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  1. McFlyfi

    The Shine is Off...

    Yahoo news story about Covid, the RV industry, and complications of RV ownnership.
  2. McFlyfi

    CA Forest Closures

    Califirenia has temporarily closed 9 National Forests in Norther Califirenia through Labor Day... https://www.actionnewsnow.com/content/news/Northern-California-fires-prompts-closure-of-9-National-Forests-575134931.html Southern CA not immune- the French fire (east of Bakersfiled, near Lake...
  3. McFlyfi

    "Surprising" troubles with camper

    Article by a 24 year old who bought a $1500 TT to satisfy her wanderlust surprised by the amount of restoration needed... https://www.yahoo.com/news/im-24-years-old-just-191711664.html
  4. McFlyfi

    Removing Wobble

    There have been discussions on how to reduce the wobble in a PUP. I am going to install 2 sets of BAL Lock Arm Stabilizing Bars on my Niagara. My first thought was to install a set on opposing corners, with each stabilizer having an arm pointing fore/aft, and one pointing left/right. After...
  5. McFlyfi

    2010 Niagara Lift Part?

    2010 Niagara electric lift. I went to open the trailer today, and at start up, there was a fairly loud bang. It has happened the last couple of times I've opened it. Lift works functions up and down. I took off the wiffletree cover plate to grease it, and found a broken part. There is some kind...
  6. McFlyfi

    I love her, but I'm not IN love with her

    I spent about 3 years driving around the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles in the early ‘80’s s as a bottled water route delivery driver. I would see pop ups in peoples driveways and parked on the street. I thought “How Cool!” as I was an avid camper at the time. There was even a Starcraft...
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    Lift motor going bad?

    Trailer is a 2010 Coleman Niagara. It has an electric lift. The lift consists of a current limiter box and an electric motor that directly drives the wiffle tree screw, activated by a corded remote control. The current limiter and the motor are connected by a quick disconnect, and about 14" of...
  8. McFlyfi

    Extended Trip Food Management Strategies

    I am in the early (very early) trip planning stage for a 4-week trip in July of 2019 that would go from Southern California to Crater Lake, though Idaho with a stop near Sun Valley, on to Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Then back to Southern California via Las Vegas for a few days. We would be...
  9. McFlyfi

    Energy Audit, Musings on Solar

    A Comprehensive Energy Audit, Musings on Solar. PUP- 2010 Coleman Niagara (NTU in Sept 2016) Power- Group 27 Interstate from Costco (brand new) Appx 100 amp hours Recharge method- Renogy 100 watt solar suitcase with whatever cheap charge controller it came with. Battery Meter- Trimetric...
  10. McFlyfi

    A tee, a Tee, my kingdom for a Tee...

    2010 Coleman Niagara Highwall. Looks like the PO wanted an auto changeover regulator no matter the cost. Either he or the dealer installed the regulator with a Tee after the regulator, sending low pressure gas to the high pressure port on the frame, as well as to to the interior, sacrificing...
  11. McFlyfi

    Late Model Coleman W/Electric lift

    I am going to have a few hours over the next week or so to do some maintenance on the lift system of my NTU '10 Coleman Niagara. I want to clean and re-grease the wiffle tree and lube all the pulleys and lift posts. I have done this job in the past on my '04 Carmel (manual lift)- would the...
  12. McFlyfi

    Late Model Coleman Highlander Owners

    I just picked up a 2010 Coleman Niagara. The PO seems to have burnt out the electric lift, and now that I've got it home, most of the systems seem to be inoperable. I am not a newbie to the PUP world, I have a 2004 Coleman Carmel, so I am familiar with the general operation of the fridge, water...
  13. McFlyfi

    Sorry, I just had to do it!

    With apologies to our winter bound brothers and sisters, winter Santa Ana winds in Southern California mean one thing: Beach Camping! From December to the end of March, most State beach campground have no reservations, so FCFS is the rule. These beaches typically are completely full from April...
  14. McFlyfi

    Truck Bike Rack

    Finding a way to transport bikes with the PUP has proved much more difficult than I thought. I do have the rack channels on my Coleman, and I have many Thule racks and accessories, but after pricing the tabs, feet, towers and load bars, I just couldn't part with north of $500 to carry a couple...
  15. McFlyfi

    What I learned on my Summer Vacation...

    We took two "big" trips this summer- 5 nights to Mammoth Lakes CA and 6 nights to Lassen Volcanic National Park. Camped at Twin Lakes Mammoth (about 300 miles from home) and at Manzanita Lake at Lassen (600 miles from home). The Pup- A 2004 Coleman Carmel, new to us in August of 2014 The tow...
  16. McFlyfi

    Underbed padding

    I sleep on my side, so my hip bottoms out on our mattress. I saw the "37 Hacks" thread, so I picked up a couple of packs of 1/2 inch interlocking foam floor pads, on sale at Costco, $10.00 (normally $13.00) per 8 square pack. The squares are 2'x2'. 9 squares just about perfectly covered our...
  17. McFlyfi

    Flashlight brackets

    I couldn't find a whole lot about a mount or bracket for a generic flashlight. Sure MagLight makes a bracket or two, and so do a few others, but at $8-15 each, plus tax & shipping, I figured I could do a whole lot better. We went to El Capitan outside of Santa Barbara two weeks ago. Couldn't...
  18. McFlyfi

    Fridge Fan Mod by Rookie- Thanks Again!

    After installing brake wiring/controller, switched voltmeter, a fuse block and 12v outlets, I wanted to tackle the fridge fan/baffle mod. The fridge seems to work pretty well already, but we will be camping when it's hot out, and I want to have the option of being able to increase the...
  19. McFlyfi

    List of Mods Performed by Rookie- Huge Thanks!

    I just wanted to stop by and say how thankful I am that the Portal exists. Since even well before buying my very first PUP (a NTU 2004 Coleman Carmel, bought in August 2014), I have been lurking here, soaking up as much information as I can. The Coleman came to me in immaculate condition, so...
  20. McFlyfi

    New Member

    Hello, Portal! I am new to the world of popups, but not to camping. I have backpacked extensively, flyfish avidly, and car camped nearly my whole life, but never been in a trailer of any kind. Many years ago (early ‘80’s), I delivered bottled water for a living. On my route was a Starcraft...




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