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Forum: 2008 Safari SE 01-21-2019, 06:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,532
Posted By dwightdi
Stainless steels

All 300 and 400 series stainless steels contain iron. 300 series stainless are true stain proof. They are generically called 18-8 stainless because they contain 18 percent chrome and 8 percent...
Forum: Airstream Classifieds 06-27-2018, 05:31 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 196
Posted By dwightdi
1977 Airstream Sovereign 31 - Illinois

Title: 1977 Airstream Sovereign 31 - Illinois
I just posted a new ad on Airstream Classifieds.

Bunkhouse model with rear bath 4 bunks in the middle and queen/couch up front. Mostly original...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 02-16-2017, 02:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,131
Posted By dwightdi
Modern Wide bodies

There was an increase in width of the trailers in mid-year 1995 which added more weight.

There was a strengthening of the frames from 4 inches to 5 inch depth in 1984 which also added more...
Forum: Windows & Screens 02-06-2017, 11:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,014
Posted By dwightdi
1963 Trailer or older

You can roughly tell the age of the trailer by counting the number of segments in the hemispheres. I have a 1963 Overlander. It has 7 curved (stretched formed) segments that make up the hemisphere. ...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 12-07-2016, 11:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 807
Posted By dwightdi
Mine on my 77 got so bad it kept us up at night. ...

Mine on my 77 got so bad it kept us up at night. We replaced the motor. $100.
Forum: WBCCI Forum 12-07-2016, 07:13 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 12,075
Posted By dwightdi
The Blue Beret has a religious Inspirations page....

The Blue Beret has a religious Inspirations page. Most years, they have International and Regional pastors. WBCCI members tend to be older and more religious than the average US citizen. That being...
Forum: Cleaning, Stripping & Polishing 12-06-2016, 08:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,273
Posted By dwightdi
I am not certain what they put on the road that...

I am not certain what they put on the road that far north but it might be pretty aggressive to melt ice in those kinds of territories. We can not be sure what the white corrosion products would...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 12-06-2016, 08:08 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 20,750
Posted By dwightdi
The use of a canoe or kayak is entirely different...

The use of a canoe or kayak is entirely different than a pristine trailer. My aluminum canoe shows I have used it with lots of battle scars. Polishing it would make it look a lot worse. IMHO...
Forum: General Repair Forum 12-01-2016, 07:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 572
Posted By dwightdi
Most American wheel nuts are 1/2", 20 threads per...

Most American wheel nuts are 1/2", 20 threads per inch.
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 11-29-2016, 02:36 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,309
Posted By dwightdi
Reese dual cam self centering hitches come with...

Reese dual cam self centering hitches come with an assortment of WD bars, so you can match the bars with the tongue weight and get the proper sway control, while still retaining the necessary...
Forum: General Repair Forum 11-29-2016, 09:28 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,250
Posted By dwightdi
From the tail lights and the shape it looks like...

From the tail lights and the shape it looks like a 31 footer from early 70's. 72 to 75, rear bath. Look out for tail sag. Jump on the bumper and check for movement. Check to see that the axles...
Forum: On The Road... 11-25-2016, 04:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 857
Posted By dwightdi
There is an interesting Potato museum and a...

There is an interesting Potato museum and a french fry plant. House of Green Gables is interesting. We took the ferry over and the bridge back. Cape Briton island has some interesting coast, but the...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 11-25-2016, 04:13 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 20,750
Posted By dwightdi
These people use a mold that produces a harder...

These people use a mold that produces a harder chine and a flat bottom. They call it "built in sponsons". I have a FeatherCraft 17 ft. aluminum canoe that looks like they used the same mold. It is...
Forum: Tires 11-21-2016, 12:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,135
Posted By dwightdi
Each tire manufacturer has their rubber...

Each tire manufacturer has their rubber compounding engineers develop up to 30 individual compounds that are assembled into the structure that makes up a tire. The compounds that make up the sidewall...
Forum: Tires 11-19-2016, 07:54 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,573
Posted By dwightdi
There is not that much rubber left on the tread. ...

There is not that much rubber left on the tread. The vent knobs have been worn off. This tire has clearly spent some time on the road. It looks like the steel bands broke first which then separated...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 11-18-2016, 08:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,237
Posted By dwightdi
Converter is a battery charger with extra...

Converter is a battery charger with extra capacity. It converts 120 VAC to 12 volt DC. The inverter allows you to use the 12 volt power from the battery to invert it to 120 VAC for when you do not...
Forum: WBCCI Forum 10-30-2016, 01:00 PM
Replies: 1,255
Views: 245,479
Posted By dwightdi
2014 directory does not list that number. Looks...

