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Old 11-01-2014, 11:09 AM   #71
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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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Not crazy at all-
Many RV's have had a central vac for many years. Most of them have a trap door in the toe kick you operate with your foot and then sweep the dirt and debris in. I have seen this feature in many motor homes (including Airstreams) and fifth wheels.
There is no reason why we can't have this feature in Airstream trailers.
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Old 11-01-2014, 12:01 PM   #72
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I'm liking the vacuum idea....it's on the retrofit shortlist. Looking at the Intervac with LED Vacport.
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Old 11-01-2014, 12:40 PM   #73
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I'm liking the vacuum idea....it's on the retrofit shortlist. Looking at the Intervac with LED Vacport.
That's a good find Cory - Well done!
http://www.intervacdesign.com/index.html

Considering we have the same trailers (different years), were would you think is the best place to install it?
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Old 11-01-2014, 01:00 PM   #74
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1) LED Lights Throughout, Good AGM Battery from the factory. This water check business is mickey mouse.
2) A more rot resistant floor, with a clear way to take up and replace resurface floor sections
2) Servicability, it's not clear to me how you repair cabinetry or laminate parts, if a section could be unscrewed and replaced., window seals can be fixed, etc. Maybe some interior panels could be aluminium.framed.
3) Black and Grey Tanks on the 16'
4) Is the panel underneath screwed or riveted ?, replacing a tank should mean opening up and popping in a part, not a rebuild.
5) A better answer on long term Au Care, filiform, film removal, replacement, polishing of late model AS.
6) AU frame. properly engineered.
7) Dietary Program for Weight Reduction. Trailer is getting fat.
8) Factory Genset compartment and better solar hookups
9) Reeningeering and simplifying the whole electrical system, fixable level monitors that work, powerful light inverters, overvolt protection, etc. Can get rid of cableTV and Phone wiring, if they still exist.
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Old 11-01-2014, 01:17 PM   #75
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That's a good find Cory - Well done!
http://www.intervacdesign.com/index.html

Considering we have the same trailers (different years), were would you think is the best place to install it?
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I'm looking at a few options but since my AS is now in storage I'm doing it a bit "blind" without being able to use a tape measure.

Preliminary I thought of mounting the unit in the very back of the wardrobe but I'm not sure I like that spot for mounting the vacport. We use the very bottom of the wardrobe (at the floor) for water and wine bottles ...they fit perfectly in there

Second thought was rear hatch and having the vacport dead center in the rear (we have twins). The rear hatch is huge. However, most floor debris is in the front so we have to sweep it back or carry a huge hose.

I'm thinking under the front dinette seat and have the vacport on the front side by the vent. The dirt is brought in through the door so that's the best location IMO. There's lots of space for hose storage and a hose port can also be easily installed. My rear dinette seat is mostly full of 4xAGM batteries and an inverter
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Old 11-01-2014, 01:23 PM   #76
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Thanks Cory under the dinnette also is my thinking... We have our unit in storage in Vegas right now so I don't have access either. I will keep these links and look closer at this when we head south in January
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Old 11-01-2014, 01:45 PM   #77
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I hope Airstream doesn't make any of these changes. Why? I believe I bought the last trailer I'm ever going to buy in my 2012 27FB Flying Cloud. They do all this stuff - I'm gonna HAVE to buy a new one!

Now dear friends at Airstream - I want you to think about Moore's law. How is it that in the world of high tech, they're able to double power and halve cost every 24 months but in the world of RVs, the same is not true?

Please make all these changes and charge $30K for a 2016 27FB Flying Cloud. You can do this - and I'm all in of you do...maybe for 2 (with one as a gift :-) ).

I'm really not kidding...
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Old 11-01-2014, 02:11 PM   #78
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Old 11-01-2014, 02:15 PM   #79
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Things I like to see on New Airstreams

