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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:53 am   Post subject: Re: What did you do to your SMB today?

New rear brake pads.

106K and the pads were about 2/3 gone. I guess I have to do this again every 100k or so miles.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:21 pm   Post subject: What did you do to your SMB today?

Extended my exterior shower hose. Thanks to Jack.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 7:52 am   Post subject: Re: What did you do to your SMB today?

Installed a remote on/off switch and monitoring panel for my Trace Engineering (Xantrex) inverter/charger. The van came from SMB with just a simple on/off remote switch (RC4) but I've wanted a full remote panel for a while. I picked up an "RC6" remote panel on Ebay for a bit over $100 and installed it yesterday.

My inverter/charger is circa 1998, so finding out what worked with it and then finding the part was a bit of a challenge. Xantrex wasn't much help with recommendations when I called them. For those with a Trace Engineering RV1512 inverter/charger (1500 watts), apparently the RC6 is the latest remote you can use with it. If you have a Trace 2000 watt inverter/charger you can use the RC7, which is a much nicer remote with digital readout and more features.

Nice to be able to see the charging status and battery voltage now without lifting up the dinette seat! Next on the wish list is a battery bank "fuel gauge."

Note the place on the cabinet where the high-quality "wood" finish peeled off when I removed the Starcool instruction label.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 5:22 pm   Post subject: What did you do to your SMB today?

I did some work. Cleaned the whole outside yesterday. Today I purchased rubberized under coat spray along with plastic bumper paint. I took off the grille and cleaned it with simple green then sanded with fine paper the chrome and then cleaned off the dust. I sprayed about 6 layers of undercoat lightly and then taped off the chrome of the front bumper. Along with the grille and the front wheels and had to mask off under the bumper. I put about 5 coats on the plastic part of the bumper and after they both dried I used the black paint for bumper. I put the extra under coating in the wheel wells. I am having trouble putting photos up but ASAP I will. It looks really good. Until I can afford an aluminess front bumper this will do.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:54 pm   Post subject: What did you do to your SMB today?

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The beginning of a new front end.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:55 pm   Post subject: What did you do to your SMB today?

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Letting it hang dry.

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The bottom is finished just waiting on the grille

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:57 pm   Post subject: What did you do to your SMB today?

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:59 pm   Post subject: What did you do to your SMB today?

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got some 2000 degree paint for the somewhat corroded tailpipe and muffler. I have a black and silver theme going. No room for chrome. Now if I can figure out where to get the front powder coated along with the steel wheels ill be a happy csmper

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:33 am   Post subject: Re: What did you do to your SMB today?

Great job !
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:03 pm   Post subject: What did you do to your SMB today?

Loaded it and will head to Moab in the morning.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:22 pm   Post subject: Re: What did you do to your SMB today?

Got rid of the stock OEM ball joints. I was tired of having to replace the ball joints after 30K miles. Yep, I tend to drive on slightly more rugged off road trails but this was the 3rd time for ball joints in 85K miles. Installed a Dynatrac conversion kit that will hopefully resolve the problem :b1:
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:21 am   Post subject: Re: What did you do to your SMB today?

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Got rid of the stock OEM ball joints. I was tired of having to replace the ball joints after 30K miles. Yep, I tend to drive on slightly more rugged off road trails but this was the 3rd time for ball joints in 85K miles. Installed a Dynatrac conversion kit that will hopefully resolve the problem :b1:


Nice! I'm thinking about doing this myself. Pricey buggers. Were you able to find a deal on the kit?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 3:13 pm   Post subject: Re: What did you do to your SMB today?

Four wheel parts had them in stock and they did the job for me. Cost was about 1200.00 but they also repacked and replaced a bearing and added new seals.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 6:10 pm   Post subject: What did you do to your SMB today?

I replace the rear driver window!!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:22 am   Post subject: What did you do to your SMB today?

I like how dark your windows are and the switch-out looks nice. Good job!
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