Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-30-2005, 10:58 PM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 57
Images: 23
I always camp where I have electricity

Anytime I go camping, I always go to a location with hookups. Even with my prior camper I never went anywhere I couldn't hook up to electricity. I don't travel with it. I only use it to go to the lake for a week or two at a time. Otherwise, it will be in my backyard where I hope to use it as a guest house also. I live in the country on 40 acres and have relatives visit all the time. It would be nice to have a separate place for them to stay. Kind of like a small cottage. Of course, when I do have the camper ready, they will probably never leave. I will be redoing my interior including changing the appliances because of their age. Since I will be connected to power anytime I use the camper, what appliances do you suggest I install. I have a newer air conditioner with heat and a new water heater. What do you suggest for the fridge? Can I take out the univolt? What about the lighting? Can I change to regular house type fixtures? Do you think I need to replace the wiring in the trailer since it is a 1971? I will be gutting the interior to replace insulation and add another tank. Any advice would be appreciated.
__________________

__________________
happier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2005, 04:42 AM   #2
Rivet Monster
 
wahoonc's Avatar

 
1975 31' Sovereign
1980 31' Excella II
Sprung Leak , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 7,174
Images: 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by happier
Anytime I go camping, I always go to a location with hookups. Even with my prior camper I never went anywhere I couldn't hook up to electricity. I don't travel with it. I only use it to go to the lake for a week or two at a time. Otherwise, it will be in my backyard where I hope to use it as a guest house also. I live in the country on 40 acres and have relatives visit all the time. It would be nice to have a separate place for them to stay. Kind of like a small cottage. Of course, when I do have the camper ready, they will probably never leave. I will be redoing my interior including changing the appliances because of their age. Since I will be connected to power anytime I use the camper, what appliances do you suggest I install. I have a newer air conditioner with heat and a new water heater. What do you suggest for the fridge? Can I take out the univolt? What about the lighting? Can I change to regular house type fixtures? Do you think I need to replace the wiring in the trailer since it is a 1971? I will be gutting the interior to replace insulation and add another tank. Any advice would be appreciated.

Happier,
I have seen many units with electric only refridgerators. You will need to leave the univolt in to power the lights and vent fans (they are 12volt) You could covert the wiring to all 120v but I suspect it would cost several times more than a replacement to the univolt. The wiring may be fine. At some point they were using aluminum wiring...if your unit is one of those I would defintely consider and upgrade to copper.

Aaron
__________________

__________________
....so many Airstreams....so little time...
WBCCI #XXXX AIR #2495
Why are we in this basket...and where are we going
wahoonc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2005, 08:37 AM   #3
Patriotic
 
Chuck's Avatar

 
1973 23' Safari
North of Boston , Massachusetts
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 4,533
Images: 260
why burn your bridges? if you have the capability of being self-contained, why throw it away? you never know when you may need it. power failures happen. even though you don't travel much with it, it might be nice to be able to have a working fridge while you're enroute. There are times when, even at a full-hookup campsite, you may want to run your fridge on gas, to relieve the power load some. (30 amps might not be enough to run the a/c full-blast, keep your food cold, and use a microwave.).
What if you decide you need to divest yourself of the trailer someday? most people in the market for a travel trailer are going to want one with which they can travel.

JMO, of course.
__________________
Air:291
Wbcci: 3752
'73 Safari 23'
'00 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 QC
Chuck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2005, 09:40 AM   #4
Rivet Master
 
Janets Husband's Avatar
 
1977 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre
1964 26' Overlander
1977 25' Tradewind
Eastern , Washington
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 865
Images: 6
Im with Chuck on this subject. You should consider that you may want to use the trailer differently, i.e. boondocking.

I would also think about the resale value, I would consider it worth less not being in its original configuration.
__________________
Peace
Gary
Janets Husband is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2005, 11:30 AM   #5
3 Rivet Member
 
desi arnaz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 183
why dosen't airstream provide generators????this is a $70,000 machine.
__________________
desi arnaz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2007, 02:28 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
mello mike's Avatar
 
1958 26' Overlander
Mesa , Arizona
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 1,742
Images: 53
Probably because...

it would take up too much space and because they are heavy. It's best to just use a portable generator like the Honda 2000i or the Honda 3000i.

Quote:
Originally Posted by desi arnaz
why dosen't airstream provide generators????this is a $70,000 machine.
__________________
1958 Overlander
2011 Wolf Creek 850N TC
2011 Ford F-250 Crewcab (6.2L), 3.73RE

WBCCI #5661/AIR #5661/TAC # AZ-6
4CU 1st VP

My '58 Overlander Restoration and Travel Blog:
http://mellomikesairstreams.blogspot.com/
mello mike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2007, 05:19 PM   #7
2 Rivet Member
 
jzelle's Avatar
 
2006 28' Safari SE
Halifax , Nova Scotia, CANADA
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 87
Some of the nicest location have no electricity

Last time I boondocked I went for 16 days on solar power before the generator had to be hauled out to top up the batteries.

Restricting yourself to electric-only sites means you'll miss some really nice spots!
__________________
John
If you need to turn on your air conditioner,you've gone too far south!

