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Loafer

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  1. I'm no mechanic so take this with a grain of salt. Check the cheapest things first like the air filter and fuel filter then move up to more expensive fixes. Spark plugs are a common fix and depending upon how old and how many miles are on the vehicle, spark plug wires too should be considered. If your battery was low and you jump started the engine, sometimes rough idling and sometimes rough driving will occur. It is supposed to self correct over time. If it does not then look to other solutions. Some of the people here are born with a nose for this stuff and as they continue to contribute a most likely solution will resonate. I have grown to respect and trust many contributors here.
  2. First road trip in the new 2017 LWB

    Many moons ago when I had a small blues record company and was touring groups here and over seas, laundry was a big issue when booking hotels. Sometimes I even had stage wear made here locally and rapidly fitted upon arrival. Stage backdrops were sometimes coordinated with the stage wear. Often here locally we would make little enhancements to whatever the band was wearing that coordinated with their stage appearance. We allowed them to take them with them if they chose. For European tours that often included nine countries we had a coordinator travel with them to accomplish those and other more important tasks. I remember sending Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm on a European Tour where we had both our company coordinator and a European coordinator travel with them. This isn't the west coast Kings of Rhythm but many of the original Kings of Rhythm along with the Iketts who still lived in St. Louis. Yes, touring has it's moments. Like the moment the bass player, stood up terrified on the flight from St. Louis to London and was shouting " we gonna' die, we all gonna' die" LOL. It's a real challenge to tour a group with both the knowns and the unknowns. A wealthy German woman took a liking to the bass player and gave him $10,000.00 to cut a recording of his own when he returned to the States. Instead of cutting an album, he cut a 45 that we produced. Hell only knows what he did with the rest of the money. When she visited the States to see him, instead of finding an album, she got the clap and hustled back to Germany. The bass player got the doctor bill here locally and foolishly passed it on to a well known international blues author and writer who was living here at the time for payment. Well doncha' know that was a hoot!!! Folks, you can't make these things up
  3. There is increasing evidence that sound or resonance can boil water. When this technology is developed it will replace coal, oil, gas, and nuclear fuel used to boil water. This should make electric cars very affordable to drive. Some ancient technologies used sound to generate power. These understandings are now just beginning to be understood. It is likely that the use of these ancient technologies may eventually be used on board electric cars to partially generate the power needed to run the car. It is likely that in the future a technological grid based upon ancient but advanced technologies could be built to power the car as it is driven.
  4. Recently during a moderate drought here I was deep watering my trees. While deep watering I sat on the front porch and watched the neighborhood traffic go by. I was struck by the number of large new SUV's owned by my neighbors. Large and long with fancy wheels they just seemed to parade by. Being a desirable older neighborhood with acre plus lots in the burbs , homes are selling rapidly as younger people move in. So there is no doubt about the validity of this article here in the burbs of St. Louis.
  5. A man left for work one Friday afternoon. But it was payday, so instead of driving home in his TC, he stayed out the entire weekend partying with the boys and spending his entire pay check. When he finally appeared at home on Sunday night, he was confronted by his angry wife and was barraged for nearly two hours with a tirade befitting his actions. Finally his wife stopped the nagging and said to him, “How would you like it if you didn’t see me for two or three days?” He replied, “That would be fine with me.” Monday went by and he didn’t see his wife. Tuesday and Wednesday came and went with the same results. But on Thursday, the swelling went down just enough where he could see her a little out of the corner of his left eye.
  6. LOL.....if the world didn't suck we would all fall off
  7. Transit Connect Upgraded

    Thanks robertlane
  8. First road trip in the new 2017 LWB

    My son is in Portland Oregon for an all week eclipse festival. He's sleeping in his TC and loving it. I heard on the news that the forest fire smoke may block viewing of the eclipse. Here in the St. Louis area we are in a moderate drought. The rains keep going north and south of us. With all the hype about the eclipse, it will probably rain that day. You know how it goes. We are in an area where we will, if visible, have a full eclipse. I don't get too excited about it. Now if the Sun came out at midnight, then I might be more interested.
  9. A dork def: someone or something that is stupid, slow witted, awkward, peculiar, unfashionable, inept and a penis. Do you think this reflects on the driver too Hmmmmmmm.....Nah!
  10. Mrtn, tanks for the pics This is clear evidence that public tastes are changing. We will likely see an explosion of these vehicles on the roads. My son gets lots of complements as he travels from place to place. His is a 2012 SWB missing one wheel cover It's a camper in a can
  11. Campervan conversions for TCs

