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Old 10-20-2007, 05:44 PM   #1
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Safety Upgrades?

I'm always trying to tweak my Airstream or Truck, most upgrades are for safety, comfort, or convenience. (sometimes for looks) ...so I'm curious, what others are doing for safety or "piece of mind" upgrades on their Airstreams and Tow Vehicles?

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2005 Ford Excursion Diesel 4x4 Safety upgrades:2008 Intl Signature Series Safety upgrades:Please share what things you have done to upgrade / add safety to rig. I'd like to see if I can generate a more comprehesive list of safety upgrade options for others to reference.

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that's a great list of upgrades bandit...

and a very useful idea for a thread...

my mods include most of what you've listed...

although battery brand isn't exactly a safety upgrade,

and many would argue that carrying a gun anywhere doesn't add to safety either...

security perhaps, but that's a 'hole nuther thread.

the mirrors are a HUGE bonus and here is a thread on install and looks 4 those interested...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...uty-21799.html

lots of safety tweaks don't cost much either....

-i consider reflective tape (dot trucker stuff) well place to be a big help with night driving.

-leds for the steps at night, reflectors too

-clips on all outside doors in addition to locks...

-flashing breaker for the 7 pin.

-proper wheel choks for both tv and trailer...

-a noodle pad for stinger (saves my shins and others too!)

-floor level leds, like a passenger jet, to see at night...

-supports UNDER the steps to reduce the chance they will collapse

-gloves for everything.

-checklists for hitching, towing and so on...

-anti static pads and double/triple reinforced storage for lp, gas, diesel containers and the gen set...

-additional brake lights for both tv and trailer...

-bed retention buttons and bars and tie downs to prevent cargo movement...

-sealant INSIDE tires on single axle trailers....

-the 'wheel ramp' for changing a flat

-just added an 'easy down' gas strut for the truck tail gate (no more brute force, stained biceps or smashed digits)

-carrying and using a torque wrench on ALL 70 lug nuts

-an accurate tire gauge, make that 2...

-first aid supplies covered in this thread...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f232...kit-10177.html

road side flares, flashers, triangles...

and so on....

keep 'em coming folks on the 'safety upgrades' thread...

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Old 10-20-2007, 07:13 PM   #3
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Since the wireless backup camera seems to be a hit-or-miss proposition, I'd recommend a wired version.

I got mine from Headrest monitors, TFT LCD flip down car monitor, RV rear view camera, overhead consoles.

It came with enough wiring (2 30' lengths) that allowed me to run it under the back of the A/S to the hitch area. I fashioned a camera mount from some galvanized steel and mounted it to the bottom of the license plate. It's ugly but it works. The cable is held in place on the belly pan with some stainless screws and plastic cable fasteners. Those are the only holes I made for the installation.

The other cable runs from the monitor in my F250 to the bumper with adequate slack where I can connect the 2 of them when connecting everything else. I fished the cable from the cab through the rubber boot where the parking brake cable runs. I then zip tied it along the frame to the rear of the truck.

I just ordered a 2nd camera and additional cable that I will mount to the back of the truck. I want to mount it at the top of the tail gate and angle it down. I should be able to use it to hitch up as well as see if anyone is on my a$$ when not towing.

As Martha Stewart says, being able to see behind you when towing is a good thing.

The monitor can support 3 cameras.
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Old 10-22-2007, 02:18 PM   #7
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although battery brand isn't exactly a safety upgrade,

and many would argue that carrying a gun anywhere doesn't add to safety either...

security perhaps, but that's a 'hole nuther thread.

<SNIP>

-first aid supplies covered in this thread...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f232...kit-10177.html

road side flares, flashers, triangles...

and so on....

keep 'em coming folks on the 'safety upgrades' thread...

cheers
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Hi 2air,

True, the battery brand is not what I intended to promote, but more so, the switch to AGMs give me a more "piece of mind" when on rough gravel roads in the middle of nowhere, primarily for vibration resistance / tolerance. From a safety standpoint, I want to know I have good 12V power for the truck and trailer at all times...

Regarding the carrying a gun, I won't comment. That's all personal preference, but the current polls and posts are quite interesting:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...ster-3360.html

From being past LEO, it's a safety thing for me, as I encountered numerous home or vehicular (RV's included) theft reports that included firearms and ammuntion that WAS NOT LOCKED. From a LEO point of view, that puts more guns / ammo in the street in the wrong hands, so using a safe is due dilligance any gun owner should have, especially when on the road as vehicular theft occurs more often than residental (permanent) homes.

