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Old 03-18-2012, 01:57 PM   #505
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New addition to our Safari Galley... a 10" round bamboo cutting board that fits nicely on our Lobster Sink.

More about this and a spring wildflower update:

"Springtime Safari cheer", History Safari Express, Airstream Life Online Community
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Old 06-23-2012, 04:43 PM   #506
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Dust devil attacks Airstream

For our last trip of the season to the desert, we returned to our favorite camping spot in the Anza-Borrego Desert not realizing that, when certain conditions are just right, this location could be called "Dust Devil Alley"... and the wrong place to be with our main awning extended.

It was a beautiful, sunny, early afternoon with a gentle breeze as I sat reading under our awning when I suddenly heard the wind rise, along with the rear end of our awning. I jumped up and held onto the nearest (forward) awning rafter arm. It was over within 10 seconds, resulting in a bent rear rafter arm bar.

Read more about this in my post, "Desert flowers and devils", History Safari Express, Airstream Life Online Community.

... and the remedies we took in the aftermath, along with more pictures, in my AirForums posting, "Bent Rafter Arm Bar".
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:59 PM   #507
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Curtain call by the sea

Last month our Safari Airstream, along with its two solar panels, basked in the sun as we kept cool under the shade of our main awning while listening to the relaxing sounds of the surf at our favorite beach camping spot, bringing our camping season to a close (to avoid the summer crowds and the summer heat of the desert).

While camping in the desert this spring, we enjoyed having the windows, main door, and screen door open, inviting in the cool morning air, but the door opened eastward and the hot morning sun also poured in, so Larry used an old sheet as a curtain sun screen.

Just before coming out to the beach, Larry added a butterflyfish appliqué and made side casings to insert homegrown bamboo poles for support. The sheet was clipped to the top edge of the awning valance.

This has been a work-in-progress project and Larry has since added a giant clam, jellyfish, kelp, fan coral, sponges, and the Hawaii state fish, the Humuhumunukunukuapua'a.

This sheet allows me to enjoy reading outside, while helping with my sun safety concerns.

He also made curtains for the door and a removable dog gate, both held in place by adjustable tension curtain rods, which provided sun screening, privacy, easy access, and ventilation while keeping the main door and screen door open.

More information and photos on this and our latest beach camping experience are found in my post, "Drift and the land yacht" (along with a reference to Wally Byam's sea yacht Caravan), History Safari Express, Airstream Life Online Community.
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:38 AM   #508
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Pages 3 and 4 say Data Base Error. Too bad!
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Old 07-26-2013, 12:53 PM   #509
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Hey there loved your thread! But I don't see any recent posts? Are you continuing this thread or have you moved over to a new one? Please let me know as I would love to follow your adventures and learn as much as I can regarding the care needed to keep "Kai" my 23' ocean breeze well maintained.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:14 PM   #510
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Thank you, dear readers...

Thank you, janeinthemts for reading this thread... pages 3 and 4 look fine to me.

Thanks silverwheels for your comments (and congratulations on your new-to-you 2008 23' International Ocean Breeze!). As long as there are readers such as yourself who enjoy seeing and reading how we use our once brand new trailer from point-of-sale to the present, I will continue to update this thread, which contains many useful tips, ideas, and solutions that have worked for us, and hopefully, useful for readers.

As an Airstream Life Online Community author, I do maintain a parallel, in-depth blog, History Safari Express... but it is inevitable that somewhere down the road our adventures will take us somewhere where we won't need a trailer... and History Safari Express will undoubtedly vanish into thin air... but hopefully, this thread will live on indefinitely on this wonderful, knowledge sharing Air Forums with the help of its Supporting Members and advertisers.

Thanks for reading!
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Old 07-27-2013, 04:25 PM   #511
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The updates continue...

Following our camping on the bluffs at South Carlsbad State Beach in May, 2012, our trailer got its annual big wash, wax, and treat job.

Our original 14" Marathon tires became 6 years old during the summer of '12. I have read that the projected life of a normal trailer tire is three to five years, so I knew we were overdue and replaced our tires with new Marathon tires... yes, Marathon tires!

Marathon tires have worked well for us, especially the way we use them:

1. They are protected from the sun by covers when they are not moving.
2. Before a trip they are at the specified pressure of 50 psi, cold.
3. We travel at or near the posted speed for trailers in California, 55 mph, most of the time, and rarely exceed 62 mph.
4. Our monthly trips, October through June, never exceed 200 miles, round-trip.
5. During trips, we continuously monitor all trailer and truck tires with PressurePro tire sensors.
6. When home, the trailer tires rest on plywood panels on the driveway.

More information and photos on this are found on my History Safari Express post, "A marathon experience".

(Note: I caution readers that this thread is not the place to debate this perennially contentious Air Forums issue... and I trust that the monitors will help with this.)
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Old 07-27-2013, 05:56 PM   #512
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Earlier in the year (2012), the two original Lifeline GPL-24T Deep Cycle AGM batteries became five and a half years old and were beginning to not adequately hold onto a charge over the 5 days of non-hook-up camping that we like to do.

I posted details on "How I changed my Lifeline AGM batteries" here.

Our AGM batteries are protected by our Xantrex 3-stage converter that replaced our original Parallax converter (installation details posted here).
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The rub rail

After replacing our Marathon tires, I addressed the issue of cracks that have appeared in the sealant along parts of the top edge of our rub rail along the bottom of the trailer. The integrity of this seal is important because, if enough water gets behind the rub rail, it could lead to floor rot. We don't get a lot of rain here in San Diego, but we often have dew that easily drips down the sides to the rub rail.

I resealed the top edge of all rub rail segments with Acryl-R and will inspect this area for possible resealing annually.

See more information and photos on this, and how I reattached loose segments of the rub rail in my History Safari Express post, "Aye, there's the rub rail".
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Old 07-28-2013, 01:26 PM   #514
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Curtains up!

So with new tires, we returned to the desert, along with new white tire covers to protect them from the sun during our 5 day stay. Larry had perfected his homemade dog gate by using plastic hardware cloth held in place by tension shower rods and Velcro tabs on the ends. He also made new Kokopelli appliqué curtains.

See more information and photos of these curtains, dog gate, and how we use our Volcano grill in my History Safari Express post, "Fired up, and ready to go".
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Cooks and cookware

Larry is the cook... and he delights in researching, preparing, and cooking a variety of world cuisines, and to do this, he has a variety of cookware, such as the Panini pan, various cast iron pots and pans, including an enameled Japanese cast iron pot. (The heaviest items get carried by our F-250 truck.)

It's nice to see in the recent Air Forums' thread, "Your Top 5 Galley must haves", that others also enjoy bringing along cast iron cookware to enjoy feasting in the great outdoors!

See more information and photos on cooking and cookware that we did from last winter up to the present in my History Safari Express posts:
"To have and have another celebration... of life"
"Cuyamaca Mountain high"
"Ocean safari fiesta, part one" and "Ocean safari fiesta, part two"
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Old 07-28-2013, 07:18 PM   #516
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Wireless digital refrigerator thermometer

Keeping the food for those feasts at the proper temperature (33 to 39 °F) can be challenging, especially in RV refrigerators.

With our new wireless digital refrigerator thermometer, we can monitor the current temperature without opening the refrigerator door, and we can see the highest and lowest temperature since the display was last cleared.

See more information and photos in my History Safari Express post, "Cool... and wireless".
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So that completes this Special Edition of updates...

Hope you are having a wonderful summer...

Cheers!
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Thanks for the updates! We've been enjoying our nearly-identical trailer, and appreciate the maintenance tips. Amazed at how well this floorplan suits us.

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