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  1. SusanC
    02-01-2009 07:12 AM
    Hi Mike. Apologies for not getting back to you sooner. I changed my email address and have been busy with other stuff during the winter. It's been super cold here in BC. No, I don't have airconditioning, but I have looked around quite a bit and keep going back to the low profile duotherm Penguin model. Knowing me I would go for the most powerful one. I did get aluminum box made to carry a honda generator on a back deck of the Bambi. I got a long piece of airplane wire so I can just take generator out of the box, lock it, and place it far enough from the trailer so I don't hear the noise. Congrats on your Bambi! Let me know how it goes. Cheers, Susan.
  2. overlander64
    Greetings Mike!

    Congratulations on your new acquisition!

    With the number of electrical devices that you plan, I believe that you will need to at least partially rewire the coach. Your 30 AMP service from the factory will not be sufficient, and you will need the 50 AMP service to permit the use of cooking devices when either air conditioning or heating being utilized. Even with 50 AMP, you may need to guard against using too many of your electrical devices at the same time. Your existing electrical (120-volt) shouldn't need re-wiring beyond replacing the entrance cable and breaker box -- the larger 50 AMP breaker box will permit the addition of the extra circuits that you will need for your proposed setup.

    You might want to consider one of the 12-volt, compressor type refrigerators that is manufactured for RV and Marine applications. See: Nova Kool, refrigerators, freezers, Marine, RV, Truck
    One of the forum members, I believe, has utilized one of these refrigerators and has been very well pleased with its operation.

    The one issue that you will be running up against with the air conditioner is the probability that the coach is not reinforced for air conditioner installation. Even if the coach wasn't factory reinforced for air conditioner installation, it is still possible to add an air conditioner -- it will just require some additional work to add some bracing between the rafters. A knowlegeable Airstream dealer should be able to assist with such an installation -- in addition to bracing, plumbing would need to be run for the condesate drain as well as an electric supply for the air conditioner.

    My air conditioners are both strictly air conditioners. From what I have been able to learn, the heat pump can be effective but the units with heat strips provide a greater sense of warmth since the temperature of the air is higher when it is the result of the electric coils.

    I would suggest maintaining your on-board water service. These small, one axle coaches are designed with the intention that you will travel with a full or nearly full water tank. When the water tank isn't full, it can cause the hitch weight to be low enough that sway or yaw can be induced. I know that even with my Minuet, it handles far better with a full water tank than when the tank is empty.

    Bybassing the blackwater tank isn't practical. The earlier coaches that didn't have blackwater tanks simply had a terminator below the toilet that connected to the sewer hose. The downside to this is that it makes utilizing the trailer's bathroom facilities while underway nearly impossible -- I know that this is a big reason that one of my friends with a 1950s coach added a blackwater tank.

    Good luck with your project!


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    Greenville, MS
    Greenville, MS and Memphis, TN
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    1965 26' Overlander
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    1963 16' Bambi
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