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Old 12-02-2015, 06:35 AM   #407
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We were able to get away for another weekend at the beach, this week at San Clemente SB
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Hope all is well on the other coast! Not sure if you saw this recent post from Laguna Beach SP, but it looks similar to photos you have posted from the coast:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...ml#post1718166

During my first Fall in San Diego way back when, I remember heating up pork and beans on the beach over a can of Sterno for my first Thanksgiving away from home -- under palm trees, in between surf sessions. Heaven!

Looks like the winter rains have not set in yet. What do you think the effect of El Nino (a?) is going to be?

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Old 12-03-2015, 12:32 AM   #408
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Peter youíre killing me. We just finished a 5 day streak of low to mid 20ís. When I was in college and lived in SD, it was termed freezeass weather. Sure hope the weatherization went well.

My retirement date was 12/1/2015 and the last month has been crunch time at work and all that has been on our minds other than the 12/1 date is the trip south to San Diego late Jan. and other possibilities for AS adventures I originally logged to ask SubFan1 for his preferences for Crystal Cove SB vs Doheney SB OR San Clemente SB. Hello Subfan1??

I snapped a couple of pictures of the front LP values and pex that Iíll circulate as soon as I figure out how to upload. (seems to have finally worried) The hot side valve was almost inaccessible and I ended taking the plywood off for only slightly better access. The other issue was the cold supply to the HWH was plumbed with a low spot that I eventually disconnected to lift higher so it would drain fully the flem back to the LP drain. Just wondering if everyone is plumbed this way. Personally Iím a little disappointed in the plumbing layout here.
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Old 12-03-2015, 12:56 AM   #409
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Hi, just saw this. The previous link where Andrew T is camping at is Crystal Cove state beach. There is no Laguna state beach. Crystal Cove however, is in the city of Laguna.
Depending on how long your stay is; San Clemente state beach is the only park with full hook ups. Crystal Cove has partial hook ups and Doheny state beach is dry but, the campground is right on the beach. No need to climb down to get to the water.
I really like Crystal Cove though. Have fun!
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Old 12-03-2015, 01:13 AM   #410
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warmer weather to the south

Subfan1, super, thanks for the feedback. We looking forward to warmer weather and visiting the old haunts...as well as stretching Blue's legs for her first maiden voyage of longer than a day.

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Old 12-04-2015, 08:01 AM   #411
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My retirement date was 12/1/2015 and the last month has been crunch time at work and all that has been on our minds other than the 12/1 date is the trip south to San Diego late Jan. and other possibilities for AS adventures . . .
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Sorry for the SD beach reference Bob, but maybe think of that sterno flame as light at the end of your tunnel for January?

Congratulations on your retirement!

When I saw your photos of the LP drains near the water heater tank, I thought they looked different than mine.

I guess my first question is -- how did you get your camera so far away from the valves? It seems as if you are almost under the bed in the bottom shot.

I finally got around to checking mine, and sure enough the drain valves are different, and so is the configuration of the plumbing runs. Yet we have the same 2014 Flying Cloud model. Hmmm, how does this happen, do the plumbing installers have individual discretion to do things as they wish?

Here are my valves, which are the 90 degree shut-off style, not knobs-on-tob like yours. Do yours only operate 90 degrees to open/close, or do you have to turn them more than that?

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And compare the photo just above with yours -- the horizontal plumbing run above my low point valves is much higher than yours. No wonder you had trouble reaching under to operate your valves. Again, weird for the same model and year IMO.
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Old 12-04-2015, 08:59 AM   #412
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PS thanks subfan1 for the clarifications. Hopefully late next year I will make it back to the West Coast!
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Old 12-04-2015, 10:50 AM   #413
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I came across the Ultimate Airstreams site via another thread on this forum about a custom 25' AS they are working on. Check out the FC20 mobile snack bar photo gallery under the "Beaverstream" link here:

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Old 12-05-2015, 01:19 PM   #414
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Wow! That Ultimate Airstreams website is fantastic! I have bookmarked it to go back and look closely from time to time.
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Old 12-06-2015, 04:39 AM   #415
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I came across the Ultimate Airstreams site via another thread on this forum about a custom 25' AS they are working on. Check out the FC20 mobile snack bar photo gallery under the "Beaverstream" link here:

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Thanks for posting Otra15. This is a very cool site! I like how they took part of the dining table and made it an ottoman in a couple of the units. Love the Sophia trailer and love Ponzi wine! So cool what they did with the lighting and wine bottle storage. Also think that custom cargo space off the back of the trailer is pretty cool too.
Awesome site! I added it to favorites.
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Old 12-06-2015, 04:58 AM   #416
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Our 20' is put away for the winter

Well, we put our 20 footer into winter storage for the season and we miss it already!

We winterize it (just in case) before we put it into a rented heated garage that is offsite in another town for 4-5 months. It's a nice clean space in a private garage - so we are happy with having that option. No one has access to the garage other than the homeowner and our trailer has the entire space to itself.
But we really miss seeing it in the yard and being able to poke around in it!

Yesterday, after we dropped the trailer off - we busied our selves with chores and then we spent a good part of the early evening watching u-tube airstream videos. Pathetic! It's going to be a loooonnng winter!
I'm wondering if any of the cold weather climate fellow streamers are feeling the same?!
Next year, we hope to figure out seasonal storage at our house...but that's a whole other story! To be continued....
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Old 12-06-2015, 05:42 AM   #417
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Thanks Wild Child, yeah, amazing what a custom shop can do with the interiors. Probably a bit pricey, but also pretty efficient IMO if you know exactly what you want built, and they are already skilled at dealing with all the curved surfaces. Hard to do custom interiors on one's own, without time and access to a well-equipped cabinet shop.

