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Old 08-24-2015, 07:44 AM   #589
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How hard would it be to change the rear lounge over to a set of two lengthwise couches facing one another and folding down to form the bed? I'm not loving the enclosed feel at the back end.
Sorry for the double reply - I just saw your similar question on the Roadtrek thread. Apparently you are thinking of buying an Interstate but I didn't see a preferred year stated.

If you are considering one of the older T1N Interstates, there already is a model that has two jackknife couches in the rear - that's the model my husband and I own, and I would not trade it for anything. One apparent upside of this model is that its gross weight is low enough so that having four side-facing seatbelts in the rear (two on each side as Airstream installed) is legal. One downside of this model is that they seem to come on the market only rarely (I see none right now on RV Trader, eBay, or PPL).

If you are considering a newer, larger Interstate, there is a model that has longitudinal twin beds and someone else also recently asked about potentially replacing lounge seating with jack knife couches. However we had this discussion about seat belts on another thread... apparently they can't be side-facing in a vehicle that large, hence 73shark's brief comment on the other thread. So theoretically you could get the bed / couch arrangement you want but at the expense of seating capacity.

Hope this helps.
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Old 08-25-2015, 05:57 AM   #590
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Hi, Rosie. Your profile shows you as a trailer owner... did you buy an Interstate or were you thinking of doing so? If so, what year are we talking about? That matters for addressing your question.
Thanks Interblog. Looking at late model lounge units, '12-15 ...
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Old 08-26-2015, 12:57 PM   #591
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I'm still waiting for delivery of my 2016 Lounge EXT with air suspension (hopefully in about 2 weeks!), but wanted to plan for the mods, so thank you all for contributing to this thread.

Here are my planned upgrades:
1. One of the things I wanted to do was add my communication radios: CB as well as Ham radio. I had a question about the roof of these vehicles. Are they steel roofs? Some of the antennas require a steel surface to act as a ground plane, so this would be important to know.
2. Solar panel upgrade: Has anyone added an additional solar panel to the existing 100watt panel (to get to 200 or 300 watts). Did you choose a particular brand/model for this? Any mounting/installation issues to be aware of? Do you know the charge controller capacity (as far as how much more power can be added via panels?)
3. I'm going to upgrade speakers as some of you have done.
4. Addition of a wifi hotspot
5. Cellphone signal booster
6. Security system: Viper vs. Drone
7. Aux LED driving lights, etc.

Thanks! Can't wait to be part of the Airstream Interstate family!
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Old 08-26-2015, 01:36 PM   #592
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Thanks Interblog. Looking at late model lounge units, '12-15 ...
FYI there's a 2013 AI twin on eBay right now... it says 6 hours left on auction but I just got flagged on it today I think, so the seller might be running an ultra-short fishing expedition.

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Old 08-26-2015, 03:43 PM   #593
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I'm still waiting for delivery of my 2016 Lounge EXT with air suspension (hopefully in about 2 weeks!), but wanted to plan for the mods, so thank you all for contributing to this thread.

Here are my planned upgrades:
1. One of the things I wanted to do was add my communication radios: CB as well as Ham radio. I had a question about the roof of these vehicles. Are they steel roofs? Some of the antennas require a steel surface to act as a ground plane, so this would be important to know.
2. Solar panel upgrade: Has anyone added an additional solar panel to the existing 100watt panel (to get to 200 or 300 watts). Did you choose a particular brand/model for this? Any mounting/installation issues to be aware of? Do you know the charge controller capacity (as far as how much more power can be added via panels?)
3. I'm going to upgrade speakers as some of you have done.
4. Addition of a wifi hotspot
5. Cellphone signal booster
6. Security system: Viper vs. Drone
7. Aux LED driving lights, etc.

Thanks! Can't wait to be part of the Airstream Interstate family!
John
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1. Yes
2. Short answer is yes. There are several instances and threads on this forum where people have added extra solar panels.

