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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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John, if you buy our Clipper you can have a command post just like Dave!
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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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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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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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Old 05-08-2012, 06:33 PM   #15
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Wow - - - - - I did not know there was going to be a prize!!!!!!

Even though no one will ever see the "SKY" in the center roof mount on my 12'+ high Clipper, I thought it appropriate to clean up the mount, and maybe WIN A PRIZE.

I am now satisfied with this mount and impressed with the performance of the "SKY".

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Old 01-24-2015, 09:52 PM   #16
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In post #1 I have shown my laptop stand in the CLIPPER. I never really used it for a laptop, but rather have always had a spiral bound note pad there for jotting down information as needed while underway.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...8&d=1304781834

Well, now with no navigator, I need that laptop back in that position, and this required a power supply close, rather than have cords dragging over to my Third Battery Bank supply on the right corner of the cockpit.

I had this old disc container that was just collecting dust, and decided to use it for this project, to hold the 400W inverter, and the converter for the laptop.

I had previously included a HD Power Plug on the radio mounts on the seat, so this allows me now to store this bundle of wires within the container, under the drivers seat.

I cut some holes in the container for air circulation, and I am happy with this now. Unfortunately, this Toshiba laptop does not have BT and, after spending hours trying to download drivers etc, I gave up and have just used the hard wire to the GPS module, which I have mounted on my drivers side dash.

As mentioned in post #1, there is still plenty of room to exit and enter, and the only time I would have to remove this is if I am working under the dash in that corner.

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I like the function and form of the mount, and the attention to detail in your neatness with the cable control. However, what I like most is the use of items you already have. Very impressive!
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Old 02-11-2015, 01:38 AM   #18
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On post #16, I have remounted my laptop to the drivers position for navigation purpose.

I have now run a new #10 wire to a new power plug mounted on the seat base, to supply the 400W inverter. This runs off a new, under dash fuse box, mounted just to the right of the steering column. This fuse box is fed off the main chassis feed available on the front bulkhead, and accessed from the front access door.
This latest mod, frees up the other seat mounted power plug for other purposes, and also keeps the wiring for the inverter hidden under the seat.

The CLIPPER OEM came with one power plug which, with all the gadgets available today, did need upgrading.

I have just this past couple weeks, installed another four power plugs, two in the center dash area, and two on the drivers side panel. One was needed for the GPS remote module, and one to run my NOKIA GPS. All four plugs are fed from the new fuse panel located under dash.

I have now also got a mouse pad located on the stand which makes it easier to use than the touch pad on the laptop. All can be left installed, when the table is swung out of the way if not used. I will get a photo of that for next post.

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I am still trying to refine my systems for travel alone.

I now have decided to try my BB PLAYBOOK in this driver position.

To secure it, and have it raised slightly to retain orientation, I have used the cabinet from an old SMC router. I fits the BB Playbook like a glove and works perfect for this job. A little trimming with the disc grinder and it looks OEM. I will give it a light spray some day I am painting stuff.

The old router base is secured with shock cords, and the Playbook is secured by the old router housing. All controls on the BB PLAYBOOK are accessible, and this setup now is secure and considerably less bulk than the laptop, which I have returned to the media desk.

The PLAYBOOK is easily removed if wanted. It is bridged to my Z10 for data, and BT connected to the remote GPS mounted in the windshield of the CLIPPER.

Now with this change, I have been able to remove the inverter assembly needed for the laptop, as the PLAYBOOK runs direct off the USB.

Why not just buy a NEW GPS? Well, I am just an old fart with a lot of time on my hands now!

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Travel season is approaching fast and maybe a reminder on safe communication would be appropriate.

When travelling, and looking for free data stream on WiFi, using the SKY or any other Wi-Fi searching device, the chances of inadvertently locking onto a phony HOT SPOT at your travel stops has now increased.

If you stop in Walmarts, or Truck Stops, your device, SKY or other, is going to lock onto the strongest signal, and you will have no idea that your private information is being screened and logged for future use by someone interested in the criminal side of life.

This is a low risk crime that is now all too common.

If you are looking for a free signal direct from you laptop, etc, you are at least reviewing what signal you want to log onto. But the Wifi signal boosters like SKY or other brands, will lock onto the strongest signal without you knowing what that is without going to the dashboard to view that information.

A short video on this subject can be viewed here.

Crooks steal personal info using fake hotel WiFi hotspots - ABC15 Arizona

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