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Forum: Airstream Trailer Forums Today, 09:16 AM
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Posted By DRBusse
There have been recurring problems with that...

There have been recurring problems with that Dometic fridge in recent-model 23s. Mine was replaced under warranty after the door fell off (fixed by dealer) and, weeks later, the fridge quit entirely....
Forum: Airstream Trailer Forums 06-24-2019, 01:16 PM
Replies: 3,348
Views: 422,461
Posted By DRBusse
We have all LEDs and those decorative lamps on...

We have all LEDs and those decorative lamps on either side of the dinette are, I think, incandescent.
Forum: Airstream Trailer Forums 06-24-2019, 09:36 AM
Replies: 3,348
Views: 422,461
Posted By DRBusse
Battery options.

My 2018 23CB will be two years old this fall. We have the original Interstate batteries, 200 watts of solar on the roof and I’m concerned the batteries are near the end of their useful life.

We do...
Forum: Airstream Trailer Forums 06-01-2019, 10:40 PM
Replies: 3,348
Views: 422,461
Posted By DRBusse
Wow

Now it’s a search for the handles that “look right.”

Off on a quick trip to Europe tomorrow, back in a week, with a list of small Airstream projects (plus jury duty), before the road trip fun...
Forum: Airstream Trailer Forums 06-01-2019, 03:14 PM
Replies: 3,348
Views: 422,461
Posted By DRBusse
“secret cabinets”

We have owned our 2018 23CB for a year and a half, and only recently discovered what we are calling the “secret cabinets.” We always thought these were kick-plates under the pantry drawer and left...
Forum: On The Road... 05-29-2019, 03:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,433
Posted By DRBusse
Hang a right at Missoula

Assuming you will be eastbound on I-90.

Consider heading south on US93 at Missoula, down thru the beautiful Bitterroot Valley and over Chief Joseph Pass.

You could continue south to the...
Forum: General Repair Forum 01-28-2019, 02:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,151
Posted By DRBusse
Pull it with a diesel...

Whatever you decide for a trailer, find a diesel tow vehicle that sounds like an Alco 251 or a Fairbanks-Morse OP. You’ll feel like you are bilge rat back on a WMEC.
Forum: Airstream Trailer Forums 01-01-2019, 11:49 PM
Replies: 3,348
Views: 422,461
Posted By DRBusse
Prefer EMD or GE products? Still know how to...

Prefer EMD or GE products? Still know how to power brake?
Forum: On The Road... 12-07-2018, 09:42 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,650
Posted By DRBusse
Just takes some preparation.

Aw, c'mon. It's not that bad.
Forum: On The Road... 12-07-2018, 09:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,650
Posted By DRBusse
Good central location

http://www.eastshorervpark.com

Best to reserve asap.

It's adjacent to a regional park with lake and excellent dog-walking trails, mostly paved.
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 12-07-2018, 09:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,942
Posted By DRBusse
Which 23?

Don't forget the two 23 models, the 23FB and the 23CB, have differences in tongue weight of about 200 pounds (CB is heavier).
Forum: Tow Vehicles 11-10-2018, 11:27 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 15,003
Posted By DRBusse
I had a 2016 Tacoma 4x2 with factory tow package....

I had a 2016 Tacoma 4x2 with factory tow package. Bought a 2018 23CB...the numbers seemed well within the advertised range of the Tacoma, but the tongue weight was maxed out and the truck was...
Forum: General Repair Forum 10-03-2018, 09:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,395
Posted By DRBusse
Not a direct response to this problem, but...

Not a direct response to this problem, but vibration does strange things to vehicles with lots of non-vehicle features.

I ran complex mobile satellite uplink trucks for many years—think huge RV...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 09-26-2018, 09:27 PM
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Views: 62,661
Posted By DRBusse
Forum: Airstream Trailer Forums 09-06-2018, 09:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,934
Posted By DRBusse
Travel plans?

Another consideration should be how you plan to use your trailer. We bought our AS a year ago, had a TV that (we thought) was more than ample for our planned usage, which we envisioned as relatively...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-17-2018, 11:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,265
Posted By DRBusse
Towing and tire wear

Does towing affect tire wear to the point where I should change tire rotation intervals? I try to rotate every 5k, no matter whether that mileage is amassed towing or not. Thoughts?
Forum: 2016 - Current Flying Cloud 06-27-2018, 09:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 718
Posted By DRBusse
See you down the road.

