Peek Inside a 2018 New Aire

July 12, 2017

I was over at Midway RV the other day. The 2018 New Aire is a model that was not available last year. Good thing. I probably would have spent a lot more money. :smile:

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Onboard Water Softener

June 3, 2017

I’ve found water at many places to be hard. Hard water is water with dissolved minerals. It can stain plumbing fixtures, add a foul taste, and make cleaning and laundry more difficult.

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Using the ACME EZE TOW Tow Dolly

April 16, 2017

We’re back from a 2,400 mile trip and am happy to report that the ACME EZE TOW tow dolly is just that, an “EZE TOW”. The dolly loads and unloads easily and tracks true. It handles bumps and hard stops without fuss. It was entirely uneventful, which is just what I want from a tow dolly.

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Wood Boxes for Storage

March 11, 2017

I’m probably in the minority but I like boxes made from wood for storage. The plastic ones are an efficient and cost-effective choice but they lack substance. I prefer the old wood boxes used long ago for bottled goods, etc. I pick them up at flea markets when I find them (increasingly rare). When I can’t find one to suit my needs, I make one. Here’s a video about making one such box. Yeah, I’m weird.

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Dogbone Hangers in Electrical Bay

March 10, 2017

The storage in my electrical bay is tight. Especially since I added a hardwired surge suppressor (Progressive Industries). The dog bones kind of get in the way when I just toss them in this bay. So I made some hangers to keep them handy and out of the way.

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Storage Modifications - DEF Cargo Bay

March 4, 2017

There was some empty space above the DEF tank that was crying to be used. I made a shelf and store an additional step for those times when the site forces the coach steps to set too high.

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Tail Light for the Toad

February 15, 2017

We pull our toad (many RVers call towed vehicles “Toads”) using a tow dolly. The tow dolly has running and brake lights but they sit forward near the front wheels. At night, it can be difficult to spot the rear of the toad because the tow dolly running lights forward of the rear of the toad.

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Grand Rapids RV Show 2017

January 15, 2017

We went to the Grand Rapids RV show in (surprise) Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our goal was to see a Newmar Ventana 3412, similar to the one we ordered. Back in November we looked at 5 or 6 different Newmar coaches, but until today, we never actually saw the 3412 model. Preferring not to wait some indeterminate time for one to appear at a show or dealer lot, we went ahead and ordered one. It’s not as risky as it sounds given the number of images and video walk-throughs available. Still, it was nice to finally sit in “our” coach. It was all we hoped it would be.

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