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Old 02-26-2013, 07:54 PM   #113
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I happened to see this and thought someone might benefit from it. It is a 16 inch - no blind spot rear view mirror.



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Drive Safer With The 16-Inch 'No Blind Spot' Rear View Mirror

Megan Willett | Feb. 26, 2013, 1:14 PM | 1,948 | 7

This is The No Blind Spot Rear View Mirror.
Why We Love It: This 16-inch mirror eliminates your blind spots with a 180-degree field of view — for reference, your ordinary car mirror only gives you 52 degrees. The size of the mirror allows you to see adjacent vehicles until they are visible in your peripheral vision, and it also reduces headlight glare by 50 percent.
The No Blind Spot Rear View Mirror is used by police officers and professional racecar drivers to eliminate blind spots, and offers a distortion-free reflection across a five-lane highway. It attaches easily by clamping to your existing rear view mirror, and weighs only 10 ounces.

Hammacher Schlemmer

Where To Buy: Available through Amazon and Hammacher Schlemmer.
Cost: $49.95.


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Old 02-26-2013, 08:08 PM   #114
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With the existing outside mirrors (4) and the rear camera, I don't have any blind spot.
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Old 02-27-2013, 05:14 AM   #115
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I happened to see this and thought someone might benefit from it. It is a 16 inch - no blind spot rear view mirror.
Won't help in an Interstate. You'd have to remove the rearview camera monitor to mount it, and it would only give you a panoramic view of the Interstate's interior. Which might be handy if you're traveling with kids and want to keep an eye on them while driving, but otherwise…

Besides, as 73shark mentioned, with large flat mirrors and convex mirrors on both sides and properly adjusted, plus a rearview camera with a fisheye lens, there really is no blind spot at all on an Interstate. By the time a vehicle disappears from the edge of the camera monitor, he's already visible in one of the siee mirrors, and by the time the vehicle disappears from the mirrors, he's visible out the window.
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:19 PM   #116
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Latest mod:

Removed a portion of the expandable part of bathroom wall so that toilet seat can now be raised without having to open this extension.

The panel is just flush now and you don't have to go through a bunch of rigaramoris to use the bathroom.

Another great feature is that since the panel is still mounted on the piano hinges and not restricted to opening only 5", you can actually swing it out for ease of cleaning or airing out.
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:02 AM   #117
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I have made the following modifications to my 2011 Interstate (not in any particular order):

1. Added a second switch to the control panel inside to turn off/on the propane valve without having to exit the van.

2. Removed the supports in the bath swinging door to make it possible to use the toilet without opening the slide out door, which is now closed for good. I guess the engineers at Airstream have huge shoulders. I don't.

3. Changed out the rearview monitor for a different brand at my cost after having two fail under warranty.

4. Added wiring to be able to use a 80 watt folding solar panel by plugging in at the rear bumper to the controller when boon docking.

5. Added Kenwood Nav/Audio unit (same as in the new models). At the same time, ran audio from TV out to the Kenwood unit to be able to play TV audio over the rear and front speakers. Also connected the HDMI cable hidden in the panel behind the wardrobe to a Sat receiver in the overhead. Installed a y-connector so video from rear camera is displayed when in reverse on Kenwood for a bigger view.

6. Added a remote start system/alarm by Drone.

7. Added a Blackvue dash-cam.

8. Added a "Trik-L-Start" battery maintainer.

9. Added tinted drivers and passenger side windows.

10. Added external wifi and cellular antennas and replaced plastic entry on roof with aluminum entry at the same time.

11. Added Pepwave "Mini-Surf" wifi as WAN device and Cradlepoint 4G/LTE router for WIFI on the road which are connected to the external antennas.

I think that's it.

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Sounds like you really have personalized it.

Did your 2011 come w/ the Kenwood unit? Is it the Nav unit?
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:40 AM   #119
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It is the Nav unit, model DNX6190HD, same as the one AS is now installing as standard equipment in the new Interstates.

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Old 03-05-2013, 10:42 AM   #120
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I did the exact same thing. I found that I needed a small support bracket linking the panel to the frame to keep it from rattling or squeaking while moving down the road.

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It is the Nav unit, model DNX6190HD, same as the one AS is now installing as standard equipment in the new Interstates.

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My 2012 Interstate came with a Kenwood DNX7160, replaced with a Kenwood DNX7180 after the 7160 was stolen (less than 24 hours after I bought my Interstate. Long story told elsewhere on the forums). Honestly can't tell the difference between the two models, they even come with the same owner's manual.
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Wow, gmillerok1, you're a talented man!

You could probably have a nice, part time job hiring yourself out to those of us who are not so handy.


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I believe both of those units are discontinued. The DNX6190 is what I believe AS is currently installing in Interstate, but I think it is basically pretty much the same as yours but has built-in Pandora and Aha radio functions from what I understand, which we do use and are handy on those long drives. I used to have satellite radio but found it not worth it. Pandora is free and Aha has news and other content, at least between the two of them I sure don't need satellite radio. I don't care much for talk radio. If I want an opinion, I'll ask my wife. She's never shy to let me know what it is anyway.
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:45 AM   #124
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Thanks, but I can't take credit for the install for the Drone remote start/alarm system or the Nav unit, other than paying a guy to do them. I think my Sprinter was one of the first units that had a remote start installed. At the time, Viper did not have that ability.

It is similar to the Viper system. I can monitor my van anywhere in the country. Mess with it, and I get an alarm on my iPhone instantly. Remote start was just an added bonus. Highly recommended.
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The DNX6190 is what I believe AS is currently installing in Interstate, but I think it is basically pretty much the same as yours but has built-in Pandora and Aha radio functions from what I understand, which we do use and are handy on those long drives.
Mine has Pandora and Sirius XM, but not Aha. I mostly use the iPod dock, the Bluetooth hands-free speakerphone, and the Garmin nav system. Pandora may be free, but my wireless broadband Internet is Verizon, and costs too much to use up my monthly data allowance on internet radio. And at the State Parks I've been to that offer free WiFi, they have such slow connections that they insist on "no streaming" lest it eat up their entire available bandwidth.

Side note, I was seriously freaked out the first time I received a text message on my cell phone while driving while it was connected to the Kenwood via Bluetooth, and the text message popped up on my Kenwood display, too. Should have expected it, but still…
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:08 PM   #126
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I forgot about these mods:

11. Replaced the two cheap rear speakers with Polk higher quality speakers.

12. Added a "Stowaway II" to the hitch for more storage space.

13. Turned the waste hose spigot 90 degrees so the hose won't tear from use.

14. Added a ball-valve to the fresh water drain.

15. Added insulation behind the bath/shower to reduce heat load from hidden window (that was a chore) so the bath stays cooler during the day.

16. Replaced the drop-down reading lights over the rear lounge with LED's which match the ones installed in the ceiling.

17. Replaced the 4-gang switch with the new 5 gang labeled dimmer switch on the front bath wall currently being installed in new 2013's.

18. Had custom shelves built to match space and color in the streetside wardrobe to better utilize the space (mine has a wardrobe on both side). I used the same plastic shelf supports as the other side so the shelves are adjustable. This effectivey quadrupled the space I could use in the wardrobe (we didn't use it for hanging clothes anyway).

19. Added an outside temperature sensor so I have both inside and outside temperatures displayed.

I think that's it. Maybe. I've been pretty busy tinkering. :-)

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