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Old 04-23-2013, 06:05 PM   #2656
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Fiamma F65S ? A google search only shows UK suppliers? Were you able to get one from a supplier in the states?

EDIT< week google foo, I found it
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:42 PM   #2657
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Yeah.. but kinda funny how I did it...

Fiamma USA hides their phone number and their email addresses.
I don't think they want to deal with you unless you are an RV dealer.
Even Bill @ OakTreeVans told me "yeah.. they're impossible to get hold of".

On their website they only publish a fax number and a "fill out this box to contact us" form.
I filled out the box a week ago and didn't hear a thing.

So I did a WhoIs on their DNS information and found that the administrative contact on their web address is listed as Bob at Fiamma. Ironically the a phone number is missing a digit - but luckily the digit missing was at the front so I dialed the first half of their fax number and the last four on their DNS and voila - I got a person on the phone; Bob in fact.

He went in the back and checked availability; they are assembling the housing color I want with the color awning I want now. Ships in a week.. then 3 or 4 days on an 18-wheeler.

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Old 04-23-2013, 10:08 PM   #2658
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Fiamma F65S in deep black with a Sahara awning ordered.

The reason we chose Sahara is it is the closest color to "moab dirt" which is what it'll likely be covered in
check out Fruita singletrack (18 rd and Kokopelli area) next time yer thinking of hitting Moab. Moab is for dirbiking & Fruita is for MTBing.
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:05 AM   #2659
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Yeah.. but kinda funny how I did it...
That is very well done.

Of course, you could have just asked your thread.

I bought a 3 on the back bike carrier from them about 10 years ago - still in use when needed. Good news is Bob will stand behind your service wants. I've needed replacement bits a couple of times and he's been Johnny on the spot.

Any rumors for 4wd in 2014? The google machine says no friggin way
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:07 AM   #2660
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My dealer says no too.

I had a couple of hours drive in a snowstorm yesterday (a fresh 10" on the roads... Not yet plowed) and was surprised how well the van did.

I don't know if I've just become better at compensating for its shortcomings or if it is the extra build weight in the back but it was issue free.

My biggest concern right now with the 2wd is getting myself stuck in the mud above crested butte or a sand wash in Moab while trying to get to my favorite camp sites.

Until I'm ready to drop $20k on a 4wd conversion I am seriously considering putting a front hitch carrier on the van and then getting a 10k lb winch that can mount in either hitch carrier if needed.


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Old 04-26-2013, 02:42 PM   #2661
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Dealing with the "Egg" shape again.



I was hoping the vertical plain would be close enough to vertical that it doesn't bug me.


It isn't and it does.

I need to decide a solution.
Do I step it in vertically as it goes up?
Do I step it in horizontally at the edge of the door (cutting that beautiful 8 foot piece of curved 8020 seems like a crime)
Do I shim the entire thing so that by the time it gets to the front it is over 3 inches?

I think I'm going to have to sleep on it while I decide.. but not being vertical is definitely bugging me.

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Old 04-26-2013, 02:44 PM   #2662
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I'm building up to being brave enough to cut the countertops

I cut this piece to replace the external table.
Tapping the 8 holes into the sides of this will be a pain - my drill press doesn't spread wide enough so I'll have to do it by hand.
It cuts nicely with the table saw.. just need to go slow.



I need to run and buy a nice router bit for the edges... and figure out what radius I'm going to do the corners. I also need to pick up some wax and see how nice I can make it look.

I'm going to make a cutting board out of the 17x9" piece I cut off of the end of this piece... similar to the one pictured here:


...thats assuming I can figure out how to make it look like I know what I'm doing

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Old 04-26-2013, 02:47 PM   #2663
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Four of the six windows will be here Wednesday.
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Old 04-26-2013, 03:32 PM   #2664
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Four of the six windows will be here Wednesday.
I can hardly wait to see you hacking into your van. Gotta be a scary thought.

I know *I'D* be terrified!

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Old 04-27-2013, 11:49 AM   #2665
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Started the morning with a bit of shopping.
You know you are getting older when you are up by choice at 6am on a Saturday and waiting for them to open Home Depot



Grabbed a scrap piece of Paperstone to see how it routes (quite well)


grabbed that table sized square and routed the edges


drilled...


tapped...


hinged...


...and waxed. The bees wax is the same thing they use to treat butcher block counter tops.
In the time it took to listen to cartalk, I now have a matching counter top folding shelf ... er.. matching after I actually get the countertops done





You might be thinking: "you already had a perfectly good shelf!" and you'd be right.. but the existing shelf rattled when I went over bumps (bad design on my part) and the amount of time it would have taken to re-build it was as much as this took - and this let me practice on the paperstone before cutting the big pieces (i.e. procrastination )

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Old 04-27-2013, 06:11 PM   #2666
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So I went back down to play with the router some more.. to make the wine & cheese cutting board.

Cut it to size, routed the edges


...then remembered the grooves it had that made it look cool so decided to make some grooves and then beez wax the entire thing again



et Voila! a butchers board




It looks kinda cool with those grooves.. so sure enough I pulled the entire table apart again, routed some grooves into it, waxed it again, and put it back together







Here I was trying to visualize what the countertop is going to look like. I'm not going to cut the grooves in the countertop.




...then Lemur Pilot dropped by (he has a Sprinter too) and we spent the next 5 hours running around like two excited little girls brainstorming&comparing notes with where we are headed with our van builds

So that's all I got done for the day

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Old 04-27-2013, 08:30 PM   #2667
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Although I'm not sure I needed an extra battery.... there are 9 in this photo and more in the garage...
Do you notice a difference in run time with the bigger 12V batteries I spy in the pic?
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:31 PM   #2668
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Maybe? Not sure because I tend to use it until I'm done and then put it back on charge so I don't run them down very often.

If I worked with these tools daily I'm sure I'd know better.
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:00 AM   #2669
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Four of the six windows will be here Wednesday.

Hoping you post lots of pics of the window installs
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:24 PM   #2670
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Hoping you post lots of pics of the window installs
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