Can't wait to hear how the air suspension works out for you.
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Old 08-26-2015, 06:38 PM   #594
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1. One of the things I wanted to do was add my communication radios: CB as well as Ham radio. I had a question about the roof of these vehicles. Are they steel roofs? Some of the antennas require a steel surface to act as a ground plane, so this would be important to know.
Yes, they are steel. But they're cluttered as well, more so if you add more solar panels. And much of the roof is corrugated for strength. Only the very front (above the front doors) is smooth and flat. Luckily the only thing in that area right now is the Sirius antenna directly over the driver's seat. If you don't plan to use the Sirius system, you could remove that antenna and install your own there, and use that roof penetration for your antennas.
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If you upgrade by adding panels, you will need a new charge controller. And you may need to rewire all the way to the batteries; Airstream uses the smallest wire gauge they can get away with and you'll need something larger to carry the higher wattage.
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Either one is good. I went with Viper mainly because after my Kenwood/Garmin head unit was stolen, the installer that my Airstream dealer contracted to install the new one also happened to be an authorized Viper installer so I could get the security system installed at the same time the damage was being repaired. He didn't handle Drone systems, but if he did I'd have had trouble making up my mind between the two.
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Old 08-27-2015, 08:39 PM   #595
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Just yesterday I completed removal of 50W and installation of two Grape Star 100W and Blue Sky Energy 2512ix0HV. Long axis of both panels is perpendicular to van centerline. Both are shifted towards road side such that edge are bolted to the roof rail. Other side uses sticky feet affixed to roof. Seems very very solid. Length of panel leaves front one about 1" roadside of the bath vent. Back one is just rear of A/C and antenna is relocated to top of A/C. Had local sheet metal shop fabricate new stainless steel brackets and put piece of sheet metal on underside of AC cover to spread the load. I used the roof access fitting of the original panel. Combined the two panels with MC IV connect and ran the two MC IV 10 ga wires through the fitting. Connected them to new 8 ga wire in the access box above the galley and ran this new wire to the controller that is in the inverter area. IPN Pro remote is in the control panel area. The electical area is now even more of a rats nest that it was before. I'll post pictures if/when I figure out how to do so. Haven't done any camping to see how it works in practice - but seemed great in the driveway. 8.4A out of panel converted to 10.0A by the MPPT - and battery was already mostly charged. Even more amp-up will occur at lower state of battery charge.
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Pictures? Sounds like a great mod.
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Old 08-28-2015, 10:40 AM   #597
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Sounds like a great project Titus.....I took the cowards way out for now. Just replacing the 50 with the 100 from Grape Solar. No wire to run through the van on that task. When I get the nerve to start pulling interior panels, I may step up. So far just haven't looked to see how the interior panels are mounted inside the vehicle.....always concerned about snapping a fastener or clip somewhere.


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Old 08-29-2015, 09:23 AM   #598
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Tried to upload a 500 k pdf file (10 M is said to be the limit) with pictures and all the gory details of my solar upgrade and the upload failed. Any ideas?
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Tried to upload a 500 k pdf file (10 M is said to be the limit) with pictures and all the gory details of my solar upgrade and the upload failed. Any ideas?

Upload your photos to Photobucket or similar and then copy and paste the "IMG" file to your post.
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Actually, removing the upper lockers is not very difficult. Take off the doors first. Then simply remove the screws on the side and top, and have someone else hold the cabinet as it comes free. It's just screwed on with about dozen or so screws.

I removed the street side upper locker to run a new video cable. You have to be careful with the rope light, that runs on top of the locker. For that reason, you can't really remove it all the way, but rather, have someone hold it while you run the cable. It's not as scary as you would think.

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Sounds like a great project Titus.....I took the cowards way out for now. Just replacing the 50 with the 100 from Grape Solar. No wire to run through the van on that task. When I get the nerve to start pulling interior panels, I may step up. So far just haven't looked to see how the interior panels are mounted inside the vehicle.....always concerned about snapping a fastener or clip somewhere.


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Figuring out how to post pictures of the solar project is proving more challenging than was the project itself. In the meantime I can e-mail it to whomever might be interested. Or (I think) I can post the .doc or .pdf file without pictures.
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Figuring out how to post pictures of the solar project is proving more challenging than was the project itself. In the meantime I can e-mail it to whomever might be interested. Or (I think) I can post the .doc or .pdf file without pictures.
1. Upload images to imgur.com.
2. Copy BB code from right side of imgur.com page.
3. Paste BB code in your forum post.
4. Pour yourself a cold one to celebrate.
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