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Old 12-08-2017, 07:42 AM   #183
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Will also take photos of the engine bay... looking to see if I can install an ARB on-board air compressor somewhere in the engine bay... I would like to have an air supply for any road emergency.

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Old 12-08-2017, 08:58 AM   #184
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You should have about 1.5" to spare before the cooler hits the door. The height is around 3" to much for storing with bed down. It wil take up the majority of your storage behind the seat.
I put our grill in a heavy duty trash bag so it won't smell like dinner al the time.
Not good... that means that it can't go in with a tray either... from your description it will have to go sideways and pulled out to lower the bed.

I have a great case for storing the grill that avoids any odors to come out... but that sucker is bulky as well. Placing the grill it in a strong/heavy duty trash bag is a great idea as it will occupy less space. Thank you!
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Old 12-08-2017, 09:44 AM   #185
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Regarding small grills, to avoid odors in the interior, some Class B owners store them inside their spare tire, if theirs is under-mounted. A bit of calisthenics is all it takes to get them in and out.

When we went to Nova Scotia this past summer, we stored extra bottles of chain saw oil on top of the spare tire. Wrapped them in an IKEA bag and bungee-corded them in place.
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Regarding small grills, to avoid odors in the interior, some Class B owners store them inside their spare tire, if theirs is under-mounted. A bit of calisthenics is all it takes to get them in and out.

When we went to Nova Scotia this past summer, we stored extra bottles of chain saw oil on top of the spare tire. Wrapped them in an IKEA bag and bungee-corded them in place.
I like this idea... custom build an enclosure.... this grill height profile is not too bad. In the case we have now we store it with the lid in its normal place (like in the photo)... but if we take it down, lid under, all parts inside the grill... height is reduced by 1/2 to around 5" and 15" wide...

That is a great idea... and no chance of grease dripping inside the AI... yup, I like it!

Once the AI is home, I will build the enclosure (or find something already made that would work) and will play around with how we secure it so that I don't end up reporting that we lost it in a trip
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Old 12-08-2017, 01:49 PM   #187
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Got the news that the parts from Airstream shipped! Should be here Monday!!

Everything else I have ordered has arrived or comes in today.

Updating list:
  1. Shipped! - 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. Shipped! - 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. Shipped! - Will be using two additional stock batteries for now (Part number for batteries: 511828 Battery, 12 Volt, Deep cycle, AGM Lifeline - GPL-24T NSN No. 6140-001-520-8850)

    --- Pending ---
  4. ARB CKMA12 Air Compressor High Output On-Board 12V Air Compressor - decided to do the under-hood mount. Now just trying to decide if I go with the single compressor or dual... it is not like I will be airing down and airing up the tires...so I might have answered my own question... single here and get the double when I get the Jeep...
  5. 3M Clear (or Xpel) protection film for the front to protect headlights and windshield
  6. 3M Crystalline film on windshield (clear) and side windows (legal tint) - to reduce heat inside while driving.
  7. Leveling blocks/pads and the wheel chocks for these...
  8. 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...)
  9. Memory foam top for the bed or RV Superbag https://www.rvsuperbag.com/
  10. Build two boards (that can fold away for storage) for additional sleeping space for my two kids
  11. Gloves, hoses (separate hoses for water fills and for tank cleaning)
  12. Sound deadening material to wrap generator and bring down the noise it makes - Thread on this
  13. Longer term might turn into immediate purchase... ARB Fridge / Freezer (ARB Elements Weatherproof 63 Quart Fridge) for extending cooling storage capacity.
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Regarding your new air compressor:

I had to use the MB-supplied air compressor that is stored in the step well on the passenger side. I found the compressor itself worked reasonably well for the one time in 4 years and 45,000 miles that I needed it. The two complaints I had were:
1) The air chuck was not well suited to airing the rear duals. It would have been better to have a straight and 45 degree backwards air chuck.
2) It was nearly impossible to get the hose and cord back into the storage section of the compressor.

