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Forum: Tow Vehicles 10-14-2017, 06:38 AM
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Posted By mhutchinson
We run a 2013 T-reg TDI and 16 Sport so not...

We run a 2013 T-reg TDI and 16 Sport so not exactly the same but similar. We get 30-33 mph highway without the trailer and 17-19 mph with the trailer. I generally tow with the cruise set at 65 mph.
Forum: Tow Vehicles 03-31-2017, 04:58 PM
Replies: 779
Views: 153,166
Posted By mhutchinson
The VW Touareg documentation originally stated no...

The VW Touareg documentation originally stated no WD hitch but a later supplement removed that. I've not used one but many have - some with reinforcement and some without.

Matt
Forum: Tow Vehicles 04-25-2016, 05:29 PM
Replies: 779
Views: 153,166
Posted By mhutchinson
DieselGate

So I get that many are unhappy but I love my T-reg TDI and VW gave me $1000 so far. I checked on KBB and a TDI is still worth ~$5k more than a gas T-reg.

I'm not thrilled with VW's actions but if...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 04-11-2016, 04:26 PM
Replies: 779
Views: 153,166
Posted By mhutchinson
Our Rig

Not much to tell: 2013 Touareg Sport TDI w/tow package (no other options) in one of the 5 shades of gray available. 2015 AS Sport 16 (butter ultraleather & microwave) with no mods to-date.
...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 04-10-2016, 09:20 AM
Replies: 779
Views: 153,166
Posted By mhutchinson
Here's a photo to maybe get this thread back on...

Here's a photo to maybe get this thread back on track.

http://www.airforums.com/attachments/gallery/files/6/3/0/1/4/img_0446_sm.jpg
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 04-10-2016, 09:15 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,150
Posted By mhutchinson
Goin' Down the Highway...

I also notice TV/hitch/Trailer combinations. I think I've seen as many poorly adjusted WD hitches as as properly adjusted ones. I've also seen many people towing without WD.

One of the tech's I...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 04-10-2016, 08:52 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 11,008
Posted By mhutchinson
I see this thread died out a couple of years ago....

I see this thread died out a couple of years ago. Is that because everyone went back to their Hensley's or because you have all gotten electronic sway control installed on your AS?

Thanks,
Matt
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 04-10-2016, 08:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,150
Posted By mhutchinson
Has anyone considered active sway control like...

Has anyone considered active sway control like the Dexter Sway Control module? This would be a much more capable system than friction or even Hensley sway control. Semi-trailers have been using...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 04-10-2016, 08:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,150
Posted By mhutchinson
To WD, or Not to WD, that is the question...

We talked with the people where we bought our AS and they said the same thing.

Thanks!
Matt
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 04-10-2016, 08:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,200
Posted By mhutchinson
I'm looking into this as well. I found this on...

I'm looking into this as well. I found this on the Dexter website. Not sure that it's the right one yet, but looks promising.

K71-303-00 Seal
Price: $12.12
1.72 ID x 2.565 OD Fits Dexter...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 04-10-2016, 06:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,406
Posted By mhutchinson
We bought our 2015 Sport 16 last August at Colton...

We bought our 2015 Sport 16 last August at Colton RV in Buffalo, NY. We paid ~37k vs 44k MSRP. I called Colonial AS in NJ a the time and they wouldn't get anywhere close to that - he said "I'm not...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 04-10-2016, 06:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,382
Posted By mhutchinson
Oh, Please

I'm very curious, if you're willing to sketch it up. Maybe grab the waste water system image from the online manual and scribble on that?

Thanks,
Matt
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 04-10-2016, 05:31 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,150
Posted By mhutchinson
Towing Sport 16 without WD - Maybe?

Ok, I know this can be a touchy subject but I thought I would throw this one out there and see what discussion develops.

Before we start, a little about me. I'm not new to towing with quite a bit...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 04-09-2016, 12:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,382
Posted By mhutchinson
I'm no expert, but we have a 2015 Sport 16. if...

I'm no expert, but we have a 2015 Sport 16. if you take a look in the owners manual (available on airstream.com) there is a diagram of the waste water system. It looks like you could possibly...
Forum: Airstream Classifieds 09-07-2015, 03:04 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 395
Posted By mhutchinson
1963 Airstream Globetrotter 19 - New York

Title: 1963 Airstream Globetrotter 19 - New York
I just posted a new ad on Airstream Classifieds.

** Sale Pending **

** Updated photos showing our recent progress **

Here's a great...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 08-15-2015, 08:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,341
Posted By mhutchinson
We just went from a '63 Globetrotter to a 16'...

We just went from a '63 Globetrotter to a 16' Sport. For us (2+2 nearly grown daughters) it's just right. How much personal space do you and your family need? Everyone will answer that question...
Forum: General Interior Topics 03-09-2015, 05:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,394
Posted By mhutchinson
1) we have an electric only fridge, so weren't...

