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Forum: General Repair Forum 07-13-2018, 11:25 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,696
Posted By demijac
Never Underestimate the Power & Versatility of Duct Tape

Once we had a leak in our water tank under the trailer and we had to go about three weeks before we could get to a place to have it repaired. A duct tape patch saved us during that time. That's...
Forum: 2011 - 2015 Classic (all lengths) 07-04-2018, 10:08 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,639
Posted By demijac
We Pull Our 27FB with a ToyotaTundra

We bought our 27FB instead of a longer unit knowing that it was about as heavy as we cared to pull with our 2007 Tundra with Tow Haul package. We've used our Tundra to pull our 27FB 100K+ miles over...
Forum: Tires 06-18-2018, 01:06 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,755
Posted By demijac
Bumpy Ride @ 80 PSI

We recently went with the new Goodyear Endurance Load Range E trailer tires while doing a multi-state trip. The tires say to inflate up 80 PSI. The trailer tag says 65 PSI (which worked well for...
Forum: On The Road... 06-18-2018, 12:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,048
Posted By demijac
We have solar and when we need to fly somewhere,...

We have solar and when we need to fly somewhere, we just leave the Airstream unplugged at a local campground that has a storage lot at a much reduced rate. For extended trips, e.g. three months,...
Forum: On The Road... 05-17-2018, 10:07 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,807
Posted By demijac

Costco is by far the cheapest - almost half the price we see elsewhere. When we ask them why so cheap, they say they purposely sell as a loss leader to get more people into the store. Tractor Supply...
Forum: General Repair Forum 02-24-2018, 08:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,523
Posted By demijac
Who do you trust to fix floor rot?

What Airstream Repair company would you trust to do fix the dreaded floor rot problem and keep their commitment to get it done by an agreed upon time?

We can take it anywhere in the U.S. to get...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 02-20-2018, 07:21 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,787
Posted By demijac
Bikes & Airstreams

Our Airstream Lifestyle is perfect for long distance cyclists.

In 2016, we did most of a planned 48-state bike trip to ride up the highest paved road in each state and then ride to the highest...
Forum: On The Road... 02-16-2018, 06:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,445
Posted By demijac
Love This Park

Can't go wrong staying at this park. Close to the river. Little Rock skyline looks great at night. Footbridge across the river to the Clinton Library and other venues makes it unique. Also, very...
Forum: Full-Timing 01-31-2018, 05:51 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,306
Posted By demijac
Slow Transition Is Good

We've been full-timing for four years which to us means traveling eight to nine months of the year and staying put at each of our two home bases - Oregon Coast and Texas Hill Country for six to eight...
Forum: Tires 01-29-2018, 07:08 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,999
Posted By demijac
Pay Attention to Maximum Axle Pressure

Bought some Michelin Load E's at Costco awhile back. I'd been getting different answers to the same tire pressure questions everywhere I went. This time around, the guy said that you should never...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 01-26-2018, 06:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,087
Posted By demijac
We've Tried to Kill This Battery - Unsuccessfully

Huge difference between our Lifelines and the ones that came with our new Airstream in late 2013. For whatever reason, we've let our Lifelines run down way too many times but they're still kicking...
Forum: On The Road... 01-10-2018, 11:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,468
Posted By demijac
Common Problem

We've traveled all over the country the last four years and seen just about everything with regard to good and bad roads. Our day on State Hwy 285 a couple years back was probably the worst - I'm...
Forum: Boondocking 01-07-2018, 03:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,833
Posted By demijac
Use Your Imagination

There are great tools like the Allstays App & Google Earth to help find a boondocking location but most of all, it comes down to using your imagination, and being observant to whatís around you. It...
Forum: Community Polls 01-04-2018, 10:32 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 13,027
Posted By demijac
It's Part of the Adventure

We are on the road in our Airstream 9 to 10 months a year. We relish those days where everything works as intended and we have a great campsite or place to boondock. We also kinda relish those days...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-30-2017, 09:53 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 10,153
Posted By demijac
Like the Tundra But It Sags a Bit

I hope this is still on topic .....

We've pulled our 27FB Classic over 115,000 miles with our 2007 Tundra and Equalizer hitch over the last four years. We're happy with its performance and...
Forum: On The Road... 12-22-2017, 11:14 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,826
Posted By demijac
I Guess The Moderator Is Off For The Holidays

I love this Forum because itís generally free of the vitriol which seems to have become normalized in todayís USA. Letís keep our Forum free of it.
Forum: General Repair Forum 12-21-2017, 07:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 814
Posted By demijac
Thanks VaTravelers .... another promising angle. ...

