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Old 08-30-2011, 03:54 AM   #29
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On the h2o heater...have the dealer show you the procedure for Winterizing. Important to have the by-pass valves in the "use" mode before lighting.

Ask me how I know....1st AS, 1st Winter, 1st Spring, 1st leak.

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Old 08-30-2011, 04:01 AM   #30
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fly, PLEASE tell me that trip #1 or trip #2 will bring you down the central Oregon coast? I'd love to have you visit. Your big rig would never make it into my mountain hidey-hole of a driveway but there are plenty of places to park it at the foot of the hill & I have a feeling that we would have a grand old time.
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:55 PM   #31
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I found a great digital book called "The Newbies Guide To Airstreaming" by Rich Luer. Very entertaining read and a lot of interesting information. I highly recommend downloading a copy or getting a hardcopy from a local bookstore. Just remember it isn't rocket science, relax and have fun.
Scott, I think I need that book! Thanks for the lead.
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:56 PM   #32
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FAN,

On the h2o heater...have the dealer show you the procedure for Winterizing. Important to have the by-pass valves in the "use" mode before lighting.

Ask me how I know....1st AS, 1st Winter, 1st Spring, 1st leak.

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Robert, thanks for that anti-leak tip!
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:59 PM   #33
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fly, PLEASE tell me that trip #1 or trip #2 will bring you down the central Oregon coast? I'd love to have you visit. Your big rig would never make it into my mountain hidey-hole of a driveway but there are plenty of places to park it at the foot of the hill & I have a feeling that we would have a grand old time.
summer, I'll visit you on one condition: you are a hot-water expert.


Kidding.

aaaah.....the smell of salt in the air....would love to take a spin down that beautiful coast some day. Thank-you for the invite; I will look you up if I make the trip.
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Old 09-02-2011, 07:03 AM   #34
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I will add my most recent newbie experience, and qualify it by telling you that this is our second year of owning a Sport 22. You would think I would have figured out this one by now, but no....

My wife and I recently brought our AS home from storage and joyfully parked it in our NEW third driveway, which has a water spigot and an electrical hookup. I was very excited that we would be able to "prep and load" over a few days rather than right before we hook up and go!

I had been having trouble with batteries not holding their charge while in storage, so I knew that having it hooked up for a few days would get them up to max capacity before we left. We also had a four hour drive to our boondocking site, so charging from the vehicle on the way should give us all the juice we needed for our four day stay.

When we finally hit the road, I switched the fridge to battery power and away we went! Upon arriving at our destination, and creeping down an old bumpy logging road for a mile, we set up camp and poured a celebratory cocktail!

As my wife stepped out of the trailer, she asked me what the red flashing light on the fridge meant. We very quickly discovered that the batteries were almost completely dead!

After returning to the nearby (220 miles away) Airstream dealer, he explained to us that the battery switch must be in the ON position for the batteries to take a charge.

We are now the proud owners of a Honda 2000i generator for our future boondocking trips!
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Old 09-02-2011, 08:17 AM   #35
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Sounds a lot like us with our first, a 63 Safari. Thought we were all set 'til we got to our 3day camp with dead battery. Next purchase...1000w Yamaha.

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Old 09-02-2011, 09:36 AM   #36
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Oh lordy, the awning. I have decided to not even try to get that down until trip #3. If it's raining and I still want to sit outside, I'll just sit there holding my umbrella over the head. The head with the holes in it, that is.

Fly, setting up awnings can be tricky at first but the zip dee is much easier than many others. I am not particularly dull and I can figure out most things by simply looking or reading but my first awning was a different story. My neighbor explained it in record time and I was on my way.

I ran across some videos that explained many things Airstream. Here is one about setting up the awning. Hope this helps.

Zip Dee Patio Awning Operating Instructions For Airstream - YouTube
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:05 PM   #37
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I ran across some videos that explained many things Airstream. Here is one about setting up the awning. Hope this helps. QUOTE]

Thanks for posting the video. I learned something, an easier way, even though I have been putting my ZipDee up and down for a long time!
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:28 PM   #38
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I will add my most recent newbie experience, and qualify it by telling you that this is our second year of owning a Sport 22. You would think I would have figured out this one by now, but no....

My wife and I recently brought our AS home from storage and joyfully parked it in our NEW third driveway, which has a water spigot and an electrical hookup. I was very excited that we would be able to "prep and load" over a few days rather than right before we hook up and go!

I had been having trouble with batteries not holding their charge while in storage, so I knew that having it hooked up for a few days would get them up to max capacity before we left. We also had a four hour drive to our boondocking site, so charging from the vehicle on the way should give us all the juice we needed for our four day stay.

When we finally hit the road, I switched the fridge to battery power and away we went! Upon arriving at our destination, and creeping down an old bumpy logging road for a mile, we set up camp and poured a celebratory cocktail!

As my wife stepped out of the trailer, she asked me what the red flashing light on the fridge meant. We very quickly discovered that the batteries were almost completely dead!

After returning to the nearby (220 miles away) Airstream dealer, he explained to us that the battery switch must be in the ON position for the batteries to take a charge.

We are now the proud owners of a Honda 2000i generator for our future boondocking trips!
Hibby, I don't feel so bad now.
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:30 PM   #39
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Sounds a lot like us with our first, a 63 Safari. Thought we were all set 'til we got to our 3day camp with dead battery. Next purchase...1000w Yamaha.

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Robert C., I wonder if they have battery chargers for the human equivilent? After wading through that manual in anticipation of this week's shakedown cruise, I'm exhausted! Worse....I still can't figure some things out.
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Fly, setting up awnings can be tricky at first but the zip dee is much easier than many others. I am not particularly dull and I can figure out most things by simply looking or reading but my first awning was a different story. My neighbor explained it in record time and I was on my way.

I ran across some videos that explained many things Airstream. Here is one about setting up the awning. Hope this helps.

Zip Dee Patio Awning Operating Instructions For Airstream - YouTube
aftermath, the video makes it look easy...even for a dumb newbie like me. I will be brave, and tackle the awning this week.
Thanks for the link.
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:45 PM   #41
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Robert C., I wonder if they have battery chargers for the human equivilent? After wading through that manual in anticipation of this week's shakedown cruise, I'm exhausted! Worse....I still can't figure some things out.

FAN,

I think they still do...but it may cause an "illegal smile".
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:15 PM   #42
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Robert, really? I'll have to phone-up Yamaha-ha and see if they can help me out.

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