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As I and my wife are getting up there in age, we grew tired of the small 4 inch screen of our GPS unit in the van. Recently I upgraded to a Garmin RV 890 model with an 8 inch screen. We both can see it much better and love all the extra features that our little one did not have. I made a larger DIY mounting for the slot in the van's dash and it works very well.
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HI Mike
nice to see that you are getting a lot of use out of your van, and a few new mods too.I just bought a new Garmin 6" GPS and mounted it like you have yours ( thanks for the idea )

WE have not been out a lot do to fires and smoke, hot weather a lot 95 +
days,and the Oregon Coast has to many people camping during the summer and early Fall, made 4 trips with the van this year so far.
I may have to have a high top installed on the van or sell it and buy a Ford high top van do to a bad back.


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Posted: 09/20/21 12:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice upgrade! I also prefer a larger screen so that I can easily see the maps.

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I have not done any camping since back in August. Not that the weather wasn't nice, it has been great for this time of year. Today, in northern South Dakota we had temps in the 60's which is really great for this time of year. What has taken me away from camping was selling our big house in the small town of Roscoe and moving to our smaller house near the campus of Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. It was my wife's winter house when she worked for the University and now that we have been retired we decided it was time to downsize and rid ourselves of 40 years of accumulated "stuff." We went from a four bedroom house with a four car garage down to a two bedroom home with a one car garage. That meant that a lot of the "stuff" had to go. Good turnout at our rummage sales and good response from local online rummage sales helped a lot. Naturally I had to get a storage space big enough to put the Corvette and the camper conversion van in for the winter. We are really enjoying our retirement in a larger town and, especially, with the University so close we can attend a lot of free music recitals. But today with such nice weather I decided it was time to upgrade the conversion van camper with an Maxi-Trac 8 foot awning from NAPA. Installation was a breeze. I just drilled four holes in my roof rack mount and bolted it up. Now I am going to plan a camping trip in the near future and try it out. I am sure it will work slicker than our old 9x9 Gander Mountain one. We will keep it and maybe use it as a free standing one for a picnic table. I will update this post with a picture of the awning extended in use on our next camping adventure.
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... now that we have been retired we decided it was time to downsize and rid ourselves of 40 years of accumulated "stuff."
,,,,storage space big enough to put the Corvette and the camper conversion van in for the winter.
... upgrade the conversion van camper with an Maxi-Trac 8 foot awning from NAPA.


When DH retired from teaching in spring 2018 we did a whole house clean out, round 1. It is VERY liberating altho I had to watch several episodes of "Hoarders" to prime myself to really get into selling, giving, Goodwill and just throwing away.

We got an awning on our TT which is such a pain with the wind down here in FL that we just stick big umbrellas in metal tubes we pounded into the ground.

I would LOVE to see a CCvan pulling a Corvette. The most outrageous thing I saw was a big MH with a motorcycle mounted on the back and ON the motorcycle was a skeleton. I got one lousy shot thru a dirty windscreen but I hope you can see the outline of the white skeleton. The MH was also pulling a white SUV?[image]
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Ingrid and Dan Retired teachers from Milwaukee, WI
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