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Old 10-15-2017, 08:23 AM   #5013
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"On The Go" water softener from CW, $100 off on last year's model. Clearly a case of friends' bad influence on us, we camped by 3rd set of friends with one of these not so big blue fiberglas canisters. Water is silky soft in the trailer. NICE!

New Valterra dump valves into the parts box 'cause mine are over five years old and I'd rather have these already than bust one and have to wait to find the right ones at the right time.

We don't carry a lot of spare parts, haven't needed to so far. But fresh water tank petcock, dump valves, a couple of circuit breakers (120v and 12vdc), nuts and bolts, rivets and a bunch of wire are our main backups.

Haven't needed to hook up the water softener along southern TN border, the water's pretty nice. But in CO it made a big diff and we're pretty sure it'll be spot on at our NC mountain camp.
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Old 10-15-2017, 05:50 PM   #5014
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Old 10-15-2017, 05:55 PM   #5015
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I installed a larger fan that moves more air, quieter while using less power.



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How many cfm is that fan? Amperage draw? Make & model?
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Old 10-15-2017, 09:07 PM   #5016
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New vacuum break check valve for the black tank flush, and a regulator with a pressure gauge on it.

Did you know that little $40 device is rated at 25psi? I didn't either.

The fix was super easy once I had the part, but it was no fun watching water come pouring out of our trailer when the original vacuum break check valve blew out.
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Old 10-16-2017, 10:50 PM   #5017
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Same here, I am facing a major repair bill on mine. Awning extends out a foot and then stops. Won't power back in. Manual on my next AS.
I disconnected the power at the breaker and cycled back and forth. It started working again.
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Old 10-17-2017, 09:04 AM   #5018
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Explicitly avoided the ZipDee power awning option on all three of the Airstreams we have owned.

During a call to order some spare parts, a ZipDee employee stated Airstream actually does not even follow the ZipDee instructions for installing the manual awnings let alone the power awnings.

Starting with the 2015 model year, Airstream has loaded up the Classic trim line models with lots of power options that actually cost far less than the price increases would justify. The issues folks have with these power options are mind boggling.
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Old 10-17-2017, 08:19 PM   #5019
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Explicitly avoided the ZipDee power awning option on all three of the Airstreams we have owned.
Yes, I came "this" close to asking the Zip Dee-authorized dealer to remove the power awning and replace it with a properly installed manual one. I caved this time and fixed the electric one, but if (when?) it fails again we will definitely revisit this decision.
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Old 10-17-2017, 09:08 PM   #5020
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Bought this bumper/window sticker....
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Old 10-17-2017, 11:01 PM   #5021
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How many cfm is that fan? Amperage draw? Make & model?
Sorry, forgot to renew, back now.

It is 156 cfm, amp draw is .38, got is on amazon but you can get it any place such as Newegg, etc.

Model is the - BitFenix Spectre Pro 230mm Case Fan BFF-SPRO-23030KK-RP Black

Or more simply put the BitFenix Spectre Pro 230mm Case Fan Black non-LED
If you go to their web page there are a lot of specs on it.
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Old 10-18-2017, 04:01 AM   #5022
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Speaking of ZipDee, I attended a presentation by a ZipDee representative at the International Rally in Escanaba, Michigan this summer and learned that the sliding rails/posts (I don't recall the official name) that hold up ZipDee awnings - both manual and power - need to be lubricated occasionally with silicone spray. My manual awning is MUCH easier to operate now after spraying the rails/posts.
It is important not to use an oil spray, such as W-D 40, although I would imagine that that brand of silicone spray would be fine.
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Old 10-19-2017, 05:00 AM   #5023
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Got some Byam Hooks from VTS will install tonight if I can buy some #4 SS sheet metal screws locally. Fastenal did not have them.
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Old 10-19-2017, 09:34 PM   #5024
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A roll of Phifer no-see-ums 20 x 20 mesh insect screen 36" x 25' and a roll of .125 x100' spline. Both were enough to replace the screens of all windows and the door of our 27fb International. After spending last winter in Florida we realised that the factory installed screen where no match for the no-see-ums. We are leaving soon to spend our second winter as snowbird and will see if these make a difference. We used both the metal and plastic screen roller and much prefered the plastic one.
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Old 10-22-2017, 11:15 AM   #5025
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Privacy magnets

Since a vacation just isn’t a vacation if I have to wear pants... I came up with a way to close the gaps on the sides of the window shades. Stainless steel magnets from amazon and little metal brackets from Home Depot. I used the existing window screen frame screws and put the bracket behind the frame. One magnet is mounted behind the window screen on the bracket and a second magnet holds the shades.
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This ottoman weighs about 1 pound (it is solid syrafoam with a thin layer of foam on top) . Don't know if I like it yet but will give it a try.
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