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Forum: Refrigerators 07-21-2018, 01:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,381
Posted By '55 Airlight
While there's no shortage of uninformed advice...

While there's no shortage of uninformed advice based on "conventional" wisdom, this particular bit of advice (proffered by a vast number of people, but only based on opinion) cannot be found in...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 07-11-2018, 10:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,179
Posted By '55 Airlight
I have a macerator pump for the blackwater tank...

I have a macerator pump for the blackwater tank in my '55 Airlight. The system has worked great -- except last year it starting blowing fuses when I powered up the macerator pump. The installation...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 10-20-2017, 05:42 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,574
Posted By '55 Airlight
No one else has mentioned it. When I used...

No one else has mentioned it. When I used clip-on mirrors -- before stepping up to proper trailering mirrors -- I always tied a slack safety line on the doggone mirrors (I used black mason line) and...
Forum: WBCCI Forum 10-01-2017, 01:22 PM
Replies: 289
Views: 54,809
Posted By '55 Airlight
Thanks, PSchw, for creating a lively paradox....

Thanks, PSchw, for creating a lively paradox. "What happens to tolerance?" followed by the rhetorical question "Why does a group have to adapt?" is a fascinating contradiction.

No reasonable...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 09-28-2017, 11:45 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,574
Posted By '55 Airlight
Nothing to like about clip-on mirrors. (They're...

Nothing to like about clip-on mirrors. (They're like clip-on bow ties -- they're for kids.) I use a Toyota Tacoma to tow my 15' Airlight, so I bought some aftermarket mirrors that replace the...
Forum: Steps 09-28-2017, 11:33 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,120
Posted By '55 Airlight
Elkhart Tool and Die has been making camper...

Elkhart Tool and Die has been making camper steps, among other things, since the 1950s, I think. Here's a link to the accessory you've been asking for. <http://www.elkharttool.com/accessories.html>...
Forum: WBCCI Forum 09-26-2017, 10:20 AM
Replies: 289
Views: 54,809
Posted By '55 Airlight
Eliana, First let me wish you Shana Tovah from...

Eliana, First let me wish you Shana Tovah from southern California. I have been trailer camping since 1972 (though not always with an Airstream, though I've owned a 62 Bambi.) For the past ten...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 09-15-2017, 11:01 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,580
Posted By '55 Airlight
Carrying bikes on tonneau cover requires hard...

Carrying bikes on tonneau cover requires hard lid, not roll up.
Forum: Lights - Interior & Exterior 08-22-2017, 10:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,123
Posted By '55 Airlight
Very modern looking fixtures. I have a vintage...

Very modern looking fixtures. I have a vintage aluminum airframe trailer; I used five of this one because it had two levels of brightness. Very pleased with the build quality of this fixture. I...
Forum: Lights - Interior & Exterior 08-22-2017, 11:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,123
Posted By '55 Airlight
http://www.doctorled.com/p23.htm

http://www.doctorled.com/p23.htm
Forum: Interior Restoration Forum 08-19-2017, 11:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,681
Posted By '55 Airlight
Forgive my bold, perhaps harsh, response to your...

Forgive my bold, perhaps harsh, response to your call for help. To beautifully build out a "gutted" (how I hate that word) 1970 Airstream shell is a $100K exercise in self-indulgence. If you want to...
Forum: On The Road... 08-17-2017, 01:52 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,060
Posted By '55 Airlight
Some folks have mad skills backing a trailer... ...

Some folks have mad skills backing a trailer...
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxr83Vkrh00>
Forum: Argosy Motorhomes 08-08-2017, 02:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,097
Posted By '55 Airlight
<https://www.sportaid.com/sure-grip_pedal-extender...

<https://www.sportaid.com/sure-grip_pedal-extenders.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIw63s17bI1QIVx0wNCh1zMwOKEAQYAiABEgJVFfD_BwE>
Forum: Trailer Values 07-22-2017, 03:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,248
Posted By '55 Airlight
Carlos, My 15' aluminum airframe trailer...

Carlos,
My 15' aluminum airframe trailer weighs 2750 lbs, wet, with about 400 lbs tongue weight. So there's no rolling it around with a tip-dolly, or on the jack wheel (where the hell is that...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 07-22-2017, 11:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,324
Posted By '55 Airlight
For ten years, I've had a macerator pump on my...

For ten years, I've had a macerator pump on my little 1955 airframe trailer. Recently it began blowing fuses. Believing that the peak amp draw when the pump activated was the culprit, the solution...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 07-19-2017, 09:33 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,643
Posted By '55 Airlight
Hey, FlyFishinRVr, Sorry to ruffle your feathers....

Hey, FlyFishinRVr, Sorry to ruffle your feathers. By characterizing your patently false information as rubbish. I sure didn't set out to insult you or anyone -- no ad hominem attacks here! Contrary...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 07-18-2017, 03:11 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,643
Posted By '55 Airlight
Your claim is rubbish, of course, an uninformed...