Thanks VaTravelers .... another promising angle. When you were boondocking, did you ever try starting the water heater with the exterior cover open? If so, did it light?
Forum: General Repair Forum 12-21-2017, 07:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 814
Posted By demijac
Sounds like a promising angle. Not sure what a...

Sounds like a promising angle. Not sure what a heat diverter is. Do you mind sending a pic? Thanks.
Forum: General Repair Forum 12-21-2017, 07:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 814
Posted By demijac
It's the cover on the side of the trailer secured...

It's the cover on the side of the trailer secured by a twist clamp. The cover also has a small vent and a peep hole to see if the flame is ignited.
Forum: General Repair Forum 12-21-2017, 07:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 814
Posted By demijac
yes .... the exterior cover with a twist clamp -...

yes .... the exterior cover with a twist clamp - also with a small vent in the cover.
Forum: General Repair Forum 12-19-2017, 03:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 814
Posted By demijac
Need Help Diagnosing Water Heater Issue

Our water heater works perfectly when we have shore power.

When boondocking, it will only light if the exterior vent is open. When the vent is closed, it won't light period - if the vent is...
Forum: Boondocking 12-08-2017, 10:11 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,041
Posted By demijac
Lifeline Batteries

When we made the switch to the more expensive Lifeline batteries, our two-day boondocking routine became much more reliable without having to make any special effort to conserve. They are also a lot...
Forum: 2016 - Current Flying Cloud 12-02-2017, 10:27 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,443
Posted By demijac
Don't Be Scared - Two Year Warranty is Priceless

Airstreams are still made by hand, not robots. For that reason, there may be problems from one Airstream to the next. Don't worry about that. As a matter of fact, anticipate that there will be a...
Forum: Sinks, Showers & Toilets 11-17-2017, 10:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,080
Posted By demijac
Don't Let It Go Too Long

When the plastic door sweep starts to come off, best to address it right away. Best way to do that is to lay down on the floor under the door and punch it back in with your fingers. We learned all...
Forum: Airstream Trailer Forums 11-04-2017, 07:25 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 12,588
Posted By demijac
Extra Space Matters

If financial and tow vehicle constraints are not an issue, you can't go wrong with the extra space. A two foot difference doesn't sound like much, but it can be huge. We chose our 27 after getting...
Forum: On The Road... 11-02-2017, 10:04 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,220
Posted By demijac

Not sure there is a right or wrong answer to this question. We keep it up primarily for convenience - donít want to mess with it during the day when we stop or in the evening after a long day on the...
Forum: Buyer Guidelines 10-25-2017, 08:15 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,221
Posted By demijac
It Depends?

All things being equal, of course most people will choose quiet over noisy. But is the additional cost worth it? It depends on your situation. Some questions to ask that might help you figure out...
Forum: On The Road... 10-05-2017, 09:42 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,206
Posted By demijac
If your rig works in the East, out West won't be a Problem

If you can handle the steep grades back East, the West will be a piece of cake. You will find that in general, when compared to the mountains back East, the mountain routes out West will feature...
Forum: Full-Timing 09-27-2017, 10:10 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 8,276
Posted By demijac
Understand the Health Care Angle Implications

If you are too young for Medicare and buy private health insurance, be careful where you establish your new domicile - especially if your new address is in a rural county where there is often less...
Forum: Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 09-27-2017, 09:57 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,983
Posted By demijac
Two Ten Foot Sections Work 99% of the Time

We like the versatility of having two ten foot sections. We can do short or long as parking sites dictate. We use Valterra because it's diameter fits perfectly in the storage tube under the...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-27-2017, 09:50 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 8,762
Posted By demijac
Don't Even Think About It

For your protection and others as well, don't take shortcuts on sway control. Doesn't matter which brand as long as you are going with one of the market leaders. Anecdotally, we've had zero issues...
Forum: On The Road... 09-26-2017, 10:36 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,318
Posted By demijac
West Memphis Area

Try Tom Sawyer's. Not fancy but awesome views and clean shower facilities.
Forum: On The Road... 09-15-2017, 10:30 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,044
Posted By demijac
60 MPH Rule of Thumb Works For Us

We like 60 mph max speed for a variety of reasons - safety, less wear and tear on truck and tires, easier to maintain a safe distance, easier to stop etc. With regard to our speed on the uphills, we...
Forum: On The Road... 09-14-2017, 09:26 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,915
Posted By demijac
American Southwest is a Good Bet

