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Old 06-30-2014, 09:12 AM   #15
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Trans coolers serve a very useful purpose.

It's job is to remove heat from the radiator.

But when it's installed in front of the radiator, the heat goes right back into the radiator. The gain therefore is almost ZERO.

Trans coolers, to be most effective, should be installed so that the heat totally bypasses the radiator.

Mounting the trans coolers, BELOW the radiator, provides the most effective use of them.

Then heat from the cooler no longer goes back into the radiator, which helps to the maximum.

Granted the installation becomes a greater task, but the end results are far superior.

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Trans Cooler is going to be the best $80 investment. And very easy to install.


I just wish my current Rig was capable of towing the Airstream we plan on buying. Sadly, the payload and wheelbase just aren't up to the task.





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Old 06-30-2014, 09:53 AM   #16
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Thanks - I was posting from my phone, so didn't have the link to the pdf handy.

My particular trailer comes in at 6250lbs, (empty and factory) with a tongue weight of 630lbs.

As I've said, in the real world that translates to 7500lbs, with a tongue weight of just under 800lbs - with WD the car end up carrying just under 600lbs, out of an available payload of just below 1300lbs.

The tongue weight of this trailer is also the lowest of all the triple axles.
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Old 06-30-2014, 10:41 AM   #17
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Thanks for the insight on lowering the transcooler from the radiator- died make sense.... I'll have to look at the room to see where the best mounting spot is....

Now it is just working out the best AS for our needs....
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Old 06-30-2014, 03:45 PM   #18
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Trans coolers serve a very useful purpose.

It's job is to remove heat from the radiator.

But when it's installed in front of the radiator, the heat goes right back into the radiator. The gain therefore is almost ZERO.

Trans coolers, to be most effective, should be installed so that the heat totally bypasses the radiator.

Mounting the trans coolers, BELOW the radiator, provides the most effective use of them.

Then heat from the cooler no longer goes back into the radiator, which helps to the maximum.

Granted the installation becomes a greater task, but the end results are far superior.

Andy
I'd agree with that, but in my case, most of my radiator is below because of a body lift. No where else to mount it. And my trans cooler is secondary, after the factory trans cooler. My aftermarket temp gauges also say it's working.
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:15 PM   #19
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New member looking for help/reassurance???

The last 31' Airstream I bought was a 75 model, i got it for a good enough price that I was able to buy it and get it fixed up to a functional and pleasant stock form for very close to or even a little less than $5000.

It still needs axles, but we deferred these as it is going to be lived in and not moved for the next year or two.

It can be done if you are willing to shop around BUY WELL and restore frugally.

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We did nothing to make it more presentable from the outside, but it isn't too hard on the eyes.


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Old 07-02-2014, 12:07 PM   #20
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Thinking about a 31 "ish" with the CB to mount a bed above the rears..,. Possibly a 29,,... Want to find one already done so we can do a few upgrades along the trip but nothing major.
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Old 07-03-2014, 01:48 PM   #21
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IMO It is going to be hard to find any ready to use Airstream for 5K lest you find someone who doesn't know what they have.

It could happen if you are patient though.


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Old 07-03-2014, 01:59 PM   #22
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IMO It is going to be hard to find any ready to use Airstream for 5K lest you find someone who doesn't know what they have.

It could happen if you are patient though.


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Oh- I'm looking to spend more than 5K - the reference was to 5K or less in TW....

I have several "warm-hot" prospects in the 8-18 range.... Still figuring out floor plans etc...
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Old 07-03-2014, 03:48 PM   #23
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5k ready to use!? Possible but so is the winning powerball ticket just that I will not find either! Good luck
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5k ready to use!? Possible but so is the winning powerball ticket just that I will not find either! Good luck
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Yes I said that! Or did I?

Actually 8-15 in cash....
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Old 07-05-2014, 08:52 PM   #25
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Ok - just waiting to finalize....

Getting a 1983 AS Excella 31'
Full restoration a few years back
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VERY nice...

Can't wait to get her home....
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Old 07-05-2014, 08:53 PM   #26
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Oh - mid bath rear twins...
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Old 07-06-2014, 01:42 PM   #27
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I would still go around the edges with an ice pick inside to check for any soft spots. It sounds like you got a good one. We are happy with our mid bath rear bed setup up. Enjoy!

Don't forget to post pics when you get her home!
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Old 07-06-2014, 06:03 PM   #28
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Sounds perfect for you! If you are just patient, the right A/S always shows up.

We love our mid-bath and rear-twin floor plan. It gives the bedroom area a little more privacy than having the beds just off the galley area, and I think is "safer" in terms of weight distribution and possible water leakage. At least one doesn't have the double whammy of (1) outside water coming in above the bumper area into the subfloor and (2) inside water leaks from tub/toilet onto the same subfloor. So the leaks take twice as long to completely rot out the floor because they're coming into two different areas!!

Seriously, sounds like you have a great deal--enjoy!!

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