2006 Safari SE 28W/LS,
2006 Silverado 2500HD/LT EC SB 4x4 Duramax/Allison,
Hensley Arrow , Honda EU2000i (propane),
160W Solar, 400W sinewave inverter,
3-stage smart charger, Xantrex battery monitor,
Sirius satelite radio
jzelle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2007, 06:11 PM   #8
Rivet Master
 
vswingfield's Avatar
 
1983 34' Excella
1967 24' Tradewind
Little Rock , Arkansas
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 3,773
Images: 32
Rivet

Quote:
Originally Posted by mello mike
it would take up too much space and because they are heavy. It's best to just use a portable generator like the Honda 2000i or the Honda 3000i.
And let me get this straight. You magically beamed your Honda 2000i there rather than carry it, right? If itís too heave to put in the trailer, itís too heave for the TV.

Vaughan
__________________
vswingfield is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2007, 06:16 PM   #9
Rivet Master
 
vswingfield's Avatar
 
1983 34' Excella
1967 24' Tradewind
Little Rock , Arkansas
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 3,773
Images: 32
Rivet

Wow, not sure what happened with "heave" for "heavy," but you all get the idea.

Vaughan
__________________
vswingfield is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2007, 06:22 PM   #10
2 Rivet Member
 
jzelle's Avatar
 
2006 28' Safari SE
Halifax , Nova Scotia, CANADA
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 87
Quote:
Originally Posted by vswingfield
And let me get this straight. You magically beamed your Honda 2000i there rather than carry it, right? If itís too heave to put in the trailer, itís too heave for the TV.

Vaughan
46 lbs is heavy? It's all relative I suppose. For just battery charging though a Honda EU1000 is fine.
__________________
John
If you need to turn on your air conditioner,you've gone too far south!

2006 Safari SE 28W/LS,
2006 Silverado 2500HD/LT EC SB 4x4 Duramax/Allison,
Hensley Arrow , Honda EU2000i (propane),
160W Solar, 400W sinewave inverter,
3-stage smart charger, Xantrex battery monitor,
Sirius satelite radio
jzelle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2007, 01:04 PM   #11
Rivet Master
 
mello mike's Avatar
 
1958 26' Overlander
Mesa , Arizona
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 1,742
Images: 53
Quote:
Originally Posted by vswingfield
And let me get this straight. You magically beamed your Honda 2000i there rather than carry it, right? If itís too heave to put in the trailer, itís too heave for the TV.

Vaughan
You obviously didn't understand my post, so I'll explain myself. A permanently mounted generator will take up lots of space on the inside of an Airstream. If you look at most permanent mounts in the box shaped brands, they are mounted in the basement. Airstreams don't have basements, so they would have to intrude into the interior space of the Airstream. Since Airstreams don't have lots of space to begin with, this is not seen as a viable option. The generators found in the permanent mounts are heavy, too. The new Airstreams are heavy enough without having to add additional weight.

So, those with portable generators like the Honda 2000i can simply store them in their tow vehicle (like I do) and break them out when you need to charge the batteries or run the microwave.
__________________
1958 Overlander
2011 Wolf Creek 850N TC
2011 Ford F-250 Crewcab (6.2L), 3.73RE

WBCCI #5661/AIR #5661/TAC # AZ-6
4CU 1st VP

My '58 Overlander Restoration and Travel Blog:
http://mellomikesairstreams.blogspot.com/
mello mike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2007, 01:37 PM   #12
Rivet Master
 
vswingfield's Avatar
 
1983 34' Excella
1967 24' Tradewind
Little Rock , Arkansas
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 3,773
Images: 32
OK,

I will admit that space is at a premium. I would definitely want a gen-set that would run the AC, though.

Vaughan
__________________
vswingfield is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2007, 02:23 PM   #13
Liberator
 
klattu's Avatar
 
1972 Argosy 24
1989 34.5' Airstream 345
Heart of Dixie , Alabama
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 1,646
Images: 834
Daniel

Using your Airstream as a guest house is a great idea.
As long as they are short term guests.
Your question about fixtures is a good way to think.
As long as your willing to give up all boondocking.

The fridge would be first thing to swap out.
Hard to beat a compressor vs amonia.
So much cheaper too.
Heat, water heater and stove I would keep the same..propane.
You can't really loose total 12v with the fans in heating system plus you ignighter in WH may be 12v.

I sure like running my fridge as we travel down the road.
__________________
klattu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2007, 03:09 PM   #14
Moderator
 
HiHoAgRV's Avatar

 
1991 34' Excella
1963 26' Overlander
1961 26' Overlander
Central , Mississippi
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 5,326
Images: 29
Blog Entries: 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by klattu

I sure like running my fridge as we travel down the road.
In a pinch last year I placed a 1/2 size fridge inside the AS and ran it with an inverter. The TV kept the battery charged and the stuff cool until I got to the campground. You do need an above average inverter, a stepped sine wave version has a tough time starting the compressor.
__________________

__________________
Hi Ho Silver RV! Vernon, Sarah, Mac the Border Collie -
A honkin' long 34' named AlumaTherapy http://www.airforums.com/forums/f205...num-54749.html
and a 26' '63 Overlander, Dolly http://www.airforums.com/forums/f109...ome-71609.html
HiHoAgRV is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bulbs - Tail and Clearance Zed2 Lights - Interior & Exterior 3 07-13-2005 12:53 PM
How many of you camp with young kids? tiniree Our Community 26 09-16-2004 04:23 PM
The mysterious world of electricity, or...... krowsea Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 25 09-03-2004 04:23 PM
Camp sites (Nashville) jkleven On The Road... 3 02-27-2003 06:46 AM
Trailer Friendly Camping California bkpine Our Community 31 08-19-2002 02:26 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:00 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.