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Old 08-21-2013, 11:15 AM   #521
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:04 PM   #522
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Inverter circuit, receptacles, switch...and more!

Our 2007 Safari came with a factory-installed 600-watt Sine Wave Inverter made by WFCO (See "What is an inverter?"). This enables our flat-screen TV to be used while doing non-hook-up camping. Some years ago, I found the actual location of our inverter under a "secret trap door" under the cushions of our front lounge (See the post and photos here).

To use the TV while "boondocking", the TV plug is removed from the regular AC receptacle and placed into the nearby Inverter Circuit receptacle (Marked with a blue label), and the Inverter Switch is turned on. (We have a second inverter receptacle near our Battery Disconnect Switch).

Our 2007 Sony LCD TV can not display the digital channels of today without attaching a converter box, which we have not installed because we feel no need to watch TV programs while camping, and we would rather conserve our batteries while "boondocking" by listening to the radio and our local KPBS-FM's wonderful programs.

So for our style of camping, we very rarely have a need, if ever, to use the 600-watt inverter, and when we do need an inverter (for charging up the laptop computer, for example), we have a smaller, portable 150-watt inverter (See "Safari Solar Power").

For those who do like to see TV programs or the internet while "boondocking", there are now many high-tech devices available (such as the iPhone and iPad) that will be less of a burden on trailer batteries!

(Thanks, silverwheels, for inspiring this post!)
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Old 08-23-2013, 12:41 PM   #523
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Getting my bearings... repacked!

This summer our Safari was approaching its first 10,000 miles and I knew it was overdue for the repacking of its bearings. I had known that we could go longer than having it done every year (as now recommended by Airstream) because we live in the relatively dry Southwest. But one of the good reasons to have the bearings repacked is to have the brakes inspected.

So when I saw silverwheels' thread, "Bearings went bad...", I was spurred to action and called Abe Hernandez of RV Mobile Service 2U, who came out and cleaned and repacked our bearings with high temp red grease, replaced the seals, and cleaned, inspected, and adjusted the brakes.

Abe showed me where Airstream's designated jack points are located and lifted there and placed smaller jacks under the axle mounting plate. (I used the axle mounting plate last year when putting on a new set of Marathon tires.)

More information and photos of this are seen in my post, "Getting my bearings...", History Safari Express blog.
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The updates continue...

We knew that a rainy, cold storm was forecasted for our reserved non-hookup mountain campsite last fall and that running the trailer's furnace can quickly drain the batteries, especially over a 5-day stay with limited sun for our solar panels.

So we brought along our new Mr. Heater Portable Buddy, MH9BX, indoor-safe (if used as directed) propane radiant heater. This heater requires a vent area of 9 square inches for adequate ventilation during its operation.

We were pleased with its operation. It brought our trailer's temperature from a chilly 55 to a relatively comfortable 65 within 2 hours.

Additional information: "Snug as a bug in a Safari", History Safari Express
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Old 07-20-2014, 12:55 PM   #525
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Data, logs and notes

Starting a trip with the right tire pressures is important because an under inflated tire could get too hot, stressed and fail. Two days before a trip, I place our PressurePro sensors on our tires and begin monitoring them with the goal of achieving optimal tire pressures for the planned travel route on day of departure. A log is kept, which I find useful for future trips.

For our non-hookup trips, I also keep a log of our batteries' health and the performance of our two solar panels. These notes assist me in determining when it is time to replace the AGM batteries.

I also keep concise notes of each trip in the now out of print journal, "See More, Do More, Live More: The Airstream Travel Journal".

Additional information: "Airstream Safari trip notes", History Safari Express
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Old 07-20-2014, 01:22 PM   #526
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Tire covers

We cover our Marathon tires to protect them from the sun.

I've learned to carefully inspect them as I remove them ever since finding a field mouse, scorpion, and a black widow spider making themselves comfortable in the soft underside lining!

Additional information: "Shifting sands at Agua Caliente", History Safari Express.
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Old 07-20-2014, 01:44 PM   #527
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Trailer ramp

Last November our corgi, Tasha, had a ruptured disc requiring a laminectomy. She made a full recovery.

We now use Mr. Herzher's Smart Ramp to make it easier on our two corgis' long backs as they go in and out of our trailer.

Additional information: "Desert camping relaunched", History Safari Express.
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Old 07-20-2014, 02:45 PM   #528
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And the feasting continues...

And Larry is the cook!

