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Old 05-15-2016, 09:34 PM   #883
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[chevl66; Broken table bracket]

If it were me, I would opt for a longer piece of 1X (maybe twice as long) to spread the load horizontally across the plywood panel. The storage panel lifts up, so I would remove the top to the WH for full access.

I would replace the screws with flat head bolts & use T-Nuts (on the inside) instead of washers and bolts. Just a cleaner application and no bolts that stick out to catch anything on if you're accessing via the seat cushion panel


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Thanks for all of the suggestions! The cleat or bracket is just a 1.5" x .5" piece of laminated wood, has 2 pre-drilled holes that the screws sink into. It's screwed into the bottom of the bench, through the fabric covering. I think going with a longer, wider piece and using multiple screws may be the answer. I just don't want it to look ugly!
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Old 05-16-2016, 06:22 AM   #884
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Does anyone else have a squeak in the floor - near the bath door?
And what can you do to mitigate it?

Thanks TR
Be careful there. I think (not 100% sure) that may be where the joists are spread further because the grey water tank is between them?
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Old 05-16-2016, 02:06 PM   #885
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What Mods have you Made?

Just wanting to see what others have done to their 20's ... I'm looking for good ideas to expand storage in the bathroom, bedroom, really anywhere!

We have removed our blinds from the ports windows both in the bath and kitchen, added "clear" contact paper which is actually foggy for light to come through but neighbors can't see in, seems to open up the closed-in feeling a little.

Added a magnetic strip along wall in bathroom with mighty magnets to hold tweezers, scissors, nail clippers, all that metal small stuff that's normally in a drawer.

Removed the toilet paper holder from inside the cabinet door, allows more space to store bath supplies, TP and cleaning supplies, tank treatment, etc.

Had our Tele moved to the bedroom wall, so now we sleep the way it's made to be slept in, except it feels backwards to me due to the closet.

Looking for suggestions on making an electronics charging station where the Tele used to be mounted. This was the best $100 we ever spent to free up all that space on top of the fridge!

Added a magnetic strip on wall behind stove top for knife storage.

I'm also looking for ideas on utilizing all the storage in the corner cabinet - although I feel like I need to be a contortionist to adequately use it effectively!!

There is another mod posting, but it includes mostly technical changes, like stereo, toggle switches, etc. I'm looking for livability factors to make my life easier with 4 people traveling for months on end!

TIA!
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Old 05-16-2016, 02:21 PM   #886
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I like what you have done so far. I have owned mine for only 3 months so don't have suggestions. Will watch the responses to yours, though, for ideas.

Is the TP sitting loose on the counter or something? I would like to remove the holder as well.
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Old 05-16-2016, 06:45 PM   #887
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Just wanting to see what others have done to their 20's ... I'm looking for good ideas to expand storage in the bathroom, bedroom, really anywhere!



We have removed our blinds from the ports windows both in the bath and kitchen, added "clear" contact paper which is actually foggy for light to come through but neighbors can't see in, seems to open up the closed-in feeling a little.



Added a magnetic strip along wall in bathroom with mighty magnets to hold tweezers, scissors, nail clippers, all that metal small stuff that's normally in a drawer.



Removed the toilet paper holder from inside the cabinet door, allows more space to store bath supplies, TP and cleaning supplies, tank treatment, etc.



Had our Tele moved to the bedroom wall, so now we sleep the way it's made to be slept in, except it feels backwards to me due to the closet.



Looking for suggestions on making an electronics charging station where the Tele used to be mounted. This was the best $100 we ever spent to free up all that space on top of the fridge!



Added a magnetic strip on wall behind stove top for knife storage.



I'm also looking for ideas on utilizing all the storage in the corner cabinet - although I feel like I need to be a contortionist to adequately use it effectively!!



There is another mod posting, but it includes mostly technical changes, like stereo, toggle switches, etc. I'm looking for livability factors to make my life easier with 4 people traveling for months on end!



TIA!

Welcome to the Airstream FC 20 Footer Thread!

We have not done any "hard construction" renovations or modifications other than personalizing and organizing our FCloud9!
We are only a little over two years Airstreaming but as we are retired recently....we camped over 200 nights, 50 or more campgrounds and 10,000 miles and really love our 20 Footer! We find the best improvements are utilizing all areas efficiently.
The following details are offered for items we either already had in our home or more recently purchased.
I am not advertising for any retailer but found the various items very useful.

One item not mentioned is Tupperware Modular Containers which I have had for over thirty years but re-purposed for pantry pull out and overhead locker above table. These store pantry dry goods and fit perfectly! Not sure the are available anymore but cannot go wrong with durability!
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Airstream Organizers

Over the bed lockers:

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Bathroom under the sink cabinet:

Cube caddies from 31 - four fit leaving lots additional storage space and caddies can be packed to be convenient for "grab-n-go" in the event you prefer campground shower.

