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Forum: General Repair Forum 10-09-2019, 04:41 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,830
Posted By JimGolden
Maxxis UE-168 Bravo

I bought my trailer 13 years ago (Avion 34X) and the Michelins on it had great tread, but the sidewalls were cracked to pieces. Since I lived about nine hours away, I wanted new tires.

By...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 10-09-2019, 04:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,726
Posted By JimGolden
Doubler Plates, Longer Bolts, a Layer of Rubber....

I've been using a 14,000/1400 lb Equal-I-Zer on my Avion 34X for 13 years. I had the same problem.

It's not just overtightening the bolts. I had a smooth paint job on my frame. If I didn't...
Forum: Vintage Kin 10-08-2019, 06:53 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 17,283
Posted By JimGolden
Reply Round Two

I don't know what happened to my post from yesterday. But I'll try to redo it.

I bought the trailer that Silverthreads mentioned, in 2006. I still have it. I drove 8 hours to get it, in...
Forum: Vintage Kin 10-08-2019, 06:44 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 17,283
Posted By JimGolden
Test

I put a huge post on here yesterday, and it is gone. This is a test.
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 05-07-2019, 04:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,268
Posted By JimGolden
Whoops...my bad. I didn't read the...

Whoops...my bad. I didn't read the profile....thought he had a 19' Globetrotter (which I think is actually a 26' now that I think about it...) I forgot Airstream makes more than trailers :brows:
...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 04-29-2019, 05:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,268
Posted By JimGolden
Hey Beemerman, I'd like me a 4-door M3 or M5...

Hey Beemerman,

I'd like me a 4-door M3 or M5 meself...

The black tank (as should the gray) should be on a slight angle as-installed, so if your trailer is level, should pretty well drain. Any...
Forum: On The Road... 11-05-2018, 05:30 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,146
Posted By JimGolden
I'll second the New Green Acres campground in...

I'll second the New Green Acres campground in Walterboro SC. It's nice, right off the interstate, and a Dunkin Donuts right down the street :) I'm from WV, and the last trip I went to FL, that was...
Forum: On The Road... 09-06-2018, 06:34 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 9,818
Posted By JimGolden
We use a Honda EU2000i generator. Does just fine...

We use a Honda EU2000i generator. Does just fine :cool:
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 03-13-2018, 09:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,449
Posted By JimGolden
Most (if not all) Avions have a layered floor. ...

Most (if not all) Avions have a layered floor. It's two layers of plywood with a board in the middle every 4 feet. They then have insulation in the 4 ft space between the boards. The newer ones...
Forum: 2016 - Current Flying Cloud 11-30-2017, 04:17 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 12,204
Posted By JimGolden
Impressive Customer Service!

That's pretty doggone impressive! Maybe it is time for me to go from the thirty year old Avion to a new Airstream :wally:

See ya on the road!
Forum: 2016 - Current Flying Cloud 11-29-2017, 07:13 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 12,204
Posted By JimGolden
Silver Sister

I started out with a '77 Excella 500 31 footer with the Vista Vue windows. I still think that is one of the best looking trailers ever built. But, the frame was broken and it had Sag and Separation...
Forum: Land Yacht/Legacy Motorhomes 11-29-2017, 06:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,381
Posted By JimGolden
USGS Topo Maps for FREE :)

Check this out:

https://www.usgs.gov/products/maps/topo-maps

Hard to beat the US Geological Survey. I use this for work but you could use it for your purposes too.

Cheers!
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 11-26-2017, 08:12 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 8,643
Posted By JimGolden
Awesome!

Hey, you did my perimeter plate....Outstanding! This is exactly how I was going to do my 31' Excella. Looking awesome!

Man, you're inspiring me! I'd always liked the idea of getting two...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-16-2017, 03:26 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,172
Posted By JimGolden
Yes. Ram 2500 with Equal-I-Zer 15,000/1500...

Yes. Ram 2500 with Equal-I-Zer 15,000/1500 hitch and Avion 34X. No problems.... :)
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 06-22-2017, 12:26 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 26,370
Posted By JimGolden
They towed 34' Avions with a 3/4 ton Suburban

I have an '87 Avion 34X. I really like it. It is about the same weight as an '87 Airstream 34. It may be lighter. The newer 34' Airstreams were certainly heavier. 1987 Avion 34' grosses at...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 06-22-2017, 11:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 616
Posted By JimGolden
I had a similar issue when I bought my trailer...

I had a similar issue when I bought my trailer "new to me." The wiring harness was too short, and it'd unplug if I made a sharp right turn. The trailer was 700 miles from home.

One would think...
Forum: Vintage Kin 06-22-2017, 11:44 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 121,896
Posted By JimGolden
Nice!