1) we have an electric only fridge, so weren't planning to vent.
2) the bed was planned to be fixed, so no slides needed.

That said, our project has been on hold for a couple of year. Our...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 09-14-2013, 06:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,231
Posted By mhutchinson
Lea, hmmm... that's a pretty open ended...

Lea,

hmmm... that's a pretty open ended question. We have towed our '63 Globetrotter (19' ~3500 lbs loaded) with an '06 Ford Explorer and now have a '13 Touareg TDI. Neither is what I would call...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-08-2013, 07:28 AM
Replies: 177
Views: 18,150
Posted By mhutchinson
I thought this was worth adding. Andy Thompson...

I thought this was worth adding. Andy Thompson (Can-Am RV) wrote in his RV Living article that he got 16.4 mpg (US gals) with a Porsche Cayenne and 30' Airstream. If you'd care to read the article...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-01-2013, 06:26 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 18,150
Posted By mhutchinson
We used to tow our '63 Globetrotter (19') with a...

We used to tow our '63 Globetrotter (19') with a 2006 Explorer V6 and usually got ~11 mph. We now have a Touareg TDI but the 'trotter is being refurb'd so haven't had it out yet. I did tow a medium...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 04-20-2013, 06:41 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 86,331
Posted By mhutchinson
What about a 2013 Ford Escape

I think I'm finally coming around to the idea of letting Can-Am set up a TV for us since I'm sick of the 15mpg I get with my '06 Explorer.

My question is what do you think about towing a '63...
Forum: General Interior Topics 01-27-2013, 02:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,394
Posted By mhutchinson
1963 Airstream Globetrotter Layout Changes

I just remembered that I did layout a center bath version.

http://www.airforums.com/attachments/gallery/files/6/3/0/1/4/layout_center_bath.jpg

I never worked out how the plumbing would work out...
Forum: General Interior Topics 01-27-2013, 02:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,394
Posted By mhutchinson
1963 Airstream Globetrotter Layout Changes

Here is the layout we're planning for the complete refurb of our '63 Globetrotter:

http://www.airforums.com/attachments/gallery/files/6/3/0/1/4/floorplan.jpg

Our layout is very similar to the...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 01-24-2013, 05:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 933
Posted By mhutchinson
Subfloor pics

I just put a new subfloor on my '63 Globetrotter chassis. I did it a little differently but it's pretty straight forward. the original is just 4 4x8 sheets all oriented with long dimension...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-09-2012, 06:20 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 51,220
Posted By mhutchinson
This may be related to what weight they publish. ...

This may be related to what weight they publish. My 1963 19' globetrotter is 2990 lbs in the brochure and weighed 3020 lbs EMPTY. I've never weighed it loaded but I would guess between 3400 and...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-09-2012, 06:06 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 51,220
Posted By mhutchinson
Truck and car payload ratings are apples and oranges...

Be careful about using the payload comparison between trucks and cars. I know from my Dad (who was an engine development engineer at Ford) that in the 80's and 90's trucks were always qualified at...
Forum: Ribs, Skins & Rivets 11-27-2012, 07:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,588
Posted By mhutchinson
OK, thanks for all the opinions. I think I'll be...

OK, thanks for all the opinions. I think I'll be replacing the section above the door and leaving the dent above the seam (or trying to find someone to bump it out). I have another panel to replace...
Forum: Ribs, Skins & Rivets 11-23-2012, 05:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,588
Posted By mhutchinson
Is it repairable?

Thanks for your responses. I'm not working towards show trailer but I want to do all I can while the inner skins are out.

The large dent over the door is from a tree branch that fell on the...
Forum: Leaks - Weatherstrips, Gaskets, Caulks & Sealants 11-23-2012, 05:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,067
Posted By mhutchinson
Door in Door Gaskets

Just for reference, Andy PM'd me with the following correction:

Sorry, I boo boed.

The 45213 should be 45313.

My apology.

Regards.
Forum: Leaks - Weatherstrips, Gaskets, Caulks & Sealants 11-22-2012, 05:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,067
Posted By mhutchinson
Door in Door Gaskets

That's great. Thanks Andy. I'll be ordering some of those and door main gaskets too.
Forum: Leaks - Weatherstrips, Gaskets, Caulks & Sealants 11-22-2012, 10:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,067
Posted By mhutchinson
The Right Gasket for Door in Door

I've been searching the forum but haven't found what gasket/seal to use on my '63 globetrotter door in a door. The current gaskets look sort of like this window seal but flatter.
...
Forum: Ribs, Skins & Rivets 11-22-2012, 06:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,588
Posted By mhutchinson
Is this repairable?

I've just dropped the {'63 globetrotter} shell back on the chassis and removed all the inner skins. With the inside of the exterior skin exposed, I'm now focused on sealing and dent removal.

My...
Forum: Axles 11-11-2012, 05:59 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,710
Posted By mhutchinson
That's where mine were, along with new lug nuts. ...

That's where mine were, along with new lug nuts.

