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Old 11-02-2013, 06:51 PM   #393
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I believe you are correct on the gauge utilized stock. In my usual fashion i upped all gauge and routed both batteries to a common fused positive buss. In this manner both batteries receive the same volt/amp from charger rather than going through one or the other battery first. Just my silly extreme tweaker solution.

picture of the fused positive buss box (individual 60amp fuse for batties) :
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Old 11-03-2013, 01:41 AM   #394
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Hi Thom. Really like the look of your van. You and your wife have a great setup w/ Chevy and Parkliner. Very functional and sounds like great use of space. Wondering was the axle lift hard to do on the van? Reason why I ask is b/c I asked Cameron at PL if they offer raised axle as an option. He said no but now since they are not welding axle we could have it raised as an after market.
Thank you everyone for your willingness to share your knowledge. Really is helpful especially as my sister and I try to navigate the technical aspects of purchasing a fiberglass camper. Very best to all, BL and Bev aka 2 sisters.
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Old 11-03-2013, 04:52 AM   #395
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Hi Thom. Really like the look of your van. You and your wife have a great setup w/ Chevy and Parkliner. Very functional and sounds like great use of space. Wondering was the axle lift hard to do on the van? Reason why I ask is b/c I asked Cameron at PL if they offer raised axle as an option. He said no but now since they are not welding axle we could have it raised as an after market.
Thank you everyone for your willingness to share your knowledge. Really is helpful especially as my sister and I try to navigate the technical aspects of purchasing a fiberglass camper. Very best to all, BL and Bev aka 2 sisters.
Thom really does have a great set-up, I agree! Makes me wonder about getting a cap for my pickup...

Why do you two ladies want a raised axle? Just curious.

I need to go out today and see what kind of axle set up we have in 006. I've been so darn busy I keep forgetting to look!

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Old 11-03-2013, 05:06 AM   #396
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Greetings,

I thought i'd share a picture of my wife's Daily Driver that doubles as our Tow Vehicle.
During October we added a lift kit and rhino lined the rockers/wells/bumpers.
We love the _look_.

cheers!
Thom

PS. Thanks for any comments!

Thom, can you tell me a bit more about the rhino lining? Did you do it yourself or hire it out? Is it a rust preventative thing? Looks great!

Thanks,

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Old 11-03-2013, 08:31 AM   #397
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Greetings BL, Bev, Frank and our EggFamily.

Thank you for the kudos on our rig and your questions.

On "Lift". The lift kit for our chevy AWD is an aftermarket kit with total cost and install at ~$600. It took our local mechanic ~3 hours to do without issue. Rides like a dream, though my wife said the extra 3" to the ground was quite a surprise the first time out of the cab!

I too asked Chandler if an axle lift was available for the Parkliner and at that time it was not an option. I believe it will be on our to-do list ~fall of 2014, we go off road to much to keep it retro-cool-low as it is.

---On Rhino Liner.
Great product! Rust, grime, salt, rock protection. Can color match.
Here is a link to their website:
Liners.RhinoLinings.com

You can locate an installer near you at _this link_ There are four in New York near NYC.

Once we lift our Parkliner, we will probably trim-match with RhinoLining also.

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Old 11-07-2013, 06:43 PM   #398
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I wanted to share a tow-vehicle related item that Cari & I just installed on our van... we had a pair of 5"x7" drop in replacement headlamps by Truck Lite installed by a local shop. We could have done it ourselves as they are simple drop in replacements, but since we have no easy way/place (remember we live in an RV) to make sure they were dialed in and adjusted properly we paid the $40 to have them do it for us.



There is a nice technology video up on youtube at _this link_.

The video really sold us on the idea, and i can say, these lights should amaze just about anyone as to their effectiveness on the road. These are a step up from HIDs in that they 1) Are significantly easier to install (drop in for many makes/models), 2) LED amp draw = low draw, little heat 3) cost ~similar or less than an HID kit/lens, 4) million mile bulbs...you should never have to replace one of these in the typical lifetime of a rig.

I took before and after images of the bulbs but they really do not do justice to what is taking place on the roadway. These bulbs are truly amazing and i recommend them.

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Thom,
Do you have some more detail on the manufacturer of the bulbs and possible sources?
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Greetings Jim,
Here is a direct link to the Truck-Lite website. You should be able to go into your local-owned auto-electric shop and see if they can get these bulbs (a quick look in Pen showed ~6 dealers). They are becoming quite popular with OTR Truckers and also tuner-car enthusiasts. My shop stated they had installed several into local fleet trucks and had the particular set for my chevy van ordered as i talked to them and arrived at their shop the next day. The price per bulb here on the WET! Coast of Oregon was $280... i didn't even skip a beat when i heard the price as i was ready to put out that much per side for an HID kit. The stock Chevy headlights were so poor that my wife would not get flashed by oncoming traffic even with the high beams on ,(

Also of note, we have a local multi-branch military base...nearly all new rigs are coming with these LED bulbs in them, Hummers and all : )
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For curious minds here are a couple images i shot of the front headlights on the van with the newly installed LED headlights.

From side:




Front:




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For curious minds here are a couple images i shot of the front headlights on the van with the newly installed LED headlights.

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Gee Thom, ya about blinded me!

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Thom really does have a great set-up, I agree! Makes me wonder about getting a cap for my pickup...

Why do you two ladies want a raised axle? Just curious.

I need to go out today and see what kind of axle set up we have in 006. I've been so darn busy I keep forgetting to look!

Frank
Hi Frank. So sorry I didn't see your post about being curious as to why we want axle lift on PL. We primarily don't want clearance to be an issue when it comes to backing into our driveway. Also really would like to be able to tow our PL off road when opportunity arises. Basic off road not ATV terrain. What does your PL 006 have regards to axle set up? --BL and Bev (2 sisters)
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As Cari and i look forward to season two with our 2013 PL#35 i am patting myself on the back on being a brave-early-adopter. When we ordered our PL last January the base price was 14,900...this year's 2014 model base price is 15,900. I realize this is just part of doing business, and a price increase was inevitable i suppose, though i've already been in contact by one shopper who has shelved the idea due to the price hike.

I should do some research and compare with the egg-competitors and see what increase/change they went through just as a wet-winter doodle couped up inside.

Happy 2014!
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I do not care what the base price is! We are pleased to have #006, and are sticking with it. I'm still pinching myself...

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It's hard to break the mind set that things get more expensive.
But it's actually that the money goes down in value. As long as
the Fed continues to print money out of thin air, money value will
go down and prices will appear to go up.
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