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Forum: Airstream Classifieds 06-29-2018, 10:11 AM
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Posted By arktos55343
1970 Airstream Sovereign 31 - Minnesota

Title: 1970 Airstream Sovereign 31 - Minnesota
I just posted a new ad on Airstream Classifieds.

Trailer in good to fair gutted condition. Shell in relatively good condition, with a few extra...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 07-17-2017, 06:05 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 47,854
Posted By arktos55343
Thanks so much, Chris and Kay. Here we go...

Thanks so much, Chris and Kay. Here we go again.......
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 07-17-2017, 08:22 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 47,854
Posted By arktos55343
Thanks for that information Tony. I will look...

Thanks for that information Tony. I will look into that.
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 07-16-2017, 07:19 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 47,854
Posted By arktos55343
Talking Look What Followed Me Home Today

After the tragic loss of my 1972 Airstream Trade Wind 25' to a drunk driver in Oklahoma last December, this baby followed me home today:

Meet my 'new to me' 1970 Airstream International Sovereign...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 02-21-2017, 04:51 PM
Replies: 255
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Posted By arktos55343
Hey Thomas - Still struggling with aches and...

Hey Thomas - Still struggling with aches and pains and some brain injury. It's going to take a while. I may be looking for something again.... probably one that is in good vintage shape...that I can...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 01-22-2017, 01:12 PM
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Views: 47,854
Posted By arktos55343
Hard to say right now, Thomas. A lot of dreams...

Hard to say right now, Thomas. A lot of dreams dashed...a lot of healing to be done. But if I did have another Airstream, I would probably want a 70's model that is useable as is...not have to gut it...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 01-13-2017, 08:47 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 47,854
Posted By arktos55343
Thanks Thomas. Accident happened about 5 miles...

Thanks Thomas. Accident happened about 5 miles north of Edmond. The local highway patrol officers were busy with another accident, so the officer who responded was tasked out of Oklahoma City. He...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 01-08-2017, 09:56 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 47,854
Posted By arktos55343
As far as I could tell, the drunk hit me VERY...

As far as I could tell, the drunk hit me VERY hard at the water heater street side rear...under-cutting and causing my Airstream to tip onto its street side...taking further hits above the mid-line...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 01-03-2017, 07:49 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 47,854
Posted By arktos55343
Totalled....but alive.

Just a couple pics of the after-math. Thank you all for your well wishes!!

Just as an after note....I reported to the trooper that I smelled alcohol on the other driver's breath. The trooper chose...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 01-02-2017, 09:01 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 47,854
Posted By arktos55343
A Sad Ending to a Beautiful Beginning....

Dear Friends -

Just out of the hospital, and on way too many pain meds at the moment, I am sorry to report that my dream has come to an abrupt end.

Approximately 4:30am Saturday....cruising...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 12-16-2016, 05:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,056
Posted By arktos55343
Thanks very much for the useful information. I...

Thanks very much for the useful information. I may need to put skiis on the AS to get out of town....the way the weather is shaping up.

Peaceful Holidays to all!
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 12-16-2016, 03:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,056
Posted By arktos55343
AGMs in freezing temps

I am in Minneapolis. My AS is in storage...with a 50w solar panel (admittedly not getting a whole lot of sun right now) keeping a charge on the batteries (2 6v AGMs). I stopped in today to check on...
Forum: On The Road... 11-16-2016, 06:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,640
Posted By arktos55343
By way of Tucson....that sounds like a good idea.

By way of Tucson....that sounds like a good idea.
Forum: On The Road... 11-16-2016, 04:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,640
Posted By arktos55343
Minnesota is pretty good at clearing snow on the...

Minnesota is pretty good at clearing snow on the main roads...and eventually the side roads. We haven't had that much snow for the last few years, but it has been coooold. This year is supposed to be...
Forum: On The Road... 11-15-2016, 10:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,640
Posted By arktos55343
MN to AZ in JAN??

I know it sounds crazy, but I am considering avoiding the 65 - 75 inches of snow expected here in Minnesota this winter, and taking off with the Airstream around Jan 1. Destination: Phoenix, AZ. Of...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 11-12-2016, 12:01 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,599
Posted By arktos55343
Along these same lines, I tow with an '03 F250...

Along these same lines, I tow with an '03 F250 Super Duty using a Prodigy 2 brake controller. Often, when I hook up, I get a n/c warning on the Prodigy. Sometimes it will correct itself if I use...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 11-06-2016, 05:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 628
Posted By arktos55343
If I understand correctly, a 60 degree tilt would...

