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So, I got to thinking,....which doesn't always work out,....and realized that the coolant wouldn't be in contact with any solder in my original idea for a design, Just 6' of 1/2" copper tube. So, it would be the typical Tee connections at the heater core hose, rubber hose back to the hot water tank, then a 6' length of bendable 1/2" copper tube, bent into a loop. No coolant/solder contact.
I can use a 1/2" compression to barb fitting to connect the copper tube to the rubber coolant hose.
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Ended up spending the day on a shopping excursion with the wife today. Stopped at Target to get new work pants and decided to check out the camping aisle. I wasn't expecting to find much, but they had a butane stove for $20.
I decided on the spot that I'm going this route and forgoing the microwave. I also found a 750w toaster for $10.
I think I'd rather have scrambled eggs and french toast, than microwave breakfast sandwiches.
And I think I might change up the design on the pass side now. Maybe some sort of foldaway sitting area.
Next and last big ticket item will be a fridge. As soon as I pick one, I can finalize the design and git crackin on this build.
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Next and last big ticket item will be a fridge. As soon as I pick one, I can finalize the design and git crackin on this build.
Too bad you are not out in Oregon. On build 2 we are going for a chest fridge so I have a TF130 sitting in my trailer waiting for a new home!
 

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Are there any giant Sequoia near by to be seen?
I took my wife to see the GC last trip.
I'm planning the first big trip after the build is done and since she really wants to see Yellowstone, I was thinking, Rushmore, devil's tower, Yellowstone and back. I want to see the redwoods in person. It wouldn't be much to add a day or 2 to the trip for that.
 

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Are there any giant Sequoia near by to be seen?
I took my wife to see the GC last trip.
I'm planning the first big trip after the build is done and since she really wants to see Yellowstone, I was thinking, Rushmore, devil's tower, Yellowstone and back. I want to see the redwoods in person. It wouldn't be much to add a day or 2 to the trip for that.
Don't forget the Badlands on that trip.

From Yellowstone you would drive across Idaho and Oregon (let's call it 12 hours) to Bend, then down to Crater Lake (2 hours) then down to the Redwoods (3 more hours). At that point you are almost to Yosemite, so you might as well stop there before heading back!

Our last time to Devil's Tower. (Also, don't forget to rewatch Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind before visiting Devil's Tower!)
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I'd have to do some figuring.
I want to save some stuff for more trips. Plus I'm probably shooting for 2weeks max at a time because of work. A few extra days with a weekend at either end.
Are all the really big redwoods in N Cali? I figured Oregon would have a few.
 

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I'd have to do some figuring.
I want to save some stuff for more trips. Plus I'm probably shooting for 2weeks max at a time because of work. A few extra days with a weekend at either end.
Are all the really big redwoods in N Cali? I figured Oregon would have a few.
Oregon does have a few, but they are right on the OR/CA border so you are down that far anyway you might as well go to the NP.
 

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Been to all these places, love the Bend/Sisters area (although haven't been back since 1990 or so). Don't forget Crater Lake is just down the road. What's that one peak, Three-fingered-Jack?

No interest in games, gambling but have stopped to hit the buffet in a few casinos while traveling and a couple bordered on spectacular, good prices too.
 

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Been to all these places, love the Bend/Sisters area (although haven't been back since 1990 or so). Don't forget Crater Lake is just down the road. What's that one peak, Three-fingered-Jack?

No interest in games, gambling but have stopped to hit the buffet in a few casinos while traveling and a couple bordered on spectacular, good prices too.
Well, you won't recognize Bend/Sisters if you haven't been here since 1990. The growth here since then is insane. Fortunately the mountains haven't changed and are as beautiful as ever.

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That's a shame about Bend but not too surprising. Was living in Boise back then (which I loved) and hear it's changed a lot too.

The big Redwoods I saw where at Big Sur back in the mid-70s, then later, west of San Jose and north of Santa Cruz there are some giant redwoods. There was a cool steam train there too. You don't want to miss seeing them if you're ever anywhere close RnR.
 

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Yeah, after the conversation yesterday, I spent a few hours online, looking for places to see giant redwood and Sequoia. As well as plotting several trips.
I think it would be stressful to try to cram too many destinations in one trip. But, at the same time, I'd hate to be so close to something and not see it. Essentially taking the same 2500 mi route next time just to see something I was 3 hrs from on the first trip.
I was hoping to take several 2 week trips and cover "sections" at a time.
At the end of the day, there's no easy way to do it. Whether I cover more ground on a longer trip, or break it up into 2 trips, it's 6 in one, half dozen in the other.
It's tough because coming from Western NY, it's 2-3 days of driving just get out west. But I think there's enough to see in N Cali/Oregon that it can/should be it's own trip.
 