We’re just west of you. See you at a campsite somewhere! Enjoy!
Forum: Our Community 06-26-2018, 09:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,134
Posted By DRBusse
Best part of the build process...

The original poster asked about aspects of the build process that are worth seeing. From a “gee whiz” aspect, the moment they lift body onto frame is pretty cool, but there are just so many unique...
Forum: Our Community 06-26-2018, 09:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,134
Posted By DRBusse
Everyone should go to the Mother Ship

My brother ordered his first AS four years ago. “Let’s go visit the factory...” he said, as he mentioned he had a bunch of frequent flyer miles to burn. So off we went to Jackson Center for the day....
Forum: Airstream Trailer Forums 06-20-2018, 09:39 AM
Replies: 3,348
Views: 422,461
Posted By DRBusse
Maybe somwbody here can provide some...

Maybe somwbody here can provide some insight...have always wondered why there is a 200 pound difference in listed tongue weights between the current 23FB and 23CB models. I do know that the 23FB is...
Forum: On The Road... 06-16-2018, 09:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,767
Posted By DRBusse
While in Eastern KY...

You may notice vending machines and fast food places offerin something called Ale 8 One. It is Kentucky’s own soft drink, manufactured and bottled in Winchester, east of Lexington. In Eastern...
Forum: Airstream Trailer Forums 06-02-2018, 11:46 AM
Replies: 3,348
Views: 422,461
Posted By DRBusse
Disney World

Interesting "inside skinny" on the RV experience at Disney World.

As a Disney retiree (37 years), I guess I should admit I've never visited the Florida resort. And as soon as the grandkids...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 05-21-2018, 05:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 777
Posted By DRBusse
Hitch-mounted mud flaps?

Just got a new TV, a 2018 GMC Sierra for my 23CB. Have a couple of long pulls coming up this summer, including two-lane highways and gravel roads. Should I invest in mud flaps? Truck currently has...
Forum: On The Road... 05-14-2018, 11:28 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 16,320
Posted By DRBusse
Courtesy helps

Last time I dumped, I was in line behind a guy with an Airstream Interstate. A rental. He was having trouble, so I put on my rubber gloves and offered help. Turns out the Interstate uses an electric...
Forum: 2016 - Current International 05-12-2018, 10:55 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,162
Posted By DRBusse
FYI, the Las Vegas dealership is part of a group...

FYI, the Las Vegas dealership is part of a group of four (Las Vegas, LA, Orange County and Inland Empire) owned by the same guy.
Forum: Airstream Trailer Forums 05-08-2018, 07:54 AM
Replies: 3,348
Views: 422,461
Posted By DRBusse
The first mod on a 23D

I’m normally a lurker here, but wanted to make a strong recommendation to go back a few pages and review the terrific mods that Ron has documented. High in the list—and perhaps the simplest one—is...
Forum: Modifications 04-04-2018, 09:19 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,467
Posted By DRBusse
Check out immobilize.com They make a nice battery...

Check out immobilize.com They make a nice battery box lock and an Airstream-specific hitch lock.
Forum: On The Road... 03-23-2018, 11:28 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,577
Posted By DRBusse
Some favorite places

395 is my favorite highway in California. I’ll suggest that your 10-year old might love Bodie—it was a huge hit with my son when he was that same age. One of our favorite campsites is Silver Lake, a...
Forum: On The Road... 03-15-2018, 09:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,216
Posted By DRBusse
What if you need to fly home in a hurry?

The card is fine for US-Canada border crossings as long as they are done by road or sea. What if you are in Canada and suddenly have to return to the states for a family emergency, etc., by air?
...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 03-11-2018, 09:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,960
Posted By DRBusse
Similar numbers

I pull a 2018 23CB with a 2016 Tacoma. Numbers are almost identical.
Forum: Airstream Trailer Forums 02-20-2018, 07:25 PM
Replies: 3,348
Views: 422,461
Posted By DRBusse
We did the same thing this weekend, but SHE got...

We did the same thing this weekend, but SHE got the convertible bed and I got the "king's bed" at the other end. Recently we were beach camping with daughter and grandkids--60mph wind gusts started,...
Forum: On The Road... 02-14-2018, 07:45 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,443
Posted By DRBusse
Fish Creek

We’ll be there with our 23CB a couple nights in early August. Already reserved!
Forum: On The Road... 02-06-2018, 12:22 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,443
Posted By DRBusse
Headed to Glacier in early August...

