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Old 10-26-2020, 07:46 AM   #1
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Not trying to offend anyone or start a contest, but I would like your recommendation on "who" out there in Airstream Forums land you consider a top tier knowledgeable resource when it comes to technical / mechanical information. I appreciate all the travel information and of course the humor, occasional sarcasm, etc, but most of the time I want to cut right to the nitty gritty of my problem and get that nugget of technical assistance from those people that REALLY do the technical deep dive. I'm working on a solar upgrade for my 2011 31 Classic and plan other changes to pursue more off-the-grid travels. Im also helping a buddy who is renovating a 1993 34 Excella 1000. Im pretty good with electrical and mechanical skills, but there is so much that goes into maintaining and upgrading an Airstream.

As I read through the forums, IMO, these names seem to routinely come up with sound advice and I've added to my favorites.
Uncle_Bob
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Dznf0g
Robert Cross

Recommendations on others that I can add to my list of favorites?

Thanks in advance! Sandy
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Old 10-26-2020, 08:15 AM   #2
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Not trying to offend anyone or start a contest, but I would like your recommendation on "who" out there in Airstream Forums land you consider a top tier knowledgeable resource when it comes to technical / mechanical information. I appreciate all the travel information and of course the humor, occasional sarcasm, etc, but most of the time I want to cut right to the nitty gritty of my problem and get that nugget of technical assistance from those people that REALLY do the technical deep dive. I'm working on a solar upgrade for my 2011 31 Classic and plan other changes to pursue more off-the-grid travels. Im also helping a buddy who is renovating a 1993 34 Excella 1000. Im pretty good with electrical and mechanical skills, but there is so much that goes into maintaining and upgrading an Airstream.

As I read through the forums, IMO, these names seem to routinely come up with sound advice and I've added to my favorites.
Uncle_Bob
Bayou_Biker
Dznf0g
Robert Cross

Recommendations on others that I can add to my list of favorites?

Thanks in advance! Sandy
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Old 10-26-2020, 11:52 AM   #3
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GMFL is going to be installing my solar early next year. I second him. The names you have mentioned in general as well. Everyone has their own expertise for sure.
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Old 10-26-2020, 06:40 PM   #4
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Old 10-26-2020, 06:57 PM   #5
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It really does depend on the subject. Some are generalists, some are not. You might ask by subject as you need them... Just go to the most relevant section of the forums.
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Old 10-27-2020, 01:29 PM   #6
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Not trying to offend anyone or start a contest, but I would like your recommendation on "who" out there in Airstream Forums land you consider a top tier knowledgeable resource when it comes to technical / mechanical information. I appreciate all the travel information and of course the humor, occasional sarcasm, etc, but most of the time I want to cut right to the nitty gritty of my problem and get that nugget of technical assistance from those people that REALLY do the technical deep dive. I'm working on a solar upgrade for my 2011 31 Classic and plan other changes to pursue more off-the-grid travels. Im also helping a buddy who is renovating a 1993 34 Excella 1000. Im pretty good with electrical and mechanical skills, but there is so much that goes into maintaining and upgrading an Airstream.

As I read through the forums, IMO, these names seem to routinely come up with sound advice and I've added to my favorites.
Uncle_Bob
Bayou_Biker
Dznf0g
Robert Cross

Recommendations on others that I can add to my list of favorites?

Thanks in advance! Sandy
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Cant recall the names these guys might be on forums but excellent advice.
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Old 10-27-2020, 02:19 PM   #7
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Agree with these, I would add, wulfraat and AirMiles. wulfraat hasn't been as active lately but some of his posts and particularly his wiring diagrams helped me puzzle out Airstream's undocumented slapdash wiring. AirMiles is active, as are many of the other folks, on this thread
https://www.airforums.com/forums/f44...ll-181608.html
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Old 10-27-2020, 02:37 PM   #8
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Agree with these, I would add, wulfraat and AirMiles. wulfraat hasn't been as active lately but some of his posts and particularly his wiring diagrams helped me puzzle out Airstream's undocumented slapdash wiring. AirMiles is active, as are many of the other folks, on this thread
https://www.airforums.com/forums/f44...ll-181608.html


Thanks SeaJim. And I did digest the Solar Show & Tell Thread
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Old 10-27-2020, 04:52 PM   #9
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I would caution vouching for some of these individuals. I generally appreciate most of the enthusiasm in supporting members of the community but prolific posting does not always equate to sound advice.

