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Old 08-21-2013, 12:50 AM   #519
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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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You're welcome, Tom! Yes, this floor plan also works well for us... and our two dogs!
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:00 AM   #520
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"Database error" message for pages 3 and 4

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Pages 3 and 4 say Data Base Error. Too bad!
Thanks, Jane, for your observation, and I tonight I experienced the "Database error" message when clicking on pages 3 and 4 of this thread, but only when I was logged on as a member. When I logged out and viewed these pages as a guest, these two pages displayed my original content just fine!

This seems to be an AirForums' database problem. I reported this to the monitors and until this is corrected, those who wish to see these two pages should view them as a guest rather than as a member!
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:15 PM   #521
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I am happy to say that today this problem has been fixed, thanks to our wonderful monitors and Tech Admin!
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:04 PM   #522
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Inverter circuit, receptacles, switch...and more!

Our 2007 Safari came with a factory-installed 600-watt Sine Wave Inverter made by WFCO (See "What is an inverter?"). This enables our flat-screen TV to be used while doing non-hook-up camping. Some years ago, I found the actual location of our inverter under a "secret trap door" under the cushions of our front lounge (See the post and photos here).

To use the TV while "boondocking", the TV plug is removed from the regular AC receptacle and placed into the nearby Inverter Circuit receptacle (Marked with a blue label), and the Inverter Switch is turned on. (We have a second inverter receptacle near our Battery Disconnect Switch).

Our 2007 Sony LCD TV can not display the digital channels of today without attaching a converter box, which we have not installed because we feel no need to watch TV programs while camping, and we would rather conserve our batteries while "boondocking" by listening to the radio and our local KPBS-FM's wonderful programs.

So for our style of camping, we very rarely have a need, if ever, to use the 600-watt inverter, and when we do need an inverter (for charging up the laptop computer, for example), we have a smaller, portable 150-watt inverter (See "Safari Solar Power").

For those who do like to see TV programs or the internet while "boondocking", there are now many high-tech devices available (such as the iPhone and iPad) that will be less of a burden on trailer batteries!

(Thanks, silverwheels, for inspiring this post!)
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:41 PM   #523
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Getting my bearings... repacked!

This summer our Safari was approaching its first 10,000 miles and I knew it was overdue for the repacking of its bearings. I had known that we could go longer than having it done every year (as now recommended by Airstream) because we live in the relatively dry Southwest. But one of the good reasons to have the bearings repacked is to have the brakes inspected.

So when I saw silverwheels' thread, "Bearings went bad...", I was spurred to action and called Abe Hernandez of RV Mobile Service 2U, who came out and cleaned and repacked our bearings with high temp red grease, replaced the seals, and cleaned, inspected, and adjusted the brakes.

Abe showed me where Airstream's designated jack points are located and lifted there and placed smaller jacks under the axle mounting plate. (I used the axle mounting plate last year when putting on a new set of Marathon tires.)

More information and photos of this are seen in my post, "Getting my bearings...", History Safari Express blog.
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The updates continue...

We knew that a rainy, cold storm was forecasted for our reserved non-hookup mountain campsite last fall and that running the trailer's furnace can quickly drain the batteries, especially over a 5-day stay with limited sun for our solar panels.

So we brought along our new Mr. Heater Portable Buddy, MH9BX, indoor-safe (if used as directed) propane radiant heater. This heater requires a vent area of 9 square inches for adequate ventilation during its operation.

We were pleased with its operation. It brought our trailer's temperature from a chilly 55° to a relatively comfortable 65° within 2 hours.

Additional information: "Snug as a bug in a Safari", History Safari Express
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Data, logs and notes

Starting a trip with the right tire pressures is important because an under inflated tire could get too hot, stressed and fail. Two days before a trip, I place our PressurePro sensors on our tires and begin monitoring them with the goal of achieving optimal tire pressures for the planned travel route on day of departure. A log is kept, which I find useful for future trips.

For our non-hookup trips, I also keep a log of our batteries' health and the performance of our two solar panels. These notes assist me in determining when it is time to replace the AGM batteries.

I also keep concise notes of each trip in the now out of print journal, "See More, Do More, Live More: The Airstream Travel Journal".

Additional information: "Airstream Safari trip notes", History Safari Express
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Old 07-20-2014, 02:22 PM   #526
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Tire covers

We cover our Marathon tires to protect them from the sun.

I've learned to carefully inspect them as I remove them ever since finding a field mouse, scorpion, and a black widow spider making themselves comfortable in the soft underside lining!

Additional information: "Shifting sands at Agua Caliente", History Safari Express.
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Old 07-20-2014, 02:44 PM   #527
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Trailer ramp

Last November our corgi, Tasha, had a ruptured disc requiring a laminectomy. She made a full recovery.

We now use Mr. Herzher's Smart Ramp to make it easier on our two corgis' long backs as they go in and out of our trailer.

Additional information: "Desert camping relaunched", History Safari Express.
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Old 07-20-2014, 03:45 PM   #528
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And the feasting continues...

And Larry is the cook!

Additional information in these 2014 History Safari Express articles:

"Cooking up in the desert"
"Drought and feasting in the desert"
"Mountain knight stars, part two"
"Ocean knight currents, part one"
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So that completes this Special Edition of updates...

We are now home for the summer and celebrating our independence from pay TV, which will save us $900 per year! For three months now, we have enjoyed free over-the-air high definition TV, and our only regret is that we didn’t stop pay TV sooner!

Additional information: "Celebrating independence from pay TV".

Hope you are having a wonderful summer...

Cheers!
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I like that!

Oooh, the no pay TV. Well, I haven't had cable in a while either, but we do have our Netflix. Close, but still not free!
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Old 07-29-2014, 09:04 AM   #531
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You guys really know how to glamp. I would love to share a campfire, and some of that food, with you some day. Pat and I are enjoying our new 27'. We had the 23' pretty well figured out after six years and 65,000 miles of travel, but it's amazing what a little more space provides.

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Bill, it's great to see that you and Larry are still enjoying your trailer. We continue to dial ours in to our tastes - finally pulled out the TV last week!

Like SilverCabin, someday we'll upgrade to a 25'-27' (or I've been admiring Class B's), but we'll have our 23' for a while.

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