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Old 05-25-2013, 01:16 PM   #295
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......Controlling urge to wade right in to the ST versus LT debate......

Whew!

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ha ! ha ! ....no debate needed. One kind is good, the other kind, not so good !

edit, come on over, I'm out in the shop changing the oil and antifreeze in the motorcycle, and I just dropped the safety wire pliers in the drain pan of oil. We can debate tires while I clean up my mess....
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Excuse us a minute, Thom.........



Now....what were we talking about?

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Wink

i think i just heard the teacher from Saturday Night Live chime in;

"CLASS"



Thanks for putting a smile on my face you two. I'm just back from a long day at the office that started waaaaay to early today!

George, yuppers on the re-torque...i already have the general idea of where i'm pulling over on the way out of town for this adventure (with wrench in the van ready to torque).
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A quick update on new tires...
In one word?

AMAZING!

We put about 300 miles on the stock bias ply tires..
And now about 100 miles on the new LT 185R14 8 ply tires... What a difference. Very smooth and great following behind van. The wheel wells appear free of rub for now. I will keep a close eye out.
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A quick update on new tires...
In one word?

AMAZING!

We put about 300 miles on the stock bias ply tires..
And now about 100 miles on the new LT 185R14 8 ply tires... What a difference. Very smooth and great following behind van. The wheel wells appear free of rub for now. I will keep a close eye out.
Good to hear that you are happy with the new tires Thom. I'm not at all surprised. A radial is a superior design in almost all respects. Lower rolling resistance and a better ride are a given. Cooler running and longer lasting too...what's not to like about all that ?
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Thom, Glad the new tires are working out for you, and ya the wheels look nice.
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Glad to hear you seem to have it sorted out Thom! I still recall the first time I towed by trailer after having switch it to radials and I did indeed feel the difference! All good stuff.
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I'm not surprised you can feel the difference with the new tires, Thom- downsizing the width of a trailer tire is the simplest possible way to reduce rolling resistance. The inch and a half difference between the old ones and the new is a 15% step in the right direction!

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I would imagine the narrower tread is part of it...whatever all the elements are i'm grateful.

...also going from 45psi in stock bias up to 60psi w/radials helped in ride quality !

And on skinny tires...we ran what we called Pizza Cutters (9*35) on our highly modyfied Toyota Landcrusier crawling on granite up in the sierras and have always preferred them especially here in the soggy roads as they slice right through the puddles.
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Rain finally let up for a quick photo... It is 1300 memorial day & the park has few remaining campers left... & none within sight of our spot. Happy Hermit Campers... Just my soul mate & i.

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A couple of set up notes;
This particular spot #53 is a pull through... And while that is fine (& one of the few remaining when I made reservations) we will avoid it off possible on the future as it is quite an incline. The van at level was our priority & we had a nice rest.

... The Parkliner? Not so much!
While the BAL leveler & single tire chock have things set level side to side, there is such a grade I felt uneasy unhooking the rigs so there is a nose low set to the trailer... We will be moving Tuesday after brunch so we'll live.


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Old 05-31-2013, 07:11 PM   #305
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Over at our adventure blog-thread an inquiring reader asked "Why Butane"... and the long answer is at this post on that thread : )

A picture helps tell the story...
(note ice-box stock wood grain door. our first mod...changed to nice white)



and when it's cookin' time...


The galley is very clean and functional. And when we want to boil water for tea/coffee/bag-meal the 12,000 btu butane stove comes out of the lower cabinet and the stove is ready. We enjoy the simple amenities and systems in use in PL #35 !
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That's very clean and tidy looking Thom ! I like the white panel in the ice box door.
Your neatness makes the galley in my trailer look cluttered by comparison !
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Hi George,
the door panel swap was one of those "Duh" kind of things. I was actually surprised that the cooler didn't already come in white. But a quick run to the local home-depot with the original panel and one of the workers happily cut a new panel out of 1/8" white paneling.

On the neat-factor...My wife has trained me well ; )

OH, and on the ice cooler... we put one block of ice in the upper ice tray on monday and it was still below 40 degrees thursday nite and about 3/4 of the block remaining. Outside temps were in the mid 60's days/mid 50's nites.
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Old 06-01-2013, 04:27 PM   #308
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Lightbulb

I mounted the xantrex LinkLITE battery monitor, though i'm in chill out mode today and waiting to actually hook it up tomorrow (Sunday June 2)...the week was busy with our vacation and my early work shift today put me in the mood for relaxing and watching some SciFi while doing the loads of laundry from trip (all while Cari is at work to surprise her...i'm such a good husband.)

Here is a photo of the monitor location chosen due to ease of access:


And i also put "www.ACCRETE.com" in a combination of 1/2" + 2" silver vinyl letters on the rear wall of Parkliner to point curious peeps to my domain and then to the links back to the build thread here at FGRV and van build thread at Sportsmobile forums.

Now to dial up some SciFi
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