Our winterized FC20 is tucked away at the end of the drive near the garage, with a 50' #12 extension cord feeding a new short (~15") OEM 30 amp electrical plug at the trailer with a 15 amp male end. This is all plugged into a GFI outlet on the back porch, and supplies enough juice to keep the batteries charged, and to power the 2 Damp Chasers and small electric fan inside the trailer. I plan to put a small 120 volt light fixture on the dinette table, so I can see it from inside the house all winter. Or a string of Christmas lights on the outside?

Here is the short OEM plug:

Amazon.com: Furrion FP3015-SS Titanium 30 Amp Female to 15 Amp Male Pigtail: Automotive

Very handy for future boondocking too in areas where you don't need the 30 amp service for the A/C. Not sure what the rating charts would say, but a 200' #10 AWG cable would probably supply enough juice to keep the batteries charged out in the woods. Or a small Honda 2000 generator of course.

I stored my 25' AS this way for many winters years ago, and it worked out fine. The small heat sources inside chased the moisture away all winter. I can also go out and open a window/skylight if we get a nice spell over the winter. Plus now the trailer is ready to head out, if the weather permits a quick dash south after New Years. Life is short!

I still need to water-proof the electrical connections at/near the trailer with a "tent" of EPDM roofing material, or something like that.
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We never made it south this Fall, but hope to do so after New Years or after the worst of winter appears to be over. At the rate this warm spell is going in the Northeast, not sure when winter is going to hit. Nothing like last winter seems to be on the horizon, but who knows . . .

BTW are you familiar with the campgrounds in the Otis Reservoir to Cummington region? I have relatives up that way, and hope to visit with the new trailer next year. How about Tolland State Forest, for instance?

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Happy Holidays to all . . .

Cheers,

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Well, we put our 20 footer into winter storage for the season and we miss it already!



We winterize it (just in case) before we put it into a rented heated garage that is offsite in another town for 4-5 months. It's a nice clean space in a private garage - so we are happy with having that option. No one has access to the garage other than the homeowner and our trailer has the entire space to itself.

But we really miss seeing it in the yard and being able to poke around in it!



Yesterday, after we dropped the trailer off - we busied our selves with chores and then we spent a good part of the early evening watching u-tube airstream videos. Pathetic! It's going to be a loooonnng winter!

I'm wondering if any of the cold weather climate fellow streamers are feeling the same?!

Next year, we hope to figure out seasonal storage at our house...but that's a whole other story! To be continued....

Yes, we are feeling the same way! We have a similar situation with the AS in a heated, private garage. It's an hour from home so we can't even visit regularly! The PLAN is to spend February in FLA - reservations at Anastasia and Topsail - so we'll be on the road again within 60 days, but I've got to do at least a couple of working visits to the AS for projects in the meantime.
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Hi Peter - We used to camp at Tolland State Park as a kid with my parents and as adults many years ago.
I think it probably hasn't changed too much. It's a fairly small, rustic state park that does have swimming, some water view (of the lake) sites and a boat launch. The comfort stations had flush and showers but totally not fancy in case you need them. Some sites difficult to back into - others fairly easy. I'm not sure about hook ups. The lake has a lot of motor boats & jet skis - so it can get busy if you are trying to canoe or kayak. Nothing close by for restaurants and groceries are about a 30 minute drive. There is a general store for minor purchases 5 miles down the road. I think this park is just "ok".

There is DAR State Park in Goshen MA which is a prettier but much smaller park, and no hookups at all. It would mean boondocking.
Restrooms very rustic (code for icky) - if I remember correctly. It has a small pond for kayaking and canoeing. No motorboats allowed - so it is quiet.
It's about a 20 minute drive from Northampton - which has a lot of restaurants and shops (a college town to Smith College). To get there, it's lot of up hills to reach the location. You will be out in the country which is pretty and quiet but not a lot close by. Sites are small and mostly tenters go. I do think scenery wise, it is prettier than Tolland. Just no hookups! We haven't been in years and because I'm not a fan of pond swimming and being without hookups - we haven't put it in our plans to go there.

You may want to Check out: White Birch Campground in Whately MA. White Birch Campground - HOME
Our AS club went to that campground this fall and we were considering going - but had a conflict with the dates. It's just down the road from the Yankee Candle Flagship Store, off the beaten path but close to Northampton and Amherst. To me, it looks pretty nice. But it all depends on what you are looking for.

There are a few good places to eat that we can recommend if you want - let us know. And if you need anything when you are out this way please feel free to reach out to us as we are about 20 min from Northampton area. And if we are around - would be glad to help!
I think maybe checking out reviews on trip advisor may help guide with more recent info than I have. I hope this helps!
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Old 12-06-2015, 11:57 AM   #420
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Thanks -- I am pretty familiar with that area and often go up for a quick trip to see a good group at The Iron Horse. Do you know the group Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem, who are (were?) based in Whately years ago? They play at TIH every so often. Formerly Salamander Crossing, I first heard them here on Long Island at the Stony Brook Folk and Fiddle Festival in the Fall -- I guess about 15-20 years ago at this point. [*]

I have lots of family history up your way -- from Westfield to the NW Hill Towns in the Berkshires --going back many generations. Too many long stories to tell, but I actually water skied on Otis Reservoir in the 1950's as a kid with my grandparents and their crowd. I imagine it has changed a bit since then!

I will let you know if we head up that way in the Spring.

Thanks again for all the pointers.

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.[*] PS -- There are some good shows at The Iron Horse in April and May. TBD

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PS2 -- Putting the tune "Desert Wind" by Salamander Crossing on the OTRA Music Channel thread. Great beat!
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