On many occasions, some of these so called top guns have been genuinely wrong. Doing a dis-service for the community.

Like much on social media these days. Just because it's loudly broadcasted on the internet, perhaps even parroted by a large following, does not mean that it is sound or true.
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Old 10-27-2020, 08:29 PM   #10
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GMFL installed our solar/lithium system, lifted our unit, installed upgraded skylights and fans, a wireless backup camera, and a range of other options, and fixed a host of nagging issues, all in one short stay at his facility in Alabama. His knowledge, work ethic and professionalism are absolutely first rate.
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Old 10-28-2020, 08:53 AM   #11
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Andy the previous Owner of Inland RV. Despite his self-serving posts, ornery behavior and difficulty to deal with (oh yes, I had my share of problems with him) he was one of the last information keepers of all Airstream related issues, trailers as well as Motorhomes. And he was always willing to share it (and sell you the parts, haha)
Here is a link to his 15 years (2002-2017) of posts on this forum:

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Old 10-28-2020, 09:09 AM   #12
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Old 10-28-2020, 09:27 AM   #13
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Looks like you are off to a good start so far.

As mentioned some folks here are more specialized in there fields of expertise and some have general knowledge of everything they have done to there AS.

Asking specific questions on a specific subject will help you sort out the field.

There are a couple of names that come to mind. The most knowledgeable person I have personally met is Uwe Salwender, owner of Area63productions in CA. The best on the planet. Uwe teaches classes on AS subjects at rallies sometimes. He is on the forums as Uwe, pronounced ooh-vae.

For boondocking questions I would add Ray Eklund, professional boondocker extraordinaire and great story teller.

there are so many good knowledgeable people that are willing to help. And you are lucky to be able to access the past post as well because some of the contributors are no longer with us. But there advise, information and knowedge lives on right here.

Have fun,
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Old 10-28-2020, 09:48 AM   #14
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I am a newbie and all the names mentioned are experienced people that I am taking a liking toward. Each one of them have the ability to express their knowledge of information in both simple technical discussions and most importantly, humor.

Kudos to them all. Their thoughts have educated me more about airstream and trailer ownership than any other RV forum.
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Old 10-28-2020, 09:50 AM   #15
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Well, I finally feel compelled to jump in. On the very positive side, the forum will provide you with a wealth and diversity of experiences...and opinions. It is a skill to develop the ability to sort out the real experience from the opinions.

I have always trusted the posters who have a direct vocation in the skill they are sharing. Lewster, I think, was the prime example of this. His posts came from a background of many, many satisfied customers of his business.
On the flip side, staying away from any offensive mention of names, are lots of opinions, declared knowledge, counter-arguments, and bloviating.
I swore off the forum for a long period of time because it was driving me nuts. But in the end, it is too entertaining, sometimes too helpful, and sufficiently time consuming in these COVID times to ignore it. I have tried, since I returned, to only profess knowledge from my own experience on my own trailer.

I would suggest that the best solution is to simply find the right place to post any question that you have and filter the answers giving priority to posters who have actual experience with the same trailer configuration and model year. Unfortunately, Airstream has made many changes over the years like the operation of the STORE switch or the battery charger and individual "experts" are not always clear about the foundation of their advice.

Along those lines, if you want advice on something like solar, for example, you can hear a lot of advice and experience on the forum, along with a lot of "expert" opinions. But, I would cover that with advice from recognized industry experts like AM Solar, who must stand behind their recommendations to earn a living.
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Old 11-04-2020, 11:14 AM   #16
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Andrew T at CanAm tops my list! Especially TV, hitch and hookup. My experience has been excellent!
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I want to put a name in this hat too.

Terry, Overlander63

Terry is a Tech at Out of Doors Mart, Colfax NC

He fixes them professionally, owns an Airstream and has historic knowledge of them and when Terry speaks you should listen.

I met Terry and Marie at our first Alumalina shortly after we bought.

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Old 11-04-2020, 12:40 PM   #18
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Andy Thompson of Ca Am RV Center in Canada. Hitch and towing information based on empirical testing and experience,
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Old 11-04-2020, 04:09 PM   #19
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My vote

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Just don't ask anyone what the best tow vehicle is unless, of course, you want my expert opinion, 3/4 ton PU diesel for anything 25' and up. Another good option if you want to spend as much money as a new AS, a custom 3/4 ton Suburban diesel. One good lottery ticket and you can have them both.
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