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Watching a magic show tonight on the outdoor stage #RVing #camplife

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Taken at Concrete / Grandy Creek KOA

Watching a magic show tonight on the outdoor stage #RVing #camplife

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Taken at Concrete / Grandy Creek KOA

How do you make a mango drink more masculine? #BMW #M5 #shark #yummy #RVing #camplife #PhotoToaster

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#Omega #Speedmaster Pro #macro #olloclip #iphone4s #phototoaster

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Under the night sky. #iphone4s #PhotoToaster #olloclip #fisheye #night #RVing #camp

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Taken at Concrete / Grandy Creek KOA

My workhorse: Casio ProTrek Pathfinder: Barometer, altimeter, compass, solar, atomic #wristwatch

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Grilled Swiss cheese sandwich, drink, music, company: RV life--priceless! #RVing #gnome

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Taken at Concrete / Grandy Creek KOA

The kids made crêpes this morning--I *love* side benefits. Happy Mother's Day to all moms out there!

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VW R32: Optimum No Rinse Wash

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I'd always scoffed at 'no rinse' car soap, but a combination of positive reviews on detailing forums and tiredness of having to wash the R during odd hours at a local coin-operated car wash finally convinced me to at least test it out.

Details below the fold.

Anywhoo, I decided to try out Optimum No Rinse Wash, Optimum Poli-Seal, and Optimum Opti-Seal from Optimum Polymer Technologies. I purchased these from a Canadian distributor, www.eshine.ca
>Optimum No Rinse Wash (ONR): I followed the recommended dilution, 1 oz. (approx. 29 mL) ONR in 2 gal. (approx. 7.6 L). The R was slightly to moderately dirty, probably more slightly than moderately. I washed one section at a time, from top to bottom, with a MF mitt until clean, then dried with a MF towel before moving to the next section. This worked quite well. I'm not sure how it would work on a really dirty car, but I'd be willing to give it a cautious try, after a quick rinse at the DIY. I didn't notice …

VW R32: LED City Lights and DRLs

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Earlier this week I replaced the LED city/parking lights on the HIDs with new ones. Only the passenger's side had actually died, but I decided to replace both because the old LED on the driver's side was noticeably dimmer than the new ones.

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Prior to importing my R32 to Canada I had the city/parking lights wired to the ignition so that they would work like DRLs, a Canadian requirement. Why didn't my 2004 VW R32 have DRLs? Actually, the 2004 R32 did have DRLs stock... with the stock halogens. I'd originally disabled the DRLs in preparation for installing OEM HIDs (I'm still irritated that VW decided that only 2004 R32s sold in the United States would have halogens -- everywhere else in the world they were sold the R32 came with HIDs). 

Anywhoo, I'd decided having the city lights work as DRLs was a much better choice than having the HIDs suffer at partial power while running in DRL mode (not good for HID life, I gathe…