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Old 03-03-2015, 03:01 PM   #659
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I use the camera from rearviewcamera.com and it may be a solution for you. It uses a wifi camera (that I mounted to look through the rear window. The camera talks to a router placed in the front of the trailer, and my iPhone talks to the router. The iPhone displays the rear view. That cuts all the distances considerably. Works great for me!
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Old 03-04-2015, 08:57 AM   #660
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I use the camera from rearviewcamera.com and it may be a solution for you. It uses a wifi camera (that I mounted to look through the rear window. The camera talks to a router placed in the front of the trailer, and my iPhone talks to the router. The iPhone displays the rear view. That cuts all the distances considerably. Works great for me!
Thanks for this info. As we move into the heavy travel season, I'll be looking for options.

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Old 03-04-2015, 09:05 AM   #661
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Window Issue

Now that the weather is noticeably warming, we have been opening New Lucy's windows and using the Fantastic Fans.

Opening New Lucy's windows has been a problem. I have not been able to open her window as the rubber molding sticks to the glass. I have had go outside and lightly pry the windows open at the bottom to get them started.

There was black rubber residue on the edge of the glass when I first got them open. A couple of the windows even ripped pieces of rubber from the molding.

What am I doing wrong?

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Old 03-04-2015, 11:04 AM   #662
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Air pressure and lug nut torque

Well we are ready to take Feather to Cedar Key this weekend.
We have the 16" Michlein LTX MS 225/75r Load E and when we pick her up the dealer inflated the tires to the recommended max 80psi. I don't know what they torqued the wheel lugs at. Could someone give me some guidance on pressure and torque.
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Old 03-04-2015, 11:23 AM   #663
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Well we are ready to take Feather to Cedar Key this weekend.
We have the 16" Michlein LTX MS 225/75r Load E and when we pick her up the dealer inflated the tires to the recommended max 80psi. I don't know what they torqued the wheel lugs at. Could someone give me some guidance on pressure and torque.
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We had these same tires on Old Lucy for 60,000 miles, and we have also put a set on New Lucy. We have always run these tires at 72 PSI and torque the lug nuts to 115 foot pounds.

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Old 03-04-2015, 11:30 AM   #664
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I have always had the same sticky window situation. I lube the rubber molding with silicon but it doesn't last. So my trailer key fob is a bottle opener which which I gently use to open sticky windows from the outside.

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I have been doing the same thing with the screw driver tip on my little pocket knife.

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Brian, our windows stuck when the trailer was new. I sprayed liberal amounts of silicone on the rubber and after a few years they stopped sticking. I still spray them annually with silicone. I used a putty knife to pry them away from the rubber. It is not too sharp to cut the rubber, but strong and thin enough to work into the space. See what you get for buying a new one.

I too run the same tires at 72 lbs. I first used 68 lbs., but didn't like the way the tires were wearing across the treads. From early in the 2008 production run, Airstream has recommended 110 lbs., unless they've recently changed it. The first few months of the 2008 models and before was 120 lbs. The reason for the change was a change in what brand of wheels they were using. So if you have aftermarket wheels, check with the manufacturer.

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On Old Lucy (5005 Safari) I used a lug nut torque value of 115'#, splitting the difference between the Factory recommended of 110 to 120'#.

On New Lucy, I did a lot of research and came up with torque number all over the place. The wheel supplier recommended 75'#. After considering all of the information that I was getting, I decided to stick with the 115 number that I had always used.

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Wheel torque is probably determined by guys drinking beer. Toyota now recommends 100 lbs. for my Tundra, but I recall the owner's manual recommends less. Mechanics often don't bother to use a torque wrench, though years of experience allows people to guess pretty accurately. When I torque the Airstream's wheels, I usually go over 110 a bit assuming the wrench isn't all that accurate. None of our wheels have fallen off so far.

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I have a fairly high end Craftsman torque wrench that I have had for years. In all the years with the Airstream, I checked the lug nut torque on a regular basis and never once were any of the lugs out of torque.

I always carry the torque wrench as I also use it for the U-bolts on the Hensley. These bolts do need some extra tightening on a regular basis.

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I am going to be trying a product called Window Poppers to help with stuck window syndrome. Probably will install them this weekend.

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Opening New Lucy's windows has been a problem. I have not been able to open her window as the rubber molding sticks to the glass. I have had go outside and lightly pry the windows open at the bottom to get them started.
We use a credit card or old hotel room key card to pry the windows open. It has gotten better but over a year later they still get stuck half of the time.
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Once open, keep the gaskets lubed with Armorall , 303 or something like that. I do that a couple of times a year and it seems to work.


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