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Old 10-23-2007, 10:40 PM   #15
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Because they don't have to. RVIA most likely says not required.
Not so,
lifted off the RVIA website..
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Fire & Life Safety Requirements as specified in NFPA 1192 Standard for RVs.
  • Interior finish flame spread limitations are required.
  • Minimum exit facilities providing unobstructed travel to the outside of the vehicle must be available.
  • Smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, CO detectors and LP-Gas detectors are mandate based on applicable criteria.
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They compiled by using the cheapest and smallest, IMHO.
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Old 10-23-2007, 10:57 PM   #16
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That would be ABC rated extinguisher not just having one.
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Old 10-23-2007, 11:19 PM   #17
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Source? Great Idea, Send pictures! Whats this?
I want some! sounds like a neat idea. where did you get them? Adjustable What do they look like? Amen! for my 56 lug nuts!
the reflective tape is available at most big trucker stops and most auto supply stores.

it can also be purchased on line; ebay has rolls of dot reflective tape listed.

i love the stuff!

12v strips of led lighting for walkways or the entry steps, is again widely available...

easy to wire and so many color/ bulb choices...

the step support/s are pretty cool.

these round ones actually slide into the alum a/s steps underside (there are 2 perfectly spaced tabs) so they look made for air'...

i use 2 as one wasn't as steady. they notch up to get close then screw up/down for exact spacing.

ideal whenever both steps are open and used. you know how that bottom step stretches under load...

eBay Motors: RV Step Stabilizer - Supports Steps up to 12" High (item 320160313122 end time Nov-18-07 04:40:50 PST)

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airstreamofarkansas has them in stock i think. they work great and look better in hand, than these pics.

the flasher relay plugs into the 7 pin, connecting battery to ALL exterior lights...

the flashing is fun at rallys, but mine paid for itself the first time the trailer was towed by a roadside service.

their 7 pin wouldn't reach mine and we were going NO WHERE at night without flashers...

i stuck the relay in and the entire a/s flashed going down the interstate...

cool!

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(click on the 'switchers, relays and flashers' tab; see 12 flashers on lower right...0

most auto parts stores stock these too.

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Old 10-24-2007, 02:05 AM   #18
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Not to sound stupid - but 2air, how did you wire the relay? Which strength did you buy?
Thx! I always knew you were a "flasher!" : >
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Old 10-24-2007, 03:32 AM   #19
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hm, lets see......
Replace the aged & corroded Bargman 99s with LED trucklights- I got tired of not knowing when theyre working or burned out.

Carbon Monoxide/ smoke alarm.

GFI main breaker to cover the whole trailer.

I suppose a break controller would be considered a safety upgrade because I got by without one with my TV/TT combo.
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Old 10-24-2007, 03:46 AM   #20
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...how did you wire the relay? Which strength did you buy?...
hi marc

look for a 2 prong round heavy duty flasher relay....

the 2 prongs fit perfectly into any adjacent 2 slots in a standard 7 pin.

slots 3 and 4 are usually battery and lights....

the relay will power the lights and make them blink!

i went with a heavy duty 20 amp flasher relay, about 20 bucks.

the standard duty is about 8-9 $

it really is just plug and play.

IF you don't want flashing lights but just want to power the exterior lights from the trailer batteries..

use a fuseable link (basically a fuse holder with 2 wire leads) and stick it in 3 and 4.

i didn't invent this and here is a couple of threads with pictures from barry....

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f447...tml#post444517

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f447...cle-35786.html

IF you ever needed to leave the trailer roadside,

plugging in the relay would let the lights flash just like a car and for a very long time (days)...

when i needed a tow in idaho, this lit up the trailer for 50 miles without problems...

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Old 10-24-2007, 06:14 AM   #21
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...so I'm curious, what others are doing for safety or "piece of mind" upgrades on their Airstreams and Tow Vehicles?
2005 Ford Excursion Diesel 4x4 Safety upgrades:....

Ride-Rite Air Bags: RIDE-RITE™ Air Helper Spring Information

2008 Intl Signature Series Safety upgrades:

Hensley Hitch: Hensley Arrow - Trailer Towing Safety
Kevin:

You certainly have a long list of beneficial upgrades...but I do disagree with the air assist bags on the tow vehicle.

I have an air assist suspension on the dodge van because I was loading it fairly heavy during the resconstruction period for the New Orleans house after Katrina....

I currently have no less than 12 CAT scale weight tickets in attempt to "balance" the '78 Sovereign to the 3/4 ton van....the trailer and the tow vehicle are a suprisingly good match...

Midway in my balancing attempts - and I was beginning to get frustrated - I reread Inland Andy's threads on all of the tests he was involved in (albeit years ago) and his adament statements about not using ANY suspension assists.... I only had 15 psi of air pressure in the assist system....long story short...I dumped all of the air from the assist system, and now have an almost perfect balance utilizing just the weight distribution bars on the Reese Cam bars.

Hats off to Andy for reporting on the results of the test - no use reinventing the wheel.

Granted, you have a huge safety factor with your Excursion/27'/Hensley tow combo, but, if someone is running a bit closer to the vest as far as towing capabilities, my series of weigh-ins confirms Inland Andy's tests of years past....

Lose the Air Assist System.
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LED brake lights are easier to see with a brightly setting sun directly on the rear of your trailer. The LEDs are rumored to light up a split second quicker than conventional lights.
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Old 10-24-2007, 07:24 AM   #23
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\The LEDs are rumored to light up a split second quicker than conventional lights.
That's no rumor, just watch when you're behind some in traffic. That split second decreases your reaction time accordingly.
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Old 10-25-2007, 02:10 PM   #24
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That's no rumor, just watch when you're behind some in traffic. That split second decreases your reaction time accordingly.
Hi Wayne..
I agree the LED are BRIGHTER~
Was this a typo?
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Increase your reaction time vice decreases??
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