I think I've been there 20 times, but this will be my first trip with the Airstream (2018 23CB).

Planning a couple nights at Fish Creek, reserving early.

Keep in mind one of the better-kept...
Forum: On The Road... 01-27-2018, 04:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,579
Posted By DRBusse
Best Airstream reaction...

A guy ran out of his house upon seeing my new 23D and said “...my ex-wife got mine..!”
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 01-13-2018, 11:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,174
Posted By DRBusse
Success!

Found the problem! From my truck trouble shooting days...a short in the charging cable...the brand new one that came with the truck! It’s all making sense now! Thanks for all the replies—and rest...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 01-13-2018, 02:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,174
Posted By DRBusse
The mystery deepens...

The breaker blew a couple weeks ago and would not reset. Took the unit to airstream LA and they hooked up to 30amp 120v and said breaker reset Fine. Breaker looks good now and gfi button there...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 01-13-2018, 12:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,174
Posted By DRBusse
SECOND thing to check re: "every AC outlet in...

SECOND thing to check re: "every AC outlet in your trailer should be “hot” - unless a circuit breaker has been thrown into the “off” position.." is to check your Ground Fault Interupt Circuit...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 01-13-2018, 11:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,174
Posted By DRBusse
Unless there's a secret switch I don't know...

Unless there's a secret switch I don't know about--the master switch just inside the door may be in the off position but will not preclude battery charging via solar or shore hookup--according to the...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 01-13-2018, 11:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,174
Posted By DRBusse
[QUOTE=Boxite;2055177]Well... the FIRST thing to...

[QUOTE=Boxite;2055177]Well... the FIRST thing to check is whether or not your battery "master" switch is in ON/USE mode...or OFF. Unless the battery switch is in ON/USE position...the batteries are...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 01-13-2018, 10:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,174
Posted By DRBusse
Question Newbie question about electrical

We have a 2018 International Serenity 23CB.
We have made several trips as “shakedown cruises” but have yet to plug into 120v 30 amp shore power.
We have a 200volt solar system installed. I profess...
Forum: 2016 - Current International 01-08-2018, 06:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 542
Posted By DRBusse
2018 International Serenity 23D bedding question...

We got our 23 right before Thanksgiving and have made several shakedown trips with more scheduled in the coming months.

Per recommendation of another owner (my brother's wife) we bought Beddy's...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 12-30-2017, 04:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 595
Posted By DRBusse
Best generator recommendation.

Have a 2018 23D. First few boondocking adventures went fine, but we have one upcoming where we could use a generator. May rent...or buy. Thoughts?
Forum: On The Road... 12-24-2017, 02:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 660
Posted By DRBusse
Maramac Springs Park between St. James and...

Maramac Springs Park between St. James and Steelville in the Missouri Ozarks. Private park-like facility owned and operated by a private foundation of the original land owner’s family. Perhaps the...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 12-22-2017, 01:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 719
Posted By DRBusse
Taking to the dealer next week. There has been no...

Taking to the dealer next week. There has been no rain here. Dealer had it a few days back, doing warranty work on the stove, and I have to wonder if something behind the stove got tweaked to set off...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 12-21-2017, 10:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 719
Posted By DRBusse
GFI issue

The GFI popped on my 2018 23D and I cant get it to reset. Outlets on curb (outside) and above range (inside) are dead. Have tried reset plugged to 15a house current, have tried with inverter on and...
Forum: Electronics & Connectivity 12-03-2017, 12:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,543
Posted By DRBusse
Don’t have any sort of sat TV on my Airstream,...

Don’t have any sort of sat TV on my Airstream, (just bought it) so I can’t offer any installation expertise in this discussion.

But I did spend a number of years on the road in the TV news...
Forum: Photography 12-02-2017, 11:47 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 16,651
Posted By DRBusse
Stopover enroute

Staying adjacent to the airport and restaurant at Harris Ranch, along I-5 in the middle of California, halfway between LA and the Bay Area. This was sunrise...
Forum: Buyer Guidelines 11-19-2017, 05:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,365
Posted By DRBusse
See how they are built...

I am in the road with my 2018 23D for the first time...camping in the driveway of son and daughter-in-law’s new house, 400 miles away, serving as construction and moving “supervisor.” Wife will join...
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