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Forum: Our Community 06-11-2015, 05:27 AM
Replies: 7,425
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Posted By tlsmit1
This one is far from home! It's living out its...

This one is far from home! It's living out its days as a snack bar on a dock in Tokyo Bay. We walked by it while taking a boat cruise earlier today.

Its number is 18DSS0345.
Forum: 1959-69 Tradewind 12-31-2013, 04:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,526
Posted By tlsmit1
When I tow my TW, we secure the front and back...

When I tow my TW, we secure the front and back window curtains open. Then I can see straight through the trailer using my rear-view mirror. Maybe it's just that I don't tow a trailer all that...
Forum: Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 11-19-2013, 06:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 759
Posted By tlsmit1
We have an Atwood demand heater. It's worked...

We have an Atwood demand heater. It's worked well for us for the one year that we've had it.

The usual caveats apply: it will not turn on for very low hot water flows, and there is some...
Forum: 1960 - 1964 Globetrotter 11-07-2013, 07:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,331
Posted By tlsmit1
Sure: No need for a high connection if both are...

Sure: No need for a high connection if both are independently vented. For mine, there was no convenient route to vent the more-forward tank.
Forum: 1960 - 1964 Globetrotter 11-05-2013, 08:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,331
Posted By tlsmit1
For our 62 TW, we used two of the thin tanks that...

For our 62 TW, we used two of the thin tanks that Vintage Trailer makes to go between the floorboards and the belly pan. (The tanks are pretty small, and we thought that one wouldn't give enough...
Forum: 1959-69 Tradewind 11-04-2013, 11:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,204
Posted By tlsmit1
Whee! Third rivet!

Whee! Third rivet!
Forum: 1959-69 Tradewind 11-04-2013, 11:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,204
Posted By tlsmit1
I agree with the above comments. We bought...

I agree with the above comments.

We bought respirators from Home Depot and I "borrowed" a couple of disposable jumpsuits from work. We kept the floor wet while we were working, and we wiped down...
Forum: Cabinets, Counter Tops & Furnishings 11-04-2013, 11:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,426
Posted By tlsmit1
General advice about organizing closets

We've used our 62 Tradewind for a season now, and I think we've settled on what stuff will live in which closets or cabinets.

Our trailer has its original cabinetry, including two narrow...
Forum: Boondocking 11-03-2013, 07:52 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,194
Posted By tlsmit1
We have one of those super-absorbent pack towels...

We have one of those super-absorbent pack towels in the back of the closet in our camper for when the weather is damp and cotton towels won't dry out. It... functions... just fine. It will dry off...
Forum: Forum Rallies & Meet Ups 10-20-2013, 05:25 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,872
Posted By tlsmit1
We were scared that the rally would turn out to...

We were scared that the rally would turn out to be a polishing party next year, so we tried out the "brightener" at a truck wash on the way home.

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Forum: Cleaning, Stripping & Polishing 10-20-2013, 05:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,319
Posted By tlsmit1
Just tried the "brightener" at a truck wash. ...

Just tried the "brightener" at a truck wash. Does not look polished but sure looks better. Will see if it lasts.

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Forum: Full-Timing, Winter Living & Workamping 10-18-2013, 10:00 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,263
Posted By tlsmit1
I agree that you really seem to like the idea of...

I agree that you really seem to like the idea of an Airstream particularly. If your budget can handle it, why not look at a slightly newer vintage that needs less repair? This might cost less...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 10-10-2013, 04:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 862
Posted By tlsmit1
Batteries in winter

In a month or so, I'll probably park our Tradewind for its first post-restoration winter. The trailer has two AGM batteries, and it won't have electricity available at its winter spot. I've been...
Forum: Forum Rallies & Meet Ups 10-10-2013, 01:33 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,872
Posted By tlsmit1
We will drive out after work on Friday. Coming...

We will drive out after work on Friday. Coming from St. Louis so probably too late for chili dogs, unless we get reeeally lucky in getting off work.
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 09-15-2013, 03:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,974
Posted By tlsmit1
I'm not sure where it's bonded. I will take a...

I'm not sure where it's bonded. I will take a peek as soon as I can get out there, but the panels are mounted sideways in the rear closet, so I have to be a contortionist to get a good look at them....
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 09-15-2013, 09:09 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,974
Posted By tlsmit1
The original 110 wiring is still in use for the...

The original 110 wiring is still in use for the plugs. The circuits to the "heavy" stuff like the fridge are new, and the batteries / inverter / circuitry to the shore power port are new.

I agree...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 09-14-2013, 10:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,974
Posted By tlsmit1
Inverter, not converter :)

Inverter, not converter :)
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 09-14-2013, 10:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,974
Posted By tlsmit1
Done those. Yes, the problem is in the trailer,...