Head south to Big Bend National Park in South Texas where the days are nice and the nights are cold. Then work your way west to Arizona and Southern California. There are plenty of places to winter...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-12-2017, 10:22 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,602
Posted By demijac
Tundra Doing Fine

I must confess that we haven't done the detailed weight analysis that can (should) be done to confirm tow vehicle worthiness for our rig. All we can point to is anecdotal evidence from our own...
Forum: On The Road... 09-05-2017, 09:50 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,328
Posted By demijac
PSX3 Power Station

We use a portable battery jump starter/high volume tire inflator. We like it because it is multi-purpose, rechargeable, portable and easily stowed in the forward exterior storage compartment. We...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 08-14-2017, 06:27 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,727
Posted By demijac

We are full timers. We don't remove hitch. It is secured with a hitch lock. When parked, put sway bars in front compartment behind propane tanks. Also, open tailgate when parked at campsite to keep...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 08-07-2017, 06:41 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,520
Posted By demijac
Switched from Sprint to Verizon

We were Sprint customers for over a decade. After experiencing coverage, speed and roaming issues one too many times since we started full-timing, we started asking around and Verizon was the...
Forum: Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 08-06-2017, 07:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 366
Posted By demijac
Hot Water Issue When Boondocking

We get hot water just fine in our 2014 27FB Classic when we're plugged into shore power; we don't when we are boondocking. We've been on the road for several weeks and just noticed this problem for...
Forum: General Repair Forum 07-23-2017, 06:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,373
Posted By demijac
Great Service Experience at Portland Location

We are full-timers and have had service experience at several Airstream dealerships or authorized service locations around the country. We are always on the lookout for dependable service locations...
Forum: Boondocking 07-01-2017, 09:38 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,700
Posted By demijac
Keep It Simple

We are full-timers who make a point of boondocking two or three nights a week when we are on the move. For us, boondocking is any parking spot without hookups - everything from a Walmart parking lot...
Forum: On The Road... 06-24-2017, 09:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,447
Posted By demijac
We like to KISS

We like to keep it simple stupid. Here's how we do it. She does the inside; he does the outside. Before we leave, she asks him if he put the jack up (the worst thing he sometimes forgets) and he...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 06-19-2017, 05:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,778
Posted By demijac
Heated Mattress Pad

Our favorite accessory by far. We got the kind with dual controllers that hook up to the head of the mattress near our wall sockets. Best Airstream money we ever spent.
Forum: On The Road... 06-17-2017, 07:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,753
Posted By demijac
No Different Than Any Other Large City

One thing we really like about pulling an Airstream is that we can take it just about anywhere. That is freeing and allows us not to get too hung up on which road to take. Still, driving through a...
Forum: Boondocking 06-01-2017, 10:06 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 10,830
Posted By demijac
Size Not Relevant to Boondocking

We are full-timers and boondock 2 or 3 days a week and have done so all over the U.S. Not once in 3 1/2 years did the length of our trailer come into play when boondocking.

For your situation, I...
Forum: Boondocking 05-07-2017, 04:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,181
Posted By demijac
Boondocking in Canada vs. U.S.?

From a boondocking perspective, should we expect boondocking in Canada to be similar to what it's been in the U.S.? My guess is that expectations should be similar but thought it prudent to ask vs....
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 05-03-2017, 12:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,469
Posted By demijac
Start With Buying As Little As Possible

The answer to what you need and don't need is different for everybody.
Your own personal experience will lead to what is best for your situation.
A good place to start is with the bare essentials...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 05-02-2017, 11:55 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,754
Posted By demijac
Are you sure you need towing mirrors?

We tow a 2014 27FB that is longer and wider than your trailer. The regular mirrors on our Tundra pickup truck work fine and I cannot think of any driving or parking situations where we felt the need...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 05-02-2017, 11:48 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 21,622
Posted By demijac
It Depends

We named our Airstream before we bought it. However, as so often happens, circumstances led to a different name which has since stuck.

We changed the name to 'The Airstream Hilton' inspired by...
Forum: On The Road... 05-02-2017, 11:26 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,811
Posted By demijac
WBCCI - Airstream Parks

There are several Airstream-only parks in the U.S. If you are a WBCCI member, you should be able to get economical rates for storage. As an example, we utilize the Top of Georgia Airstream Park as...
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