Additional information in these 2014 History Safari Express articles:

"Cooking up in the desert"
"Drought and feasting in the desert"
"Mountain knight stars, part two"
"Ocean knight currents, part one"
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Old 07-20-2014, 03:01 PM   #529
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So that completes this Special Edition of updates...

We are now home for the summer and celebrating our independence from pay TV, which will save us $900 per year! For three months now, we have enjoyed free over-the-air high definition TV, and our only regret is that we didn’t stop pay TV sooner!

Additional information: "Celebrating independence from pay TV".

Hope you are having a wonderful summer...

Cheers!
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I like that!

Oooh, the no pay TV. Well, I haven't had cable in a while either, but we do have our Netflix. Close, but still not free!
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Old 07-29-2014, 08:04 AM   #531
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You guys really know how to glamp. I would love to share a campfire, and some of that food, with you some day. Pat and I are enjoying our new 27'. We had the 23' pretty well figured out after six years and 65,000 miles of travel, but it's amazing what a little more space provides.

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Bill, it's great to see that you and Larry are still enjoying your trailer. We continue to dial ours in to our tastes - finally pulled out the TV last week!

Like SilverCabin, someday we'll upgrade to a 25'-27' (or I've been admiring Class B's), but we'll have our 23' for a while.

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The oddest thing happened yesterday: I was passed by a nearly identical 23'! Same SE and LS options, same 75th anniversary badge, also registered in CT, pulled by a new Sierra. Given that there supposedly 75 of these built, it's a small world indeed.

One thing though: it had different tail lights, stacked round ones like the newer Sports. Would be a clever (if labor intensive) fix for the filaform- growing square housings on mine.


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I believe the limited production quantity of 75th edition rigs only applies to the 75th Anniversary Special Edition 19' Bambi. Our Bambi also has the 75th Anniversary Badge (most rigs made in 2006 and 2007 carry it), but is not the special edition Bambi.
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I believe the limited production quantity of 75th edition rigs only applies to the 75th Anniversary Special Edition 19' Bambi. Our Bambi also has the 75th Anniversary Badge (most rigs made in 2006 and 2007 carry it), but is not the special edition Bambi.
And more specifically, it was the 2007 Airstream 75th Anniversary Special Edition model designed by David Winick, based on Airstream's 19-foot Bambi trailer, and only 75 units were built (see the registry).

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Mobiling more for less

Thanks, gadgetat, SilverCabin, mutcth, mefly2, and TBRich for your recent comments!

Earlier this summer we celebrated our independence from pay TV and are now saving $900/year!

Last month, we did a serious re-evaluation of our needs in relation to our cell phone service. We need a cell phone for safety and emergencies while traveling and away from home, but we do not need unlimited minutes or to text, or to get on the internet via a cell phone.

So we switched from Verizon Wireless to Consumer Cellular (that uses the AT&T network and is supported by AARP) and almost cut our cell phone bill in half, while gaining a second phone line, resulting in our now mobiling more for less!
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I believe the limited production quantity of 75th edition rigs only applies to the 75th Anniversary Special Edition 19' Bambi. Our Bambi also has the 75th Anniversary Badge (most rigs made in 2006 and 2007 carry it), but is not the special edition Bambi.
Yep. I know about the distinction between the Winick 75th trailers (which are $$$ on the used market) and the prolific use of the 75th anniversary badge in 2006-2007. It always bears repeating though.

My reference to the production numbers of my trailer (turns out it was 65) referred to this thread where Patrick at Colonial Airstream mentioned how many Safari SE front lounges were built in 2007 and subsequent years.

An entertaining aside: I just got back from a local T@B rally (we used to own one.) Surprising how an Airstream is basically THE upgrade path if you own one of the adorable teardrops. Gave lots of tours.

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The updates continue...

It was love at first sight when we began camping at Agua Caliente County Park four years ago at a campsite that had beautiful vista views and was far from the maddening crowd. We lost that site two years ago to “cabinization of our parks,” when seven cabins replaced eleven full hookup RV sites! We found an alternative site that had some of the amenities of our first site here, but it was not as private and was vulnerable to noisy neighbors, often lacking in good camping etiquette, who were either inconsiderate or were oblivious to how easily sound travels through a campground.

So in November 2014, we found what became our favorite desert home away from home on the northeastern perimeter of Agua Caliente County Park.

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I believe the limited production quantity of 75th edition rigs only applies to the 75th Anniversary Special Edition 19' Bambi. Our Bambi also has the 75th Anniversary Badge (most rigs made in 2006 and 2007 carry it), but is not the special edition Bambi.
Just as another data point, our 2007 23' International CCD carries a 75th anniversary badge as well...
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