Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-13-2009, 12:25 PM   #925
Rivet Master
 
vswingfield's Avatar
 
1983 34' Excella
1967 24' Tradewind
Little Rock , Arkansas
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 3,773
Images: 32
Rivet Photos of FF & Lights

I got the lights installed yesterday and here are a few photos of them installed. The switch is toward the front. These include lights on and off and one with the vent open. It is one of the opaque gray lids that VTS sells. The last photo is one of the lights with the template I made to facilitate installation. The dark circle on the lower right of the template is where the wires go through.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	FF-&-Lights-1-DSC01023.jpg
Views:	102
Size:	368.7 KB
ID:	83865   Click image for larger version

Name:	FF-&-Lights-3-DSC01029.jpg
Views:	95
Size:	253.3 KB
ID:	83866  

Click image for larger version

Name:	FF-&-Lights-4-DSC01035.jpg
Views:	105
Size:	346.3 KB
ID:	83867   Click image for larger version

Name:	Light-&-Template-1-DSC01021.jpg
Views:	94
Size:	291.8 KB
ID:	83868  

__________________

__________________
Vaughan
vswingfield is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2009, 10:11 PM   #926
Moderator
 
HiHoAgRV's Avatar

 
1991 34' Excella
1963 26' Overlander
1961 26' Overlander
Central , Mississippi
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 5,326
Images: 29
Blog Entries: 49
Geez, a new AC and the only way to test it is to run to Cleburne Texas? Now THAT is a die hard product evaluator

Good travels...
__________________

__________________
Hi Ho Silver RV! Vernon, Sarah, Mac the Border Collie -
A honkin' long 34' named AlumaTherapy http://www.airforums.com/forums/f205...num-54749.html
and a 26' '63 Overlander, Dolly http://www.airforums.com/forums/f109...ome-71609.html
HiHoAgRV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2009, 10:24 PM   #927
Well Preserved

 
1993 21' Sovereign
Colfax , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 20,193
Quote:
Originally Posted by HiHoAgRV View Post
Geez, a new AC and the only way to test it is to run to Cleburne Texas? Now THAT is a die hard product evaluator

Good travels...
I had to find SOMEplace with humidity to make sure the drain tube worked...
__________________
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.
Terry
overlander63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2009, 07:03 AM   #928
2 Rivet Member
 
mapley3's Avatar
 
1980 31' Excella II
Spring Hill , Florida
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 66
Images: 1
Welcome to fulltiming. We are in our second year of living in a 1980 31' Excella. Can't help you much with the restoration project but, can recommend where to hook up. Our summer home is the Penn Wood Airstream Park in Limestone, PA. We absolutely love the area, the park, and especially the Airstreamers here. For winter, you might want to consider Campers Holiday which is seven miles from TR and half the price. Happy travels...
__________________
mapley3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2009, 01:27 PM   #929
Rivet Master
 
vswingfield's Avatar
 
1983 34' Excella
1967 24' Tradewind
Little Rock , Arkansas
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 3,773
Images: 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by overlander63 View Post
I had to find SOMEplace with humidity to make sure the drain tube worked...
That outta doer alright.

Have a good trip!!!
__________________
Vaughan
vswingfield is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2009, 02:11 PM   #930
Rivet Master
 
InsideOut's Avatar

 
1956 22' Safari
Vintage Kin Owner
Conifer/Evergreen , Colorado
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 11,793
Images: 108
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aage View Post
Look super, Terry. I've never seen a Fantastic fan up close, but I gather from your photos that even the outer cover on it is clear? What a great idea, lets light in all the time.
Which isn't always a good thing...like when you either want to sleep in past the crack of dawn or you are parked under a campground/WalMart street light. Our '64 has the smoke lense, it's right over our bed so when we got Fantastic Fans for our '56 we went with the solid ones instead. When we get back to re-doing some things on our '64 next year, changing out the Fantastic Fan to the solid cover-type is one of the things on the list. Besides, the solid gray ones are flat rather than domed and look a lot like the original Hehr vents on vintage rigs. Unfortunately, the gray version wasn't available when we our '64 the first time...

