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2/1/14 10:34pm - Original Message: 'Oops'
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Ash Fork, AZ - USA

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1981 Red Interior White exterior

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As I watch the snow/sleet/rain fall and melt the remaining snow(hopefully) thoughts wonder to my summer road trips to the C3VR annual get together and Yellowstone.  I've been going over different routes and checking cool and uncool attractions to visit.  Looking for various stuff to compliment my sight seeing like binoculars, camera, tripod and day pack.  Down loading all the songs I can listen to on the ride.

Then it hits me.  I use my phone as an MP3 player, it holds about 1500 songs.  It will need to be charged during my drive.  I replaced the cigarette lighter in the console with my push button start...a PERFECT fit by the way.  Now I need to find someplace to place the new charging station I will need.  Maybe a plate where the ashtray is located.

Also need a cup holder.  The ones they sell that attach to the e-brake...I never liked those.

Maybe I'll take the passenger seat out and put in a espresso machineBig smile.  I might need to upgrade the alternator.


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2/2/14 10:55am - Reply: 'Re: Oops'
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Indianapolis, IN - USA

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Silver 1974 Convertible - L82 4 speed Low miles (was only 8,900 when I bought it in March 2006) - Now 42K miles. Original owner bought it as an investment for son's college expenses. 2008 Jetstream Blue Convertible - DAILY DRIVER!!

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I have an all purpose charger I got on e-bay that charges multiple devices (via adapters) by multiple means - cig lighter, USB, wall plug and even 9 volt! I'm also aware of solar chargers you can buy but I have no experience with those. A friend of mine got a charger around Christmas (I think it's called a Gorilla) for around $80 that holds multiple charges for various devices. With something like that you should be good for any day then charge it overnight. As for a cup holder, I strongly recommend going to your local Auto Zone and looking in the accessory section. For $5-7.99 you cand get a nice one that just slides in between the console and passenger seat. If you can't find one, Let me know and I can get you a band name or even pick one up for you

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2/2/14 12:59pm - Reply: 'Re: Oops'
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Ash Fork, AZ - USA

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I wonder if I can charge the phone thru the usb port on a radio?  I'll have to try it on the stereo in the truck.  That would certainly make things easier.  I can also change my story to " I planned it that way".

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2/2/14 3:41pm - Reply: 'Re: Oops'
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Carson City, NV - USA

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Numbers matching 1972 350 4 speed, silver pewter body with blue interior

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I grabbed a few power ports out of SUV's at the wrecking yard. They are pretty much just cig lighter deals with a fiip over cap. Wire one in wherever you think it works. When I'm building a hot rod I always add one just under the dash out of sight or down by seat near the center console out of sight. I make sure my little portable electric air compressor can reach it. Handy dandy devices.
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2/2/14 9:32pm - Reply: 'Re: Oops'
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Zachary, LA - USA

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1974 L-48 Auto. Just your basic Vette. GM crate motor w/vortec heads and intake. Crane cam. Scorpion rockers, Edelbrock carb. Lots of parts still in boxes... :(

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With the battery being so accessible in our cars, it would be really easy to wire a power port just about anywhere.  It would be hot all the time, but then again so is the stock cigarette lighter.  Just be sure you put a fuse in line with it.

Did you mention that your car had a USB port on the radio?  That should charge it...  The one in my truck keeps my iPod charged.


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2/2/14 11:22pm - Reply: 'Re: Oops'
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Lemon Grove, CA - USA

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1982 C3 Collectors Edition 44000 miles, sat in the sun most of it's life, My wife purchased it for me for fathers day in 2007 from her girl friend that had it for 19 years. It is on the road again. I'm retired but it is now my daily driver.

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The fuse is a great idea but I would put in an auto reset circuit breaker instead.  They are available at any trailer or RV supply even over the net.  I plan on putting one on the circuit that comes from my RV to my Tow car battery (keeps the tow car battery topped off when).  It will auto-reset when the short or excessive load is taken off.  They run about $5 so it is not a lot more than a fuse holder and fuse.

