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Forum: Tires 10-30-2018, 02:19 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 9,481
Posted By Phoenix
See Michelin XPS Ribs update on 2018 Alaskan...

See Michelin XPS Ribs update on 2018 Alaskan Roadtrip at link below:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438/re-michelin-xps-ribs-163671.html#post2173926
Forum: Tires 10-30-2018, 02:16 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,393
Posted By Phoenix
Re: Michelin XPS Ribs - UPDATE

Update on the Michelin XPS Ribs installed on our 19' Bambi in March 2017:

We recently returned from this year's roadtrip from Arizona to Alaska via eastern slope of Rocky Mountains in USA,...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 05-27-2018, 04:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,888
Posted By Phoenix
BBosso4, the gas cap switches on both generators...

BBosso4, the gas cap switches on both generators are in the OFF position. With them turned OFF, a vacuum will form as fuel is used, causing the generators to be fuel starved. That's what's causing...
Forum: Tires 05-05-2018, 05:02 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 28,300
Posted By Phoenix
The tire polls are for ALL tire failures,...

The tire polls are for ALL tire failures, including those from road hazards and other non-manufacturing, quality, or reliability causes. The polls are just a convenient central point for collecting...
Forum: Tires 05-04-2018, 09:12 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 28,300
Posted By Phoenix
For reference, the link below (by VT WANDERER)...

For reference, the link below (by VT WANDERER) contains details on what I believe is the first Goodyear Endurance ST-tire failure (05/03/18) reported on AirForums.com:
...
Forum: Refrigerators 04-28-2018, 02:27 AM
Replies: 237
Views: 31,646
Posted By Phoenix
Arizona southwest desert summer day temp =...

Arizona southwest desert summer day temp = 112-118 degrees; night = 100+ at 10 PM. Refrigerator stays on propane, 24/7, except for 5-10 minutes when fueling.

Even with frozen water bottles...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 04-06-2018, 12:33 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,741
Posted By Phoenix
Honda generators do NOT need to have the "AC...

Honda generators do NOT need to have the "AC neutral wire" and "ground terminal in the AC output receptacle" bonded (i.e., connected together). See text extract from Honda EU2000i Owners Manual, page...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 03-28-2018, 03:24 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,720
Posted By Phoenix
Re: Consumer Reports Annual Auto Issue (April 2018)

FYI, the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Issue (https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/best-cars-suvs-autos-spotlight/index.htm) is currently on newsstands. (This issue highlights model changes, tech...
Forum: Tires 03-25-2018, 11:40 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,227
Posted By Phoenix
========== CapriRacer, In recent years,...

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CapriRacer,

In recent years, the number of poll entries have decreased significantly. Not sure if there are fewer tire failures, or if new AirForums members are unaware of the tire...
Forum: Tires 03-23-2018, 11:53 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,227
Posted By Phoenix
For those of you planning to run significantly...

For those of you planning to run significantly less than 65 psi in your Airstream's tires this summer (or the maximum pressure printed on the tire sidewall), here are the links to polls for ST and...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 03-07-2018, 12:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,237
Posted By Phoenix
Link to modification commonly added to Chevy...

Link to modification commonly added to Chevy 454's with starter problems:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f311/one-fix-for-454-starter-problems-remote-ford-solenoid-59038.html
Forum: On The Road... 01-02-2018, 03:50 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 9,237
Posted By Phoenix
Just curious; how much did ferry rides increase...

Just curious; how much did ferry rides increase expenses, versus land routes?

Also, were attractions at ferry stops worth the extra money, versus those available via land routes?

Thanks!
Forum: 2007 Safari SE 12-12-2017, 01:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,172
Posted By Phoenix
Link to previous post on the LEDs that we bought...

Link to previous post on the LEDs that we bought to replace all 12v bulbs INSIDE our Bambi (no outside bulbs were replaced):
...
Forum: 2007 Safari SE 12-11-2017, 10:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,172
Posted By Phoenix
We have a 2005 19' Bambi, and the light fixtures...

