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Old 03-31-2003, 05:00 PM   #1
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3 musings (refrig, brake controller, emergency supplies)

I didn't feel like putting these in separate messages so I thought I would combine them.

I. Before our last trip (Red Rock Canyon, CA) I fired up the refrigerator (electric) to cool it down a day or two before. When I pulled it out on the street about 1 hour before leaving, the fridge was not running (gas). So I go watch the flame. Flame looks fine but the spark unit is constantly sparking. Shouldn't do that after it is lit. I see the thermocouple in the flame and am thinking that it is not working. So I feel the conduit part of the thermocouple about two inches behind the flame. OUCH! Pretty hot there. I feel the conduit where it attaches. Not too hot there. I look and see the conduit is touching part of another assembly before it gets to the attached part. I don't think it should do that. So I gently and carefully bend the conduit so it is not touching. The sparking stops. All parts of the conduit is hot. I feel very smug having figured that out.

II. This trip was the first with my new Tekonsha Prodigy. Previous was a Reese Brakemaster. WHAT A DIFFERENCE!! I no longer feel like I won't be able to stop and I feel that I am not taxing my tow vehicle like I was. Highly recommended.

III. With the powers that be, suggesting that people have a X number of days supply of water on hand. I thought, why not keep the Airstream filled? We could last a few days in there if we needed to. We have a very good resource of emergency supplies parked next to our driveway.

Oh well, just some thoughts.
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Old 04-02-2003, 09:39 AM   #2
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On board water

An Airstream trailer fresh water tank should always be kept "full."

As pointed out, it's a great source of water in an emergency.
But, when traveling, a full water tank "lowers the center of gravity" of the trailer, therefore making it more stable when in motion.

Secondly, it's a great place to get water should a radiator hose decide to go south. With some duct tape and a source of water, you can tow your trailer many miles until you can replace that hose.

The fuel cost to carry that water is minimal compared to it's benefits.


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Good point about stability.

We always thought that the added weight would stress the tank supports on the road.
We always carried a minimal amount of water, enough for whatever numbers of nights we will have to dry camp before being able to refill.
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