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It Can Rain Again!

Over the years it rained while camping and sometimes the water came in through an open window, but I never knew how until I watched a windless downpour this spring while camping in eastern Minnesota. When there is wind any slightly open window can allow water into the cabin. But if the rain comes straight form above (where […]

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Ride It and Fold It – Dahon Jack

Putting bikes on the roof of your car is like dragging an anchor with weeds attached to deep mucky water. Your milage gets hit, you have to scream to communicate to your co-pilot in order to rise above the howling noise-floor, you are always at risk of loosing parts while forcing 70mph winds through those […]

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Staying Connected – for better or for worse

Since we love to travel but still need to be connected to our clients for our Macintosh computer consulting / web design business while being on the road I needed to find a solution for having solid cell data and voice network connections while traveling.  There are many choices out there but after thinking it […]

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Clean water made easy

I used to have a PUR water filter mounted on the faucet but it made doing dishes very tight and awkward and eventually it started leaking and didn’t produce water very quickly especially when getting water from the pump.  So I investigated for a long time and then came up with a simple idea. The […]

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Upgrading the Stereo Head Unit on the DWR Airstream – again

Two years ago I upgraded our DWR Airstream with a much better car stereo head unit, see the post on the Sony CDXGT930UI. But technology always creeps forward and makes things more compact and consolidates equipment, reducing cables and extra power consumption. So I bought the new Sony DSXS310BTX.  It was a snap to swap the head […]

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Rain-proof roof vent

Finally,  after years of suffering through the original roof vent that had a mind of it’s own when the morning dew fell on the rain sensor, closing the roof vent, then opening it, then closing, then opening, etc., I decided enough was enough and got the MaxxFan 7500K. My brother Mark and I installed it.  It […]

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Gutted Apple PowerMac G5 becomes great hitch storage locker

A month ago I decided to gut an Apple PowerMac G5 that was long broken. Since my profession is being an Apple Macintosh Computer Consultant, I often have dead or old Macs hanging around. Any of the Macintosh towers post 2004 will look like this so even a MacPro will work. They are all aluminum […]

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Towing the DWR Bambi-style Airstream with the Volvo XC90 Sport

I talked earlier about the perfect union between the Volvo XC90 Sport and the DWR Airstream, so I have some more tidbits of why it is so much fun towing our Airstream with this elegant SUV. I wanted to tow the DWR Bambi Airstream with our Volvo XC70 station wagon, but since we couldn’t get […]

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Upgrading the Stereo Head Unit on the DWR Airstream

So, after I upgraded the TV with a built-in DVD player, I no longer needed a stereo head unit that had DVD playback and a video out.  What I did want was a head unit with iPod integration, so I went on a quest and after much research found the Sony CDXGT930UI car receiver.  It was […]

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A Howling Beast: Replacing the Loud Refrigerator Fan on our DWR Airstream Trailer

My first modification to our DWR Bambi Airstream was to replace the refrigerator fan that howled. Imagine finding a quiet campsite, cuddling up in bed and then the fridge starts making this annoying buzzing sound. Since the fan is controlled by a heat sensor, it turns on and off at intermittent intervals. But, if it […]

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