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Forum: Winter Living 08-26-2017, 08:00 PM
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Posted By mstephens
We currently live in the Outdoor Resort at Palm...

We currently live in the Outdoor Resort at Palm Springs (which is actually in Cathedral City proper). It is an RV ownership resort with 1355 lots. They have a magnificent golf course, pickle ball,...
Forum: On The Road... 08-26-2017, 06:51 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,751
Posted By mstephens
We just spent about 10 days in SD in the car (no...

We just spent about 10 days in SD in the car (no RV). We were scouting future RV spots to spend time in next year with an RV. We found plenty of nice RV campgrounds that looked less than half full. I...
Forum: On The Road... 08-26-2017, 06:41 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 6,624
Posted By mstephens
Our outings ran about 50/50. I decided the moment...

Our outings ran about 50/50. I decided the moment I bought a big trailer and TV, that the most reasonable attitude would be this: "There will be maintenance and there will be some failures. Be ready....
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 08-25-2017, 05:46 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,895
Posted By mstephens
The pry bar option was not even possible. The...

The pry bar option was not even possible. The bars hung down well below the angle at which you could attach the pry bar, and/or, the amount of brute strength needed to pry up the bar was way, waaaaay...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 08-24-2017, 10:12 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,895
Posted By mstephens
My Equalizer Hitch Experience Suburban 1500...

My Equalizer Hitch Experience

Suburban 1500 with 25FC and 1000# bars.

We did lots of towing over mountains, tight turns etc. I broke a hitch head, and I broke a riser stem. We had pieces of...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 04-21-2014, 10:02 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,169
Posted By mstephens
Clearly one of the tectonic shifts is that "radio...

Clearly one of the tectonic shifts is that "radio broadcast" is disappearing and being replaced with "digital music only". They are radically different ideas and different pastimes. If you travel...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 04-20-2014, 09:53 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,169
Posted By mstephens
Well, a LOT of searching has turned up very...

Well, a LOT of searching has turned up very little in the way of alternatives for the installed Sony. The Jensen was a near miss and beyond that there is a world of sameness that is really...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 04-17-2014, 08:14 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,169
Posted By mstephens
I think my trailer is a bit different than some...

I think my trailer is a bit different than some mentioned here. My TV and BlueRay are 120V and not connected in any way to the Sony radio. The TV plays through the TV speakers, which is perfectly...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 04-17-2014, 02:28 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,169
Posted By mstephens
There's pretty much NOTHING on the face of this...

There's pretty much NOTHING on the face of this which I don't understand completely without looking at the manual. Makes perfect sense to me. ...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 04-17-2014, 02:25 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,169
Posted By mstephens
Sometimes those round switches that look like...

Sometimes those round switches that look like knobs are not really knobs- the just move slightly left/right or up/down one click.
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I contacted Jensen Tech Support to ask about...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 04-17-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,169
Posted By mstephens
On Board Stereos/Radios- Upgrade?

2012 FC with "Sony DSX" radio.

I have no use for this radio that came with the unit. The interface is not useable for us, and it doesn't have a WX band, and other things I like. I've been looking...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 04-16-2014, 11:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,313
Posted By mstephens
What agreat explanation, Idroba. Thanks.

What agreat explanation, Idroba. Thanks.
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 04-16-2014, 11:23 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,605
Posted By mstephens
Paula, Yeah, an alarm would be very nice....

Paula,
Yeah, an alarm would be very nice. Especially if it can be set by twisting one knob. In my drwams. BTW, I don't think this thing even plays CDs.
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 04-16-2014, 09:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,605
Posted By mstephens
I am quite impressed with the Sony. I love the...

I am quite impressed with the Sony. I love the abilty to bluetooth music or phone conversations from my iPhone or iPad.
To get AM, push the "band" button 3-4 yimes to get past FM1, FM2, and FM3....
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 04-16-2014, 09:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,313
Posted By mstephens
My new found understanding is this: Parallax...

My new found understanding is this: Parallax (stock AS) charges at only ONE voltage, 13.6V. This is two little for fast charge, and too much for maintenance charge and so the batteries get boiled if...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 04-16-2014, 09:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,313
Posted By mstephens
Bingo. I am totally FINE with wiring of all...

Bingo. I am totally FINE with wiring of all kinds. My concern was getting into a lot of mechanical crawling around or going underneath, or heavy work. Wiring is my thang. Thank you so much for the...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 04-16-2014, 08:56 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,605
Posted By mstephens
Pity we have to resort to cheat sheets for a dang...