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2/3/14 9:48am - Reply: 'Re: Oops'
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Ash Fork, AZ - USA

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1981 Red Interior White exterior

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All great ideas.  I really like throwing the power port in back with the reset button.  I could plug in an electric smoker for ribs or grill for a couple of Italian sausages on the drive.  Think how much I'd save on food!Big smile

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2/5/14 8:23am - Reply: 'Re: Oops'
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Rockland, MA - USA

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76, L48, 4spd & 09, LS3, 6spd

Joined: 1/30/2003
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dads2vette said: All great ideas.  I really like throwing the power port in back with the reset button.  I could plug in an electric smoker for ribs or grill for a couple of Italian sausages on the drive.  Think how much I'd save on food!Big smile



Hey Dave - you might want to find one of these: http://www.mini-caravans.com/en/

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Twin Lakes, CO - USA

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SOLD - "The Toy" - 1970 Convertible
SOLD - "The Beast" - 1990 ZR-1 (#682)
"BLKBRRD" - 1978 Trans Am, 400ci/285hp, 4 spd, Black w/black interior, Hurst t-tops

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Someone help me out here as I don't recall where I saw it but I remember seeing a story a few years ago about a retired couple trekking around the US in a blue C2 convertible pulling one of those little teardrop trailers.  They were going coast to coast stopping at all the major Corvette gatherings they could find.  The thing that impressed the heck out of me the most was that they stopped at the Salt Flats in Utah and just for fun ran the rig, car and trailer, up into the triple digits. 

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2/5/14 8:15pm - Reply: 'Re: Oops'
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Ash Fork, AZ - USA

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1981 Red Interior White exterior

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Dennis, That would do the trick!  Looks like I could use a little imagination and make one out of a snowmobile trailer.

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2/6/14 11:55am - Reply: 'Re: Oops'
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Lemon Grove, CA - USA

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1982 C3 Collectors Edition 44000 miles, sat in the sun most of it's life, My wife purchased it for me for fathers day in 2007 from her girl friend that had it for 19 years. It is on the road again. I'm retired but it is now my daily driver.

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If nothing else Harbor Freight has a small light weight trailer frame that would do as a start.  The advantage would be it would be lighter duty than a snow mobile.  Google "Harbor Freight trailer".  I did and saw lots of pictures of what people have done with the trailer.  You could even make a little sleeping trailer out of it.   I talked with a couple (not using a corvette) with a small sleeping trailer (he built) traveling around the US last Summer.

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2/6/14 1:38pm - Reply: 'Re: Oops'
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Duncanville, TX - USA

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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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Well now....ifin yer gunna go a-trailerin.....gotta go this route..... Thumbs Up


You'll always be wonderin who the heck it is ridin yer tail all day! You speed up, they speed up..you slow down, they slow down.....LOL


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2/6/14 3:11pm - Reply: 'Re: Oops'
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Grapevine, TX - USA

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1972 LT-1 convertible with factory air.

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If you are gonna do a trailer, why not just get one of those platforms that slides into the hitch receiver.  ten you don't have to fool with a trailer.




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2/6/14 5:47pm - Reply: 'Re: Oops'
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Ash Fork, AZ - USA

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1981 Red Interior White exterior

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Joel, you know darn well that if I had a roached vette to make a trailer out of I would end up trying to restore it!

Gary, That is actually a very good idea.  I could always rig it with movable extensions so I could sleep on it.  I could even attach a tent and a swing out grill.  As long as the grill didn't get close to fiberglassBig smile.

Let's see know.  I would need extensions for sleeping and grilling.  Attachments for a tent and maybe a hammock.  Legs for stability.  Sounds like another project.


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In the words of Zora Arkus-Duntov "Is your seat belt fastened? Alright, Let's go"


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2/7/14 9:57am - Reply: 'Re: Oops'
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Zachary, LA - USA

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1974 L-48 Auto. Just your basic Vette. GM crate motor w/vortec heads and intake. Crane cam. Scorpion rockers, Edelbrock carb. Lots of parts still in boxes... :(

Joined: 1/27/2013
Posts: 201
Wow, Dave!

This discussion evolved from adding a power port to building a trailer with a swing-out grill!  The next thing you know you'll be rebuilding a 427 to power that new cigarette lighter...




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