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Old 03-29-2006, 09:18 AM   #43
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Maybe the new ones are different - but I don't see how they can be. My owners manual (97 Safari) warns against towing with the battery disconnect set to Off. The reason given is that the battery will be the only source of power in the event the break-away switch is pulled.

Perhaps check with your airstream dealer again - ask him what will be the power source to power the brake magnets if the battery is disconnected? Does he think the battery disconnect is bypassed with a direct link or something? Or something else?
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Old 03-29-2006, 09:48 AM   #44
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I knew the grey water tank was full because the shower wouldn't drain. I'm pretty sure the monitor indications are accurate. However, the monitor may not be as linear as the markings indicate. It seems as if the amount of water needed to go from half to full in the fresh water tank and in the grey water tank was less than necessary to go from zero to half. Not a scientific study, just an impression.

Our AS has pretty good capacities, among the best in the Safari line. Supposedly, they are 39 gallons each for black and fresh and 37 gallons for grey. If I could change the proportions, I'd reduce the black and add the reduced amount to both grey and fresh, probably with more allocation to the grey. Don't even want to contemplate filling the black before using up all the grey.
In an emergency or to get by for a short time you can drain off some gray into a bucket and dump into the toilet. Sometimes to save gray space wife will do dishes in a pan and pour into the toilet. You can easily stretch you gray another day sometimes two. Pieman
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Old 03-29-2006, 10:21 AM   #45
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In an emergency or to get by for a short time you can drain off some gray into a bucket and dump into the toilet. Sometimes to save gray space wife will do dishes in a pan and pour into the toilet. You can easily stretch you gray another day sometimes two. Pieman
Thanks, Mike. I really like these ideas. The black water tank has much more capacity than needed so your suggestions will help us even out the distribution in the tanks.
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Old 03-29-2006, 10:53 AM   #46
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Maybe the new ones are different - but I don't see how they can be. My owners manual (97 Safari) warns against towing with the battery disconnect set to Off. The reason given is that the battery will be the only source of power in the event the break-away switch is pulled.

Perhaps check with your airstream dealer again - ask him what will be the power source to power the brake magnets if the battery is disconnected? Does he think the battery disconnect is bypassed with a direct link or something? Or something else?
I think that "battery disconnect" is almost misleading. It's actually a battery isolator that completely isolates the battery from the coach. Unless they've done something different in the wide body coaches that would keep the breakaway switch 'hot' while everything else is dead?

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Old 03-29-2006, 03:22 PM   #47
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here's a link to the old wally byam checklist...

http://dwmorrison.com/airstreamchecklist.pdf

it appears in one of the more recent airstream books - i forget which one.

don't feel too bad, last year i tore off all four stabilizers. i was in a real rush packing up as i was trying to get to a ny giants football game. needless to say, we missed the kickoff.

i now keep a supply of the checklists in my glove box.

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I think that "battery disconnect" is almost misleading. It's actually a battery isolator that completely isolates the battery from the coach. Unless they've done something different in the wide body coaches that would keep the breakaway switch 'hot' while everything else is dead?

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Thanks for clearing that up!
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Old 03-29-2006, 06:24 PM   #49
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From time to time in my forgetfulness I approach the MoHo from the drivers side.... no door there dummy.... then proceed to walk around the rear to get to the side door. It looks like a walk around but is actually just a "fake out" for anyone who might be wondering what the heck I'm doing on the wrong side of the bus.
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Old 03-29-2006, 08:37 PM   #50
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When in more wild camping areas (where we usually go) we attach a green garden hose to a special cap for our dump valve and let the grey water trickle out into the weeds away from the campsite. It's just soapy water, soaks into the ground, and no different than the tenter next door pouring his dishwater into the grass. This does not apply to crowded "civilized" RV parks, but they usually have full hookups anyway.
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