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Old 10-01-2009, 12:56 AM   #11
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This is awesome - we are rapidly filling up every nook and cranny so I can definitely see us doing this.

I don't see any mention of leveling blocks. Is that something you just don't bother to carry? Or has RV technology marched on so that there is now a better way to get level? I remember my dad driving up on a pile of boards and cussing up a storm when I was a kid. :)
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Thanks!

I do carry levelers and did mention them. In one of the text boxes describing what I keep in the tunnel (last pic of Post #2 of 3). The levelers I have a great 3 three different levels to climb depending on your needs. The 2 stepped wedges fit perfectly together like 2 puzzle pieces to form a retangular shape that is just short enough in height to fit in the tunnel. In fact I keep them just inside the interior door to the tunnel (you know, in the step up to the kitchen). They go in and then I push them to the right a bit. Perfect fit. and still have my bag chairs to the left of them but all within easy access w/o pulling out a bunch of stuff to get them. Here's a link to the fiamma site where I bought them. http://www.fiamma.com/products/QMP.asp?Fam=P10 Mine are called "level up" and are at the bottom of the paged linked above. There seems to be a larger model called "level up jumbo" which may fit. Dimensions are included but you'd have to check to make sure if your interested int he bigger ones. The smaller ones work wonderfully! Also the smaller ones seem to be included in a package called "kit level) which includes a nice case and 2 chocks.

Here's a link to a video demonstrating them. http://www.fiamma.com/service/useVid...deo=3#topVideo

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Old 10-01-2009, 01:12 AM   #12
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This is great! I've been toying with the exact same idea. How did you get the pins out of the perimeters of the panel?

I also have that table, but we got it from Coleman. Works great. However, we use a table/bench from Kelsyus, that folds up and fits in the tunnel, from the front (just barely). The pros are that it's actually a little bigger than the Coleman/ Cabela's table. The cons are that it has a mesh top, that although tight, is not as rigid as the metal top. I plan to make a plexiglass top to clip to it, to get the flatness back. Not a super high quality unit, but it has served us well this summer...

http://www.swimways.com/kelsyus/prod...-6D3EE0A0CDB7#

I like that fuel tank idea, especially since I was thinking about toting my little Yamaha generator, which is worlds quieter than the Onan...

Oh, and I finally got around to talking to the guys at Sterling, to weld me up a front hoop in the next couple of weeks.

Thanks Tim.

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You're welcome Pat!

Pat I mentioned somewhere in my post that the panel retainers popped out by putting a narrow blade putty knife behind the panel and gently twisting. As far as I can tell mine are not two pieces. They have pliable threads that are bigger than the hole. I've pulled them out once before when adding a spare tire carrier. They go right back in with a little tap.

You mentioned your Kelsyus table. Saw it just today in fact while I was purchasing two back pack reclining bag chairs with detachable canopy. They're small to store and to carry to beach. They're low to the ground which is great for the beach but also good because you don't need a foot rest if you're trying to save storage space. Here they are here from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kelsyus-Reclin...4355761&sr=1-1

Let me know if you end up ordering a brush bar from Sterling. It's the single biggest eye catcher on my Westy; at least it is to all the Westy owners I met.

I bet you could easily sell you Cabela folding table/benches. I lot of people at Westyfest admired them looking at Win's and another's, I forget who though.

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Old 10-01-2009, 10:55 AM   #13
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We had purchased two of those chairs too, from REI, but ended up taking them back. The three foot design seemed to be a little too tippy, and the back was a little too sloped. We kept the kids model, but I will say that the canopy was a bear to mount on the little one. Never tried the big one.

However, for the beach, they are probably perfect for all the reasons you mentioned. We ended up buying a few aluminum and mesh Travelchairs:

http://www.travelchair.com/the-chairs/579AV/

With all the newfound room you have in the garage, you can get the Fiamma screenhouse! We love ours. Goes up/on in about 15 minutes.
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Old 10-01-2009, 11:32 AM   #14
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very sleek looking screenhouse! Wish I would stay in one place long enough to use one! I have two chairs like yours except not quite as nice. Getting these beach chairs for the beach and ease of carrying to the beach. And they're small enough with my newly found space I can now carry around 4 chairs!
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Old 10-01-2009, 10:26 PM   #15
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Tim, you mentioned carrying a spare water pump... Are you talking about the submersible fresh water pump? If so, where did you get one? I just took a picture of mine the other day, and was getting ready to research where to get another...

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Old 10-01-2009, 11:03 PM   #16
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Tim, you mentioned carrying a spare water pump... Are you talking about the submersible fresh water pump? If so, where did you get one? I just took a picture of mine the other day, and was getting ready to research where to get another...

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Yep, the submersible. Carried one as a spare and glad I did cause had a failure on the road. Pretty easy fix too. This is the one I bought from Go Westy. Perfect match. http://www.gowesty.com/ec_view_detai...ory_parent_id= You know there are some PDFs from Westfalia that gives you step by instructions for replacement. Here are the files from the Yahoo Westy Group:

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That's the one. I thought it failed on me a few weeks ago, and I was kicking myself for not having gotten around to getting a spare. Turns out, the hose inside the tank had fallen off the elbow at the top of the tank. Happened a few more times, until I got a stainless steel hose clamp in there...

Thanks once again Tim!
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This is also the same pump:

http://www.busdepot.com/details.jsp?...mber=255070805

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Here's a link to the fiamma site where I bought them. http://www.fiamma.com/products/QMP.asp?Fam=P10
How did you manage to buy them from that site? I can't find any "buy" buttons. I've done a little Google searching but it looks like they are only sold in the UK; I can't find any sites that typically sell in the US that carry them.

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How did you manage to buy them from that site? I can't find any "buy" buttons. I've done a little Google searching but it looks like they are only sold in the UK; I can't find any sites that typically sell in the US that carry them.

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Call them direct (see the contact page), or e-mail. I usually deal with Chris, the girl who will probably answer the phone if you call. They're near Orlando, FL. They've been pretty good to deal with, if they have the stuff in stock. Most everything Fiamma makes is made in Italy, so sometimes there's a wait on things. I had to wait two months before the patio mats came over...

One of the many things I've bought from them is a longer crank, which is much nicer than the stubby one Westfalia gave us. I keep it in the table compartment. Very convenient.

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