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Forum: Windows, Doors, Locks & Vents 07-23-2014, 08:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 819
Posted By Kyle401
You could try Colaw's near Joplin Missouri. The...

You could try Colaw's near Joplin Missouri. The wing window will probably be the toughest to get since they are unique to the '69 model year. I believe both are available new.
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 07-22-2014, 09:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 613
Posted By Kyle401
I've been camping in and working on my '69 for...

I've been camping in and working on my '69 for about 4 years now. We recently completed a 17 day 4500 mile trip. Like you, I had a few things break down with the trailer. One was my fault due to...
Forum: General Repair Forum 07-20-2014, 09:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 866
Posted By Kyle401
I run 55 psi in the load range E 16" LT tires...

I run 55 psi in the load range E 16" LT tires that I have on my Overlander. I experimented with different pressures when I switched to LT tires and 55 psi seems to have even wear and a smoother...
Forum: On The Road... 07-13-2014, 08:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 943
Posted By Kyle401
I use a free app called Trucker Path to find...

I use a free app called Trucker Path to find truck stops. It also has Walmart and Rest Areas in the database. I'm not sure how useful it would be in Canada, but the listings were very accurate...
Forum: Interior Restoration Forum 07-06-2014, 09:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,478
Posted By Kyle401
Very well thought out and executed improvement. ...

Very well thought out and executed improvement. Great job!
Forum: Jacks, Stabilizers, Lifting and Leveling 06-29-2014, 09:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,974
Posted By Kyle401
I always use at least one Lynx leveler block...

I always use at least one Lynx leveler block under each stabilizer jack no matter what the height is to the ground. The bright orange really stands out when making my final pre-departure walk...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 06-28-2014, 09:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,622
Posted By Kyle401
This is what I use on my old style Reese dual...

This is what I use on my old style Reese dual cam. (http://www.lowes.com/pd_213197-39963-D00110101_0__) I spray a light coat on the hitch ball, cams, arms, and trunnion heads prior to towing. It...
Forum: Airstream "In the News" 06-24-2014, 09:55 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 15,809
Posted By Kyle401
I saw one of these units in Mather Campground at...

I saw one of these units in Mather Campground at the Grand Canyon last week. They were pulling in the night before we left in the morning so I didn't get the chance to visit with them. Looked like...
Forum: Boondocking 06-24-2014, 09:32 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,196
Posted By Kyle401
Thanks for all the advice. I ended up installing...

Thanks for all the advice. I ended up installing 300W of fixed solar on the roof and adding a second battery. In addition, I replaced all the overhead dome lights and the light over the sink with...
Forum: Sinks, Showers & Toilets 05-03-2014, 10:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 776
Posted By Kyle401
Scandvik Marine...

Scandvik Marine (http://www.scandvik.com/index.cfm/method/Shopping_Products/CatId/270/ID/709.htm) has several options in the type of faucet you are looking for.
Forum: Boondocking 04-24-2014, 09:24 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,159
Posted By Kyle401
Buy an impact socket with an OD slightly smaller...

Buy an impact socket with an OD slightly smaller than the ID of the filler neck. Use an abrasive cut off wheel on a grinder or Dremel to slot the socket to fit the plug.

If you can't turn it...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 04-22-2014, 10:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,459
Posted By Kyle401
This thread...

This thread (http://www.airforums.com/forums/f449/how-to-install-new-converter-72-ambassador-118690-2.html) has some pictures of a similar install. The Progressive Dynamics and your Boondocker...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 04-22-2014, 10:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,459
Posted By Kyle401
The Powermax certainly doesn't come with...

The Powermax certainly doesn't come with comprehensive documentation. On the other hand, it would be hard for them to predict what every installation may require.

The Magnetek required separate...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 04-21-2014, 09:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,459
Posted By Kyle401
You have fairly well described the operation...

You have fairly well described the operation principles of your Magnetek. I have attached a block diagram and schematic of the Magnetek converter. The 3200 series can function as a 12V power supply...
Forum: Boondocking 04-17-2014, 09:43 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,159
Posted By Kyle401
I made a filling device similar to some of those...

I made a filling device similar to some of those above, but finally got tired of having to put up with the burp and wait routine.

I decided to add a tee and a valve into the cold water line down...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 04-17-2014, 09:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,480
Posted By Kyle401
There are several 100W folding panels that come...

There are several 100W folding panels that come pre-wired with a controller. Renogy,...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 04-17-2014, 09:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,307
Posted By Kyle401
Progressive Dynamics has combination units in 30A...