2014 directory does not list that number. Looks like they joined WBCCI when they bought the trailer, but are no longer members. I can not find my 2015 directory, so do not have their name.
Forum: WBCCI Forum 10-30-2016, 04:04 AM
Replies: 297
Views: 63,171
Posted By dwightdi
You might have better luck putting your request...

You might have better luck putting your request on the thread devoted to looking up numbers.
Forum: Our Community 10-24-2016, 09:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 585
Posted By dwightdi
There is a sub group within WBCCI and they call...

There is a sub group within WBCCI and they call themselves the "Vintage Airstream Club". To become a member, you need to have a unit that is 25 years old. Other people may have another definition of...
Forum: On The Road... 10-22-2016, 10:57 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,422
Posted By dwightdi
Thread drift in the extreme. Extreme sports are...

Thread drift in the extreme. Extreme sports are for people who have a death wish. Or can not get a high without extreme risk. When the government spends lots of our tax money rescuing them, I...
Forum: WBCCI Forum 10-21-2016, 10:37 AM
Replies: 265
Views: 47,758
Posted By dwightdi
I agree that Escapees are worth looking into, to...

I agree that Escapees are worth looking into, to see if their programs meet your needs. Teresa has a lifestyle that best matches WBCCI's many programs and has the time and desire to make the best use...
Forum: WBCCI Forum 10-21-2016, 05:21 AM
Replies: 265
Views: 47,758
Posted By dwightdi
WBCCI is a national travel trailer/mobile home...

WBCCI is a national travel trailer/mobile home club that focuses on Caravans(adventure through touring) and Rallies(local social events/national special national events). If you are not interested in...
Forum: Winterizing, Storage, Carports & Covers 10-19-2016, 06:33 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,489
Posted By dwightdi
You need to get the water out of the pump and the...

You need to get the water out of the pump and the filter between the pump and the fresh water tank. Otherwise, it will freeze and cause a replacement charge in the spring. Drain the fresh water tank...
Forum: 1961 - 1963 Bambi 10-19-2016, 06:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,753
Posted By dwightdi
Looks like you got a Reese Twin cam and a newer...

Looks like you got a Reese Twin cam and a newer air conditioner in the bargain. It will be a great caravaning/traveling machine. If you do not mind the continuing upkeep, it will shine up nicely....
Forum: 2016 - Current Flying Cloud 10-19-2016, 06:06 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,048
Posted By dwightdi
Blowing air through the city water connection...

Blowing air through the city water connection does not blow through or purge the water from the water pump. You need to drain the fresh water tank completely and then run the pump to get the water...
Forum: Fresh Water Systems 10-17-2016, 02:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 938
Posted By dwightdi
Some pipe doses contain solvents/oils that can...

Some pipe doses contain solvents/oils that can damage or crack some plastics. I do not use any of them on plastic because of the fear of long term damaging effects on the plastic.
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 10-14-2016, 09:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,521
Posted By dwightdi
Is this power cord provided by Airstream? A $3...

Is this power cord provided by Airstream? A $3 three light tester is pretty good for most problems. A $15 non-contact voltage sensor sensor penlight will do a better job testing for hot ground or...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 10-12-2016, 10:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 665
Posted By dwightdi
If it comes with an inverter, you do not need to...

If it comes with an inverter, you do not need to do anything. Just pug in your 110VAC TV. If you are parked in a 110VAC campground the same thing. If there is no inverter, you can add one for just a...
Forum: 2009-2015 Flying Cloud 10-12-2016, 08:01 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,816
Posted By dwightdi
Field use durability testing was one of the goals...

Field use durability testing was one of the goals of Wally's Caravans. They resulted in improvements that were not driven by the marketing department.

"Market feedback" is really letting the...
Forum: 2011 - 2015 International 10-12-2016, 07:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,389
Posted By dwightdi
Spline material is rubbery or soft, depending on...

Spline material is rubbery or soft, depending on which polymer system they use. Both rubber and plastic can age and shrink. This causes stress, which causes it to come out of groove. Both plastic...
Forum: 2009-2015 Flying Cloud 10-11-2016, 03:10 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,816
Posted By dwightdi
If you have problems with a bank of drawers, a...

If you have problems with a bank of drawers, a couple ring screws and a wood rod is an easy answer. I use it in my 1963 bedroom. It may also help to soften the ride. Check the recommended inflation...
Forum: Axles 10-10-2016, 01:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,224
Posted By dwightdi
Jump up and down on the rear bumper, while the...

Jump up and down on the rear bumper, while the trailer is attached to the TV. If the axles do not deflect and the deflection does not die out rapidly, the axles and shocks might be shot. I would...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 10-06-2016, 08:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,017
Posted By dwightdi
There is a WBCCI Airstream park in Lacey. If you...

