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Forum: Fresh Water Systems 08-04-2016, 09:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,018
Posted By rsjmcg
While traveling/camping in our AS, we bring along...

While traveling/camping in our AS, we bring along our 3 gallon model of the Waterwise 7000 distiller system to make absolutely pure drinking/cooking/ice/etc water. Distilling removes all doubts about...
Forum: Exterior Restoration Forum 08-03-2016, 07:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,152
Posted By rsjmcg
"Hehr Standard" windows, which is the brand and...

"Hehr Standard" windows, which is the brand and model your AS has as original equipment, do come up fairly regularly on eBay. Set up an eBay search for Hehr Standard window and check it daily. It may...
Forum: On The Road... 08-01-2016, 08:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,036
Posted By rsjmcg
Apparently, bears, and lions, no longer need to...

Apparently, bears, and lions, no longer need to actually rip things open. They use the door handle instead...

http://youtu.be/BKjZGnHeEBc

http://youtu.be/yeaztQK9If0
Forum: On The Road... 08-01-2016, 08:13 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,754
Posted By rsjmcg
All the time. Go slow. Scout ahead. Always let...

All the time. Go slow. Scout ahead. Always let someone know where you're going and approximately when they should hear back from you, cell service not being available everywhere and all. A tall 3/4...
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 08-01-2016, 07:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,321
Posted By rsjmcg
Harbor Freight's Pittsburgh 1/2" click torque...

Harbor Freight's Pittsburgh 1/2" click torque wrench $21.99, often as not in HF's frequent special sales for half that price, with protective hard plastic case. I keep one of these in my AS's tools....
Forum: Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 08-01-2016, 01:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,317
Posted By rsjmcg
"...if the water is used at home without fear,...

"...if the water is used at home without fear, then it wont suddenly become dangerous in the tank of an Airstream..."

Agreed, wholeheartedly so, and also agreed that one's private wells *should*...
Forum: General Motorhome Topics 08-01-2016, 09:55 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 29,534
Posted By rsjmcg
https://images.craigslist.org/00505_4REit1VGrZX_60...

https://images.craigslist.org/00505_4REit1VGrZX_600x450.jpg

I'm always looking for my next projects - here's a 1956 Cadillac-Motorhome "meld" that the Craigslist seller says were intentionally...
Forum: Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 08-01-2016, 09:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,317
Posted By rsjmcg
Consider adding a water distillation system to...

Consider adding a water distillation system to remove all doubt about the quality of your drinking water, whether from one's private home wells, city "treated water" sources (Flint, MI?),...
Forum: Roof 07-31-2016, 02:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,525
Posted By rsjmcg
I have an never-used/uneeded *aluminum* cover,...

I have an never-used/uneeded *aluminum* cover, like/identical shape to the vent in markdoane's pic. You are welcome to it; pm me your info and I'll send it to you, but, if you need it faster, google...
Forum: On The Road... 07-31-2016, 01:27 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,273
Posted By rsjmcg
Assuming the new blanks have all been correct and...

Assuming the new blanks have all been correct and the cuts were also all made correctly, then you almost certainly have a "depth of key insertion" issue. Experiment by slightly varying the depth you...
Forum: Fresh Water Systems 07-31-2016, 12:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,320
Posted By rsjmcg
Re the different water uses: consider avoiding...

Re the different water uses: consider avoiding all future risks from unknown/questionable drinking water by adding a water distillation system to your camper to make pure water for your *consumption*...
Forum: General Repair Forum 07-31-2016, 10:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,872
Posted By rsjmcg
+1 re using an oscillating saw (aka multi-tool...

+1 re using an oscillating saw (aka multi-tool saw) for custom cutting. Oscillating saws are arguably the most useful power tool development in recent decades. Many factors support this assessment:...
Forum: On The Road... 07-22-2016, 07:58 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 9,309
Posted By rsjmcg
Not much success observed in trying to change...

Not much success observed in trying to change others' choices/behaviors. OTOH, lots of success by changing one's own choices. One solution we like is to always avoid the typical "cheek-by-jowl" rv...
Forum: Sinks, Showers & Toilets 07-18-2016, 02:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,940
Posted By rsjmcg
Can a home-type toilet be installed in your...

Can a home-type toilet be installed in your camper? Sure. If your camper has a full-time hook-up to sewer, like a park model meant to stay in one place, like our houses have, then a house type toilet...
Forum: Forum Admin, News and Member Account Info 07-14-2016, 03:52 PM
Replies: 1,440
Views: 407,691
Posted By rsjmcg
I'm also rural and Internet bandwidth is at a...

I'm also rural and Internet bandwidth is at a premium. I use an iPad mini. Using a (frequently updated) adblocker app (free AdGuard) *and also* explicitly setting Air Forums to Mobile device view...
Forum: On The Road... 07-13-2016, 12:49 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,620
Posted By rsjmcg
I consider form (e.g. mpg/cost) only after...

I consider form (e.g. mpg/cost) only after considering function (e.g. power/capabilities). Fuel mpg calculations and a knock-on "what TV to buy" decision, and, what the pump prices may be, and what...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 07-09-2016, 11:41 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 11,026
Posted By rsjmcg
And when automated tech for making things and...

