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Old 09-10-2012, 11:57 AM   #337
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Some faux-suede and chrome drapery panels from the dollar store turned chic Airstream slipcovers!

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Old 09-10-2012, 03:27 PM   #338
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DC voltage display and matching switch that I put in as part of a solar panel installation. Power is coming from the 12V feed to the refrigerator but could come from any 12V circuit in your trailer. Now I can always see exactly how the batteries are doing. Whole setup uses almost no power - all lighting is LED.

The meter is far more accurate than the simple monitor built into my airstream - I measured with a fluke multi-meter and it's accurate to better than 1%.

Voltage display costs $7.79 from Amazon
Amazon.com: LCD Digital Volt Voltage Panel Meter Voltmeter 7.5V-20V: Electronics

Matching switch costs $2.50 from Parts Express
SPST Automotive Round Rocker Switch w/Blue LED 12V 060-770
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:37 AM   #339
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Finish to post #331.

I think the parts described in 331 are perfect for the mount layout like my '07 Classic. Here's the finished product.

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Old 10-08-2012, 02:01 PM   #340
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Kleenex Box and Queen Bed Extension

Hello Experts!
This is an excellent thread! I have read everything and made notes and saved pictures of the things that I want to do to my new-to-me 2008 25' Safari SE FB.

I just did a couple of things that I will share with you - both under $100.

I haven't seen where anyone has dealt with a kleenex box. I went to Hobby Lobby and purchased an unfinished wood holder with a sliding bottom. I added plywood on the bottom to allow me to mount the holder, sprayed it silver and mounted one under the cabinets in the kitchen and one on my side of the bedroom on the cabinet. The bedroom one now serves as a tiny end table that will hold my watch and in the morning, my cup of tea (as we laze in bed looking out our amazing panoramic windows!) Cost at Hobby Lobby - about $5.00. The only problem - a kleenex box is a tad bit too tall - no problem, I cut the bottom 1/2" or so off!

Another picture shows how perfectly a box fits in the shelf over the bathroom sink! I used a mirror placemat as an additional mirror in the bathroom - purchased that at Goodwill for $4.

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Old 10-08-2012, 02:10 PM   #341
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Enlarged bed

The other project I made was to extend the queen bed at the side and foot to give us more of a 'King' feel. I filled in the space with 6" firm foam at the side and head of the bed. The whole job came out excellent! I added 2 1/2" of memory foam to make a smooth transition from the foam to the mattress.

Because of some things I read about wet mattresses due to heat and cold, I put a sheet of 1/2" styro insulation on the deck under the mattress. We have a heated mattress pad on the bed with dual controls. As well, I like my head elevated a bit (GERD) so I used the white pillows provided by AS under the mattress at the head of the bed and it gives the perfect angle!

The rainbow strap was an idea someone else suggested to help lift the bed to get into the storage - it's a great idea for lifting and lowering!


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Old 10-18-2012, 05:40 AM   #342
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Reverse Switch on Fantastic Fans

I called the Fantastic Fan Co. because my fan did not have the reverse feature on it. I was directed to someone who sold me the switch and the Fantastic Fan representative talked me through how to install it - it was not hard.

The switches cost about $25 each and the installation was free - I am so happy I did this upgrade!

PLUS: The trim ring for the fan was cracked due to the installer trying to make it fit the curved roof - Fantastic Fan Co. sent me a special trim ring made for Airstreams with a curved side - the cost? 2008 and before pay shipping only and after 2009 it's free shipping! Installing these is a no-brainer! All done and looking awesome! I paid about $15 in shipping.
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:49 AM   #343
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The Deal of the Century!

Ok folks, I searched and hunted and found what I was looking for:

I want the stainless steel covers for the range exhaust, furnace door and water heater door. At the AS store, these are $129, $104 and $104. I found (thanks to another Airstreamer's thread) these products for $25 each!

If you are interested, call this number and ask for Ken Maynard in the parts dept: 1-817-596-0050. That's $75 for all three pieces in Stainless Steel - the shipping is around $10.

Cha-ching! Deal of the day!
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:24 AM   #344
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To keep the bugs and other critters out, I buy a few X-large dog flea/tick colars and cut them into 4-5" pieces and place them in various openings/vents/louvers and also hang one in the propane tank. No more wasp nests, ants or other critters.

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Old 10-18-2012, 08:24 AM   #345
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To keep the bugs and other critters out, I buy a few X-large dog flea/tick colars and cut them into 4-5" pieces and place them in various openings/vents/louvers and also hang one in the propane tank. No more wasp nests, ants or other critters.

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Hmmmm------that is a great idea!

I wonder if they work on stink bugs.


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Old 10-18-2012, 09:17 AM   #346
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To keep the bugs and other critters out, I buy a few X-large dog flea/tick colars and cut them into 4-5" pieces and place them in various openings/vents/louvers and also hang one in the propane tank. No more wasp nests, ants or other critters.

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Oh! This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:33 AM   #347
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To keep the bugs and other critters out, I buy a few X-large dog flea/tick colars and cut them into 4-5" pieces and place them in various openings/vents/louvers and also hang one in the propane tank. No more wasp nests, ants or other critters.

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What a great idea, I would not of ever thought of that. Thanks
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Old 10-20-2012, 07:22 PM   #348
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Waterproof Exterior 12V Outlet

My 1999 Safari did not come with an external 12V power outlet - so I just added one. Took about 30 minutes and $10 in parts. So far I mostly use it to power an inverter, since my LED party lights (from Costco) run of 110V power.

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Amazon.com: In-line ACT Water-resistant Fuse Holder - 10 AWG: Car Electronics - $2.00 Shipped



Amazon.com: Attwood Marine 12-Volt Power Outlet: Sports & Outdoors - $7.00 Shipped



I also used about 1 foot each of red and black 10 gauge THHN wire plus a couple of ring terminals and some heat shrink tubing I had laying around.

To install is simply a matter of layout out where you want the outlet to be, cutting the wires to length, soldering together the connections, protecting the solder connections (I used shrink tube, electrical tape would also be fine), crimping the ring terminals to the end of the wire and then hooking everything up.

There was already a hole in the A frame of my safari next to the battery box that I could attach the outlet too, using a stainless steel bolt, nut and lock washer.

If you install one like this, it's important to not leave out the fuse holder, particularly if you connect directly to the battery like I did.

Very easy one beer project all in all.

The picture below shows the new outlet, which sits on the curb side of the trailer next to the battery box, which is right behind the propane tank cover on my trailer.
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Old 10-20-2012, 08:59 PM   #349
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Here's a mod for easy water refill from portable containers. I bought a 200 gpm Marine Utility Pump from Harbor Freight, mounted it in the exterior refrigerator access compartment, and wired it with a toggle switch to 12v. Now I just drop the suction hose into a portable water container, flip the switch, and discharge into the water fill inlet. An inline water filter can be added to the hose. Coiled hoses remain attached and store nicely in compartment. About $40.
No need for a pump - just a small step ladder (cost me $15) plus a brass tap with some hose ($10).
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We wanted an electric mattress pad with dual controls, but couldn't find one in full size (full size only has 1 control, and we sleep at different temperatures). So we bought a queen size and I took some tucks along the outside edges outside the heating wires to make it fit side to side. Worked like a charm! Buy the cheaper style mattress pad without any "padding" in it so you can tuck better and see the wires easily when you're sewing.

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