It _may_ be (or be similar to) what's commonly known as 'door edge trim'. Try driving the van (so you can show them what you mean) to a big-box auto parts store (NAPA, or similar) and asking one of the older countermen to take a look at what you have now.
Jim, "Mo' coffee!"
Local WM Super Center is located close to I-40 & I-240, and not far from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Has a city river park on two sides, and Cheddar's restaurant in the same lot. Cafeteria & Chinese buffet close by, and several fast food places. Very, very pleasant. RV overnighting was fine for several years. Heck, _I_ even spent the night there once when my then-fiancee and I were arguing!
But then a few of the 'RV homeless' & 'van/car dwellers' became full-time residents there (one old C didn't move for 'way over a month), and now we're all banned. Sucks, but there it is. I really can't blame WM.
Jim, "I left my laptop on the floor last night, and mistook it for the bathroom scale this morning. Turns out I weigh about $1250."
The reason they are sometimes pricey is that they know that's pretty much the last shot they get at your wallet... no more selling you an endless string of 1 lb bottles :(. Nice thing is, it still hurts them more than you.
Who's cynical? Who, me?
Jim, "Sarchasm: The vast gap between those who get it, and those who don't."
Hey, Jim! Better tie down all the loose stuff in the yard, like chairs, umbrellas, vehicles, and the house! 60 today, dropping to 26 tonight! Gonna take a bunch of wind to do that. I really hope my big trees don't have issues.
Jim, "Mo' coffee!"
I can recall as a teen seeing quart glass jars of 'reprocessed' motor oil sitting in a rack by the door of the cut-rate gas station on the main route thru town. It always had a lovely rich greenish-gold color. The jar caps had a spout built in, strictly 'use it now, leave the jar here.' $.25 a quart, IIRC. None of those distressing modern viscosity choices, it was all about 50 wt at a guess. Good when your car was an oil-burner....
Jim, "Unapologetic flatulator."
I've got a nitecore I4 intellicharger which will charge most every size liion battery to 4.2v
As well as nimh and nicad aa and aaa. Even at the same time.
costs about twenty bucks. Accepts 12v or 120v input
Bought two of the Nightcore I4's the other day from B&H photo in NY, $16.75 each. Got here quick. One is for use in the house, one for the Tiger.
I couldn't find a 12V adapter in their listing. Since it has both 12V and 120V female inputs, I went to Radio Shack and bought a pretty nice cigarette lighter plug-in with multiple tips. Yep, one tip fit the I-4.
I'll also shorten one 120V cord to carry in the camper so I'll have a 'dual voltage charger'. I'm in business both in the camper and at home. Thanks for the info.
Jim, "I hate it when you offer someone a sincere compliment on their mustache... and suddenly she's not your friend anymore."
I was asked to move at Meteor Crater, Az, in the Tiger. They have a two lots, one for regular vehicles and one a bit lower down for RV's and trucks. I fit fine in a space in the 'car' lot. While I was getting ready to go in, a 'park ranger-type' walked up and told me to move it to the RV lot. When I asked why, she said that other RV's would see it and think they could park there, too. Of course, it's taller and more 'RV looking' than most B's of similar length. So I moved.
Jim, "Next time you wave, use more fingers!"
You may glean some ideas from this guy's web site, or even do business with him. I've seen his work, and it's darned good.
I thought this one was especially interesting, considering the price:
Jim, "If you want breakfast in bed, sleep in the kitchen."
Whatever the owner's manual says, if you've got it, or can find it online. Otherwise, a name brand that's recommended by your mechanic. I like Castrol products, but that's just an ages-old personal bias. I honestly can't recall what spec brake fluid the Dodge takes.
Jim, "The buck doesn't even slow down here."
Thanks! I may look into this deeper. I have a pretty good emergency jump start battery pack with two lighter outlets that I sometimes use for astronomy... running my go-to mount, dew heater, etc. I've replaced the battery in it once a few years back (got lucky on both price and amp-hrs). But less weight is more better ;).
I'll have to investigate whether the original wall wart charger will work with this chemistry, as well if there's a battery that fits in the plastic case.
Jim, "Mo' coffee!"
