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Forum: VAC | Vintage Airstream Club 03-13-2018, 12:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 990
Posted By slpiotro
Wisconsin Club is active

And has a fair number of vintage owners. For info on events, go to
It is a fun group, and lots going on. Sound like you would be down in the Prairie Du Chien--- Sauk City...
Forum: Forum Admin, News and Member Account Info 09-27-2017, 11:38 AM
Replies: 1,412
Views: 347,034
Posted By slpiotro
23 feet works great llwith two cats

We spend up to six months in a year in our 23 foot Safari with our two cats. we got them and the trailer st about the same time. they're happy to travel in their little home. If you can, teach...
Forum: Boondocking 06-30-2017, 03:07 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,369
Posted By slpiotro
I dunno, I always thought if it's outside of an...

I dunno, I always thought if it's outside of an actual 'campground', but it's still in nature, it's boondocking. If it's on a street or in a city, it's stealth camping. Like I would consider a...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 06-30-2017, 08:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 367
Posted By slpiotro
thanks, but

The batteries were brand new, in fact installed as part of the check out. Tried every other power hungry thing, it did not kick out. It was only on microwave. I will run the voltage tests etc. but...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 06-29-2017, 12:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 367
Posted By slpiotro
Microwave Power Use

I installed a solar system with 2000 Watt inverter so that I could use my micro to heat a cup of coffee etc. It worked fine for a couple of years, but then it would kick off after a few seconds use...
Forum: Sinks, Showers & Toilets 06-27-2017, 10:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,447
Posted By slpiotro
I had the same problem this year, could not find...

I had the same problem this year, could not find parts locally. Called Moen, their service folks sat on the line, helped me find parts from Amazon etc. made sure they were correct, and I ordered and...
Forum: On The Road... 06-20-2017, 02:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,000
Posted By slpiotro
Smile go on the Cajun Caravan

We started with the Cajun caravan, three weeks, so not a terrible time commitment if you find it doesn't fit you. We have been on three since then, and all have been great, we are taking another...
Forum: Our Community 06-17-2017, 12:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,720
Posted By slpiotro
Smile congratulations

We've had ours eight years and still love it. Problems, we have had a few, some our fault, some not so much. It is a joy to use and travel in, and we have been extremely happy with our travels. ...
Forum: General Repair Forum 06-17-2017, 12:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,671
Posted By slpiotro
Smile and don't let anyone make you feel like a dummy

I've ridden Harleys for forty years and while not a mechanic, grew up on a farm and have basic mechanical skills. When we got our airstream in mid Feb. and drove south, I filled it with water and...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 06-13-2017, 11:22 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,976
Posted By slpiotro
Smile I recommend

I recommend AM Solar. I decided to take a trip out to Oregon in large part to have them install my system. It has been in place 8 years, we are on the third (because of illness that left the 2nd...
Forum: Sinks, Showers & Toilets 06-12-2017, 11:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 654
Posted By slpiotro
I needed same things for my kitchen in an 97

and I could not find the parts locally, called Moen's help line. The guy on the line helped me find it on amazon and insured that it was the correct part(s) and numbers. I could not have asked for...
Forum: Axles 05-03-2017, 11:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,402
Posted By slpiotro
I had expected to be able to drive it up (at the...

I had expected to be able to drive it up (at the cost of the tire already wore) and had some other work I wanted to have done. Arranged for the axles to be shipped before I found out the seriousness...
Forum: Axles 05-02-2017, 12:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,402
Posted By slpiotro
Broken axle, how to transport to shop?

I admit to being very limited in mechanical ability. I bent/broke a front axle (1 1/2 inches out of camber). I need to get the trailer almost five hundred miles to get repaired. I have had haulers...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 04-19-2017, 11:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,367
Posted By slpiotro
just a note, we found that with our rough use...

just a note, we found that with our rough use (lots of Nat. wildlife back road camping) and the bouncing they took the hard plastic cracked more often than we tolerated (then the seal wasn't so good...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 04-08-2017, 03:18 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,625
Posted By slpiotro
Diesels are good for towing

Look at the various BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Porsche. posts on these forums. With a Bambi, you should find one of these cars able to fill your needs. I tow my 23 ft. Safari with a Mercedes ML 350, get...
Forum: WBCCI Forum 01-03-2017, 11:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,667
Posted By slpiotro
and the Wisconsin Unit welcomes you

We have electronic communication, and would be glad to have you join. The international rally is in Escanaba Michigan this year (part of the Wisconsin unit, slowly we are trying to regain the...
Forum: Buyer Guidelines 10-29-2016, 11:35 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,554
Posted By slpiotro
23D for seven years, and happy

We have a 23D, I always thought I would like a 23 FB, but friends bought one, and found they had no place to relax except the table and the bed. Plenty of closet space in the 23D, fits in almost all...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 10-07-2016, 03:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,315
Posted By slpiotro
we have a 23D safari, the small bed takes some...

we have a 23D safari, the small bed takes some getting used to. But since I don't sleep well, I use the front couch some nights. The advantages of pulling a smaller trailer and the amazing amount of...
Forum: Stella's Kitchen 09-27-2016, 11:12 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,432
Posted By slpiotro
We have a 23 ft. (smaller water tank) and the...

