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Old 11-12-2014, 10:48 PM   #1
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Old 11-13-2014, 04:59 AM   #2
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It was already announced on another thread, but a separate thread like this is not a bad thing. I added this book to my Amazon wish list, but haven't logged on with my tablet to download e-books lately.

How about this: For those who buy the e-book, why not use this thread to point out differences between the e-book and real life for various model years of Airstream Interstates?

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Old 11-13-2014, 11:21 AM   #3
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Some of these will be nits:

He stated that the 30A shore power outlet cover unscrews. That's not exactly true as it is a French Interrupted Screw that allows the cover to be aligned w/ the slots and turned a partial turn CW. Similar to large gun breeches.

My table leg is stored in the rear overhead locker in a plastic clip.

He states that the AC outlet on the floor is the only one powered by the inverter. The outlets for the TVs on mine are also powered by the inverter.

In discussing the blinds, he failed to mention how to increase the friction holding by tightening the strings.

In his discussion of the inverters, he states that you can keep the settings that Airstream sets. From discussions I've read on this forum that may not be optimum.

While I'm not positive on this, I thought the solar would also keep the starting battery charge.

While the picture on leveling shows it, he might have mentioned that the entire tire footprint should be on the leveling blocks.

He could have shown which direction to push the seat rotation levers. I mention this because the first time I tried on my front seats, the lever wouldn't budge in either direction. After checking w/ my salesman for the proper direction, I had to use a rubber hammer to break it loose.

Wondered why he didn't show the solar controller panel while he discussed it.

In the discussion re: emptying the fresh water tank, he stated that one could just pump it thru the faucets 'til it was empty. If full then one should also allow some to go to the black water tank as the grey water tank capacity is less that the fresh water tank capacity. Several of us know what happens when you inadvertently fill the grey water tank. Guess he should have mentioned the galley sink water valve interference w/ the cover and the possible ensuing disaster if not pushed down.

All in all tho I found the book informative and wished I had it three years ago.
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Old 11-18-2014, 12:21 PM   #4
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I downloaded this e-book just before we picked up our new Grand Tour. The dealer spent about three hours with us going through everything, he certainly provided us with all the information we needed. Did we write it all down? Nope not one word, it went in one ear and out the other. We spent the first night trying to figure out how to get the furnace working. I remembered this book, he had directions! And it worked. We have used this book a ton of times to look things up. For us it works. Re: the poor design of the galley sink. We have some friends in town who have a AI. They have been a great source of hints and tips. They told us about the first time they took it out. After a nice dinner and finishing the dishes they went for a walk. They were parked next to someone who saw all the water pouring out the door, and quickly turned off their water. I have never forgotten that story and check the sink every time someone uses it. She also told me she uses flameless candles. They come in handy as a night light, and I have used them at night to help illuminate the switches. It helps to see what you are turning off, or on. Besides the book this site has been a wealth of information about Interstates.
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