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Old 08-31-2015, 09:59 AM   #71
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Wow, Peter, thanks for the help, on the TV especially, as always. Where have you guys made it to? Still fixing it up, or just living the RV lifestyle now? Turns out my rear AC doesn't work but it sure is easier to get to than that damn front AC:

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Old 08-31-2015, 06:45 PM   #72
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Yes rear is easy I got to my front but have it still not fixed. Can live with one for now more important things to fix.
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Old 08-31-2015, 06:47 PM   #73
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You gone keep he sink on the deck? Did you see the nomad airstream sky deck they did? That is nice but I would think expensive too.
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Old 09-01-2015, 09:12 AM   #74
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The Nomad (nomadairstream.com/customize/airstream-skydeck/) is a major inspiration for my Sky Deck purchase. I first have to get the smell out and the wall fabric stains cleaned or likely replaced, but I wanna do several things like in the Nomad. That self raising grille right where you have your emergency ladder, nice. That is the one they sell at Camping World I think. The mechanism to raise it with the rail seems obvious. I need to get a new motor for that side of the deck first. The Bimini Top for the sun lounger is aces, there are MANY places that will make you a custom bimini for whatever boat you have, even if its an RV. Heck, if I can get the adhesive off the paint, and repaint the silver area that got damaged and add that top the two RVs (Nomad and mine) will look identical from the outside!

If we really like the RV I can see putting in new solid surface countertops, and tiling over the backsplash in the kitchen and bath. The cork floors would be nice too. FORTUNATELY the floors, backsplash, and countertops are all perfect, so I don't hafta do it to have a perfect RV.

The one upgrade I already did was replacing the portapoti like square plastic toilet with the new residential 320 from Dometic. I didn't wanna start life with this RV and use such a crappy crapper.

Still have quite the list to get working before doing upgrades. That kit for doing the fogged windows seems likely the first order of business. It is very hard to drive into the sun when the windows become opaque when backlit. Need to get the fridge working on gas, the owners manual says to clean the flame area, will do that next. Going to the Reno Air Races next week and wanna have food with me so I don't have to make a store run in the middle of the show.

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Old 09-02-2015, 07:36 PM   #75
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Sounds like a plan. I ask and the Nomad Skydeck was over $150k. I really like it don't want to go to this extend but got some good inspirations. Just not sure if i want to invest another $100k or so.
I get the floor done end of the month. Then we gone see.
I will remove the sink on the deck as I don't see a real need for it. Grill would be fine and maybe a cooler for beer.
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Old 09-02-2015, 09:39 PM   #76
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The floors, huh? I do like the outdoor carpet you put on the Sky Deck. Your flooring will probably look really good. My floor is still almost new, but it is ugly linoleum tiles. If I wanted to leave it tile (which I like, easy to clean) it would be no issue. Are you putting cork or something cool down?

That Northern California Airstream group is putting on a meetup in the next town over the end of October. Guess I'll have to go, it's almost like they are coming to me. I have not really been a social RV guy. This will be interesting.

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Old 09-03-2015, 07:20 AM   #77
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I have a pergo kind of floor put in from the bedroom all the way to the front. I love cork but the company doing it is not familiar with cork.
The roof carpet is ok not real nice put down but it works and seams to hold up well.
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Old 09-03-2015, 09:14 AM   #78
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Pergo can be nice, we did the man cave in Pergo, but it clicks when you walk on it. Wife does not like it and wants to go to wood look ceramic tile. If I was redoing the floor I might take the time to install electric floor heat. Coils of wire permanently trapped under the floor with it's own thermostat. So you heat it with 110v when in camp and waking up is a dream. Bare feet on the floor w/o the morning chill. It is also a gentle heat, no fans, evenly cool the whole RV over. Even works in addition to the furnaces, so they don't run as often but are still running if it gets REALLY cold outside overnight.

Speaking of furnaces, have you got both working? I went to zone one and heat wasn't one of the modes, but zone 2 has heat, but only turns on the bedroom furnace, not the one under the stairs. The heat marks on the outside of the furnace are not on the front furnace, looks like it NEVER worked. In it's home state of Florida I can see why.