Matt
Forum: 1960 - 1964 Globetrotter 11-04-2012, 08:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,461
Posted By mhutchinson
Progress...

I've been away from home a lot for work since August but managed to finish the belly skins yesterday. Now to drop the chassis back on the axle and get ready for to reattach the shell that's been...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 08-20-2012, 04:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,813
Posted By mhutchinson
On '63's the J-channel runs the perimeter of the...

On '63's the J-channel runs the perimeter of the floor to attach the belly skin and shell skin to the floor.
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 08-18-2012, 05:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,813
Posted By mhutchinson
Shell Off -- J-Channels

FWIW, I made a simple sheet metal brake (EAA - EAA Experimenter - Dave's Sheet Metal Bending Brake (http://www.eaa.org/experimenter/articles/2009-05_howto_brakes.asp))
...
Forum: 1954 - 1959 Overlander 08-18-2012, 05:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,126
Posted By mhutchinson
Classic Airstream Weight Ratings

Our 1963 globetrotter is "rated" - that is titled - for 2990 lbs (same as the 1963 brochure). I've weighed our and it weighs a little more than that empty. I think that shows that the classic...
Forum: 1960 - 1964 Globetrotter 08-12-2012, 07:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,461
Posted By mhutchinson
1963 Globetrotter Restoration/Refurbishment

Last weekend I built a DIY sheet metal brake from plans I found at EAA - EAA Experimenter - Dave's Sheet Metal Bending Brake (http://www.eaa.org/experimenter/articles/2009-05_howto_brakes.asp). ...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 08-03-2012, 06:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,841
Posted By mhutchinson
Spare Tire Carrier

I also used that spare tire carrier but left a pocket under the floor to let the tire ride up higher and give more ground clearance.
...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 08-03-2012, 06:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,348
Posted By mhutchinson
Floor Profile

My J-channels were in decent shape so I riveted them back onto the interior skin and clamped and traced the floor profile onto the plywood.
...
Forum: 1960 - 1964 Globetrotter 07-29-2012, 06:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,461
Posted By mhutchinson
This Weekend's Progress

I had the shell on the frame/floor for a few hours this morning to trace the profile. The lifting went better than expected but I guess I should have put in more bracing because it was a bit...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 07-28-2012, 12:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,081
Posted By mhutchinson
Setting the Shell Down Tomorrow

I think I have everything ready to set the shell down on the new floor tomorrow so I can trace the corners. Should play out to be one of those stressful days hoping not to drop the thing... :blink:
Forum: 1960 - 1964 Globetrotter 07-22-2012, 04:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,461
Posted By mhutchinson
1963 Globetrotter Restoration/Refurbishment

Since I started this project we've been struggling with restoration vs. refurbishment. Our trailer had the original rear bath and wardrobe but the galley and couches had already be partially...
Forum: 1960 - 1964 Globetrotter 07-22-2012, 04:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,461
Posted By mhutchinson
1963 Globetrotter Restoration/Refurbishment

We did decide to add a few "modern" features.

Gray water tank above the axle:
http://www.airforums.com/attachments/gallery/files/6/3/0/1/4/_7008856.jpg

And spare tire carrier underneath....
Forum: 1960 - 1964 Globetrotter 07-22-2012, 04:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,461
Posted By mhutchinson
1963 Globetrotter Restoration/Refurbishment

Ok, well back to the progress.

Here's the stripped down chassis. The new axle had already arrived and it was time for some cut-off sawing and grinding.

This is what I've heard is a typical...
Forum: 1960 - 1964 Globetrotter 07-22-2012, 03:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,461
Posted By mhutchinson
1963 Globetrotter Restoration/Refurbishment

The original plan had been to remove the interior and inner skin, seal the shell, patch the floor and reassemble. Well... when I stuck a screwdriver through the soggy floor in the front and then in...
Forum: 1960 - 1964 Globetrotter 07-22-2012, 03:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,461
Posted By mhutchinson
1963 Globetrotter Restoration/Refurbishment

So by late January I was pulling the shell off the frame. Here is the belly pan slowly coming loose from the J-channels. It's hard to imaging drilling out so many rivets.

Sagging Belly Pan:...
Forum: 1960 - 1964 Globetrotter 07-22-2012, 03:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,461
Posted By mhutchinson
1963 Globetrotter Restoration/Refurbishment

I thought I would start a thread to post my progress. We purchased our 1963 Globetrotter in 2005 from the Bell's from Ontario, Canada. Importing a 40+ year old trailer was a story in itself, but I...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 07-22-2012, 05:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,081
Posted By mhutchinson
Floor Profile

Thanks both for your comments :) I've started through your thread, Vernon, and it's an excellent source of data.

Matt
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 07-21-2012, 08:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,081
Posted By mhutchinson
Floor Profile - 1963

Does anyone have accurate measurements of the floor shape for a 1963 Globetrotter? I measured the floor width and length as I dismantled it but all 4 corners were badly rotted and not good enough to...
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