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Old 06-08-2016, 08:59 PM   #15
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Our new mattress from Mattress Insider hands down. Best sleep in the AS ever. So much better than whatever that was that the AS came with!


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Old 06-08-2016, 10:34 PM   #16
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Hi John and hello to Vicki as well.

Hard to pick best overall, probably the change to recliner seating as we're now comfortable for our long trips from home. Pretty impressed with the Sleep Number bed we got last winter (individual firmness controls), best mattress we've ever had. For long distance towing, the ProPride hitch for stability and relaxed driving and 16" Michelin tires for reliability are terrific.

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Old 06-09-2016, 01:23 AM   #17
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The #1 BEST Improvement You've Made

A PrecisionTemp tankless water heater for DW's long hot showers.

Wife is happy. End of story. The rest of the many upgrades make no significant difference.

Solar, better batteries, ham radio and antennas, sewer solution, fancy power cords and hoses, etc. She cares not a whit as long as the shower water stays hot as long as she is in the shower.

I just have to be doubly darn sure we have plenty of propane and water. Don't ask how I figured that out...😁

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Multiple Yaesu Ham Radios inside and many antennae sprouting from roof, ProPride hitch
2012 shortbed crewcab 4x4 Toyota Taco TV with more antennae on it
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Old 06-09-2016, 04:09 AM   #18
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Shiny new sub floor and 95 percent of the frame replaced.
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Old 06-09-2016, 10:39 AM   #19
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Mine aren't nearly as glamorous, but here goes:
1. 16" wheels and LT tires, TPMS, and Centramatics
2. Equal-i-zer hitch
3. Rhinofllex sewer hose
4. BakFlip G2 hard folding tonneau on the truck
5. backup camera on the truck
6. backup camera on the trailer
7. charcoal chimney
As I said, not glamorous, but these simple, mundane things make camping easier and more fun.
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Old 06-09-2016, 10:45 AM   #20
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Quiet water pumb

nvestysly, what water pump did you get that it is so quiet?

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Old 06-09-2016, 10:56 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by John&Vicki View Post
I did a search and didn't find a thread on this topic. Most of us make improvements to our Airstreams, some more successful than others. I think it would be really interesting to hear about the Hall of Fame improvements - the single #1 best thing that you've done to improve your AS.

Mine is easy and I've posted here about it before. I removed the gaucho, which was uncomfortable as a couch and uncomfortable as a bed, and replaced it with a two recliner unit that I stole from my home theater. Tremendous increase in functionality and comfort.

What's yours, the #1 improvement you've made to your rig?

Congratulations--looks great. You've done exactly what I want to do in my 23 FC!! Did you do the work yourself? Did you encounter any surprises in the process? Any approximation of what it would cost--I would have to buy the two recliners. I would love to do the work myself but I'm not very mechanical, nor is my husband.
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Old 06-09-2016, 11:09 AM   #22
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I replaced the two in my 1994 34' Excella with these. Better heat rejection and peace of mind in case of hail or just general weathering:
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Old 06-09-2016, 11:11 AM   #23
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The best? Changing to LED lighting and adding solar (even our puny 95W panel.) It lets us use our trailer the way we want - boondocking in state parks for 3-4 days without worry or a generator.

Now: 2007 Safari SE 23' "Anne" towed by 2011 Dodge Durango "Herman"
Before: Argosy Minuet and T@B, towed by various Honda Odysseys
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Old 06-09-2016, 11:27 AM   #24
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Have a 19' Bambi too

Originally Posted by Phoenix View Post
I've made lots of minor repairs and tweaks to our 19' Bambi, since we bought it new in 2005. But, the most important improvement was switching to 16" wheels and Michelin XPS Ribs.

The first five years, we towed our Bambi about 15,000 miles; and we constantly worried about tire failures (3 of 5 ST tires failed). Since switching to XPS Ribs in 2011, we have towed the Bambi another 45,000 miles with absolutely no tire problems.
Just bought A 2005 Bambi and have made 2 short trip weekends with her. Love it. Did learn to check weather report and if it might rain one needs to close roof vents. Need I say more?

Wondered what tweaks and improvements you might have made.
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Old 06-09-2016, 02:59 PM   #25
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What year is you AS? Do you have your water tank under those seats?
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Old 06-09-2016, 03:02 PM   #26
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Ok to reply to your question, we have a 69 Overlander and we just had new Dometic frig/freezer installed replacing the original unit. We take it on its maiden voyage next weekend.
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Old 06-09-2016, 03:57 PM   #27
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Replaced the green shag carpeting with Allure plank flooring. HUGE improvement, and easy to install.
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Old 06-09-2016, 04:03 PM   #28
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This is #1 improvement BUT...

The fantastic fan, Sunglasses ( rock guard ) , AGMs, 3 stage charger, porcelain toilet, new pump, furnace …..oh never mind…… just check out the photo
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