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Old 07-06-2014, 08:42 AM   #1513
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Old 07-06-2014, 01:15 PM   #1514
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Old 07-09-2014, 06:19 AM   #1515
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I did the parking light mod a while back, but permanently. There was an extra (powered, even!) switch right inside our door that wasn't hooked to anything. I assume it was for the optional valance lighting, which ours doesn't have. I found a junction for the marker lights in the access beneath the closet, where the water pump is, so it was a relatively simple matter to fish a wire behind the kitchen cabinets to that access area and tie it in to the wiring for the marker lights!

On that mod, to do yet: Install a diode to prevent the truck's light circuits from trying to power the entire camper or something stupid if that switch is accidentally turned on when the truck is connected. I'd sort of also like to put a diode on the marker light wire from the umbilical for similar reasons.

Other recent things - though this is a removal rather than an addition: Removed more of the vinyl headliner. I pulled the piece that was just aft of the air conditioner; it was hanging down and blocking precious air conditioning airflow (especially an issue on 90+ degree days with only one A/C). So now we have another section of bare aluminum ceiling. (I discovered that the wallpaper Airstream installed in the bathroom goes all the way up that piece of aluminum, sticking out several inches above the mirror, despite only being visible for a foot or so under the medicine cabinet... I wonder how much extra that cost in wasted material! Also, grrrr...now I have to remove wallpaper, too?)
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Old 07-09-2014, 06:37 AM   #1516
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On that mod, to do yet: Install a diode to prevent the truck's light circuits from trying to power the entire camper or something stupid if that switch is accidentally turned on when the truck is connected. I'd sort of also like to put a diode on the marker light wire from the umbilical for similar reasons.
You don't need a diode on either side of the circuit. When the TV is connected to the trailer, the +12 VDC lead from the truck is already powering the entire trailer by being connected to the positive lead on the battery. The power side of the switch is also connected to the positive lead on the battery (via a fuse). The only reason for the diodes would be if you did NOT have the +12 VDC charging line from the TV connected to the trailer for some reason. I mean having the charging line disconnected in the umbilical connector, either on the TV side or the trailer side. Then the diodes would act as you describe. But, if you have the normal 7 pin umbilical connector with the +12 VDC charging line intact, the diodes won't do anything as the back side of the diode already has +12 VDC applied to it.

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Old 07-10-2014, 05:11 AM   #1517
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You don't need a diode on either side of the circuit. When the TV is connected to the trailer, the +12 VDC lead from the truck is already powering the entire trailer by being connected to the positive lead on the battery.
I understand that, but that +12 VDC line isn't being powered by the lighting circuit; it's a separate circuit. I don't want to accidentally overload the lighting circuit. For example, say the truck is off, umbilical plugged in, camper shore power unplugged, and I turn on the marker lights in the truck: now that general illumination circuit is, with the camper's batteries, going to be trying to power the entire camper - low probability, and likely nothing would happen, but why take the chance?
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Old 07-10-2014, 06:37 AM   #1518
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We had a Powermax PM3 55MBA converter installed this week. This is the 3rd converter since we bought our 2010 International 2 years ago...the one that came with the camper, the one we replaced last summer and now this one. Hope this one lasts a little longer than the others. While the camper was out of our watch, our Fiamma bike rack was bent beyond use. We also could not open the bumper door because the bent rack was pressing on the door! We didn't notice any of this until we got it home, so back to the rv center. They straightened it out enough for us to go on vacation tomorrow, but it looks rough. The service mgr. told DH he would not cover the entire cost for a new one. Don't think he was convinced it happened on his lot. Maybe this should be an insurance claim with him paying the deductible. I will tackle that another day!
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Old 07-10-2014, 04:37 PM   #1519
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A few scratches and dents. Camping now and just noted new marks from the awning on both the front and rear!


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Old 07-10-2014, 08:22 PM   #1520
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Bettye.... happen to get your work done in Gulfport?
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I've had my eye on this for a while. Now, it only needs to get cold enough here to cut wood or something. Actually, I think I'll buy some mesquite logs instead of chips this weekend, we'll see how that goes!
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A new travel latch for the awning. Last trip out, one latch just disappeared. Turns out they are just secured by a screw from the underside of the awning protective aluminum cover. Recommend that you periodically tighten these items, and maybe use a little LocTite. They are not supposed to be loose at all per the ZipDee install instruction.



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Old 07-13-2014, 03:33 PM   #1524
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Old 07-13-2014, 06:40 PM   #1526
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We visited a new Airstream dealership in Fairfield, CA yesterday for more interior plan ideas. We almost left with a new Airstream (!) but settled for a pair of the 'official' Airstream flamingos. My daughter promptly named them George and Georgina. I have no idea why.

And for interior plan, we are going to replicate the 2014 28' International Signature in our 1972 27' International.
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