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Old 12-04-2013, 10:56 AM   #15
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Uk, did you read the manuals? You have a great vehicle, do not try to make it into something it is not. For carrying passengers, you could buy a Sprinter with seats. Enjoy what you have, it will grow on you. Jim
Actually zig I retired from the IT industry, so I'm used to looking at manuals in pdf format. So one day when I was feeling bored I sat in front of my laptop and searched for and downloaded every document I could find relating to the Interstate and all its appliances, etc. So much easier to search for anything on the laptop using keywords, etc. Given time you get used to finding your way around the manuals.

And regarding the kitchen faucet, I was once hooked into city water - so the pump was off; the lid was closed with the faucet in the hot position - and with the AC on I didn't hear the water running; the gray tank filled up and backed up into the kitchen sink and then overflowed onto the floor!

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Old 12-04-2013, 12:11 PM   #16
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And regarding the kitchen faucet, I was once hooked into city water - so the pump was off; the lid was closed with the faucet in the hot position - and with the AC on I didn't hear the water running; the gray tank filled up and backed up into the kitchen sink and then overflowed onto the floor!
I'm glad I am not the only one that has happened to.

I have an extensive collection of the PDF manuals as well. I stored them in a simple database app called Yojimbo which runs on my iPad, so I have them all in searchable format and readily available everywhere I travel.
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Old 12-04-2013, 02:48 PM   #17
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Why doesn't Airstream make a CD explaining all of the operations?? Wouldn't that solve lots of our problems?? How much could it possibly take to make an instructional CD to make life a little easier for the technically challenged ?? Come on man..

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Old 12-04-2013, 02:58 PM   #18
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Why doesn't Airstream make a CD explaining all of the operations?? Wouldn't that solve lots of our problems?? How much could it possibly take to make an instructional CD to make life a little easier for the technically challenged ?? Come on man..

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Better, since Interstates come with a TV/DVD combo, an instructional DVD?

But, what if the folks at Airstream are as technically challenged as we are? Blind leading the blind…
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Old 12-04-2013, 03:30 PM   #19
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I got 2 DVD wig my rig but none of them would work in the TV as the clued the paper label on it and it is I big. I guess Airstream has to catch up on technology I would even liked to see a instructional video.
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I got 2 DVD wig my rig but none of them would work in the TV as the clued the paper label on it and it is I big. I guess Airstream has to catch up on technology I would even liked to see a instructional video.
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If you have the time, talent, and money to put one together I am sure Airstream would be grateful for your doing so. Cheap instructional videos are worth every cent not spent on them. Good instructional videos require many thousands of person hours of labor and attendant costs.
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Old 12-04-2013, 04:56 PM   #21
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I am sure it cost money to put one together but so does the Interstate and all the warranty calls because uninformed users are screwing up.
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Old 12-04-2013, 07:44 PM   #22
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Folks, most people don't have the time, talent or money to produce a useful video but at an asking price of $145.000.00 + Airstream certainly does. Dosn't matter what the price tag would be they would only pass it onto the consumer anyway. Airstream knows this is a complicated vehicle (for those of us who are not engineers and obviously understand everything that Airstream puts into print) and I am somewhat aggravated it has to be this complicated. Just a thought.

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Thanks to all of you engineer types out there who help me understand this great vehicle.

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Old 12-05-2013, 06:33 AM   #23
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Every camper is complex - just look around the forums. They are essentially an entire house crammed into a relatively small space. Some people grew up around campers and need no introduction, other than to the nuances of this particular one. Other people are brand new and need more direction. Your dealer should be able to answer all of your questions; they should be experts on the vehicles.

A video would be nice, maybe. In the past, videos I've gotten for other things, like a car, have been completely useless and a waste of money.
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It CAN be done; just look at these videos: RV How To Videos | The #1 RV Video Education training Source RV 101®

Not a single one of the videos on this site is Airstream-specific, but if these guys can do it, so could Airstream. Or parent company Thor, which has somewhat deeper pockets and could hire audiovisual professionals for their entire line, not just Airstreams.
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