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  1. No it is a Kelty Big Shady. Not too bad to setup, packs down to a small duffle and dries fast.
  2. We have spent a bunch of weekends last year during the pandemic lockdowns and this summer in Vermont https://vtstateparks.com/camping.html#lodging. We have camped from South to North at Fort Dummer, Mount Ascutney, Wilgus, Quechee Gorge and Silver Lake. I thought I would take a few minutes to review our experience. For starters the Vermont State Parks are very well managed and maintained. None of them have hookups but they all have nice Bathroom/Shower facilities and dump stations. One thing Vermont is not known for is cell service. I often joke that we are going to Cell Free Vermont! This is not an all inclusive list. Just the spots we have been to so far. Fort Dummer https://vtstateparks-visit.com/camping/fort-dummer-state-park/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=VT&parkId=1280014 Fort Dummer is right outside of Brattleboro has many big sites that can easily fit LEII's. There are three nice hikes in the campground. One to see the sunrise, one to see the sunset and one steep trail that goes down to river. The campground is also the site of an old slate quarry. Brattleboro is a quaint little town with a few shops and restaurants. Mount Ascutney https://vtstateparks-visit.com/camping/mount-ascutney-state-park/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=VT&parkId=1280019 Is located at the Base of Mount Ascutney in Windsor, Vermont. The hike to the top is very steep and long but there are 2 parking lots on the way up so you park and hike halfway or park almost at the summit. The summit has a lookout tower with unbelievable views. Wilgus https://vtstateparks-visit.com/camping/wilgus-state-park/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=VT&parkId=1280024 Wilgus is only a few miles from Mount Ascutney. It is right on the Connecticut River with a boat launch for Canoes and Kayaks. It is pretty small with only 15 Tent/RV sites and you need to be careful when selecting a site because some of the sites have the firepit on the wrong side for RV camping. Sorry I do not have a list of those sites. We camped on Site T01 and it was perfect. Quechee https://vtstateparks-visit.com/camping/quechee-state-park/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=VT&parkId=1280021 Quechee State park is just a gem it is located just outside of Woodstock Vermont, another quaint Vermont village. All the sites are very nice with most of them big and easily able to hold LEII's The bathroom facilities are very nice. The campground is located at the Quechee gorge with a nice trail down to the gorge. (Steep coming back home). The gorge is perfect for a day of picnicking and swimming. Silver Lake https://vtstateparks-visit.com/camping/silver-lake-state-park/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=VT&parkId=1280022 Silver Lake is just about 20 minutes from Quechee. In Barnard, VT. The lake is beautiful and has a great beach area. They rent paddle boats, canoes and kayaks. The fishing in the lake is terrific with large mouth bass and pike to catch. The campground has WiFi at the beach and near the gate/entrance. Don't forget to go to the Barnard Country Store it has ice cream and a great deli.
  3. My favorite part of camping is being the camp gourmet. I have an outside tent for my full setup. This works great but takes time to setup. When we are traveling full time I might have to downsize to make things easier from day to day.
  4. We have fans similar to these suctioned on both sides above the bed. The USB ports are right there to plug into. Mini fan Suction Cup Single Head 5.5 Inch Fan Gale Three-Speed Control USB Car Fan 12V-24V Electric Fan 124x12x75mm https://www.amazon.com/dp/B096ND3R34/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_MTS7N34D3PN4B8H6G7KE I can add pictures tomorrow.
  5. Everyone knows storage space is a premium. This is a simple mod to add a shelf under your dinette. The shelf rest on the lip that holds the counter when it's in sleep mode.
  6. We have noticed a difference with the signal but have not had it long enough to really get the system honed in. The one I have is directional so it helps to use some resource to find the cell towers closest. https://www.scadacore.com/tools/rf-path/cell-tower-map-united-states/ Also the internal signal does not reach very far..so it helps to use a hot spot that is right next to the internal antennae to create a Wi-Fi network.
