I like the screw punching up through the under-roof theory, from BTP01:
If you put Eternabond over this, could, if it is a screw point, eventually perforate the Eternabond?
If this were me, I would apply a ~ 0.25 inch thick dab of a semi-flexible roof sealant over the perforation (something like Dicor roof caulking)...
The "screw" (if it is that) may be impossible to reach, if it is inside the framing of the camper shell wall.
....this one slipped by me!
A lot of forethought, it appears, went into choosing your "weather window". This made for a very smooth "expedition" through terrain that could have otherwise been a hellacious slog.
And to think, all I did was go to the moon, and dive the Obyss. Would that be Outlanding and Underlanding?
....that would be an outlandish obyss-mal down-under standing landing :B
...I wish we had any sun at all! I think we've had a total of 17 days of sun since January 1st....and that was 6 months ago :B At least the temps hit 63F today. We're still using the heating in the house, and its July, for crying out loud!
....I always envisioned replacing the Weblon soft-wall on our Outfitter would be quite easy! With roof in up position:
-simply remove the bottom drip cap rails; perhaps 80 screws (and keep them)
-remove the top roof U channel (perhaps 50 screws), Weblon now just falls loose.
Simply pull Weblon "band" forward, slip over forward roof section, and just peel it off the roof towards the rear, then close roof till new Weblon side arrives. Send the entire intact Weblon "band" to a soft-side camper replicator (like the link posted above). Receive the new one (by UPS). Repeat above procedure to install...absolutely no roof removal needed at all.
The only "hitch" may be if you have a wire harness sheath channeling wires into the roof from camper, attached to your inside soft-side wall. This is easy to detach/re-connect.
Robert: yet another lost world (undiscovered ecosystem) is discovered in Australia.
'Lost world' discovered in Australian rain-forest
Tuesday, October 29, 2013"
"Scientists have discovered a mini eco-system full of strange creatures in a remote territory of Australia. The 'lost world', as scientists are calling it, is believed to have remained undisturbed for millions of years." (Site: Unknown Country; The Edge of the World)
Australia is so vast, I'm sure we will be discovering "lost worlds" on that continent for at least the next Century.
What I wouldn't give to be able to travel the Baja in the '60s :B Forget about the Darien region, there are huge regions of the Mosquito Coast of Honduras, and RAAN and RAAS in Nicaragua yet unexplored! I was part of an effort to bring overlanding tourism into the Western regions of the Mosquito Coast of Honduras (which culminated in a book, and obliquely into an A & E TV documentary). "We" pioneered overlanding from Limon to near Palacios in the early '90s. Started with HiLux trucks, and pushed farther and farther into the coastal jungles (fording rivers, and many, many miles of mud). Most of our travel was in the black of night (far too hot in daytime), pushing through frontier cowboy towns (real cowboy towns, replete with wild-west gunfights in the streets), and all kinds of natural dangers (tropical storms, hellacious floods, the odd hurricane). That was from the early to late '90s (I pulled out in late '98 because of heat-related health issues: ie. working in 50C with 100% humidity 24/7 almost all year round can really wear on ya... LOL).
As far as I am aware, there has not been one single contiguous overland expedition across the Honduran Mosquitia, then across the Nicaragua RAAN and into RAAS, ever. Notwithstanding vehicles that have been "shipped" into the region via ocean-going cargo vessel from time to time and shipped back, a few at a time (land-locked in the region by rainforests / nearly impenetrable swamps / jungle), no one has made the crossing. In "the day", 4x4 vehicle floatation devices (portable ones) were very crude and prone to failure. One had to build a log raft, and rope the vehicle across the numerous rivers that cut across the coastal beaches. I could see the possibility of the first ever crossing by a light-weight pop-up truck camper sitting on an appropriately equiped HiLux, with newer truck floatation technology. The endeavor would be the equivalent of a Darien crossing into Colombia.
Another one I worked on (in 1992, just before the EZLN guerrillas invaded Chiapas; just after the mass return of refugees back to Guatemala) was the possiblity of an overlanding trail from Tziscao Village (in the Chiapas jungles of Mexico, bordering on Guatemala) all the way into the El Peten jungles of Guatemala. Bits and pieces of 4x4 tracks existed back then, however, there was no contiguous road (like today's relatively recently fully paved road, paid for by oil company money!) into Guatemala through Chiapas (and, across the Usamacinta River!).
