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Old 11-27-2016, 02:26 PM   #621
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Congrats Mike and Lynn!
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Old 11-27-2016, 11:52 PM   #622
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The lights look great Mike.

Allow me to make a couple of suggestions.

First put some kind of bright indicator light under that switch or wire it to only operate when in reverse. You don't want to accidently have those bad boys on while tooling down the highway.

Second pick up a couple of these Life Gear light sticks http://www.lifegear.com/glow-stick for Lynn. These lights really stand out at night, even in the rain. As long as Lynn is back you really want to be able to see her. Irene has been using these for several years now and I have no excuse but to do what she tells me when backing up.
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Old 11-28-2016, 05:15 AM   #623
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Old 11-28-2016, 03:13 PM   #624
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Old 11-28-2016, 04:05 PM   #625
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Hehehehehehe you betchya!!! First trip is Colorado in about two weeks for the birth of my first grandson Nick.....needless to say Im pretty jacked up about now. Learned some good lessons last year for cold weather camping for sure. We were in 0 degree weather for many days in a row at sunrise. Its totally doable but really gotta stay on top of things. The only freezing problem we had was in our waste tank valves. After that happened once, I started adding two gallons of RV antifreeze to the empty tanks to start. That did the trick. Just got a bunch of the good stuff on sale for around $3.00 a gallon. Makes for some added expense but rather spend a little to prevent the ummmmmmmm, rather nasty popsicles we had to coax out with a blow dryer....I know, TMI.

Had the water pump freeze up once so I added a small, safe, ceramic heater under the bed where the pump lives. Ran it at night mainly. One of my favorite mods that Ive done so far was adding the extra shore power cord and small sub-panel. It gets used in both summer and winter. Adds a whole new isolated circuit to run the rear air or a 1500w heater.
BUT YUP, ONE DOWN TWO TO GO!
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Old 11-28-2016, 04:17 PM   #626
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I forgot, When we returned last year from Colorado I added shutoff valves on the hot and cold lines that snake around the rear of the coach and up to the shower. Now I can isolate that whole side and not have to worry about it. Ive got two low point drains about halfway down the curb side so after a shower we can drain the lines ifn we want to.
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Old 11-29-2016, 04:47 PM   #627
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FYI Mike

A Canuck AS guru told me that the alcohol based RV antifreeze will butch your toilet seal, where-as the glycol based antifreeze won't.

Have a very safe trip; give yourself lots of space and watch road/black ice conditions very carefully.

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Old 12-09-2016, 06:25 AM   #628
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Yesterday we officially started prepping the rig for our trip west. We hope to be in Colorado for 6-8 weeks helping out where we can with my daughter Kate and her new baby boy LEO. Shes due in about two weeks or so. In the mean time Ive had some fun building this 3 in 1 high chair, rocking horse, desk unit. Cut this walnut tree down about 25 years ago and had it rough sawn. Absolutely beautiful wood. Joined up some 20" and 15" boards for this piece. It was fun.
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Hope to leave central Illinois mid next week, keeping an eye on the weather.


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Old 12-09-2016, 06:37 AM   #629
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Mike, congratulations on the upcoming birth of your grandson!!!

Drive safe, enjoy your trip and wow that's a beautiful piece of furniture

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Old 12-09-2016, 07:12 AM   #630
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That's a pretty creative piece there mister ! Regards, Bob
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Old 12-09-2016, 07:33 AM   #631
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Thanks there fallas! Cant take credit for the design, I saw a picture of something similar in an Amish furniture catalogue. But yes, pretty clever of whoever did the initial design.

We take US36 out to Denver, we've made that trip in the 310 three times now and really love that road. We have stayed at 6 different spots along that stretch of road now so if the roads get dicey along the way we have several options to pull over and stay put. We have found some awfully cool little city parks with electric hookups, theyre great. Cheap too. We try to keep an eye out for the little "camping" sign as we are pulling through the small towns. Great way to see small town America.
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Old 12-10-2016, 06:55 AM   #632
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Keep us posted on your trip to Colorado, I went to college there myself, I remember driving my 74 olds cutlass over Wolf Creek pass with the chains on....planning on returning there this summer for a train ride to Silverton. Regards, Bob
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Old 12-10-2016, 07:59 AM   #633
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Will do Bob.
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As I have come to expect from any project you take on Mike; A+ for technic and effort. It's something I look forward to doing in the future with my daughters as well, (hopefully a ways down the road).

Both of you have a safe drive to Colorado.....

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Old 12-11-2016, 07:39 AM   #635
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As I have come to expect from any project you take on Mike; A+ for technic and effort. It's something I look forward to doing in the future with my daughters as well, (hopefully a ways down the road).

Both of you have a safe drive to Colorado.....

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I take that as awfully high praise coming from our resident Cabinst Maestro Tony! As you well know, many people use the term Cabinetmaker and Carpenter synonymously, and Being a retired carpenter I certainly know the difference. Your hand in your 310 interior is just spot on beautiful, so thank you for the kind words Tony.