Mike,

Nice trailer! I'd love to have one about that size to supplement my 34X.

I think you need a bigger truck though :brows:

See ya on the road,
Forum: Classic Motorhomes 03-31-2017, 12:47 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,883
Posted By JimGolden
+1 for Weber Q

Another vote for the Weber Q. I have the one with the tall lid and thermometer. I like the folding wings...I set all kinds of stuff on them. Just don't fold them inside until the grill cools off...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 02-09-2017, 12:07 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,191
Posted By JimGolden
Al, I probably didn't explain that very...

Al,

I probably didn't explain that very well.

So use the tongue jack to raise everything up to get tension off the bars.
Then un-pin and remove upside down looking L pieces that hold the...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 02-09-2017, 06:20 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,191
Posted By JimGolden
Woopsie

Troutboy, Ohmman, I stand corrected. My old one is made that way too. I guess it's a case of I put it together ten years ago and forgot that you could pull the bars out of the socket portion. I...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 02-08-2017, 04:44 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,432
Posted By JimGolden
I had thought about welding a little platform...

I had thought about welding a little platform onto the tongue A-frame, on each side, to support an EU-2000i Honda, along with a little cage thing over it to prevent theft but allow it to breathe. ...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 02-08-2017, 04:37 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,191
Posted By JimGolden
???

I am confused. I've been using an Equal-I-Zer 14,000/1400 for ten years. I don't understand about "removing the weight distribution bars." On this hitch (unless they've changed it since I bought...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 02-05-2017, 05:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,020
Posted By JimGolden
Like some of the other guys on here, I use a...

Like some of the other guys on here, I use a 14,000lb Eq with the 1400 pound bars. From what I've read, the 1400 pound bars are the same as the 1200 pound bars, but the headshank is beefier on the...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 01-31-2017, 03:54 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,837
Posted By JimGolden
Varies....

I grew up walking into the woods with a Bowie knife and making a shelter. The Boss grew up with her parents getting a beachfront room at the Hilton. An RV was a compromise. I started with an...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 01-23-2017, 02:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,404
Posted By JimGolden
$511

Not sure exactly what water heater you have, but you can buy a new Atwood 6 gallon dual fuel for $511 all day long right now. It takes about two hours to swap one. Need a tube of vulkem or similar...
Forum: Vintage Kin 12-31-2016, 08:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,640
Posted By JimGolden
Interesting Axles

Really cool project! I've always liked Spartans.

Can you elaborate on the axles a bit? How do they work? Is that a boot on each end, like a CV joint boot? Is it a coil spring? I've never seen...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 11-28-2016, 02:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,117
Posted By JimGolden
I've used a Weber Q 1200 or 2200 (I forget...

I've used a Weber Q 1200 or 2200 (I forget which...it's fairly big and has the thermometer built in) for years now. Have had great luck with it. No problems of any kind. Got tired of the little...
Forum: Winterizing, Storage, Carports & Covers 11-28-2016, 02:02 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,281
Posted By JimGolden
Bypass Valves

I used to just blow mine out with air but after installing a Dometic Sealand Traveler toilet, the design of the valve is such that air won't get all the water out. It froze and blew the valve. ...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 09-12-2016, 02:00 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 8,643
Posted By JimGolden
Looking very good Bull!

Looking very good Bull!
Forum: Vintage Kin 08-23-2016, 07:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,414
Posted By JimGolden
If you live only a half hour from Dr. G, you've...

If you live only a half hour from Dr. G, you've got the best Avion reference in the world available. Talk about good fortune! :) I actually saw a painted one that looked great. They etched the...
Forum: On The Road... 08-20-2016, 05:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,564
Posted By JimGolden
Acadia

Once you get to Maine, check out Acadia National Park. It's really nice :)
Forum: Vintage Kin 08-19-2016, 10:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,414
Posted By JimGolden
Nice Avion! I have an '87 and really like it. ...

Nice Avion! I have an '87 and really like it. They're a good trailer, and very similar to an Airstream. Have fun with it! They usually have a metal data plate that is typically put on the shell,...
Forum: Financing 08-11-2016, 07:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,756
Posted By JimGolden
Credit Union Personal Loan

When I bought mine, I just got a personal loan. The rates are a little higher than for an auto loan, but it does away with many of the complications (i.e. you hold the title, not them, etc.). In my...
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 08-05-2016, 08:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,613
Posted By JimGolden
Hi Randy, I had a '77 Excella 500 with the disk...

Hi Randy, I had a '77 Excella 500 with the disk brakes. It was a neat system. But, like others have said, it's about impossible to get parts for them now. The electric over hydraulic unit is a...
Forum: Vintage Kin 07-15-2016, 03:12 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,035
Posted By JimGolden
Liz, If you are talking to Dr. G, then you...

