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Old 07-04-2012, 03:47 PM   #29
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Good ideas Dave.
In the UK, double glazing became the norm many years ago in homes, but many older places didnt have it... including the house I grew in. My dad built simple frames that held Plexglass panels on our windows. Worked great and they are still there in the windows that have not been replaced.
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Old 07-07-2012, 09:56 PM   #30
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On page one of this thread I discuss making a screen for the passenger window on the Clipper.


I ended up with it a bit shorter that wanted, (upright shows in window view) and finally got around to redoing it today.

I think this looks better and also closes the small gap at the bottom left hand corner when the glass is slide all the way forward.

I reused the existing frame by re-bending it and joined it with a longer piece of air line. New screen.

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Old 07-08-2012, 12:41 AM   #31
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That screen update on the passenger side went so well, that I decided to make one for the drivers side that could be removed easily when wanted, but used when we are parked in the hot weather.

Finished in the dark, but that project is completed, and I have moved on to working on a cool one.

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Old 07-08-2012, 01:56 PM   #32
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Again, this applies to the Clipper but may be of help on other units.

I will enter this here, although it is an outside item, it is to reduce the light reflection when backing into that strange spot after dark.

After being frustrated with having trouble seeing clearly when backing into those cg's or boondocks sites after dark, I started with the improvements posted earlier in this thread. I also was not happy with the reflection off the, (drivers side in particular) dock light, and installed a translucent shade, made up by cutting a green plastic container. That did help but I have now upgraded that by using some scrap white vinyl that blocks the glare completely.

The front dock lights are not normally visible in the mirrors so are not a problem. But I have done this on both mid body dock lights. With the vinyl, it will bend if contacted, and is not something that can cause injury to the kids it they rub up against them.

Easy to do if you have this problem.

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On all the Airstream Class A's with side mounted mirrors, there is a problem with outside area night lighting reflecting off the flat glass side window. This makes it difficult when you are trying to view your mirror to back up in the cg after dark. Normally, one would roll down your window to eliminate this reflection, but this is not possible in the Class A's as it is the bottom of the window that slides open.
To combat this reflection as best I could, I installed another visor on the side window at the w/s pillar that can be swung back to shield the window from reflective lighting. This did do the job and makes it much easier than backing up almost blind trying to look thru the window reflection.
For travel the visor is stored in the forward position and does not interfere with the forward vision.
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:14 PM   #33
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Another upgrade on the Clipper.

I mentioned I had a sun shield on my b/u monitor that was helpful, but not perfect.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f313...ml#post1167639

Well - I thought today I could improve on that sun shield that still allowed substantial light transmission.

I looked thru my stash and found, cut up, and bent another piece of solid colour plexi.

It looks and does the job much better as you can see in the pictures below.

Now, if I hold my hand on the edge of the shield, I can completely shade the monitor of all reflection and actually see what I want to see.

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Old 07-14-2012, 11:18 AM   #34
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On the OEM Clipper, there is room in the drivers kick panel area for a minor upgrade of the area forward of the oak side cabinet.

A few years ago I bent up a light guage aluminium to form a panel with flat top to fit between the oak cabinet and the front radius of the inner sidewall. I remounted the front outside hood cable control to this new panel, installed a courtesy lamp, a power plug, and also hung a water bottle holder. I also have a manual switch here to override/bypass the SurePower 1315-200 SEPARATOR controlling the charge between battery banks #2 and #3.

The panel, painted black, serves also to cover some wire runs and generally clean up the corner. It serves as a base for another water bottle that fits between the oak cabinet and the dash.

On the next year of the Cutter (Clipper was discontinued after the 65 anniversary year) I believe the Cutter models had a carpeted panel in this location and did not have the oak side panel?

This has proved to be a worthwhile upgrade.

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Old 07-21-2012, 10:14 AM   #35
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Screen

I posted in #30 and #31 about the screen for the drivers side screen on the Clipper.

The drivers side was designed to be removed when not wanted.

