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Old 12-04-2017, 08:05 PM   #155
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and if I did everything correctly... looks like we are signed up for our first rally!!

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park - 12th Annual Canopener Rally - January 4-7, 2018
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Old 12-05-2017, 06:41 AM   #156
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Updating list (how I wish we could just update original post...)
  1. Ordered - Glacier Ice Corian flip shelf Part number 602233-07 - Tommy Bahama edition does not come with the extended counter piece due to the under counter lights mounted. Had to be custom ordered in matching counter top color.
  2. Ordered - Two additional battery trays (these come with strap downs). AGM CL24, End mount Part numbers: 454982 - This is to double the house battery capacity.
  3. Ordered - Will be using two additional stock batteries for now (Part number for batteries: 511828 Battery, 12 Volt, Deep cycle, AGM Lifeline)
  4. Ordered - Teak Shower Mat for Airstream Interstate Lounge
  5. Ordered - Collapsible ladder - needed one at home so figured I would buy one that would also work with the RV
  6. Ordered - Duallys valvesDually 16'' Steel / Aluminum Valve Stem Extension Kit DL1SPAL - dealer did not have these. So order placed and I will drop them over for them to install before I take delivery on the 16. Should be here in a couple of days.
  7. Ordered - Now that we know we will be doing our first rally on Jan 4... noticed that the lot we got has only a 50 amp hook up. So got the needed adapter :
    Camco RV Dogbone Electrical Adapter With PowerGrip Handle, 50 Amp Male To 30 Amp Female, 18-Inch
  8. Ordered - Telescoping pole (and a Squeegee and Window Scrubber) for cleaning windshield and to make sure there is clearance before driving through areas with limited height, because I want to keep all the stuff on top of the Interstate in one piece... ouch!
  9. Ordered - Inline water filter for filling tanks - to keep all internals in great shape and avoid build ups...
  10. Ordered - ARB ARB605 Blue Inflator with Gauge and Braided Hose - I have been meaning to get a new one from my garage. This will work just fine and I will modify it to take different tips so I can also use it for those hard to reach motorcycle wheels.
  11. Ordered - Water pressure regulator for when hooking up at RV park facilities. Read somewhere that this prevents damage to the Interstate water lines when the pressure at the RV Park is higher than expected
  12. Ordered - Surge protector/EMS - Progressive Industries EMS-PT30X Surge/EMS Protector with Cover - 30 Amp - to protect the electrical system in the Interstate when hooking up at a camp site
  13. Arrived - Victron BlueSolar 100/30 MPPT Charge Controller - 30 Amps / 100 Volts
  14. Arrived - Victron VE.Direct Bluetooth Dongle
  15. Arrived - Blue Sea ML-ACR 7622 Automatic Charging Relay
  16. TST 507 TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM WITH 06 CAP SENSORS AND NEW COLOR MONITOR (INCLUDES SIGNAL REPEATER) - searching to see who has the best price on this... I missed ordering it when TST mentioned in a thread some event pricing a few months back
  17. ARB CKMA12 Air Compressor High Output On-Board 12V Air Compressor and a tire plug kit
  18. 3M Clear (or Xpel) protection film for the front to protect headlights and windshield
  19. 3M Crystalline film on windshield (clear) and side windows (legal tint) - to reduce heat inside while driving.
  20. Rubber Wheel Chocks
  21. Leveling blocks/pads and the wheel chocks for these...
  22. Windshield cover for when parked to reduce interior heat. Also looking at this thread for maybe doing something similar for the side glass/windows. Anything that will help lower the inside temperature of our Interstate in this hot Florida climate (I know, not as harsh as in Arizona and Texas, but still...)
  23. Memory foam top for the bed or RV Superbag https://www.rvsuperbag.com/
  24. Build two boards (that can fold away for storage) for additional sleeping space for my two kids
  25. Gloves, hoses (separate hoses for water fills and for tank cleaning)
  26. Sound deadening material to wrap generator and bring down the noise it makes - Thread on this
  27. Longer term. ARB Fridge / Freezer (ARB Elements Weatherproof 63 Quart Fridge) for extending cooling storage capacity. I also want to get a Jeep Wrangler diesel a few years from now to replace the X5 and this would be perfect for now and to take in the Jeep when going remote places (I can dream, can I? lol ).

We need to rehearse and be ready for the rally... plan is to stay in it at home in the front driveway to see what we need and pack accordingly... we know we will not get it right the first time, but trying not to have to move the AI from the lot during the time we are there...
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Old 12-05-2017, 01:05 PM   #157
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and if I did everything correctly... looks like we are signed up for our first rally!!

