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Old 12-02-2008, 01:17 PM   #1
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Splash of glitz and a skosh of fun

Winter is setting in and time for nesting over here, campgrounds are closed and baby it's just plain cold outside. To shake of the doldrums I can at least take advantage of shopping therapy or delightful forum reading. What have you added to your Airstream for a splash of color, a conversation piece, some ambient lighting, a cool appliance or miscellaneous item(s) to brighten your Airstream and give it pizazz?
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Old 12-02-2008, 01:30 PM   #2
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We're still in the "conceptual" phase of color, but my wife is in favor of painting the trim on the Overlander "Baltimore Ravens" gloss purple. If we go that direction, I told her that we'd need purple LED underbody lighting for under the Airstream. We're still a long way from those sorts of "trim" decisions, but I expect whatever the final decisions is, it won't be traditional.
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Old 12-02-2008, 02:28 PM   #3
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That underbody lighting is cool. I have seen Artstream's Airstream with the florescent tubes under carriage and also a Al and Shenim's slideout and that looks so neat at night, kind of like an UFO.
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Old 12-02-2008, 02:54 PM   #4
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A picture of Artstream's Airstream at the terraport at Jackson Center, Ohio.

Anybody have a cool hanging or clip on light or standing lighting fixture? How about toasters, coffee makers, accent pillows. bric a bac?

Keep your ideas and improvements and found treasures coming.
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Old 12-02-2008, 03:27 PM   #5
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I don't have a microwave. The second edition, higher powered, is due to be released and I am hankering to get me one. Yeah I know it's not large but I have gone 2 years without any and it's just so darn cool and would be easy to store in the cabinet or closet for occassional usage.

I am also looking for a light I can add to the bedroom by clipping onto the valance or string from the ceiling, any ideas?
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What more does one need when you have flamingos?
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That is perfect! You know our set are two of the same posed flamingos. I bet you have those planted in the snow to stand so high, or not. lucky duck!
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What more does one need when you have flamingos?
Last spring I set up my mingos in a "nest" made from a large straw wreath. I have three small metal ones - white with pink edges - which I put inside the wreath mounted on a block of florists foam, and the two big ones I positioned on either side - all on the lid of my propane cover.

Got a few laughs.

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That is perfect! You know our set are two of the same posed flamingos. I bet you have those planted in the snow to stand so high, or not. lucky duck!

Actually I'm to lazy to plant them everytime we camp. I drilled some 1/8" holes into a scrap piece of deck board and stuck the metal legs in to the holes. Works great...no pushing metal rods into rocky soil.

In the photo the board is mounted to the top of my propane tanks with a bungee cord. Sometimes we put them under the tongue jack if I think theft may be an issue.

I love the strange looks we get when people walk by...My girlfriend thinks I'm nuts..and I love it...
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Old 12-02-2008, 09:56 PM   #10
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Instead of replacing the lower blue vinyl strip, I installed two 12V, blue rope light strips. I picked up a roll of rope lighting from 1000bulbs.com...I used regular incandescent type rope lighting, as it was about 1/5th cost of LED rope lighting.

I made two, 30ft runs that began between the battery compartments forward, around each side, ending together below the license plate in the rear.

1000Bulbs sells 3ft 'U' shaped plastic channels that the rope lighting 'snaps' into. I removed every other rivet in the alum extrusion that carries the normal blue vinyl to mount the plastic channels...to keep the run continuous, I had to run over the wheel wells, under the water heater and on the other side under the entry door.

I wired the supply wires up front into the switch for the small light on the electric Tongue jack...easiest way to go...

We now call our AS 'The Blue Halo'...
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WOW!!! Fantastic!! How much did it cost to do this and do you have step by step photos???
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I didn't do any 'in progress' photos, but I can take some close ups tomorrow and post em' here...

I think I've got just a little over $100 invested in materials...then just the time, took about half a day or so...you know how it goes, time flies when you're having Rum, er, FUN

I believe the roll of 'blue rope' had 150 ft on it, so I've got some left over for other projects...

I picked up two, 8ft pcs of one inch OD, thick wall, clear Polycarbonate tubing...I plan to make a collapsible, 16 ft tall 'pole' that I can run another piece of the blue rope lighting inside...I'll place it in the center flag pole hole for a tall, vertical 'lighting bolt' kind of display at night with the 'blue halo'...ought to be kinda neat!

This tubing is kinda 'bendy' when joined together with a short section of larger tubing, so I've got a SS rod I'm going to insert inside the joint, to run about 4 ft above and below the mid point...first tests are going well.
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French table lamp.

Hi, I made this little table lamp out of a French water bottle. And I replaced my lower tail lights with amber lights to give it the European look. [click to enlarge pictures]
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Good ideas. I like the blue halo around the Airstream, and Robert I like your lamp, valance topper and amber led. We might even have a pretty bottle around here saved. That's a great height for the tables. Paula your mingos arrangement sounds really cute. Here's my flamingo, notice her toe ring ankle bracelet and jewels.
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