The Deck sink is something I will keep the functionality of, I think the sink itself has age issues, but why waste having water up there. Hell, run misters from the umbrella to keep temps down, or add drip irrigation to planter beds up there. The lack of a cooler is an issue, removing one of the tables and adding an outdoor something might be worth while, or even one of those tiny cabinets on either side of the grill table.

Did you get your AV issues figured? The original connection between the two TVs is via coax. Modern TVs use HDMI, so I may be required to run a length from front to back so they can share a source. I was so proud of getting that done in my small RV, but there is a LOT more cabinets to fish the wire thru on this RV, and I have not found any raceway to fish cables thru. Once I get the connections figured out I then need to buy TVs as the one in the RV is the crappy bedroom set from 2005. No HDTV in that bad boy.

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On my 96 CLIPPER, the wiring tunnel is located down the drivers side at floor level, running behind the kitchen cabinets and bath. My unit has no slide. Does your service tunnel run down the right side?

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I hope I have a cable raceway. The kitchen is in a slide, so not there. The basement is insulated, so in theory I could go into the basement and cross the RV and then come back up. My inverter has previously been replaced and the new panel was too big for the info center. So the new panel was mounted in the bath and whoever did it couldn't figure out how to get from the battery bay to the bath and ran it up into the bedroom closet, behind the chair rail, into the chest of drawers and then behind the wall in the bath.

Hopefully I don't have to resort to such nonsense. I do have a fish tape to pull the wires thru invisible areas of the RV. Perhaps I will have to go thru the staircase, so far I have not seen inside the stairs, but that will change soon! I will be pulling the ice maker so I can take it home and de-rust it, hopefully fix it. They are $1000 new, so I can spend a LOT on getting it working. Not sure if that will get me under the stairs, but it's an easy 4 screws and a water and power line away from being out.

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Who knows....you might find a million dollars under the stairs or...see how much useable space you have for extra storage that they blocked off....or all the factory records that we have all been seeking that they threw out ! Good luck, Bob.
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Old 09-06-2015, 08:45 PM   #82
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I removed my ice make I don't need ice maker I can make the ice in the freezer the little I use. Lots of room back there I consider reconfiguring the space similar what Nomad did.
I installed new TV's and a amplifier/tuner. Still working on a satellite setup regular TV and Roku working fine.
Cleaned the roof today what a mess find still rivets screw washers and nuts. Lots of crap under the from hood.
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Did you toss the Ice Maker? They are $1000 new. I could use those parts if you didn't. I cannot wait to take it out this weekend, see if I can fix it. See what's under the steps!

Did you replace the front TV, you had the original 26"? I see that I can get a 37" Vizio in there, wondering about trying a 40", they have such sexy slim bezels these days. You replaced the dash radio too? Didn't like the Sony? What did you get? Does it have features the original didn't? Or did you buy an actual stereo receiver? I haven't even begun to think about the bedroom TV. I haven't even gotten the old one out. Gonna havta see what others are doing for back there. Did you just stand an LCD up in that space? Mount one on an arm? What's behind it?

I have been thinking about satellite. I really would like to get a dish that works in the RV AND in our cabin. I could get a tripod mount that would work and are cheap, but painful to set up and the wife would NEVER do it, so she would complain that it didn't work. One of those portable dishes works great, move it from RV to RV to cabin. Works with the wires that are already there. Only have to pay for service on one device. But they cannot drive the Hopper, so cannot do that thing where the dish grabs all of prime time and lets you watch it when you want. I could get one of those big dishes that folds flat for travel, but where to mount? And no use on the other RV or the cabin. The business version of the Sky Deck had a dish where the second bed in the Sun Lounger was removed and the dish mounted behind the seat back. I also saw one where it was mounted above the fiberglass front fairing and probably supported from below.

One of the first things I noticed about the skydeck is everything that blows onto the roof rolls down the side and gets caught where the roof meets the skydeck siding. Same thing happens to leaves and such between the boards on my house's back deck. Gonna have to put gutter screens up there when I get it all vacuumed out. And around the front A/C to keep the front under-fairing area clean.

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I still have the ice maker.
Installed a 39" in front and a 27" in the rear. I just like large screens. 
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The receiver amplifier is big and just got in the small space it runs the speakers ok. So fare I did not find a subwoofer maybe there is noon.
The receiver as Bluetooth which works good with the IPhone.
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