We have a 2005 19' Bambi, and the light fixtures over the toilet and the bathroom sink both have switches on them. We leave the "bathroom light switch" next to the water heater switch ON all of time,...
Forum: 2011 - 2015 International 12-10-2017, 01:02 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,740
Posted By Phoenix
We squeegee, too; but I use a microfiber cloth to...

We squeegee, too; but I use a microfiber cloth to finish wiping dry. Same results as Kelvin; i.e., the shower in our 2005 19' Bambi looks the same as it did when new.

We've never used any...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 10-24-2017, 04:34 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,331
Posted By Phoenix
Years ago, AAA jump-started our car with one of...

Years ago, AAA jump-started our car with one of these:

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Schumacher-Electric-400-Amp-Jump-Starter/46167069

Cheap and reliable, so we bought one. Still works after six...
Forum: Tires 10-23-2017, 03:14 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 9,798
Posted By Phoenix
Michelin XPS Ribs, 225/75x16, LT, LR-E; we...

Michelin XPS Ribs, 225/75x16, LT, LR-E; we inflate to 80 psi. Airstream model is 2005 19' Bambi (single axle, 4,500 pounds). Maximum towing speed 60 mph.

First pair of XPS Ribs ran 6 years and...
Forum: Computers, Internet & Satellite 10-16-2017, 10:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,835
Posted By Phoenix
Re: PEPLINK|PEPWAVE WPA/WPA2 Security Vulnerability

Quote from PEPLINK email received today:

"On October 16th, 2017, an industry wide vulnerability (VU#228519) in WPA/WPA2 was made public."

For PEPLINK/PEPWAVE product owners, below is the link...
Forum: On The Road... 09-29-2017, 10:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,149
Posted By Phoenix
Pre-hurricane season, we had thought that this...

Pre-hurricane season, we had thought that this fall we might tour the Gulf Coast area from Corpus Christi to Key West. After the hurricanes hit, we canceled all plans.

Is a roadtrip around the...
Forum: General Repair Forum 09-15-2017, 01:40 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 476
Posted By Phoenix
No! -- See detailed response in PM (Private...

No! -- See detailed response in PM (Private message).
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 09-06-2017, 10:04 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 62,272
Posted By Phoenix
Re: Our Rig (2005 Bambi & 2008 Tundra)

Our rig: 2005 19' Bambi and 2008 Tundra CrewMax Limited TRD (5.7L, 2wd).

Photo was taken in 2014, during a lunch stop on Avenue of the Giants (http://avenueofthegiants.net/) scenic drive, old Hwy...
Forum: On The Road... 09-05-2017, 01:26 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,542
Posted By Phoenix
Re: Discounts on gasoline at Pilot & Flying J

We get two discounts on gasoline at Pilot & Flying J:


5 cents per gallon with Good Sam membership card (per-gallon price drops 5 cents on pump display when Good Sam card is swiped)


4%...
Forum: On The Road... 09-02-2017, 02:55 AM
Replies: 215
Views: 18,389
Posted By Phoenix
Just an observation: Looks like this discussion...

Just an observation: Looks like this discussion topic got hijacked, and it is now a Hensley/Propride thread...

Personally, I am about to click "IGNORE THIS THREAD".
Forum: On The Road... 08-24-2017, 02:04 AM
Replies: 169
Views: 16,404
Posted By Phoenix
Moosetags, If you haven't seen the Medora...

Moosetags,

If you haven't seen the Medora Musical, I'd check it out since you're so close. We had a great time there a couple of years ago.

I'm also attaching a couple of other North Dakota...
Forum: On The Road... 08-20-2017, 12:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,476
Posted By Phoenix
Re: The Greatest American Road Trip: A Centennial Celebration of the National Parks

Here is the correct link: The Greatest American Road Trip: A Centennial Celebration of the National Parks (http://www.thegreatestroadtrip.com/book/)

Note: I have no association with the authors...
Forum: On The Road... 08-19-2017, 02:55 AM
Replies: 215
Views: 18,389
Posted By Phoenix
Re: Airstream Accident on Bozeman Pass

I normally don't participate in speculations regarding accident causes; however, I think RandyNY is on the right track.