    User1, we have a one foot slide out extension on the front of the elevated bed, and yes when adjusting the seats there is room for it. We place pillows on the extension for either head or feet. Since our mattress is close to six inches thick, we could not extend the mattress full length because it would interfere with the seats when normalized for driving. This mattress has memory foam on one side and regular firm foam on the other. One just need turn it over to suit their sleeping habits. Additionally we have a 1/2 inch thick grooved piece of molded plastic separating the mattress from the wood bed decking to allow for airflow to avoid mold. In addition we have a custom mattress cover the protects the mattress from tiny critters. Remember though, the bed is elevated leaving more room to extend the wood decking. If the decking were lower it would shorten the room to expand. The bed sits on four 2X3 birch posts that fit tightly but are not attached to the bulkhead to prevent warping the bulkhead. The movement is very limited so it's not an issue. The edges of the birch plywood are strengthened with 2X3 birch horizontal strengthening supports with one cross member. The bed is very strong.
  12. New to TC and new to forums

    Ah, acoustic panels, good idea. My son keeps his stereo up so there is no road noise...LOL. He is on the road in his 2012 TC from LA to Oregon for two festivals, the last one being an Eclipse festival. He loves his TC He couldn't be happier in it. His elevated bed is working out great for him. He sleeps in it regularly and enjoys his travels. I hope you do as well
  13. New to TC and new to forums

    There appear to be blinds covering the side/rear window. Where did you find those?
  14. noob

    Cool color actually!
  15. Hello from SoCal

    Aha, I see the cock-up fairy has visited us again.
  16. It sounds like your screen will do the job. My son handles road noise with a quality stereo. He too loves driving his SWB. He is 6'5" tall and finds the seats acceptably comfortable on long trips. In addition he has an elevated bed and finds a way to sleep comfortably in it. He has a fan-tastic portable fan that plugs into any available dc outlet that he likes a lot. He leaves the fan on all night without draining his battery although he does have a second battery for his stereo. He carries a full load of cargo 1200 to 1600 lbs and gets 20mpg on the highway at 70 mph. He also has a heavy duty roof rack and a roof basket in which he carries cargo, along with a rear hitch basket. Even with a full load he gets a comfortable ride. He loves his 2012 TC, although he has not encountered alfalfa filled grasshopers. We have purchased but not yet installed a cabin air filter. There are video's regarding installation on you tube. We did have to limit the size of the hitch cargo basket to four feet to avoid blocking the tail lights. He has driven about eight thousand miles so far this summer without incident. People really seem to like his TC because of it's unusual lines and utility. He is living in Laguna Beach now but will be heading to Oregon soon for an eclipse festival. He really likes the west coast and may end up staying there. We have relatives who live in Studio City as well who are in the technical aspects of the movie business. One relative liked his Gen 1 TC for the cargo space and is now looking for one to carry his equipment. Finally remember that a closed mouth gathers no grasshoppers
  17. Great story telling through photography Colby You have very good writing skills as well. It's a good read Nice job, thanks
  18. Wax or Sealant

    For the TC I would do sealant. For a high quality paint job I would use wax. Sealant protects better and longer and would likely help with paint chipping more than wax. Besides, if you use a deep wax you'll be saying hello to your little friend.
  19. Newbie

    Hey Jim, welcome aboard There are a lot of fine folks here willing to help and share. Stop in regularly and enjoy the company
  20. Looks like a wonderful trip, thanks for the pics, I enjoyed them. All the work you put into the TC was well worth it. Hope you have many more!
  21. roof racks

    Rhino-Rack makes a heavy duty rack, rated at 220 lbs., for the Gen 1 TC's. https://www.etrailer.com/multi-product.aspx?pc1=RLZ01-DC&pc2=&vehicleid=2012988275&hhmake=Ford&hhmodel=Transit Connect&hunter=roof&roofkit=BK_2,SKI_1,C_24,AWN_2,BAG_1,BSK_2&manuf=RHINO If you plan to add a basket on top of those, it will require longer bolts or u-bolts than comes with the basket. Longer stainless steel bolts or u-bolts can be found at Fastenal. https://www.fastenal.com/
  22. Campervan conversions for TCs

    That's good news. Knowing the weight capacity and keeping tabs on it for add on's etc., gives everyone a sense of proportion regarding safety. Way good that your checking the weight. Plus, if it's that light, 300 lbs., it's a sales point for added mileage. At a 1600 lb., load, driving at 70 on the highway, we still got 20 mpg. At 300 lbs you would do way better. At a little over two bucks a gallon for gas your timing couldn't be much better.
  23. Mr. Stay Puff

    Hello Mr. Stay Puff, welcome aboard. It looks like you've been thinking about your to do list. Your list is a good start! These TC's get in your blood pretty quick. Then there will be list 2 and list 3 etc. There are a lot of bikers here so your in good company. It sounds like your planning a very functional van for work and play. Keep us posted regarding your progress.
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