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Forum: Cabinets, Counter Tops & Furnishings 01-10-2014, 08:45 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,469
Posted By wrochdvm
Sad to say, my modification did not work. The...

Sad to say, my modification did not work. The doors still came out at the bottom and now the glass is broken near the latch on one of the doors. I was speaking with another AS owner in the campground...
Forum: Winterizing, Storage, Carports & Covers 11-16-2013, 11:15 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,892
Posted By wrochdvm
We are nearing completion of our garage/workshop....

We are nearing completion of our garage/workshop. the garage is 30'X40' plus a 12'X40' lean-to for the boat. The second floor wil be my woodworking shop and my wife's metals studio.
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We are...
Forum: Winterizing, Storage, Carports & Covers 10-15-2013, 09:26 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,892
Posted By wrochdvm
I am in the process of building a garage to house...

I am in the process of building a garage to house the AS, TV my tractor and boat. with a second floor that will be used as a studio for my wife and a wood working shop for me.

It is 30'x40' with a...
Forum: Member Introductions 10-10-2013, 08:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,478
Posted By wrochdvm
As a sailor, one of the things I like about the...

As a sailor, one of the things I like about the Airstream is that it doesn't try to be something it is not. Just like a well designed boat that instantly turns heads and nods of appreciation, so does...
Forum: General Repair Forum 10-08-2013, 04:09 PM
Replies: 563
Views: 172,825
Posted By wrochdvm
Dyson must be laughing all the way to the bank....

Dyson must be laughing all the way to the bank. Any electric heater is by definition 100% efficient. that is, all of the electricity sent to the heating element is released as heat to warm the space...
Forum: General Repair Forum 10-07-2013, 08:18 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 13,640
Posted By wrochdvm
Many models have a large closet between the...

Many models have a large closet between the galley and the bedroom that has double, mirrored glass sliding doors. In many cases, like ours, they do not stay in place while traveling. They "jump" off...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 10-07-2013, 08:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 870
Posted By wrochdvm
I know this won't answer the original question...

I know this won't answer the original question but it is a related issue. The 12 volt "cigarette" outlets that AS uses is connected to a line that is fused with either a 15 or 20 amp fuse. However,...
Forum: General Repair Forum 10-05-2013, 05:59 PM
Replies: 563
Views: 172,825
Posted By wrochdvm
we've struggled with the sliding double doors on...

we've struggled with the sliding double doors on the curb side closet jumping off the tracks when underway. there is a thread about this on the forum. But, since the solution is also a modification,...
Forum: Cabinets, Counter Tops & Furnishings 10-05-2013, 02:01 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,469
Posted By wrochdvm
Here is my "solution". I posted it to my blog so...

Here is my "solution". I posted it to my blog so that I could easily share it with others who may not check this thread out, particularly the WBCCI and Airstream Adventures Facebook pages.

I left...
Forum: Member Introductions 09-16-2013, 04:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,478
Posted By wrochdvm
Welcome. As a sailor who recently went over the...

Welcome. As a sailor who recently went over the to dark side (now own a small trawler), I believe you will find many similarities to cruising with your AS as you did with your boat. At least, for my...
Forum: General Motorhome Topics 09-10-2013, 07:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,461
Posted By wrochdvm
We use the Enkay Rock Tamers. They attach to the...

We use the Enkay Rock Tamers. They attach to the ball mount. The most important thing is to be sure to trim them so they don't kick up small debris from the road (happens if they are too low to the...
Forum: Solo Streamers 09-10-2013, 06:23 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 32,048
Posted By wrochdvm
We "discovered" the I-Ball Backup Camera. ...

We "discovered" the I-Ball Backup Camera.

Previously we used magnetic telescoping antennae. But, the Mary Joan III has Hensley and it requires much more accurate alignment. The I-Ball works...
Forum: Cabinets, Counter Tops & Furnishings 09-10-2013, 06:16 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,469
Posted By wrochdvm
OK, I think I have found a simple and elegant...

OK, I think I have found a simple and elegant solution (we're back on topic here). The problem with the doors is that they depend on some wimpy plastic spring like contraptions on the top of the...
Forum: Solo Streamers 06-08-2013, 04:44 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 32,048
Posted By wrochdvm
Our prior ASs had Reese hitches and I hitched...

Our prior ASs had Reese hitches and I hitched solo using the GOAL method. I could get quite close by aligning centerline points on the TV with the center of the propane locker. Final approach was...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 06-08-2013, 04:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,704
Posted By wrochdvm
I just received my iBall. Very pleased. It makes...

I just received my iBall. Very pleased. It makes getting the Hensley aligned much easier. As a bonus, it can give me rear view when I am backing into a campsite. Simple and inexpensive. Just don't...
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 06-08-2013, 04:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,544
Posted By wrochdvm
I have noticed that at slow speed 'panic' stops...

