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Posted 07-12-2019 at 05:30 AM by thomaspryan
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RV Projects: Fixing a Woeful Mirror -- 7/12/19

If you read my previous blog posts, you know our driver's mirror was damaged in our former storage yard by an unidentified culprit. (Culprit because whoever hit the mirror tried to cover their tracks, pushing the mirror back in place and pocketing the broken pieces, but they missed a small one.) Here's the damage I found:



Because a matching...
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Posted 07-07-2019 at 06:36 AM by thomaspryan
Updated 07-08-2019 at 06:35 AM by thomaspryan

RV Projects: Fixing a Goof on the Roof -- 7/7/2019

When we first got our NewAire, the rearview camera was flakey; it kept cutting in and out. With the DW watching the monitor, I climbed up the rear of the coach and jiggled the wiring around the camera itself. Sure enough, we determined there was a gamey wiring connection.



I got up on the roof and found that the wiring junction between...
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Posted 07-03-2019 at 09:07 AM by thomaspryan
Updated 07-05-2019 at 07:22 PM by thomaspryan

RV Projects: Converting Fluorescents to LED Strip Lights -- 7/2/2019

All our planned RV projects have been completed -- and then some. The first project was conversion of our fluorescent galley lights to extra-bright LED strip lights.



If you have an RV that's more than a few years old, you probably have 12V DC fluorescent fixtures with replaceable tube bulbs. Ugh. I have converted...
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Posted 06-16-2019 at 05:47 PM by thomaspryan
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Update: It's RV Project Time! -- 6/16/2019

It's finally here: RV project time.



Two weeks of blood, sweat, and tears - a veritable labor of love.

We are house/dog/chicken sitting for the next two weeks. That means we can park the NewAire in our kid's RV-friendly driveway and work through a list of projects that have been lining up for months.

So...
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Posted 06-06-2019 at 04:43 PM by thomaspryan
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Update: Am I seeing Double? Again? -- 6/6/2019

I recently took my 2001 NewAire in for service at my regular shop: Scott's RV Truck and Auto in Rockford, Illinois. I can't say enough good about these folks, and apparently the word has gotten around, cause what should show up while mine was in but another NewAire!



The picture is courtesy of Scott's Service Manager, Terry Adkins....
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Posted 05-02-2019 at 04:42 PM by thomaspryan
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Update: No Awning = No Problem -- 5/2/2019

Our 2001 NewAire came without a coach-mounted awning. Fortunately for us, that's what we wanted (or didn't, as the case may be). While there are original NewAires out there equipped with coach-mounted awnings, those we've seen appear to be mounted a bit cattywampus. This is likely due to the coach's unusual lines.



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Update: A NewAire Pair (One is For Sale!) -- 4/14/19

A fellow NewAire owner sent me these pictures of his 2001 NewAire parked side by side with another 2001 rig. The pictures were taken very recently in southwest Michigan.



You can tell these are both 2001 models by just looking at the side windows. The 2001 NewAire models came equipped with angular swept back windows that are roughly...
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Posted 03-31-2019 at 08:38 AM by thomaspryan
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Update: We Moved Indoors -- 3/31/19

During a recent online surfing session, I saw a sidebar ad for indoor RV storage in my area. Still smarting from our more recent storage woes and winter weather (see previous posts), I decided it was worth a further look.



So I called: Duplex Indoor Storage in Sycamore, Illinois. They're located in what had been a large printing and warehouse facility...
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Posted 03-20-2019 at 06:21 AM by thomaspryan
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Update: Cummins@Indy; a Blog of a Blog -- 3/20/19



No credit taken: I just though folks would like to read about Cummins race history at Indianapolis.

Enjoy!

Click here to learn more about our 2001 NewAire.
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Posted 03-16-2019 at 08:35 AM by thomaspryan

Update: Homeward Bound (and Spruced) -- 3/16/19

After 6 weeks enjoying the warmer weather in Florida and Georgia, we somewhat reluctantly turned homeward toward Chicago. The DW suggested that we have the coach cleaned up along the way, so we hit the Blue Beacon Truck Wash just outside Nashville, Tennessee.



If you've never tried Blue Beacon to have the road washed from your rig,...
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Posted 03-09-2019 at 09:08 AM by thomaspryan
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Update: Oh Savannah (& Tybee Island) -- 3/9/19

Our last stop before turning homeward is Tybee Island just east of Savannah, GA. While we've been to Savannah a couple times before, this was our first visit to Tybee.



We stayed at the Rivers End Campground, which is a lovely, well-kept park situated at the north end of the small island, just a stone's throw from the beaches and the...
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Posted 03-02-2019 at 03:23 PM by thomaspryan
Updated 03-03-2019 at 05:39 PM by thomaspryan

Update: Hooked on ScanGauge D -- 3/2/19

This is an overdue tech post about my personal addiction to the ScanGauge D monitor. D is for Diesel, and I can't imagine operating a diesel-powered coach (or big rig) without one.



While this well-thought-out computer/monitor (shown above at engine idle) will display a whole host of engine operating parameters (AKA gauges), my usage falls...
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Posted 02-27-2019 at 01:33 PM by thomaspryan
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Update: Walking Old St Augustine -- 2/27/19

Monday dawned sunny and clear, providing us with a great day to do a walking tour of old St Augustine. We started at the southern end, on King Street, at Flagler College (pictured).



The college is housed in what was originally the luxury Ponce de Leon Hotel built in 1888, which is a stunning piece of architecture. Tours are offered, but we...
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Posted 02-22-2019 at 04:04 PM by thomaspryan
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Update: GR8 Salt Springs & Cedar Key -- 2/22/19

We've been staying at the Salt Springs Recreation Area in Ocala National Forest in north-central Florida. The actual springs (pictured) allow swimming in crystal clear water that is a constant 72F year-round.



The grounds and buildings are immaculately kept with neat trails and walkways. The camping facilities are among the best we've...
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Posted 02-19-2019 at 08:05 AM by thomaspryan
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Update: The Not Forgotten Coast -- 2/19/19

Traveling from Pensacola to Salt Springs, we decided to drive the Forgotten Coast Highway, Florida 98, to see for ourselves what that part of the world looks like.



I realized that we would also bear witness to the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. We both grew up in the heartland's Tornado Alley, but nothing could prepare us for the devastation...
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