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Old 03-30-2014, 03:17 PM   #15
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The problem: when they moved the high-beam switch off the floor pan. Most folks just can't seem to get their foot up to the steering column to dim the high beams. Sal
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Old 03-30-2014, 03:20 PM   #16
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"If you have them adjusted properly, the headlights from following cars will be shinning on your ears. NOT YOUR EYES."


I have an old Argosy manual. Does it explain how to adjust the ears?
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Old 03-30-2014, 04:01 PM   #17
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Take one (minimum needed) or two (much better) Piaa 520 ATP lamps and mount to the rear bumper for the buggers that insist on tailgating with their brights on. If an officer of the law wants to know why in gods name you have 135 watt lamps mounted on the rear, just point to the crazy little reverse lamps on the standard Monarch lights and he'll understand. Trust me, light them suckers up and the tailgating bugger will back off right pronto.

For the buggers coming at you lit up like something out of Close Encouters of the Third Kind. You know the kind, fog lamps lit up on a clear night, along with brights. We Airstream Classic guys have a spot lamp mounted on the top of our unit that can track these buggers all the way until they pass. I won't turn on my 145 watt IDF fog and driving lamps (I live in deer and fog country) to warn them off as that could cause permanent retina damage.

Other than that, I haven't yet figued out yet how to launch Hellfire or Maverick missiles off of my Silver Scud without damaging or destroying the front ABS plastic facade. However if you do come across a news story of a Cadillac EXT Slade having been mysteriously blown completely to bits……….you never read this post.
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Old 03-30-2014, 06:39 PM   #18
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Just to be clear ...

I was talking about people driving with their brights on who are BEHIND me. I don't really care about the ones who are oncoming--they're here and gone in a flash. It's the jerks who drive behind me for a long time, their brights blinding me.

I don't follow the point about the light shining on my ears if my mirrors are properly adjusted. That doesn't make any physical sense--if there are lights behind me, there is always going to be some position where the lights (and the brights) are going to be in my eyes. Sure, you can adjust the mirrors to some extent, but that's just a mechanical night blindness rather than a physiological one.

Well, at least I feel better now that I know I'm not alone.
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Old 03-30-2014, 07:05 PM   #19
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Would aftermarket auto dimming rear view and side mirrors remove the problem? It's one of my favourite features on my truck and SUV.
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Old 03-30-2014, 07:30 PM   #20
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Hi, not that it would do any good, but go back to the four light system; Two on, means low beams and four lights on means high beams. I do not flash my lights anymore, as mentioned above, because you will get the real high/bright beams. If behind me, I turn my side view mirrors down until they go away. I also adjusted my headlights slightly down to compensate for towing. Newer vehicles have much brighter lights than older ones. Factory fog lights only come on with your low beams; Another way to tell if the bright lights are actually low beams. Do I like the bright lights? No. Can I do anything about it? No. Would I like brighter LOW beams on my tow vehicle? Yes.
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Old 03-30-2014, 08:20 PM   #21
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Bright lights approaching on a 4 lane divided highway don't bother me, but on a 2 lane...
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Old 03-30-2014, 08:24 PM   #22
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I don't travel much in the dark, but there are other things that bother me, like people pulling out in front of me or passing just to slow down and turn in front of me or pass when there really isn't enough room or cross over the center line as they are approaching me or running a stop sign or red light while I have s green light or...
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Old 03-30-2014, 08:58 PM   #23
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Thanks for the laugh!

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Last year was our first year with our airstream (or any trailer for that matter).

We took driving lessons.

We were cautious like the thing was one huge egg we didn't want to crack on the road.

And suddenly, I realized how everyone else drives like a$$-hats.

Here I am in the slow lane driving a 50' long 7.5 ton combo and "Johnny Jackass" decides it's a good idea to speed up on the entrance ramp (9 out of 10 times) so he doesn't have to get behind me - this forces me to brake hard to avoid killing him as he squeezes in front of my passenger fender with an inch to spare - happy he won his race and completely oblivious to both the change of underwear I now require AND the tapestry of creative language I wove for his benefit.

Too many examples like this to share. But it dawned on me - I was "Johnny Jackass" before the airstream. Not good.

And - who gives a flying flip about Johnny? I'm going CAMPING! And as I've said many times before, my very WORST day camping FAR exceeds my very best day in the office.

So this year, I'm going to try to hold back on the foul language tapestries, I'm going to try to feel bad for Johnny since he's not going camping, and I'm going to try to just keep it slow and simple and smile because I'm going CAMPING!

God I love my airstream!!! :-)
This cracked me up and made my day!
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Old 03-30-2014, 09:05 PM   #24
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Road Rage IS a choice. Controlling other people's choices is a lost cause. Smart = good. Smarta$$, not so much.
I learned my road rage lesson young. Late warm summer night, mid 80's heading home up the west side highway in NYC with a car full of friends full of steam from a fun night out. We were at a red light at 14th St. with a Dodge Diplomat in front of us. While the light was still red, the Diplomat pulled a "u-ey" right in front of us! Of course, being full of steam and the windows being down on my 72 Buick Deuce and a Quarter, my outspoken crew screamed out one word in unison that we thought described the driver of the Diplomat fairly accurately. Well, the Dodge screeched to a halt and the driver leaned out and said "what did you say? we were silent. He said "pull it over NOW!" Well, it was a car full of NYPD undercover detectives. The next half hour was not a lot of fun but we did get to go home without going to the pokey although some of my crew kept bucking for trouble and acting tough. The head detective saw that I was a reasonable guy and instructed me to keep a lid on it in the future as the bad guys tended to shoot first rather than just spend a half hour threatening jail time etc. From then on I keep an eye out for idiots and give them a wide berth.
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Old 03-30-2014, 09:24 PM   #25
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It seems patrolmen used to stop you for not dimming your lights.
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Old 03-30-2014, 11:00 PM   #26
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Rude on the highway--what's wrong with people?

Why would people not be rude and obnoxious on the highway when they are probably that way in every other facet of their lives? Maybe it just goes with the "I want it and I want now generation" that our society has evolved to.
I think a part of RVing that I really enjoy is the fact that you meet a lot of people that are just not going anywhere and are not in a hurry to get there.
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I learned my road rage lesson young. Late warm summer night, mid 80's heading home up the west side highway in NYC with a car full of friends full of steam from a fun night out. We were at a red light at 14th St. with a Dodge Diplomat in front of us. While the light was still red, the Diplomat pulled a "u-ey" right in front of us! Of course, being full of steam and the windows being down on my 72 Buick Deuce and a Quarter, my outspoken crew screamed out one word in unison that we thought described the driver of the Diplomat fairly accurately. Well, the Dodge screeched to a halt and the driver leaned out and said "what did you say? we were silent. He said "pull it over NOW!" Well, it was a car full of NYPD undercover detectives. The next half hour was not a lot of fun but we did get to go home without going to the pokey although some of my crew kept bucking for trouble and acting tough. The head detective saw that I was a reasonable guy and instructed me to keep a lid on it in the future as the bad guys tended to shoot first rather than just spend a half hour threatening jail time etc. From then on I keep an eye out for idiots and give them a wide berth.
Hi, one night I was out cruising with my hot rod 56 Ford. There was some idiot in a Chrysler 300 behind me driving too close and with his high beams on. He went into the left lane and began to pass me. I down shifted and gunned it, so as to not let him pass me. As he got next to me, I noticed a sign on the side of his front door. "HIGHWAY PATROL" Oooooppppss
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