And when automated tech for making things and providing services becomes pervasive ~enough~, the distinction between domestic human labor and foreign human labor is...?
Forum: 1965 - 1969 Overlander 07-06-2016, 10:50 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,035
Posted By rsjmcg
VERY nicely done - congrats on your obvious...

VERY nicely done - congrats on your obvious attention to fit and finish! Question about the undergirding of your tanks: These appear to be flat metal strap (what kind/quality?) w/ rubber/neoprene/?...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 07-06-2016, 09:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,681
Posted By rsjmcg
http://magazine.uc.edu/editors_picks/recent_featur...

http://magazine.uc.edu/editors_picks/recent_features/alpha.html

(Alpha, a piece of software running on a $35 Raspberry Pi computer in flight simulator setting, consistently "defeats" a retired...
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 07-04-2016, 12:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,033
Posted By rsjmcg
perhaps useful to you, obtained from...

perhaps useful to you, obtained from google...many other useful results at gooogle, besides these two links to etrailer.com (a recognized vendor of "all things trailer" usually with VERY helpful...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 07-02-2016, 07:44 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,862
Posted By rsjmcg
If one is still very spry, then a...

If one is still very spry, then a TV-roof-mount-rack is better & safer than any rear-of-trailer rack available, or, a rack above the LP tanks works well too, as long as the weight doesn't...
Forum: Plumbing - Systems & Fixtures 06-30-2016, 05:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,880
Posted By rsjmcg
Have you considered allowing the grey tank to be...

Have you considered allowing the grey tank to be filled via its bottom "outlet" fitting? My AS didn't have a grey tank originally, so when I added one, ~30 years ago, I wanted a P-Trap so chose to...
Forum: General Repair Forum 06-29-2016, 08:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,718
Posted By rsjmcg
When ours isn't in use, we always keep ground...

When ours isn't in use, we always keep ground coffee (not coffee grounds ;)) in a small bowl or a cup inside both freezer and fridge compartments. Ground coffee smells good all by itself and...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 06-27-2016, 05:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,017
Posted By rsjmcg
Same symptoms happened once, long ago, to my...

Same symptoms happened once, long ago, to my vintage AS camper (which doesn't have the switching inputs/relay system your 2012 has but it might still be the cause of the issue you're encountering). I...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 06-25-2016, 06:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,153
Posted By rsjmcg
At GTMO Bay, the local critter than can be...

At GTMO Bay, the local critter than can be counted on to destroy the wires and the hoses and pretty much any other soft parts under/in cars is the Cuban Hutia, aka Banana Rat. The solution is...
Forum: On The Road... 05-23-2016, 10:46 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,011
Posted By rsjmcg
to-may-to, to-mah-to...the rising sun toaster and...

to-may-to, to-mah-to...the rising sun toaster and its occupants are happy campers whether parked, rolling down pavement, or making our own road :)
Forum: 1965 - 1969 Overlander 04-19-2016, 08:12 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,360
Posted By rsjmcg
http://www.vintagetrailersupply.com/Byam-Hook-p/vt...

http://www.vintagetrailersupply.com/Byam-Hook-p/vts-275.htm

Byam Hook source w/ pic
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 04-19-2016, 07:21 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,259
Posted By rsjmcg
Reflecting on reflections: the first time we...

Reflecting on reflections: the first time we roadtripped after (the first and only time) I mirror-polished my entire '56 AS, I resolved *not* to ever do that again. Nice as it looked when parked, I...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 04-06-2016, 12:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,479
Posted By rsjmcg
I have both a 1500 5.7 liter (350 cu.in.)...

I have both a 1500 5.7 liter (350 cu.in.) Suburban and a 2500 8.1 liter (496 cu.in.) Yukon XL. I use both to tow; both have the factory tow *package* (more than just a receiver/hitch and electricals...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 04-02-2016, 07:37 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,178
Posted By rsjmcg
Same here. Besides being very handy for tight...

Same here. Besides being very handy for tight manuevering my AS, the front mounted receiver w/ its carrying capacity for gear & stuff on our Yukon XL 2500 makes for much easier monitoring (than rear...
Forum: General Repair Forum 03-30-2016, 11:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,033
Posted By rsjmcg
This will be a fun project! I suggest you first...

This will be a fun project! I suggest you first just try airing up the tires. If they'll hold air then stop at a nice, low ~20psi, then use your own TV to pull this AS *just a few feet* forward to...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 03-29-2016, 04:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 819
Posted By rsjmcg
Bring them to your nearest metal recycler, then...

Bring them to your nearest metal recycler, then give, not sell, them there. By donating them, you'll accomplish all the following, probably more: helping the recycler stay recycling, knowing the...
Forum: Ribs, Skins & Rivets 03-15-2016, 09:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,183
Posted By rsjmcg
An older AS w/ damages beyond economical repair....

An older AS w/ damages beyond economical repair. You have another option, than parting it out. If you're a DIY'er, great! And, if you're willing to have a unique camper, here's the suggestion: don't...
Forum: Windows, Doors, Locks & Vents 02-29-2016, 07:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,897
Posted By rsjmcg
If needing to add aluminum to beef-up the area...