I have noticed that at slow speed 'panic' stops (city driving and someone pulls out in front) will lock all four and burn a little rubber. But, for real panic stops at higher speeds I get great...
Forum: General Repair Forum 06-08-2013, 08:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,163
Posted By wrochdvm
Thanks for the suggestion. I'll take a look...

Thanks for the suggestion.

I'll take a look at that solution. I might be very simple to do. Could use a cotterless clevis pin. This would stay in place but still be easily removed.

Thanks again
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 06-08-2013, 08:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,544
Posted By wrochdvm
Thanks for the reply. This trailer was towed...

Thanks for the reply.

This trailer was towed from Jackson Center to Ontario then to Florida before I purchased it. And, the wires were taped over, so no chance this was an accident.

For what...
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 06-07-2013, 03:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,544
Posted By wrochdvm
Brake wires cut on new Classic

I bought a very lightly used 31' Classic and discovered that the brake wires on the front axle had been cut. They were not broken or damaged. The wires had a clean cut and the wires that should have...
Forum: Cabinets, Counter Tops & Furnishings 06-07-2013, 03:29 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,469
Posted By wrochdvm
Have you taken your trailer out again since your...

Have you taken your trailer out again since your last trip? Are you still happy with your modification, i.e. do the doors stay on the track?

We have a 2013 31' Classic and the doors come off every...
Forum: General Repair Forum 06-07-2013, 03:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,163
Posted By wrochdvm
I'm surprised there are not more posts about this...

I'm surprised there are not more posts about this problem and a little disappointed that my 2013 31' Classic has the same problem. The wardrobe sliding doors jump off the track whenever we travel. ...
Forum: Our Community 01-17-2013, 08:46 AM
Replies: 650
Views: 127,622
Posted By wrochdvm
AS name

I should have explained the name. Mary Joan was my mother-in-law. She passed away the year we bought the AS. Mary Joan was a spirited and adventurous woman who loved to travel the world.

But, for...
Forum: On The Road... 01-02-2013, 04:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,215
Posted By wrochdvm
Thanks for the suggestions

Thank you for the quick replies. This forum is a wonderful asset for us AS owners.

Pushed the foot of snow from the roof, hitched up and ready to go. Tested traction and will need the 4WD in low....
Forum: On The Road... 01-02-2013, 01:47 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 15,333
Posted By wrochdvm
I agree that most of the time you don't need 4x4,...

I agree that most of the time you don't need 4x4, but when you need it, you need it. I would have been stuck in an isolated campsite in Alaska without 4x4, believe me, it would have been a long walk...
Forum: On The Road... 01-02-2013, 01:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,215
Posted By wrochdvm
Just finished digging the AS out of a foot of...

Just finished digging the AS out of a foot of snow. Hitched up and ready to hit the road tomorrow morning. (Originally planned to have the AS south of the snow belt before Thanksgiving, but things...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 09-19-2012, 08:35 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,612
Posted By wrochdvm
There have been a lot of great tidbits here. We...

There have been a lot of great tidbits here. We also use signals. But, they are ARM signals. The movements are large so that I can see my wife's signals clearly. The arm on the side to which she...
Forum: Audio, Video & TV 09-19-2012, 08:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,440
Posted By wrochdvm
Couldn't remember which meter I have. Quick run...

Couldn't remember which meter I have. Quick run to the AS and here it is. It is a King Controls SL1000 SureLock digital TV Signal Meter. Cost about $40. Just remember to turn it off once you have...
Forum: Audio, Video & TV 09-19-2012, 08:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,440
Posted By wrochdvm
Digital television does not need any special or...

Digital television does not need any special or different antenna. But, pointing the antenna in the right direction is more critical. With analog, you could simply turn the TV on, select a channel...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-31-2012, 10:19 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 13,733
Posted By wrochdvm
We agree with hhendrix. The F250 did a great job....

We agree with hhendrix. The F250 did a great job. At Alumapalooza we were told that if you used breaks to control speed going down hill, you were not in the correct gear. The F250 tow mode allowed us...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 08-27-2012, 04:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,720
Posted By wrochdvm
We use just four ARM signals. I cannot see hands...

We use just four ARM signals. I cannot see hands in the rear view mirror. So, my wife's arm signals are not unlike those of a football ref motioning the start of the clock or the many other arm...
Forum: Our Community 08-27-2012, 04:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,624
Posted By wrochdvm
One consideration I did not see mentioned was how...

One consideration I did not see mentioned was how you plan to use your AS, and where you want to go.

We limited our AS to 28' because many state and provincial parks cannot accommodate RVs longer...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 08-27-2012, 03:47 PM
Replies: 2,402
Views: 385,369
Posted By wrochdvm
Bill M, I have the correct bars on the...

Bill M,

I have the correct bars on the Reese, and I have the tension set so that about 40% of the tongue weight is transferred to the front wheels of the TV which gives me a level TV and AS. From...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 08-26-2012, 01:14 PM
Replies: 2,402
Views: 385,369
Posted By wrochdvm
O.k. I've spent the better part of the...