Your claim is rubbish, of course, an uninformed opinion not even based on even easy perusal of the literature. Lithium-ion has been shown to flammable, but show us evidence of Lithium Iron Phosphate...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 07-16-2017, 08:51 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 7,990
Posted By '55 Airlight
Thanks. Illustrated in the first image are the...

Thanks. Illustrated in the first image are the two explosion proof vented battery boxes, vented out the side (that goofy manifold connecting both boxes) and each box vented out through the floor and...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 07-16-2017, 05:21 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 7,990
Posted By '55 Airlight
In a 15' ball-coupler-to-rear-bumper trailer...

In a 15' ball-coupler-to-rear-bumper trailer having a 12' body, even if I bought into your peculiar dictum about "no batteries under the bed" -- there aren't a lot of other locations to chose from. ...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 07-16-2017, 07:28 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 7,990
Posted By '55 Airlight
Peter, Perhaps you are confusing LiFePO4...

Peter,
Perhaps you are confusing LiFePO4 (Lithium Iron Phosphate) which is a nontoxic material, with the hazardous LiCoO2 (Lithium-Ion)? I believe LiFeP04 is safer inside a trailer than either...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 07-16-2017, 07:20 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 7,990
Posted By '55 Airlight
<<A Lithium-iron battery remains cool at room...

<<A Lithium-iron battery remains cool at room temperature while the Li-ion may suffer thermal runaway and heats up faster under similar charging conditions. LiFePO4 is a nontoxic material, but LiCoO2...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 07-15-2017, 10:35 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 7,990
Posted By '55 Airlight
Hi! Thanks for this informed and cogent...

Hi! Thanks for this informed and cogent contribution to the thread!

As a famous wag once opined, It's not what you don't know that makes you a fool, it's what you don't know that you think you...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 07-13-2017, 05:00 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 7,990
Posted By '55 Airlight
While Bob's advice (especially in his reply to...

While Bob's advice (especially in his reply to the original poster) is good and his information correct, I take exception to his claim that Lithiums can't compete in cost against AGM or other lead...
Forum: Trailer Values 07-11-2017, 01:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,248
Posted By '55 Airlight
Door in the desirable rear-entry position

Join the club. All this time I thought I had the only riveted aluminum airframe trailer with her door in the desirable rear-entry position (Now there's a phrase you cannot often employ in polite...
Forum: Cleaning, Stripping & Polishing 07-06-2017, 01:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,377
Posted By '55 Airlight
Windex (Ammonia) is generally proscribed for use...

Windex (Ammonia) is generally proscribed for use on aluminum.
M
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 06-29-2017, 12:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 8,796
Posted By '55 Airlight
I towed with a Highlander -- my 15' Airlight was...

I towed with a Highlander -- my 15' Airlight was 2750#, wet. The Highlander's 3.3L V-6 was plenty capable, and even the brakes (along with the trailer brakes on the new Dexter Torflex axle) but by...
Forum: Computers, Internet & Satellite 03-08-2017, 07:55 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,223
Posted By '55 Airlight
Exactly so. Must use mobile devices, not...

Exactly so. Must use mobile devices, not computers. (Unless, of course, you're referring to downloading from iTunes or other purchasing options.)
Forum: Computers, Internet & Satellite 03-06-2017, 06:39 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,223
Posted By '55 Airlight
Downloading Content is Smart

I download movies from Netflix, Amazon Prime, Epix, and now HBOGo. I haven't tried SHO, but I reckon if they want to keep up, they'll offer downloads, too. One must use a mobile device, as the...
Forum: Title, VIN & Registration 08-05-2016, 11:25 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 15,386
Posted By '55 Airlight
I can't believe you're sniveling about the...

I can't believe you're sniveling about the registration fees on a $150,000 motorhome...

Michael, who loves paying his taxes because it's the patriotic thing to do.
Forum: LP Gas, Piping, Tanks & Regulators 05-21-2016, 10:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,999
Posted By '55 Airlight
About time to change the name of this set-up,...

About time to change the name of this set-up, innit?
Michael
Forum: Tires 05-18-2016, 10:46 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 7,359
Posted By '55 Airlight
I recently read about the cascade of...

I recently read about the cascade of misinformation resulting in a medical consensus in favor of low fat diets for cardiac health. If so-called research can get it completely wrong, how can you...
Forum: Tires 05-16-2016, 08:00 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 7,359
Posted By '55 Airlight
Although you may observe deteriorated tire...

Although you may observe deteriorated tire condition which can move you to take a tire out of service, you cannot okay ST tires for service by visual inspection. They "age out" in 3-5 years. The...
Forum: Title, VIN & Registration 05-12-2016, 11:24 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 15,386
Posted By '55 Airlight
Point taken. California is the remarkable,...

Point taken. California is the remarkable, astonishing Golden State.
In 1954 when Dad moved our family from Dayton, Ohio to Santa Monica, California, he couldn't wait to take us on a one day...
Forum: Title, VIN & Registration 05-12-2016, 06:15 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 15,386
Posted By '55 Airlight
Every time I drive on the misery of California's...

