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Old 05-19-2016, 02:09 PM   #1
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Better Than Stock A/S Mods.

Is it possible to make an Airstream "better than stock"?

If so, what are some of your favorite mods?


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Old 05-19-2016, 02:11 PM   #2
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Progressive Dynamics PD4655 4 stage converter/charger to replace stock Parallax unit.
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Old 05-19-2016, 02:14 PM   #3
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Old 05-19-2016, 02:16 PM   #4
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Owners of new Airstreams will install solar, inverter/chargers, more batteries or lithium batteries, monitor panels for the solar and inverters, rip out the fridge and install marine type fridges and stoves, replace the floor covering, the list goes on. Older Airstream owners, well the sky is the limit to how far they go. All it takes is money.

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Old 05-19-2016, 03:01 PM   #5
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Simple stuff for us. Better slides for the pantry and a back so stuff does not fall off and wedge. Better slides for the drawer under the sofa and some additional strips under the floor so the drawer will carry a lot of weight. Vinyl plank floor instead of the carpeting was probably the best addition. Have not done the converter yet but it is on the short list. And for me buying a generator was a good addition.
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Absolutely possible. First place is a better converter/charger unit (as noted above). A decent electrical system (at least for me) was the first place I started. Granted, I did the whole deal with 6 solar panels, a 30AMP Magnum Inverter and 4 big 6V Lifeline batteries. I think ALL the Airstream products have a higher need for more substantial 12V service. I'm also a wild believer in 16" rims and the Michelin LT tires. If I had to prioritize, I'd do the safety stuff first (starting with wheels/tires). ALL the running gear actually. Then I'd go to electrical, and other "make it more comfy" kinds of upgrades. I have intentionally NOT kept track of how much I've spent on upgrades!
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One of the only real 'better' than stock was the AGM's and IOTA converter.

The 'upgrades' consisted mostly of re-doing things that were already done...noted when I did my own PDI.

A before and after photo of one such example. Black tank vent...

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Maxim skylights has to be right up there on the list!

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For me one of the better than stock changes was pex plumbing with BRASS fittings.


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Old 05-19-2016, 04:47 PM   #11
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uh...Michelin LTX/MS2 with the Sendel T03s , Centramatics, McGuard nuts, Dill metal valve stems.

After that I'm going to go with a flooring upgrade, not sure what but I don't think it would be hard to beat the stock vinyl flooring.

Those are the upgrades to stock, I think the rest would be "customizations"

Shower head would be an upgrade
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Right, Ted S. I left off the Dill TPMS.
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After our first trip, we had a carpenter who had done some work on our house make book/magazine racks for the rear...custom crafted to fit the spaces, stained to match the interior and installed.


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Yes, I believe you can definitely make an airstream better than stock

List of some of our bigger mods: (photos via link)

Exterior...

2x GoPower! 155 watt solar panels + 2 GoPower! 80watt panels for a total of 470 watts
6ga solar wireing
Installed Victorianox edition swiss alps vinyl decal on the front windows
Sendel 16" wheels and Michelin LTX tires
Added beltline trim
Dropped in new group 27 batteries in existing battery box (had to grind off the threaded rod - tight but they fit!)
Replaced rear license plate holder as it was rusting
Replaced exterior Rub rail insert due to discoloring- lower rub rail and upper belt line trim
Stainless steel water heater cover
Stainless steel furnace exhaust cover

Interior...

GoPower! 30 AMP Charge controller with float
New seating / dinette area bench with underneath storage and aluminum wrap
New (wider) dinette table top custom laminated to match the Airstream “Wenge” interior
Custom cushions that are an exact fit for the bed – flat surface now with no gaps – nice rubber backing so they don’t slip (note that Timeless had an incredible selection of materials to choose from)
Installed 2 X New lifeline AGM batteries
Installed new 3-stage Progressive Dynamics 55w converter with float function to replace the standard Parallax 7355
Swapped out LED lighting throughout the interior (pucks and cabinets / bathroom + exterior door lamp)
Cut down the old wenge tabletop and made shelves to convert a wardrobe closet into a (far more useable) panty
Corian counter tops in tally and Lav
Plyboo bamboo hardwood flooring (solid tongue & grove hardwood - glued & stapled)
Replaced Bathroom faucet with new Moen fixture
Replaced Shower valve / fixture with new Moen Fixture
re-consttruced the pull-out couch to make it deeper / wider - eliminated storage bin behind couch and custom fabricated new backrest cushion(s) - retained pull-out bed capability
Modified storage nook on right of couch - added 2 nooks for shoes, iPads, etc..
New couch cushions in ultra leather
New custom curtains
re-mount existing sinks (sally / lav) - under-mount style, with corian sink cover to match in the galley.
Integrated (hardwired) Go-Power 1500 watt pure sine wave inverter hardware into 110v system (all 110 outlets in the airstream are powered by the inverter with the exception of the Fridge, Microwave and AC...
Inverter remote on/off switch by Solar controller tucked away in upper cabinet
Re-wire shower overhead light so that it works independent of the galley light (tapped 12v vent fan for non-switched 12v power)
Added opaque glass window to bathroom door
Replaced old stove with new Dometic CU-434, integrate with cabinetry and counter top.
Wi-Fi Ranger Sky and Go2 WiFi LAN/WAN setup
Wilson 4G signal booster - external antenna and internal hard wired Verizon 4G LTE jetpack with Apple iPhone hotspot backup
28" Samsung LED TV W/Apple TV in lounge
24" Samsung LED TV W/Roku TV in Bedroom
Newer style foldable table leg from Airstream
Oxygenics shower head
IKEA towel rack in shower

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