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Old 02-23-2011, 01:08 PM   #29
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veggie oil system installed on the truck

Latest update is that we have the veggie oil fuel system installed and it's working flawlessly.

Here are some pics but there are more pics and info. on the biofuel page of our site listed below.

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Old 02-23-2011, 09:58 PM   #30
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Hi you two! When do you hit the road? We're in south Florida for a while and heading back west end of summer sometime. Would love to see your work.

Your vision is cool, your process is methodical, and you are getting inputs from all over the place (not just these forums), so you're going to have your rig set up really nicely.

The best thing you've said so far, I think, is "we have a certain way of looking at things. . ." Way to go! Keep the vision and focus, do it your way.
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Old 02-23-2011, 11:34 PM   #31
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So what are the TV axles scaling with 1,400-lbs of fuel on board? The Dodge Towing Guide shows a payload of 1,958-lbs with an empty truck (no driver, diesel or pax).

3-400 pounds of remaining estimated payload makes rather short work of a 3/4T truck, doesn't it (I also have one). Out in Dodge-land no one can find any differences between these and the 1T except the rear spring pack. Depending on how much of the new fuel tank is carried on the FF axle there isn't much capacity left for TW even after the WDH is properly adjusted; or so it appears.

Has the rig been scaled with the fuel tanks full?

I see the blog shows 19 mpg towing. Is that an average, or a high? Over how many miles? Thousands? At 55-mph on the flats? Heckuva number! (is why I ask).

Brought myself up to date on the blog (you've a better truck, now: 4-whl disc brakes alone are a clincher) and will look forward to more.

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Old 02-25-2011, 03:41 PM   #32
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Hey Jim and Debbie - great to hear from you again. Hope your travels are wonderful and I am sure they are in warm and sunny Florida (isn't that the best part of being mobile)? If it's bad weather just pack up and head to the next warm spot... ha... love it! Yes once we are on the road let's meet up. We know for sure we will be in CO for September (putting our rig on display at Denver green homes tour with some friends).

Rednax - hello to you as well. I wasn't sure if your concerns/questions were about our new truck (2006 Dodge) or if you were referring to our old 98 Dodge. Let us know. You brought up some good questions. We originally checked with 3 mechanics to make sure we would be ok pulling the Safari with the extra weight of the fuel tank... we got thumbs up from all 3. Time will tell as we get out on the road this summer.

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Old 02-27-2011, 07:14 AM   #33
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Rednax - hello to you as well. I wasn't sure if your concerns/questions were about our new truck (2006 Dodge) or if you were referring to our old 98 Dodge. Let us know. You brought up some good questions. We originally checked with 3 mechanics to make sure we would be ok pulling the Safari with the extra weight of the fuel tank... we got thumbs up from all 3. Time will tell as we get out on the road this summer.


The new truck, of course (besides fuel economy). Put it on a certified weight scale as that will tell the tale. Hitch rigging is a matter of respecting the numbers. One may choose to work outside of recommendations, but the only starting place is with axle weights.

See this thread: CAT Scale . . the numbers are in

With the numbers provided by the Dodge Towing Guide (above link) one can sort the rigging for maximum effect. The purpose of a WDH is to maintain the best possible handling/braking. TW is not static.

Expect that the truck "should" carry 75% of TW and the TT axles 25% once distributed. It is the TV Steer Axle weight that one is looking to perfect, overall. Hitched and unhitched it should remain the same; this is the essential goal (without exceeding other limits given).

Sort the Towing Guide for same year payload limits on a 1T, also.

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Howdy all -

We have made 2 more changes since we first started with the idea of remodelling an Airstream to be more eco and off grid. The first is that we have changed our mind on which composting toilet to use. We looked at Incinolet, Sun-Mar and Nature's head. All 3 are good toilets but we are very cramped on space (we have the back corner bed and back corner bathroom with shower (no tub). We were not able to fit the sun-mar toilet in the bathrrom without remodeling the entire bathroom. The NH is the smallest unit. The price is also a factor with the Nh being substantially less. So we will go with the NH model and see how things go. We will not need the black water tank with this toilet but we decided not to remove the black water tank either... it will just come along for the ride and not be used.

The 2nd decision we have made is to not set up a gray water filtering and reuse system. We have a sponsor for setting up a rainwater system to collect and filter rain from the roof of the Airstream. That will tap into the fresh water tank. We will start with that and see how it goes. We also haven't found anyone that could help us set up a gray water system. We would like to be able to set it up so if anyone knows a way to safely to this shout out.

We are set to hit the road in June! Hope to see you out there.
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excellent! I am currently planning a d/c split charge relay system so I can get off electricity. (currently plugged into a farm house with a 200 ft extension cord, so I have to unplug my mini fridge when i want to use much else.) using 3 12v, recharged from my car. only $75! www.powerstream.com

also planning rain catch with water pump to supply the kitchen sink. we currently use an outhouse, 8 ft deep and i am interested in getting that Nature's Head composting toilet as well. my 33' sovereign has no bathroom or shower, so we use a sun shower.

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Zisi -

Nice to hear what you are up to.. great stuff. It's always awesome to hear what other folks are doing.

We are having LED lights installed this week and next week (some on the outside and replacing all the lights on the inside).
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Sounds like things are progressing nicely! How are you planning to filter/purify the rainwater before it goes into your fresh tank?

We have been using the NH for over a year and a half and it continues to operate flawlessly!

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FLYNCLD - We are happy to hear of your success with the Nature's Head toilet while full-timing. Your success is one of the reasons we decided to make the switch and go with NH instead of some of the other options. Thanks for paving the way! We meet with the rainwater harvest company tomorrow and will get a better idea of what the layout and filtering methods will be. We will report back.
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We are getting geared up to go full time in a year - can you send the approx cost per square foot of the greening? I'm cashing in my 401K and want to put it to best adantage.
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Hi Amuse -

Congrats on your decision! I don't quite have that info. yet. We are right in the middle of the remodel and we have had some help from sponsors. A lot will depend on what materials you choose to use. Any ideas what you want to go with?
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Way to go!

Brenda and Cece, you are inspiring. Contrary to some other opinions here, I think you can be quite arguably green in an Airstream. After all, any shelter you occupy and maintain has environmental costs. Staying small helps minimize them. I've been living as green as I can in my used 2004 22' CCD for a month and hope to do so for years to come. I'm in the San Diego area near the ocean so heating and cooling are hardly necessary, and you can be quite water-conscious even in an unmodified AS.
All I've done so far is go with LEDs, conserve water, and be parsimonious with my hot water use. Oh, and I eat vegan, which in itself is a tremendously green thing to do. Even doing just that, I feel tremendously green and lighthearted.
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Hi Lee (lbdesign) -

You are a breath of fresh air.. thanks for writing. Love what you are doing and liked reading your blog and story. Keep it up!
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