrity. I think you'll be surprised if you tighten the existing screws with a screwdriver. I removed the interior 1X1 and replaced it with a 1 X 3, used the removed piece for a template for pre-drilling, drilled out the cleats for a larger thru bolt (8x24 I think....2.5" long cut to 2.25 filed fluh and used a T nut.

p.s. Peter was fight the cleat screws were right at the edge of the backing. last image. hmmm, can't find the image but the screw from the cleat was protruding thru the fabric right at the edge of the 1x1 backing necessitating something wider. I just happened to have some 1X3 handy.


The fwd one was easy, but the rear one I left one of the old screw as it was located at a bulkhead and a thru bolt would not work. I'll ad another screw from the inside & into the cleat at the one end although having the thru bolt on the isle side is key for strength. It's an easy project and make the dinette secure for sleeping (or watching TV)

BTW I think you'll be surprised if you tighten the existing screws with a screwdriver.

Bob
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Old 06-18-2016, 11:34 PM   #1015
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We just returned from the Orcas Island trip

3 nights on Orcas Island was great. (privatecamping.net). It has full hookups (Wa, Ele & Waste).
The site was great and offered a good home base to explore the island. The owners have done a great job here.

We back tracked to Eugene at the same sites.

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Old 06-18-2016, 11:44 PM   #1016
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Great pictures guys, it's the season to travel! We leave Monday for the Mammoth area.
Have a great time!
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Old 06-18-2016, 11:53 PM   #1017
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p.s. forgot to mention having breakfast outside on the least day...dead calm and absolutely beautiful.



Heard the Squawwwwwwk, we looked up and saw two bald eagles directly above us playfully circling. Reminded me of the movie Continental Divide.

Simply awesome. We bought an eagle carving for the wall on our way out of town.

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Old 06-19-2016, 12:08 AM   #1018
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Great pictures guys, it's the season to travel! We leave Monday for the Mammoth area.
Have a great time!

Jose, have a great time. Mammoth is a great area. Good luck with the fishun' (??)

Happy trails

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Old 06-19-2016, 06:31 AM   #1019
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Thanks Bob, glad your trip worked out! Great photos, and once again, what a site! Curious whether their daily rates go down in the fall "off season" or in the winter? With full hookups, you could probably stay there at any time of year, even in cold rainy weather.

Our recent campground was packed, and is reserved through the fall, so off-season travel may be easier for us retired folks. Hmmm, food for thought.

Appreciate the flea collar and dinette seat cleat advice and photos. Agree that even one through-bolt for each cleat is a major improvement, especially both outer ones near the fridge. Will look at the fan/vent seals you mentioned. Thanks.

Another issue that came up for us at our no-hookups site -- grey water management. The CG had really good shower facilities, fairly close, but we had to be really careful with the grey water waste over our 3-day and 2-night stay. I see the totes available online in all kinds of sizes, with the larger ones having 2, 3 or even 4 wheels for the large ones.

I saw a pickup go by our site towing a 4-wheel monster tote, probably about 30-40 gallons, which of course weighs a ton, but does offer the Plus of holding all of our grey tank discharge comfortably for just one trip to the dump. Storage of this large tote is obviously the next problem. We are thinking that something along the lines of 15-20 gallons makes sense as a good compromise -- maybe 2-3 wheels. Have you thought about this for basic campsites?

Has anyone else here bought a grey water tote, and if so what size and so forth? Thanks.

Great to have camping season upon us, as Jose said. Have a great trip to Mammoth!

Cheers,

Peter

PS -- So cool the eagles came to pay a visit . . .
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Old 06-19-2016, 06:56 AM   #1020
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Peter,
We have a 22 Sport, so similar size tanks. We are boondocks camping this summer at a few national parks.

We went to camping world and looked extensively at the various totes, both reviewing for ease of use, quality, capacity, physical size, and cost.

We ended up getting the 12 gallon one, which was the smallest and lowest cost. Here was our thought process, just for your consideration.

Our deciding factors were really based on these points. The 12 gallon when full will be at about 100 pounds. Which 2 of us could lift into the bed of the truck. Just yesterday I added on a double-wrapped strap to add a makeshift handle to the wheel side). This size does not have a folding handle, only a integral handhold (like a plastic milk carton has) at one end. It has 2 wheels on the other end.

There is no possible way that a larger tank would be able to be lifted into a vehicle. So then you must tow it or walk it to the dump area.

When we looked at the cheepo wheels that all of these seemed to have, we did not feel that the larger units, which would weigh over 200 pounds when full, would hold up well over time. Or that they would be really rugged enough to wheel on rocky campground roads.

The units with larger capacities are HUGE. HUGE. By the time you have the tank itself, and the foldout handle and wheels and connection ports, they were just really big. We didn't feel that the space they would need was justified by a once or twice a year use.

We figured that we will just plan to dump gray every day with the 12 gallon, and feel that knowing you may need to drive mile or a mile to a dump station made us want to get a portable tank that we knew we could get into the truck.

We also only plan to use this for gray dumping, as we use the black tank pretty sparingly and only for liquids. If you wanted something suitable for full use black tank dumping then that would probably send me to the other end of the spectrum to get the best and sturdiest larger tank that would cover 100% of the size of the tank, and would be a design that could be well sanitized easily between uses.
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Thanks PB good advice. The 12-gallon range with 2 wheels sounds right for us. Have fun on your trip, and let me know if you want to discuss the thermostat setting on your fridge per my comment in your thread.

Have fun!

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PS here is a recent thread about choosing totes for everyone's information:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f444...-152301-2.html
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I'm trying to figure out what the two tubes at along the floor next to my water heater are for. The are not the drain to the side panel nylon plug. When I open the valves on these red and white tubes, water rushes out onto the ground. I would have guessed that they are low point drains of the entire water system, but they were not left open by the Airstream dealer that did my winterizing.

Both the white and red tube valves are shut off in these four photos.
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