I've considered the red/white reflective tape too, just haven't decided on the impact to visual asthetics yet.

What's a "bed retention button"?

Yes, I also carry a torque wrench, road side flares, & , triangles.

I also bought a remote control Go-light and use it for 2 purposes: First, to help me see some signs (road or otherwise) when I get into a remote unknown campground in the middle of the night. I can't tell you how many times I've had to roll down the window or actually get out of the truck with a flashlight to see the micro-sign posted "campground this way ----------->".... and missed it and have to back the truck and trailer out....

Second, I use it to hook up utilities at night, it allows me to focus a light where I need it without having to wear a headlight, or bother neighbors with my docking lights or truck headlights.

http://www.magnalight.com/pc-102-35-golight-stryker-3049-m-wireless-remote-control-spotlight-with-2-remotes-magnetic-base-click-to-buy.aspx

You reminded me that I must go thru my first aid kid and removed expired stuff an put new stuff in....

I even carry a first aid kit for the girls (the 4 legged furry ones). Been to too many places in the middle of nowhere or hours from the nearest vet. I have a list of stuff I carry that I'll post in a different thread...


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Since the wireless backup camera seems to be a hit-or-miss proposition, I'd recommend a wired version.

I got mine from Headrest monitors, TFT LCD flip down car monitor, RV rear view camera, overhead consoles.

It came with enough wiring (2 30' lengths) that allowed me to run it under the back of the A/S to the hitch area. I fashioned a camera mount from some galvanized steel and mounted it to the bottom of the license plate. It's ugly but it works. The cable is held in place on the belly pan with some stainless screws and plastic cable fasteners. Those are the only holes I made for the installation.

The other cable runs from the monitor in my F250 to the bumper with adequate slack where I can connect the 2 of them when connecting everything else. I fished the cable from the cab through the rubber boot where the parking brake cable runs. I then zip tied it along the frame to the rear of the truck.

I just ordered a 2nd camera and additional cable that I will mount to the back of the truck. I want to mount it at the top of the tail gate and angle it down. I should be able to use it to hitch up as well as see if anyone is on my a$$ when not towing.

As Martha Stewart says, being able to see behind you when towing is a good thing.

The monitor can support 3 cameras.
Hey cosmotini, which one did you get? do you have pics posted? I'm interested to see the setup. I've even thought about having 3 cameras put in on the airstream, 1 rear, 2 each side for those times you can't see the side from the tow vehicle being at sharp angle...Audiovox Voyager ® Color Tri-View Back-up System with Tilt-Cam and Night-Vue®

The wireless camera from Costco is doing it's job, helping me aim the Hensley stinger... but would like something better that I could have both on the truck and trailer...

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I've considered the red/white reflective tape too, just haven't decided on the impact to visual asthetics yet.

What's a "bed retention button"?
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these work great in truck beds, much better than i ever expected.

aesthetically the the tape can look great, this has been on 2+ years...

and it IS really reflective!

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Hey cosmotini, which one did you get? do you have pics posted? I'm interested to see the setup. I've even thought about having 3 cameras put in on the airstream, 1 rear, 2 each side for those times you can't see the side from the tow vehicle being at sharp angle...Audiovox Voyager ® Color Tri-View Back-up System with Tilt-Cam and Night-Vue®

The wireless camera from Costco is doing it's job, helping me aim the Hensley stinger... but would like something better that I could have both on the truck and trailer...

Kevin
No pics now, but I should be able to get some this weekend.

My item # was SMS7001-1087KIT which is the monitor and camera numbers.

I paid $270 plus shipping.
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Also added to my list:

High visibility refelctive saftey vest - Just in case I have to change a road side tire or something like that at night...

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-i consider reflective tape (dot trucker stuff) well place to be a big help with night driving.
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-leds for the steps at night, reflectors too
Great Idea, Send pictures!
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-flashing breaker for the 7 pin.
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-floor level leds, like a passenger jet, to see at night...
I want some! sounds like a neat idea. where did you get them?
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-carrying and using a torque wrench on ALL 70 lug nuts
Amen! for my 56 lug nuts!
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