I located the accident site by comparing the backgrounds in the photos with...
Forum: Our Community 08-03-2017, 05:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,713
Posted By Phoenix
See discussion thread on camping at the Grand...

See discussion thread on camping at the Grand Canyon for an entire winter:

Winter Living in the Grand Canyon (http://www.airforums.com/forums/f459/winter-living-in-the-grand-canyon-98031.html)
...
Forum: Refrigerators 07-29-2017, 12:01 PM
Replies: 237
Views: 31,646
Posted By Phoenix
Our 2005 19' Bambi has a marine battery isolator...

Our 2005 19' Bambi has a marine battery isolator switch installed on the battery box. When we pull up to the gas pumps, my wife turns the battery switch to OFF, which completely disconnects both...
Forum: On The Road... 07-17-2017, 04:01 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 422
Posted By Phoenix
Re: Campgrounds in Medora, ND

Medora Campground
Medora, ND
Reservations: 1-800-MEDORA-1
Information: 701-623-4435

GPS: 46 55.302'N 103 31.861'W

We stayed here, and would stay again.

Gravel interior roads and pads,...
Forum: On The Road... 07-06-2017, 10:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,926
Posted By Phoenix
Re: Campgrounds & Attractions - Pennsylvania

Places to visit while at Penn Wood Airstream Park:

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Gobbler's Knob (Groundhog Day Media Center)
1548 Woodland Ave
Punxsutawney, PA 15767
814-618-5591

GPS: 40 55.885'N 78...
Forum: Tires 07-04-2017, 12:33 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,391
Posted By Phoenix
Note: Looks like Goodyear Endurance (GYE) tire...

Note: Looks like Goodyear Endurance (GYE) tire failures are starting to appear on AirForums. Perhaps, someone should start a new thread where GYE owners can consolidate their experiences.
Forum: Base Camp 06-24-2017, 08:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,365
Posted By Phoenix
A marine hatch spring like this might work:...

A marine hatch spring like this might work: https://www.amazon.com/Sea-Dog-321650-1-Spring-8-Inch/dp/B001HBUOXO

Note: Link is for example purposes only. A longer spring would probably be needed.
Forum: Tow Vehicles 06-20-2017, 04:07 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,829
Posted By Phoenix
Re: Tonneau & bed cap - Had both, but prefer bed cap

First, we bought this aluminum tonneau cover: http://www.ltsportcover.com/

Then, when mountain bikes wouldn't fit inside, we bought this bed cap (with white panels, instead of windows):...
Forum: Computers, Internet & Satellite 06-16-2017, 01:12 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 9,950
Posted By Phoenix
Note to Verizon users: Some Verizon Jetpacks...

Note to Verizon users:

Some Verizon Jetpacks are not "global devices". Our older MiFi 4510L was not global-network compatible, and it wouldn't work outside the USA (specifically, Canada)....
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 05-31-2017, 05:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,703
Posted By Phoenix
Very old AirForums discussion threads on this...

Very old AirForums discussion threads on this subject say that increasing tire pressure to 80 psi on old steel wheels, previously inflated to 65 psi or less, will cause cracks along the wheel flange...
Forum: Windows & Screens 05-29-2017, 05:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,289
Posted By Phoenix
We apply this aerosol dry lubricant (PTFE powder,...

We apply this aerosol dry lubricant (PTFE powder, a.k.a., "teflon") a couple of times a year. Works great!

Liquid Wrench Dry Lubricant with Cerflon (PTFE) -- Walmart...
Forum: Our Community 05-29-2017, 01:56 AM
Replies: 7,299
Views: 1,108,557
Posted By Phoenix
05/09/17, followed an older Airstream on...

05/09/17, followed an older Airstream on eastbound I-10, in Tucson, southeast of downtown, when one or more tires blew out on the curb side, while driving through a highway construction area.

At...
Forum: On The Road... 05-11-2017, 05:23 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,775
Posted By Phoenix
All National Parks we've visited allow owners to...