We have a 23 ft. (smaller water tank) and the amount of water used for dishes is easily more than for showers. If you boondock, the suggestions about using a gallon pail and very light rinse water...
Forum: 2007 Safari SE 09-19-2016, 02:56 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,965
Posted By slpiotro
twenty three works for us

We bought a 23 foot back about six years ago, and have never felt crowded, even when we were stuck in rainy areas. It has plenty of room for the two of us with our two cats, and fits on lots of...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 08-21-2016, 01:51 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 6,642
Posted By slpiotro
Cool You will use it more than you think.

First, Welcome. We have a 23ft Safari. Bought when my wife retired several years after I did. Expected to spend a few months a year traveling. Except for this year (medical issues) have spent...
Forum: 1970 Overlander 08-18-2016, 12:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,218
Posted By slpiotro
I highly recommend joining WBCCI, especially in...

I highly recommend joining WBCCI, especially in Oregon, great group there, and very fun and active. Lots of good information and help will come with the group. Good luck, looks like a well cared...
Forum: Our Community 08-14-2016, 11:44 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,234
Posted By slpiotro
clear differences

First, the purpose of all the Congressional Chartered Vets groups is to influence the political structure regarding veterans benefits, and to assist their fellow veterans. The VFW and American...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 08-10-2016, 12:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,294
Posted By slpiotro

Milenco, I bought them a couple of years ago for my ML 350 (2014), and they have been great. Stable, good views, little vibration, and easy to put on and remove. No scratching, I really like them. ...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 07-14-2016, 11:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,367
Posted By slpiotro
I would go with the taller cover, easier I think....

I would go with the taller cover, easier I think. Of course, stainless steel makes it look better. Measure your intended batteries first, to make sure you have room.
Forum: Tow Vehicles 06-27-2016, 11:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,210
Posted By slpiotro
I have been towing with an ML 350 for years (8...

I have been towing with an ML 350 for years (8 plus) and have had no problems. Weight distribution recommended, it really gives a nice comfortable tow and ride. Great car for the 23 FT, works well,...
Forum: WBCCI Forum 06-11-2016, 01:45 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 14,253
Posted By slpiotro
Times they is a changin...

First, the N. Carolina club rep. should be ashamed of herself. There are valid reasons for not being able to get you to International, but she should have invited you to a local rally.
I have been...
Forum: Dollars & Cents 06-01-2016, 05:14 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,164
Posted By slpiotro
Yes it is worth it for the freedom and quiet.

Ann Arbor Bob hit it on the head. The only real answer, is... it depends. We had AM install ours five years ago, we do both boondocking, Nat. Parks/forests/and whatever place lets us park,...
Forum: Cleaning, Stripping & Polishing 05-13-2016, 11:06 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,193
Posted By slpiotro
Thumbs up thanks for reminding me

I have been suffering some health problems this year that have prevented me from doing anything that puts a strain on my system, so I haven't been able to bring the Airstream from storage for use. I...
Forum: 2007 Safari SE 04-13-2016, 10:54 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,863
Posted By slpiotro
F.N.G. Cherry

We went from tent camping to a 23ft. SE Safari. Yes it is close to the max rating when fully loaded for our ML350 Diesel MB, but it has never ever been a problem on close to 100,000 miles of travel....
Forum: Our Community 04-13-2016, 10:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,855
Posted By slpiotro
Cool Rentals

I do believe your will have to go commercial rental to find one available to rent for a camping experience. We were tent campers before buying our first (and so far only) Airstream.
One of the...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 02-09-2016, 11:20 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 6,875
Posted By slpiotro
I believe in

AM Solar in Oregon. They do nothing but RV Solar, and will do as much or little as you want. In our club (WBBCI WI) I for example did not feel like I knew enough to do it myself, so I had them do...
Forum: WBCCI Forum 01-06-2016, 02:17 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,455
Posted By slpiotro
and the group is getting less and less tied to...

