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chong last won the day on December 30 2016

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  1. Looks great! I'm curious how you secured the walls. My wife has been bugging me to make the back of the van look nicer, but I don't want to drill any new holes. It looks like there are already some pre-drilled holes with captive nuts welded to the backs, but I've not had the time to experiment with any of them yet.
  2. I have 2 batteries. The design requirement was to be able to run 2 heated blankets for 8 hours (the coldest overnight temp we've slept in the van was -18F). I put together a system to do that while running a powered cooler. A battery monitor is definitely on my list of upgrades for the future.
  3. I have both in my Van. My battery bank is 2x Optima Yellowtop (each battery is 75Ah). I have them connected to the Alternator via a Blue Sea Systems Add a Battery kit. I can also charge them via AC with a NOCO Genius 10a charger. I've documented my build here: Vincent VanGoing 1.0
  4. That's a kickass trip! Sucks about the windshield. I'm on windshield #5 in less than a year and I just took another rock on the way home from work 2 weeks back. Happens, I suppose...
  5. It looks to me as though someone just drilled. I'll see if I have any good pictures of my naked roof. Edit: Oh, just realized you have a 2012. My 2016 is likely quite different.
  6. GPS antenna but.....

    It is, on his model year at least. The SYNC3 GPS antenna is built into that same puck for model years with SYNC3. If the OP has either of the previous iterations of sync then there's a GPS module floating around in there somewhere, but I have no idea where it would be placed. Usually under the dash on top of the steering column.
  7. First summer trip in the Van report! As mentioned, our route was as follows: Ann Arbor -> Traverse City -> Marquette -> Houghton -> Copper Harbor -> Ann Arbor The first night in the van was Marquette. Turns out, the Marquette Walmart is Boondock Central! As mentioned this was a bike trip. We carried 5 bikes: 2007 Giant TCX (Roof) 2012 Pivot Mach 4 (Roof) 2016 Surly Ice Cream Truck (Hitch) 2005 Santa Cruz VP Free (Hitch) 1986 Trek 400 (Inside) We mostly rode mountain bikes. Starting July 3rd we rode laps on Benson Grade in Marquette. The Norquemanon Trail Network is an IMBA Bronze Level Ride Center. Some good gravity there if you are willing to work for it. Monday night, we drove to Houghton and stayed with a buddy. Tuesday we spent up in Copper Harbor, an IMBA Silver Level Ride Center. The route from Houghton to Copper Harbor has some photo op places. I can quite honestly say that this is the first time I've ever stopped at either of these locations. I used to live up there so I never bothered. This time, we made an exception. It snows a lot up here. The pavement disappears in November and doesn't re-appear until Mid-April. I've chased a lot of storms up here. This thermometer tracks just how much it snows year to year. As you can see, last year was just above average. Breakfast in Copper Harbor: Lunch in Copper Harbor: Mrs. Chong getting ready to rip the Overflow trail: Apparently, the showers in Copper Harbor are only for bikes. Mrs. Chong was not pleased: All in all, it was a good trip. We didn't get any rain until after we were done riding/running on Saturday evening. We stayed Friday night at the Fort Wilkins State Park in Copper Harbor and Saturday night in the rest stop in Seney. We did 1573 miles round trip, averaged 23.2mpg, and never left the state!
  8. Tell my wife that so I don't have to come up with a solution for the walls and ceiling!
  9. I was in your neck of the woods back in March: I'll have to disagree that the van handles well in the snow. I run Blizzak WS series tires in the winter and I'm pretty confident that my WRX with the summer tires could, literally, run rings around the van in the snow. I put up with the compromise because the van gets such good fuel economy and I have a full size memory foam bed in it
  10. Got the awning locked down, added the 3rd bike carrier, and threw the mattress in the back and secured it down with a ratchet strap. Now we are just down to small stuff. Added a couple of hooks for hanging things like helmets: I'm also using those hooks to bungee my cooler in place We also got 2/3 curtains done last night. Need to make another run to the fabric store to make the 3rd.
  11. SYNC 3 works with CarPlay/Android auto. It's actually the best implementation of the 3 deck's I've played with (Pioneer AVH-4000 NEX and Alpine iLX-007 being the other 2). If your SYNC 3 vehicle didn't come with CarPlay support, it can be upgraded to support CarPlay. Your dealer is mis-informed. To answer the poster above me, yes, the head unit will display the map from CarPlay. When you take screenshots on the iPhone with CarPlay enabled, it actually captures both screens. Here's a screenshot from one of my CarPlay enabled vehicles.
  12. Test fitting the awning. I need to make a quick run to the hardware store before I can leave it up there, but it should be pretty excellent.
  13. Ann Arbor -> Traverse City -> Marquette -> Houghton -> Copper Harbor -> Ann Arbor