Liz,

If you are talking to Dr. G, then you are talking to THE MAN. No-one else can tell you as much as he. Except maybe me :)

No seriously, Dr. G. is a cool guy. He gave me the wisdom to buy...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 07-13-2016, 07:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,847
Posted By JimGolden
I would say absolutely. What would be the...

I would say absolutely. What would be the biggest draw when not hooked to shore power? Probably water heater and fridge. If you're not doing a lot of boondocking, I'd think it'd be pretty easy. ...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 07-07-2016, 09:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,712
Posted By JimGolden
I also did a Progressive Dynamics install. But, I...

I also did a Progressive Dynamics install. But, I changed out the entire panel. Had to modify the cabinetry, but it made a very nice job. Have been very pleased with it. My coach was originally...
Forum: Vintage Kin 07-06-2016, 12:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,187
Posted By JimGolden
The floorplans are different. The 34V has the...

The floorplans are different. The 34V has the bathroom at the rear with the bedroom in the middle. The front gaucho (fold out couch) is along the street side and opens toward the curb side. ...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 06-27-2016, 09:17 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,870
Posted By JimGolden
$1000? It shouldn't cost $100 to do this with...

$1000? It shouldn't cost $100 to do this with two slimline breakers, one 30amp breaker, and some 10 gauge wire for a 30amp outlet. If it's a long run, you might go to 8 gauge wire.

If you want...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 06-23-2016, 01:59 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,870
Posted By JimGolden
Slimline Breakers

Why not simply change a few of his regular sized breakers to slim line breakers? Then you free up room in the main panel to install a 30amp or 50amp breaker and run the appropriate sized wire to the...
Forum: All Argosy Trailers 06-23-2016, 12:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,038
Posted By JimGolden
Looks good!

Looks great!

My plastic housings were toast as well.

I made these housings for mine. Used all 5.5" diameter LED lights from superbrightleds.com Housings are .040" thick 6061 aluminum and...
Forum: Vintage Kin 06-22-2016, 08:49 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,938
Posted By JimGolden
Congrats on a great deal!

Congratulations on the purchase of your Avion. I have owned this '87 Avion 34X for about nine years now and have been very happy with it. We've towed it probably 20,000 miles or so in that time and...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 06-03-2016, 11:19 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,525
Posted By JimGolden
My own trailer came out of FL, and it has hail...

My own trailer came out of FL, and it has hail dents in both end caps. Well, it's got some on the roof as well, but you can't see them. I've thought of calling one of those "paintless dent remover"...
Forum: Airstream Trailer Forums 06-02-2016, 11:55 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,383
Posted By JimGolden
White Roof = Big Difference

I also painted the roof gloss white on my 34 footer and with a single 15,000btu a/c unit it stays fine even in 102 degree Orlando July temperatures. Painting the roof gloss white easily dropped the...
Forum: Other Rallies & Events 05-31-2016, 04:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,018
Posted By JimGolden
Still There

Hi Tom,

Yes, Louie's place is still there and nicer than ever. In fact, the American Pickers were there a couple months ago. I actually live back the road beside it a few mlles :)

I hope to...
Forum: Other Rallies & Events 05-25-2016, 08:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,018
Posted By JimGolden
July 14-17 This Year

Hi Tom, I don't come on here as often as I used to, but still get on from time to time. The 2016 Silver Avion Fellowship Rally is in Elkheart IN July 14-17. I'm a member of a FB group for them. ...
Forum: Our Community 04-27-2016, 10:22 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,159
Posted By JimGolden
You're off to a good start by reading on here. ...

You're off to a good start by reading on here. You can learn a lot. Read about the various systems and how to maintain/repair them. These trailers are fairly simple once you get to know them.
...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 04-20-2016, 05:42 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,303
Posted By JimGolden
I guess I should come clean and admit: I am a...

I guess I should come clean and admit: I am a Gen X age. Just always worked hard and enjoy what toys I can get.

Paul and Gina, if you measure your Avion 34 from bumper to ball, you'll find it's...
Forum: Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 04-19-2016, 06:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,158
Posted By JimGolden
3m

That looks like a pretty big crack. But, let me give you, just maybe, some good news:

3M makes a glue that will glue polyethylene. You won't see it at Home Depot or Lowes. You will need to find...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 04-19-2016, 06:50 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,303
Posted By JimGolden
Don't forget Beechcraft!

Ray I'd add one to your list: Beechcraft.

I have an H model Bonanza. It's made of aluminum and riveted together, so it has to be good, right? :) It'll also go 210mph straight and level....and...
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