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Yeah, after the conversation yesterday, I spent a few hours online, looking for places to see giant redwood and Sequoia. As well as plotting several trips.
I think it would be stressful to try to cram too many destinations in one trip. But, at the same time, I'd hate to be so close to something and not see it. Essentially taking the same 2500 mi route next time just to see something I was 3 hrs from on the first trip.
I was hoping to take several 2 week trips and cover "sections" at a time.
At the end of the day, there's no easy way to do it. Whether I cover more ground on a longer trip, or break it up into 2 trips, it's 6 in one, half dozen in the other.
It's tough because coming from Western NY, it's 2-3 days of driving just get out west. But I think there's enough to see in N Cali/Oregon that it can/should be it's own trip.
Well, on that trip you have to add the Olympic Peninsula in WA so you might as well do the whole coast!

Drive through Canada to the UP (or across Canada and up through MI) and you can get to Pictured Rocks National Seashore from where you are in a day. Then along Lake Superior. (Jump up to Copper Harbor if you want to separate your shoulder mountain biking.) Stay north through Minnesota and ND and stop at Teddy Roosevelt NP (seriously overlooked beautiful park with bison, great scenery along the Little Missouri River, a short walk to a petrified forest). At least this way you aren't just blasting I-80 for two-three days. Through Montana to Glacier NP, then on to the Olympic Peninsula. Down the Oregon Coast to N.Cali. After all of that you will be ready for Reno!

The reality is there is just so much to see and do it is impossible to cover. You might be able to get most of it on a full summer trip.
 

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Yes, neither of us have any desire to travel outside the country. If for no other reason, there's practically not enough time to see everything there is to see within our own borders. There is a lot.
I'm ok with doing it 2 weeks at a time for now. We still have a ways to go before retirement and almost done with a new house that we would like to live in and enjoy for a while before we spend long periods traveling.
I can tell you right now that will not be rafting, biking, any of that. We are just sight seeing folk. Maybe a mild hike/walk here and there. Wife has already had 6 spine surgeries between back and neck and I'm just plain beat up with high mileage.
If I dislocate my shoulder, it will be from getting out of bed too fast. Heck, even Gary's manual coffee grinder sounds like too much exercise before noon.
Not sure what the future holds as far as finances, health or a plan. But we'll be sitting on a nice asset with the house and land. Once we get some traveling under our belt, maybe we will find a nicer place to settle down after retirement. Or, maybe we will set up a modest home base and just keep traveling. For now, I just want to get as many road trips under our belt and see as many sights as vacation time will allow, because life is short and things can turn on a dime.
 

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It's tough because coming from Western NY, it's 2-3 days of driving just get out west. But I think there's enough to see in N Cali/Oregon that it can/should be it's own trip.
Not counting 10 other states and 2 countries, I've lived in CO, AZ, ID, WY, CA, CO again, adding up to 20 years or so and only saw a fraction of what I'd like to see out west. So yeah, going x-country for a couple weeks at a time you're going to have to be selective.

Currently I'm on my way to Tucson from SC, with a short stop in GA now. Going to shoot for Lake Charles, maybe Beaumont tomorrow, Las Cruces Tue, then Tucson Wed. Junk/fast food most of the way, probably just catch some winks at Cracker Barrel or truck stops each night.

Will spend a week or so hiking, exploring with my sister and her boys, then take my time coming back to the Carolinas.

Thinking White Sands, Big Bend, New Orleans, etc. Who knows if all, or any of that will happen but that's the rough plan.

Half the fun is sketching out trips and I never make any reservations. Mood shifts, sentiments change, new things are discovered so things are always evolving along the way.

Once you're out of winter's grip, get your home base worked out, and are able to move on with your build I'm sure you'll enjoy wherever you travel. Personally, I'm still looking forward to a pilgrimage to Sheboygan, or was it Cheboygan? ;-)
 

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I've been to Grand Canyon a few times and went with the wife for her first time last year. It's one of the major must see places. We want to go back, but if the world ends tomorrow, we can say we've seen it.
I have always wanted to see the giant Sequoia in person and she wants to see the major national parks. Particularly Yellowstone.
So, I think our initial approach will be to make a short list of the major things we definitely want to see and get those checked off.
From there, determine if we want to revisit some favorites, or pick all new stuff.
It'd be nice if they could build a bridge to Hawaii with a few gas stations and rest stops along the way.
Or maybe Thor will make an aquatic promaster someday.
 
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