It was snug, and looked good, but on Monday when we went to the Alberni Inlet on a day trip, I wanted to open the screen to hand signal to an acquaintance and, the frame of the screen buckled when I tried to move it forward while driving. (I had forgotten I had returned the original glass retainers to the window channel after the screen installation I realized also that border crossings would require open window access, so a sliding screen was a must)

Yesterday I redid this project to make it a slider screen that can be slide open with ease if wanted.

I used a lighter guage of wire. This is standard fence wire available from any hardware store.

The joint in the wire is at the forward upright and is made with 1/4" air line.

I have found it easier to limit the length of the 1/4" air line (cut lengthwise) screen retainers to about 3".
If you trim off the square corners of the retainers with the scissors it makes it easier to move the retainer and pull the screen tight after installation.

To complete the seal at the front edge, I have used a piece of split wire loom protector.

If the screen is going to be moved, the two plastic glass retainers that were in the window channel cannot be replaced over the screen. I don't think this is a problem, but if this proves to create wind noise, or water penetration at the glass, I will update the situation at that time.

I consider this job done for now, and expect it should last many seasons.

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Old 08-03-2012, 12:59 AM   #36
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When we are on the road and putting miles on, we like to have lots of coffee.

Most places we fuel up, "HUSKY/LOVES" offer free coffee with the $200.00 fuel fill and those big cups are sometimes hard to keep upright.

I installed this retainer bar at the kitchen window, which will hold a cup, water or soap bottle. In the past we sometimes set coffee cups, or water bottles, on the counter, and then drove away only to here them bounce off the floor on the first corner.

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Old 08-09-2012, 12:47 PM   #37
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hi dave

could you resend me that recall info please?
need to get that tended to.
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Old 08-09-2012, 12:50 PM   #38
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This is the thread posted.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f313...all-93832.html

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I keep reading where RVr's have a problem with their paper products winding off the roll while traveling.

This is an easy simple solution that works without interfering with daily use of the paper rolls.


Before installation of the paper roll, lay it on the counter and squish it flat. This puts a two position stop in the cardboard center insert, and the roll will not rotate by itself while en route.


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Old 08-21-2012, 08:19 PM   #40
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Clipper Bedroom Power Plug

I needed a 12V power plug in the rear bedroom area to power my florescent work lamp while doing engine bay inspections. I had previously installed two power plugs on the TV cabinet, but then had to duck under the wire when I used the lamp in the engine bay.

Any challenge presents another opportunity.

I removed the curbside lamp and found 10G wire terminating there. I ran 10G back down the cabinet and mounted the power plug in the cabinet where it is accessible, but out of the way.

Now that I'm in this corner, I decided to make MGW happy ( happier ) and install a small fan with an illuminated control switch on the cabinet.

The fan can be pivoted out of the way if not wanted.

This is just a 12V computer fan that is quiet, but gives that gentle breeze across the head and shoulders. For more HD weather, I have a large 12V fan that I mount in the open window, but it is a bit noisy. This small fan is difficult to hear.

The fan is controlled by a switch that has an indicator light when on. Because the switch is in the dark corner, it can be seen from the hallway and would catch your eye if it was left on.

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Old 08-27-2012, 11:55 PM   #41
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And one last picture with the wiring secured on the fan and power plug.

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Old 08-28-2012, 12:13 AM   #42
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Applies to the Clipper but may work on other units.

Storage on the Clipper is great, but I am always trying to utilize empty spaces.

Under the dual sinks there is some space that I thought could be put to a better use. I store my Child Proof Stove Protector here but there was still lots of room.

Spare Paper towel rolls take up a lot of room, are light, and are best stored where they have no chance of getting wet. I thought this idea would get them out of space that could be better used for other storage.

I cut up a flat piece of plexi, and a short piece of vinyl siding for edge support. The plexi goes over the false wall at the rear of the cabinet and extends to the Clipper outside wall. (This dead service area holds all the plumbing/wiring that runs up the DS wall.)

I mounted the plexi off level to the DS to keep the paper rolls from falling out.

This does not interfere with anything else under the sink, or the filter. The shelf can be removed easily if needed without tools.

Holds 5 rolls of Paper Towels, maybe 6 if you want to cram them in.

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