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Old 10-30-2014, 03:32 PM   #15
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Disc brakes

16" Michelin LT

Larger AGM batteries

40# aluminum propane tanks

Hensley sway elimination integrated into coupler

Recliner seating option on mid-size models

Less gadgets, better hardware

Ditto.

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Old 10-30-2014, 04:20 PM   #16
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Yeah, I like the disc brakes idea. Would be very simple to change those brake pads at maintenance time and better stopping power.

Not to sure about full blown ABS, should keep it as simple as possible to keep some of the cost down.

The outside grill is an excellent idea. My previous Some other brand, had a flip down propane grill and sink with hot and cold running water, or you could plug in the handy hose attachment into the spigot and have outside shower. It was neat.
I like the modern converter idea with four stage battery charger that doesn't cook your batts well done.

I would like the belly-pan to be held up with actual bolts or screws so that you could remove a section at a time for access to work on stuff underneath.
I had actual LED lights (2) with a switch under there so you could work at night on wires or water lines. I could remove the belly covering in sections for access. I was going to do that here and then I saw all of those rivets. Holy Cow.
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Old 10-30-2014, 04:23 PM   #17
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Pleased with our disc brake conversion. Tuson does have an ABS conversion.
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Old 10-30-2014, 04:29 PM   #18
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Things I like to see on New Airstreams

The new trailers do have a propane quick disconnect port....just not on the side where it would be more useful.

I wish there was an easy/simple way of knowing what your actual propane level was at.
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Old 10-30-2014, 04:36 PM   #19
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The new trailers do have a propane quick disconnect port....just not on the side where it would be more useful.
I don't know why they did that, couldn't have been much more effort to put it on the street side.
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Old 10-30-2014, 04:39 PM   #20
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It seems like a trailer disc brake ABS system would be out of sync with the truck's ABS system and cause a lot of jerking for the hitch system to withstand. I'd rather keep it simpler.
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Old 10-30-2014, 04:44 PM   #21
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The Tuson control system plugs into the OBDII port of the truck so it knows what the truck is doing as it sends a brake signal to the ABS hydraulic brake controller mounted on the trailer. The main thing is that the trailer brakes do not lock up when the roads are wet and a max brake situation arises.
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Old 10-30-2014, 04:47 PM   #22
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It's a dream but with what I saw this past weekend on some SOB's - an outside kitchen hatch with stove, mini fridge and sink. It's a design issue but do-able.
My Airstream has an outside kitchen- a folding table and an electric griddle-
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Old 10-30-2014, 05:46 PM   #23
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Wi-fi repeater with antenna integrated into something outside, say inside a plastic cover. Maybe a big one on the inside cover of the AC shroud.
Oh that's a good one!! Hmm has anyone done this? I would consider doing that if it's functional...
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Old 10-30-2014, 05:47 PM   #24
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I'd like wiring chases with taglines that connect the equipment spaces together. Many boat builders include these to make it easier to install electronics and other equipment that needs power. It would add very little materials and labor cost to put in the chases when the wiring is pulled at the factory.

Our Flying Cloud didn't come with the factory-installed inverter, and it will be tough to install one in the finished trailer. There's no way to get wiring from the battery relay in the front to the charger and load center in the galley, or to the space behind the fridge on the road side. I want to install a simple inverter in the front stowage area that will power a dedicated outlet strip in the closet, on the road side forward of the fridge - to run the wine cooler while we're on the road! The trailer gets too warm when on the road, and the wine cooler will keep the Cabernet ready to drink when we stop for the night. The cooler draws very little AC current, and the batteries are being charged by the TV when connected, so no discharge worries. We can also use the outlets in the closet to charge all our electronic toys.

We're talkin' necessities here...
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Plug inverter into 12v accent light?
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If it's a low use charge...
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I second a tank level monitoring system that works excellent as well and a battery monitor

4 stage charger/inverter

If not better stock batteries - make the box very simple for upgrade later

Replace the outdoor "scare light" with anything that would be in some way desirable

Disc brakes sounds very nice

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Plug inverter into 12v accent light?
Too much load for that. Gotta plan for the worst case. None of the loads are large individually, but if they were all on at once, drawing maybe 5A of 120V, that translates to 50A of 12VDC. Bigger than any single DC load on the trailer. Hence, a 1000W inverter, connected directly to the batteries (fused, of course) with short lengths of #2 wire, and then 14-3 stranded wire from the inverter to the closet. I'll use an outdoor grade commercial extension cord for the AC run, but I sure would like to be able to pull that wire inside the trailer without having to drill out rivets and drop belly pan panels...
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