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Old 05-11-2018, 08:35 AM   #1163
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I just swapped my winter AI twin-bed comforters for lightweight summer spreads that are way less bulky and easier to live with in confined space.

I buy queen-size (sometimes large twin size) blankets, comforters, and bed spreads, cut them down the middle, and bind them with double-fold binding. The resulting size is perfect for the twins in the AI.

I just made two reversible lightweight twin bedspreads for the AI for $19, plus the cost of the bindings. Can't beat that.

I like to keep the AI very neat because there is always someone that wants to see inside.
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Old 05-12-2018, 04:22 PM   #1164
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My $20 bedspreads

Here are my 2 for $20 bedspreads in the coach. They started as a queen size spread and are reversible with medium blue on the other side, edged in tan. These should tide us over until cool weather comes again.

Note: the fuse panel is exposed while I install louvers in the door to help keep the circuit breaker panel cooler.

The second photo is of my helper. I don't know whether I could have sewed them properly without her supervision.
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Old 05-13-2018, 06:03 AM   #1165
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Looks great John!
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Old 05-13-2018, 03:58 PM   #1166
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I swear I was NOT planning on doing this for quite some time... it had been my intention to save this project for a rainy day.

But then Mr. 3M Tint Man told me explicitly to leave our rig *IN THE SUN* for no less than three days, to give the CR-70 a chance to dry out and set up properly.

Well, what am I going to do with the van in the driveway for three days?!

Answer: install that second Lagun mount in the rear, so that the table can be used in both places using the Lagun hardware alone (not Airstream's OEM hardware).

I had ordered an extra receiver from Merry Ol' England, just in case I ever needed it. And it turns out that there IS a good mounting location in the RS model of T1N Interstate. Instructions in the blog post, and guess what?? I now get to delete both the original pedestal legs and the table's under-mounted cups from the van's inventory. Hi ho swiveler!

LAGUN TABLE, PART 2: REAR MOUNT

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Old 05-13-2018, 07:26 PM   #1167
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And you rounded the corners, nice!
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Old 05-15-2018, 02:51 PM   #1168
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Best the "Nest"

I grew tired of having to plug in appliances in the overhead cabinets and having cords draped all over the galley. When I noticed the pop-up outlets Airstream installs in the new Nest trailers, I decided to "Best the Nest" in my AI.

I had previously installed a raised vent for the refrigerator. I decided to use some of that real estate to install pop-up outlets with USB chargers integrated.

The photos show the results. The outlets go quite deep when retracted, so I had to cut away some non-visible structure behind the galley.

I had previously unplugged the refrigerator from 120v so that it ran continuously on 12v. I have the new outlets plugged into the refrigerator outlet. That circuit is shared with the electric side of the water heater, so I will need to be cognizant of what loads I plug in.
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Old 05-15-2018, 04:14 PM   #1169
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Very nice! First time Iíve seen that style of outlet; Iíll be looking for places to use it!
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Old 05-30-2018, 12:40 AM   #1170
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i added a v12 detroit deisel to repower the scrawny electric vent fan in the bathroom of my overlander. Moves a lot more air but the gf is not happy with the noise.


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Old 06-01-2018, 11:16 AM   #1171
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Accessory

Not much of a mod but more of an accessory...

We have two of these tower inflatable paddle boards at the beach condo that we leave there. Lots of fun and work really well and collapse down into a bag for storage.


We wanted to get two more to keep with us when we take the AI to a lake or other water source (not at the condo) and Tower came out with the Chris Craft edition and the design on the foot pad matches our AI floor so couldn't resist.


This is it just unrolled and deflated out of the box.
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Old 06-01-2018, 12:03 PM   #1172
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Chris Craft edition and the design on the foot pad matches our AI floor so couldn't resist.
Very nice! Matches decor, functional & easy to pack. All attributes of a proper AI accessory.
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Old 06-14-2018, 05:56 AM   #1173
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Here's an opportunity to learn from one of my mistakes.

If you feel that you are inclined to do one Interstate mod, plan accordingly to do fifty-seven. Because one leads to another, and another, and another. Thereís no such thing as ďoneĒ Interstate mod.

The operative word is PLAN, and thereís a specific way to do that. A few years ago when we started this DIY junket, I made a mistake in entering my husband's garage with the expectation that some mysterious realm of male functionality would unfold and reveal itself to me in due time, if only I remained open to receiving this divine revelation. I entered it passively as a result, expecting to be suitably edified by practices and procedures that were different from the feminine approach, but no less effective in their own ways.

As it turned out, there were no magic moments of insight, at least, not that were perceptible to my tom-boyish yet still solidly female sensibilities. The best he-man DIY garage porn out there can't hold a candle to what traditionally-female crafting enterprises can bring to the table in terms of effective materials management. Before I became an Interstate DIYer, I had many other creative hobbies including jewelry design and manufacture (not your average hippie beading Ė I mean real jewelry, hand-made). The mistake I made was not treating a priori the entire garage as a large-scale beading operation. If I had done that, I would have organized and administered it proactively. Now Iím looking at doing retroactively and in retrospect what would have been far more efficiently tackled starting on Day One.

Case in point. You can bet your bottom dollar that Interstate projects are going to involve a diversity of very specific hardware, much of which is stainless steel so itís expensive and it tends to be bought incrementally and in small quantities (much like silver and gold jewelry components). Forget about trying to catalog and archive that stuff using any tools you can buy at the Big Orange Retail Giant (BORG) and similar outlets, where prevailing construction paradigms dictate that customers are likely to be buying and managing larger quantities of less diverse feedstocks. The selection of management tools is much better at places like Joann and Michaelís crafts, which are accustomed to meeting more rarefied needs.

This analysis may sound mildly offensive to those who object to stereotypes, but bear in mind that it cuts both ways. Just as the average male garage could probably benefit from an injection of female-oriented organization, there are plenty of female-dominated functional fields that would benefit from a refreshing blast of testosterone. Donít even get me started on that discussion.

I'm just getting started, but already this looks a bit like boxes of jewelry components, doesnít it? I found out the hard way that all Interstate-specific feedstocks have to be segregated from general hardware inventories such as what are used on stick-and-brick projects, or even projects on other automobiles (such as daily drivers). It just doesnít work otherwise, because too much entropy intrudes into the system.

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Old 06-14-2018, 10:46 AM   #1174
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Very entertaining read.
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Old 06-15-2018, 04:59 AM   #1175
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Great organization bins.

Other potential/non-BORG arenas are fly fishing tools, dental tools, makeup tools and other personal grooming tools (tweezers, fine brushes, magnification, hair dryers and flat iron appliances, emery boards, nail polish and remover, manicure tools, Q tips), first aid products and tools (band-aids are a removable adhesive tape with cushioning), tobacco tools (real rough-wire pipe cleaners)

Lyle P can fix his truck with used BF Good Tires and Bailing Wire:
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Old 06-15-2018, 05:11 AM   #1176
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Organization is a good thing.

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