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Upper shelf in wardrobe:

Two Utility Totes ( filled with beach gear and hiking gear)

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Airstream "hampers" head/foot of bead:

These went unused first few trips..... then we received a super gift from family one holiday - super compact beach chairs by Alite and Meadow mat:
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These items along with beach towels fill one and the other is filled with Travelon Packing Cubes filled with personal clothing and running gear.

Under the double sink cabinet:

Two utility baskets ( we usually have wine and spirits in one and heavy pantry items in the other)-

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Additionally: Store Caphalon Sauté Pan, Dutch Oven, Coffee Pot and small utility tote filled with cleaning supplies (mostly kitchen use items)

Under the bed storage:
Large Sterilite Bins:
Usually one filled with non-perishable grocery items
One filled with extra set sheets, towels, extra blanket
Another filled with kayak gear-dry bags, life jackets or extra paper goods if kayak not with us on the trip.
Alternatively, on a 3 month trip to southwest during winter...carried extra clothing for all seasons).

Small Sterilite Bins:
One filled with laundry gear-tide pods, dryer sheets, lots of quarters, mending kit, travel iron, clothes line and clothes pins.
Others filled with what ever does not fit elsewhere!

Happy travels and enjoy your new Airstream,
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Old 05-16-2016, 11:55 PM   #888
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Be careful there. I think (not 100% sure) that may be where the joists are spread further because the grey water tank is between them?
Is it possible to get in from underneath and see what's going on there?
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Old 05-17-2016, 07:03 AM   #889
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You could remove the panels, but I would call Airstream Tech Support and ask. They seem pretty sharp on what's where. I don't suppose the panels remove easily because of the lazy way the local shops deal with sensor problems...
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Old 05-17-2016, 09:34 AM   #890
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subfan1, I ordered a Yamaha 1000 generator with the propane conversion, and would appreciate a clarification of how you used your Schumacher charger.

Did you feel that the 1000 was too small to connect directly to the trailer to power the battery charger? The amperages are close, but it seemed to me this would work, without using the intermediate Schumacher charger.

Did you hook up all three at the same time? [gen -- Schmacher charger -- trailer batteries]

Thanks,

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Now that we have a 160 Watt panel I no longer bring outer 1k watt gen. But before the panel I took it with us along with a Schumacher car smart charger. I plug in the charger to the gen and charge the batteries directly from the charger. Works great and batteries always topped off.
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Nice plan, plus you end up with a fully charged portable car charger, right? Could you describe how you connect the Schumacher unit to the trailer batteries, and is this a simultaneous operation as you are running the generator? Thanks and sorry if these are dumb questions. "Sparky"
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Old 05-17-2016, 01:32 PM   #891
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Thanks for all of the suggestions! The cleat or bracket is just a 1.5" x .5" piece of laminated wood, has 2 pre-drilled holes that the screws sink into. It's screwed into the bottom of the bench, through the fabric covering. I think going with a longer, wider piece and using multiple screws may be the answer. I just don't want it to look ugly!
Chevel66, interesting yours is laminated Mine appears to be hardwood. Sorry I don't have a better picture of the cleat. I have also attached a pic of the WH and the adjacent wall that the cleat is screwed to.

At any rate check out an earlier post re screw failures with laminate. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f516...127845-41.html # 568

IMO there isn't much integrity to the laminate. Also AS often uses sheet metal screws, often too short, instead of wood screws. In consideration of the picture of the drawer, You may want to consider a thru laminate connection as there is considerable more weight on the bed support/cleats than the pots and pangs moving around in the drawer...and they blew out with minimal resistance.

Bob
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I seem to have the same cleats as you Bob. No surprise I guess. After removing the wood bungs over the screw heads, I will use longer screws or through-bolts. The wood cleat behind the dinette base top edge, in the storage area, is kind of overkill IMO and may be in the way of getting nuts/washers on the new bolts. Both cleats could be wider and as you noted Bob the cleats under the table could be longer (and not stick out so far IMO). [ Edit -- Plus add 1-2 through-bolts per Steve's excellent suggestion. ]

To be noted also -- the dropped table is probably not supposed to be sat on without the "mattress" in place, which distributes the load. An adult seated on the 'mica table top right over the cleats could easily shear off or tear out short screws. Sorry to devolve into another QC comment but this little corner of the AS looks pretty hoakey IMO. Like an afterthought.

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I wonder if it would help any to add a third through bolt in the middle? Your picture of the cleat looks like the one in my unit as well.
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Good idea Steve, see edit in original post.
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oops, guess I originally missed that. I was also thinking that maybe an additional cleat through bolted under the original one for added support. May seem like overkill but could work and give double the strength.
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Another cleat would be overkill IMO. When an adult is seated on the cushions (as mattress), it would be almost impossible to break/tear out longer screws or through-bolts.
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