There is a WBCCI Airstream park in Lacey. If you are close, go down and visit. Get a feel for how you will potentially use your trailer and the sleeping and eating accommodations in the various...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 10-06-2016, 11:45 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,407
Posted By dwightdi
Seems like Propride or other 4 bar linkage hitch...

Seems like Propride or other 4 bar linkage hitch manufactures should make up a model like this treadmill and use it to demonstrate the advantage of their products at RV shows or put a video on their...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 10-06-2016, 11:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 853
Posted By dwightdi
The 12 volt fuse panel is behind the couch. Pull...

The 12 volt fuse panel is behind the couch. Pull the back forward and you will see it.
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 10-06-2016, 11:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,347
Posted By dwightdi
The previous owner must have made a home made...

The previous owner must have made a home made extension cable and had a non-standard plug put on the house. I would not use any of these components as they could easily mistaken and plugged into a...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 10-04-2016, 07:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,407
Posted By dwightdi
Weight distribution with in the trailer is...

Weight distribution with in the trailer is important, as well as weight distribution between the front wheels and rear wheels of the tow vehicle. This demo is not like real life. The tow vehicle is...
Forum: On The Road... 09-30-2016, 07:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,159
Posted By dwightdi
We traveled from Chicago to International rally...

We traveled from Chicago to International rally in Farmington, NM last year. Southern route through Albuquerque is not that high and would be good that time of year. Easy shot across AZ to Reno....
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 09-30-2016, 03:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,498
Posted By dwightdi
What kind of a job are you going to school for?...

What kind of a job are you going to school for? That will determine how often you may be called to move. Airstreams are not well insulated and make poor winter accommodations. If your idea job calls...
Forum: General Interior Topics 09-29-2016, 07:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,243
Posted By dwightdi
I have not tried to paint over Future floor wax....

I have not tried to paint over Future floor wax. I have not tried to paint over sticky vinyl walls. Future does retard the recurrence of sticky vinyl walls.
Forum: General Interior Topics 09-28-2016, 02:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,243
Posted By dwightdi
The secondary plasticizer in the vinyl is aged...

The secondary plasticizer in the vinyl is aged and becoming incompatible with the vinyl. It spews to the surface. Once you have it cleaned off, you need to seal it in with acrylic floor polish like...
Forum: Upholstery, Blinds, Walls & Interior Finishes 09-27-2016, 12:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,610
Posted By dwightdi
Since most of the interior skins require you to...

Since most of the interior skins require you to cut them to a custom shape/size, this will expose a raw edge that will be sharp and not painted.
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 09-27-2016, 11:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,674
Posted By dwightdi
Most people use the tongue jack to lift the front...

Most people use the tongue jack to lift the front of the trailer/back of the TV, after the ball has been engaged. This minimizes the stress and potential danger of just using the lever bar to lift...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 09-27-2016, 10:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,674
Posted By dwightdi
Looks like they were using Reese WD, bars but...

Looks like they were using Reese WD, bars but lost the brackets for the trailer. They must have just hooked the chain links over the top of the plate into the notch. It would sort of work but did...
Forum: General Repair Forum 09-21-2016, 03:52 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,459
Posted By dwightdi
You could just buy a $35 110 volt 10 amp battery...

You could just buy a $35 110 volt 10 amp battery charger from Walmart (or similar) and back charge the batteries by plugging in through the 12 volt cigarette lighter outlets in the coach. It worked...
Forum: General Repair Forum 09-14-2016, 09:16 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,564
Posted By dwightdi
On the two airstreams, which I own that have...

On the two airstreams, which I own that have stabilizer jacks, the bolts hold up and are in contact with a aluminum diecasting that forms the majority of the stabilizer system. I do have corrosion...
Forum: General Repair Forum 09-14-2016, 07:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,564
Posted By dwightdi
I was, at one time, the materials/metalist...

I was, at one time, the materials/metalist engineer for Johnson/Evinrude. We had plenty of steel bolts in contact and holding the aluminum diecastings together. I did lots of studies about the...
Forum: Ribs, Skins & Rivets 09-13-2016, 12:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,322
Posted By dwightdi
You might be able to use thin double sticky tape...

You might be able to use thin double sticky tape (like stick down carpet tape) to adhere the thin aluminum patch to the original panel. Your patch has no structural function anyway. Seal the edges...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 09-08-2016, 02:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,125
Posted By dwightdi
Young's modulus for Aluminum is 10 million. Steel...

Young's modulus for Aluminum is 10 million. Steel is 30 million. That means that an aluminum part of the same size will deflect 3 times more that the equivalent steel part. Since most of the...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 09-06-2016, 11:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 877
Posted By dwightdi
Five years ago two bee stings sent me into...

Five years ago two bee stings sent me into unconscious anaphylactic shock and I had to taken to the hospital in ambulance. The ems tech gave me a Benadryl injection. The hospital gave me a shot of...
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