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glennwelch

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  1. I was just looking at Bart's and his bike rack got me thinking trailer hitch, I have no room inside. Quickly found one on line, pics look good, just drop the spare tire (as opposed to the exhaust too), so just ordered it. Now I need a bike and a rack (and to install the hitch), how fun is that ! I also got an ARB awning, very nice. I attached it to my roof rack with some heavy duty angle brackets. Works great. Thanks for the heated seat link...just maybe...but I plan to head south.
  2. I like the kuat rack, I might look into one for one bike...but no hitch yet. Could use a hitch for other stuff, this table is even in a bag that says Ford, but sold out.
  3. What I did for paper towels. I could not fit Jack's idea and my 2013's shelf has round holes, not slots like mrtn's 2015. My shelf's round holes should be good for tissues etc. I went with two paper towel holders, one on the ceiling at the rear door, mounted to wood, fasted to existing holes. The other at the passenger side slider, also an existing plastic floor trim hole attaches a 90 degree bracket to which I screwed a dowel. While at it, I put in a fire extinguisher, there will be cooking and just in case my wiring has any issues .
  4. Very nice build and great road trip plans. Love the paneling, excellent. My road trip is still 18+ months away, but it is a lot of fun working on the van. I did just do my paper towel holder(s), will post.
  5. Sure looks comfortable, looking forward to more pics.
  6. That is a great dispenser. All my stuff might not allow the door to close, but I will investigate further. Thanks !
  7. A few more electrical modifications to my 2013 FTC. I added a 2nd 12V deep cycle solar battery. They weigh 72lbs each, so now more ice making capacity . I also added a small battery charger that charges from the rear power point to the solar batteries (12V dc to 12V dc), for when the sun isn't shining while driving and there is ice to be made later. Therefore I wanted the power point(s) to be ignition switched. I found one unused switched circuit (F144 for taxi block) that now powers the back power point. I put in a toggle switch to charge the batteries with either the solar panel or the power point. I also picked up a small 120V ac to 12V dc charger (for when parked/plugged in), neither take up much room or supply much current, couple of amps as I recall, but thinking enough for my purposes. I ran across ready-made jumpers, so no cutting of wires or making my own. http://www.kawal.net/poweroutlet.htm For the front power point (so far just my GPS/phone) I tapped into the fog lamp circuit (F147), also switched, but they do go off with the high beams. I did not find a 2nd unused switched circuit. Any suggestions for a different switched circuit to use for the front power port, please let me know. Next mod, a paper towel holder...
  8. I can't suggest the best, but what I did for my retirement road trip connect (2013) is build a wood frame of compartments and the battery sits in one. There is a pic, 9th pic down in the link below, the battery sits between the AC and the refrig. I am now thinking to add a second in parallel. I decided to keep all my wiring separate from Ford's (except for the added backup camera). I used the chassis seat belt's mounting hole for grounding my wiring.
  9. I did solar and a small refrig. Mine too I did as a "temporary modification." If I indeed I do make a couple of long trips, that will be it, it all comes out. I have an 8 ft garage door so it pulls right in. The ice maker though is my pride and joy. Pics & some info at:
  10. So far I only viewed on a very overcast day. It'll be a few weeks before using it again. This mirror does at least have a brightness adjustment, so we'll see. Thanks.
  11. One more addition this last weekend. I put in a back up camera, One that has the video display on a center rear view mirror. For now I am keeping the stock radio and a separate GPS unit. The camera comes in a rear license plate lamp housings, has a lamp also. Works well, I think. The lens actually sees the bumper at its ends and directly below sees the ground no more than 1 foot off the bumper.
  12. Excellent welds, very impressive.
  13. Great points and numbers at 300,000km(185k miles:). I put on the hood (bonnet) deflector too. Hoping mine won't see much salt. We'll see. Thanks.
  14. It was said, "IH would dip the Scouts in salt water before painting them." There were very common, predictable locations that they would rust and boy would they. Mine was from Alaska (1977) then CA then out to MD where in 1987 I awoke to the rust. I was not prepared. Anyone seeing problem rust areas on the Connects ? Mine is currently mostly garaged waiting for me to retire. A base model, 4dr manual, 1996 Jeep Cherokee is my daily driver, it has very little rust/almost none, pretty amazing.
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