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Old 10-31-2014, 11:21 PM   #57
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Great to know someone from AS is watching.

Here is another thought regarding the black tank flushing valve. The fresh water inlet in just below the flushing valve inlet. When connecting and disconnecting a water to the black tank flushing valve at a dump station, it's almost impossible to prevent non-potable water from dripping onto the fresh water inlet. Not a good idea from a contamination standpoint. Either put them side by side or the fresh water inlet above the flushing valve hose connection.
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Old 11-01-2014, 05:42 AM   #58
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I would like a smaller trailer with a better layout.

We like the LOCATION of the dinette and bed in the Bambi 16. It has the best line of sight and amount of light in any trailer until you get to the 23 D with the skylights.

What I would add if a custom build option existed:

A wider bed
Oven with additional countertop on top on the kitchen side

As to the bathroom, either
Toilet and separate shower on the bath side. With gray and black tanks. I don't need/want an additional sink.

OR

Existing wet bath with gray and black tanks

OR

Much larger combined gray/black tank with existing wet bath, and a hutch cabinet next to the bath, with counter, cabinet with storage below and upper with storage.

Box that holds 2 batteries, and 2 batteries on the unit.

I know many of you will say that the 20 FC or 22 sport addresses most of these.

But the thing I LOVE the best on the 16 is the location of the bed and dinette. I want the dinette with the pano windows, and I want the bed on the other end, not the bathroom.

And if you look at aisle size, the 16 has the widest aisles of the small trailers, making moving around a bit easier for 2.
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Old 11-01-2014, 06:27 AM   #59
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A random idea that may or may not be good

At the barber shop they have a shop vac wired in a cabinet in such a way that they sweep hair up to the bottom of the cabinet where there is an opening - they step on a small pedal and the vacuum sucks up the hair

You could make a similar setup for AS maybe -

I store my small 2.5 gallon shop vac under the main bed in front - perhaps it could be simply a small duct built for that door below the bed and wire in a button to touch with you foot - then you could perhaps lift the bed and detach the vaccuum for portable use

I know this sounds kinda crazy I guess - I've been thinking about something like this for a few months - it may be silly - but often I just want to seep up a bit if dust and dirt very quickly


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Old 11-01-2014, 06:36 AM   #60
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build the Winnick again or at least use the floor plan

it has the best layout to me but i can't buy one because they are so rare

i want one to pull behind my 2007 Interstate
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Old 11-01-2014, 07:10 AM   #61
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Get rid of those interstate junk batteries and put a real deep cycle A.G.M.battery like concord sun x tender ,and put a real converter with real three stage charger and maintenance charge(equalization), also aluminum propane tanks.
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Old 11-01-2014, 07:52 AM   #62
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Get rid of those interstate junk batteries and put a real deep cycle A.G.M.battery like concord sun x tender ,and put a real converter with real three stage charger and maintenance charge(equalization), also aluminum propane tanks.
Interstates are now come equipped with a Magnum MMS-1012 1000 watt sine wave inverter/charger. This has one of the best battery charging systems fully integrated into the unit, which is far better than any converter made. And the are also equipped with Lifeline AGM deep cycle batteries. Looks like they listened a bit for these coaches.

In addition, you never equalize AGM batteries!
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Old 11-01-2014, 08:26 AM   #63
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A build design that assumes components will be upgraded and fixed. For example, conduit between circuit box and controls and major components. This will allow for easier change in wiring if necessary and addition of future sensors. Electrical center on standard rail structure (like server racks) so it would be easy to replace converters.

Access ports to tanks for future changes and current repairs.

DITTO on wifi repeater.

Split A/C so blower is quiet fan inside and inverter driven compressor located outside of shell.

Write a new owners manual that is not a bunch of copied pages from decades ago. With all the new changes in components, each trailer will have a manual tailored to it. A document management system would make this a trivial task with great results.
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Old 11-01-2014, 08:58 AM   #64
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No Hensley hitch, don't want to be stuck with that!
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Old 11-01-2014, 09:31 AM   #65
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A random idea that may or may not be good

At the barber shop they have a shop vac wired in a cabinet in such a way that they sweep hair up to the bottom of the cabinet where there is an opening - they step on a small pedal and the vacuum sucks up the hair

You could make a similar setup for AS maybe -

I store my small 2.5 gallon shop vac under the main bed in front - perhaps it could be simply a small duct built for that door below the bed and wire in a button to touch with you foot - then you could perhaps lift the bed and detach the vaccuum for portable use

I know this sounds kinda crazy I guess - I've been thinking about something like this for a few months - it may be silly - but often I just want to seep up a bit if dust and dirt very quickly


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Actually i'm liking this idea as this type of unit is available now right off the shelf. It is very light weight and easy to power. More important it is an issue that my GW complains about all the time as she still have not found a good place to store a dust pan and this eliminate the need for one.
Good Idea!
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I don't know why a few folks act like the Hensley/ProPride design is poison even though those who have actually used on know it's the sweetest thing that has happened to bumper pull towing.

Integrating the design elements into the coupler with an easy latch/unlatch system would truly set Airstream apart from the rest as indeed the safest, most comfortable towing travel trailer in the market. It would also allow many potential customers with marginal tow vehicles to be completely comfortable with this wonderfully stable (and possibly exclusive) Airstream trailer.
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Old 11-01-2014, 09:45 AM   #67
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Great thread!

Ditto on a rot proof subfloor, imagine how secure this would make a new buyer knowing it was impossible to get floor rot with an undetected leak.

Leaks happen but the associated rot could be avoided with rot proof flooring unless Airstream makes too much off the repairs, just my honest observation.


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Old 11-01-2014, 09:54 AM   #68
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I don't know why a few folks act like the Hensley/ProPride design is poison even though those who have actually used on know it's the sweetest thing that has happened to bumper pull towing.

Integrating the design elements into the coupler with an easy latch/unlatch system would truly set Airstream apart from the rest as indeed the safest, most comfortable towing travel trailer in the market. It would also allow many potential customers with marginal tow vehicles to be completely comfortable with this wonderfully stable (and possibly exclusive) Airstream trailer.
Gee Doug you always know how to push buttons.... (ducking for cover...)
Mind you as a Pro-Pride user myself, I can attest to the superior nature of this type of hitch!
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This would be number one on my list:

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Great thread!

Ditto on a rot proof subfloor, imagine how secure this would make a new buyer knowing it was impossible to get floor rot with an undetected leak.
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One seemingly simple solution that I would love to see on new Airstreams would be drawers, as opposed to cabinets under couches and beds. While I realize it would steal a bit of space, it would be a fair trade off for not having to get on my hands and knees to access the contents.
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