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park - 12th Annual Canopener Rally - January 4-7, 2018
Can opener is fun, but is not a WBCCI event. Not that it matters. Protagonist is usually there. We are thinking about it.
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Old 12-05-2017, 01:29 PM   #158
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Can opener is fun, but is not a WBCCI event. Not that it matters. Protagonist is usually there. We are thinking about it.
Not "usually." 2018 will only be my 2nd time to attend.

2015 was my first time, and the 2015 Canopener was basically my retirement party, since I arrived less than a week after my last work day.

2016 I had other commitments— namely the WBCCI Mid-Winter IBT (I was a Unit president at the time, and felt it was incumbent upon me to attend).

2017 I had a girlfriend who really didn't want to attend rallies of any kind but liked RV camping otherwise, so even though I had a reservation for the 2017 Canopener, I canceled it. Which in hindsight was a mistake, because said girlfriend and I parted ways soon after that anyway.

But this year I'm back, and planning to attend every year for the foreseeable future unless real life makes other plans for me.
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Not "usually." 2018 will only be my 2nd time to attend.

2015 was my first time, and the 2015 Canopener was basically my retirement party, since I arrived less than a week after my last work day.

2016 I had other commitments— namely the WBCCI Mid-Winter IBT (I was a Unit president at the time, and felt it was incumbent upon me to attend).

2017 I had a girlfriend who really didn't want to attend rallies of any kind but liked RV camping otherwise, so even though I had a reservation for the 2017 Canopener, I canceled it. Which in hindsight was a mistake, because said girlfriend and I parted ways soon after that anyway.

But this year I'm back, and planning to attend every year for the foreseeable future unless real life makes other plans for me.
Oh, I thought you were a regular. 2015 and 16 were our two years. Dreadfully cold both times.
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Old 12-05-2017, 09:19 PM   #160
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Oh, I thought you were a regular. 2015 and 16 were our two years. Dreadfully cold both times.
I will be a regular from now on, if at all possible.
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Here is a pic of my trailer which I had custom built to a narrower than standard width to more closely track behind the AI. If you are interested it is for sale. You can pm me for details.


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Old 12-06-2017, 06:11 AM   #162
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Received a message that I find, as a newbie, provides some invaluable information as I embark on this journey... This forum is great!!!

I must share, in case anyone else new to this runs across this thread (I have removed the name of the person that provided the suggestions to protect the innocent ). There are a few recommendations that I have already covered in things I will get or modifications that I will make, but I left them listed anyway to provide the complete list that was provided.

Many of these would have never crossed my mind or are potential mistakes I would have made had this not been shared. So thank you again for sharing these with me!!

Here is the list:
  • A small outdoor mat - We like the 6x8 foot one that advertises that the sand goes through it. You will need a few small tent stakes. This keeps the inside of the van cleaner.
  • Backpacking lawn chairs, we like Helinox brand and they make a light weight table as well. Two of these and a table will fit in the storage area above the driver/passenger seats.
  • Surge protector - hook it to the power pedestal and check for the green lights before plugging in the rig. I have had issues at several campgrounds.
  • Turn on the campground faucet for about 30 seconds before hooking up (bugs!)
  • Hook up pressure regulator, filter, and hose, then run the water again for a minute(the camco filters will spit out a little charcoal dust). Then go ahead and hook to the rig.
  • You may what to buy a Y valve to put next to the campground faucet - This way you have a way to relieve the pressure in the line after shutting off the faucet – otherwise you get a shower when loosening the first connection
  • Check to be sure your rig has room for the two extra batteries – I heard rumors of the 2017 and newer coming with a reserve air tank for the air suspension and I don’t know where the put it. I have the same McRider extra batteries mod on my 2016. Make sure you get his latest version of his document, it should have one extra fuse in it.
  • Make sure you really check out the electrical system before starting mods unless you have the dealer do them. They will run from any future issue once you touch it.
  • Careful with the rubber wheel chocks – Some of them stink of un/under cured rubber. You don’t realize it until you bring them inside. This goes for anything you buy, you will have to live with the smell inside the rig.
  • When using the macerator hose – Always pull it all the way out. I know it doesn’t make sense but unless you rewind it back in all at once it can develop a sloppy wind and you will have difficulties getting it all wound up and you will start to damage the hose(been there, got the t-shirt…).
  • When you are filling the fresh water tank – Don’t stand in front of it! When it gets full it doesn’t give you much warning and depending on water pressure you can get soaked before you can jump out of the way.
  • Parking brake – After setting the parking brake and BEFORE swiveling the driver’s seat – push down on the parking brake handle(Don’t Release the parking brake), the handle will push down to it’s normal driving position(but the parking brake is still set). It needs to be in this position for the seat to be able to swivel. At first this will drive you nuts but you get used to it. Just get in the habit of pulling it back up and releasing the parking brake before you are ready to drive. You will find it is easier to go between the front and back if this handle is down.
  • Parking brake – Use It! – Putting the van in park is not as secure as a normal car, the manual warns you to use the parking brake – treat it as a manual transmission type car.
  • When the van is in drive it can roll backwards if you are on a hill and are at idle. It does not happen often but best to keep your foot on the brake.
  • Front seat swivel; Stand outside the van, slide the seat all the way forward, reach behind the seat and pull the lever while turning the seat back towards the open door. The release handle stays stationary while the seat swivels. This was one of the hardest things to get used to but it becomes second nature. No one showed us this method so we struggled until we figured it out.
  • YouTube videos – Last I looked there were a bunch of short videos that Airstream put out on YouTube that will help a lot.

