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Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 09-19-2019, 01:46 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,043
Posted By WindyJim
I have or have had three Airstreams, a 17', 27'...

I have or have had three Airstreams, a 17', 27' and 25'. I've always used load leveler and anti-sway on all three. Even though I had it, I did lose the 27' with swaying that resulted in the...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 09-12-2019, 12:20 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 13,130
Posted By WindyJim
Larger truck and tires

If you don't already have a pickup I would strongly recommend either a 3/4 ton or a 1 ton. I rolled a 27' towing with a 1/2 ton, and even though I had anti-sway bars, etc., I still lost it on a 6 %...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 07-25-2019, 12:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,266
Posted By WindyJim
Relative to kidjedi's Home Depot wiring comment,...

Relative to kidjedi's Home Depot wiring comment, it takes much more than an 8 or 10 gauge wire to feed a 1500 watt inverter. Current = Power divided by voltage. The supply voltage feeding the...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 07-25-2019, 11:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,266
Posted By WindyJim
As Uncle Bob stated, the Goal Zero Yeti 1000 or...

As Uncle Bob stated, the Goal Zero Yeti 1000 or lithium 1400 are a very simple way to go. It will handle 1500 watts pure sine wave, and can be conveniently just set up and slowly recharged with...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 01-27-2019, 01:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,088
Posted By WindyJim
A completely different option: Purchase a Goal...

A completely different option: Purchase a Goal Zero Yeti 1000 or 1400 Lithium unit. It will deliver 1500 watts (continuous pure sine wave) for a while and then is gently recharging when not needed....
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 02-18-2018, 07:36 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 15,259
Posted By WindyJim
Additional comments on the Yeti's. 1. They...

Additional comments on the Yeti's.
1. They have a built-solar controller, so you cannot charge them downstream of an existing solar controller. I believe the low end of the charging input is 16...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 02-18-2018, 07:24 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 15,259
Posted By WindyJim
Yeti 1000 Lithium and 3000 Lithium

I purchased a Yeti 1000 in April, 2017 (from Costco). We exclusively dry camp with our 25' Airstream. The electronics, inverter, etc. in the Yeti 1000 and the Yeti 3000 are identical, but the Yeti...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 10-24-2017, 09:36 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 7,329
Posted By WindyJim
We started out with a 17' AS, and purchased a 1/2...

We started out with a 17' AS, and purchased a 1/2 ton Silverado.

We acquired a 27' AS with rear twins and loved it. It would hold a lot of stuff. Still pulling with the 1/2 ton Silverado, but...
Forum: Buyer Guidelines 08-19-2017, 09:27 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,639
Posted By WindyJim
I purchased an AS that had sustained minor...

I purchased an AS that had sustained minor damage, but was well repaired. As long as you disclose the hail damage I would feel fine about purchasing one. A nice cosmetic fix might be flexible solar...
Forum: On The Road... 08-10-2017, 03:53 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,699
Posted By WindyJim
I stumbled on to a location that charges $1.59...

I stumbled on to a location that charges $1.59 per gallon + tax. I've been using them for the better part of a year, and they haven't raised their prices yet. It is a Shell station on the NE Corner...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 07-15-2017, 02:22 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 8,142
Posted By WindyJim
While I don't have the Bambi (although I do have...

While I don't have the Bambi (although I do have an older 17' AS in addition to my 25 AS), I opted to just add a Goal Zero Yeti 1000 Lithium Portable Power Station from Costco (the only place this...
Forum: Dollars & Cents 07-10-2017, 12:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,200
Posted By WindyJim
Not a throw in by any means, but to me the single...

Not a throw in by any means, but to me the single best add on (not necessarily dealer add on) is solar. If you store your airstream outside, or anticipate doing any dry camping, this is the one item...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 06-14-2017, 12:08 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,477
Posted By WindyJim
AM Solar does a fantastic job, but is pricey. If...

AM Solar does a fantastic job, but is pricey. If one goes to the amsolar.com site and looks at the rig in the upper left (with five panels), I talked to the owner of that rig when I was up in Idaho...
Forum: Base Camp 06-04-2017, 06:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,117
Posted By WindyJim
I purchased my AS a few years back from the...

I purchased my AS a few years back from the original owner who had had solar installed when the AS was new.

He told me the solar had never worked even though he had taken it back multiple times.
...
Forum: Base Camp 06-04-2017, 05:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,117
Posted By WindyJim
At this point, don't worry about cleaning the...

At this point, don't worry about cleaning the panels. The rain already did it. Also, with no solar output, cleaning, with a 25% increase in output, is still zero output.

A strong possibility is...
Forum: Leaks - Weatherstrips, Gaskets, Caulks & Sealants 04-21-2017, 01:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,542
Posted By WindyJim
All of our local Airstream dealers use and sell...

