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    Power Problem with FM260

    As some of you may recall, I have been trying to chase down a lack of power on the Mitsubishi 6M60T1 engine in my Fuso FM260. Long and short, after confirming a 6psi shortfall in boost pressure, eventually Mitsu replaced the entire turbo unit. This improved things by a net 2 psi, so I am still...
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    Navigation in Europe[Italy] on Android Tablet???

    Going to Italy for 3 weeks with lots of driving in Rome and many small towns. iPad/TomTom will be main nav unit. Want to have wife's Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Tablet as a backup. What nav software for Europe/Italy have you used to good effect? Thanks, John
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    TomTom ITALY ???

    Has anyone used the TomTom Italy app for iPad? How well does it get you through the streets of small, out of the way towns? Any difference between the bundle of Italy with all of Europe or Western Europe vs the solo version? Are they all the same maps for Italy but just more maps overall in the...
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    SOLD!! 2008 Jeep Rubicon 4-Door

    SOLD!! 2008 Jeep Rubicon 4-Door Kelley Bluebook at 46,000 mi, “Very Good Condition” = $27,000 Aftermarket Additions [$ 5,000+] Asking price = $27,000 Or Best Offer This JK has been used carefully and well. This is a tough truck! It may be exactly what you need to...
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    USFS (free) Topos — Evaluation of maps and Apps

    After opening a few of the USFS 1:24,000 FSTopo maps, I was sruck with how clean and readable they were. Indeed they were so attractive that I was drawn to dig into them more deeply. I am camped in the Sonoral Desert; it has been raining for 18 hrs so it is impassibly muddy where I'd like to...
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    AZ Topos from USFS FREE

    In another thread, Mark (crawler#976) posted about free AZ Topos from the Forest Service. When compared with the USGS Topos I have, they seem cleaner and more recent than the USGS ones. However, does anyone know what app(s) I could use on a Macintosh or iPad [iOS6] to interface either the PDF...
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    Bought a new beacon — inReach

    I picked up an inReach today, at REI in Phoenix. I am going out into the Kofa Mtns west of Phoenix for about 10 days of very remote solo moto riding; i have not seen anyone out there when I did my recon last week. Somehow and for some reason I gave in to the notion that I needed to be able to...
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    My Fuso FM260 is converging...

    ... on completion [tho I am sure it will never get there!] update 12-27-12 at end of post #1 For those of you not familiar with this project, at the bottom are a few pics of the exterior and interior. But most recently, I think I have finally arranged a good working cab, vis-a-vis navigation...
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    Off-Line Map Storage — iPad Storage Limits??

    Some feedback from users PLEASE. I am looking at (3) topo map apps for my iPad3: MotionX, iHike, and Topo Maps for Ipad Each has the ability to download and store on one's device topo maps for use when you are out of cell and WiFi range — this is key to my usage, as this...
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    Comparison of Samsung Galaxy tab2 10.1 and iPad

    I have been wanting to make a switch to a tablet for my traveling 'computer'. I want a smaller and less bulky email/internet device, and at the same time I need a larger gps-equivalent that can both do road navigation and do off-pavement topo research, planning and tracking. Last summer, for...
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    Samsung Galaxy Tablet [Android]

    Anybody have experience using the Samsung Galaxy tablets; either the 7" or the 10"? In addition to checking email and light web surfing, I want a tablet to replace Garmin GPS units on the dash of my Fuso: both for navigation and for planning off road excursions on topos and recording tracklogs...
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    Fuso FM260 Rear Rack - tires and m-c

    Several people have PM'd me asking for more detail on the rear rack we fab'd for our vehicle. Today I was inspecting the welds and running gear in anticipation of my departure in 2 weeks for a 3-month trip in the Yukon, and this gave me a chance to take some more detailed pics. I hope they...
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    Fuso FM260 Performance

    I have posted two threads previously about chips on a Fuso FM260. This was because I subjectively felt that we were not getting the requisite amount of power — esp noticeable when pulling hills. I initiated contact with the Fuso Service Center in Portland, OR, and got a VERY HELPFUL...
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    Fuso Performance Chip.2

    OK, I thought I had resolved this question [Is there a valid and effective performance chip for the Fuso FM260?], but now I find a small crack of uncertainty creeping in. I just found this on eBay...
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    Q: Using Repeaters

    I am KF7GTM; I have used my handheld for a lot of inter-vehicle communication on all kinds of trips, including thru Central America to Panama. Great tool!! But, I have been interested in the function of 'repeaters'. How far [distance] can one go in talking over repeaters? Could I in Oregon for...
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    Composting Toilet — Report on 8 months full time usage

    I guess its time for a report on our use of the NaturesHead composting toilet. As a part of our remodel of our Darrin Fink-built FusoFM260-based expedition vehicle, we elected to install a composting toilet in lieu of the Thetford cassette. We have been living in the rig full-time for 8 months...
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    LED M-C Headlights????

    I have a Yamaha WR250R that has an anemic OE alternator. It is just barely able to operate the lights and keep the battery charged. I know I could put a new alternator on, but ... The headlight uses a 55/60 watt halogen bulb, which draws ~4.5 amps. I was wondering if anyone knows of an LED...
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    Seitz windows in campers

    In several threads I have encountered discussions and speculations about windows, including the Seitz ones. They are acrylic dual pane, imported by Dometic. Like all the others, there are all kinds of plusses and minuses to the Seitz windows. We have had them in two vehicles, logging nearly...
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    Composting Toilets - any hands-on experience?

    I wonder if anyone here has actually had experience using a composting toilet in either an overland vehicle or a sailboat? We've used Thetford cassettes for several years, but the composters seem to offer longer intervals between dumps. The Natureshead unit is the one I am most interested to...
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    FOR SALE: 2008 EarthRoamer XV-LT

    As of Thanksgiving Day 11/26/2009, EarthRoamer #95 is SOLD to a Forum contact. Thanks to all who looked and who inquired. ******************************************************* FOR SALE: 2008 EarthRoamer XV-LT #095 14,500 miles, Excellent Condition, Arizona Beige (color) LOCATION: Bend,OR...
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