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Old 02-13-2003, 05:06 PM   #29
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Question Skid plates

Do the skid plates look like you could slide a drawer between them?

I have two pieces of steel hanging underneath the back of my trailer and I thought it was for optional storage tray.

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Old 02-13-2003, 05:12 PM   #30
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yes!

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thats what mine look like...


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Old 02-13-2003, 09:25 PM   #31
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But what about my idea?

Ok, so my "mods" were a bit tongue in cheek, but...... the air bag idea isn't so crazy. I was thinking that for being at "speed" (which is higher for some owners than others judging by the 'tow speed' poll awhile ago) that one could lower the trailer for a lower cg with resulting less tendency to sway and lower suscptiblity to cross winds and trucks, then raise up the trailer when at the campsite, going over driveways, etc. It'd probably be a pretty smooth ride for the trailer too.

Wayne, take off that dolly wheel and just think of the flame thrower you'd have!

I am, by the way, thinking of the purple lights for under the trailer. The kids think that would be cool.
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Old 02-15-2003, 10:30 AM   #32
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Thumbs up Mood lights

Hi Mark... Sometimes those kids can be inspirational. Our Safari has the large bright "porch light" that is to bright and harsh for most camp sites. I have thought about mounting 4 small recessed floods under the corners of the trailer pointing towards the ground. Would be a little more casual, yet provide ample light. Wonder if any other owners have tried this.

Flame throwers...LOL,LOL, remember the days when the fad was to drag chains on the pavement. Looked cool at night.
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Old 02-15-2003, 10:40 AM   #33
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rope lights

wayne

would low voltage rope lights strung under the perimeter of the trailer get the desired result without having to cut holes in the belly?

one could attach them with cable clamps and pop rivets.

might end up looking like a ufo ready for take off!

lol!!!

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Old 02-15-2003, 11:14 AM   #34
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john HQwrote: i went back and looked at your pic of the dolly wheels again. do you have skid bars on your trailer?
by the picture it looks like you do not.
Yes, I do have skid bars. You can see them in the photos. What I did was make the skid bars roll instead of slide at a penalty of about 1/2" to 5/8" of clearance. The dolly wheel axle is up inside the triangular skid bar.

I just came back from Semoinole Canyon SP. Between the park HQ and the campground, there are 3 concrete drainage dips. I didn't get out to look, but I suspect the dolly wheels touched. If they did touch, it was a minimal contact and of course, I was at minimum speed going across them. I would much rather have the wheels roll than drag the skid bars.

I came out of a BBQ place recently a different exit from where I went in. I found I had to cross a shallow concrete gutter. No way to back up ... I was alone and there were cars behind me. I could see where others had dragged on the concrete. I crept across very gently, as straight as possible, and I know the dolly wheels touched. This is the kind of situation where I want to roll instead of drag.
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This may help in some situations......

Carry an extra ball hitch, with a lower profile. When this hitch is used, the front end will be lower than the back, giving you more clearance. A pain in the butt in most situations, because you would have to hook and unhook, but if it saves the back of the Airstream it may be worth the extra time involved.
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Carry an extra ball hitch, with a lower profile.
This would be good to get up a steep driveway or some similar situation, but not very practical out on the roads.

BTW: to get up my driveway without touching, I drive on past the house 1/4 mile, do a U-turn at the cul-de-sac, untension the equalizer chains and sway bar, use up all the opposite side shoulder across from my driveway, and hit the driveway at just the right angle. When I do that, I have plenty of clearance.

I never drag the rear end when it is avoidable. If you tow a lot of back-road miles here in Texas, you will sooner or later drag, though. That is a fact of life in a place where rain, when it comes, comes in torrents and there is drainage to accommodate the flow.
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Lightbulb good idea!

hey pick

never thought of that!

i've got 2 extra hitches i could set one up just for that!

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"Yes, I do have skid bars. You can see them in the photos. What I did was make the skid bars roll instead of slide at a penalty of about 1/2" to 5/8" of clearance. The dolly wheel axle is up inside the triangular skid bar. "

john,

i thought you had made the entire assembly.

now i understand what you did!

cool mod!

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How many Airstreams do you know with a stainless steel salad bowl siliconed to the roof ?

I gave all the details already, but the picture was not as good. The whole story can be found at antenna/satelite dish
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That is just too frigin funny!! LOL

Hey I was thinking of taking out a few of the incandes lights and replacing them with some 16watt florecents. Anyone know of a good one to look at? I was thinking of Thinlite, but you all are the masters....any input, I take to heart!

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Talking Mods? No, repairs!

Howdy, all. (Eric, when are you going to get some pics in your gallery? The biggest mod you did was take it home!)

I replaced the Wal-mart P235/15 radial tires that had a max rating of 720 pounds with 7.00x15 load rating C tires (I matched the original spare tire).

I killed the Black Widow spiders crawling out of the wheel wells too. One was a gorgeous big fat Black body with red design on it's back. I didn't recognize them, but the repair mechanics warned me not to lean down too far when inspecting their work, then explained why! The egg sacks in the wells are probably from them too...I wonder what else is living in the open belly pan areas...but with the 20 degree weather in Illinois for a week, probably nothing. Do egg sacks survive cold weather? Hmmm...

Replaced the 12/4 power cord that was spliced onto the 10/3 plug with duct tape. Connected that pesky green wire (coming in from the power cord) to the case of the circuit breaker panel.

Replacement of the tongue jack with an electric was necessary because the original was difficult, then impossible when the crank handle dissappeared during transport. Used an Atwood Deluxe (2,500 lb) model, and had to enlarge the bottom hole (through the 1/8" sheet steel on the tongue) from 2.08" to 2.2". Oh, yeah, I will need 12 volts ... none in the trailer now, but the emergency override handle is easier than the original!

Eliminated the cinder block tongue height helpers used by the PO. I don't have a pic yet of the final setup with the cone. Not yet...
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