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desert_connect

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    U.S. Southern Plains
  • My. T.C.'s Year
    2017
  1. 2017 TC XLT simple camper

    I found this little 2.5" dia. x 2" H rechargeable (USB) light for my van. Bright enough to read under with 200+ lumens on high, 100 on med and 20 on low and has SOS. On high the battery is rated at 6 hrs and low up to 36 hrs. A magnetic base that can be angled and so far has stayed put while driving around now for a month. Also has a fold out bail and hook to be hung inside or outside and it's rainproof. Great little light for 19$. With this light I may not add anymore permanent lights inside Light link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018V6XMC2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  2. 2017 TC XLT simple camper

    I de-badged the rear doors removing the Transit Connect & XLT. I like the clean simple look w/o.
  3. Locking lugnuts....

    If it were me I'd use a thin wall 12pt socket of the correct size, which there is enough room for. Use a dremel tool or die grinder to remove the points not applicable until you can drive it on with a hammer. It will probably only will take one or two interlocking points with the lug nut to be successful.
  4. Excellent write up on your roof rack install. Thanks!
  5. Correct, the chip inside the key placed in the vehicle will allow the vehicle to be started and drivable. In other words leaving a spare key inside will cancel or turn off the electronic anit-theft function. You can disable the chip inside the key by wrapping the key in aluminum foil.........I did this on both my Subaru and Ford Ranger, tested it and it did the job.
  6. 2017 TC XLT simple camper

    Looks great, Don. A bit of SS really changes the front end looks! I looks like you got a German (?) plate. I found after searching around that I could get a plate with the state flag so I did that.
  7. 2017 TC XLT simple camper

    Thanks, windguy! I did briefly look into re-drilling the license plate holes but looked like my numbers/letters would interfere so I made the sheetmetal adaptor. I don't see a good reason why Ford didn't raise it to begin with. The correct location would not have been any more trouble than the incorrect location. I also had to bend and modify the lic plate light housing clips. They were always popping loose and rattling.
  8. 2017 TC XLT simple camper

    I raised my rear license plate and added a Euro style front plate!
  9. 2017 TC XLT simple camper

    For anyone using the Curt trailer wiring and wanting it permanently mounted outside this little Curt bracket works great. I did have to make a bracket to mount it on the hitch since there isn't a good place on the bumper.
  10. TC Towing a Backhoe

    It beats a shovel ! Short trenching video:
  11. I cut the yellow and green input wires a few inches from the side of the control box and spliced them back together using butt connectors. Yellow to green and green to yellow. The longer green T plugs into the left side taillights and turns to yellow before entering the C-box, opposite colors on the right side and all is well. The splices are inside and dry. This was easy and seemed to be the least invasive way to achieve my goals.
  12. Simpler yet, I mounted the box on the R side and simply reversed the L and R turn wires beside the box, done! Green goes to L instead of yellow. Everything else works perfectly including using the grommet hole to run the lead permanently outside.
  13. Tire Types and Load Capacity

    Here is a good article on tire load capacities for anyone wanting to know how tires loads are calculated. It explains the differences between P/metric tires vs LT and how they apply to passenger cars and load carrying vehicles such as pickup, SUV or van. This answered my questions on the subject and may help others as well. http://www.tirereview.com/tire-types-and-load-capacity/
  14. I also plan to get my van updated to kill the exterior lighting. We camped in it for 3 week this summer and the lighting was a constant hassle and constant source of irritation. The only way I could keep the lights off most of the time (not all) was to open the drivers door before shutting the engine off, then run around and open all the doors. Then I could 1/2 latch all the doors and keep the lights off but push too hard doing the 1/2 latch and the lights are back on again, then I'd have to use the dimmer switch and flash my headlights at whatever or whoever is in front of me. It's a huge pain! Good luck....!
  15. Back up camera angle changed

    I also have the regular SYNC with a single CD player and looks like the generic pic I attached. There are 2 buttons each side of the volume knob below the other radio preset buttons and it is the third one over that changes the backup view. These are also the same buttons to choose options at the bottom of the screen. There is a very good chance DonShockley is right on about the angle view change you experienced. Your picture looks exactly like my standard backup view with the 3 colored guide lines, dotted black center line and the bumper showing.
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