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Old 03-27-2014, 01:10 PM   #15
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-we are having trouble getting air flow and temperature to maintain comfortably
I installed a 9" fan at each end of the galley counter for our recent Florida trip to alleviate the problem w/ temperature in the rear of the coach. My seven passengers said it helped. When time permits, will relocate to the underneath side of the cabinet above the galley.
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Old 03-27-2014, 02:02 PM   #16
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-we are having trouble getting air flow and temperature to maintain comfortably
Try cranking open the extreme rear windows on each side a little to allow conditioned air from up front to pass through the entire coach and escape at the rear.
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Old 03-27-2014, 09:33 PM   #17
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Batteries in coach when parked and completely turned off last about 12 days. Coach is parked inside garage with no electric. Called AS and they told me it should last 4 weeks, no way. Boondocking with and running frig, lights and pumps my guess is 3 days. Although have not let it run completley out.

The water valves to empty tanks are behind drawer under mircowave and next to rear sofa, stuffed way down in that hole. Not improssible but not as easy as a side mount plug on the the class c I was used to.
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Old 03-27-2014, 09:38 PM   #18
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My seats are good. Couple of pulls of the knobs and seats are all facing each other. The second row captains chairs do not recline much. Still find it works with TV position but could be better. We really like the way the front 4 chairs make a comfortable seating area for family games or meals.
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Old 03-27-2014, 10:25 PM   #19
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Batteries in coach when parked and completely turned off last about 12 days. Coach is parked inside garage with no electric. Called AS and they told me it should last 4 weeks, no way. Boondocking with and running frig, lights and pumps my guess is 3 days. Although have not let it run completley out.

The water valves to empty tanks are behind drawer under mircowave and next to rear sofa, stuffed way down in that hole. Not improssible but not as easy as a side mount plug on the the class c I was used to.
Boondocking with frig, lights and water pump will only last one day in my experience. That's why I added more solar.

Those water valves don't empty the tanks, they just drain the hot and cold water lines when winterizing. Everything is tight on these B-vans compared to a Class C.
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Old 03-27-2014, 11:21 PM   #20
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When boondockong, can you fire up the generator for a few hours to recharge again?
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Old 03-28-2014, 07:52 AM   #21
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When boondockong, can you fire up the generator for a few hours to recharge again?
Really depends on what you consider "recharge" means. A few hours will not bring the battery(s) back up to 100% charge. Not even close. Obviously, you will be putting some amps back in and using up propane. A better strategy is conservation and solar.

I'm surprised a previous poster said he expects only 1 day's worth of juice from his batteries while boondocking. I can go 3 or more. I worry about holding tanks before I worry about electricity.

Disclaimer:I don't own an Airstream yet. My experience is with a Class C.
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Old 03-28-2014, 08:02 AM   #22
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When boondockong, can you fire up the generator for a few hours to recharge again?
If the chassis battery is not too far gone, the BIM will cross-connect the main and chassis systems, so that the generator will indeed charge the chassis battery. However, the BIM relay will prevent the two systems from connecting if either battery bank is too far gone, to keep from depleting the other, so if you wait too long to fire up the engine, the generator may NOT charge the chassis battery. In such a case, you may have to jump-start the engine. Which is easy on late-model Interstates with the "boost" switch, that manually overrides the BIM and lets you jump-start the engine from the house batteries. My 2012 doesn't have a Boost switch, so when I had to jump-start mine, I had to do it the old-fashioned way.

Using the Boost feature is not good for the house batteries, but it's a lot better than being stranded because the engine won't start.
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Old 04-02-2014, 04:01 PM   #23
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14,000 miles, 60+ nights on the road.

CONS:
I got a full zero hours on battery this trip. Looks like they're toast. 10.1v when engine cut off.

Rear seat belts are pain, curbside plastic guard on seat keeps popping out.

Agree with airflow improved with curbside rearmost window I don't open driver side rear due to water heater and generator exhaust.

Table mounted in forward position is a pain, can't get from front to back.

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- Can parallel park in Chicago.
- Wife can co-drive (multiple 28 hr drives straight thru)
- 18.5 MPG at 75 MPH
- drives like a minivan
- rides like Mercedes (with shock upgrade)
- climbed all hills east to west w/o load

AMAZING office on the road with upgrades (Bluetooth printer, wifi extender, RAM Mount laptop shelf).
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Old 04-02-2014, 06:38 PM   #24
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- rides like Mercedes (with shock upgrade)

Either the shocks are the best in the universe or you haven't ridden in the rear seats.

If the former is true, would like to know what shocks you put on. Mine rides like an empty gravel truck when going over sharp perturbations like train tracks or pot holes. The kids like the ride in back tho.
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Old 04-02-2014, 06:41 PM   #25
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Our 2013 chassis doesn't ride THAT bad. But then we are almost at maximum weight with all that I have found room for to carry.
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They ride like a Mercedes truck.
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Old 04-02-2014, 09:35 PM   #27
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I'm usually packed for 7-14 days + have a motorcycle on a rear carrier so I'm packed heavy; but - Ok - I get to ride in the front left seat most of the time (. . . driver) but yes - the rear seat would be a fun place for kids on a rough road.


BTW: I found 55 lbs air rides better than 60 lbs and no real difference in fuel (18.5 pretty steady).
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Making switch to 2014.5 - some ??

I am only getting 16mpg on my 2014.5 pretty empty.
How do you get better mileage? I drive about 65-70mph
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