I just checked today at my bank. The rate here at the bank is 11.24 but the today's rate on the money market is 12.66
The reason for this 'spread" is that you are a retail buyer/exchanger of currency. As a retail buyer/exchanger of foreign currency, you have no choice but to buy/exchange through what is called "a broker". Banks buy and sell currencies between themselves, and account for the World's largest traders of currency. So, when a bank wants to buy/sell currency, they will never go through a "broker", but will do something called "interbank" dealing, or direct transactioning. Unfortunately, for the ~~ 5+ billion individuals of the world who are not owners of banks, we all have to grovel with the myriad "currency brokers" of the world, who will skin you alive (ie. take seemingly large commissions on your transaction). There is NOTHING you can do about it.....unless(!) you are dealing with tens of $millions, hundreds of $millions, $billions, or $trillions in currency (ie. between banks or as a national treasury of any particular country).
The reference exchange rates published by all the financial institutions, is called the "daily reference exchange rate". This is done at fixed times during the day by what are called "Central Banks", using a complex formula (usually based on extremely high volumes of currency buying)...
So, we lowely peons who exchange pennies (metaphorically speaking) are relagated to dealing with currency excange brokers. Currency exchange brokers come in hundreds of flavors; among them: street exchangers, retail banks, ATM machine owners, street-corner exchange kiosks, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc...
I could name and highlight on a map at least 21 regions from Canada's north, down to Argentina, that are seriously RECENTLY unexplored by motorized vehicle (since the mid 20th Century). Many have been surveyed by aircraft and satellite reconnaissance, but VERY sparingly by foot and nearly not at all by motorized vehicle since the 1950s.
Seven of the 21 are located in: Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
Getting "near" any of these "unexplored" regions could be considered "extreme adventure travel", and certainly getting "through" any of these 21 regions would be considered a fairly insane endeavor; some requiring the hiring of off-duty military personnel as protection!
...I had always wanted to write a book (with my illustrated maps included) of America's most recently unexplored regions (by "Americas", I mean: North, Central and South Americas)...
As Robert wrote, there are many unexplored regions of Australia (remember the ancient rain-forest discovered in Australia in the mid '90s housing an enormous expanse of ~~40 million-year-old tree species almost unchanged genetically ??!! ). Africa also has many large expanses of little-explored territory. Large tracts of Namibia; there are large tracts of rainforest in Zaire that even local indigenous Africans have never explored (local superstitions preclude)
We toyed with the idea of a small Class C (or B+) for the ease of transporting with us our 2 animals.
Because of numerous reasons (winter storage; non dedicated motorized vehicle; very high insurance; fewer places accessible; etc; etc; etc; etc, we decided on keeping our existing rig, and leave the animals at home.
However(!), having a fully paid for truck camper rig with all the bugs worked out shouldn't preclude us from buying 1 or 2 inexpensive "used" tow trailers, to be installed in areas of interest for us, in the "deep south", to be used as pied-à-terres. So, we could have a locally stored $5 grand trailer (or, trailers) bought IN our deep south locales of interest, to be stored and used in situ, where we could relax in comfort, and launch truck camper expeditions therefrom....
....if they should ever get destroyed by flood, pestilence, civil unrest, asteroid strike, lightning, forest fire, torn into pieces by tornado, swallowed by earthquake, vaporized by an exploding volcano, washed out to sea from rapid sea level rise from disintegrating AntArctic ice shelves, sea surge from hurricane, swamped by tsunami, squatted in by Mexican drug smugglers, eaten by termites or turned into a battered hulk by basketball-sized hail, who cares ??!!
Glad your actions kept you out of harms way!!
These events require situational response; so every collision any particular driver can see "unfolding" in front of them will require very specific response. I think that Mr Phelps judged this one correctly.
I know someone personally (a truck camper that once frequented this Forum) who had a VERY similar situation; however, they had stopped completely, and were sandwiched by slow traffic in front. The "car" that merged into their lane crashed head on into their F250; remarkably, everyone survived. This one could have turned out for the worse if it weren't for their (limited by situation) evasive action (situational).
On edit: while driving to Florida this past winter, "we" were shocked by the quantity of drivers who talk on hand-held cell phones on I95. Additionally, how many hold theur cell phones near the steering wheel, and text. Virtually every State we drove through had many, many offenders. Are there no laws against this in the US? Locally here in Quebec, I have only seen appx 3 drivers doing this over the past perhaps 5 or 6 years. In the US, we counted in the 6 or 7 dozen over a period of 2.4 days on the I95 through appx 9 States.
