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Old 10-23-2016, 02:52 AM   #15
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Old 10-30-2016, 07:14 PM   #16
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I'll put the rest in the 'pics of Interstates'

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Old 10-31-2016, 08:17 PM   #17
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The trip up the coast went great.

No issues (other than the refrigerator didn't want to start on gas- works fine now).
Got 23-24 MPG, ran perfectly the whole time.

We stopped a lot, took it easy and had loads of fun. Poured rain most of the time- so a good test for leaks (none). We did get some sun though.
Stayed at campgrounds (rather than finding hidden sites), county, state and even commercial.
I don't like how they jam people in the commercial ones, but this time of year they were mostly empty- so not so bad.

The layout worked really well, especially liked it when it when the weather cleared and could open the back doors all the way and have it wide open.

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Old 11-01-2016, 06:42 AM   #18
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I hope to see more of those floor-to-ceiling money shots from you in the future, given that the RS is the only Interstate model that makes them possible in that way (GT Twin sort of, but there are cabinets at the top of the back doors and the beds don't jack-knife out of the way).

You'll notice that there's a trim piece at the top of your rear doors, to match the sides stylistically. I had to remove that to expose the vertical section of steel frame there in order to attach my prototype magnetic bug screen. If you plan on being a rear door junkie like me, you'll need one of those. There are commercial options and home-made options. Not satisfied with any of the high-dollar commercial options, in part because they've been mosquito netting and not no-see-um netting, I've been working on a custom screen. I'm still using my incomplete prototype, but I've vowed that I MUST produce a finished product prior to our next big trip. It's a pain in the rear end to make it with the degree of precision that I feel we need, so I've sorta been putting it off. I'll blog instructions when I get it done.

Also, if you leave the doors open frequently, you'll probably want to protect them somehow. There's sudden rain, bugs, and in some campgrounds with emboldened wildlife looking for food scraps, birds will want to sit on the door edge and poop down the sides (ask me how I know this). My interim solution for that has been to slit a contractor-grade (thickest plastic) jumbo trash bag down the side (to allow for the hinge) and slip it over the door for protection. Here's a pic with one door open, trash bag in place, and screen in place. We were experiencing Assault of the Stinging Caterpillars this day, so I only opened one door.
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Old 11-01-2016, 07:53 AM   #19
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Yes, I most certainly want screens. The commercial ones are too much and I didn't really like them anyway.
Keep me posted on what you come up with, I have a couple of ideas, but haven't done anything yet. (I need to replace the cam chains on my Eurovan MV that I'm selling, 17 hour flat rate! I'm not looking forward to it).

The door cover idea is great also, maybe some nylon? It would be nice when it rains a bit also.

I will certainly take more pics- if it stops raining before the snow, I'll try to buzz up to Hurricane Ridge for some pics. ( it rained over three feet for October out in Quinault, west and a little south of here)

The reason I paid a premium for this one is I really wanted this layout, partly due to the pics you had posted- I could see where that would match up great with how I want to use it. Well, it also. Only had 35k miles and in supurb condition.

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Old 11-01-2016, 09:21 AM   #20
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I thought about nylon, but so far the door cover has been very much a K.I.S.S. solution. The trash bag works wonderfully. During last week's camp-out in West Texas (blog post link), the hinge-cut lower edge of the plastic also flapped around noisily in the overnight breeze, and cast weird shadows when I left the porch light on. This was desirable because I believed (and my dog believed) that there were some javelinas out there in the darkness who wanted a piece of my dog. So it provided a scarecrow type of effect that allowed me to feel a bit more secure with the door still being left open overnight. Nylon would not be waterproof and would not make noise, and in another situation if I don't want the plastic to flap around overnight, I can just stick a magnet on the lower edge.
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Old 11-02-2016, 05:27 AM   #21
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Your unit looks exactly like mine, and without burner covers.

You might consider getting one of these, which we picked up in our first year or so.

http://www.stacksandstacks.com/insta...-uOxoCaBzw_wcB

It rides very nicely on the burners, is well made and sturdy, attractively covers your burners and gives you some extra counter space...especially nice when using a toaster, a crock pot, etc.

Although the old one had not broken, it did get scratched with lots of use over time, and I replaced it a year or so ago with a new one.

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Old 11-02-2016, 08:56 AM   #22
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Great idea!
Thanks!


I recall you saying that you didn't use the original table. I tried it, and actually liked it (mostly)
It is too darn heavy though and clunky to take out and put away. I may make one out of aluminium, perhaps with original legs or maybe something different.
Some sheet aluminium, weld some leg receptacles on...pretty easy. Plus it would match the other interior.

The folding table ideas are good too.
The problem we found is there is no place to put anything back there (drink, etc) and the table was nice and handy for that.
Hmmmm
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Old 11-02-2016, 09:54 AM   #24
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Great idea!
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I recall you saying that you didn't use the original table. I tried it, and actually liked it (mostly)
It is too darn heavy though and clunky to take out and put away. I may make one out of aluminium, perhaps with original legs or maybe something different.
Some sheet aluminium, weld some leg receptacles on...pretty easy. Plus it would match the other interior.

The folding table ideas are good too.
The problem we found is there is no place to put anything back there (drink, etc) and the table was nice and handy for that.
Hmmmm
Eddie Bauer. I think, maybe LLBean, has a small, folding, aluminum table...it rolls, actually...that becomes very compact and has a small storage bag. Good for outside or inside, and it stores on the floor behind the driver's seat.

I also bought a couple of years ago a small, collapsible, storage ottoman from WalMart for about $25, which fits perfectly between the benches in the rear, adds extra storage space, and gives a place to set a cup or drink glass.

I got mine in black, because it blends in so well, but they also come in colors.

You might look at the Small Space Living thread here, too, which has tons of ideas from lots of folks.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f240...ng-100347.html


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Looks familiar..... is it Tillicum Beach, Oregon?
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No need to get into welding for the table upfit if you don't want to... here is my smaller table, built on the original Airstream-supplied legs. Blog post describes sourcing and instructions but I'm on my phone and can't easily link. Click image for larger version

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Looks familiar..... is it Tillicum Beach, Oregon?
Lost Creek state wayside Oregon - a bit north.

Just a pullout just off the highway.
But it had gotten sunny and a great view.

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No need to get into welding for the table upfit if you don't want to... here is my smaller table, built on the original Airstream-supplied legs. Blog post describes sourcing and instructions but I'm on my phone and can't easily link. Attachment 274688
I wonder if one could make the table slide to each side (couch to couch) so that one could walk by on either side depending on which couch someone was at that was using it?
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