Pity we have to resort to cheat sheets for a dang radio, isn't it? This one isn't really useful to us. It has no AM, has no WX, and it's performance on what it does do is crap anyway. And RV radio...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 04-16-2014, 08:04 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,605
Posted By mstephens
Looked through the entire briefcase of manuals...

Looked through the entire briefcase of manuals and materials that came with the trailer and found no keys - NUTS!. I see the ones on Amazon are a whopping $10 bucks! I think I'll try some brass shim...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 04-16-2014, 06:34 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,605
Posted By mstephens
KEYS! Ok folks, thanks. Maybe they are even still...

KEYS! Ok folks, thanks. Maybe they are even still in the manual bag. I will look in a few minutes. Good thing I didn't pull too hard.

As to the actual radio, it doesn't meet my standards for...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 04-16-2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,313
Posted By mstephens
How much work is it to change out the Parallax...

How much work is it to change out the Parallax for a Progressive Dynamics 4600? Is this a few hours work?
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 04-16-2014, 04:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,605
Posted By mstephens
Removing Sony Radio - 2012 FC?

I've taken the plastic bezel off, and there seems to be no screws holding the radio in. I removed the speaker on that side and can't feel anything up inside.

I would love to get this awful thing...
Forum: 2009-2015 Flying Cloud 04-15-2014, 07:44 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,847
Posted By mstephens
You're hooked now! Congrats on the new FC!

You're hooked now! Congrats on the new FC!
Forum: On The Road... 04-15-2014, 09:10 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,711
Posted By mstephens
We got our AS 2-1/2 years ago and I taught my...

We got our AS 2-1/2 years ago and I taught my wife immediately how to do everything including backing into spaces. She drives not too often, but often enough to keep her skills up. We did it for...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 04-14-2014, 08:24 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,774
Posted By mstephens
Thanks Lew. Good info and very useful. We're...

Thanks Lew. Good info and very useful.

We're odd ducks. We've had our trailer 2 years, and have done LOTS of trips, but this was the first boondocking we've done. We're trying to see if this is...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 04-14-2014, 07:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,774
Posted By mstephens
Add me to the "battery uninformed." I too thought...

Add me to the "battery uninformed." I too thought the TV was charging our TT batteries with a few hours driving.

We just got back from a 3 day boondock at Mohave Preserve. Ok, I had new batteries...
Forum: Member Introductions 04-10-2014, 05:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,964
Posted By mstephens
For reference. I have a 25FC and have towed it...

For reference. I have a 25FC and have towed it with two Suburbans. An '07 1500 with 4WD and a 5.3L and now currently an '06 2500 2WD with 6.0L. Both are no problem with a 25FC.
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 04-07-2014, 01:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,164
Posted By mstephens
Everyone's idea of roomy is different. I think...

Everyone's idea of roomy is different. I think that until you go see some trailers at your nearest dealer, you just won't know what will do.

When we bought our mistake trailer (everyone buys one)...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 04-04-2014, 08:38 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,513
Posted By mstephens
Our 2012 FC is a small house on wheels. It has...

Our 2012 FC is a small house on wheels. It has two TVs and a microwave. It has a stereo with a subwoofer, a standup shower, queen bed, oven and huge refrigerator, furnace, and air conditioner. It...
Forum: Tires 03-28-2014, 07:51 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,940
Posted By mstephens
Looking at the spec for that tire here:...

Looking at the spec for that tire here: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=XPS+Rib&partnum=275R6XPSR

I see 80 PSI as the max. I'd look very carefully at the...
Forum: On The Road... 03-25-2014, 09:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,047
Posted By mstephens
Thanks all for the good info!

Thanks all for the good info!
Forum: On The Road... 03-25-2014, 01:25 PM
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Views: 1,047
Posted By mstephens
Ummm, sounds pretty steep then to get all the way...

Ummm, sounds pretty steep then to get all the way up. So, 25RC with my new 6L 'Burb will do it, Subfan?
Forum: On The Road... 03-25-2014, 09:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,047
Posted By mstephens
Huntington Lake, CA. Advice

We've never been there. Looks like there are a few RV parks there. Anyone have experience? How's the road? We'd be towing a 25FC.

Probably late June early July.
Forum: On The Road... 03-25-2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 907
Views: 118,835
Posted By mstephens
Nice photo, ILOVESALLY.

Nice photo, ILOVESALLY.
Forum: Jacks, Stabilizers, Lifting and Leveling 03-24-2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 11,423
Posted By mstephens
My switch burned out a year after we bought the...