For alert and experienced drivers (like me/us), it is very easy to spot drivers who fiddle with their cell phones while underway.
One big difference, the west expo is pretty flat, Taylor Ranch, not so much.
...that's true! The site is very, very hilly, so we have to be really crative to attempt leveling. We really didn't even bother to level our camper :B But, was a hellacious mud slick when it rained.
I think that the main issue with huge rains in the West is that the ground could be highly compacted, or is made up of sandstone, or even clay, so percolation of the rains into the ground could take a day or so (if the sun isn't beating down accelerating evaporation)...the only alternative is to camp on fairly deep sand that can absorb rain quickly. But imagine setting up the OE West on deep sand?
OBX: I just checked your link out. Excellent find. A really nice photo montage (not technically a montage, but a super overview of the whole event) of the OE West!
I do think there is a lot of confusion about going out in the woods 4 wheeling and actual expo travel.
....true. The Vermont Overland's expe's are often multi day overland cultural events (but what is an expe? What is an overland?) :B
I'd wager 10% of the Folks on that forum actually get outsided...the rest are posers...
...depends...I think a lot of expeditioners operating 'domestically" in the Southwest only go out when its sunny and dry (a few here excluded) :B
Vermont overlanding: Link-->
....on the otherhand, Easterners have no good weather to speak of any time of the year. Site the Overland Expo East last October: a total mud fest on set-up day due to torrential rains (probably more rain in one day than the entire Southwest had all year LOL!). Then, we had a deep-freeze (see my photos in the thread on OE East) where my 3/4 empty cup of tea dregs froze inside the camper overnight (we easterners don't need no stinkin' heaters...LOL!) :E
OBXcamper, Billtex wha' da' ya' think?
When I was a seasonal for 17 yrs. I made individual plywood boxes that covered all the vents and skylights during our winter season. Their own weight kept them all in place the entire 17 yrs.
All the other 44 seasonal RV's did the same thing. They remained in place all winter long.
Same thing here. When I stored our camper outside for the 1st (and last) time two winters ago, I made some extremely light-weight XPS foam and 1/4 inch roof deck plywood (with 4 coats of marine spar varnish). I made the cover inside dimension just small enough that they squeeze-fitted perfectly (ie. no winter/summer wind could blow those covers away). I have them always on stand-by for any predicted hail. Now, with our new vent over-covers on the rear power vent, I need only the front protector:
I can stand on these, and they don't know I am on them...cost: $00.00 (I had all the materials on hand)
Somehow, you and bigfootford should get on the phone together; you could probably work out what components may or may not be working. I def. don,t like the sound of that ground fault not being able to reset! This is not a safe situation.
Its actually even better for GM than Travelnutz (humbly) reports:
The highly reputable "Made in America Auto Index" (American University, Kogod School of Business) reported in 2014 that, "...Vehicles produced by General Motors ranked as eight of the Top 10 most-American models, and cars produced..."
"DuBois' method (American University) gives weight to the locations where the engine and transmission are built, final assembly points and benefits to the US economy, such as where profits are returned..."
18 GM vehicles, and 3 Fords occupy the first 21 places at the Made in America Index, at American University.
Interesting too is that those used/imported cars can only purchase liability insurance in Mexico.
Woah; screech, both feet on the brake pedal. Scenario: a legally imported then Mehiko plated vehicle with a value of, say, $25,000 (ATOE: at time of import) can only get liability (ie. no comprehensive; no collision) ?
The Maganatek 6300 series PDF service manual, with the detailed step-by-step testing procedure (from page 6 onward) with photos: here-->
Whoops, on edit, Ticki2 already provided the link (but fast-track to page 6).
I agree with the above: test your GFI by resetting it (at the house end, and in the camper)...
Is this--> the model you have?
I had our American Industries 30A power converter (basically, the same as Magnatek) fail about 6 years ago. After testing the 'box", I called American (their parts rep.), and they, even before me mentioning that their PC board was shot, suggested I just buy the replacement PC board/controler. I orderd it, and had the replacement in my mail box in 48 hours. Installed the board myself (with soldering gun), and everything was fine 6 years later, and still 100%. Cost me $90 delivered.
If your Magnatek guts (the PC board) proved to have failed, you may be able to order just the board; and easy install.
If you want to spend the big bucks, you can rip out the Magnatek (or, get an internal conversion guts kit) and retrofit a much better multi-stage 40 or 50 amp charger/converter...