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Old 09-10-2019, 11:57 AM   #15
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There are some great "discoveries" here! Thanks!
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Old 09-10-2019, 12:40 PM   #16
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Filling FW Tank

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I only have the one loop on my street side awning. Nice find!

My simple trick is for filling the FW tank.

I have a 27FB with an outdoor shower. One day at a campground, I was going to disconnect my hose from the city inlet to fill the FW tank when it dawned on me, I could just use the outdoor shower hose, without the shower head of course, and stick it in the FW tank to fill it and not have to disconnect the city water. I was so proud of myself when I figured that out
Great tip! Would have never thought of it myself.
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Old 09-10-2019, 08:08 PM   #17
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I got tired of trying to remember which way to turn the kitchen water pump switch for on and off. Airstream wires them with off towards the sink, but the opposite makes more sense, i.e., on towards the sink where you need the water. I pulled out the tank level panel and swapped position of the feed wires on each end of the pump switch (not the center if you have a 3-way switch setup).
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Old 09-10-2019, 09:44 PM   #18
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I got tired of trying to remember which way to turn the kitchen water pump switch for on and off. Airstream wires them with off towards the sink, but the opposite makes more sense, i.e., on towards the sink where you need the water. I pulled out the tank level panel and swapped position of the feed wires on each end of the pump switch (not the center if you have a 3-way switch setup).
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Better yet, replace that switch with a lighted one. Easier to tell when it is on, especially when prepping for departure.
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Old 09-11-2019, 05:23 AM   #19
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I only have the one loop on my street side awning. Nice find!

My simple trick is for filling the FW tank.

I have a 27FB with an outdoor shower. One day at a campground, I was going to disconnect my hose from the city inlet to fill the FW tank when it dawned on me, I could just use the outdoor shower hose, without the shower head of course, and stick it in the FW tank to fill it and not have to disconnect the city water. I was so proud of myself when I figured that out
Wow! This would be great for Boondocking. An endless water supply!

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Old 09-11-2019, 05:50 AM   #20
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I have another one:

Toilet seat! Get rid of that horrible Dometic plastic skinny seat and replace it with a white wood seat (from a favorite box store) that is 1" higher because the seat is thicker. You will be surprised to see how comfortable the higher seat is.

Get the seat that has the soft close so you're no longer waking up the spouse with the lid slam.

$24 in most stores, but I sprang for the "deluxe" model that has the chrome hinges! About $34. Also, most of the dometic toilets are the "round" shape bowl, not the elongated type. Don't bring home the wrong size. Very easy to install on these toilets.
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Old 09-11-2019, 06:43 AM   #21
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The 5th wheel next to me needed about 2 inches to get level side to side. Instead of raising her up, he moved 2 inches of stone making two depressions for his tires to sit in.

Not sure about you, but I never saw that before.
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Old 09-11-2019, 07:00 AM   #22
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Ditto Turk123 - did the same - very happy with that!

Great idea on the digging out instead of ramping up, majorairhead! Like the kid who solves the truck stuck under the bridge by suggesting to let air out of the tires.....
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Old 09-11-2019, 07:01 AM   #23
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Great Idea! Never thought of that one and it is easy to do.

I have another. Not so much a trick, but can become a problem without knowing the correct answer. I assumed I knew what it was with my first trailer and stripped all the threads.

The tip is the four fasteners (I hesitate to call them screws) that hold down the protective shaded plexiglass panels on the front of most of our trailers. The fasteners are not traditional screws, they are 1/4 turn fasteners. Turn more than 1/4 turn and you've stripped them and they require removal of the two rivets and replacement of the entire bracket. Don't turn more than 1/4 turn!!

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Those are Southco fasteners for quick access. Yes they are only a quarter turn and have been used by Airstream for years.


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Old 09-14-2019, 11:12 AM   #24
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Learned another trick while getting ready to leave the campground a few days ago.

It rained all night so our plastic weave rug was soaking wet when I went to fold it up. Just fold it as usual (two folds then roll it up) and put a cord around it. Stand it up on the picnic table tall wise and watch the water drain out of it. Drys out by the time everything else is put away!

Now if I would have opened awning after moving the rug off the ground, the rug would have started a lot dryer!
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Old 09-15-2019, 05:02 AM   #25
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This thread is quickly becoming one of my favs. Thanks all.
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I usually do not like to get my face too close to propane and spark at the same time. I will just use the BBQ lighter.
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Boondocking and your coach battery low? No need for a generator. Pull your TV nose in. Start it up and run jumper cables from it to airstream battery. Itll be charged in minutes.
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Old 09-15-2019, 07:27 PM   #28
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I put a water shutoff on the trailer side of the water hose. That lets me turn on shore water, run water through, turn off, then connect. Keeps air out of the lines which cause the BAM you get turning on the water in the trailer after hookup. I also use a 90 connector at the water inlet that I leave on the trailer to reduce hose strain.
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