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Old 05-04-2014, 10:55 AM   #435
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And yes Frank, it is a good feeling to now not be concerned about loosing some fiberglass layers driving down the road.

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I hope to be sharing that same feeling in 3 weeks!

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Old 05-16-2014, 11:42 AM   #436
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Greetings,
Here are several shots of the Gander Mountain (12'x12') Dining Canopy we are utilizing on our Parkliner. I know there have been questions in the past as to just how we are attaching it and such. . . so here goes ask any clarifying questions as needed.

Here is a shot from the curb side showing the two vertical poles and guy lines (2 for each pole in this case...it was windy!)



here is what it looks like up inside (the canopy peak is ~2ft above sides)


this one from the rear showing how i have the lines going through a garden knee pad (which i place under the awning poles to protect roof) and then the lines going to the bumper in two places:


this one from the front showing how i have the lines going through a garden knee pad (which i place under the awning poles to protect roof) and then the lines going to the front A frame in two places:


here is a closeup of how the awning wraps over roof and fabric-edge is located at the inner edge of Parkliner's anti-trolley roof. This actually came in handy in the moderate winds as this edge was lifted off roof and bled excess wind caught under canopy:


Overall i am impressed with this little canopy for our use with the Parkliner. There were some stiff winds in camp this trip to Nehalem Bay State Park (i have a short write up at our adventure blog thread here at FGRV).

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I updated the original first post to reflect our current "Look" of the charming couple



I'm still thinking of asking the shop that did our van's rhino lining to do a matching trim on the parkliner...maybe a fall makeover?

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Old 07-19-2014, 08:52 PM   #438
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July 2014 trip to Quartz Creek east of Sweet Home Oreogn...

We had a great five-day-mini-adventure (our preferred Monday through Friday).

Here is one shot taken coming up from one of the hammocks i set up down near the creek...



and one from the road...


the creek is right beyond that dense folage and trees. . .

And this was my view from the hammock a few feet over the water (other than keeping an eye on Cari while she was panning for gold a few yards away) ...



The Parkliner performed perfectly. The road was actually quite rough and i'm glad the wheel well mod had been done before this season because i'm sure some fiberglass would have been missing in the wells this trip!!

The math on the fuel economy stated 12.5 mpg during the ~240 highway miles + ~80 miles forestry road round trip. Cari drove to camp, i drove home. It's that Yin-Yang thing. She likes all the excitement of getting to camp (while i navigate), and my mellow personality can handle any potential Friday-Traffic-Insanity that might be nearby. We have an interesting situation in that we currently live on what is one of the top tourist destinations during the summer months on the Oregon Coast. So it's like a stampede on Fridays going home with all the crazies that think we live in Paradise. If they only realized it rains ~80+ inches a year!

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Beautiful! Looks like our kind of place. Any luck panning? We live on 40 acres, and the western boundary of our property is about a 1/4 mile stretch of meandering creek that we've never seen go dry even in our worst drought conditions. We're certain the Mother Load is down in that creek bottoms somewhere. Haven't found it yet, but we'll keep looking - and keep an eye out for water moccasins that also seem to enjoy that cool creek bottom during our hot summer weather!
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Beautiful countryside!
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Boy Thom, must be tough taking pics from a few feet over the water. And keeping an eye on Cari while she pans for gold too?!? Gee!

I'm envious of the scenery, & don't care if you get 80" of rain a year. Those pics belie the fact!

Enjoy!

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The 12 mpg seems low for the Parkliner, I got that with my bigger Escape over 6000 miles last month. I would expect 15 for that smaller unit, particularly with the van acting as a buffer for the wind. Maybe double check those numbers?
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I get around 14 mpg while towing...probably less if I'm running my air conditioner while traveling....but hard to tell the majority of my trips involve too much stop and go traffic and that kills the mileage.
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I'll check my mileage on the F150 a bit later & let ya know how I did, but I'm betting it's like Thom & Cari's. I ran AC all the way down here, plus drive in 3rd when I'm towing, but also keep it to 60. Once I get the Escape wiring problem figured out, we'll be using that.

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Okay, over mountainous terrain, stop & go traffic, construction delays, etc., over 670 miles, averaged 12.9 with my F150, small V8, auto trans, 4wd. Which is fine with me, as I don't have truck payments!

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I tend to drive around 65....although going down toParkLiner I hit a stretch where I was doing 70+(and being passed like I was standing still lol)
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I average between 15 & 16 mpg pulling 2800lbs behind the Frontier when doing a combo trip of about 30 miles of stop and go traffic getting out of the city and then a few hundred miles of freeway speeds & running AC. If only traveling on back roads with little stop and go and keeping the speed down to 55 mpg's the milage improves to about 18 mpg on average.

I can see how traveling on the forestry roads & having to do a frequent speed adjustments for pot holes and rocks etc might impact the mpg though even though slower speeds.... will see how the numbers stack up after a few weeks on Vancouver Island doing the same.
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BTW Thom love the view from your hammock!
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