All National Parks we've visited allow owners to walk dogs on a leash in the campground areas. Dogs are NOT permitted near the visitor center, nature walks, hiking trails and other public areas....
Forum: General Repair Forum 05-06-2017, 10:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 697
Posted By Phoenix
BigAl, Do you have photos of your fabricated...

BigAl,

Do you have photos of your fabricated door part? I have a similar problem with the top door hinge, and I'm having trouble visualizing your modifications.

==========

Mortland,

Were...
Forum: Tires 05-03-2017, 02:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,747
Posted By Phoenix
Re: GYM & XPS Rib Comparison

Just my opinion...

XPS Ribs; expensive, but worth it (see attachment below).

For our single-axle Bambi, two new wheels and XPS Ribs were much cheaper than the cost of replacement ST tires and...
Forum: Tires 05-02-2017, 02:05 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,747
Posted By Phoenix
A couple of AirForums members switched to the new...

A couple of AirForums members switched to the new Nokian Rotiiva Light Truck (LT) tire in size 235/75x15, Load Range E, which appears to be a possible alternative to switching to 16 inch wheels and...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 04-30-2017, 06:05 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 9,409
Posted By Phoenix
Re: Possible Damage to Air Conditioner & Generator?

The Honda EU2000i Owner's Manual states that the rated power for continuous operation is 1,600 VA (equivalent to 13.3 A @ 120 VAC). The manual further states that the time limit for running the...
Forum: Tires 04-21-2017, 12:51 PM
Replies: 237
Views: 32,206
Posted By Phoenix
Re: Differences between "Rib" (summer) & "M/S" (all season) tires

Below is a link to a previous post explaining the difference between three Michelin tire models. The description for the LTX MS/2 probably still applies to the new Defender tire.
...
Forum: Tires 04-21-2017, 03:22 AM
Replies: 237
Views: 32,206
Posted By Phoenix
Re: Towing 19' Bambi on Snow & Ice with Michelin XPS Rib Summer Tires

We are on our second set of Michelin XPS Ribs; and we run them at 80 psi, because the larger single-axle Bambi's have the heaviest per-tire load of all Airstream travel trailers. (Even though the...
Forum: 2016 - Current Classic (all lengths) 04-18-2017, 05:54 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,797
Posted By Phoenix
In extremely hot weather, we put the "Reflectix"...

In extremely hot weather, we put the "Reflectix" bubble insulation that we use while camping in sub-freezing weather, back on our windows and entry door. It darkens the interior, but it does make a...
Forum: 2016 - Current Classic (all lengths) 04-18-2017, 02:05 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,797
Posted By Phoenix
Wow, didn't realize air conditioning was this big...

Wow, didn't realize air conditioning was this big a problem on larger models. We have a 2005 19' Bambi, and our air conditioner will freeze us out on the hottest days in Phoenix.

A couple of years...
Forum: Stella's Kitchen 04-17-2017, 05:26 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,949
Posted By Phoenix
Re: Marine Alcohol Stove

We have a single-burner marine stove, purchased years ago for use on our boat. Not sure it is worth the price for land-based camping (we purchased it because it uses alcohol, which is much safer in a...
Forum: Tires 04-14-2017, 01:24 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 9,481
Posted By Phoenix
Michelin LTX MS/2 tread separation failure

Note: See link below for discussion thread initiated by AirForums member "Blkmagikca", which contains details and photos of a Michelin LTX MS/2 tread separation failure.

Tread Separation on...
Forum: Audio, Video & TV 04-05-2017, 04:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,774
Posted By Phoenix
Years ago, I installed a 24" Samsung television...

Years ago, I installed a 24" Samsung television over the refrigerator in our 2005 19' Bambi. I used a Sanus swivel wall-mount that I bought at Costco, which is rated for up to a 55" TV weighing 60...
Forum: Our Community 04-04-2017, 04:01 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,846
Posted By Phoenix
Re: Southwest Desert "Haboobs"

TBRich's quote: "Pull off the road as far as you can, turn your lights OFF and wait it out. (Turning your lights off sounds counter-intuitive, but if you have your lights on someone may see you,...
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