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Old 05-20-2007, 07:36 PM   #1
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Talking Changing mid-stream...

Any full-time streamers out there who might lend a bit of advice? We're considering making a move from a 2001 Alfa Gold Fifth Wheel to a 2007, 27 Signature Series Airstream. We think we'll do fine with the limited space, but wonder about things like:

buying new (63,5k); fulltiming with a 6 gallon, gas-only hot water tank; where we'll notice the 30 AMP vs. 50 AMP service; maintenance considerations; lightening storms (LOL) etc.

And many other things we probably aren't smart enough to ask yet. Are we nuts???
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Old 05-20-2007, 07:44 PM   #2
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First, welcome to the forum. Lots of great info here.

I sent you a PM (private message).
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Old 05-20-2007, 08:48 PM   #3
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Stowaways,

You can get around a lot of the 'differences' between your 5'er and an Airstream. Upgrades are not that difficult, just expensive. If you decide to go the trailer route, order a 15K heat pump for your unit. Get a generator for boondocking or, if you're going to be in campgrounds mostly, junk that 6gal water heater for an RV-500 tankless model. Go with AGM batteries, solar panels and a good 3-stage converter.

That should cover most of the basics. PM me if you need any detailed info.

PS: A new airstream has a WAY higher 'cool factor' than ANY alfa product!
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Old 05-20-2007, 09:57 PM   #4
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The tankless water heater sounds like an excellent idea. I suppose one could keep the gas WH in place when power is an issue...the tankless does not sacrifice much space. I like that idea.
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The tankless water heater sounds like an excellent idea. I suppose one could keep the gas WH in place when power is an issue...the tankless does not sacrifice much space. I like that idea.
The RV-500 is made to REPLACE the existing water heater and is LP powered. With this unit, there is no need for any other type of water heater, as it is far more efficient than any conventional unit and works solely 'on demand' , having tank to keep heating the stored water.
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Old 05-20-2007, 10:02 PM   #6
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welcome stoways,

Welcome to the forum. We will also be starting full timing as soon as the Sovereign is fully redone.

Space is definately an issue, but we have picked out a few of our most treasured keepsakes to take with us, then the necessities. All cupboards, overheads, and cabinets will be used to the best advantage.

Good luck to you and hope to meet you in a campground soon.

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Old 05-20-2007, 11:09 PM   #7
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Lewster, by the way, the service guy at the dealership mentioned we could do a modification with a "hott rod"...and as long as we wait 15 min betwx showers, we should be good to go. Whatchathink?
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Lewster, by the way, the service guy at the dealership mentioned we could do a modification with a "hott rod"...and as long as we wait 15 min betwx showers, we should be good to go. Whatchathink?
Maybe you could upgrade to the dual fueled unit like the Classics have? We normally run on electric only but at shower time we turn on the gas switch on the wall. Now we have a water heater using electric and gas at the same time. Not only will the hot water last longer but you do shorten recovery time.

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Hott rod

Make sure it doesn't void the warranty on the gas only water heater.

I've fulltimed for two years. My current unit is a 25 FB SE. For a couple used to the extra space in a square 5th wheel, you might want to consider a 31 or even a 34' unit. I've learned the "buy one/throw one" rule... so I don't buy that much new stuff!

It takes constant revision of the thinking process to get rid of "affluenza" - the need to have more sh** to insure, clean, store, wear-eat-drink, or collect. If you must collect something, earrings are about the only space effective thing I've found.

Look under the classifieds in this forum. You can save a lot of money if you buy a unit that's a couple of years old... and some folks who buy have a life-changing event or decide they don't like to RV, so good units are available.

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I hate to be the one to say it; but given some of the stories I have read about new units, I would be very reluctant to purchase new.
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The RV-500 is made to REPLACE the existing water heater and is LP powered.
About how much do they cost?
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Lewster, by the way, the service guy at the dealership mentioned we could do a modification with a "hott rod"...and as long as we wait 15 min betwx showers, we should be good to go. Whatchathink?
Wouldn't touch it!

Besides voiding any warranty on your original water heater, the idea of adding a heating element when the proper relays and safety devices found in a manufactured 120VAC/LP heater is not wise! Plus, my idea of a shower is NOT 6 gallons worth of hot water. Navy showers on the road to conserve water....YES, but when connected, 'don't think so!

LI Pets,

The RV-500 MSRP is around a grand. They can be had for less. Granted, they are a lot more than a LP-only 6 gal model, but with the 10 gal dual fuel units going for $700 or so, they make a lot of sense for that type of replacement....or if you just like long HOT showers and never want to run out of hot water!
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