My short list:
* Be more honest about likely tongue weights so it's easier for customes to choose a properly spec'ed tow vehicle.
* Better QA at the factory to ensure that trailers don't go out the door with obvious goofs that cause DSAT with new customers within the first few weeks of use. I've already posted my list, as have many others. There's even a thread on this topic.
* 4-stage converter - please, for the love of God, get this done. Any decent salesperson could sell the heck out of this feature.
* Agree with many others regarding the plywood flooring. It should be Coosa or aluminum so its lighter and I don't have to live in fear of a leak destroying my investment.
* Different insulation in the walls of the trailer so the seemingly inevitable leak doesn't make as much of a mess in there...and maybe it would be a better R-value for the thickness.
* Some kind of insulation between the storage compartment and the bed so we don't get condensation between the mattress and the plywood in cold weather. This seems particularly important in FB queen models.
* Connect the AC input on the Inverter so we can get AC power from the inverter sockets when plugged into shore power.
* Better tank monitors. I have the Micropulse, which is complete crap (no pun intended). Maybe the SeeLevel monitoring system in the 2015 trailers is better. Let's hope so.
* Propane tank monitors so I know how much I have in each tank. My 2014 does not have this, nor was it an option.
* Build the battery case big enough to take the 6V AGM golf cart batteries as an option.
* Offer an Airstream propane grill to go with the LP gas port on the front of the trailer. I'd buy it in a minute if the quality was good and the price remotely competitive...especially if there's a convenient place to store it.
* Find some way to get the stupid window gaskets to stop sticking to the windows, making it very difficult to open them. I'm sure there's a better gasket material out there somewhere.
* Ok, ok, I'll say it: 16" wheels across the board, and no more ST tires. At the very least, we'd have to find something else to talk about on the forums.
* Oh, and disc brakes!
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Old 11-01-2014, 08:37 PM   #80
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Just came up with an idea for us poor souls (***) who don't have a covered storage option.

How about a portable hard cover that can be locked in to place over the entire roof. Even better if it were somehow permanently mounted to the roof - maybe in two "roll tops" that lock in the center line of the roof and can be rolled out to curb and street sides (and locked in place) so rain, snow, sun and hail aren't going to have a chance to torture the trailer?

(***) this is the purest definition of first world problems and the phrase "poor souls" is thoroughly inappropriate from someone who is blessed enough to own an Airstream :-)
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Old 11-01-2014, 08:39 PM   #81
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Oh - and an internal mount system for 2 bikes would be groovy! I had an idea for this I didn't implement this year. I might over the winter and will post pics if I do.
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Old 11-01-2014, 09:37 PM   #82
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My short list:
* Be more honest about likely tongue weights so it's easier for customes to choose a properly spec'ed tow vehicle.
* Better QA at the factory to ensure that trailers don't go out the door with obvious goofs that cause DSAT with new customers within the first few weeks of use. I've already posted my list, as have many others. There's even a thread on this topic.
* 4-stage converter - please, for the love of God, get this done. Any decent salesperson could sell the heck out of this feature.
* Agree with many others regarding the plywood flooring. It should be Coosa or aluminum so its lighter and I don't have to live in fear of a leak destroying my investment.
* Different insulation in the walls of the trailer so the seemingly inevitable leak doesn't make as much of a mess in there...and maybe it would be a better R-value for the thickness.
* Some kind of insulation between the storage compartment and the bed so we don't get condensation between the mattress and the plywood in cold weather. This seems particularly important in FB queen models.
* Connect the AC input on the Inverter so we can get AC power from the inverter sockets when plugged into shore power.
* Better tank monitors. I have the Micropulse, which is complete crap (no pun intended). Maybe the SeeLevel monitoring system in the 2015 trailers is better. Let's hope so.
* Propane tank monitors so I know how much I have in each tank. My 2014 does not have this, nor was it an option.
* Build the battery case big enough to take the 6V AGM golf cart batteries as an option.
* Offer an Airstream propane grill to go with the LP gas port on the front of the trailer. I'd buy it in a minute if the quality was good and the price remotely competitive...especially if there's a convenient place to store it.
* Find some way to get the stupid window gaskets to stop sticking to the windows, making it very difficult to open them. I'm sure there's a better gasket material out there somewhere.
* Ok, ok, I'll say it: 16" wheels across the board, and no more ST tires. At the very least, we'd have to find something else to talk about on the forums.
* Oh, and disc brakes!
Ditto, ditto, ditto. You hit all the heads of all the nails on this one.
The insulation factor is a major especially up here. Also wouldn't hurt for those who need A/C.
If you did all this I would just have to get another one even tho we love the one we have.


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Old 11-01-2014, 11:26 PM   #83
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Bring back 2024t3 aluminum, less electronic gizmo's and bring the price back down to earth.
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SteveSueMack,
Are you meaning a way to have bicycles in the aisle of the interior, with a tire chock and a way to secure the frame laterally during trailer travel? Let me know if you come up with anything. I have been considering something similar for the back of the pickup truck as well.
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