  7. Sorry for the pictures showing up inside the text. Who knows how the heck that happens.
  8. So I wanted to upgrade my cell booster to a https://www.weboost.com/products/connect-rv-65. But after I received it; I was surprised by how big the pole was and the connectors that came with it were really not designed for the side of an Ollie. Here is the life hack I came up with...suction cup handles and zip ties. It worked perfectly.
  9. My calculation was 25 inches for bathroom window. 60 inches for the side ones. The back window already had black??? So 145" which of course make you buy a whole extra foot.
  10. @QuestionMark Yes!! I was looking for black too!! Oliver should just use black. Thank you for the link.
  11. Does anyone have a link for the window trim for the Ollie Windows. I would like to replace ours but am having trouble finding the exact kind. Thanks.
  12. I just bought and partially installed the WeBoost Drive XRV. I installed the booster in the attic and used the cigarette lighter port for DC power (that plug was an extra item not included. I ran the wire for the internal antenna through the back of the cabinets on the kitchen side and actually placed the antennae inside the area where the switches are located. I have not gotten the courage up to drill the hole in the top and mount the antennae. For now we will use a 1/4 inch pvc pipe as an antenae pole and run the wire out a window. I will upload a picture of the antennae install after I get up the nerve to cut the hole. Lol. BTW: The signal does not seem to be interrupted at all by having the inside antennae in that port area and the signal is definitely better when this thing is running. We will be NH this weekend where I know the cell service is spotty. I will report back in how it works there.
  13. I am attaching pictures of the final install for the portable solar panel connection. I used the Blue Solar 75/15 with the Bluetooth Dongle which I mounted on a new piece of plywood attached to an existing backer board. I added an inline switch to turn off the Solar Controller when we are not using the panel just to save battery. I used crimped connectors with heat shrink shields. I also made a custom sealed port to run the wires into the battery compartment. The port was sealed together with 5 minute epoxy The pictures make it pretty self explanatory. As I said before the only thing I would avoid in my install is where I positioned the outside Furion port. It was just really hard to get it through bolted.
  14. Bill, As nice as my install looks, it was very, very difficult to get the bolts on the top screws!! I would not recommend this placement if you are planning to use through bolts.
  15. Welcome. Little Timmy! I have a 17 year old daughter and she loves bringing a friend and having their own space out in the tent. Works out perfect!! I am posting a picture of our old setup with our 2005 Casita. Notice the 10 x 15 EZ up for our outdoor dining hall. The EZ up is bigger than the camper. Lol
  16. Adding to the color options thread: Our option choices were: Fiber-Granite Dakota Flooring Step-up Knox Cushions Mink Primary: Lt Orange Secondary: Copper Metallic
  17. Thanks @Raspy. That is a nice simple idea. Well I have to say drilling a hole in my brand new camper was filled with anxiety but it was just about the easiest to drill hole I have ever cut. I decided to install the Furion solar plug port above my existing shore power port My plan was to use rivets to mount it but the rivets I had were not long enough. I think you would need 1 inch grip rivets to get through the plastic port and the thickness of the hull. I decided to through bolt it which worked but would be impossible with out a patient partner because the top through bolts were just under the lip of the inner hull; this made threading the two top nuts very tricky! At any rate the job is completed. I will post the pictures here and then add the final wiring install pictures when I get to that step.
  18. @Raspy, Can you upload a picture of your plug install on the battery compartment door. Thanks.
  19. Thanks. I will definitely take your advice Re: The Victron monitor. Just waiting for my outlet to arrive to start my install.
  20. @grumbleandtwist Do you know the brand/place that you purchased the stackable bins with the fruit in them?
  21. I am old school and love cooking over real fire/charcoal. I would not trade my Char griller sidecar for any grill. The one I have has lasted over 10 years. We also use an original two burner coleman camp stove (20+ yrs old)
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