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Old 05-07-2011, 10:26 AM   #1
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Clipper, GPS, Laptop Stand, Land Yacht

This applies to the Clipper but some aspects may work on many other units.
To create a work area and hold the laptop for the navigator position I installed a flip up desk on the front dash kick panel. Works great and folds out of the way when not in use.
For the driver position in the Clipper I installed a swing-away table to hold the laptop so I could use the bigscreen GPS with Streets/Trips when travelling alone or when the navigator is not available. I have a dash mounted combo GPS/roof camera with a 4.3" screen, but the bigger screen on the laptop is a pleasure to view with the enlarged map. The laptop stand swings to the rear under the armrest when not in use, or can be lifted off and stored in the basement if not wanted.
To the rear of the seatbelt mount is the CB mount and mike holder, which includes a FM/weather/emergency scanner just under the armrest pivot. Included in this mount is a isle light, and a 12V power plug. I have also run a speaker wire to this mount so that I can plug the CB or laptop into the main overhead speakers to better hear the instructions. This is all anchored to the seat base, so that the seat still swings and reclines as designed. I have also mounted a leather pouch at the base of the laptop table to cover the mount and hold pens and small tools. I've had these mods now since 2009 and never have wanted to remove the laptop mount as it swings out of the way with plenty of room for access around it. I only remove it when I have to work under the dash or down in that corner.
In both installations I have not altered the original unit visually in any way and both laptop tables could be completely removed and no evidence would be seen in the way of holes, etc. if in future these additions were not wanted.
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Old 05-07-2011, 02:20 PM   #2
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Nice setup, especially like the non destructive mounting method, alway hard to make mods without marring surfaces.
Where did you find the mount for the drivers seat?
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Old 05-07-2011, 02:55 PM   #3
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Dave:
Most of my good stuff I come across at the discount shops. We used to have a great garage sale site close by, but it was closed down a few years ago. I still find stuff that I bought there that works better than new stuff. Kind of like Keyair going through his boxes. It's just like XMAS.
The actual aluminum mounts I made up from scrap pieces in my inventory.
A lot can be done with little material and few tools.
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Old 05-07-2011, 05:19 PM   #4
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Dave, It Looks Like a well equipped Military, emergency Vehicle Comand Position.

You have it all covered. Hmmm, now where can I mount a CB. OHHH Noooo NO ! No More.

today anyhow HaHaHa
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:03 AM   #5
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John, if you buy our Clipper you can have a command post just like Dave!
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Old 05-08-2011, 08:02 PM   #6
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John, if you buy our Clipper you can have a command post just like Dave!
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We would give her some Loving care for sure Sue
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Old 08-17-2011, 03:24 PM   #7
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Talking Is your Clipper for sale?

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John, if you buy our Clipper you can have a command post just like Dave!
I'd be interested if it is!
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Old 08-17-2011, 03:41 PM   #8
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Frank and Sue's unit did sell. I have not seen Sue on this forum since.
The new owners have not been on this site AFAIK.
No Clippers are for sale at this time to the best of my knowledge.

We will be on the road in central US and Canada West all summer and into the fall. Hope to see some fellow Airstreamers on the road. We are not pulling the toad, but have a small trailer in tow.
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Old 08-18-2011, 08:24 AM   #9
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Ah, that is EXACTLY what I'm planning on doing once I get the 18' Pacer I've recently purchased. What size/type of trailer are you pulling? What do you use the trailer for? I'm planning to use simply for extra bedroom/living space.
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:41 PM   #10
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Clipper, WiFiRanger SKY

This applies specifically to the Clipper, but could be duplicated on any unit that requires alternate installation of the "SKY".

The WiFi SKY has proved to be an assume WiFi signal amplifier, that is adaptable to any mounting application.

WiFiRanger supplied these units with the design engineering for mounting on the Winegard antenna of the Airstream metal clad trailers, thus not having to drill any holes in the skin.

On the Clipper, I was not happy with the location, as the Winegard was located next to the front Dometic Penguin Air Conditioning Unit which blocked any signal from that side unless the antenna was in the raised position. I also had a power draw problem where I could not run both the Winegard and the SKY without blowing the 2A marine fuse supplied with the retro kit.

When looking at my Clipper and studying my options, I decided to relocate the SKY to a mid-roof mounting location with wire access up the fridge vent cavity. I bent up some light aluminum for the pedestal, and mounted it between the solar panels and to the rear of the kitchen Fantastic Fan location. I wired it thru a 1A blade fuse which is easier and cheaper to replace if necessary than the small marine fuse in the SKY supplied kit. I installed a rocker switch on the extreme right of the upper fridge control panel so that it can be run independent of other systems, and is wired to the load side of the MPPT solar controller, so that even if it was left on for a long period of time, the MPPT controller would shut down if the battery level falls below 12.2 Volts.

On testing, this unit pulls signals from homes up to 2000' from my location where I was not even able to get my own home signal strong enough to use the INTERNET on my laptop when parked on my acreage location.

Thanks again to Evan Sorenson
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:30 PM   #11
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WiFi Ranger, Sky

As posted above, the "SKY" works great.
However it is a bit slow to boot up, and maybe more so, in the cool weather we are still experiencing on the Island. On testing, it takes approx. 2 minutes to get signal from the SKY. If you are just installing the SKY, leave it for at least that time before assuming something is wrong with the unit.

To complete the above post where I neglected to give a picture of the control switch for the "SKY" I have the images below.

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You got me thinking now...great post!
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:19 PM   #13
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I'm impressed with the clean look of the switch location.
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I'm impressed with the clean look of the switch location.
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So are we! I'm thinking a "Pimp My Ranger" contest in the near future....
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