Every time I drive on the misery of California's broken Interstate Highways I lament that the Greatest Country in the History of the World choses not to keep its highways in good repair, and how...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 05-08-2016, 11:28 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 8,795
Posted By '55 Airlight
Her Door is in the Rear Entry Position

By moving the entry door to the curbside, Wally rearranged Hawley Bowlus' pioneering riveted aluminum airframe trailer (whose door was on the nose of the trailer. Bowlus was an engineer interested in...
Forum: Tires 05-05-2016, 11:29 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 7,359
Posted By '55 Airlight
ST (trailer) tires are rated for 3-5 years, after...

ST (trailer) tires are rated for 3-5 years, after which they have "aged out" and become prone to failure, irrespective of visual inspections showing good tread remaining. I change my tired every...
Forum: On The Road... 04-04-2016, 12:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,261
Posted By '55 Airlight
For me, that kinda pace is a bridge too far. My...

For me, that kinda pace is a bridge too far. My 15' airframe trailer isn't especially tiring to tow, and my Tacoma pickup is comfortable to drive, but all trailering demands rigorous attention. ...
Forum: Full-Timing, Winter Living & Workamping 03-29-2016, 11:21 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 14,387
Posted By '55 Airlight
Agreed, Maggie! Before I retired, I'd...

Agreed, Maggie!

Before I retired, I'd traveled 'round the world a couple of times on jobs, and was out of state away from my home-sweet-home on many more, sometimes for two or three months. I'll...
Forum: Vintage Kin 03-08-2016, 05:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,597
Posted By '55 Airlight
Panel-Ray heaters were in wide use in 'fifties...

Panel-Ray heaters were in wide use in 'fifties trailers. They can really put out the heat, but they need to vent through the roof -- it's a big hole! -- and unlike modern RV furnaces (such the...
Forum: Our Community 03-07-2016, 07:57 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,286
Posted By '55 Airlight
<<Stainless steel fasteners in aluminium plates...

<<Stainless steel fasteners in aluminium plates or sheets are normally considered safe, whereas aluminium rivets or bolts holding stainless steel parts together is an unwise combination, as there is...
Forum: Airstream History 03-07-2016, 07:44 AM
Replies: 210
Views: 39,107
Posted By '55 Airlight
Thanks for supplying the year, Frank. I'd...

Thanks for supplying the year, Frank. I'd forgotten. Do you know the settled auction price?

M
Forum: Airstream History 03-07-2016, 07:39 AM
Replies: 210
Views: 39,107
Posted By '55 Airlight
I posted to a thread on "Airstream R & D" but now...

I posted to a thread on "Airstream R & D" but now the auction catalog pages are also here.
Michael
Forum: Off Topic Forum 03-06-2016, 02:26 PM
Replies: 1,667
Views: 140,572
Posted By '55 Airlight
...or if you are Special Operations personnel. ...

...or if you are Special Operations personnel.
Michael
Forum: Airstream History 03-06-2016, 11:57 AM
Replies: 210
Views: 39,107
Posted By '55 Airlight
I have just now uploaded the catalog pages ( to...

I have just now uploaded the catalog pages ( to "Early Airstream R&D") from a few years ago when X251 Bubble was at auction.
Michael
Forum: Cleaning, Stripping & Polishing 03-06-2016, 11:25 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,631
Posted By '55 Airlight
I find the 8.5 foot extendable tubular ladder...

I find the 8.5 foot extendable tubular ladder works dandy for my little trailer, packs small and weighs not much. (Naturally it needs solid spanning padding where it leans on the trailer...)

But...
Forum: Our Community 03-05-2016, 11:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,286
Posted By '55 Airlight
In more than forty years of trailering adventures...

In more than forty years of trailering adventures around North America, I have never had anything stolen from my trailer, either on the road, camped, or parked at home. What is this regularly voiced...
Forum: Airstream History 03-05-2016, 11:12 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,011
Posted By '55 Airlight
World's Oldest Existing Airstream

Tim Heinz (Heintz Designs Vintage Trailer Restorations) wrote: <<Heading to Amarillo Texas to deliver the Worlds Oldest Existing Airstream (1935) to the Jack Sisemore RV Museum!>>
Forum: 1965 Safari 03-02-2016, 01:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,236
Posted By '55 Airlight
Your "shore power" inlet should be -- must be! --...

Your "shore power" inlet should be -- must be! -- male. Remember the adage "pins to power" (so every time you pick up an extension cord you will drag the correct end to the receptacle.) The logic...
Forum: Full-Timing, Winter Living & Workamping 03-01-2016, 12:01 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 14,387
Posted By '55 Airlight
In the late 'sixties as a young single man (with...

In the late 'sixties as a young single man (with a dog) I lived in my camper full time for a few years. I didn't know I was a fabled "full-timer" -- I was a hippie. I hadn't yet filled a storage...
Forum: Full-Timing, Winter Living & Workamping 02-27-2016, 05:00 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 14,387
Posted By '55 Airlight
So true! But likely as important for the...

So true! But likely as important for the year-round full-timer as for the weekender or the seasonal full-timer (is that really a thing?) one could keep in mind G.K. Chesterton's quip An adventure...
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