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Old 05-11-2012, 11:03 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by nooksack View Post
Thanks Rubix Cube for your very detailed response.
I have been working long hours "remodeling" my 2012 Sprinter ERA. I need to get ready for a shakedown weekend before taking off for Alaska by the middle of June.
I'll say you've been doing some mods! You da man Additional cabinets with slide out trays sounds wonderful. Sometimes we feel like a scene or two from Das Boot when they leave port, bread and fruit hanging from the ceiling..... I'm sure you'll have a lot more room than us with the two captain's chairs removed and extra cabinets. My wife has the same issue as yours. The extra windows have really helped.

The extra 15 AMP input is a good idea - like it. We haven't had an issue with 30 AMPs, but this way you are assured of not having one, and can have the 15 dedicated to the heat. Usually we use our noisy built in unit to heat the vehicle, and then the vornado to keep it at room temp. The latter is not going to heat up the place very quickly. We have a wineguard that came with the vehicle, but it hasn't been really useful as we don't watch much TV.

Originally Posted by nooksack View Post
I have one more major hurdle and that is to design, fabricate, and install a netting system on the rear door opening, and the side sliding door opening, that will keep the Alaska mosquitos and southern no-see-ums at bay. The system has to be user friendly without a lot of commotion. We are exploring several ideas. One that will not be used are those aftermarket methods that are questionable as to effectiveness while still costing several hundred dollars for each opening. The irregular curved openings will be a challenge to my engineering skill, and my wife's sewing experience.
I'm in the same need, and I hear you on the highway robbery prices for custom made netting. A tip a fellow Sprinter owner gave us (that had custom made nets) was, use a large cardboard box, like a wardrobe box to obtain a template. I have a weathertech rubber floor mat for the area in front being delivered, I'm hoping the box will fill this need for me. I was reading on a commercial custom netting site, that unlike wasps, mosquitoes are dumb, they go directly for the source of CO2 and won't explore for entrances. My plan; make an overlapping area (connected at the top) that will be easy to walk thru for egress purposes on the side door with light weights at the bottom; and, then for the back doors a velcro connection in the center (for access). I'll probably attach the netting with strip magnets contained inside a sleeve at the edge of the netting. I have seen the use of disc magnets, and am not impressed. They move around too much. However, they might be needed at the top where the netting overlaps on the side door. Something i've heard people complain about is if they did it ver again, they would give themselves a little more margin at the connecting points to the vehicle. Please, keep me apprised of your progress and discoveries. Have you researched a good source for the netting itself ? What grade/type are you using ?

Originally Posted by nooksack View Post
We head north in about 5 weeks.
We're jealous of your Alaska Trip. We are supposed to do eastern Canada's Providences, including Newfoundland with a bunch of Roadtrekers we met last summer, but it may not happen as we need to farm out one of our two cats for the duration - they don't do well together in the confined space.
Don't know if you are aware, but cell phone use in Canada is expensive, expecially if you are using a US plan, and is non-existant in much of the area you'll be traveling.

Dave Foghorn
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& soon, 2012 Mini Clubman S toad
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