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Old 07-04-2003, 06:03 AM   #1
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Happy fourth of July.

I have been lurking on this site for a month so, then in moment or two of irrational thought bought a 1982 34 foot limited edition site unseen (except for pictures) in Montana. Leaving Minnesota next Thursday to pick it up. Thanks to this forum, knew some questions to ask the owners,a nd got all the right answers.

I have a class 8 Volvo VNL 610, so weight of the airstream is not an issue. There is a picture of my rig on (pictures - chuckd) geof and Don E from Texas of this forum are also on that forum.

The tow vehicle has a small diesel powered alternator that is used to charge 4 8D batteries, the output of the batteries goes to a prosine 3kw inverter, which I can power the trailer with. The goodies to monitor the battery etc are all ample power devices. I also replaced the stock alternator with a 275 amp hours alternator with an external "smart" regulator to provide a rapid charge to the batteries. Before anyone has a panic attack the batteries are AGM batteries and they can take a very fast charge rate.

I have 820 amphours of battery power in the house bank and an additonal 410 amp hours in the starter bank. Not suggesting anyone else to what I did, it is just what I did.

Looking forward to getting the trailer and living aboard for awhile before trying to put in a small home theater, and converting from two single beds to the largest single I can fit in the bed room.

Thanks again for this site, and as one whose son is in Iraq, this day has special meaning.

Chuck D
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Old 07-04-2003, 06:09 AM   #2
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As an early riser on this Independence Day, let me be the first to welcome you to the forums, and as another new 34' Limited owner, to the ranks of those of us foolish enough to haul 34' of aluminum around the world!

Best of luck with your trip west! Make sure you post photos on your return.

My best to your son. I have several friends 'vacationing' in Iraq also. May they all come home safe and sound when they've finished.

havin' to fix my broken Airstreams since 1987...
AIR 2053 Current: 2004 Airstream Interstate "B-Van" T1N DODGE Sprinter
Former Airstreams: 1953 Flying Cloud, 1957 Overlander, 1961 Bambi, 1970 Safari Special, 1978 Argosy Minuet, 1985 325 Moho, 1994 Limited 34' Two-door, 1994 B190 "B-Van"
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Old 07-04-2003, 07:55 AM   #3
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Congratulations and welcome to the Airstream world. We appreciate your son's contribution to our security and freedom, especially on a day like today.
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