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Old 07-23-2008, 12:21 PM   #15
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Here is an update: I installed a MaxxFan and am liking it thus far. No more worrying about it raining-in in the bedroom. Thanks for all the good advice. Now to figure out what to do with the other vent fan area.
You can install a Maxx-Air vent cover over the other vent, and leave it open. It won't rain in unless you are in the middle of a hurricane. The maxx-Air fan you have now will pull or push the hot air out, leaving cooler air inside. We run our fan on "intake", which forces the hotter air out the open, but non-powered, vents.
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Old 07-23-2008, 02:05 PM   #16
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I have tried leaving vents on to circulate air but it seems to bring in a great deal of dust. I imagine that is a function of my situation, but others might have the same issues.

Placing the shiny bubble insulation on the outside of the windows is a major aid in lowering temperatures
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Old 07-23-2008, 10:48 PM   #17
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My 310 has an awning style window at the rear which allows me to put a 120v fan at that window without fear of rain leakage.
I run that fan 24/7 and keep the roof vents open.
It does the job of ventillating nicely.
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Old 07-25-2008, 04:25 PM   #18
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The solar shield would be a nice touch to keep the sun from rotting the shades and curtains. I tried the "in/out" settings for the fans for several summers but got tired of the collection of flying bugs on the intake side. Periodically I reversed the fans - but the bug juice still made a mess. This summer I set the A/C on 78 deg and it hasn't caused a significant increase in my home electric bill. The AS is out in the open with nary a tree around. Of course, here in Maine most of our evenings are cool enough by 9 p.m. that the A/C never comes on again until about 10 a.m. the next morning. One thing the A/C serves to do, that you can't do with the fans, is control humidity. I'm pretty sure that the solar shield will cut down on my A/C run time even further. Overall, I think that the cost of using the A/C during the summer is a reasonable expense relative to the value of the Airstream. The ideal arrangement will always be covered storage.
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Old 07-25-2008, 04:41 PM   #19
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Try a greenhouse supply store. They sell riveted shade cloth. I know when I put it on my greenhouse it cools it down about 10 degrees. They also breath and let the hot air out. If you could make a canopy frame to put your airstream under and use the shade cloth I think that would work. If you do not have a greenhouse supply store just do an internet search.

I have my airstream parked under some big elm trees. It stays cool until about 2:00 P.M. and the it heats up.

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Old 07-26-2008, 10:46 AM   #20
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@SIU Bound: Thanks for the heads up on the Shade Cloth. I am tempted to give that a try. I found some Wholesale Websites that had some pretty good looking product.
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Old 07-26-2008, 01:38 PM   #21
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@DRFW - I have a 345 MH and am interested in the fan in your rear window.

How big is the fan you use? Does your rear window have a screen?

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Old 07-27-2008, 06:51 AM   #22
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Shade cloths are built to last. They are well made and strong.

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Old 07-28-2008, 09:57 AM   #23
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Here is a photo of the fan I use at the rear window.
nothin special, but it works well.
I leave it on 24/7.
There is not a huge surge of air movement, but temps in the rig stay reasonable, and there is no stale or musty smell.
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As promised, here are some shots of the mesh fabric covers that I have on the CCD. They snap on at the corners, and are easily removable, although I just leave them on....even when traveling. They stay put, and have been on the trailer for over a year new. I also have matching tire covers that snap on as well, but mu current parking orientation doesn't require them, as the tires are shaded all day.

These were made for me by a friend that owns RV Sunshade Co, which specializes in making windshield covers for the large MoHo market. These allow you to see out, but remove most of the sun and heat that enters thru the windows.
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They snap on at the corners, and are easily removable, although I just leave them on....even when traveling.
Lew, do you attach something to the trailer at the corners? Rivet? Adhesive?

Interesting about traveling with them on. No flapping, eh? Cool.
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Old 07-28-2008, 05:11 PM   #26
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The snaps are riveted to the trailer at the corners. The covers are a very tight fit to the snaps, so there is no flapping, and I have never had one come off a snap in over 10,000 miles of driving with them on.

I've been trying to talk my friend into making a do-it-yourself kit so all one would need do is send the window measurements, and everything would come in the kit. Using a snap rivet tool should be mandatory for any Airstream owner anyway!!
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Old 07-28-2008, 05:27 PM   #27
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Didn't Wally have some sort of floor mounted air inlets in his trailer and fans on the top to exhaust the heat?

This would be the ideal configuration because you'd have natural convection working with the fans to exhaust the heat. In fact, I've seen this system work in an old Texas farmhouse (without the fans - just natural convection), and on a roasting hot day if the shades were kept closed and you stayed still inside you actually felt comfortable.
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Old 07-29-2008, 12:48 PM   #28
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@Lewster: Man those covers look sweet!!
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