O.k.
I've spent the better part of the afternoon reading this thread. I have always been concerned about the forces applied to the AS by WD hitches. I am sure I ignorantly added to the problem by...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 08-22-2012, 04:01 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 10,270
Posted By wrochdvm
I trust my wife exclusively as my spotter. She...

I trust my wife exclusively as my spotter. She uses only four arm (not hand, ARM) signals that I can easily see in the rear view mirrors. If I cannot see her, I stop until she is again visible. The...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 08-22-2012, 03:33 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,629
Posted By wrochdvm
We chose the F250 diesel and are very happy. Over...

We chose the F250 diesel and are very happy. Over 30,000 miles in the last 21 months. Great fuel economy, almost 15mpg at 55mph towing (do the math). Alaska and back last year. Got into some places...
Forum: Refrigerators 08-22-2012, 03:18 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 568
Posted By wrochdvm
Dometic dead on arrival home due to loose connections

Got home and found the Domestic unresponsive. Push power button and no lights light up. Checked fuses, on converter, all good. Pulled cover off fuses and connection cover off the back of the fridge....
Forum: On The Road... 08-07-2012, 04:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 969
Posted By wrochdvm
Did it many years ago in a rented motor home (pre...

Did it many years ago in a rented motor home (pre AS days). Very enjoyable, no problems.
Forum: Lights - Interior & Exterior 08-07-2012, 04:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,559
Posted By wrochdvm
I guess the bottom line here is that the 16 gauge...

I guess the bottom line here is that the 16 gauge wire was subjected to an excessive load that caused it to burn and the fuse used to protect the circuit was too large to prevent the overheating.
Forum: Lights - Interior & Exterior 08-07-2012, 08:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,559
Posted By wrochdvm
I would agree, except that we are talking about a...

I would agree, except that we are talking about a life or death situation. I have seen an RV fire, it is a scary sight. I have to admit, I was annoyed that I did not receive a call from Airstream...
Forum: Lights - Interior & Exterior 08-07-2012, 07:39 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,559
Posted By wrochdvm
12 volt electrical fire

Our latest Airstream Adventure was not pleasant. My wife was using the 12 volt vacuum cleaner in preparation for our weekend getaway while I was in the house packing a few last minute items. She came...
Forum: General Repair Forum 04-03-2012, 09:38 PM
Replies: 563
Views: 172,825
Posted By wrochdvm
We like to rehydrate with plain, unsweetened...

We like to rehydrate with plain, unsweetened seltzer water. However, we find it difficult to find in many places. Plus, paying a dollar for one liter seems expensive. So, we built in our own seltzer...
Forum: Our Community 04-03-2012, 08:01 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 16,004
Posted By wrochdvm
I've not read every post, but I agree with the...

I've not read every post, but I agree with the general consensus. Airstreams are a quality RV. Are thy perfect? No! Previously we owned a sailboat, a Shannon 38' ketch, recognized as one of the...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 01-08-2012, 08:44 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 28,154
Posted By wrochdvm
Thanks for the input.

Thanks for the input.
Forum: Tow Vehicles 01-07-2012, 07:27 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 28,154
Posted By wrochdvm
I agree 100% about idling modern diesels. But, I...

I agree 100% about idling modern diesels. But, I do let the diesel 'warm up and cool down a little more than I do my much smaller gasoline engines. I am particularly careful to avoid situations where...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 01-03-2012, 09:03 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 28,154
Posted By wrochdvm
Sorry the late reply, But, my experience has...

Sorry the late reply,

But, my experience has been similar to other replies to your question. It does vary greatly depending on how much load you place on the engine. And, in my experience,...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 01-03-2012, 08:57 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 28,154
Posted By wrochdvm
Belated reply, sorry

Sorry for the late reply. I've been off the forum for some time. I'm not sure which ratio we have. We didn't have a choice, since the truck, in all it's other features was on the lot. But, it is...
Forum: Sinks, Showers & Toilets 11-18-2011, 04:59 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,955
Posted By wrochdvm
After 4 1/2 months on our great Alaska adventure,...

After 4 1/2 months on our great Alaska adventure, I could not imagine not having the option of having a hot shower available when wanted. We dry camped most of the time. State, Provincial and...
Forum: Airstream Registry Discussions 08-19-2011, 09:31 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 489
Posted By wrochdvm
Mary Joan :: 2005 Airstream Safari SS

Mary Joan :: 2005 Airstream Safari SS (2010-11-27 14:45:58)
Forum: Tow Vehicles 07-30-2011, 10:37 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 28,154
Posted By wrochdvm
Should have said, currently in Homer, AK. Clear...

Should have said, currently in Homer, AK. Clear skies and music festival going on.
Forum: Tow Vehicles 07-30-2011, 10:36 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 28,154
Posted By wrochdvm
We've got the standard tank and have had no...

We've got the standard tank and have had no problems. We are just now two months into our Alaska adventure. Fuel is readily available everywhere. Our rule is to fill up whenever we have less than 1/2...
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