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Old 10-08-2012, 10:05 AM   #71
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Re: There and back again... Our future adventure transport.

Glenn, your bus is looking fantastic! Like others said, I love all the wood and fabrics and creative use of space. And the utilities are all very neat and well organized. A touch of the OCD perhaps? The only things I wonder about are the mounting of the TV and the kitchen knives. Does the TV live there permanently? It seems like it would block your view of the road. And do you stow the knives during travel or are they always up there? I think that would make me nervous in case of an accident. I'm glad to see that all your systems are working and that the bus is serving you as you intended - so are you coming back to Austin for the winter, or heading to other parts "south"? We really enjoyed hanging out with y'all and hope we get to see you again!
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:53 PM   #72
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Re: There and back again... Our future adventure transport.

Glenn

You certainly have a talented musical family. I was very impressed when both of your daughters were able to make music on the accordions with only one hour of getting acquainted with it.

I did not see any pictures of the harps. Did you take them with you? They were a lot of fun to play.

I have been jamming with a friend on a weekly basis. We play guitar and mandolin. Also we play with just two mandolins. That is the funnest part.

I love the computer desk in your bus.

I sent you a PM. I have your number somewhere on a piece of paper. I left you mine on the PM.

I hope to see you this week.

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Old 10-08-2012, 07:03 PM   #73
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Hello,
You did a great job and is sure looks cosy.
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:09 PM   #74
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... then probably Port Aransas...
The beach? Port Aransas "RV Parks" are a lot like Rockport-Fulton & Portland parks (and to a much lesser extent, Corpus Christi). "Warm & Welcoming" are not exactly how I would describe most of the places we looked at trying to get into. We still giggle about the 55+ place on Flour Bluff (not stated anywhere in ads nor did they mention it when I called them) that said David (55) could stay but Stacey (23 at the time) & I (49) could not.

Post in RV Park Reviews where you get into in Pt Aransas. Might help someone.
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:19 PM   #75
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Stop in at one of the Stripes close to the beaches and find out if they are still allowing overnight parking (you get your yearly beach parking permit from them as well). You do have to move every few days. I forget what it is but one of the local stores or the fishing piers can tell you.

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They DO patrol the beaches looking for vehicles without parking permits. You do not get a warning, you get a ticket. Stay out of the soft sand.

To be honest, the beaches are beautiful, especially in winter. Mostly deserted, great for beachcombing. The cold wind never seems to stop. Lots of salt spray. I wouldn't mind staying a few days on the beach, not more than a week. I would not stay longer than that. I most definitely would avoid the beaches during Spring Break time. More violence, theft, drinking than I want to deal with. I've heard there is a lot of "can I use your bathroom". Some RVer's vacated the beach during Spring Break time and were staying in the parking lots on Flour Bluff. They said the all night partying was tiresome.

That's my take. I do not want to be without hookups for more than 7 days. That's just me. I like my full hookups and the ease it affords me. I work hard enough as it is. I don't need more work.
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:43 AM   #76
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WOW! what can I say other then fantastic build.

Is that a sewer grinder on your holding tanks? and if so how well does it work? also the jacks in the front are the attached? or do you just but them on when u set up? and do you have them in the back as well?

Keep up the good work
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Yes, that is a Jabsco macerator pump and it works perfectly. It has a 50 foot 1" flexible PVC hose connected that allows me to be a bit further away from a dump location if needed, and I can pump uphill. For a few months, I was pumping through a 100 ft. long 5/8" garden hose and that worked OK, it just took a good bit longer to drain and the pump was working harder. I have a gravity drain valve also.

The jacks are not attached, they travel stored in a bay, and I have two for the back as well. They are for stabilizing, not leveling. I carry several 2x10's cut to 24" to drive up on to level, if needed. So far, I've been able to find quite level spots in all the campgrounds I've been to.

I'm going to look into a 20 ton air over hydraulic jack (I have a quick disconnect air fitting tied to my tanks). If it works, I may see if four of them would allow me to level and stabilize. If so, I'd like to permanently mount them, with some covers perhaps. Might be more trouble than it's worth. I priced a really nice motorhome leveling system I found: $5,000 not installed.

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/ ... keyword%7D

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No kidding. Power levelers are insanely pricey! I level with boards...I drop my rear suspension to level things, and have a pair of crank-down jacks (from an old trailer) to stabilize the front.
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wow! absolutely beautiful! You may have already said this but what kind of wood is that on your interior walls? Love it..
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