Done those. Yes, the problem is in the trailer, because it'll pop a regular 20A residential GFCI if I plug the trailer into it. And the problem isn't the power cord because plugging the cord...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 09-14-2013, 09:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,974
Posted By tlsmit1
But in a bonded trailer, the skin and all the...

But in a bonded trailer, the skin and all the other bits are in continuity with the neutral pin of the supply cable. So there *is* somewhere for the current to go: out the neutral.

I'm certainly...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 09-14-2013, 09:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,974
Posted By tlsmit1
The thing is, the pedestal GFCI will trip even if...

The thing is, the pedestal GFCI will trip even if all of the trailer's branch circuits are flipped to "off". So there can't possibly be a path from the output of the inverter/charger through to...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 09-14-2013, 09:02 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,974
Posted By tlsmit1
How to solve tripping GFCI

My restored old Tradewind trips GFCI's if the shore power cable is plugged in to them. I know that this is a fairly common problem.

From what I read, the usual culprit is a ground rail that's...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 09-06-2013, 01:24 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 7,841
Posted By tlsmit1
We have one child. When we were looking for a...

We have one child. When we were looking for a trailer to restore, our most important criterion was permanent sleeping space for three people. We settled on a 24 ft Tradewind with the original...
Forum: On The Road... 08-25-2013, 09:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,214
Posted By tlsmit1
We use the oven to store pans and just let them...

We use the oven to store pans and just let them bang around.

I generally say that if an item does not get used on a 2 week trip then it goes out next time. (Hence my tendency to pull out the pie...
Forum: Lights - Interior & Exterior 08-05-2013, 09:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,128
Posted By tlsmit1
We have the same AC/DC fixtures. For us, though,...

We have the same AC/DC fixtures. For us, though, all of the interior bulbs have shades or fixtures over them. So the look of the bulb itself doesn't matter.

It turns out that LED 12-V bulbs with...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 08-04-2013, 07:37 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,592
Posted By tlsmit1
Next time furl the sail before you tow ;)

Next time furl the sail before you tow ;)
Forum: Lights - Interior & Exterior 08-04-2013, 07:30 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 573
Posted By tlsmit1
1962 vanity shade replacement

The bathroom vanity light in my 1962 Tradewind was missing its shade. Searching around the forums shows people trying various materials to replace it. Here's what I did:

For the shade material,...
Forum: Lights - Interior & Exterior 08-04-2013, 07:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,676
Posted By tlsmit1
An exorcist? I can't imagine how doing...

An exorcist?

I can't imagine how doing nothing other than changing the tail lights could have produced this change. Did you do any other rewiring?

The tail light wiring should be a direct...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-25-2013, 12:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,176
Posted By tlsmit1
Why do new trailers weigh more?

I'm always surprised by how much new Airstreams weigh when compared to the old ones.

My 24 ft 1962 Tradewind originally had a dry weight of 3260#. We did a sort of half-monty that kept the...
Forum: Interior Restoration Forum 07-23-2013, 07:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,080
Posted By tlsmit1
Airstream has all the 62 floorplans on its site. ...

Airstream has all the 62 floorplans on its site. They are here (http://www.airstream.com/files/library/3ff7a23075524c1a.pdf).

Our re-covering of the gaucho took a lot of fabric. I am thinking it...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-22-2013, 02:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 685
Posted By tlsmit1
Picking hitch gear

I'd like to tow my '62 Tradewind with my 2010 4wd Pilot. I'm trying to figure out the best way to hitch. Here's what I'm dealing with:

The trailer has an axle weight of 3200# (just weighed on a...
Forum: Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 07-20-2013, 10:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 898
Posted By tlsmit1
Here's the list of their models...

Here's the list of their models (https://www.dometic.com/enus/Americas/USA/Truck/HVAC-Solutions/APU-Powered-HVAC-guide/APU-Powered-Guide-Models/). Ours is 10K, self-contained, with a heat strip.
Forum: Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 07-20-2013, 09:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 898
Posted By tlsmit1
I can't take the credit. It was done by Creston...

I can't take the credit. It was done by Creston RV, in Crossville TN. He did a nice job.

It cost about $3K, but you need to find a Dometic Truck dealer. YMMV.
Forum: Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 07-20-2013, 09:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 898
Posted By tlsmit1
Truck A/C installed

Periodically I've seen threads about installing a Dometic tractor-trailer cab A/C in a vintage trailer. This is what we eventually decided on for our 62 Tradewind. We're finally ready to start...
Forum: Awnings 07-19-2013, 01:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,038
Posted By tlsmit1
Practicality of vintage pole awnings

We have a 62 Tradewind with an intact awning rail on the curb side. I am tempted to get a period-correct pole awning of the sort that VTS sells...
Forum: Windows & Screens 07-17-2013, 09:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,162
Posted By tlsmit1
I think that the suggestion was meant to be a...