Progressive Dynamics has combination units in 30A 120VAC (http://progressivedyn.com/all_in_one_pd4000.html) and 50A 240VAC (http://progressivedyn.com/all_in_one_pd4000.html) with their 3 stage charge...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 04-15-2014, 08:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,597
Posted By Kyle401
The Boondocker does not have an internal fuse...

The Boondocker does not have an internal fuse panel like your old converter. You could use the fuse panel out of your existing converter or you can add a new one.

Parallax has a pretty good...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 04-14-2014, 10:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,597
Posted By Kyle401
Your converter appears to be a 3230. I had a...

Your converter appears to be a 3230. I had a 3240 (have it in the garage still actually). If yours is similar there is a trim pot on the battery charger section that you can adjust to lower the...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 04-13-2014, 10:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,597
Posted By Kyle401
My old Magnetek converter had about 7VAC ripple...

My old Magnetek converter had about 7VAC ripple on the DC output. My new fridge with DC controls wouldn't work reliably until I directly connected it to the battery.

A new Powermax Boondocker...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 04-13-2014, 10:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,480
Posted By Kyle401
For about the same price as the battery minder...

For about the same price as the battery minder you could get a basic 100W kit....
Forum: Lights - Interior & Exterior 04-02-2014, 09:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 754
Posted By Kyle401
I installed these after removing my rusty cans....

I installed these after removing my rusty cans. (http://www.amazon.com/Grote-G4002-5-Hi-Count-Red-Lamp/dp/B001V5I1O0/ref=sr_1_3?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1396492612&sr=1-3&keywords=grote+hi+count+led)...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 04-01-2014, 09:57 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,990
Posted By Kyle401
Inverters should be installed as close to the...

Inverters should be installed as close to the batteries as practical. Make your longer wiring runs with 120VAC so the voltage drop is lower.
Forum: Jacks, Stabilizers, Lifting and Leveling 03-19-2014, 09:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,833
Posted By Kyle401
I have a Tekonsha P3 controller. HUGE upgrade...

I have a Tekonsha P3 controller. HUGE upgrade over my older Tekonsha controller. There may be a better unit out there, but I haven't used it. The P3 would be an excellent pick for your Suburban.
...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 03-19-2014, 08:46 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,990
Posted By Kyle401
For traditional panels, I agree. However, I...

For traditional panels, I agree. However, I think that if you mounted these to the aluminum body with a thermal mastic under most of the panel the cell temperature might even be lower than a...
Forum: Boondocking 03-15-2014, 09:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,941
Posted By Kyle401
I finally had the time to test my fridge after...

I finally had the time to test my fridge after pulling the J2 lead that feeds the climate control heater and interior light. The current draw dropped to 0.274A with the burner lit and 0.06A with the...
Forum: Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 03-14-2014, 10:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,093
Posted By Kyle401
Here's a few pictures of the braces that I added...

Here's a few pictures of the braces that I added when I replaced my gasket last spring. Mine did not have the aluminum channel sides when I pulled it. This is not the original AC so I don't know...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 03-14-2014, 09:58 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,414
Posted By Kyle401
I saw one of these the other day....

I saw one of these the other day. (http://www.sears.com/fh-10.5%27ft-portable-aluminum-telescopic-telescoping-ladder-extend/p-SPM9769634213?prdNo=3&blockNo=3&blockType=G3) It is the only style of...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 03-13-2014, 09:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,237
Posted By Kyle401
One note about your schematic: The negative from...

One note about your schematic: The negative from the solar panels should go to the charge controller's solar input negative. The positive and negative from the charge controller's battery output...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 03-09-2014, 09:09 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 16,481
Posted By Kyle401
We get along quite well with our '07 Yukon XL...

We get along quite well with our '07 Yukon XL Denali. The exhaust has a nice tone which I don't find objectionable during towing. Helps drown out the kids whining! :D

We mostly tow in manual...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 03-09-2014, 08:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,990
Posted By Kyle401
I bought 100W panels from Renogy and have been...

I bought 100W panels from Renogy and have been happy thus far. I haven't been camping with mine yet, but they are performing well in yard testing.

Shortly after I ordered, they posted a new...
Forum: Boondocking 02-26-2014, 08:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,941
Posted By Kyle401
My manual has a depiction of where the switch...

My manual has a depiction of where the switch should be under the model NDR1062 heading. I found some pictures online showing a small rocker switch under the upper control panel. Unfortunately,...
Forum: Boondocking 02-26-2014, 08:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,941
Posted By Kyle401
Lightbulb Thanks for posting. I was floored when I...

Thanks for posting. I was floored when I measured my fridge at 0.8A. The draw actually spikes up over 1A at ignition. My refrigerator's data label does not list 12V current. The model is listed...
Forum: Boondocking 02-25-2014, 10:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,941
Posted By Kyle401
Based on the current draw testing that I have...