Shari
__________________
Vintage Airstream Club - Past President 2007/2008
WBCCI #1824 - DenCO Unit Past President (2005)
AIR #30 - Join Date: 2-25-2002

RMVAC | WBCCI DenCO Unit | Sisters on the Fly | Tin Can Tourists
BIRDY - our 1956 Safari | 1964 Serro Scotty
InsideOut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2009, 02:23 PM   #931
Rivet Master
 
vswingfield's Avatar
 
1983 34' Excella
1967 24' Tradewind
Little Rock , Arkansas
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 3,773
Images: 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by InsideOut View Post
Which isn't always a good thing...like when you either want to sleep in past the crack of dawn or you are parked under a campground/WalMart street light. Our '64 has the smoke lense, it's right over our bed so when we got Fantastic Fans for our '56 we went with the solid ones instead. When we get back to re-doing some things on our '64 next year, changing out the Fantastic Fan to the solid cover-type is one of the things on the list. Besides, the solid gray ones are flat rather than domed and look a lot like the original Hehr vents on vintage rigs. Unfortunately, the gray version wasn't available when we our '64 the first time...

Shari
Hi Shari,

My sentiments exactly. I have been cursing the lights around me when the vent is open, but it's not all that bad. It can only come in from the open sides and the gray lid is perfectly opaque when closed.

Can you just get a replacement lid without having to do the entire vent?

Long term plans call for replacing the ones in front and in the middle with FFs that have the translucent white lids. The extra light in the living areas will be fine. Also the white will keep it from being like an open window, reducing glare while providing light.
__________________
Vaughan
vswingfield is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2009, 11:13 PM   #932
Well Preserved

 
1993 21' Sovereign
Colfax , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 20,193
Quote:
Originally Posted by vswingfield View Post
Hi Shari,

My sentiments exactly. I have been cursing the lights around me when the vent is open, but it's not all that bad. It can only come in from the open sides and the gray lid is perfectly opaque when closed.

Can you just get a replacement lid without having to do the entire vent?

Long term plans call for replacing the ones in front and in the middle with FFs that have the translucent white lids. The extra light in the living areas will be fine. Also the white will keep it from being like an open window, reducing glare while providing light.
You can get replacement covers direct from Fantastic. A caveat, however: In order to use the flat cover, you have to have the low-profile motor, for obvious reasons.
I like the smoke covers, they let a lot of light in during the day, without a lot of heat, and allow us to use less lights in late evening/early morning, which cuts down on power consumption and heat generation. Of course, not everyone is as stingy as me, and may prefer the vintage look over additional light. Oh, and all the vents are outside the bedroom area, so if we really wanted to, we could close doors to cut off light intrusion.
__________________
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.
Terry
overlander63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2009, 11:21 PM   #933
Rivet Master
 
wkerfoot's Avatar
 
1979 23' Safari
1954 29' Liner
Orange , California
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 3,667
If you purchase the Fantastic Fan with the flat lid, you can retro fit the old aluminum lid and you will have a vintage look with the modern fan. Herb Spies wrote and article in last years Vintage Advantage on how to use the aluminum lid.

Bill
__________________
Bill Kerfoot, WBCCI/VAC/CAC/El Camino Real Unit #5223
Just my personal opinion
1973 Dodge W200 PowerWagon, 1977 Lincoln Continental, 2014 Dodge Durango
1979 23' Safari, and 1954 29' Double Door Liner Orange, CA

http://billbethsblog.blogspot.com/
wkerfoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2009, 09:24 AM   #934
Rivet Master
 
vswingfield's Avatar
 
1983 34' Excella
1967 24' Tradewind
Little Rock , Arkansas
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 3,773
Images: 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by overlander63 View Post
You can get replacement covers direct from Fantastic. A caveat, however: In order to use the flat cover, you have to have the low-profile motor, for obvious reasons.
I like the smoke covers, they let a lot of light in during the day, without a lot of heat, and allow us to use less lights in late evening/early morning, which cuts down on power consumption and heat generation. Of course, not everyone is as stingy as me, and may prefer the vintage look over additional light. Oh, and all the vents are outside the bedroom area, so if we really wanted to, we could close doors to cut off light intrusion.
Hi Terry,

Makes perfect sense to me. In my case, the one I have installed now is directly over the front edge of the (sidewinder full size) bed. That one got replaced first because the original vent sounded like a rock crusher!

