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Old 08-22-2015, 12:38 AM   #1
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Driver's Cup Holder

Well, just got my new to me 2005 Sky Deck home (took two weeks, thanks to a radiator hose) and the whole way every drink I put in the drink holder attached itself to the drink holder and the combo came out of the hole in the dash each time I went to drink.

I was looking at photos of other Airstreams and I found this one:


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Is this aftermarket? Is this something Airstream did on one model?

Has anyone done mods to theirs? I was thinking of running a vent past the cup holder so I get cool drinks in the summer and warm drinks in the winter.

-Randy
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Old 08-22-2015, 06:35 AM   #2
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Great idea on the vent for the cup holder....I had the same problem with my 2001 390XL, but when we bought our 2007 396XL they changed the design of the cup holder so that would not happen. I believe thw one you are looking at is not factory because it is not round, but it looks like a nice fix.
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Old 08-22-2015, 06:37 AM   #3
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P.S. just curious, does your 2005 Skydeck have the 330 Cat or the 400 Cummings ?
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Old 08-22-2015, 08:46 AM   #4
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P.S. just curious, does your 2005 Skydeck have the 330 Cat or the 400 Cummings ?
Cat, I believe from my research the next year 2006 had the Cummings, I looked around and did not find anyone that came down strongly on either one or the other. It did get me from MO to CA, but the trip computer claims 5.6 MPG, can't find out how to reset it so previous drivers don't influence my MPG. With the genset taking fuel from the same tank it's hard to say true MPG via fill ups, and I was driving poorly all the way home, mostly floored. Everytime I tried to put it in eco mode I would start passing someone and then a hill...

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Old 08-22-2015, 08:04 PM   #5
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You can download the owner's manual for the computer on the Internet...same as in my 07 396XL. As a rule of thumb the 8.0 quiet diesel uses 1 gallon per hour if that helps. I am on my second generator in my Snap-On truck. I got 11,600 hours out of the first which was a 7.5 Onan, would have got more but the metal breather pipe that went from the valve cover to the exhaust broke which you could not see and set the generator on fire. This is why I believe in the fire suppression systems. My 01 390XL had the 330 Cat. What a pig...constant overheating issues...took me a while to figure that one out, but I love the Cummings 400 in the 07. All in all its nice having a 150 gallon tank and I think you should expect to see 7-10 MPG.
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The overheating is an issue, but if you keep it above 2000 RPM like the manual says it seems to be OK. I try to judge if I am going up for a short time or a long time and shift accordingly. I discovered it quick when I blew the radiator hose on the drive home, gave me time to read the manuals. Just got back from the RV wash, first time I have seen it this clean, uphill the whole way home, but I just let it fester in eco-mode as it's a short trip.

I did finally find the chassis manuals online thanks to someone here, I am now on a search for all the manuals that did and didn't come with the RV for all the devices inside. If there is a place on this forum I'll upload them there when I have them collected.

So the 400 gets the same MPG? I always thought I should stay on as small an engine as I could, but I am probably killing my MPG by flooring it all the time and flooding the turbo with diesel to burn. If it had more horses it would be less at the edge of it's capabilities all the time. Of course, much of it is the climbing the Rockies and then the Sierras on the drive home. Some of those roads I took I might not take some of my other cars, VERY steep and dangerous.
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When I travel to LA or Portland I am sure I will get better MPG as I will be just cruisin'. Just wish I could reset the figure in the trip computer.

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ps. You need to update your avatar and RV info
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Wow, looking on the net this cup holder seems to be quite popular:

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Still don't know where to get one.

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The rest of the manuals for the interior of your Skydeck are available on-line. Google Airstream manuals 390/395/396 2005. As for the overheating concern what I found out on my 390 was to keep the RPM's @ 2400 on uphill climbs. I also bought 2 bottles of Simple Green and sprayed the backside of the radiator (from inside, underneath the bed) and hosed the crap off. If you notice the oil breather tube is to short and the fan sucks up the crap and sprays it on to the radiator. Freightliner has a kit that comes with a longer tube so the breather is extended down to the street and not the fan. Also while you are in there you will want to change both water temperature regulators (thermostats)....solved the problem for me, good luck !
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Looks like I found it: Boat, Yacht, RV & Automotive 2 Tier Cupholder

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