If needing to add aluminum to beef-up the area for a replacement lockset, there's a sturdy ~1/16" thickness 12"x13" (flat) aluminum mixing board at Harbor Freight for $8.99....
Forum: On The Road... 02-24-2016, 05:13 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 6,593
Posted By rsjmcg
If you think you'll be roughing it with your...

If you think you'll be roughing it with your camper (we do), having the following will make it drop-dead easy to get in and get out of what you can't just drive out of. I never leave home without...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 02-23-2016, 10:21 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,570
Posted By rsjmcg
Not everyone has the same amoiunts of common...

Not everyone has the same amoiunts of common sense, thus just one of the reasons we have laws that, e.g. protect the "lambs" among us, e.g. those borderline, or clearly, mentally challenged = ~10% of...
Forum: General Repair Forum 02-01-2016, 09:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,059
Posted By rsjmcg
Before pulling any panels, or doing shell-lifts,...

Before pulling any panels, or doing shell-lifts, or anything at all really, I recommend you first locate a reputable and LONG experienced pro. Getting a thorough survey/report of all its systems and...
Forum: General Repair Forum 02-01-2016, 08:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,059
Posted By rsjmcg
Archive of AS photos here: ...

Archive of AS photos here:
http://vintageairstream.com/photo-archives/

There's a range of 50s photos showing lots of original parts and configurations but many pics are incomplete a/o much...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 01-26-2016, 12:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 930
Posted By rsjmcg
Some details: If OP or anyone interested is using...

Some details: If OP or anyone interested is using an iOS device e.g. iPhones, iPod Touches, iPads then the recommended solution is always take photos with the Home button at bottom/down, especially...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 01-26-2016, 08:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 930
Posted By rsjmcg
Rotate them first, save each in their correct...

Rotate them first, save each in their correct position, then upload these newly saved images. There are many image editors available that rotate, some are free or nearly so, e.g. IrfanView, Photoshop...
Forum: Windows & Screens 01-25-2016, 05:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 676
Posted By rsjmcg
A road-side NOS wing window for 1969 is on eBay...

A road-side NOS wing window for 1969 is on eBay now, in Tuscon, with free shipping and a Buy it Now proice of $245:

1969 Airstream Road Side Wing Window 680190 on Their Site | eBay...
Forum: Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 05-27-2015, 03:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,093
Posted By rsjmcg
Your tank looks like RR Crane of Dallas TX made...

Your tank looks like RR Crane of Dallas TX made it...
R.R. Crane - Home (http://www.rrcrane.com/pages/1/index.htm)

I used RR Crane tanks to add both black and gray to my '56. That was at least...
Forum: Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 05-19-2015, 05:49 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,314
Posted By rsjmcg
Oh, I get the whole idea and the tread-lightly...

Oh, I get the whole idea and the tread-lightly goals and I'll eagerly, gladly applaud those who can succesfully pull off having a composting toilet but, for most of us, they just would never pass the...
Forum: Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 05-17-2015, 07:59 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,314
Posted By rsjmcg
No hating need be assumed, Artisan; having a...

No hating need be assumed, Artisan; having a toilet-less '64 means to me that you and/or your overnight family/guests have just been lucky, so far, (you've been lucky too, as a host) in not having...
Forum: Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 05-17-2015, 12:43 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,314
Posted By rsjmcg
From what I know about composting toilets (no...

From what I know about composting toilets (no personal experience, for a reason), that choice would never be on my options list. I'm in agreement with those who say a toilet is a must and that means...
Forum: General Repair Forum 05-16-2015, 01:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,843
Posted By rsjmcg
Besides all the above checks, confirm that while...

Besides all the above checks, confirm that while hitched and TV running and no shore power that you're still getting 12v from the tow vehicle, in order to keep your house battery juiced up. If house...
Forum: General Repair Forum 05-05-2015, 02:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,533
Posted By rsjmcg
I left behind one such undebelly sewer hose...

I left behind one such undebelly sewer hose holding PVC tube many years ago. It was screwed into the frame on both sides. Ever since, I cringe at what may/could-have-easily have happened to all the...
Forum: 1966-68 Caravel 05-05-2015, 02:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,470
Posted By rsjmcg
A way to save power for the 12v water pump is to...

A way to save power for the 12v water pump is to install a air proessure tank instead; these wwere routinely common on 50s AS but bu now, most all those old systmes and theri metal tank would have...
Forum: Plumbing - Systems & Fixtures 05-01-2015, 09:33 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,475
Posted By rsjmcg
5 years ago, I went 100% PEX w/ Sharkbite...

5 years ago, I went 100% PEX w/ Sharkbite re-usable fittings (Sharkbite is costly but OH SO EASY/FAST!!!) for my TX home and my vintage AS. Also went with PEX for our 8000' NM mtn cabin which has...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 05-01-2015, 07:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,285
Posted By rsjmcg
Preclude future water infilltration at your...

Preclude future water infilltration at your eventual repair time by considering the addition of a piece of shower pan liner material between the wood and the front alum skin/frame. Add a dollop of...
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