I didn't even think about the standard vs low profile motor (also makes perfect sense) because I had only looked at Fantastic Vents from below in the past. The opaque lid was essential to me in the bedroom.
__________________
Vaughan
vswingfield is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2009, 09:33 AM   #935
Well Preserved

 
1993 21' Sovereign
Colfax , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 20,193
Quote:
Originally Posted by vswingfield

That one got replaced first because the original vent sounded like a rock crusher!
The powered vent in our living room also got replaced because it sounded like a dog with tin cans tied to its tail. If you have the pancake-style motor, the flat lid will go right on. If you have the high-profile, like we do in all 3 of ours, you'll need the domed lid, or replace the motor. AFAIK, the domed lid is only available in smoke, white (solid), and white (translucent).
__________________
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.
Terry
overlander63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2009, 12:39 AM   #936
Well Preserved

 
1993 21' Sovereign
Colfax , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 20,193
One year in California

Today marks the end of our first year in California. We've met a lot of new people, made many new friends, and both Marie and I have embarked on careers we hadn't considered when we came out here. We've moved out of Bertha, and into an apartment, which is probably a good thing, considering the summer temperatures we've seen since we've been here.
The B van died a horrible death a couple of months ago, and we've had to replace it with something that will, we hope, be more suited to our needs. More on that in a later post. Bertha now sports a repaired frame, and seems sound, though we are keeping our eyes open for a trailer without the frame rust issues. We found the reason the truck ran hot while towing Bertha, it was simply a bad fan clutch. That has been replaced, and there have been no further instances of overheating.
Sophie seems to enjoy staying home, it's much less stressful for her, though she is very happy to see whichever of us gets home first. She also has made several new friends, and, though it's hard to tell, she doesn't seem to miss her old ones very much. Maybe if she could talk, we'd know for sure.
There is a lot of things to do here, and maybe someday we'll get to do more of them, but for now we're still working to get ourselves dug out of the hole we got in a couple of years ago when I got hurt. We just need to keep focusing on the future, and not dwell on the past. The windshield is bigger than the rear-view mirror for a reason.

For those of you that have given us your support and good thoughts, thank you, especially the Forums members we met last Thursday in our "command performance". We were introduced, and I promptly forgot who they were... They say the memory is the second thing to go, I've forgotten what the first thing is.
Hopefully things will continue to improve throughout the next year, we may even get to attend a few rallies.


________________

Terry

(No Longer at Inland RV)
__________________
overlander63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2009, 12:46 AM   #937
Rivet Master
 
wkerfoot's Avatar
 
1979 23' Safari
1954 29' Liner
Orange , California
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 3,667
Wow, has it been a year already. You have seen some of our seasons, fire and drought, but missed flood, maybe this winter you will see that season.

We will get together with you, Marie and Sophie again soon.

Bill
__________________
Bill Kerfoot, WBCCI/VAC/CAC/El Camino Real Unit #5223
Just my personal opinion
1973 Dodge W200 PowerWagon, 1977 Lincoln Continental, 2014 Dodge Durango
1979 23' Safari, and 1954 29' Double Door Liner Orange, CA

http://billbethsblog.blogspot.com/
wkerfoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2009, 10:10 PM   #938
Well Preserved

 
1993 21' Sovereign
Colfax , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 20,193
Quote:
Originally Posted by wkerfoot View Post
Wow, has it been a year already.
Bill
Yes, it seems like only about 12 months...
__________________

__________________
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.
Terry
overlander63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
1974 sovereign, travel


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The adventure begins.... in more ways than one! katzklaw 1960 - 1964 Overlander 157 12-21-2014 04:54 AM
Our full time adventure begins on Monday! zombyw00f Full-Timing 18 12-13-2007 10:38 PM
"The Tube's" Adventure Begins myboyburt Cleaning, Stripping & Polishing 44 07-11-2006 03:50 PM
Off to LA....The Adventure begins JodynJeep On The Road... 29 11-20-2003 01:23 PM
albert's excellent adventure john hd Our Community 13 08-06-2003 08:58 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:55 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.