All of our local Airstream dealers use and sell the Dicor Lap Sealant Self-leveling white. I've used it for both roof penetrations and solar installations on our two Airstreams. It is good stuff!
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 04-14-2017, 11:53 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 32,471
Posted By WindyJim
Relative to the last post, I have the Yamaha 2800...

Relative to the last post, I have the Yamaha 2800 Inverter gen (about 8 years old), and no soft start. So, if the batteries are partially discharged I open the breaker to the converter, then start...
Forum: Windows, Doors, Locks & Vents 03-28-2017, 03:49 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,037
Posted By WindyJim
I am interested in following your install as I...

I am interested in following your install as I have a '68 Airstream that I recently purchased a FanTastic vent fan for. I haven't got to installing it yet as I've been working on solar, etc.

One...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 03-20-2017, 06:57 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,849
Posted By WindyJim
Mine came loose one time, pulling a 27' AS. This...

Mine came loose one time, pulling a 27' AS. This was after several years of towing. Definitely glad the chains were crossed!
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 03-17-2017, 01:32 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 10,295
Posted By WindyJim
Two things: I have a 1/2 ton Chevy and was able...

Two things: I have a 1/2 ton Chevy and was able to successfully roll (over) a 27 foot AS. The truck and trailer were pretty loaded at the time, 6% down grade, going around corners, etc. etc. My...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 03-12-2017, 04:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,020
Posted By WindyJim
Need a larger battery box for 6 volts

Just a reminder that you will need to modify your battery box if you go with 6-volt golf cart batteries. I went with the Trojan 6-volts and had to add another 2" or so to the box height.
Forum: On The Road... 02-22-2017, 02:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,898
Posted By WindyJim
I live in California and frequently camp in CA...

I live in California and frequently camp in CA state campgrounds. I also have a 25' AS, but when I do my search I always indicate that I have a 24' trailer. This opens up many more sites than would...
Forum: On The Road... 01-09-2017, 08:14 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,699
Posted By WindyJim
I live in Fountain Valley, CA, and for years I've...

I live in Fountain Valley, CA, and for years I've filled up at a station for the same price of $3.50 per gallon. Recently, I discovered the Shell station across the street from it (corner of Talbert...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 12-25-2016, 03:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,044
Posted By WindyJim
Two years ago I switched to the Trojan T-105...

Two years ago I switched to the Trojan T-105 batteries in my 25'AS, and use them extensively. Essentially all of our camping is dry camping and after modifying the battery box I was able to fit the...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-19-2016, 04:20 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,239
Posted By WindyJim
My personal opinion has to do with how...

My personal opinion has to do with how comfortable you are pulling your 27' with your existing truck. I pulled a 27' with my 2005 Chevy 1500, 5.3 liter for some time, but even with the anti-sway,...
Forum: On The Road... 12-02-2016, 05:02 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,607
Posted By WindyJim
If you have a smart phone, you might consider...

If you have a smart phone, you might consider adding a free app called "RV Parky". It shows you all the campgrounds, Walmarts, etc. on a map. You can then touch any one of interest, and it gives...
Forum: On The Road... 11-24-2016, 03:28 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,897
Posted By WindyJim
Just kidding...

Just kidding...
Forum: On The Road... 11-24-2016, 03:14 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,897
Posted By WindyJim
Just kidding...

Just kidding...
Forum: On The Road... 11-24-2016, 03:14 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,897
Posted By WindyJim
I think the nicest thing we ever received was...

I think the nicest thing we ever received was pulling up to our campsite and finding a motor home there with the keys in it. That was really a special gift! We were so tickled, because we had...
Forum: On The Road... 11-05-2016, 01:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,429
Posted By WindyJim
Further to my previous posting, if the city is...

Further to my previous posting, if the city is inflexible on allowing any more than the 3-day permit, i.e. no extensions, I can move my two airstreams around, and put one of them out on the street,...
Forum: On The Road... 11-05-2016, 01:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,429
Posted By WindyJim
We live in Fountain Valley (which is about 8...

We live in Fountain Valley (which is about 8 miles from Newport Beach), and while Fountain Valley has a no RV overnight policy, I can get a visitor's permit that will allow up to 3 days per month...
Forum: Plumbing - Systems & Fixtures 09-10-2016, 03:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,619
Posted By WindyJim
My 1968 Airstream did not have a convenient...

My 1968 Airstream did not have a convenient outside city water hookup, so about a year ago I installed the Sureflo pressure reducing water entry. I did hook it up with flexible hose per the...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 09-02-2016, 12:51 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,909
Posted By WindyJim
I have a 25' AS with a single 100 watt solar...

