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Old 03-21-2015, 07:02 PM   #757
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Hello All. We are days away from picking up our 2015 FC 25 FB. The information in the forum and this thread awesome. Thanks!
I was wondering about tire pressure monitoring systems. I searched the forum and read those comments. However, the folks who follow this thread seem to have a whole bunch of experience and willing to offer their experience on a wide range of topics. Help?

Hi tracker,
A TPMS is one of the current items that many Airstreamers have added because of the comfort that they provide. Like the ones that you most likely have in your vehicle, they become a necessity once you have experienced having them. You have of course, lots of choices and lots of different opinions on which one is the best. I have no idea which one is the best, but I use Tire Minder because they are simple and the company is really easy to deal with. I like the fact that I can take them off easily during winter storage. You will soon want a rear view camera and again I like simple and effective with an easy relationship with the provider and I got that from rvrearviewcamera. That's all for now, but you will find the list is, well, endless, but you can't go wrong listening to the folks on this forum. Unless you are going to ask about a hitch or a tow vehicle, then disregard that last bit. Jim


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Old 03-21-2015, 11:47 PM   #758
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I acquired the Dill TPMS 1506-353 from a local Discount Tire store that also provided the SenDel wheels for the 16" upgrade. I purchased the Voyager rear camera at the Airstream store as that is the one they install there.
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Old 03-22-2015, 05:10 AM   #759
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Should batterys be replaced in pairs? Can't remember. Jim
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Old 03-22-2015, 06:11 AM   #760
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I also use the Dill TPMS for peace of mind.
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Old 03-22-2015, 06:44 AM   #761
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Should batterys be replaced in pairs? Can't remember. Jim
I think it is always best to replace both batteries at the same time.

The service manager at the Chevrolet dealer that I should always replace both batteries in my Silverado at the same time as replacing only one will cause the weaker battery to draw down the new one.

I would think that the same would apply to the two battery system in the Airstream.

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Thaks, I knew that but if I had stated it as fact someone would have wanted proof! Thanks again. Jim
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Old 03-22-2015, 05:23 PM   #763
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Shoot! When an Interstate battery went south on me on the road, I bought a pair of OReily's house brand. There was not other choice in stock in a very small town. That was 3 years ago.
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Old 03-22-2015, 06:49 PM   #764
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Shoot! When an Interstate battery went south on me on the road, I bought a pair of OReily's house brand. There was not other choice in stock in a very small town. That was 3 years ago.

We went in a similar direction with Old Lucy. Her OEM Interstates lasted about five years. When they started not holding a charge, we replaced them with a pair from right off the shelf at Wal-Mart. We used Lucy with those batteries for three years, and they were still working well.

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Old 03-24-2015, 08:56 PM   #765
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Lucy is back home with another 320 miles under her belt. We will now prepare her for her Northeast Excursion. Our first road trip stop will be Jackson Center.

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Have a good trip. Enjoy Ohio. Peace,jim
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I will be eager to hear about the Jackson Center. We recently visited the Airstream Dealership in Fairfield California to handle a recall. This site is huge and beautiful and never have I seen so many Airstreams. Crawled through several while our rig was serviced. They had the latest bells and whistles and some tricked out custom models. The staff was great. Please give us a full report on Jackson.
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We will do that. I will post a full report of New Lucy's repairs and upgrades at Jackson Center. We have been there three times before with Old Lucy, and were always very pleased with the results. I hope that nothing has changed.

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I bought a new 28 ft. rear twin bed AS. I picked the AS up in August so it is only 8 months old. I took the two Interstate batteries that came with AS into O'Reily's today to be charged after storing the AS for the past four months. i was told that one of them needed to be replaced. I'm not sure that I trust the guy who told me is there a way to check this out? If the battery does need to be replaced can you suggest what brand I should look for to replace the Interstate Battery?
I pulled my Interstates out of the AS in storage and took them home. I purchased a hydrometer and found a couple of cells low on one of my Interstates. I put that battery on a smart charger and let it charge completely then retested the specific gravity. The twp cells were still down. So I put it on a an old Sears dumb charger at 6amps and let the charger run the volts up to 15v - 16v for a few hours. The two bad cells recovered. Then charged the second battery. All cells were good on that Interstate testing them with the hydrometer. I then put the parallel wires on and left my smart charge connected to maintain the batteries over the last couple of months in my garage. I'm hoping the batteries will be good this season.

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On Old Lucy (2005 Safari 25FB), the OEM interstates made it for almost six years under heavy and regular use. We replaced them with two Wal-Mart 12 volts, and when we traded her three tears later, they were still going strong.

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