I think that the suggestion was meant to be a Lexan rock guard for a glass window, which would preserve my ability to see through the trailer while towing.
Forum: Windows & Screens 07-16-2013, 12:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,162
Posted By tlsmit1
That's a useful idea; thanks.

That's a useful idea; thanks.
Forum: Windows & Screens 07-16-2013, 10:49 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,162
Posted By tlsmit1
My only hesitation with a rock guard is...

My only hesitation with a rock guard is visibility. Right now, when towing, I can see straight through the trailer and get a pretty good look at traffic behind me. I'd like to keep that ability if...
Forum: Windows & Screens 07-16-2013, 06:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,162
Posted By tlsmit1
No bend, fortunately. The front window of my 62...

No bend, fortunately. The front window of my 62 is just a 20 x 41 inch rectangle.

It seemed to have been filled with standard, untempered plate glass which is likely why it broke so easily when I...
Forum: Windows & Screens 07-15-2013, 11:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,162
Posted By tlsmit1
Working with Lexan

The front window of my '62 Tradewind leaks like a sieve. (Shocking, I know.)

I've removed the window and replaced the gasket. The glazing strips were all gunked in with some previous silicone...
Forum: Cabinets, Counter Tops & Furnishings 07-09-2013, 05:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,963
Posted By tlsmit1
Thanks... that looks like a great solution, as...

Thanks... that looks like a great solution, as well as a beautiful job. Did you just anchor the base into the plywood floor, or did you somehow tie it into the frame? (I am NOT taking the belly pan...
Forum: Cabinets, Counter Tops & Furnishings 07-09-2013, 04:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,963
Posted By tlsmit1
Table ideas

We have a 62 Tradewind. We've done a lot of renovation, but the layout and most of the cabinetry are original. It has twin beds and a front gaucho. We need an easy way for 3 people to sit and eat....
Forum: Forum Rallies & Meet Ups 07-05-2013, 11:51 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,872
Posted By tlsmit1
Well, we just got our 62 Tradewind back from the...

Well, we just got our 62 Tradewind back from the guy in Tennessee who put new plumbing and electric into it for us... so we're very excited to try it out.

This'll be our first rally, so we're...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 06-27-2013, 01:04 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,100
Posted By tlsmit1
I'm not arguing the overall point that the...

I'm not arguing the overall point that the ratings are often based on questionable criteria, but I think I can answer the Pilot/Odyssey discrepancy:

The front-wheel drive Pilot is rated at 3500#. ...
Forum: 1959-69 Tradewind 03-18-2013, 10:37 PM
Replies: 285
Views: 40,861
Posted By tlsmit1
So jealous - both the cork floor and cassette...

So jealous - both the cork floor and cassette toilet were on my original wish list. Pared down this time arond to a vinyl floor and std Rv toilet. Anxious to hear how your install turns out.
Forum: Tow Vehicles 03-07-2013, 07:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,706
Posted By tlsmit1
I am confused. Is there a difference between a...

I am confused. Is there a difference between a class II trailer and a class II hitch?

From uhaul's website:

Class 1 (Class I) trailer hitch
Trailer hitch with capacity of up to 2,000 lbs gross...
Forum: Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 01-19-2013, 08:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,417
Posted By tlsmit1
I totally agree: we're having our '62 Tradewind...

I totally agree: we're having our '62 Tradewind worked on, and I couldn't bring myself to mess with its lines with a rooftop unit.

We've just bit the bullet and gone with an alternative that has...
Forum: Our Community 10-29-2011, 09:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,963
Posted By tlsmit1
I read the same article. There are abridged...

I read the same article. There are abridged versions available online without a subscription. I used to preferentially buy glass bakeware. Now I am trying to replace it all with metal.
Forum: Airstream Registry Discussions 08-19-2011, 09:31 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,689
Posted By tlsmit1
The Q.E. III :: 1962 Airstream Land Yacht Trade Wind

The Q.E. III :: 1962 Airstream Land Yacht Trade Wind (2010-10-30 10:00:03)
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 06-15-2011, 10:24 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,978
Posted By tlsmit1
I would buy one. Most important features to me...

I would buy one. Most important features to me would be weight and noise, not price.
Forum: On The Road... 06-05-2011, 11:22 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 8,805
Posted By tlsmit1
Folding bikes are what we use. Airstream is...

Folding bikes are what we use. Airstream is still up on cement blocks, but they fit in the PUP. Not great for everyday use (only 3 speeds, and tiny wheels) but great for camping trips.
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