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Old 12-06-2014, 02:04 PM   #1205
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Airstream build trailers and moho's like Ford build their vehicles......build it so people can't work on them and they will have to come back for service. Come to think of it, I wonder what Jackson center charges to replace door hinges, (properly) on a Classic moho.



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Boy that hits home! I just spent a day laying under my dad's 2002 Explorer. Both rear coil springs broke. Common problem! Problem is its almost impossible to get at the 3 nuts that hold the strut assemblies in place. Add the complication that they rust solid and require a right angle die grinder and mirror to cut the bastards off.

Gave me real appreciation for my dentist.
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Old 12-06-2014, 03:50 PM   #1206
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Boy that hits home! I just spent a day laying under my dad's 2002 Explorer. Both rear coil springs broke. Common problem! Problem is its almost impossible to get at the 3 nuts that hold the strut assemblies in place. Add the complication that they rust solid and require a right angle die grinder and mirror to cut the bastards off.

Gave me real appreciation for my dentist.
Your Dentist uses a "right angle" air drive ultra high speed hand piece that holds the various "burrs".

Why right angled?

It's far easier to work with and to use on a patient.

Most die grinders, are "right angled".

Doing many mechanical jobs, is like driving down a highway. Once in a while you must leave the highway and use a street!

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Old 12-30-2014, 06:58 PM   #1207
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The wife finally got her "furniture" for the Airstream! We wanted to get some camp chairs eventually, but decided if we got them now and the air mattress we have...... we're good to go. Went for the retro look. They are sitting upstairs in my office until either the construction is done or cleaned up enough so we can use them inside as well as out this spring!! It is officially a mobile aluminum tent.

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Old 01-30-2015, 11:49 PM   #1208
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Look at the new toy that arrived today for the Hagarstream.

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It might take me a few days to get this installed.
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Old 01-31-2015, 05:16 AM   #1209
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It might take me a few days to get this installed.
got me on this one, had to google it. Had no idea what it was ...
induction braking systems, you are a brave man.
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Old 01-31-2015, 06:15 AM   #1210
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Love the chairs.
Great color.

Which size are those?
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Old 01-31-2015, 05:07 PM   #1211
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got me on this one, had to google it. Had no idea what it was ...
induction braking systems, you are a brave man.
Good job Peter, I was curious how long it would take for somebody to figure it out. These units are very popular in Europe, supplemental braking systems are mandatory on buses, ambulances and fire trucks. They are a bit spendy which is why you don't see many over here.

I used to drive a bus that had one and they are pretty impressive. They will bring you from 70 mph to less than 10 mph very aggressively without ever touching the brake pedal. This particular unit, which is a small one, will generate 737 lb-ft of braking torque on the drive shaft. And it's dead silent with the exception of 4 relays clicking.

Actually I'm not really brave, just not smart enough to be afraid. The thing that does worry me is I have to drill eight 5/8" holes in the frame to mount the darn thing. The rest is just taking a lot of reasonably accurate measurements and running a few wiring looms.
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So it's just a set of brake pads for the drive shaft?
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So it's just a set of brake pads for the drive shaft?
Nope, no friction material at all, just good old fashion electromagnetic eddy currents. Rollercoasters use them to stop. I just finished reading up on them and asked Dan for more info. Pretty cool but very expensive.

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So it's just a set of brake pads for the drive shaft?
Not really, nothing touches anything it's totally friction less electro-magnetic. That unit capable of exerting 737 lb-ft of braking torque on the drive shaft. Kind of like a backward electric motor.

Telma makes a great unit but ridiculously expensive, I just lucked across this one on eBay for next to nothing because nobody knew what it was, I was the only bid.
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Great find! Thanks for the link.
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So does this activate with a switch in your brake linkage or a seperate manual switch somewhere? Do you use it occasionally when needed or will it be part of your braking system all the time?
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.............and how in the hell do you know this stuff????
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Old 02-02-2015, 09:29 AM   #1218
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Right? Although I am on the lookout for one of the focal models now.
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