I have a 25' AS with a single 100 watt solar panel on the roof. I keep it in the back yard when I'm not using it and never plug it in (unless I decide to run the air conditioner or the microwave,...
Forum: Our Community 08-31-2016, 06:44 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 6,781
Posted By WindyJim
Now that you are in Boise, make sure and...

Now that you are in Boise, make sure and winterize your Airstream. We loaned one of ours to my sister-in-law for a couple of years, who lives in Boise, and she didn't winterize it. She paid to have...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 08-20-2016, 10:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,811
Posted By WindyJim
I had a leaking cracked A/C condensate tray and I...

I had a leaking cracked A/C condensate tray and I just used some RV "Goop" which I purchased from Walmart. (Probably the same as Shoe Goop or any other "Goop"s. except it does have UV inhibitors in...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 07-21-2016, 12:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,434
Posted By WindyJim
The starting current of your air conditioner is...

The starting current of your air conditioner is the main concern. Once it is started you should be fine.

In some instances you may have to initially open the 115 volt breaker that feeds your...
Forum: On The Road... 07-19-2016, 03:48 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,085
Posted By WindyJim
That used to be my 27' Airstream...

That used to be my 27' Airstream...
Forum: On The Road... 07-19-2016, 03:47 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,085
Posted By WindyJim
Don't do what I did on a 6% down grade, complete...

Don't do what I did on a 6% down grade, complete with wind and a ripple in the road...
Forum: Lights - Interior & Exterior 05-05-2016, 02:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,300
Posted By WindyJim
These are what I replaced all my fixtures with (I...

These are what I replaced all my fixtures with (I liked changing fixtures rather than changing bulbs). I purchased them all through ebay. The screw holes were almost the same as the original...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 05-05-2016, 02:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,478
Posted By WindyJim
When it came time to swap out my batteries,...

When it came time to swap out my batteries, because they weren't holding up well, I bit the bullet and converted to 6-volt golf cart batteries. They have greater capacity and a longer life. The...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 05-05-2016, 02:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,478
Posted By WindyJim
The furnace is the big draw and requires the...

The furnace is the big draw and requires the batteries to be in good shape. I also believe the radio draws more also than one might think (certainly not on a par with the furnace, but...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 05-05-2016, 01:20 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,425
Posted By WindyJim
As for generator, permanent solar or portable...

As for generator, permanent solar or portable solar, I have all three. If one was only going with one of the three I would probably recommend the generator, because of microwave and air...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 04-18-2016, 12:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,064
Posted By WindyJim
Automatic Bus Transfer Switch (ABT)

It could be that your rig has an Automatic Bus Transfer (ABT) switch, or equivalent circuitry built in. These often provide two functions. They are normally generator-seeking, meaning if a...
Forum: On The Road... 02-25-2016, 01:48 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,859
Posted By WindyJim
We love to camp at Beverly Beach State Park,...

We love to camp at Beverly Beach State Park, which is just a few miles north of Newport, Oregon. There are wonderful places in Newport, and north, etc. Last time we were there (a couple years ago)...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 01-12-2016, 12:25 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 9,798
Posted By WindyJim
I have an older Yamaha 2800 watt inverter...

I have an older Yamaha 2800 watt inverter generator (10 years old) and I will sometimes, repeat sometimes, have to open the circuit breaker to the converter (as it can draw as much as 600 watts),...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 01-09-2016, 03:38 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 47,238
Posted By WindyJim
I recommend the 3/4 ton. I have a 1/2 ton...

I recommend the 3/4 ton.

I have a 1/2 ton Chevy that I bought when I had a 17' AS. A couple years later I purchased a 27' AS, but kept the Chevy because it was low mileage so couldn't justify...
Forum: Buyer Guidelines 01-03-2016, 08:22 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,441
Posted By WindyJim
I would recommend the 25' if you are going to be...

I would recommend the 25' if you are going to be keeping your existing tow vehicle for awhile. If you decide to upgrade the tow vehicle to a 3/4 ton, then the 27' would also be great.

Without...
Forum: Airstream History 12-05-2015, 01:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,169
Posted By WindyJim
My 2005 Chevy Silverado 1500 came equipped with...

My 2005 Chevy Silverado 1500 came equipped with the factory towing package. I just turned 50,000 miles on the vehicle and two months ago I had to replace the transmission.

I climbed a hill and...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 11-24-2015, 11:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,694
Posted By WindyJim
I'll start off with, "I'm no expert, but..." ...

I'll start off with, "I'm no expert, but..."

The reason most generators have an 8-amp battery charge rate is that the rough guide lines for charging a battery is to charge at a rate that is...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 11-01-2015, 02:16 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 8,976
Posted By WindyJim
Unhappy Corrections for Inaccurate Amp-Hr Information

I've had several folks advise me relative to my improper AH information in my Quote below.
I stated that with two 6-volt 225 AH batteries I now have 450 AH total, but the correction is that for...
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