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Old 08-19-2010, 02:00 PM   #1
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Basic mods - 2010 Classic

Colonial and Inland take note, this is your opportunity to make an upgrade package for your customers.

Jammer's list of what you gotta do to a Classic Limited to make it into a nice traylah:

1) Furnish & install ProPride hitch
2) Furnish & install large matching aluminum level on propane tank cover
3) Furnish & install bubble level on coupler
4) Remove the silly decals on every window that say "warning: this window sticks because Jackson Center can't be arsed to put some silicone grease on the weatherstripping." Or something like that.
5) Put some silicone grease on teh weatherstripping while you're at it, it will take less time than getting the decals off
6) Install Andy's lockout prevention kit
7) Replace all 14 of the crap fluorescent tubes with high-CRI 3000k ones
8) Provide two additional complete sets of keys
9) Relocate thermostat as needed so it isn't behind the television
10) Remove, repaint to "sand" or "almond," and reinstall the bright white doorbell, furnace outlets, and rear A/C temperature sensor cover (if equipped)
11) Remove ugly, current-hogging propane detector. Replace with Safe-T-Alert 70-742 brown, flush mount detector and relocate to area below galley drawers.
12) Install King Electric pic-a-watt 120v 1500w wall heater with "ultra" grill in area below coat closet where old propane detector was, wire to existing 20a main loop, and add 12 volt control relay and thermostat (thermostat should be co-located with main furnace thermostat). Paint grill to "sand" or "almond" to match furnace outlets.
13) For units equipped with 50 amp power, furnish 25 foot, 30 amp cord with 50 amp Marinco trailer connector, so no adapter is required for use of 30 amp power
14) Furnish two sets of custom fitted sheets from the folks at ablifestyles
15) Furnish and install a low profile TV mount to replace that--that thing--over the dinette. Monster fsm-flat-efs SuperThin or similar
16) Install the dimmer for the Dinette Light Fixture that Jackson Center dropped as a cost saving measure
17) Furnish and install an LED porch light converesion
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Old 08-20-2010, 01:17 AM   #2
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Hi, Colonial is an Airstream dealer [sells and services new Airstreams] and Inland is an Airstream parts and service company. [Does not sell new Airstreams]
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:50 AM   #3
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I was under the impression that they both, in different ways, made a living making Airstreams ... better.
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I was under the impression that they both, in different ways, made a living making Airstreams ... better.
Hi, you lost Andy on number one; He only recommends Reese Dual Cam.
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Good post. Thanks for the tips.
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Old 09-02-2010, 05:40 PM   #6
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Dimmer switches??? I didn't know they existed. I have been looking for dimmer switches for the dinette as well as the two "coach lights" on either side of the queen bed. I haven't found any which would "plug and play" in the existing lamp bases. Anybody know where I can git 'em?
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Old 09-02-2010, 05:54 PM   #7
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I have the twin, but the lights over either bed, as well as the lights over the gaucho, have dimmers built in.

I haven't found anything that will fit into the dinette in place of the switch. There just isn't enough room.

The closest one I've found is this. If the potentiometer were replaced with one with the same rating but a shorter shaft, and the area above the dinette light canopy were counterbored, and the module were mounted in one of the roof lockers, it could be made to work:

Rotary DC Dimmer - yachtlights.com

There is this dimmer assembly that more or less blends in with the factory switches:

On-Off Rocker Switch Assembly w/Dimmer, White
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Old 10-13-2010, 04:42 PM   #8
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Here are the two levels I have installed. The bubble level is epoxied in place. The large level attaches with stainless steel screws.
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Here is the clock, thermometer, remounted thermostat, and remounted TV. I still have to do something about the wire for the thermometer.
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Two photos of the pic-a-watt heater
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Some photos of the repainted heating ducts and temperature sensor
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Another mod I have done that I would add to the list is the addition of a bypass switch to allow the tail and marker lights to be turned on from inside the trailer. Great when someone is trying to find the party at my traylah in a crowded campground in the rain. It is of course possible to take a wire and short two terminals in the umbilical but especially on a rainy day that isn't ideal.

I used a marine-type pull switch with a long barrel since a standard toggle switch wouldn't be able to be mounted in the 1/2" plywood without a counterbore. The switch is located under the gaucho near the junction box for the umbilical to simplify the wiring.
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Jammer,
Your trailer and ours are very similar, thanks for all the ideas.
On our trailer, there was no indication to show if the water pump was on or off. If you wanted to know you had to open a faucet and listen for the pump to make noise.
There is a furnace vent in our trailer below the closet. I drilled a hole in the top of that vent and mounted a 12 volt LED from Radio shack. I wired it in parallel with the water pump which is right behind that vent. That location is visible from both the bathroom and the galley.

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Old 10-13-2010, 05:19 PM   #14
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Excellent idea. I've been thinking of doing something like that, and it sounds like you've picked an easy spot.
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