Based on the current draw testing that I have done on my newer Dometic RM2652, the control board uses consumes about 0.8A in propane mode. If left on all day, it will use about 20 AH per day. That...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 02-11-2014, 11:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,082
Posted By Kyle401
Since you said that everything works, I'm...

Since you said that everything works, I'm assuming that you have standard wiring at your tow vehicle's 7-pin plug. Wire colors from older Airstreams do not match the modern tow vehicle usage.
...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 02-10-2014, 08:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,252
Posted By Kyle401
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f37/40-to-100-amps...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f37/40-to-100-amps-charging-from-tow-vehicle-112199-6.html#post1386639

This thread details installing a DC to DC charging system. The author attributed most of the...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 02-10-2014, 08:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,252
Posted By Kyle401
This conventional wisdom is what prompted me to...

This conventional wisdom is what prompted me to check the charging current. I had heard this before, but have observed significant improvement in the house battery's charge after a tow.

It may...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 02-09-2014, 10:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,252
Posted By Kyle401
Battery charging through the umbilical

I had the opportunity to test the ability of the TV to recharge coach battery through the umbilical this weekend. The battery hadn't been charged for approximately 1 month and had been used once...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-08-2013, 03:40 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 16,770
Posted By Kyle401
Not attempting to derail this thread, but Honda...

Not attempting to derail this thread, but Honda has had some significant transmission issues in the Odyssey in the past. There was a class action lawsuit against them a few years ago and they...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 12-07-2013, 02:07 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 9,251
Posted By Kyle401
Brewing a Sustainable Industry: New Belgium...

Brewing a Sustainable Industry: New Belgium Brewing Company Aims for Zero Emissions, by David Wann : Articles : Terrain.org (http://www.terrain.org/articles/9/wann.htm)

Not only do they make a...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 12-04-2013, 09:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,593
Posted By Kyle401
Uhaul has pick-up trucks at some locations for a...

Uhaul has pick-up trucks at some locations for a daily rate of about $20. I'm not sure about the specs, but the ones that I have seen are 1/2 tons set up with a receiver hitch. You would have to...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 11-30-2013, 10:03 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 8,499
Posted By Kyle401
Have you had a chance to measure the voltage...

Have you had a chance to measure the voltage delivered to the battery bank? That appears to be outstanding performance. How long does output stay high before the current begins to taper?
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 11-25-2013, 09:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,858
Posted By Kyle401
We have camped with our children from infancy. ...

We have camped with our children from infancy. The last two have been in the Airstream with our first starting in the tent. As you have probably learned, it seems the smaller they are the more...
Forum: Boondocking 11-12-2013, 08:28 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,196
Posted By Kyle401
The blue flame heater looks like a good option. ...

The blue flame heater looks like a good option. I had also considered a Mr Buddy heater, but was concerned about the surface temperature with the kids. I don't have a great place to mount a...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 11-07-2013, 10:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,139
Posted By Kyle401
It looks pretty cool but they sure are proud of...

It looks pretty cool but they sure are proud of it! :blink:

Fuel Cells (http://usmarineproducts.com/osc/index.php?cPath=73&osCsid=5154d7e1f49fe832c30a7941c74a5865)
Forum: Boondocking 11-07-2013, 09:44 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,196
Posted By Kyle401
I have been re-thinking that situation as well...

I have been re-thinking that situation as well and have adjusted my travel plan to reduce the consecutive days off the grid to 5 with a full hook-up park added to the mix.

I believe that I will...
Forum: Boondocking 11-07-2013, 08:06 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,196
Posted By Kyle401
Interesting idea, but the 12V blankets that I...

Interesting idea, but the 12V blankets that I found consume about 50W (4.2 A) which is more than my furnace fan. I actually have some 12V heated clothing for my motorcycle, but the jacket pulls even...
Forum: Boondocking 11-06-2013, 09:37 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,196
Posted By Kyle401
The furnace is my biggest concern. It's hard to...

The furnace is my biggest concern. It's hard to predict what it will use since it depends on so many variables. I know lowering the setpoint will help reduce the fan run time, but I will have a 14...
Forum: Boondocking 11-06-2013, 09:21 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,196
Posted By Kyle401
Great advice! I had thought about needing to...

Great advice! I had thought about needing to re-jet, but I'm sure I will need to if we go with a generator. We will be camping at around 7,000 feet in Sequoia NP. A couple of our other stops will...
Forum: Boondocking 11-05-2013, 09:11 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,196
Posted By Kyle401
That's basically my initial impression regarding...

That's basically my initial impression regarding cost. I've never had any bad experiences with theft in designated campgrounds, but I share your concerns in that regard.
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