My switch burned out a year after we bought the jack. I disassembled the head, and it was nothing more exotic than a 2 pole momentary toggle switch with 3 positions UP-OFF-DOWN. I think at 10A. I...
Forum: On The Road... 03-24-2014, 08:29 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,198
Posted By mstephens
I hope some of the wives read this thread so they...

I hope some of the wives read this thread so they can understand just how important flashlights are to their men. Guys have been known to spend hours looking at flashlight porn. Or, was that reading...
Forum: On The Road... 03-23-2014, 04:04 PM
Replies: 907
Views: 118,835
Posted By mstephens
From Tio's Tacos in Riverside, Ca. This guy...

From Tio's Tacos in Riverside, Ca.

This guy is an amazing artist. He has coverted literally tons of junk/garbage into some very impressive art, and he serves a mean taco.
Forum: On The Road... 03-23-2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 907
Views: 118,835
Posted By mstephens
Jarupa County Park in Riverside, Ca. We...

Jarupa County Park in Riverside, Ca.

We wanted a short trip to shake out the TV and get away. We're new to SoCal and wanted to see what was around this area. The park is a "kid's paradise" and...
Forum: Member Introductions 03-23-2014, 10:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,452
Posted By mstephens
WOW - snowy roads and all. Stream on! Welcome to...

WOW - snowy roads and all. Stream on! Welcome to the community.
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 03-22-2014, 06:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,462
Posted By mstephens
" I especially like the gold ultra leather. ...

" I especially like the gold ultra leather. Funny, I don't think it's real leather at all, but it feels very nice."
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We have a 2012 FC with gold ultra leather. Ours is 2-1/2 years...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 03-22-2014, 06:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,993
Posted By mstephens
Everything seems to work fine now with the two...

Everything seems to work fine now with the two new batteries.
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 03-22-2014, 08:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,993
Posted By mstephens
Aage, newer Airstreams have the jack connected...

Aage, newer Airstreams have the jack connected directly to the positive terminal of the batteries with a 30 amp fuse in the wire and the jack body connection to the frame as ground....
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 03-21-2014, 07:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,993
Posted By mstephens
Lew, Thanks. No fuses were blown. he jacked...

Lew,
Thanks. No fuses were blown. he jacked worked, but slowly because the batts were nearly dead. What I wondered, is why my car battery didn't take over when I connected the 7-pin? There was no...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 03-21-2014, 04:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,993
Posted By mstephens
Battery Problem - How Does This Work?

My 2012 FC 25 is 30 months old, and guess what?--the "30 month batteries" seem to have failed. Surprise, surprise.

So, I don't understand this part of it. I went to raise my jack this am to hook...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 03-17-2014, 08:58 PM
Replies: 377
Views: 71,327
Posted By mstephens
I just watched a YouTube of Wally Byam's Mexico...

I just watched a YouTube of Wally Byam's Mexico Caravan from the 1950s. Wow! Talk about some cool tow vehicles!
Forum: Tow Vehicles 03-15-2014, 02:55 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 11,318
Posted By mstephens
Moosetags, You are obviously the "go to guy" on...

Moosetags,
You are obviously the "go to guy" on 2500 Suburbans. I hope you don't mind if I pick your brain now and then. We're going camping next weekend. Probably down to the Anza Borrego again....
Forum: Tow Vehicles 03-15-2014, 09:56 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 16,130
Posted By mstephens
3880# is amazing. We didn't consider vintage when...

3880# is amazing. We didn't consider vintage when we bought our trailer a few years ago because we could not do the work. But, in the future I would consider getting a vintage trailer built by one of...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 03-14-2014, 05:30 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 16,130
Posted By mstephens
I agree. I think the structure is too house-like,...

I agree. I think the structure is too house-like, and not enough trailer-like. A couple weeks ago we attended the antique trailer show in Palm Springs. The old trailers were built lighter, and yet...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 03-14-2014, 02:29 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 16,130
Posted By mstephens
We tried several vans for comfort. I really can't...

We tried several vans for comfort. I really can't tolerate them at all. The engine box forces the most unnatural position of the legs. I have lots of leg/knee problems and the vans were just...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 03-14-2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 16,130
Posted By mstephens
I think it is odd too that they don't at least...

I think it is odd too that they don't at least try one model. They had the Eddie Baurer, they had the Italian Yacht Design, why not a 25 that is super light for V6 SUVs? I know it is doable.

This...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 03-14-2014, 09:17 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 16,130
Posted By mstephens
Bigger SUVs or Lighter Trailers Personally,...

Bigger SUVs or Lighter Trailers

Personally, I'd be highly motivated by a 25' quality trailer that weighs 4000# that could be towed by any of the hefty V6 SUVs. There's an obvious counter trend...
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