Got about half-way done with waxing the a top of the Tiger... a twice-yearly chore. Wish there'd been a 'painted roof' option! At least if I do it twice a year, it's not really hard. The aircraft paint on the aluminum sides is super easy... just a fast wipe with wax, wait a minute, and wipe it off.
We had a stargaze set up with UNC-A last weekend as a part of NC Science Week. Friday was a cloud-out, Saturday didn't look too good with high thin clouds, but I drove up to Tanbark Ridge Overlook on the Parkway (7 miles from home) and set up my 8" scope (takes about 6-7 minutes). We had nine enthusiastic visitors! I was surprised. They got a fuzzy look at the moon and Jupiter & its moons. Right at the end of the evening, we had a look at a _really_ fuzzy Mars, low in the east. There's an upcoming total lunar eclipse, but the forecast for Monday night - Tuesday morning is for clouds & maybe rain. Dangit!
Thanks for the offer of hospitality, Rosie. Walmart will do just fine for a quick visit if I ever get around to it. Doing spring chores, and collecting estimates for a few bigger jobs around the house; tied down for now, tho' I'm promising myself a week off in early May for what seeming to be becoming an annual trip to the OBX.
Jim, "Happiness is a positive cash flow."
Some, repeat _some_, Dodge and Ford B's have a less-then-sterling reputation for driving qualities. Be sure to read the section on the importance of a personal test drive in the FAQ's on the opening page of the B forum. Some can be cured or improved with effort & $$$; some much less so. An ill-handling B is a tiring handful to drive. BTDT.
Jim, "How many lawyers does it take to change a light bulb? One, to change it from *your* light bulb to *her* light bulb."
These are both very good products, but I like the Maxx bit more than FF the because it is reversible and can be open/on rain or shine.
X2, ++++. I spec'd a MaxxFan for the Tiger when ordered in '06. Love it, mainly because it can stay open 24/7 unless it's too cold. I've had one easy-to-fix failure... the 'lid not open' safety switch contacts got dirty. Cleaned them, and hey presto!, back up & running. It is just 3-speed either direction, tho'.
Jim, "I shall now have my colleague tell you how good I am at delegating."
I'm thinking (not sure) you'll have problems fitting a 14' kayak into a 19' B. It'll also beat up the interior wood work unless you use a lot of padding and care when putting it in and out.
But I have seen a 1st generation Roadtrek 210 (the one based on the older 21' G-30 extended long wheelbase van) that had fully separate twin beds inside the rear doors that would probably have enough length. They're not easy to find, tho', and may require extensive 'reconditioning'. The van's amenities would be pretty much inaccessible with the 'yak on board, too. I think I'd go with a 19' B and a trailer.
Jim, "Mo' coffee!"
The part of the US-25 I really don't like is South of Furman (just south of Travelers Rest) to I-85. There are a lot of traffic lights so you do a lot of stop/starts.
I just stay on I-26 to I-85. I know it is a lot longer but that's how much I don't like the start/stop.
X2. Depending on the time of day you'll hit that stretch, I agree.
Jim, "Mo' coffee!"
There are four NPS CG's along the OBX. None have hookups. Yes, you can run generators, but hours are limited. The dump station at Oregon Inlet is across the street in the marina, as said. The one that serves both Hatteras & nearby Frisco is near Hatteras Lighthouse. I've never used the one at Ocracoke, but I'm pretty sure there is one. They have water points in the CG's near the bath houses and at the dumps. Last year, it was $20 / night.
There are several commercial CG's along the OBX, mostly in the Hatteras area. They have at least electric hookups. Rates are higher.
Jim, "Mo' coffee!"
Be aware that there is a major closure just north of Asheville, requiring a pretty long surface road detour. The roadbed failed in heavy rains last year, and they're been working double shifts on repairs. The planned re-opening date is May 22nd, but it appears now that they may beat that by a week or so. They appear to have stopped night work recently. See http://maps.nps.gov/blri/road-closures/ and scroll down on the left to the Asheville and Craggy Gardens sections.
2 ways to detour... east down I-40 and north thru Marion, or north on I-26 past Mars Hill, US 19 to Spruce Pine. I'd suggest the latter, since it avoids a curvy 2 lane 3-mile 14% climb.
Jim, "The meek shall inherit the earth, for they are too weak to refuse."