and the group is getting less and less tied to the "way we used to do it". If you travel around, there are lots of local events (Lunches, weekend campouts etc) and by looking at some of the unit...
Forum: On The Road... 12-31-2015, 11:05 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,698
Posted By slpiotro
no, adventurous not foolish

I have met so many wonderful 80, 90 year olds who still travel extensively and several single women in that age group who are still on the move.
It seems to me, that it is when you for-go doing...
Forum: On The Road... 12-23-2015, 11:34 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,658
Posted By slpiotro
sheets and oh Sh@#

We struggle with the full size on our 23 foot. We use one of the mattress topper breathable covers, and then we put on queen sized regular fitted sheet on the bottom, and queen on the top. The...
Forum: On The Road... 12-20-2015, 12:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,420
Posted By slpiotro
red rock

is a nice state park. Since I have solar, and it has been a couple of years, I don't remember how many sites have electric. It was a great park to hike and walk in, lots of movie history, and very...
Forum: General Interior Topics 11-23-2015, 11:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,984
Posted By slpiotro
Question question regarding curtains

I note that Our Airstream, and most Airstreams have curtains that are attached top and bottom on the rails around the curved windows. We are going to redo our interior seats, curtains, and other...
Forum: On The Road... 10-23-2015, 10:43 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 8,252
Posted By slpiotro
Just a quick note, one of the things that comes...

Just a quick note, one of the things that comes with Membership in WBCCI, is the courtesy parking, now in electronic form and easy to see if there is a place near you planned stopping point. Not...
Forum: On The Road... 10-07-2015, 11:04 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,460
Posted By slpiotro
and if you can, spending a couple of days...

and if you can, spending a couple of days exploring the Arizona State Park at Kartchner Caverns in the eastern part of the state. One of the best preserved caverns in the area. Also nice hiking...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-14-2015, 02:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,006
Posted By slpiotro
we tow a 23D (2007) with a MB 350

Diesel with the same sort of tow ratings. It works marvelously. We have often considered going to a 25 ft., but don't because of the number on Nat. Park and Nat. forest campgrounds with length...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 06-06-2015, 12:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,621
Posted By slpiotro
I agree, the Grand Aero Towing Mirror mirrors...

I agree, the Grand Aero Towing Mirror mirrors sold by Amazon ( work perfectly. These are the original...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 06-06-2015, 10:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,917
Posted By slpiotro
our dealer mounted

our break controller in the little space above the ash tray (no longer a smoker anyway) much like the post below shows. He used the mounting swivel shown on the wood block and it fits comfortably in...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 05-12-2015, 10:29 PM
Replies: 605
Views: 92,117
Posted By slpiotro
The only issue we have recently faced was an "Add...

The only issue we have recently faced was an "Add Blue" crisis after travellling on BLM dirt roads. It snuck up on us without warning messages and we ended up at Clear Lake State Park in CA with a...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 05-12-2015, 02:40 PM
Replies: 605
Views: 92,117
Posted By slpiotro
great reading about euro auto Tow V.

I have been towing with a MB 350 Diesel since we got our 23 ft. Safari six years ago, close to 100,000 miles of travel and just love it. The numbers end up similar to the vehicles you mention. We...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 04-22-2015, 01:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,899
Posted By slpiotro
-All of the interior lights are incadescent. I...

-All of the interior lights are incadescent. I searched for "1156 LED Bulbs" on Amazon and purchased 20 for about $35.

Just a warning, I did that a few years ago -LED Lights cheap off the...
Forum: On The Road... 04-14-2015, 02:15 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,214
Posted By slpiotro
I usually take the amount I saved with my access...

I usually take the amount I saved with my access pass (if I can afford to) and donate to the friends of the Park organization. In that way, the money gets used by the park you just visited.

Forum: On The Road... 04-13-2015, 10:38 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,214
Posted By slpiotro
We need National Parks

There have been a number of great responses, but Youngpeck said it very well. The mission of the "National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources" and that is extremely...
Forum: 1965 - 1969 Globetrotter 03-17-2015, 11:23 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,455
Posted By slpiotro
try the factory

Folks there are very helpful. Worth a shot.
Forum: Lights - Interior & Exterior 03-12-2015, 12:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,582
Posted By slpiotro

In my first tow v, I had to get a resistance extension cord to get the LED trailer lights to work. Found it on line for European type vehicles,y newest tow vehicle doesn't need it,, they fixed the...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 03-05-2015, 05:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,747
Posted By slpiotro
final solution

Turns out that the cord had a crack that allowed water in, and that caused a slight trickle of juice. New cprd no problem.
Steve O
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