On my to-do list is to cut off the existing hose and install a fitting so that I can then connect a section of air hose that has the better air chuck. This new hose will be stored elsewhere - such as under a rear side seat. Without the hose it should be easier to get the cord back into the storage compartment.
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Regarding your new air compressor:

I had to use the MB-supplied air compressor that is stored in the step well on the passenger side. I found the compressor itself worked reasonably well for the one time in 4 years and 45,000 miles that I needed it. The two complaints I had were:
1) The air chuck was not well suited to airing the rear duals. It would have been better to have a straight and 45 degree backwards air chuck.
2) It was nearly impossible to get the hose and cord back into the storage section of the compressor.

On my to-do list is to cut off the existing hose and install a fitting so that I can then connect a section of air hose that has the better air chuck. This new hose will be stored elsewhere - such as under a rear side seat. Without the hose it should be easier to get the cord back into the storage compartment.
Ha! I was not aware that the AI comes with an air compressor! I already ordered the ARB unit. So still plan to install under the hood. I just do not want to be without required tools in case of an emergency that I can fix myself...

But I did not know it came with an air compressor - I will see what you mean with the fitting and make similar modifications to the one included. I can always move the ARB to another vehicle...
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Old 12-09-2017, 10:05 AM   #190
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[QUOTE=wachuko;2043823]Ha! I was not aware that the AI comes with an air compressor! I already ordered the ARB unit. So still plan to install under the hood. I just do not want to be without required tools in case of an emergency that I can fix myself...



The newer AI's don't include the compressor.
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Old 12-09-2017, 11:26 AM   #191
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The newer AI's don't include the compressor.
Thank you for confirming this.

On other news:

Dealer will not be able to install the Duallys valves. I will have to take it to a shop to get that done. Dealer has started building a new facility with everything to service the Airstream line but at the moment they do not have a chassis lift and tire change equipment... soon...

Not a big deal, I will get that done after I take delivery. Will check with the Mercedes dealer near me to see if they have Sprinter support as I also want to have the alignment checked (based on recommendations from forum members)

On the ARB mount. Found in the Sprinter forum that Van Compass built a few prototype brackets to mount an ARB single or twin compressor under the hood. I sent them an email to see if they ever made those to sell and if they have them. Does not look like a difficult bracket to make. Worse case, I will just make one myself and have it powder coated before install.
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Old 12-09-2017, 01:02 PM   #192
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Just a couple of observations as stuff arrives...

The EMS/Surge protector is huge!! I will need get something to secure it with... lock cable of some sort...

The folding chairs!! omG! Those are compact! Attached is a photo comparing the current beach chairs we have, some old folding chairs we also have, and the new ones... and a photo of my son using it. Easy to assemble and disassemble... I do hope these last, they seem well made.
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Old 12-09-2017, 01:29 PM   #193
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Grill almost ready...

I just need to replace the adapter in the control valve for a Propane Quick-Connect Fitting - 1/4" NPT x Full Flow Female

The folding table is very nice. But small... 18x19.9 table surface. Enough just to hold the grill and nothing else. Feel like ordering the larger one and using this one for placing between chairs for drinks and snacks. On the plus side, it folds flat so stuff can be placed on top when storing it in the AI.

I had mentioned the case where we currently keep the grill (and propane bottles and tray, and...)... photo of it as well. Will make a smaller case for the test of installing under the AI...
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TST TPMS also arrived from TechnoRV... Also received the aerator that was recommended here...
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Tables In Picture

I have both the larger and smaller table. I use the smaller one for in between chairs and the larger one was going to be for my baby Weber grill. I rarely use the larger one because most sites have picnic tables.

The same company that make the table also make really good camping chairs that fold to the size of a laptop. We carry two of them for friends that visit.

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Grill almost ready...

I just need to replace the adapter in the control valve for a Propane Quick-Connect Fitting - 1/4" NPT x Full Flow Female

The folding table is very nice. But small... 18x19.9 table surface. Enough just to hold the grill and nothing else. Feel like ordering the larger one and using this one for placing between chairs for drinks and snacks. On the plus side, it folds flat so stuff can be placed on top when storing it in the AI.

I had mentioned the case where we currently keep the grill (and propane bottles and tray, and...)... photo of it as well. Will make a smaller case for the test of installing under the AI...
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