On the Air suspension:
  • To manually control air suspension the key must be in the run position(engine doesn’t have to be actually running) and the parking brake must be set.
  • Total travel is about 3” up or 3” down
  • As soon as you release the parking brake(not sure if the key has to be on) the suspension will adjust to its “highway height”
  • The air suspension works great for leveling the rig front to back at a camp site. If the site is more than 3” out of level then use the blocks as if the air suspension was at “highway height” and then use the air suspension to fine tune once you get up on blocks.
  • Be careful about piling up too many blocks in front of the passenger side rear tires as the engine exhaust pipe will be in the way
  • You are pretty much limited to about 8” out of level with the combination of blocks and air suspension.
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For filling the fresh water tank when hooked up to city water, I use the shower hose without the shower head attached. The hose is just the right length and fits nicely into the fresh water opening. It is easy to modulate the flow and shut off without leaving the rig.
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  • When you are filling the fresh water tank – Don’t stand in front of it! When it gets full it doesn’t give you much warning and depending on water pressure you can get soaked before you can jump out of the way.
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FWIW, I never fill the fresh water tank all the way up, to the point where this overflow occurs. In our 2007 Interstate, the tank will begin to flex and bulge when there's that much water in it. I can't help but think back to materials science class and wonder if repeated cycles of that would weaken the structure over time. Filling to the 3/4ths level prevents deformation and also saves on weight.

I don't know whether this behavior is also a characteristic of the newer tanks.
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Great information!

Thank you Pahaska for the great information and you Wachuko for bringing it to our attention!
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Filling to the 3/4ths level prevents deformation and also saves on weight.
Except that the tank has no interior baffles, so every time you start or stop while driving, and/or to a lesser degree every time you turn, the water inside sloshes, which also deforms the tank, just in a different direction. The closer to full or the closer to empty it is, the less effect this sloshing will have. And said sloshing is going to be much more frequent than the filling/emptying cycles.
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A small outdoor mat - We like the 6x8 foot one that advertises that the sand goes through it. You will need a few small tent stakes. This keeps the inside of the van cleaner.
A small mat on the driver's side, near the fresh water fill, municipal water hookup, and outdoor shower, can also prevent messes, since at many campgrounds the service side can be perpetually muddy (especially if you ever use your outdoor shower).
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Pahaska, InterBlog,

Thank you. Will keep both things in mind.

On another topic... trying to get everything ready for the first trip... was looking for a grill to buy and realized that I could use the one we have for the boat if we just get the base for it to place on a table... we have had this grill for over 20 years and still looks new...



With that base now I can use it on the portable table we just got as well... got a GCI folding outdoor compact camp table

I also got the adapter to connect to the AI tank. So I have the option to use the small bottles or just hook up to the AI.



Only concern now is amount of food and keeping it cool... I need to find out if an ARB cooler will fit in the back and still allow for the bed to come down...

For this trip our kids are coming. That means more food and drinks. I do not want to be going out to get ice, just want to relax and not move the AI when we get there... So really thinking about just buying the ARB cooler this week... just need to confirm that it will fit and still allow the bed to go down for sleeping.

ARB exterior dimensions are 17.1in (H) x 19.3in (W) x 32.3in (L) - ARB Elements Weatherproof Fridge Freezer 60L for Outdoor 63Qt.
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