If I understand correctly, a 60 degree tilt would be measured from horizontal level. My panel is mounted on a pole...so I am measuring from vertical. Either way, it's pointed South and directly at...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 11-06-2016, 04:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 628
Posted By arktos55343
Hmmm....sure? I used a...

Hmmm....sure? I used a calculator...country/state/town...and it says 29 degrees. Sun is pretty low in these parts. Calculator says 60 degrees for May or July.
Forum: General Interior Topics 11-06-2016, 12:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 607
Posted By arktos55343
I believe your heavier loads should be over or...

I believe your heavier loads should be over or just in front of your wheels. If you load the rear end, you're going to have loss of control, as your hitch weight will be too light. Likewise, if you...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 11-06-2016, 11:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 628
Posted By arktos55343
Issue Solved!

Forgot to check my work. Leads from solar portal to controller were reversed.:mad::huh:

Panel is now reading 34w / 13.3v Bulk Charging / 2.6a

Yeah?
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 11-06-2016, 08:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 628
Posted By arktos55343
Morningstar / TriStar45

Seeking some advice regarding a new solar installation.

Airstream is in storage. I have put up a 50w Renogy mono panel connected to a TriStar45 PWM controller with RTS and Battery Sensor to keep...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 10-21-2016, 09:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,833
Posted By arktos55343
I also used 3/4 inch marine grade plywood. Then I...

I also used 3/4 inch marine grade plywood. Then I painted both sides and all exposed edges with oil based porch paint. And as a last measure, I also wrapped the edges of the sub-floor with the butyl...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 09-20-2016, 06:18 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 47,854
Posted By arktos55343
Almost 4 Years to The Day

It was a day much like today....September of 2012, when I purchased my '72 Trade Wind from a farmer in Minnesota....where it had been sitting neglected for a number of years.

Now, nearly 4 years...
Forum: 1970-79 Tradewind 09-07-2016, 10:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 730
Posted By arktos55343
Looks just like my '72 Trade Wind, when I found...

Looks just like my '72 Trade Wind, when I found it in a field in 2012 and started a full monty rebuild...nearly complete now. Paid $2000 for mine, if you were inquiring into possible worth. Is it...
Forum: Audio, Video & TV 09-07-2016, 06:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,080
Posted By arktos55343
I installed a Furion cable/phone inlet during my...

I installed a Furion cable/phone inlet during my Trade Wind full monty, but I doubt I will ever use it. For one, I don't tend to camp in the type of campground where those services would be...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 09-06-2016, 02:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 509
Posted By arktos55343
Ditto on the Progressive Industries EMS. Works...

Ditto on the Progressive Industries EMS. Works flawlessly. Get one with a remote monitoring screen, if your installation will be out of site.
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 09-03-2016, 03:02 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 47,854
Posted By arktos55343
It's downright peaceful in the forest....

It's downright peaceful in the forest....
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 09-03-2016, 02:56 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 47,854
Posted By arktos55343
Thanks Gene! amps vs volts....I should never try...

Thanks Gene! amps vs volts....I should never try to post anything late at night. LOL. Yes, I meant volts. On a hot humid day, my EMS will sometimes read as little as 104v. Yes, too little to run much...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 09-03-2016, 02:48 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 47,854
Posted By arktos55343
Thanks! Used 1 large poster and a bunch of...

Thanks! Used 1 large poster and a bunch of photographs....glued them down with a mixture of 1/2 white glue and 1/2 water (or buy it at a craft store or HD). After drying, I applied several coats of...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 09-03-2016, 02:44 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 47,854
Posted By arktos55343
Thanks Kay!

Thanks Kay!
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 08-25-2016, 05:17 PM
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Views: 47,854
Posted By arktos55343
Some finishing interior touches

Cabinet pulls, trim work, a little table top decoupage project. Time to go camping!!
Forum: Our Community 08-25-2016, 05:12 PM
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Views: 985,166
Posted By arktos55343
Cabinet pulls and other finishing touches. And a...

Cabinet pulls and other finishing touches. And a decoupage project for the dining table.
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 08-07-2016, 08:31 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 47,854
Posted By arktos55343
Thanks for the input. I have access to a 20amp...

Thanks for the input. I have access to a 20amp outlet to power up most of the Trade Wind, some of the time. But that outlet is also shared by other systems in the house, including the fridge. So, at...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 08-06-2016, 07:26 PM
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Views: 47,854
Posted By arktos55343
4 years into my Full Monte, and my brand new...

4 years into my Full Monte, and my brand new Dometic Penguin II a/c unit has been sitting up there...installed for at least 2 years...but waiting for all the connections to be made. I finally got...
Forum: Interior Restoration Forum 07-26-2016, 08:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,518
Posted By arktos55343
The interior skins are probably sticky due to...