This will be our first trip without any hard deadlines, time wise. So my plan is to take it slowwww. We will get there when we get there, hopefully before the birth. Kates will have a great deal of family there to help out around the house. In fact, Ive told her that she should be planning now on how to tactfully tell folks to "back off" when she needs some alone time with the baby and Sean.

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Old 12-11-2016, 07:52 AM   #636
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Mike.....do you stay in your Airstream while you are there ????
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Old 12-11-2016, 08:40 AM   #637
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We do Bob. It works out so nice when visiting for some length of time. Having our own space and not constantly being in the kids faces. My son Tony lives up in Fort Collins, about a 2 hour drive north of Denver. He owns a home on a corner lot. So when we go up to hang out with him, we park the rig on the street to the side of his house. Plug in through his garage. Fort Collins is very liberal about allowing RVs to park on the street. So it works out real nice.
While in Denver this time we will be staying at CHERRY CREEK STATE PARK. It is on the south end of Denver and pretty much surrounded by the city. But from what Ive read and been told, it is a very nice SP and feels like youre out in the country somewhere. In the past we have stayed in Golden, western suburb, at Clear Creek RV Park. It was full this year when I tried to make reservations. It is a city run park right on a stretch of white water that is very popular for Kayakers. Clear Creek is the "pure natural mountain water" that COORS BEER is brewed with. The COORS plant is just a mile or so from the RV park. Both Clear Creek and Cherry Creek are about a 15-20 min drive to my daughters house so pretty handy. It really does work out nicely. Allows Lynn and I time to go out and do our own exploring.
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Old 12-17-2016, 09:23 AM   #638
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Hit the road Jack. We left Champaign about 10:00 am yesterday, temps were cold but the roads were in good shape. Drove a little over 4 hours to Long Branch State Park in MO. We are an hour or so west of the Mississippi River. Roads were in good shape until the last 45mins or so, started getting some freezing rain and ice. We've stayed at Long Branch before and we really liked it. Once again, we are the only nut bags in the camp ground and were greeted by half a dozen deer as we pulled in. We had planned on driving another 250 miles west today but the weather forecast has changed and we are gonna stay put till Sunday it looks like. Still trying to wrap our heads around the fact that we dont have a schedule or deadlines to meet now that Lynn has retired. Supposed to be better weather in a couple days so we will just stay put till its safe to get back on the road.
Here at Long Branch we have good internet, good cell service, and its pretty awesome to be the only folks in the whole place!!

A few things Ive done to prep the rig for traveling in this type of cold weather:

I installed a second shore power cord a couple years ago so I can run additional electric heat and save my propane. My water pump is located in the very rear street side under our queen bed. Slide the mattress forward and I have a hinged hatch to access the pump and plumbing. I keep a small ceramic heater in that hatch near the pump and plumbing. I run this heater off the second shore power cord. Its done a great job of keeping that whole side warm all the way to the bath area.

I use a couple gallons of RV anitfreeze in each waste tank, make sure to pour it in the empty tank so it fills the piping down to the gate/slide valve. Once I pour the antifreeze in both tanks, making sure my outside cap is on the waste outlet, I open each valve to fill the pipe to the cap. This way Ive got the antifreeze on both sides of the valve.

The absorption type fridge will struggle when temps get really cold. Apparently the chemical make-up of the fluid in the cooling unit will start to gel up in really cold temps and the fridge wont cool properly. I use some reflectix insulation on the back side of the vented fridge outside door to cover most of the slotted vent holes. I also ran a light socket into the area and keep a 75w bulb to keep the area a little warm. It really does the trick. I make sure nothing is touching the vent stack.

I installed reflectix on all windows that we dont need for vision while driving. Also used it on both my roof vents. I know some folks say this doesnt really help but I think it does. This is our 3rd or 4th trip in cold winter weather and it makes a difference.

The windshield defroster pretty much sucks. It blows good and strong but these diesels run cool and its always a challenge keeping the windshield free of snow or ice build up. Yesterday I stuck one of our ceramic heaters on top of the dash, running the generator for power, and it helped a great deal. Something to work on. This motor just runs cool and thats that. Any ideas on improving heat are appreciated.

Sooooo, we will enjoy the day just hanging out and hope for better travel weather tomorrow. We can stream TCM so alls good.

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Old 12-17-2016, 09:27 AM   #639
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Check out the great little shelter next to the rig, I think this spot may be the camp host's.


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Old 12-17-2016, 10:08 AM   #640
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Hardy travelers, you two!

If your open schedule and this winter weather cause you to think of warmer areas to the south once in Colo.do give me a shout and head this way for a visit.

The image of heater in the dash gives me a chuckle. Gota do what you Gota do.

Congrats on the new grand child!
That crib/high chair is ingenious and looks nicely done, nice heirloom piece.
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