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Old 06-14-2016, 08:15 PM   #71
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The #1 BEST Improvement

I've got several. My favorites are:
1. Cut a hole in the side of the curb side dinette to allow access without having to remove the seat cushion. I built matching Hickory doors to cover the hole and then added a large drawer on full length glides so I have access to everything in that space.

2. Removed the drop down door fronts under the street side seating and installed drawers with full length drawer glides, then finished the drawer fronts with matching Hickory.

3. Reworked the inside of the clothes closet. Added a shelf above the closet rod and another shelf about a foot above the floor. Almost doubled the available storage.

4. Added shelving in the "wardrobes" on each side of the bed for bins to hold socks & shorts etc.

5. Converted to 16" Sindel rims and Michelin tires.

6. Built a new dinning table that is about 6 inches narrower so it was comfortable to sit and enjoy a meal. No kids, so the bed option wasn't important.

It's a work in progress.


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Old 06-14-2016, 09:36 PM   #72
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Originally Posted by TinSheets View Post
Since everything is better with sleep, I'm going with the mattress as the winner at this point.
As a very wise man once told me, the two most important things in the world are comfortable shoes and a comfortable bed. If you're not in one, you're in the other."

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Old 06-14-2016, 10:15 PM   #73
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Nothing worse than a lumpy bed or a hole in a sock.

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Old 06-14-2016, 11:11 PM   #74
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I apologize for the long list, but I have enjoyed reading all other modifications. I gives me something to dream about and plan around. Beside, my '06 Classic is here to stay. I can't afford to sell it.
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Old 06-20-2016, 08:03 PM   #75
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What rear camera did you use and did you need to hardwire?
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Old 06-20-2016, 10:07 PM   #76
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We use the Voyager wireless camera that was installed by our dealer. Works great!
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Old 06-21-2016, 04:36 AM   #77

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Thumbs up My #1 improvement!


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"Sticks & stones can break your bones...and hail will dent your Airstream"

So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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Old 06-21-2016, 07:13 AM   #78
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Lots of the changes we make are for convenience or personal preference.... as full timers I'd have to say there was one change that made the biggest impact (and continues to..) on a daily basis.

A simple fridge fan....
Our original Dometic didn't have one. ( Do any come with an interior fan ?)
The difference it made was amazing and while it's still no residential refrigerator, it was money well spent.
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Old 07-05-2016, 09:45 PM   #79
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Thumbs up Don't look back

Great thread! Fun to see what others have done to tune things up a bit.
We've (he's) made similar changes to our 2007 25'fb Safari to those already mentioned, including:

~Changing out to 16" wheels with Michelin tires.
~Adding latex foam mattress toppers for the beds.(Including custom mattress pads and sheets.)
~Replacing flooring. (we had "the leak", and sub floor was replaced, leaks caulked, etc.under warranty) We then put down an inter-locking floating floor from Home Depot-- which we would have done anyway, since the original flimsy floor covering was….flimsy..
~New table made out of quarter-sawn oak to replace the white formica original.
~Changing out to new "marine grade" upholstery on all cushions to replace the very thin original in the sofa/dinette area.
~Changing out all the lower cabinet fronts under sofa/dinette from fabric-covered to the same oak used on the table. Changed all pulls to brushed nickel.
~Adding rear and street-side awnings.
~Replacing the plastic toilet with porcelain.
~Changing all task lights to LED and added a dimmer switch.
_Changing entry steps to the curved ones & adding step covers,

-But the #1 favorite change? LIke many others have said, it's the solar panels.
Having 300 watts available from that source has completely changed our camping experience. We mostly dry camp in state parks, etc. and those panels from A&M in Oregon combined with the AGM batteries and the triple-charge converter have made us generator-free happy campers. Even on a recent trip to Colorado rife with thunderstorms and overcast days, we had a full supply of decadent watts.

That said, after ten years of frequent use we think getting this Airstream is one of the best moves we've ever made in our already very full lives.

And we thank this forum for the wealth of info from so many incredibly awesome and generous folks!

Happy trails to all~

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