The interior skins are probably sticky due to cooking off-gases and maybe cigarette smoke. When you have them out, lay them out on a grassy area and go after them with a de-greaser / bleach...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 07-26-2016, 07:04 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 47,854
Posted By arktos55343
LOL, Kay. Yes, those punch lists can be long and...

LOL, Kay. Yes, those punch lists can be long and very annoying at times. Mine is still a couple of pages, at least...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 07-25-2016, 08:07 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 47,854
Posted By arktos55343
Coming to the end of a long journey

A few more pictures of the progress on the interior. Electronics are all up front in a custom cabinet. Dinette with storage and battery compartment, pillows and cushions, a nice kickin' bluetooth...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 10-25-2015, 11:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,882
Posted By arktos55343
Got mine today. Thankfully, you can switch the...

Got mine today. Thankfully, you can switch the music off and enjoy the lights....cuz the sound is pathetic....
Forum: Stella's Kitchen 10-25-2015, 08:31 PM
Replies: 421
Views: 63,131
Posted By arktos55343
I've been a periodic K-Cup user (re-usable) for a...

I've been a periodic K-Cup user (re-usable) for a number of years...mostly due to the convenience of a quick cup of Jo. However, I've come to the conclusion that even with the finest coffee, it is...
Forum: Interior Restoration Forum 10-08-2015, 06:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 948
Posted By arktos55343
I know people who have used an abrasive wheel on...

I know people who have used an abrasive wheel on a grinder to remove the black adhesive residue. Be sure to wear a respirator. Myself, I removed the left over fur with a stiff nylon brush...and then...
Forum: Axles 09-22-2015, 07:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 789
Posted By arktos55343
Get in touch with Andy @ InlandRV.com. He can set...

Get in touch with Andy @ InlandRV.com. He can set you up. He also is on this forum.
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 09-19-2015, 05:12 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,773
Posted By arktos55343
From what I have read up on solar charging, I...

From what I have read up on solar charging, I believe a remote temp sensor is important for the long term health of your batteries. Charging creates heat...heat damages batteries. And if your...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 09-11-2015, 07:37 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 47,854
Posted By arktos55343
Thieves Thwarted!

Well...somebody finally tried their best to make off with my Trade Wind in the night. :angry::angry::angry::angry: My coupler lock was bent, but they didn't quite get it off (thankfully). I raced all...
Forum: Exterior Restoration Forum 09-09-2015, 12:49 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,725
Posted By arktos55343
I have a set of 4 hubcaps off my '72 Trade Wind....

I have a set of 4 hubcaps off my '72 Trade Wind. Don't know if you are looking for something in particular, but can send you photos. PM me, if you want to know more.
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 09-05-2015, 11:11 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,529
Posted By arktos55343
Blue - No splicing. Picked up a set of MC4...

Blue - No splicing. Picked up a set of MC4 connectors with 4ft of #10 wire connected. Pic doesn't show it very well...but the connectors fit right into the cable inlet (just below the curved portion)...
Forum: Our Community 09-05-2015, 01:02 AM
Replies: 6,177
Views: 985,166
Posted By arktos55343
-Go Power Solar Input -Morningstar TriStar...

-Go Power Solar Input
-Morningstar TriStar TS-45 Solar Controller and Remote Digital Meter and Remote Temperature Sensor
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 09-05-2015, 12:48 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,529
Posted By arktos55343
Nice work on the Furrion conversion Gsmblue. I...

Nice work on the Furrion conversion Gsmblue. I almost went that route to match my other inputs. The YP-20 connector looks cool and sexy. Hope you can find a source for it. I guess you could always...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 09-01-2015, 09:41 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 47,854
Posted By arktos55343
Further Lavatory Work

Vessel sinks with a narrow base are probably not the best idea for a moving installation, as they will tend to rock and put strain on the drain...maybe loosen up and cause leaks. So, for my...
Forum: General Repair Forum 08-29-2015, 08:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 919
Posted By arktos55343
It can be difficult to get a drill started on an...

It can be difficult to get a drill started on an Olympic....can be helpful to use a punch and tap the mandrel in a bit. Will give you a better start with drill and avoid slipping and wounding the...
Forum: Leaks - Weatherstrips, Gaskets, Caulks & Sealants 08-29-2015, 05:52 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,126
Posted By arktos55343
Yes. And silicone binds to the aluminum and is...

Yes. And silicone binds to the aluminum and is nearly impossible to remove all of the residue, should you need to correct a leak in the future.
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