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Old 06-16-2015, 02:30 PM   #2815
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If you are of the "tinkerer" slight, perhaps this tutorial on PWM will enchant your interest in "dimmable" LEDs
Arduino PWM - Pulse Width Modulation | Arduino Tutorials

Look up "Amazon" for PWM dimmable.. They run less than $4 from our "friends" over the pond toward Asia.

Here is another "tinker" site...
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Old 06-16-2015, 03:52 PM   #2816
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Received, cut to fit and installed my new mattress today. Worked so hard in 90degree F weather that after cranking up the AC I had to take a nap and test it out. It passed the test with flying colors.

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Old 06-16-2015, 08:42 PM   #2817
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We threw the Airstream crud mattress away when we bought the Airstream
One of my favorite topics! Let's talk mattresses!

I haven't met a "factory equipment" mattress yet that worked for us. I consider them all disposable from the get-go. First thing we do with a new RV is ditch the mattress right off the bat, or, if some hope remains for comfort... sleep on the factory mattress for a night. Invariably, we're shopping for the replacement the next morning. At retirement age, especially, there is no reason to put up with a bed that you don't absolutely LOVE. You're counting on it for great sleep 1/3 of every day, so it had better be really good! Otherwise you're getting shortchanged on some of the best hours of the day which you count on for refreshment and rejuvenation.

Part of the reasoning for RVing vs. hoteling is so that you can sleep in the "perfected comfort" of your own bed, wherever you are, every night. This "perfection" includes your own premium sheets, premium pillows, and premium mattress.

Between the chair/sofa that you sit on while in the coach (we choose residential recliners) and the bed you sleep on when in the coach... these are THE user interface when you are in your rig, BIG TIME. We believe in making the seating comfort and the sleeping comfort among the highest priority items in an RV.

We prefer a conventional mattress design with pocketed-coil inner springs, then a layer of high density foam, then a cushy pillow top. This type of mattresses design tends to feel "alive" and very conforming, vs. the "thuddy" feel of a lot of mattresses that are out there these days. (Yes, we've had them all, air beds, foam beds, water beds, yada yada. And can't believe the widespread "buy-in" to junk beds like "Sleep Number"... good Lord.)

No doubt, some folks will prefer a firm "thud" when they lay on a mattress. You're likely to be one who sleeps on your back most of the time. You don't have a strong need for a conforming mattress.

TO our taste, we like a mattress to have some "life" to it, with a soft and inviting surface that readily conforms to the hips, arms, and shoulders while sleeping on your side.

Most of mattress design preference depends on whether you like to sleep on your SIDE, or you sleep mostly on your back. If you sleep on your side, you will want a more giving mattress to conform to the varied depth of the side of your body (hips, arms, shoulders.) A well-educated mattress salesperson will know this and guide you, if you are fortunate to work with someone good, who also offers great products. But you really need to rely on your own "sleep" test to determine what is best for you.

Aren't we fortunate that there are a bazillion options available when it comes to customizing an awesome mattress to your specific individual preference for your Airstream! You've spent a considerable premium to have an Airstream. Spend what you need to on a mattress that you can't wait to sleep on every night that you are traveling!

Bottom line here: don't settle for factory option in mattresses, unless it just miraculously happens to be your favorite mattress on earth! You bought a premium trailer and spent a lot of money for it... you should enjoy a premium mattress to soothe you for fully 1/3 of every day than you're "on the road".
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Old 06-16-2015, 10:55 PM   #2818
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Hi, we still have and use the original factory mattress; We added a memory foam topper and slept very well in it for over ten years. We did change the pillows, as the factory pillows were way too soft.
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Old 06-17-2015, 12:20 AM   #2819
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Our Classic has a very nice quality mattress that has been comfortable for over 5 years so far. However we did quickly replace the mattresses in our two previous trailers (both SOBs)

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Old 06-17-2015, 01:01 AM   #2820
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For those who have a pump cycling a couple times a day and cannot find a leak.....found mine. The outside shower was stuffed in so as to bump the water faucet slightly, creating a slow drip.
I installed a positive ball valve shut off in the line to the shower. Think I have solved the problem.


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Old 06-17-2015, 05:18 AM   #2821
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Old 06-17-2015, 05:24 AM   #2822
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As others have done, we replaced the plastic knobs with these from Vintage Trailer Supply. Joe

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Old 06-17-2015, 09:27 AM   #2823
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[QUOTE=jayseejay;1638171]As others have done, we replaced the plastic knobs with these from Vintage Trailer Supply. Joe

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Thanks for posting this Joe, I did not know these were available.

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Mattress problem solved for us.

Concerning mattresses. We tried the memory foam and did not like it...started have back aches after about a week. Our solution is a feather bed. Feather beds come in many qualities, and we found that the nicer quality feather bed..is just the ticket. Guess it is similar to buying an AS. It is cozy, soft and seems to have solved our problem. One can configure it a couple of ways...if you have it on top of the sheet, it is easy to fluff when you make the bed....but if you don't want to bother....just put the feather bed under the fitted sheet and it is comfy and nice.
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As others have done, we replaced the plastic knobs with these from Vintage Trailer Supply. Joe

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Have there been problems with the plastic knobs, or are you replacing them purely for aesthetics?
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New gas can.

Hi, today my new gas can came and I got it set-up right away. Wife's idea for me to buy a smaller gas can because the old 5 gallon gas can, can get quite heavy and awkward to use. The new gas can is 10 L or about 2.5 gallons and it has a more user friendly spout too.
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Have there been problems with the plastic knobs, or are you replacing them purely for aesthetics?

Just aesthetics. Joe
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